President Obama has signed the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law as part of the Defense Authorization Act. This would not have been possible without the 25,000 Care2 members who signed petitions and called their members of Congress to urge them to support this important piece of legislation. So, thank you to the Care2 community!
But could we ask one more favor?
No, it’s not for us. It’s for Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew. She has worked tirelessly to bring about this change in America’s hate crimes law so that sexuality, gender identity and disability are now treated equally to race, religion and nationality in matters of crime prosecution.
We know nothing can replace the son that she lost that tragic day eleven years ago, but the way in which she changed that awful event into a force of affirmative action is inspiring. We want to thank her. Do you? Keep reading…
While we’re at it, we’d also like to say a big thanks to the Human Rights Campaign for working with Congress year after year to make sure that existing hate crimes laws were expanded. So what are we asking you to do?
Something we know is easy for you!
Care2 have created an Action that everyone can sign to show their gratitude for the work that has gone into passing the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
And, once again, thank you to all the members of the Care2 community who backed this legislation. You’ve helped to make a little bit of history.
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