Governor Kathy Hochul in the present day, at the side of the New York State Division of Human Rights’ Hate and Bias Prevention Unit, introduced the launch of a brand new phone hotline and on-line kind permitting New Yorkers to report hate and bias incidents on to HBPU. Alongside this announcement, HBPU encourages to all New Yorkers to contact the Unit in the event that they or somebody they know has skilled an incident involving hate or discrimination. At this time’s announcement and reminder comes as Jewish, Arab, Muslim, and different communities throughout New York State and across the nation face prejudice and violence within the aftermath of the horrific violence in Israel and Gaza.
“Hate is a cowardly factor, and no New Yorker ought to should endure the discrimination it fuels,” Governor Hochul stated. “It’s essential to cease any type of hate as quickly because it emerges in order that it has no alternative to develop right into a pressure that results in the lack of life. Preserving New Yorkers secure is my high precedence, and I’m proud to launch this hotline so that everybody can shortly get the assistance they want.”
“Throughout these instances of profound loss and large tragedy, we can’t give into the harmful impulse to hate, as an alternative, allow us to look to the infinite energy of affection,” stated Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. “In New York, we won’t let this second divide us. We’re dedicated to making sure that each individual on this state, no matter faith or background, is protected against hate and supported with love. We’ll look out for one another and we’ll get by these tragedies collectively.”
The Division’s Hate and Bias Prevention Unit (HBPU) condemns all types of hate and seeks to handle acts of hate and bias that happen in New York State. Whereas emergency conditions and real-time incidents must be referred to 911 first, HBPU encourages all New Yorkers who’ve skilled an incident involving hate or discrimination, or who want to take part in group anti-hate initiatives, to contact HBPU. HBPU stands prepared to supply a variety of help to group members, together with help in submitting complaints, organizing instructional programming, internet hosting group dialogues, offering battle decision, and extra.
At this time’s announcement highlighted the Unit’s launch of a devoted incident reporting hotline at 844-NO-2-HATE, and members of the general public can even report incidents by HBPU’s online reporting form. Governor Hochul introduced the plan for these new reporting mechanisms throughout an occasion on the Heart for Jewish Historical past in September.
Division of Human Rights Commissioner Maria L. Imperial stated, “The Division of Human Rights will proceed to work to make sure New Yorkers can reside with dignity, fulfill their potential, and take part totally within the lifetime of the state. Antisemitism and anti-Muslim bias don’t have any place in our communities. It’s very important that we deal with hate right here at dwelling, and work with our neighbors and communities to construct a greater world, stuffed with love for all.”
Hate and Bias Prevention Unit Senior Director Joan Pangilinan-Taylor stated, “The Hate and Bias Prevention Unit is right here to help New Yorkers on this troublesome time. All of us ought to really feel secure, welcome, and revered in our every day lives, with out the painful expertise of Antisemitism or Anti-Muslim bias. We encourage each particular person in our state to talk out if they’ve skilled or witnessed a hate or bias incident, and make contact with us for assist.”
Earlier this week, Governor Hochul led a bipartisan coalition of 17 governors to face in solidarity with Israel, issuing a joint letter to federal leaders to specific the broad help for Israel and condemnation of terror assaults from Hamas. Governor Hochul has led New York’s response to the disaster in Israel, offering help to Israeli President Isaac Herzog and meeting with Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan. She has attended a number of vigils and rallies in help of the State of Israel, from Albany to New York Metropolis. The Governor has additionally lit state landmarks in blue and white, the colours of Israel’s flag, raised the Israeli flag above the Governor’s residence in Albany, and directed flags on State buildings to be flown at half-staff to commemorate the victims of the Hamas terror assaults.
Launched by Governor Hochul in December 2022 and chaired by Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, HBPU has established 10 regional Hate and Bias Prevention Councils representing each area throughout the state. The councils are comprised of a various community of private and non-private stakeholders that embody community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, regulation enforcement, authorities businesses, and different advocacy teams. HBPU additionally oversees a fast response initiative, which gives help to communities impacted by hate or bias incidents. Extra details about the Hate and Bias Prevention Unit might be discovered here.