FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EMGAGE PENNSYLVANIA PASSES HISTORIC RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HATE CRIMES AND OTHER FORMS OF RACISM
On November 20, 2017, House Resolution 495 was approved 194-0, showing strong bipartisan support for the condemnation of hate crimes and decimation. “While these incidents we condemn are terrible, it is encouraging to see representatives from across Pennsylvania join in saying ‘this behavior is not welcome here,’” says Representative Schlossberg. “All faiths must be equally protected to ensure real and true religious freedom and it is our shared responsibility to ensure the legacy of Pennsylvania and the American Dream extent to all Pennsylvanians,” offers Schlossberg.
Over the past several years, violent crimes, threats of violence and other incidents of hate-motivated targeting of religious, racial and ethnic minorities have increased across the United States. Certainly, these developments warrant concern across many communities.
“It is critical that we stand in solidarity with those who have found themselves on the receiving end of such acts,” stated Emgage Pennsylvania Executive Director, Wasi Mohamed. Emgage, with the assistance of Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Schlossberg took the step of leading efforts to condemn all hate crimes and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias discrimination, acts of violence or targeting of a minority in Pennsylvania by introducing House Resolution 495. This resolution also calls on law enforcement to quickly investigate all reports of hate crimes and threats against minorities and to hold perpetrators accountable.
Noting Pennsylvania’s rich history of diversity with a great many persecuted groups finding refuge in the confines of this Commonwealth, Representative Schlossberg believes “we have an obligation to continue living out that history and ensure the same ideals which respect the freedoms and rights of those who come to call Pennsylvania home.”
At a time when hate crimes against Muslims and other minorities in the U.S. are on the rise, Emgage is on the frontlines. We seek to engage, educate and empower American Muslim communities across the nation through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens. For more information or to donate, please visit www.emgageusa.org.
Contact:Wasi Mohamed, (717) 364-7066, firstname.lastname@example.org