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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Combating Hate Crimes

The recent, alarming surge in hate crimes must be met with a strong and clear response. That's why I was proud to join my Democratic colleagues and representatives from the NAACP, LGBT community, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, Anti-Defamation League and Connecticut Council on Islamic Relations to announce our proposal to strengthen Connecticut's hate crime laws, making them the strongest in the nation.

In recent months, incidents of hate including murders, assaults, bomb threats and vandalism have been directed against African-Americans, Hindu-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, Sikh-Americans, transgender women and others in Connecticut and across America.

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We will have zero tolerance and punish these crimes with the severity they deserve. When a bomb threat is made against a religious community center, a religious cemetery is desecrated, a mosque is vandalized, or women and the LGBT community are specifically targeted, these are crimes that affect not just the members of the building and the cemetery that is threatened or vandalized, but which affect all members of protected groups in our society.

Our hate crimes proposal will make Connecticut the national leader in the fight against these despicable acts, and it will serve as a model for other states looking to combat hate crimes based on bigotry and bias.

Educational Opportunity for Veterans

The University of Connecticut's School of Business is seeking applicants for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. EBV strives to provide disabled veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars with the abilities, relationships and education to grow their own businesses from the ground up. This excellent program fosters relationships among veterans, UConn and others to assist participants in EBV with creating and executing a successful plan to start and run their own business.

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This program aids veterans in many other ways, including helping them through physical and psychological challenges and social hindrances. Since its inception at UConn in 2010, EBV has had the privilege of working with over 100 veterans, which has been largely beneficial to them, their families and the surrounding communities. You can apply for the EBV program at http://ebv.business.uconn.edu.
 

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