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Coalition of Civil Rights Groups Condemn Rash of Hate Crimes

Washington, DC, November 24, 2008 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today joined with a coalition of seven national civil rights organizations to denounce the recent wave of hate crimes against Hispanics and other minorities, including the brutal murder of Marcelo Lucero, a Suffolk County, Long Island man of Ecuadoran descent.

"There is a direct connection between the tenor of the political debate and the daily lives of immigrants in our communities.  It is no accident that as the immigration debate has demonized immigrants as "invaders" who poison our communities with disease and criminality, haters have taken matters into their own hands and hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise for the fourth consecutive year," said Michael Lieberman, ADL Washington Counsel. (full remarks)

ADL joined with representatives from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the National Urban League, the NAACP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to decry the recent spike in hate crimes both during and after the election.

These seven organizations are committed to working together to monitor incidents of hate crimes and hate rhetoric, to urge Congress to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act and the media to cease resorting to bias and bigotry, and to increase tolerance and understanding among all communities.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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