Velazquez on Hate Vandalism in Williamsburg
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY-07) released the following statement regarding reports that Anti-Semitic symbols including swastikas and “KKK” had been scrawled in the stairwells of Independence Towers, public housing located in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhood:
“All of us must speak with a collective voice in making clear there is no place for these despicable actions and demanding that the authorities investigate swiftly. While it is my fear that irresponsible rhetoric and a toxic national political environment can engender these types of acts, I also firmly believe that New York is a City that cherishes diversity – and we will stand together in renouncing these actions.”
Last week, Velázquez introduced H.R. 6328, legislation that would establish a national hate crimes hotline and also provide federal funds to help local law enforcement prevent and prosecute hate crimes.