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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 03:29 am

HATE CRIMES DISCUSSION

For all its great history, Springfield’s past does include some dark events we all wish hadn’t happened; the infamous 1908 race riots and the more recent “noose incidents” at CWLP come immediately to mind. Now, the Springfield-based Coalition to Promote Human Dignity and Diversity (CPHDD) is planning a public forum on dealing with that type of event when it happens. “In these contentious times, it is helpful for members of the community to understand the difference between hate activities and hate crimes, as well as the community resources available to aid the victims of such activities or crimes,” said Kenley Wade, CPHDD vice chair and community activist. Speakers will include Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser, UIS professor emeritus Larry Golden and Springfield Police chief Robert Williams, with discussion moderated by Blanca Bernasek, director of multicultural programs at Lincoln Land Community College.

Discussion will cover hate activities and hate crimes, legislation, and Springfield’s reaction to such incidents, among other topics. The forum, titled “What are Hate Activities and How Can We Deal with Them?”, will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Union Baptist Church, 1405 East Monroe St. For more information, call Kenley Wade at 726-6732 or Diane Lopez Hughes at 544-3997.
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