Hate crimes are on the rise in America. Disturbing national trends show an increase in hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islanders, a rise in anti-Semitic threats, and a surge in violence against the LGBTQ community. In fact, the 19th Police District, which includes almost the entire 46th Ward, has recorded the most incidents of hate crimes in the entire City of Chicago. While the 46th Ward is a vibrant community rich in diversity and inclusiveness, these attributes also make us a target for hate crimes. Given this reality, residents of the 46th Ward and its key stakeholders must work together to reduce the occurrences of hate crimes, thereby ensuring a safe environment for all ward residents.
As Alderman, safety will be one of my top priorities and I will work diligently to ensure the safety and security of my constituents. In my first 100 days of office, I will convene a 46th Ward Safety Task Force, comprised of ward residents and key ward stakeholders. The Task Force will develop and implement a public awareness campaign to provide resources and information to community members and victims of hate crimes. Additionally, l will spearhead efforts to create a strong community/law enforcement partnership to address ward safety, specifically hate crimes in our community. It is unacceptable to me that the 46th Ward is home to the most recorded incidents of hate crimes. This statistic is going to change when I am elected Alderman.