tv U.S. Conference of Mayors Discuss Gun Violence Hate Crimes Part 2 CSPAN February 5, 2019 3:58am-5:03am EST
betsy devos for being here today. thank education secretary betsy devos for being here today. >> here is what is coming up on cspan3, next several mayors to share stories about the mass shootings associated with hate crimes in their cities and we hear about efforts to recruit and elect republican women. over the last year the world has seen what we always knew, that no people on earth are so fearless or daring or determined as americans. if there is a mountain we climbed it. if there is a frontier we cross it.
in this part mayors from annapolis maryland, parkland florida, charleston south carolina and pittsburgh shared stories about the mass shootings associated with hate crimes in their cities. >> good morning everyone. my name is karen freeman wilson and i am honored to serve as the chair of the criminal and social justice committee for the conference of mayors and i have the distinct privilege of leading this session on a very important topic, a very grave topic. earlier we just had an excellent discussion in the plenary on what mayors can do to build inclusive and compassionate cities and the conference centers the conference intention
intentional action on helping us to do that. in this session we are going to discuss a key factor in making sure that not only are our cities inclusive but that we protect our residents against those who do not value them for particular traits that they possess. not only that we protect them but that we send a message that we do not tolerate the ill- treatment of people based on their gender, their race, their religion or any other driver of hate crime. for many years the conference of mayors has had a strong policy condemning hate crimes and urging mayors to speak out against them whenever they occur and to ensure there is
reporting at the local level as well as to the fbi. today we are going to begin with a briefing on the increase in hate crimes that we are seeing across the country by the anti-defamation league and in the person of their counsel michael lieberman, who has been to this meeting before and has presented at our meeting before and who has been working hand in hand with the conference on these issues. the adl has also been a great partner with the conference of mayors and of course that partnership was strengthened with our joint development of a compact to combat hate, extremism and bigotry which was signed by 325 mayors shortly after charlotte.
i want to acknowledge even though mr. lieberman will do the presenting that jonathan green black who is the adl national director and ceo is present. mr. green black, i just saw him. i knew he said he had to catch a flight. he is going to catch a flight. then we will hear after michael from mayor bill who will discuss his cities response to the deadliest act of anti- semitism to ever occur in our country, the mass shooting at the tree of life synagogue in october. i want to commend all of you in your cities who came together in unity with the folks at the tree of life.
we had a unity celebration at our synagogue temple ethel bethel and i just want to commend so many who did the same. we will then hear from our colleague and actually i think bloomberg classmate mayor andy burke who will discuss the mayors counsel against hate which he has established in his city and then our cleanup hitter is our friend chief tom manger who is the police chief in montgomery county maryland and the immediate past president of the major cities chiefs association and a close working partner as the mayors and police chiefs convene to work on issues like these together.
before we hear from our speakers i want to go around the room quickly and ask all of the mayors present to introduce themselves and we will start here. >> i am the mayor of pittsburgh. >> mayor kim norton rochester minnesota. >> mayor kirk from honolulu. >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] north chicago illinois. >> john hamilton bloomington indiana. >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> tom mcgee massachusetts. >> mark myers greenwood indiana. >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> mayor of portland oregon. >> mayor of santa monica
california. >> mayor of danville in the san francisco bay area. >> mayor of the all-america city of desoto texas. >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> sean riley mayor of what michelle wisconsin. >> sharon weston mayor of baton rouge louisiana. >> st. petersburg florida. >> mayor of houston. >> mike ryan mayor of sunrise florida. >> [ indiscernible - low volume ] >> mayor for the city of vancouver washington. >> mayor of hillsboro oregon. >> mayor of marble massachusetts. >> mayor of framingham massachusetts. >> andy burke mayor of chattanooga tennessee.
