Community gathers for forum on hate crime - Tucson News Now

Community gathers for forum on hate crime

(Source: Tucson News Now) (Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Facebook) (Source: Facebook)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Members of the community gather for a public forum on hate crimes Wednesday evening. 

Joel Feinman, and Nate Terani organized this forum. 

This forum comes just a few weeks after recent bomb threats to the Tucson Jewish Community Center and vandalism at the Islamic Center of Tucson. 

The panelists included Najima Rainey, a Black Lives Matter activist, Ziara Livier, a living wage activist and immigration rights activist, Harpo Jaeger, the co-founder of Affinity.works and Oula Bibidi, a Muslim-American and Syrian immigrant and activist. 

Panelists and organizers said the goal was to have an open discussion about things happening in our community. 

There are federal laws on hate crimes and the City of Tucson recently passed a hate crime ordinance that beefs up laws locally.

Jaeger, one of the panelists said, while these laws and ordinances represent an important step, it's really up to the community to take a proactive stance. 

"It's on us to say actually, this wont fly here in Tucson. If you do that stuff, we're going to find you and punish you. We're not going to let this happen. So it's not that I think there's some missing law we need to pass. I think it's on us as a community to say so every bigot in the room can hear it, not here. Not in this city," Jaeger said. 

He also believes the support from the community after the bomb threats and the vandalism shows there is a desire for change in Tucson.

"When there was a bomb threat at the JCC, the Muslim community really came out in support for Jews and said we're with you. And when the vandalism occurred at the Islamic Center, Jews raised $15,000. It's really clear to me at least that not only is this a problem right now but that there is really an appetite to do something about it," Jaeger said. 

The forum took place at the Dunbar Auditorium at 325 West 2nd Street from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

MOBILE USERS: Download our app, to get breaking news alerts, weather forecasts and exclusive content on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Arizona's teacher walkout

    UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Arizona's teacher walkout

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:31:23 GMT
    Arizona teachers could be staging a strike, which may leave tens of thousands of parents scrambling. (Source: Raycom Media)Arizona teachers could be staging a strike, which may leave tens of thousands of parents scrambling. (Source: Raycom Media)

    One thing is certain, tens of thousands of parents will be forced to scramble to find out what to do if enough teachers walk out.

    One thing is certain, tens of thousands of parents will be forced to scramble to find out what to do if enough teachers walk out.

  • Police investigate shooting on southwest side of Tucson

    Police investigate shooting on southwest side of Tucson

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:55 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:55:50 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Police responded to a report of a shooting at Cabo del Sol apartments on the southwest side Saturday night, according to a spokesman for Tucson Police Department. The complex is located near W. Drexel Road and S. Midvale Park Road.

    Police responded to a report of a shooting at Cabo del Sol apartments on the southwest side Saturday night, according to a spokesman for Tucson Police Department. The complex is located near W. Drexel Road and S. Midvale Park Road.

  • Police arrest armed robbery suspect in midtown Tucson

    Police arrest armed robbery suspect in midtown Tucson

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:16 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:16:16 GMT

    Officers responded to a gas station in midtown Tucson for a report of an armed robbery Saturday night. Police found the suspect shortly after arriving at the Circle K near Prince Road and Oracle Road, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for Tucson Police Department.

    Officers responded to a gas station in midtown Tucson for a report of an armed robbery Saturday night. Police found the suspect shortly after arriving at the Circle K near Prince Road and Oracle Road, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for Tucson Police Department.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Delta passenger fined $500 for apple

    Delta passenger fined $500 for apple

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:01 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:01:03 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:45:42 GMT
    adlock's healthy snack turned into a tough reality to stomach. (Source: KDVR/CNN)adlock's healthy snack turned into a tough reality to stomach. (Source: KDVR/CNN)

    Crystal Tadlock is not happy about the fine she said

    Crystal Tadlock is not happy about the fine she said

  • Judge accused of abusing, berating defendants

    Judge accused of abusing, berating defendants

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:20 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:30 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:30:55 GMT
    Judge Merrilee Ehrlich has stepped down after being accused of berating defendants. (Source: WSVN/CNN)Judge Merrilee Ehrlich has stepped down after being accused of berating defendants. (Source: WSVN/CNN)

    A judge accused of "aggressive and tyrannical" behavior has stepped down from the bench.

    A judge accused of "aggressive and tyrannical" behavior has stepped down from the bench.

  • 'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49

    'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49

    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-21 20:51:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:03:39 GMT

    Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away.

    Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away.

Powered by Frankly