1. Work in a bipartisan effort with state legislators to codify a standalone criminal provision for hate crimes. The law should be more inclusive and comprehensive, covering hate crimes based on race, religion, ethnicity and national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability.
The FBI 2016 annual Hate Crime Statistics Act data reports an increase in hate crimes nationwide.
2. Support a clean Dream Act – one that gives “dreamers” a path to citizenship without other stipulations attached, such as border-wall funding. It’s a moral imperative.
Young immigrants brought to the United States as children are some of America’s brightest individuals. They are teachers, doctors, lawyers. They serve in our military. Deporting them would result in a loss of more than $102 million annually? in growth.
A fight for dreamers is a fight for us. We fight for our state’s future. Call your Congress member and ask for their support in passing this fair and humanitarian legislation.
3. Ask Congress to support the full restoration of the Voting Rights Act. There’s a difference between the right to vote and the ability to vote. Restrictive developments have threatened and disenfranchised voting rights, disproportionately impacting Latinos, African-Americans, young people and elderly voters.
4. Shrink the space for extremists to grow and thrive.
White supremacists, emboldened by the 2016 elections and the current political climate, are engaged in an unprecedented outreach to recruit students on American college campuses. It’s already happened at some Arizona college campuses. During the start of the fall semester, white supremacists placed flyers promoting their hateful message on the ASU campus.
We cannot find this acceptable. When the soul of our nation is at stake, there can be no equivocation about white supremacists and neo-Nazis and their agendas. If you see something, say something.
This can take the form of reporting a discriminatory incident Martin Luther King exposed the brutality of institutionalized racism.o ADL, reporting hate speech to the major online companies or by contacting law enforcement.