>> thank you again. before i turn it over to mr. lieberman i want to advise everyone that we are live on cspan and i want to think our cops director who is present today for his support for his leadership and for always being a partner to the conference of mayors and of course the cities we serve. mr. lieberman. >> thank you mayor. good morning, we still have a few more moments in morning. it is an incredibly important time for this panel, it is an incredibly polarized time in our country. there are many communities in our cities that are feeling isolated, vulnerable, alone and there is much we can do. the u.s. conference of mayors has been a leader on this issue for 30 years and i want to give
a shout out to laura waxman who has done its ordinary work leading this work. they have been a great partner to the anti-defamation league on supporting improved data collection on training programs, on legislation like the matthew shepard hate crimes prevention act which passed almost 10 years ago. i have five minutes and i want to make three points. first , data drives policy. you cannot address what you cannot measure. the anti- defamation league has been doing an audit of anti-semetic incidents in america since 1979 we have 25 regional offices in many cities that are
around the country a 17% increase over 2016. there was an 18% increase increase in race-based crimes and an increase over 2016. an 18% increase in race base hate crimes a 16% increase in crimes against african-americans , african americans have always been since 1990 the plurality of all of the hate crimes reported to the fbi a 20% increase in crimes against asian pacific americans, 63% increase in crimes against native americans and crimes
against arab-americans doubled in 2017. a 24% increase in crimes against latinos got religion based crimes increased 23% and crimes against jews increase to 27%. crimes against jews have always been between 50 and 80% of the religion based crimes. you don't have to work for the anti-defamation league to be concerned about 2.4% of the population and yet 50-80% of the religion based crimes against jews and jewish institutions. crimes against muslims and 2017 according to the fbi decreased slightly but still the third- largest numbers ever since 1990 and crimes based on sexual orientation increased 5%. the vast majority of hate crimes are not committed by organized hate groups, members
of hate groups but some are. in fact some of the most high profile cases we will hear from mayor purdue no in a moment, the most deadly hate crime against jewish americans in american history the mayor of charleston is here, nine worshipers were killed by a white supremacist and the two black grandparents killed just this week there is a link to it in your app. it has a lot of resources that i will be mentioning in this report came out this week and every single one of the 50 extremist murderers in 2017 were committed by right-wing extremists and that has not been the case in the past but it was the case this year, third. mayors of problem solvers, that is what you do and why you go to work in the morning and what
gets you up to go to do your work but we know we cannot outlaw hate, bigotry, anti- semitism, racism, no executive order you will propagate will end homophobia and any of these . i worked on the federal matthew shepard hate crimes prevention act for 13 years working in coalition with the u.s. conference of mayors and the international association of chiefs of police but i know and you know that the law is a blunt instrument when it comes to addressing hates. it is much better to prevent it in the first place and this is why we are having this panel at this time. this is a best practices panel and you will be hearing from the panelists about ideas, we are supposed to have a lot of ideas and we have a lot of ideas, after that white supremacy rally street fights, murder in charlottesville delivered a compact which is
also in your app and a 10 point plan. it is much more than just let's all get along and let's all sing to buy altogether, it includes using the pulpit to speak out against hate, finding anti-bias and bully prevention programs and money to go forward in schools, training programs for police and supporting community programs to celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity which you will hear from the mayor of chattanooga in a few moments about his counsel. inclusive and compassionate cities is a demonstration of the mayor's conference commitment and their involvement in shores this will be a legacy involvement for the conference which is great. every city should have a hate crime policy. if you go to the chattanooga website you will find a hate crime policy of chattanooga on the website. there are things you can do
next week to demonstrate you are resolved against hate crime and they are easy and don't require funding. you have policy and you can create a policy, the international association of chiefs of police has a great model policy in your app. you can take the parts you like from it and make it your own. every city should train its officers to identify, report and respond to hate crime. every city should collect and report hate crime data to the state repository and to the fbi. in 2017 92 cities, over 100,000 in population either told the fbi they had zero hate crimes or they did not report at all. that would be a great figure if it were true, i think there is reason to believe it is not true. chief manger files every year from the montgomery county police this report, a report on hate crimes, visibility and transparency is a best practice and something to be applauded.
finally you do not have to create these resources on your own. you do not have to reinvent the wheel. as i mentioned every resource i mentioned including other ones are in the app. great resources from the fbi. i wish i could say we will solve this problem after this panel or maybe even in advance of the 88th winter meeting but we won't and therefore implementation of the mayor's compact, thinking about the ideas that will be presented are really important and thank you for the commitment you have made to these issues. >> thank you so much mr. lieberman and i hope you will check out those resources on the app. i am certainly looking forward to seeing that report. mayor bill you and your city have been through quite a bit over the past year. please share your response and how you all are working through this. >> thank you.
