Bias Crime, Hatred, Extremism
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October 28, 2009: Exciting day for human rights -- President Obama signed The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law today.: Safe Schools Coalition's Gabi and Alec Clayton and Marsha Botzer were at the White House for the reception following the signing. Essay by Beth Reis with photos from the event. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/HateCrimesActSigning.html
If students are to become the leaders of our world, rather than its bullies, they need to be helped to understand the enormity of the continuum on which bias-based bullying falls. As young people reach high school, especially, they need to know the history of hatred and inhumanity and they need to understand, as current events unfold all over the world, that such inhumanity continues. Most important, they need to discover that there are things each individual can do to respond to bias crimes and hatred.
HATE CRIME: "Should it be considered a crime?: a 4-LESSON SEQUENCE - CURRENT EVENTS - " Two Illinois high school students went to court on May 16, 2007 accused of committing a hate crime at school. The incident is explained in a May 17, 2007 CBS article headlined "Girls Charged With Hate Crime For Anti-Gay Fliers." The article is a valuable teaching tool, especially because of the balanced way it was written. The Safe Schools Coalition's 4-lesson sequence is based on this article. A current events lesson for grades 8-12.
Listen to: "William's Song - Five Great Big Guys" (4:43)
by Steve Schalchlin - on The Bonus Round Sessions (2000) http://www.bonusround.com/
This is also posted on our Music on the Safe Schools Coalition Website resource page.
50 Under 30: Masculinity and the War on America's Youth (pdf format) - human rights report that documents a murderous tide of under-reported violence that is claiming the lives of gender non-conforming youth and young adults ages 30 and under, and the dangerous indifference of law enforcement authorities, policy-makers and mainstream media. http://iambecauseweare.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/50u30.pdf (pdf format)
Assault on Gay America: The Life and Death of Billy Jack Gaither: web site examines Gaither's murder and the perspectives of psychologists, religious scholars, and geneticists and other scientists, from PBS (Public Broadcasting System): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault
€śCrimes of hate, conspiracy of silence: Torture and ill-treatment based on sexual identityť: This report is available online from Amnesty International's worldwide campaign against torture. It contributes to growing international efforts to end violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/engACT400162001?OpenDocument&of=THEMES\SEXUAL+ORIENTATION; or en EspaĂ±ol: http://www.edai.org/centro/tortura/crimenes.htm
Families United Against Hate: a nonprofit grassroots organization created by and for families and survivors of hate motivated violence, in collaboration with other individuals and organizations. Provides long-term emotional support and technical assistance to families. Also, FUAH's web site has an excellent page stating their position on national hate crime legislation: http://www.fuah.org/federal_legislation.html; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.fuah.org
HATE CRIME.NET: an international service, assists survivors and their families worldwide. HATE-CRIME.NET volunteers from all over the world receive immediate e-mail notifications about reported hate crimes. Volunteers then offer their help by sending letters of support directly to the victims -- a tremendous opportunity for linking victims with victim service agencies. The HATE-CRIME Network serves all who are affected by intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice -- regardless of motivation or location - across the globe. (International) HATE-CRIME Network: http://www.HATE-CRIME.NET; (U.S./North America) Hate Crime National Hotline: 800-616-HATE.
HateCrime.org: web site created by political commentator and gay civil rights activist John Aravosis includes links to web sites about GLBT victims of hate crimes (including Matthew Shepard, Brandon Teena, Danny Overstreet, JR Warren, PFC Barry Winchell) as well as an Action Center, Statistics Center, and more: http://www.hatecrime.org
Hate Crimes: web page of concrete tips for GLBT people about self-defense, safety, what to expect after an assault and how to report a hate crime, from Community United Against Violence: http://www.xq.com/cuav/hatecr1.htm
HATE CRIME: "Should it be considered a crime?: a 4-LESSON SEQUENCE €“ CURRENT EVENTS - " Two Illinois high school students went to court on May 16, 2007 accused of committing a hate crime at school. The incident is explained in a May 17, 2007 CBS article headlined "Girls Charged With Hate Crime For Anti-Gay Fliers." The article is a valuable teaching tool, especially because of the balanced way it was written. The Safe Schools Coalition's 4-lesson sequence is based on this article. A current events lesson for grades 8-12. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/HateCrimeLessonPlan-May18-2007-2.pdf
Hate Crimes, state laws: details, state by state, about what the law says:
HateFilter„˘: software to protect children by blocking web sites that, in the judgment of the ADL, advocate hatred, bigotry or violence towards Jews or others on the basis of, among other factors, their sexual orientation: http://www.adl.org/hate-patrol/info/default.htm
€śHomosexuals - Victims of the Nazi Era€ť: a report from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/education/resource/hms/HomosBklt.pdf
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project: contains vitally important information about safe dating, surviving hate crimes, and more: http://www.avp.org
Political Research Associates (Fight the Right Site): organization monitors the activities of extremist groups. Includes articles, bibliographies, links, calendar listings: http://www.publiceye.org/index.htm
Responding to Hate at School: A guide for teachers, counselors and administrators from Teaching Tolerance. http://www.tolerance.org/pdf/rthas.pdf
"Responses to Bias-Based Incidents": a handout from Families United Against Hate explaining victims' experiences in the days (weeks, months) following the harassment or violence: http://www.fuah.org/responses-to-bias-incidents.pdf
Stop Hate Crimes!: web site from the Northern California Community Research Group at University of California, Davis: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/hate_crimes.html
What To Do When the Nazis Come to Town: Local Responses to Nazi and Neo-Nazi Activities in Communities (DRAFT - 04-29-08 version): by Marc Brenman, Executive Director, Washington State Human Rights Commission. (Posted with permission.) http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/WhatToDoWhenTheNazisComeToTown-byMarcBrenman-042908.pdf
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