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AB 1079 Heads to the Governor's Desk, A Game-Changer in the Fight Against Hate Crimes

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Sacramento — AB 1079, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson, has passed both the California State Senate and the California State Assembly, and is now headed to the Governor's desk for signature. This groundbreaking bill, which has been met with resounding support, is set to revolutionize the state's approach to combating hate crimes.

AB 1079 establishes the Hate Crimes Intervention Program within the State Department of Public Health, creating a vital bridge between government agencies, community leaders, and organizations in communities most affected by hate crimes. By implementing evidence-based community interventions, this program will provide tangible support where it's needed most.

AB 1079 doesn’t stop there. It also empowers the Civil Rights Department (CRD) (formerly the Department of Fair Employment and Housing) to create and distribute statewide and regional media campaigns. These campaigns will serve as powerful tools to discourage discrimination, raise awareness, and promote unity throughout the Golden State.

"In crafting AB 1079, we've envisioned a California that not only condemns hate crimes but actively fosters an environment where hate cannot thrive. This bill's multifaceted approach is our resounding statement: We are committed to dismantling the roots of discrimination and hate, supporting victims, and shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for every Californian." - Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson.

Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson's AB 1079 isn't just a bill; it's a beacon of hope. It's a testament to the dedication of leaders who refuse to stand idly by in the face of hatred and discrimination. If signed into law by the Governor, AB 1079 will mark a turning point in California's history, ensuring that every citizen is protected and respected.

“Hate is a public health emergency. It’s a public safety emergency,” said Kendall Kosai, ADL’s Western Division Director of Policy. “According to the FBI, hate crimes in California have surged in recent years. It’s time that California takes a creative and bold approach in our response to hate.”

With AB 1079, California stands poised to go on the offense in the fight against hate, bigotry, and dogmatic ideologies, setting an example for the nation, and reaffirming its commitment to building a safer, more inclusive future for all.