i can remember exactly where i was when i first heard it, i was with the sergeant, my chief of staff was in the backseat and we were going up the hill to mercy hospital to check on a couple of the officers who had been injured and on the radio they said it. it was described as the deadliest act of anti-semitism in american history. asterix pittsburgh. you never think about that when you are a mayor and you are thinking about your city and your city will go down in history for this. it would never happen at tree of life because tree of life is literally mr. rogers neighborhood where fred rogers lived, two blocks away. it is where willie started we are family lived. it is the most diverse neighborhood in all of western
pennsylvania. people choose to live in squirrel hill because they want to live around people who are different and they embrace that. that is my neighborhood. i live seven blocks away. those words just hit like someone punching you in the stomach and taking the wind out of you. everything you thought about your city has completely been changed forever. and of course pittsburgh being the city it is the victims themselves were friends, they were family members of her friends they've known 20 years. you get to go through this process of trying to operate and act rational in a time when emotions really are taking over and it becomes difficult. you hear about the stories of how the first officer arrived and upon coming out of his vehicle walking in front of the
car and looking in through the glass windows that are tinted at tree of life synagogue and seeing the shadow behind there of a person holding an assault rifle aimed right at him and throwing up his hand as the bullet went through it. going back behind the car and realizing only hours later that he was on his way back into the car where he had other weapons and more ammunition in order to go to another. it is about the officers that were running in not sure where he was and the rabbi that was hiding in a closet. all of those stories start to add on and add up. you understand what you are dealing with is at the highest level of evil, there is an evil when a life is taken. there is an extra evil when it is at a whole different level
those that can't help themselves whether it is two brothers who were 54 years old who have special needs or a 97-year-old grandmother. there is a different level of evil that occurs when it occurs because of the way someone prays, simply because of the way they pray and what their religion is. then there is an entirely different level of evil when it occurs at sanctuary, at the place where you are safe. then you start realizing that you are dealing with a heavier level of evil when hate crimes happen. let me tell you this, and it was very apparent very early on that in that darkness of evil there is light. you will see that light. i saw it before 12 noon. 10 am
i got the call, 1005 i am on site and there before members of the s.w.a.t. team arrived. we were standing at that outside corner with rain falling on us it was a cold morning. by 11 am we have the person and we are taking him to the hospital. i look around the corner at that same time and i see my friend, he is the executive director of the islamic center of pittsburgh. it wasn't just he who was standing at the corner, it was the entire board of the islamic center of pittsburgh because they have their meetings on saturday mornings and as soon as they heard they got in their cars and went directly to the synagogue. i said why are you here and he said because we need to be here. it was the monday afterwards and i was taking police officers to the different schools so the kids who were in those schools would understand
that the police were there to protect them and that they didn't have to be afraid because there is a police officer they are. the officers themselves engaging with the kids and sharing their first names and asking how many kids wanted to be police officers. as we walked out of the school a minivan drives by and it stops , it starts backing up and my sergeant gets out of the car concerned someone wants to causes harm. a young man probably seventh or eighth grade comes running out of the car with a glass vase with flowers in it and he said, this is for you. i said what is this for? he said because you are my neighbor and i love you. i said hold on a minute and i walked up to the car and i looked in the front seat where his mom was sitting and the entire front seat is filled with glass vases with flowers that they are handing out to people all around tree of life.
