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A Spotlight on Hate Crimes

Awareness Week is April 17-April 21

By Travis Hodgkins, Public Affairs
Posted April 12, 2000

Hate crime: Any act of intimidation, vandalism, threat, harassment or physical force against any person group or property motivated by bias against the victim's perceived or real race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or political belief.

Berkeley's Hate Crimes Awareness Week, April 17- 21, features a series of events to raise awareness on campus of hate crimes and their effects.

The week's full schedule of events includes a video presentation on anti-gay violence, a panel on religious bigotry, a "Take Back the Night" march and a screening of the award-winning feature film "Boys Don't Cry."

The week also features an online auction, on, to benefit local organizations involved with hate crimes prevention, awareness and victims counseling.

Participants can bid on Oakland A's tickets, autographed memorabilia from the Golden State Warriors and other items. (To bid, go to and use the search prompt: Hate Crimes Awareness Week and the user ID: hatecrimesawarenessweek.)

The Gender and Equity Resource Center is asking people to donate used cellular telephones. After being reprogrammed to automatically dial 911, the phones will go to local domestic violence shelters for distribution to victims of abuse.

Bring phones, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to the tent set on upper Sproul Plaza during Hate Crimes Awareness Week.

For a complete, updated listing of events, see on the Web.




April 12-18, 2000 (Volume 28, Number 28)
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