June 10, 2019 (Washington, DC) – According to the most recent 2017 data by the FBI, hate crimes in Oregon have increased by 40%, and, in response, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has recommended the state adopt Senate Bill 577
. Specifically, it would overhaul Oregon’s current hate crime statute and revise how offenders are charged for hate crimes.
We must take action now and tell both the Oregon State Legislature and Governor Brown to support this bill. One of the biggest problems in current hate crime laws and law enforcement policy is underreporting. According to the FBI’s most recent report, Oregon is falling short on reporting hate crimes. A mere 29 out of 214 law enforcement agencies in the state participated in hate crime data reporting. SB 577 allows the Department of Justice to better study bias crimes in order to develop more efficient trainings and procedures to enforce the law and improve reporting of hate crimes.
“With this bill, law enforcement agencies can be better equipped to understand bias incidents and gather the information necessary for the appropriate prosecution of such crimes,” said Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy Sim J. Singh. “Most importantly, SB 577 will allow Oregon to continue to lead the charge in decrying hate and providing equal protections for all Oregonians.”
WE NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION NOW:
- Complete this form to instantly send a message to both the Oregon State Legislature and Governor Brown asking them to support SB 577 and strengthen Oregon’s hate crime laws.
- Ask your friends and family in Oregon to take action by sharing this campaign on social media or via text/WhatsApp.
SB 577 was created in consultation with experts representing diverse communities impacted by hate crimes. This bill also has broad support amongst community groups such as Unite Oregon, the Sikh Coalition, Muslim Advocates, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, the Anti-Defamation League and more. SB 577 would streamline data collection, expand protected classes to include gender identity and put in place better penalties against criminals acting on bias and hate.
The Sikh Coalition continues to provide completely free and confidential legal assistance. If you or somebody you know has been a victim of bias, bigotry or hate crime violence, contact our legal team by filling out our legal intake form
to request legal assistance.