hate crimes

Baker Re-Establishes Hate Crimes Task Force

Nov 9, 2017
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In 1991, then-Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, a Republican, created the statewide Task Force on Hate Crimes. The group worked to expand the scope of the law and increase penalties for people who commit hate crimes before Weld disbanded it in 1997. Republican Governor Charlie Baker re-established the task force Monday. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with one appointee: Dara Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

Rockland Legislators Condemn Act Of Hate

Jun 16, 2017
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Rockland County legislators are expected to vote in support of a resolution condemning what they call the latest act of hate.

South Burlington Police surveillance photo
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Police have released surveillance images of a vehicle spotted near a Vermont school athletic field that was found to be spray-painted with racist graffiti.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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A man was arrested Friday in connection with threats made against Jewish community sites in recent weeks, as schools, cemeteries and other locations have been dealing with a rash of threats and vandalism.

Crime Scene Tape
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The top federal law enforcement official in Connecticut is urging people to be vigilant against hate crimes.


      Religious leaders in western Massachusetts are condemning acts of intolerance that have been reported locally since the election.

Members of the transgender community of the Capital Region, their advocates, and allies will gather in Albany tonight to honor the memory of the many transgender people who have been victims of violence in the past year.

Today is the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a solemn tribute to people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event also raises awareness of the threat of discrimination and violence faced by the transgender community.  

Civil rights leaders in Springfield Massachusetts, where a black church was burned four years ago, are urging local churches to be on guard as election day approaches.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   The Springfield branch of the NAACP has sent a 19 page security guide to more than 100 churches in western Massachusetts. The Springfield NAACP president, Rev. Talbert Swan said the organization is concerned that African American churches  could be the targets of hate crimes should President Obama be re-elected.