Letter to House of Representatives supporting passage of the hate crimes bill
April 30, 2007
On behalf of the National Education Association's 3.2 million members, we would like to urge your support for the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1592), scheduled for floor debate this week. Votes associated with these issues may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 110th Congress.
In spite of our nation's substantial advances toward equality over the past 40 years, prejudice and hatred continue to lead to violence. As educators, NEA members share a commitment to protecting the civil and human rights of our students and communities. We believe the federal government must play a leadership role in confronting criminal acts motivated by prejudice.
NEA has taken aggressive steps to address the issue of hate crimes in the context of schools and school districts. NEA and its affiliates have worked to develop training for educators and programs for students regarding hate crimes and human relations skills. But our efforts in this area will not be successful absent a comprehensive federal/state/local partnership to address hate crimes.
This legislation has strong bipartisan support in Congress; the support of more than 210 law enforcement, civil rights, civic and religious groups; and the support of the overwhelming majority of American people. We urge your support for this important initiative.
Diane Shust, Director of Government Relations
Randall Moody, Manager of Federal Advocacy