it happened the next day on tuesday when the protesting came when president donald trump came to visit . there were thousands of people who have marched for many different issues that have marched against violence, against youth by police, the at marsh for social justice and as they passed zone 4 pittsburgh police station they stopped and they clapped and they said thank you . the police came out and they hugged and they saw each other. why was not able to happen? sure it was in that evil that what people wanted to be good but it was 10 years of building the interfaith dialogue in pittsburgh. 10 years of jews, muslims and christians working together. 10 years of getting to know each other and then becoming friends . it was a mother who
taught her son the greatest lesson of taking him out in that van and being able to pass out those flowers and letting him know that the worst time and at the worst evil there is something good you can do and it will make you feel better too that you will be helping that person who is unable to deal with that situation. it was a continual beat of police and community over years and years of interaction that allowed people to put themselves in those officers place and to let them know after the most traumatic day of their work that we've got your back this time. i stood two weeks later as the community gathered, we followed jewish law and allowed for the proper time period after the last funeral before gathering as a community. we gathered at the point of pittsburgh where the rivers come together and we stood there along with people
like mrs. rogers and franco harris and all of the luminaries with in pittsburgh and a young minister came up to me. she told me this. she said it was 80 years ago today that crystal not happened. it was 80 years ago today that people burned down synagogues in czechoslovakia, germany and austria and the police looked the other way. in pittsburgh they ran into the buildings with bullets flying at them. it was 80 years ago today that jews were killed and politicians turned their back. in pittsburgh today we stand shoulder to shoulder, democrat and republican to say never again. it was 80 years ago today that the community leaders allowed the holocaust to begin and in pittsburgh today we stand as one to make sure that we follow what we believe to be the right
way. we can defeat hate. i loved our expression stronger than hate and showing the steelers symbol with the star of david. it said something not only about pittsburgh but the response that came from around the world. it was more than we were saying that we were stronger than hate we were saying an attack against one is an attack against all. >> thank you mayor peduto. earlier today in another session you talked about a club that nobody wants to be in and mayor burke is a member of that
club, the club where in cities there have been mass shootings and i just want to commend mayor burke on his leadership and his response and would you please share that with us now? >> thank you and thank you to you all and thank you for your incredible leadership bill. this is a club that many of us unfortunately now either are a part of or think about being a part of. in june 2015 i was watching tv when one of my heroes joe riley was on there describing what had happened in charleston at emmanuel. and i thought to myself what must he be going through? how bad must that be? about six weeks later i was at a press conference announcing some good economic development
news when my chief of staff came up to the podium and gave me a sheet of paper and on it it said, active shooter at a military facility, officer down. so we ended the press conference, walked out, started trying to assess what had happened and a shooter who had been radicalized as a terrorist had killed four marines and a sailor in our city. i had been to two facilities in a facility where he had shot a recruiter of our armed forces and had been taken down by one of our officers who had walked into they are to take care of the problem. this was a huge incident in our community. we are a patriotic
city and we value our connection to the military and we just had five people who were gunned down in chattanooga tennessee. so one of the first things i did was i took at our whiteboard and gathered everyone around and started writing down the rules of the road. this is how we will respond to this incident. our police chief who did an amazing job we sat down and started going through what are we going to say and the first thing we said is we will protect every single person that was a muslim young man that killed these five heroes and we know part of what we have to do is keep our muslim community safe over these next few days. we also said another rule we put down was no one will be radicalized as a result of this incident, not one person will
be radicalized as a result of what happened here today. so this started us down the road of figuring out how we combat violent extremism in our city and around our country. the young man who perpetrated these horrific acts grew up in chattanooga, his father actually works for city government and still works for city government today and just to show you how interconnected all of this is, and i say this almost everywhere, he wasn't radicalized in chattanooga but he came back to chattanooga to commit these acts which means we are all in this together in a really critical way. after we had done a lot of work and we had done a great response a lot of articles were written about chattanooga and our response afterward. we were contacted by the state department, secretary carrie
had started something called the strong cities network which is all about how you combat violent extremism and try to prevent these acts from occurring. i started going here to peer talking with other cities and they arranged that not only in the u.s. but all over the world and we had numerous visitors from places from the balkan areas to the far east. we have had tons of people and tried to learn what was happening. this counter violent extremism work is actually really important. there are people on the edges of our city everywhere, sometimes they turn to violence in ways that we see every day and sometimes they turn to violent extremism as a result. we have to reach out to them, many of you do incredible work at reaching out to these young men and women and we know is mostly men because we are worried they will join some
kind of group where they perpetrate violence in our city. another thing they can do is get radicalized and commit some horrific act of terrorism. as part of that we started talking about an international group of mayors through the strong cities network to combat hate and i thought, why am i talking to a bunch of international mayors about what to do all across the world and we are not doing this in our city? i stood up last year at state of the city and said that we are going to form a council against hate and when you say something like that it can sound a little hokey, counsel against hate but what i found was people were hungering for this. particularly in our religious community they see this and feel it and they are
worried about it. they were dying to participate in something like this. i would gather community leaders and we started working our very first piece was to reach out to the anti- defamation league and they came in and did a session with us. the newspaper has turned over its editorial page to us where members of the council against hate are writing about it. we are gathering information and our work is ongoing. i just want to say to everyone first of all, think about getting involved in the strong cities network and mike is here and he can take your name. second there is a hunger for talking about hate. people see it on their phones and they feel it in their lives. they watch it from our highest leaders in our country and it is time for all of us to step up and say this because not one person should be radicalized in your city during the time you are mayor. thank you.
