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August 29, 2018 – Republicans To Reintroduce Hate Crimes Law: A pair of recent anti-Semitic graffiti incidents has highlighted the state’s lack of a hate crimes law. But, while Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has signaled his support for such a law, some fellow GOP lawmakers remain hesitant to sign on. Read more at the link.

August 24, 2018 – The Goshen News EDITORIAL: Hoosiers need to lobby for hate crime law: When Goshen College President Rebecca Stoltzfus signed a letter endorsing the adoption of hate crime legislation in Indiana, she joined a movement we earnestly support. Read more at the link.

August 21, 2018 – Northwestern Indiana priest attacked; clergy sex abuse cited: Police in northwest Indiana say an attack on a Catholic priest has been forwarded to the FBI as a possible hate crime because the assailant referred to reports of clergy sex abuse involving children. Read more at the link.

August 20, 2018 – College leaders issue plea for hate crimes law: The presidents of 22 Indiana college and universities recently penned a public letter calling on the General Assembly to pass a hate crimes law. Read more at the link.

August 20, 2018 – Group spreads plastic bags filled with hate message across Indy neighborhood: “Hate in a Ziploc.” That’s what you call it. A hate group peppered a neighborhood with recruiting messages over the weekend and now some residents there say “NOT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.” Read more at the link.

August 20, 2018 – IBJ Podcast: Why business execs say the state needs a hate-crime law: Central Indiana business leaders are pushing lawmakers to pass a hate-crime law, joining 45 states that already have one in place. They say without it, Indiana is an unappealing place for workers, especially younger workers who want their employers involved in social and community issues. Read more at the link.

August 16, 2018 – Cloverdale man arrested in connection to vandalism at Carmel synagogue: A 20-year-old Cloverdale man evoked the name of Adolf Hitler and told investigators he painted swastikas at a Carmel synagogue because the place was “full of ethnic Jews,” according to a criminal complaint released as he was charged. Read more at the link.

August 10, 2018 – Anderson Herald Bulletin Editorial – Legislature should pass hate crimes law in 2019: A bill to establish an Indiana hate crimes law failed in the 2018 General Assembly once again when Republicans, who hold the majority, couldn’t agree on the bill’s language and it stalled in the state Senate. But there’s fresh hope that Indiana will finally adopt a hate crimes law next year. Read more here.

August 6, 2018 – Bloomington Herald-Times Editorial – Indiana must pass a law on hate crimes: In a case of good news coming out of bad, a heinous act in Hamilton County recently may have been the tipping point for Indiana to finally pass hate crimes legislation. Passing such a bill should be a priority in the 2019 legislative session and would be long overdue. Read more here.

August 2, 2018 – Letter: Noblesville Diversity Committee reacts to vandalism: It’s hard to believe that anti-Semitic resentment against Jews could exist in Hamilton County today – the top-ranked county in Indiana for household income, educational attainment and population growth. Yet, the vandalism of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel with Nazi symbols is proof that such hatred exists – and the time has come to recognize this type of crime for what it is. Read more at the link.

August 2, 2018 – AMA calls for alleviating racial housing segregation: As part of its efforts, the AMA (American Medical Association) will not only oppose policies that enable racial housing segregation, but will advocate for continued federal funding of publicly accessible geospatial data on community racial and economic disparities, as well as disparities in access to affordable housing, employment, education, and health care. Read more at the link.

August 2, 2018 – Op-ed: Indiana should pass hate crimes law, business leaders write: Nine of Indiana’s largest business pen op-ed in support of hate crime law legislation. Read more at the link.

August 1, 2018 – South Bend Tribune Opinion – A call for a hate crimes law in Indiana: Last year, we urged lawmakers to take up hate crimes legislation, a basic but important step already taken by 45 states. We noted that any new law also should be accompanied by better reporting of hate crime statistics. Such a law would give police, prosecutors and judges another tool to address such crimes. The bill that failed last session was sponsored by Republican Sue Glick, a former county prosecutor from LaGrange County. It would have specifically allowed a judge to take into account whether a crime was motivated by someone’s race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It would also require such crimes to be reported to the FBI. Ending the dubious distinction of being one of five states without hate crimes legislation would do something else. It would send a message that Indiana values everyone and rejects hate. Read more at the link.

August 1, 2018 – News & Tribune OUR OPINION – Hate crime law overdue in Indiana: Encourage the lawmakers who represent you in the Indiana General Assembly to support passage of a hate crimes bill in the next legislative session. If they can’t figure out the wording on their own — they have 45 examples to emulate. It’s time we stand with the many rather than sit on our hands with the few. Read more at the link.

July 30, 2018 – Gov. Holcomb calls for hate crime legislation following anti-Semitic graffiti at synagogue: Gov. Eric Holcomb is joining calls for Indiana lawmakers to pass hate crime legislation, following the anti-Semitic graffiti discovered this weekend at a Carmel synagogue. “No law can stop evil, but we should be clear that our state stands with the victims and their voices will not be silenced,” Holcomb said. “For that reason it is my intent that we get something done this next legislative session, so Indiana can be 1 of 46 states with hate crimes legislation—and not 1 of 5 states without it.” Read more at the link.