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Hate Crimes On The Rise In California, Globally Too. What Can Communities Do In Response?

Published May 12, 2023 at 8:42 AM PDT
An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California
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SACRAMENTO, CA - An exterior of the state capitol in Sacramento, California. Amid rising hate crimes in California, the California Civil Rights Department announced the launch of the CA vs Hate hotline where victims and witnesses can report acts of hate.

Hate Crimes On The Rise In California, Globally Too. What Can Communities Do In Response?

ADL Hate Report 05.12.2023

More than 500 antisemitic acts targeting Jewish people were committed in California last year, an increase of more than 40% from 2021, underscoring a proliferation of hate crimes and extremism in the state. The civil rights organization’s report also shows how established groups such as the Proud Boys continue to target local LGBTQ+ events, especially drag queen story hours. In response the California Civil Rights Department unveiled a statewide non-emergency hate crime hotline. The hotline, serving as an alternative to law enforcement, helps connect people who experience or witness hate crimes with various resources, including legal and mental health assistance. Joining us to discuss the rise in antisemitism and hate crimes in California is Sharon Brous, senior Rabbi at IKAR, a Los Angeles-based Jewish congregation and Robert Trestan, vice president of the Anti Defamation League West. Have comments or questions about the rise in hate crimes? Call us at 866-893-5722 or email us as

With files from The Associated Press

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