Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Calls for Increased Funding to Combat Hate Crimes

While hate crimes have never ceased to exist, their recent escalation in the United States has introduced a long overdue call to action.

In an attempt to prevent continued spread of hatred and to increase security for targeted groups, MAKER and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made the call for increased funding for the state of New York.

More specifically, Newsday reports that she asked for a "$5 million boost in federal anti-terror funding after a recent spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims, Jews and members of the LGBT community."

Crimes against these targeted groups have reportedly increased nearly 35 percent since election day, according to various national news sources, having reached their peak the week following November 8, more than doubling in number from those reported in 2015.

"We know these incidents are nationwide and this is not representative of New York or America," Gillibrand stated. But, she added, in order to put a stop to them, "People should stand up and protect the most vulnerable."

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