Thursday, July 9, 2009

Help Support the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act!

On Wednesday, July 15, contact your senators between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, and urge them to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

As early as Wednesday, July 15, the Senate will likely vote on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a bill that would provide significant improvements to our current hate crimes prevention laws. The House of Representatives already passed the bill in April.

This bill expands the coverage of existing hate crime laws to include crimes not only based on race, color, religion, and national origin, but also bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability.

It also provides the federal government jurisdiction to prosecute hate crimes in states where current law or local law enforcement action are inadequate. This increased protection will help ethnic and racial groups that continue to be subjected to bias-motivated violence and intimidation.

Hate crimes cut across every community. Passing this bill will ensure that all people have the right to be safe and free from physical harm and intimidation. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act sends a clear message that Americans do not have to live in fear.

Learn more about the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please don't hesitate to contact me at

-Rhodes Perry


Mariah and Byron Edgington said...

Isn't it ironic how the universe provides direction for all to focus on where the need is most urgent? I just posted our daily blog about what we can all do to make change happen--we can all learn to dance with our own awesome power.
"We're afraid of the awesome power we possess from the day we're born, the ability to use the light inside of us to make change happen in the world. The ability inherent in everyone to turn the world, to bend the arc of history toward justice and truth, to dance with the light." 7.10.09

Frank said...

Prefer to email them about it.