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Lawmakers, activists fight for tougher hate-crime laws

Madden, Kenyatta lead discussion on racism on high school and college campuses

(Mar 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 25 -- Education and shattering social norms are key in combatting racism in high schools and colleges, as evidenced by testimony at today’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Reps. Maureen Madden and Malcolm Kenyatta. The Monroe and Philadelphia County legislators led today’s discussion bringing together state officials, students and educators to brainstorm solutions that aim to help break cycles of systemic racism via policy development and implementation. “How do we start conversations that help people understand that freedom of speech should not be a free pass for racism? We all deserve to be respected and the blatant hate and disrespect for others is impacting lives. Hate has no place in our education system. Students go to school to learn, grow and often overcome any barriers the hand that life has dealt them. I’m grateful for this forum today to learn what’s happening in our education system and what lawmakers can do to overcome the racism in our schools,” Madden shared. “Terms like ‘diversity quota’ and ‘affirmative action applicant’ are just some of the covertly racist insults that disparage the merits of students and faculty of color in academia. Ultimately, these slights have devastating effects on the emotional and mental health of these students and faculty, thereby straining their likelihood to graduate and excel at these institutions,” Read more


Costa, Frankel: $1.1 million grant to protect Pittsburgh Jewish faith community

(Dec 28, 2020)

Lawmakers ‘lament’ need for security, but pledge to ensure safety Read more


Coalition Against Hate calls for renewed commitment to struggle against hate, fear

(Oct 27, 2020)

Coalition is comprised of lawmakers, religious and civil groups Read more


Frankel, community mark anti-Semitic attack, remember those lost

(Oct 27, 2020)

Urges General Assembly to act against rise in hate crimes Read more


Frankel: Hate incidents continue to show need for action

(Oct 13, 2020)

Urges House, Senate leadership to enact hate crime legislation Read more


Delaware County lawmakers call for investigation into violence against Black Lives Matter supporters

(Aug 07, 2020)

HARRISBURG (August 7, 2020) – Today, a group of state lawmakers from Delaware County called for District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer to investigate violence and intimidation aimed at Black Lives Matter supporters during a march in Ridley Township on Saturday, August 1 st . State Sens. Tim Kearney and Anthony Williams as well as State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Margo Davidson, David Delloso, Brian Kirkland, and Joanna McClinton signed the letter, which details how peaceful protesters were met with violence and intimidation by a group of counter-protesters. The letter calls for Delaware County’s District Attorney to investigate the counter-protesters’ actions and the Ridley Township Police Department’s response. “I was proud to participate in the Black Lives Matter protest and stand with people of all races and all ages against systemic racism,” said Sen. Tim Kearney . “But I was disturbed by the hate and intimidation that I witnessed firsthand from counter-protesters. We are better than that. We need to make sure our community feels safe when peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.” “I join others across our community in expressing horror that this demonstration of love and support for Black lives was met by a menacing group with a mission to taunt and intimidate peaceful protesters,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger . “Instead of actively protecting the First Amendment rights of our Read more


As trans individuals are targeted, coalition calls for action on hate crime bills

(Jun 19, 2020)

Recent murders a reminder PA laws ill equipped to protect people against hate crimes Read more


House lawmakers: Fight for equality not over with historic SCOTUS ruling

(Jun 15, 2020)

Nondiscrimination protections need to include housing, public accommodations, other areas Read more


DeLissio Fights for LGBTQ+ Legislation

(May 22, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Pam DeLissio commits to fighting for LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination legislation this session. Currently, State law does not ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Legislation to accomplish this has been pending for over 20 years. This legislation has never been brought forward for a vote. Efforts to amend this proposed legislation into other bills has happened repeatedly with no success. Such an effort occurred again yesterday and these were my comments on that effort. Read more


Rise in hate crimes leads to warning from state police, lawmakers

(Apr 02, 2020)

Lawmakers, PSP discuss increase in incidents and urge public action Read more


April telephone press conference regarding racism amid the COVID-19 crisis

(Apr 02, 2020)

Lawmakers, PSP discuss increase in incidents and urge public action Read more


Anti-Hate Crime Bills Introduced To Pennsylvania Legislature

(Oct 31, 2019)

A package of bills meant to strengthen Pennsylvania's hate crime laws has been introduced in the state legislature. Read more


Proposed Pa. hate crimes package would up penalties, extend protections

(Oct 30, 2019)

The bills, said Frankel, are designed to increase penalties, provide better reporting and police training and protect the rights of hate crimes victims Read more


Lawmakers, activists fight for tougher hate-crime laws

(Oct 25, 2019)

Frankel decided to focus on introducing a package of bills to enhance the state’s hate crime law. He has been working on the precise wording of the measures and reaching out to stakeholders for months. Read more


Hate crime legislation guide

(Oct 24, 2019)

Information about hate crime legislation introduced in the House and Senate Read more


Hate crime legislation introduced in Pa. House, Senate

(Oct 13, 2019)

The legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Dan Frankel and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Phila., will bring Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws into the modern era, extend protections to threatened communities, and give law enforcement the tools it needs to prevent and address hate crimes across the commonwealth. Read more


State Legislators Announce Legislation Addressing Hate Crimes

(May 09, 2019)

Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate stood together today outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh to announce plans for legislation that will address hate crimes. Read more