>> thank you. thank you mayor andy berke. earlier you heard about the montgomery county report that has been published under the leadership of chief manger. would you please share your insight now? >> yes i will be happy to and first let me thank mayor andy berke and mayor peduto for your leadership when these things happened and your compassion. it is as a police chief it is so helpful in terms of responding to these types of tragic incidents when you have when your boss is doing the right thing and working with you. this truly is what was described up here by these two mayors it certainly is a club
you don't want to be a member of. let's take about, these incidents unfortunately we have more mass shootings around this country and you see the statistics for the numbers we have had since the 80s and how they are increasing exponentially, but the majority , the vast majority of hate crimes you will deal with in your city aren't going to get this kind of national coverage. they are going to be vandalism's, they will be threatening letters, there will be swastikas spray-painted on a school bus. they will be less likely to get the kind of attention these kinds of incidents that we just heard about would get. you will have most of the hate crimes they will either be targeted against someone because of their race, because of their religion, you will have some that are targeted to people because of their ethnicity or sexual orientation or gender preference.
all of those are folks that are the most typical victims of these hate crimes. the majority of your hate crimes will be vandalism or graffiti. there will be some physical assault, some minor assaults that don't result in someone's death, verbal inch and written intimidation are things you will deal with every day. let me give you some recommendations of how to deal with those. if you ignore those and only pay attention and wait for the big one to happen that is when you react in your community you will have a lot of victims that feel like they are not cared about and and frankly living in fear. every hate crime that occurs whether it is a misdemeanor, whether it is graffiti or anything like that you should work with your police chief. every hate crime should have a detective assigned to it. that
is not a big a workload as you might think. first of all you are probably going to count your hate crimes hopefully in the dozens maybe, i have a million population in my jurisdiction and we had a little over 100 hate crimes last year but every one of those was assigned to a detective, even a swastikas spray-painted on a restroom wall . in some cases all that might be required by that detective is to speak with the victim, go talk to someone and if you have more information, if you hear anything make sure here is the number you call so we can follow up. it may just be one visit. put a press release out because it gives you the opportunity to give that statement condemning that act and using that pulpit to remind the community that we will not tolerate this kind of hate. putting out a press release on the hate crimes as well is important to do. i do recommend having a member
of your staff go to the montgomery county maryland website, click on police and click on hate crimes annual hate crimes report. have them look at it. i am not saying it is the best thing but i will tell you it has gotten tremendous feedback from our community and there might be something in there you might find valuable. putting that information out every year to report to your community about hate crimes and the attention you are paying to them sends the right message. one of the results of assigning a detective to each one of these crimes is that we were able to determine the perpetrator in a little over half the cases. in some cases it was just someone spray painting something on a wall or leaving a nasty note for somebody, putting something in someone's mailbox, attacking their sexual
orientation things like that. we were able to determine the perpetrator in over half of those cases. in 67% and these are the ones we found out who did it cost 67% of the people we identified were under 18 years of age. they were under 18 years of age. i think one of the things that really calls on us to do is to use this as, we've got to put information together to educate young people about the harms of targeting anyone through a threat or ridicule based on their race religion ethnicity or any trait that is protected by law. the fact of the matter is and we could have another session on dealing with adolescent minds
, a lot of these adolescent minds are different. it is different than the white supremacists who have an agenda. you deal with them differently. most and many are committed by folks whose brain is still developing so i think dealing with it through education should be a priority for all of us. in terms of preventing it from happening educating our kids and maybe making them develop their brains on these kinds of topics. so the last thing i wanted to mention in closing is there are times when people struggle with was a particular incident a hate crime or not? we make a mistake if we want to get into a debate publicly on
whether something was a hate crime or not but that said the best way to deal with it is that we are looking at this and that the possibility that it could be a hate crime. there is nothing wrong with saying that and if it turns out it is a hate crime you are on it and if it is not you don't have to get into a public debate with the victim. one of the criteria by the way of whether something is a hate crime is, does the victim feel they were targeted because of their race, religion or ethnicity? or some other characteristic? i think it is important for us as we respond and react and deal and address every hate crime not just the tragic ones that get national attention but as we deal with all of them that are occurring in our community, it sends the right message to the community and it makes the victims feel like they paid attention to it and they care about it and they are
