Anthony Brown

Marc Morial

Marion Wright Edelman

 


Brown Demands Universities and Colleges Get Off the Sidelines on Campus Hate Incidents

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Late in October, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced the Creating Accountability Measures Protecting University Students Historically Abused, Threatened, and Exposed to Crimes Act (CAMPUS HATE Crimes Act). The bill proposes a comprehensive approach to ensure universities officials are held accountable for hate crimes and hate-based incidents that occur on their campuses. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hate groups are specifically “targeting college campuses” where “you’re dealing with people who may be just starting to form their ideas about the world.” Following the indictment of Lt. Richard Collins III’s murderer with a hate crime and the overall demonstrable rise of hate speech and violence on college campuses over the past 12 months, Congressman Brown drafted the legislation to better ensure students are not exposed to hate-speech, hate symbols or acts of racially motivated violence on campus.

“Our universities and college campuses should not become bastions of hate-speech and bigotry. These are public institutions that must do their part to combat the rising tide of hate across the country,” said Congressman Brown. “We must push back against extremists efforts to target the developing minds of young students and ferment intolerance, hatred and violence. As we continue to seek justice for Lt. Richard Collins and his family, we must not wait for another tragedy to take action. This bill is about ensuring we stand up straight, look hate in the eye, and let it know that it has no place in our campuses, classrooms or schools.”

Brown’s legislation takes a multi-pronged approach to curb hate crimes on college campuses.

First, the bill mandates accreditors assess an institution of higher education’s (IHE) preventative measures regarding hate crimes during the accreditation process. In order to be eligible for Title IV funding, an IHE must annually distribute the following materials to students and faculty:

• Standards and conduct that clearly prohibit hate based crimes on campus property or during official functions;

•Descriptions of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law for perpetrating a hate-based crime;

•Description of any counseling, medical treatment, or rehabilitation programs that are available to students or employees; and

•Descriptions of campus policy in terms of what options students have to switch dorms, classes, etc. should they feel unsafe in those spaces due to a hate crime

In addition, an IHE must conduct an internal review of the processes every four years to:

•Determine effectiveness and create changes as needed;

•Determine number of hate based crimes;

•Determine number, type, and severity of sanctions that imposed by institution; and

•Ensure sanctions are consistently enforced.

Further, the bill requires the U.S. Secretary of Education to:

•Perform periodic review of a sample of programs in place;

•Recommend programs and actions they found successful on campuses; and

•Respond and impose sanctions on IHE’s that do not comply.

H.R. 4093 also directs the Education Secretary to disseminate need-based grants to IHEs to:

•Develop, implement, operate, improve, and disseminate programs of prevention, and education to reduce and eliminate hate-crimes, or provide aid to victims of hate-crimes; and

•Create a higher education center for hate crime prevention and response that will provide training, technical assistance, evaluation, dissemination, and other associated services to assist the higher education community, including law enforcement and other support staff.

Lastly, the bill codifies the above provisions into the Program Participation Agreements (PPA) between the IHE and the U.S. Department of Education. The PPA is binding document an IHE provides to the Education Department agreeing to meet Title IV requirements before Federal Student Aid can be awarded. In addition, in order to unify the reporting process of hate-based incidents on college campuses, the bill amendments to Clery Hate Crimes Act to require campus authorities to inform local law enforcement, regardless of jurisdiction, of all reported hate crimes.

Representatives co-sponsoring the bill include:

Karen Bass (CA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Sanford D. Bishop Jr (GA), Earl Blumenauer (OR), G. K. Butterfield (NC), Andre Carson (ID), Yvette Clarke (NY), Emanuel Cleaver (MO), James E. Clyburn (SC), Elijah E. Cummings (MD), Danny K. Davis (IL), Val Butler Demings (FL), Mark DeSaulnier (CA), Debbie Dingell (MI), Keith Ellison (MN), Dwight Evans (PA), Marcia L. Fudge (OH), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Hakeem S. Jeffries (NY), Hank Johnson, Jr. (GA), Robin L. Kelly (IL), William Lacy Clay Jr. (MO), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI), Al Lawson, Jr. (FL), Barbara Lee (CA), John Lewis (GA), Mike Quigley (IL), Jamie Raskin (MD), Bobby L. Rush (IL), Terri A. Sewell (AL), Mark Takano (CA), Bennie G. Thompson (MS), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL), Maxine Waters (CA) and Frederica S. Wilson (FL).

