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May 4, 2017

EMERGE USA BACKS HISTORIC SENATE RESOLUTION CONDEMING HATE CRIMES TOWARD MINORITIES

EMERGE USA BACKS HISTORIC SENATE RESOLUTION CONDEMING HATE CRIMES TOWARD MINORITIES

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris introduced Emerge USA-backed measure to combat the rise in hate crimes, violence, and other forms of racism

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris, freshman Senator from California, introduced Senate Resolution #118, which was passed unanimously. Co-sponsored by Senators Rubio, Feinstein and Collins, and supported by Emerge USA, a Muslim American non-profit and non-partisan organization, the historic resolution is the first of its kind to condemn hate crimes and other forms of racism.

The bipartisan resolution comes on the heels of alarming increases in hate crimes, directed at minorities. According to the FBI, last year, anti-Muslim hate crimes increased 67 percent, reaching a level not seen since the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, in the first three months of 2017, there have been over 100 bomb threats against Jewish organizations in 38 states. Due to this increase in hate crimes, the resolution calls on the Executive Branch to aid victims of hate crimes, and to support safety and preparedness programs for religious institutions, places of worship, and other institutions that have been targeted.

The hate crimes extend beyond targeting just Muslim and Jewish Americans to also include religious minorities such as Hindu and Sikh Americans. In addition, other minorities such as Arabs, the LGBTQ community and African Americans have seen increasing acts of violence against them. This resolution, and those who support it, are helping to ensure that all minority groups are protected and safe in this country.

Wa’el Alzayat, CEO of Emerge USA said in support of this resolution, “Muslim Americans are being killed just because of their faith and how they look. Considering that Muslim Americans have been an integral part of our country since its founding, our rights and our safety should be ensured and reaffirmed. This resolution does that, and encompasses the rights and safety of our brothers and sisters of other faiths and other walks of life.”

Efforts continue to urge the House to adopt a similar resolution. “Minorities across America deserve to know that their rights and safety are protected and that their elected officials represent all of their constituents,” said Alzayat. “That’s why Emerge USA urges for similar resolutions to be adopted in the House and in state legislatures across the county.”

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EmergeUSA is 501c(3) that seeks to engage, educate and empower Muslim American 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 http://www.emerge-usa.org/ .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sumaiya Ahmed
sahmed@emerge-usa.org
248-825-1003

Please reach out to Sumaiya Ahmed for comment or questions: sahmed@emerge-usa.org ; 248-825-1003.