condemning it. those are the three big things i think we need to do for victims of these crimes. >> thank you so much chief. at this time we will accept questions and comments from mayors. >> thank you madam chair. i'm from charleston and stepped out of the room for just a minute i heard you mention charleston and yes folks we are a member of this club and mayor peduto when you were speaking it brought back such memories for me . there were very similar circumstances and charleston other than our killer intentionally came to start a race war and rather than just
the distinction of faith he simply murdered nine people in a house of worship based on the color of their skin, solely on that. mayor andy berke you are right mayor riley was there when it occurred, i was elected five months later and it changed my life. it changed the life of our city and this past weekend during martin luther king jr. celebrations someone shared this quote with me, a measure of how much you can love your neighbor is determined by a measure of how much forgiveness you can share, how much you can forgive and by that measure i would like to say that charleston is one of the most
loving places on this planet and boy did we learn the lesson as pittsburgh has so poignantly that love is stronger than hate . what have we done since that time? i just wanted to share a couple of brief things if i may. even though and so appropriate to community policing and the cops program, even though the police department in charleston had a very good relationship in the community we doubled down and created a project called the illumination project, it has been one of the most intensive community engagements between police and citizens that i think you could imagine. and i would be glad to share further information about that project with any mayors that are interested.
we created one at the municipal level so now we have a city of charleston hate crime so when those more misdemeanor things happen like a graffiti or someone hatefully pushing someone because of their sexual orientation or whatever we are able to add another criminal offense locally through our city of charleston hate crime. the third thing i would share with you it was so ironic that this perpetrator came to charleston. it was intentional on his part because of our city's history. the city of charleston was rooted in the institution of slavery.
learning this from their parents, grandparents, or their adult social network. so what do we do? i would love to know more on how to stop this and it's something very important to figure out how we can work together but there are certain things that i men a smaller city and you don't anything to happen, my sister city is parkland right here, parkland, we all know what happened a year ago.
>> we celebrate all faiths, and i inc., as much as talking back when it happens, it's important to fill the space when nothing is happening. and when the tree of life shooting happened, we also had another interfaith ceremony in our community to show when you attack one, you attack all. there is no difference. we don't just talk about it, we act on it. there was a rock shabbat that friday in our parks, i'm catholic, but i went because i wanted to show that i would not be afraid. we need to always step up. our actions speak louder than our words. and when our actions don't to mirror our words, our words mean nothing. and it's also in our day to day lives, when we hear people saying things that are wrong,
call them out. treat them nicely, but it needs to be said. we also have an active lgbtq group that's coming in and will be doing free trainings with our staff on just being a little more aware of how they interact with others. and i keep going back to mayor fisher with the compassionate hoodies. if we take up all the space, and we make sure everything we do is done with purpose and done with compassion, we are living what's the example we want to see. >> thanks so much, i want to say two things. number one is, response to your comment about the word, and how people respond to them, when i decided to make
against hate, my staff pushed me to say hate crimes. i purposely did it use of the word crimes and that, it's just counsel against hate. because i thought that, certainly crimes as a part of it, but it goes to something deeper. and i think speaking about this and terms of not just hate crimes, but hate is important to me. the second thing i would say is that we have, every 90 days, i'm sure a lot of you all do the same thing, we have a prayer breakfast, we gather religious leaders from across the city. and they formed a great backbone to talk about this. they want to talk about it. but if anybody wants a copy of our work plan, i'm happy to share it. we actually have a work plan for the counsel against hate and so if you contact me, i'm more than happy to share that, because if you do something
like that, it's easy for a to just be platitudes, and we wanted to actually work. and so, it's hard to figure out exactly what to do to make it real, and we are still struggling to get everything done that we want to get done, but i'm happy to share anything we have done so far with people who want it. >> i mentioned earlier, you don't want to get into a debate with it's a crime, or no,. those in a helpful and all. you also don't want to get into a debate of welcome and didn't rise to the level of a crime? with item of speech issue? we document, not only do we document hate crimes, we document what we call bias incidents. so even if it does not rise to the level of a hate crime, we can make a report. and if something happens a week later in the same area, you may have a suspect or lead to work on because you documented one or two bias incidents that led
