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Action Alert:
Pass the Hate Crimes Prevention Act
By the Human Rights Campaign

house.jpg - 5.59 K We need all HRC Action Network members to send a fax through the Online Action Center (at no cost to you) urging their Representative to support both the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) and the "Motion to Instruct" the House to retain the Senate-passed Kennedy-Smith hate crimes language in the Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization bill.

As you know, on June 20, 2000, a revised Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1082/S.622), renamed the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2000, passed the U.S. Senate as an amendment to the Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization bill (HR 4205/S 2549).

If the House agrees to include the Senate-passed hate crimes amendment, the revised HCPA will become law when Congress passes the final version of the DoD Authorization bill.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will offer a "Motion to Instruct" the House conferees to retain the Senate-passed language. A vote on this motion could happen as early as Tuesday evening September 12, so please act right away!

When the Senate voted in June, HRC Action Network members sent over 5,000 faxes, helping to make the 57--42 vote victory possible. We need at least double that number to succeed in passing Rep. Frank's motion in the House.

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How to Proceed:

To send your fax, log on to HRC's Online Action Center by pointing your internet browser to or clicking on the link below and then clicking on "Take Action!"

Once in the Action Center, go to the alert that says Hate Crimes VOTE In House! Fax and Call Your Representative Today! You will find more information About the Hate Crimes Prevention Aact and you can automatically send your fax. We have prepared language for you but you can change it to make it more personal if you wish.

Forward this email message to all your friends and family and thank you for taking this important action in the fight for equality!

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