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New York introduces hotline to combat hate and bias

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Amid rising concerns over hate and discrimination, particularly following the violence in Israel and Gaza, Governor Kathy Hochul, in partnership with the New York State Division of Human Rights’ Hate and Bias Prevention Unit (HBPU), unveiled a dedicated hotline and online form for New Yorkers to report incidents of hate and bias.

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The newly introduced hotline, accessible at 844-NO-2-HATE, enables residents to voice their concerns directly to HBPU. In addition to the reporting mechanisms, the unit seeks to offer a broad range of community support, including assistance in filing complaints, hosting community dialogues, and offering conflict resolution services.

Governor Hochul emphasized the urgency of confronting hate, stating, “Hate is a cowardly thing, and no New Yorker should have to endure the discrimination it fuels.” Echoing these sentiments, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado highlighted New York’s commitment to ensuring the safety and dignity of all its residents, regardless of their background or faith. Division of Human Rights Commissioner Maria L. Imperial and HBPU Senior Director Joan Pangilinan-Taylor also reiterated the state’s dedication to combating all forms of hate and prejudice.

The HBPU, established by Governor Hochul in December 2022, not only focuses on immediate responses but has also founded 10 regional Hate and Bias Prevention Councils across the state. These councils, representing a cross-section of public and private entities, are geared towards fostering community cohesion and understanding. Furthermore, Governor Hochul has shown her support for Israel during the crisis by leading a bipartisan group of governors in a show of solidarity and initiating various symbolic gestures, such as lighting state landmarks in Israel’s national colors.