“The truth is any queer person — and especially a queer person of color — can be the victim of this type of violence, and I know this firsthand.” YR Media’s Emiliano Villa explains why queer people feel like they have to stay guarded, especially after stories like the Jussie Smollett hate crime allegation. Read […]Read More If A Hate Crime Could Happen To Jussie Smollett, It Could Happen To Me
In 2017, there were 1,093 reported hate crimes in California, and 2018 could be even worse. Read more at Access Local TVRead More California- A Hateful State?
Hate crimes rose 20 percent last year nationwide, a troubling trend felt even in traditionally inclusive places like Long Beach. A young man described a frightening encounter he had outside a gay bar in this youth-produced video. “I never thought it would happen here in Long Beach.” Watch the video at Voice Waves.Read More LGBT hate crime in queer-friendly Long Beach?
Face-to-face with white supremacist groups for the first time at a Sacramento rally, a young writer describes the fear he felt and the violence he witnessed. Confronting hate groups is dangerous, and not recommended by trusted groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, yet the writer reflects how allowing hate to gain momentum is not […]Read More I counter-protested a white nationalist rally. Here’s what I learned
South Kern Sol reporter Randy Villegas watched the reaction of public officials, opinion writers and others in the Kern County region after a Sikh man was the victim of a hate crime. He saw too many leaders fail to speak out against the crime. Speaking before an audience at a “Day of Unity” event held […]Read More A call for unity in Kern County
With heavy media coverage of the rise of ISIS and the recent shooting at the Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, many Muslims feel that public and media sentiment against their religion in the U.S. is growing. Local Muslims also fear for their safety. “As a Muslim, I take more precautions now. I love the city of Long […]Read More Growing fear of Islamophobia