School of Law hosts Community Legal Forum on Hate Crimes, Extremist Activities and Bias Incidents in Western Massachusetts
The recent election and subsequent executive appointments have created a high level of uncertainty for politically marginalized groups. Both the news media and non-profit organizations that monitor hate and bigotry are regularly reporting an increase in these incidents. While these crimes are often discussed at the national level, it is important that communities be alert to local activities that directly affect the lives of their neighbors, families and friends. With this in mind, Western New England University School of Law is hosting A Community Legal Forum on Hate Crimes, Extremist Activities and Bias Incidents in Western Massachusetts to discuss how communities in western Massachusetts may be affected. This event is open to the public and geared toward local residents, advocates, and all affected constituencies. The Forum will feature representatives from local law enforcement, government agencies, educational providers, community organizations and faith based groups that are involved in these issues on a daily basis. The panelists will discuss their perspectives on these current events. The presenters will also explain how interested students and community members can become involved in reducing these incidents. This Forum is intended to provide accurate and current information, to reduce misinformation in our community, and to further constructive conversation and collaboration.