Dec. 15, 2009-Jan.10, 2010
Sacramento, CA: Churches and synagogues offer support to an Orthodox synagogue hit with anti-Semitic graffiti on New Year's Eve, the second Jewish center vandalized in a month. Both synagogues were hit by arson a decade ago, as chronicled in a Not In Our Town video.
Buffalo, NY: A lesbian left blind in one eye following a hate attack outside a gay nightclub, is comforted by the many messages of support left on her Facebook page.
Cherry Hill, NJ: Residents hold a peaceful counter-protest outside a high school targeted by the so-called Westboro Baptist Church, and a Facebook campaign generates 1,400 pledges of one dollar each for the Matthew Shepard Foundation for every half-hour the hate group stands outside the school.
When a swastika over the name “Obama” is carved into a golf course, the owner covers the Nazi symbol with a heart, and local officials and all four public schools turn out for a Unity Rally.
Immigrant rights groups schedule a Jan. 16 protest march
calling for the removal of controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is under investigation by the Department of Justice for his harsh treatment of Latino immigrants.
Costa Mesa, CA:
Police are investigating the case of a Koran burned
outside an Islamic center as a hate crime.
Jurors hand down lengthy prison sentences
for three white men who confessed
to attacking a black man because he asked to use a restroom.
: The man who shot six women, killing one, at the Seattle Jewish Federation in July 2006 will spend the rest of his life in prison
In a test case of the new Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a Chicago-area man
faces federal charges for beating another man with brass knuckles because he believed his victim was gay.
Puerto Rico, VI:
Following widespread vigils
and a Facebook campaign protesting the murder of a gay Puerto Rican teenager, federal hate crime charges
will be brought against the self-confessed perpetrator.
A couple who beat a Native man
while shouting racial epithets, even as the victim held out his hand to them in friendship, face 10 years on federal hate crime charges.
: A Sikh graduate student
, attacked while delivering pizza to a group of white men who beat him, threw him into a pool and used racial epithets, moves across town after police did not classify the attack as a possible hate crime.
The FBI is investigating the kidnapping and rape
of a gay teen as a possible hate crime.
: A Bronx church
that ran a soup kitchen sponsored by late Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer is marred by Satanic graffiti and burned
to the ground.