Let’s Pass a Hate Crimes Bill in Indiana

Once again, the Indiana General Assembly will take up the issue of a Hate Crimes bill. Opponents of the legislation are actively trying to convince lawmakers that the legislation is unnecessary. According to the website of the bi-partisan campaign, Indiana Forward, “Hate crimes are on the rise in our state and across the nation. Indiana is one of just 5 states without a hate crimes law in place. Hate crimes laws allow judges to enact stricter sentences for criminals that target victims based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. Indiana’s lack of a hate crimes law sends an unwelcoming message to the people who live here and the businesses and talent who are considering making the Hoosier State their home. There is momentum at the Statehouse and among Indiana residents to pass the nation’s best and most inclusive hate crimes law."

Now is the time to get it done. What can you do?

  • Click on this link to register for the campaign. This will allow you to receive action alerts and updates.
  • Click on this link to find contact information for your elected officials. Call them and urge them to pass a comprehensive hate crimes law in the Indiana General Assembly in this legislative session.
  • Click on this link to learn more about the Indiana Forward campaign and the importance of a Hate Crimes law.

For more details, contact Bob Feferman: Community Relations Director at rfeferman@thejewishfed.org , or Marzy Bauer: Chair of Temple Beth-El’s Tzedek Seekers at Marzytbauer@gmail.com
Thank you,

Bob Feferman
Community Relations Director at The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley