Surge In Bias Crimes Spurs "Day Against Hate"
In response to the growing number of hate crimes in New York City, a broad coalition of New Yorkers from government, law enforcement, religious organizations and advocacy groups from across the city, including Brooklyn officials Borough President Marty Markowitz, District Attorney Charles Hynes and City Councilman Lew Fidler, joined Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn last Thursday to speak out against hate crimes. The leaders announced an upcoming five-borough campaign against hate crimes, which will raise awareness of the impact of hate crimes in an effort to prevent future crimes from occurring.
A citywide "Day Out Against Hate," scheduled to take place November 29, will feature events with elected officials, activists and community leaders. with events in each borough, in schools, senior centers and after school programs.
New York City has experienced a rise in hate crimes citywide, with statistics indicating that there has been a 20.9 percent increase in hate crimes so far this year. Additionally, a recent survey sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League shows the number of Americans who hold anti-Semitic attitudes has remained constant since 2005.
Most recently, swastikas or nooses have ap-peared from Columbia University to Canarsie High School, in Parks Department lockers and outside the Church Street Post Office.
"These incidents are assaults against our communities, and necessitate a vigorous response from all New Yorkers," said Fidler.