Brooklyn Reader & COLlive
In light of the spike in anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes in Brooklyn, Rep. Yvette Clarke is working with City Councilman Chaim Deutsch to establish “The Office of Hate Crime Prevention.”
“We must come together as a community to denounce the undeniable spike in hate crimes in Brooklyn and across the nation,” said Clarke, who represents New York’s 9th Congressional District including Crown Heights, Flatbush and Prospect Heights.
“I am working with NYC elected officials and community advocates to ensure this community is protected. I support Councilman Chaim Deutsch and the NYC Council’s Jewish Caucus’ efforts to create this special office in New York City dedicated to the prevention of hate crimes.”
In October, Deutsch proposed legislation to establish The Office of Hate Crime Prevention. According to the bill that City Council passed last month, the office would not only monitor hate crimes, but also conduct training and outreach programs to address hate speech and hate crimes of all forms.
Deutsch says the bill will push for educational programs in schools and community centers while also collecting data from the NYPD to understand the motives fueling the hate.
Deutsch proposed the special office after a rise of anti-Semitic attacks last October. Within one week, two Jewish men were attacked in Borough Park and Crown Heights in broad daylight. Since the beginning of the year, there were numerous incidents of synagogues and other Jewish institution being vandalized and defaced with swastikas.
In a press conference on Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that “after recent events in New York and around the world, it’s more important than ever to stand united against the forces of hate.”
“I believe there is no external threat that can defeat this nation, but the enemy within can defeat this nation. And the enemy within is prejudice and anger and hatred,” he said during a visit to Kingston, NY.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 22, 2019