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HRC: Federal hate crimes bill in jeopardy

HRC has alerted members that the Matthew Shepard Act (a federal hate crimes bill) could be in jeopardy:

Right now, the fate of the Matthew Shepard Act depends on you.

House and Senate leaders could decide in the coming days to detach the bill from a larger Department of Defense bill, where it currently resides. The move would almost certainly eliminate its chances of becoming law, setting back our progress by months or years. We likely have less than a week to convince them.

We've spent a decade fighting tooth and nail for a Federal hate crimes bill – we cannot let last-minute political challenges defeat us now. It's time to make a ruckus. Write your lawmakers today, then spread the word.

Subject:

Dear [ Decision Maker ],

As a constituent and a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, I'm writing to urge you to do everything in your power to make sure the Matthew Shepard Act (S 1105) is included in the conference report of the Department of Defense Authorization Act (HR 1585) and sent to the President's desk for signature.

(Edit Letter Below)

One hate crime is committed in this country every hour.  Whether these crimes are based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity, they are not acceptable, they are not American, and they need a strong Federal law in response. 

This issue is especially timely right now.  Last week, the FBI reported that hate crimes rose nearly 8% last year.

Please lobby your colleagues to ensure that the Matthew Shepard Act makes it to the President's desk this year.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
[Your name]
[Your address]

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