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“No Success Without A Successor:”
Urban League 25

“You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.”
—Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

When I began my career in public service 25 years ago, I was fortunate to have outstanding mentors and role models, most notably my own parents. Ernest “Dutch” Morial and Sybil Morial were—and my mother continues to be—tireless activists and advocates for civil rights and social justice.  I grew up in the movement, and was inspired by heroes such as Whitney M. Young, Roy Wilkins, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Height. I first sought elected office in the era of Douglas Wilder, the first Black governor of Virginia, and Carol Mosely Braun, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. The management guru Peter Drucker said “there is no success without a successor,” and while I humbly pray that I may represent the success of my mentors and role models, I recognize that all of us are part of a continuum.

We launched Urban League 25 to recognize and encourage the best and brightest leaders under 40—the next generation of Dr. Mae Jemisons and Colin Powells and Barack Obamas.

When I was appointed President of the National Urban League, I remember well that one of my concerns when I joined was whether we would be able to replace the giants of the movement, the disciples of Whitney M. Young, with people who are not only qualified and committed, but who also recognized the needs and the potential of a rapidly-changing political, technological and social landscape.

We have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. Young people are joining the movement at an unprecedented rate, and several of our affiliate CEOs have risen from the ranks of our Young Professionals.

It is these young men and women, and their counterparts in business, science, government and the arts, that we will to recognize with Urban League 25.

From corporate to government to media and technology, Urban League 25 honorees are those who are unwilling to accept the status quo. They are change agents who have reinvented business models for a new era. They believe unreachable summits do not exist. Their objective is simple yet ambitious: To redefine and power the digital revolution.

In the coming weeks, we will begin soliciting nominations for our first Urban League 25 honorees. It’s a project that is close to my heart, and I look forward to celebrating the excellence that fuels not only our movement but our national institutions and culture.

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An Abominable Massacre of Poor Children’s Futures

The United States Congress and Trump Administration are engaged in a morally abominable massacre of the hopes, dreams and basic survival and development needs of millions of babies, children and youths in America—13.2 million of whom are poor. Many are hungry, homeless, unequally educated, and denied the basic protections most privileged children and youths enjoy. Children of color—soon to be a majority of our child population—are disproportionately poor, at risk of dying and being denied the basic necessities of life. While a just nation would protect them, our Congressional leaders seem bent on hurting them as much as possible through massive budget cuts in survival programs including child health, nutrition and education investments. Why? In order to give massive tax cuts to billionaires, millionaires and powerful corporations at their expense and at the expense of every taxpayer as a result of the nearly $1.5 trillion deficit hole they would create. Their morally reprehensible tax give away bill must be rejected and all of us must stand up and say no to these un-American and inhumane policies. I thank those who are protesting unjust tax and budget priorities and hope you will continue until our leaders come to their senses about what America stands for.

Just keep demanding that the rich and powerful should not be enriched more at the expense of the poor and powerless.

Oh God, I am not smart enough to debate monetary, fiscal, or budget policy with the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, or the Congressional Budget Office. But I know injustice when I see it. I know You told us when we give to the poor we lend to You. So when we take from the poor we steal from You.

Help us to stand up courageously and without ceasing against unjust tax and budget policies at every level of government which increase benefits for those who have too much and decrease benefits for those who have too little. Help us to stand up for political choices that close the gap between the rich and poor and to stand up against choices which widen that gap.

Help us try to do what You would do.

Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.

Mrs. Edelman’s Child Watch Column also appears each week on The Huffington Post.

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