Boyle holds rally on hate crimes expansion

HARRISBURG, May 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., today held a Capitol rally to promote the passage of H.B. 635 and the expansion of what constitutes a hate crime.

“Sadly, we continue to see acts of hatred and violence carried out across the commonwealth and the United States,” Boyle said. “We must change Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law to protect all people and combat this growing epidemic of hate crimes. Attacks like those against the Jewish community in California and Pittsburgh are just two examples in the upsurge of reported hate crimes in recent years. We need to take action and do whatever we can to prevent these tragedies.”

Boyle has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand the offense of ethnic intimidation to include malicious intention against the actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity of another person or group of people.

April 27 marked the six-month anniversary of the Tree of Life tragedy in Pittsburgh, and another Jewish house of worship was attacked in California on the last day of Passover. Leaders of the Jewish community rallied behind Boyle to support his efforts to expand the state’s hate crimes statute.

Boyle was joined by members of the state House and LGBTQ community, disability rights advocates and faith-based groups.

For more information on this event and Boyle’s legislation, contact his office at (215) 331-2600.