#FightHateNow will update Twitter users on federal hate crimes legislation pending in U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization - today revived the #FightHateNow hashtag for Twitter users to contribute to and stay current on the status of the federal hate crimes bill, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA), now pending in the U.S. Senate. By entering #FightHateNow at search.twitter.com, anyone can review the real-time updates submitted by Twitter users on the hate crimes legislation, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act.
The Human Rights Campaign's blog, HRC Back Story (www.hrcbackstory.org), is providing coverage and action opportunities as the U.S. Senate considers the hate crimes bill as an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Act.
Prior to the U.S. House action and successful vote on the hate crimes bill, HRC announced the #FightHateNow hashtag and launched the website FightHateNow.org to arm citizens with tools to help pass overdue federal hate crimes legislation. The site includes testimonials, up-to-the minute updates on congressional action, and specific action people can take to ensure its passage. FightHateNow.org also features photos and videos illustrating the devastating impact hate crimes have on individuals and communities, answers frequently asked questions about the bill, and provides users with the tools to directly contact their members of Congress to urge them to support the legislation.
Follow HRC Back Story on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hrcbackstory.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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