[Hpn] Hate Crimes Against Homeless People

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Sat, 16 Feb 2008 16:47:37 -0500


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Saturday, February 16, 2008
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http://clevelandhomeless.blogspot.com/2008/02/hate-crimes-against-homeles=
s-people.html

New York Times Takes Up Hate Crimes

The New York Times on Thursday took up the issue of attacks on homeless =
people. The problem is especially acute in Florida, and the National =
Coalition has taken up the challenge by putting together a homeless =
curriculum as well as a Statewide VISTA program to educate young people =
against violence. Despite all the attacks, not one state has passed a =
homeless hate crimes bill. Five states rejected the idea in 2007. Ohio =
will take up the issue in 2008 with a bill introduced by State =
Representative Michael Foley.=20

We see the need for this bill after a heinous attack in January in =
Akron. According to the Plain Dealer, five individuals kidnapped a =
homeless person, burned the man, and assaulted him over two days. The =
victim, John Rice, spent three days in the hospital and will need =
continued medical treatment. One of the strange correlations is that the =
meaner the City is to homeless people the more likely that citizens will =
attack homeless people. Florida has repeatedly been selected by the =
National Coalition as one of the meanest states in the United States =
toward homeless people. The Coalition gave Akron an award last year as =
the Roadblock of the Year for their horrible panhandling law. It seems =
as though when a city passes a law at a specific population like =
homeless people, it is a signal to the citizens especially young people =
that it is open season on that group. It is almost like it is a signal =
to a disturbed, unstable, and frightened group that the municipal =
government will ignore crimes against this largely forgotten and =
isolated population residing on the streets of everyone of the major =
cities in the United States.

If you talk to your local Ohio State representative ask them to support =
HR 419, the homeless hate crimes bill. It would allow prosecutors to ask =
for additional penalties if a person is convicted of a hate crime =
against homeless people. Thanks.

New Hampshire Homeless
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.
1-603-286-2492
http://www.missingkids.com
http://www.nationalhomeless.org
http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org
newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com

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style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 130%; COLOR: rgb(102,102,204)"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-WEIGHT: bold">New York Times Takes Up Hate=20
Crimes</SPAN></SPAN><BR><BR>The New York Times on </FONT><A=20
href=3D"http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/us/15homeless.html?_r=3D1&amp;r=
ef=3Dus&amp;oref=3Dslogin"><FONT=20
color=3D#bb3300>Thursday took up the issue of attacks on homeless=20
people</FONT></A>. The problem is especially acute in Florida, and the =
National=20
Coalition has taken up the challenge by putting together a homeless =
curriculum=20
as well as a Statewide VISTA program to educate young people against =
violence.=20
Despite all the attacks, not one state has passed a homeless hate crimes =
bill.=20
Five states rejected the idea in 2007. Ohio will take up the issue in =
2008 with=20
a bill introduced by State Representative Michael Foley. <BR><BR>We see =
the need=20
for this bill after a heinous attack in January in Akron. According to =
the <A=20
href=3D"http://www.cleveland.com/"><SPAN style=3D"FONT-STYLE: =
italic"><FONT=20
color=3D#bb3300>Plain Dealer</FONT></SPAN></A>, five individuals =
kidnapped a=20
homeless person, burned the man, and assaulted him over two days. The =
victim,=20
John Rice, spent three days in the hospital and will need continued =
medical=20
treatment. One of the strange correlations is that the meaner the City =
is to=20
homeless people the more likely that citizens will attack homeless =
people.=20
Florida has repeatedly been selected by the National Coalition as one of =
the=20
meanest states in the United States toward homeless people. The =
Coalition gave=20
Akron an award last year as the Roadblock of the Year for their horrible =

panhandling law. It seems as though when a city passes a law at a =
specific=20
population like homeless people, it is a signal to the citizens =
especially young=20
people that it is open season on that group. It is almost like it is a =
signal to=20
a disturbed, unstable, and frightened group that the municipal =
government will=20
ignore crimes against this largely forgotten and isolated population =
residing on=20
the streets of everyone of the major cities in the United =
States.<BR><BR>If you=20
talk to your local Ohio State representative ask them to support HR 419, =
the=20
homeless hate crimes bill. It would allow prosecutors to ask for =
additional=20
penalties if a person is convicted of a hate crime against homeless =
people.=20
Thanks.</DIV></DIV></DIV>
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11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street<BR>Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640=20
USA<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human=20
rights.<BR>1-603-286-2492<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.missingkids.com">http://www.missingkids.com</A><BR><A =

href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A><BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A><BR><A=20
href=3D"mailto:newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com">newhampshirehom=
eless-subscribe@topica.com</A><BR></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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