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Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission Condemns Threat

March 8, 2017, 9:48 AM HST
* Updated March 8, 9:50 AM
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On behalf of the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission, Chair Linda Hamilton Krieger today strongly condemned the threatening phone call made on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, that necessitated the evacuation of Honolulu’s Temple Emanu-El preschool.

Krieger also renewed the commission’s previous plea for Hawaiʻi to stand against the national upsurge in discriminatory harassment and intimidation.

“We must all come together to condemn this despicable, hateful act against Hawai‘i’s Jewish community,” said Krieger. “No one should have to live in fear because of their religion, just as no one should live in fear because of their national origin, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status.”

“It is sobering that this happened here in Hawaiʻi, in the context of threats against 20 Jewish community centers and day schools on the same day nationwide, as well as the bias-motivated shooting that took the life of an Indian man in Kansas last week,” said HCRC Executive Director William Hoshijo. “Those who share a commitment to civil rights must stand up for those who cannot stand alone, and condemn the post-election proliferation of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant attacks and threats, acts of vandalism and hateful rhetoric.”

The Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing, and will enforce, state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state-funded services.

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The HCRC stands in opposition to discriminatory harassment, whether in schools, workplaces, places of business, or in our communities.

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If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment because of your race, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, religion, sex, including gender identity, or other prohibited bases, contact the HCRC at (808) 586-8636 or email [email protected].

For more information, go to the HCRC website.

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