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Hate violence poses a serious threat to California communities. In every region of the state, incidents have occurred in which racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities have been harassed, intimidated, assaulted and even murdered. In some communities, acts motivated by bigotry have sparked widespread community disruption.

When children formed a swastika with their bodies, it sparked a conversation on hate

By | January 29th, 2019|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

A black man stood to face his neighbors, choking up as he recounted how, every day, some person or another crossed the street when they saw him coming. In Ojai, a pretty place he calls home, people routinely ignore him.

A woman’s voice

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Blaze Bernstein’s killing one year later: How his death has impacted Orange County and beyond

By | January 10th, 2019|Hate Crimes, LGBTQ+|

On Jan. 10, 2018, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators found 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein’s body in a shallow grave near Borrego Park in Foothill Ranch.

Officials determined he had been stabbed 20 times, killed in an act of rage. Bernstein was gay and Jewish, the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

And for most of 2018, a year

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A Surge of Anti-Semitism

By | December 5th, 2018|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The reports of the Jewish psychology professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who walked into her office in late November to find bloodred swastikas and a slur, “Yid,” painted on her walls drew widespread attention and shock from the public.

After all, the episode came only a month after the fatal shooting at the Tree of

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‘HATE IS JUST EXHAUSTING’: GROWING UP WITH—AND RUNNING AWAY FROM—THE KU KLUX KLAN

By | November 29th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual hate crime report, reporting that the number of hate crimes committed in 2017 was 17 percent higher than the previous year. Although the FBI’s report does not offer any explanation for this increase, the role of white nationalism is apparent, especially when considering

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‘They got me. I’m afraid.’: Swastikas spray-painted on a Jewish professor’s office at Columbia

By | November 29th, 2018|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The psychology professor pulled open the heavy oak doors of Horace Mann Hall, which boasts 16-foot ceilings and varnished wood floors, and headed to her fourth-floor office. Filing in behind her were students preparing for a 1:30 p.m. lab meeting Wednesday. As they entered her workspace, they passed a mezuza, a small box containing

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Hate Crimes on Campuses Are Rising, New FBI Data Show

By | November 15th, 2018|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The killing of Richard Collins III stands out among the hate crimes documented in statistics released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Collins, a black Army lieutenant, was fatally stabbed by another college student just three days before he was set to graduate from Maryland’s Bowie State University in May 2017. His death was

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U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.
(Story quotes CAHRO’s Brian Levin)

By | November 5th, 2018|Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’s handling of white supremacy was broken came in September 2017, as he was sitting in an emergency-operations center in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and watching what felt like his thousandth YouTube video of the recent violence

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(Story quotes CAHRO’s Brian Levin)

Right-wing groups are recruiting students to target teachers

By | October 30th, 2018|Education, Extremism, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

When the threatening letters started to arrive, Albert Ponce stopped letting his daughter touch the mail.

Ponce, a political science professor at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his wife didn’t know how to explain to their 9-year-old that her father was receiving death threats. “Only Mom and Dad can touch the

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California white supremacists vowed to ‘reimagine’ racist movements with new look and secretive tactics

By | October 25th, 2018|Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

From the beginning, the founders of the so-called Rise Above Movement had a goal: to reinvent what it meant to be a white nationalist.

Members of the Southern California group were instructed to blend in at political rallies with polo shirts, khakis and

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