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JCRC — “Join the fight against anti-Semitism”
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JCRC — “Join the fight against anti-Semitism”

It is our hope that all Hoosiers will join us in promoting and preserving an American society that celebrates pluralism and honors difference, and in fighting anti-Semitism by confronting it wherever it surfaces, and from whomever it emanates, to ensure that the world’s oldest hate is given no sanctuary. 

MAI — “Indiana Forward wants to make 2019 the year a hate crime law passes”
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MAI — “Indiana Forward wants to make 2019 the year a hate crime law passes”

Mike Leppert, who serves as Indiana Forward’s campaign manager, and Mindi Goodpaster, United Way of Central Indiana’s vice president of public policy, are championing the effort, which includes support from the likes of Indiana giants Eli Lilly and Company, Salesforce Inc. and Cummins Inc. Its executive committee is dotted with names from the Indiana Youth Group, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and the state’s American Civil Liberties Union.

JCRC — “Governor: Hate crime law ‘long overdue'”
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JCRC — “Governor: Hate crime law ‘long overdue'”

Brian Slodysko and Tom Davies, The Goshen News, December 17 2018 INDIANAPOLIS — The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov.…

Overdose Lifeline — “Fentanyl replaces heroin as nation’s deadliest drug
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Overdose Lifeline — “Fentanyl replaces heroin as nation’s deadliest drug

“He was an athlete, he was a quarterback for his high school football team and had lots of injuries, and lots of prescriptions for opioids,” said Justin Phillips of her son Aaron, who died of an overdose from heroin in 2013 at the age of 20.

CHIP — “Women and children’s shelter dealing with ‘unprecedented’ numbers”
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CHIP — “Women and children’s shelter dealing with ‘unprecedented’ numbers”

The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention is paying attention to the increase. “I think we’re definitely paying attention to that and trying to better understand the increase that they’re seeing particularly because it seems kind of like an outlier from what we’ve seen in years past,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, said.

CHIP — “Q&A with Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, CHIP’s new executive director”
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CHIP — “Q&A with Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, CHIP’s new executive director”

Haring-Cozzi, 42, the new executive director of the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, also has both a doctorate in public policy and college teaching experience—not the average background for a not-for-profit executive.

JCRC — “Indiana could pass hate crime laws next year”
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JCRC — “Indiana could pass hate crime laws next year”

David Sklar, director of government affairs for the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said the organization has pushed for hate crime legislation for almost five years, but he is more confident about a bill being passed in the upcoming session.

CHIP — “Looking For Solutions Past ‘No Sit/No Lie’: City and Advocates for Homeless Seek Long-Term Answers”
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CHIP — “Looking For Solutions Past ‘No Sit/No Lie’: City and Advocates for Homeless Seek Long-Term Answers”

Under the proposal, up to $250,000 in new funding would be allocated to partner organizations for permanent housing solutions and direct services for the city’s downtown homeless population.

CHIP — “Indy homelessness plan unveiled; panel opposes ‘no sit, no lie’ idea”
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CHIP — “Indy homelessness plan unveiled; panel opposes ‘no sit, no lie’ idea”

Up to $250,000 would go toward permanent housing solutions — serving an estimated 500 people each year, according to the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, also known by its acronym CHIP — as well as direct services for homeless people downtown. 

JCRC — “FBI statistics show hate crimes are on the rise, Indiana feeling the effects”
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JCRC — “FBI statistics show hate crimes are on the rise, Indiana feeling the effects”

“I hope that the perpetrators of these crimes, these incidents know that while they are trying to drive a wedge between folks and send a message of discrimination really what they’re doing is bringing folks closer together,” Sklar said.