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RON GETTELFINGER, President ELIZABETH BUNN, Secretary-Treasurer
VICE PRESIDENTS: GENERAL HOLIEFIELD • BOB KING • CAL RAPSON • JIMMY SETTLES • TERRY THURMAN
IN REPLY REFER TO
April 27, 2009
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Dear Representative: This week the House is scheduled to take up “The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009” (H.R. 1913). The UAW strongly supports this bill and urges you to vote for it. The legislation would strengthen existing federal hate crimes laws by removing unnecessary obstacles to federal prosecution and providing authority for federal involvement in a wider category of bias-motivated crimes. Specifically, H.R. 1913 would permit federal involvement in the prosecution of bias-motivated crimes based on the victim’s gender, sexual orientation or disability, as well as their race, color, religion and national origin. This legislation also would eliminate the current requirement that the crime must have been committed because of the victim’s involvement in a “federally protected activity,” such as voting or serving on a jury. This measure has repeatedly attracted majority, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. The House has an opportunity to provide leadership on this vital issue by acting now to strengthen the federal hate crimes statue. We therefore urge you to support this legislation. Thank you for considering our views on this important issue. Sincerely,
Alan Reuther Legislative Director