up to a hate crime later on. it's helpful in terms of sending the message to the victims of these incidents that we care about them enough to keep track of them. >> we brought 20 copies of this, hard copies of this murder and extremism report. welcome to come and get them at the end. but the number one policy recommendation that we make in this report, and i'm sorry to say, after tree of life, when we were doing our policy agenda, the number one policy recommendation is speak out. find ways to, whether it's
every 90 days, regular events, commemorations. unfortunately, to be able to use your bully pulpit to speak out against hate. it's impossible to overstate the importance of that. >> mayor buckley from the city of annapolis, it was an attack on five journalists that work on downed and free speech is at the foundation of our democracy, and we have to stand up against that, and i have to say to every mayor that is in this room, it can happen in any of your cities, all of us, we would not expect these things to happen in our city but we have a president that says it's okay to get even. we have a president that says it's okay to push a guy into a car, and referred him home. that's not what mayors do. that's why i'm so proud to be a mayor and proud to be in this conference with you all because that's not the sort of leadership you see in our level. we did a drill a week before
our shooting, and i stood in our local catholic high school, and watched of the guys break through the back door with blank guns and we had simulated gunshot wounds, and we watch this whole thing play out in front of our eyes. of the journalists covering that event was killed in the newsroom a week later. exactly the same thing happened to her. so we, and asking the mayors that are here that have been affected by this, to come to our g-77 summit, there are 77 cities in this country that have been affected by mass shootings in this century. that does not include columbine so we had to draw the line somewhere but we are having a conference on that and i think if we band together, if we work as a unit, we can make it the rents. thank you. >> thank you, mayor. and so, we have heard a series of concrete suits and sessions -- suggestions, strategies, opportunities for action. and
we know more than anything that mayors are about action. data is important, both of the collection and the reporting of data. and even if your state does not collect data, this is an opportunity to impress upon them the importance of it. we also know that the development of an ecumenical or interfaith strategy is important in cities, and let me just my constitutional law hat on. it is not a violation of the first amendment to work with the leaders of the faith community in your city. you can't establish a church, but you can certainly work with the church and other communities of faith, and i'm going to tell you, if you are in this business any time, you're going to see how important that is. we also talked about the fact
that local ordinances, some of us can enact a local ordinances that will assist in the process. we know that the strong city's network is available to us. and we also understand the importance of prevention and inherent and that prevention is education for our children, education or adult, and sometimes, every now and then, our children are the best teachers and so if we go into our schools and provide the information, there is a great possibility that these children will take that home and begin to cause their parents to think. throughout this discussion, i've heard the words purpose, care, support, compassion, forgiveness, introspection, and
at the base of all of those words and sentiments is the word that is direct opposite of hate. and that's love. so, you know, in mayors, we are so inclined to be concrete, right? we want to see a report. we want to see the city. we want to do these things. but every now and then i would suggest to you that we serve best when we demonstrate the love and compassion that we have, not just for our cities, because you really can't love the city, but for the citizens that we serve. and so, thank you for being here. let's keep fighting out, fighting against, speaking against, working against hate. thank you.
. coming up tuesday morning, former speechwriter for pres. george hw bush, mary kay carey, and former speechwriter for pres. barack obama, stephen groopman, discussed the preparation that goes into delivering the state of the union address. then, dr. anthony faucher of the national situation of allergy and infectious diseases talks about the connection between the anti-vaccination movement, and the recent measles outbreak in thu.s. be sure to watch washington journal, live at seven eastern, tuesday morning. joined the discussion. coming up, a hearing on u.s. military operations in syria, and afghanistan. as president trump moves to withdraw troops from the two countries. they will hear from gen. joseph hotel, commander of u.s. central command. that's live at 9:30 a.m. eastern here on c-span three.
of the last year the world has seen what we always knew. that no people on earth are so fearless, or daring, or determined. as americans. and there is a mountain, we climb it. if there is a frontier the we cross it. if there is a challenge, we came it. if there's an opportunity, we sees it. so let's begin tonight by recognizing that the states of our union is strong. because our people are strong. >> the state of the union, first postponed because of the government shutdown, will now take place on tuesday night. watch as president trump delivers his state of the union address, live from the house chamber, beginning at 9 pm eastern on c-span, followed by the democratic response by former georgia gubernatorial candidate, stacey abrams peer mac --.
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