OCA Applauds House Decision to Pass Hate Crimes Prevention LegislationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2007
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OCA Applauds House Decision to Pass Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation
APA advocacy organization urges Senate and White House approval
Washington, DC – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, applauded the decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act yesterday. The legislation will extend protected classes under the existing law to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability. It will also provide more resources to federal and state law enforcement officials to investigate hate crimes.
"The passage of this bill not only strengthens the existing protection to people facing discrimination and physical harm, but will also strengthen the civil rights movement and minority communities in the future,” said Ginny Gong, National President. "We congratulate the House for their vision and courage, and look forward to working more closely with our elected representatives towards our goal of a country where no American is afraid of being attacked on the basis of their skin color, nationality, gender, ability, or sexual orientation.”
However, the bill still has many opponents in the Senate and White House, and the White House issued a statement earlier today saying that if the bill were to be "presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”
"The Senate and the president will be undermining the efforts of hundreds of police officers, detectives, and other law enforcement officials if they fail to pass this bill,” said Michael Lin, Executive Director. "They will also be denying entire communities full protection under the law, and short-changing millions of Americans. In order to provide full protection to all Americans, we strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and ask the President to sign the bill. It’s the right thing to do.”
Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, is dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.