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The Sikh Coalition News
February 21, 2013

  • 26 Senators Endorse Sikh Hate Crime Tracking; House Letter Building Support

    February 21, 2013 (Washington, DC) – This week, 26 U.S. Senators have issued a letter to the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) calling on the agencies to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, as well as Arab and Hindu Americans, consistent with the way other communities are treated in the FBI’s hate crime tracking records.

    Click here to read the Senate letter

    Notably, the letter cites Sikh Coalition community surveys showing that Sikhs are acutely susceptible to hate violence. Meanwhile, because of your phone calls and emails to your elected representatives, a similar letter in the U.S. House of Representatives continues to build support, with 41 members of Congress—and counting—signed on. Signatories are listed at the end of this email.

    Click here to contact your Member of Congress

    The FBI is due to make a decision about this issue this coming June. A subdivision of the FBI, known as the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), collects statistics about crime in the United States, including hate crimes, and publishes statistics annually to help guide policymaking and law enforcement resource allocation. Improvements to data collection processes are recommended to the FBI by a CJIS advisory body, comprised of law enforcement officials, known as the Advisory Policy Board (APB). You can read a summary of the complex APB decision-making process, prepared by the Justice Department, by clicking here.

    House Signatories (as of Feb. 21, 2013)

    Ami Bera (CA)
    Michael Capuano (MA)
    Judy Chu (CA)
    Gerry Connolly (VA)
    Jim Costa (CA)
    Joseph Crowley (NY)
    Suzan DelBene (WA)
    Ted Deutsch (FL)
    Eliot Engel (NY)
    Sam Farr (CA)
    Tulsi Gabbard (HI)
    Meeks Gregory (NY)
    Raul Grijalva (AZ)
    Rush Holt (NJ)
    Mike Honda (CA)
    Ron Kind (WI)
    Barbara Lee (CA)
    Sander Levin (MI)
    John Lewis (GA)
    Zoe Lofgren (CA)
    Ben Lujan (NM)
    Carolyn Maloney (NY)
    Doris Matsui (CA)
    Betty McCollum (MN)
    Grace Meng (NY)
    George Miller (CA)
    Gwen Moore (WI)
    Grace Napolitano (CA)
    Bill Pascrell (NJ)
    Gary Peters (MI)
    Jared Polis (CO)
    Bobby Rush (IL)
    Jan Schakowsky (IL)
    Adam Schiff (CA)
    Brad Sherman (CA)
    Jackie Speier (CA)
    Eric Swalwell (CA)
    Bennie Thompson (MI)
    Chris Van Hollen (MD)
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
    Henry Waxman (CA)
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