Hate Crimes

Katie Blackley / WESA

Hatred manifests itself in flyers distributed in certain neighborhoods, in internet postings, and as Pittsburghers know too well--through violent, even deadly acts. Is the hate movement increasing? 

Kathleen Blee, dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, says yes, and its participants have learned from their forebearers.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Just outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, state Democratic lawmakers announced a package of bills Thursday to address a nationwide increase in hate crimes.

GENE J. PUSKAR / AP

Hate crimes have been a major part of the national conversation in recent years, including after the mass shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue in October. But judging from statistics reported by the Pittsburgh Police on Tuesday, there has been little change in the overall number of hate crimes committed within city limits over the last decade.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

 

As Pittsburgh mourns lives lost and affected by the deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, thousands are coming together to hold vigils, raise money and offer interfaith support.

What Is A Hate Crime?

Oct 29, 2018
Amy Sisk / 90.5 WESA

Prosecutors charged the alleged gunman in the shooting rampage at Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life synagogue with state and federal hate crimes Saturday. 

Police Boost Patrols At Synagogues After Pittsburgh Shooting

Oct 27, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Law-enforcement agencies around the U.S. deployed extra officers at synagogues and Jewish centers on Saturday in response to a shooting that claimed 11 lives inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Emma Lee / WHYY

Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law protects people on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. But it doesn’t include several other categories—like ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.

Some lawmakers have been trying to change that—but not everyone is on-board.

The commonwealth’s hate crimes law didn’t always exclude protections for sexual orientation, disabilities, or gender identity. From 2002 to 2008, it protected an expanded number of groups.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

On Thursday evening, more than 60 people gathered at the Union Project in Highland Park to learn how to safely intervene in incidents of bullying or harassment. The event was organized by the local chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, and Jewish social justice group Bend the Arc.

Philadelphia police say approximately 100 headstones have been damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern part of the city. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a similar episode in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, where more than 150 graves were targeted.

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In the months following the election of President Donald Trump, the Southern Poverty Law Center documented more than 1,000 incidents of harassment and intimidation across the country. Of the cases, more than 140 targeted Jewish people.

Nicole Fallert / 90.5 WESA

A federal gun control measure introduced Monday with the intention of preventing hate crimes became unexpectedly timely in the aftermath of a deadly mass shooting Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) said he’d been working on the legislation for months and had planned to introduce it later this week, but decided to submit it Monday after the attack by an ISIS-pledged man in Florida claimed at least 49 lives at the Pulse nightclub.

PA’s Hate-Crime Law Still Leaves Many Groups Out

Nov 24, 2013
Alexandra Kanik / PublicSource

Jane’s whole life has been like one long hate crime.

As a teenager, her classmates beat her to a pulp because she shaved her legs. Her family believed that praying would cure what the belt didn’t.

Jane was born a man. Today, she is a woman.

Jane, a transgender woman, asked PublicSource not to use her name because of fear that she might be targeted. She completed her transition from male to female in rural Pennsylvania about two years ago.