I am sending this to you because you are my friend and I hope providing protection to our friends and neighbors is also important to you. ( & please share!)
I'm asking for your help (yet again) to get South Carolina to join the 47 other states with a Hate Crime Law.
This bill took the first step today toward a South Carolina Hate Crime Law. While we are encouraged that there is movement, the bill’s wording was changed to limit its coverage.
The SC House Judiciary Subcommittee voted unanimously to delete the words “gender” and “sexual orientation” from the individuals protected and they sent the modified bill to the full House Judiciary Committee for a hearing Tuesday March 16.
The Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate and the SC Stamp Out Hate Coalition members want this protection restored. The FBI reports 1 in 5 The crimes are motivated by anti-LGBTQ+ bias, and that violence against that community is on the rise. Leaving our LGBTQ+ community out of the bill removes protection for some of us who most need it.
We need to ask the full Judiciary Committee to restore this wording and protection. Here is how you can do that:
1. Send an email to all Judiciary Committee members here: https://stampouthate.sc/contact-legislators/ ( takes 1 minute)
2. Call the Judiciary Committee members directly. They may not read their email, but most answer the phone. The contact list for these House members follows.
Ask them to restore the necessary protection in H. 3620 by including the words “gender” and “sexual orientation” to the list of the victim’s characteristics.
Many thanks for your support from your partners at Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate.
Click Here for list of Judiciary Committee Members.
Priority of Calls
1. Chairman Chris Murphy
2. Members who are not Sponsors
3. Sponsoring Members who presumably accept the Original Wording.
If you cannot personally call everyone on this list, please ask a few friends to help you by making 3 to 5 calls.
Risa Sreden Prince