H.Res.254 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning recent hate crimes in Illinois and Indiana.106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 07/19/1999)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/18/1999 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. (All Actions)|
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Engrossed in House (11/18/1999)
[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 254 Engrossed in House (EH)] In the House of Representatives, U.S., November 18, 1999. Whereas diversity and tolerance are essential principles of an open and free society; Whereas all people deserve to be safe within their communities, free to live, work and worship without fear of violence and bigotry; Whereas crimes motivated by hatred against African-Americans, Jews, Asian- Americans, or other groups undermine the fundamental values of our Nation; Whereas the communities of Skokie, the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Northbrook, and Urbana, Illinois, and Bloomington, Indiana, were terrorized by hate crimes over the Fourth of July weekend, a time when our Nation celebrates its commitment to freedom and liberty; Whereas hate crimes tear at the fabric of American society, leave scars on victims and their families, and weaken our sense of community and purpose; Whereas Ricky Byrdsong, at age 43, was a loving husband and father, an inspiring community leader, and a former basketball coach at Northwestern University; Whereas Ricky Byrdsong was a man of deep religious faith who touched the lives of countless people and whose death is mourned by his family, friends, and community, and by the Nation; Whereas Won-Joon Yoon, at age 26, was the only son in a family of 6, and was soon to become a doctoral student in Economics at Indiana University; Whereas Won-Joon Yoon was a man who, through his demeanor and firmly-held Christian beliefs, positively influenced those who knew him, and whose death is mourned by his family, friends, and community, and by the citizens of the United States and Korea; and Whereas individuals who commit crimes based on hate and bigotry must be held responsible for their actions and must be stopped from spreading violence: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) condemns the senseless violence that occurred in Illinois and Indiana over the Fourth of July weekend; (2) conveys its deepest sympathy to the victims and their families; (3) condemns the culture of hate and the hate groups that foster such violent acts; (4) commends the communities of Illinois and Indiana for uniting to condemn these acts of hate in their neighborhoods; (5) commends the efforts of Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials; and (6) reaffirms its commitment to a society that fully respects and protects all people, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. Attest: Clerk.