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12 7 1 285 67 7 5 3 2 5 7 BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY 2nd Annual Report 2020

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all men are brothers If you harm me you harm yourself Love agape is the only cement that can hold this broken community together When I am commanded to love I am commanded to restore community to resist injustice and to meet the needs of my brothers Dr Martin Luther King Jr on building the Beloved Community

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY 2020 12 7 1 285 67 7 5 3 2 5 7

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Table of Contents PHRC Vision Mission Values 2 History of the PHRC 3 PHRC Leadership History 3 Message from Governor 4 Message from Chairman 5 Message from Executive Director 6 Commissioners 7 Blueprint for Building the Beloved Community Introduction The Enduring Problem of Hate 9 Q A with PHRC Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter MSW 11 What is a Hate Crime 13 PHRC Social Justice Committees 15 No Hate in Our State 2020 Critical Social Justice Dialogues 17 Partnerships 20 Take Action 23 Glossary of Terms 25 Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that Dr Martin Luther King Jr 1 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY PHRC Vision Mission Values VISION As Pennsylvania s Civil Rights leader it is our vision that all people in Pennsylvania will live work and learn free from unlawful discrimination MISSION The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission promotes equal opportunity for all and enforces Pennsylvania s Civil Rights laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination VALUES Equality We believe strongly in the equality and dignity of all individuals We uphold the principles of justice and fairness through our work conduct and communication Service We subscribe to the highest standards of responsiveness quality timeliness and professionalism Integrity We uphold the highest standards of honesty and transparency We are candid trustworthy credible and unbiased Excellence We strive to excel in our work We endeavor to ensure a highly prepared diverse competent and committed workforce Teamwork We build and sustain strong constructive and collaborative relationships Respect We value employees talents and differences and treat them with consideration and importance Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission 333 Market Street 8th Fl Harrisburg PA 17101 717 787 4410 Email PHRC pa gov www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 2

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY History of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission For 65 years the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has been the essential agency addressing discrimination in Pennsylvania Today it is the state s top Civil Rights enforcement agency The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission or PHRC enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is the only state wide agency that enforces anti discrimination laws in housing public places and government services The Commission was crafted from two pieces of legislation the Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practice Act of 1955 later changed to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act in 1997 and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act of 1961 PFEOA Both bills banned discrimination based on race color creed ancestry age or national origin A series of amendments to both acts over time evolved to also ban discrimination based on sex and disability The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act covers discrimination in employment housing commercial property education and public accommodations The Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act is specific to postsecondary education and secondary vocational and trade schools In an amendment from 1970 the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission as it is known today was born The PHRC consists of a diverse group of 11 commissioners who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate The commissioners act as public liaisons establish policies and resolve some cases that are not settled voluntarily The commission is independent and nonpartisan with no more than six commissioners from one political party The chairperson is appointed by the governor and a vice chairperson secretary and assistant secretary are elected by commissioners each year The executive director reports to the commissioners PHRC LEADERSHIP HISTORY Executive Directors Commission Chairs Chad Dion Lassiter 2018 Present M Joel Bolstein 2017 Present JoAnn L Edwards 2011 2018 Gerald S Robinson 2011 2017 Homer G Floyd 1970 2011 Stephen A Glassman 2003 2011 Milo A Manly 1968 1970 Carl E Densen 2000 2003 Elliott M Shirk 1956 1968 Robert Johnson Smith 1990 2000 Thomas L McGill Jr 1986 1990 Joseph X Yaffe 1974 1986 Everett E Smith 1970 1974 Max Rosenn 1969 1970 Harry Boye 1956 1969 3 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Message from Governor Tom Wolf The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded as a refuge from oppression This legacy is one that must be protected Hate discrimination and intolerance have no place in our state William Penn showed us that diversity is a strength We are the state created as a home of religious tolerance We are the state where the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written and ratified We are the state where President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address while thousands fought against slavery History has taught the residents of the Commonwealth that our differences of views cultures religions and experiences all enrich our communities Any crime motivated by bigotry hate or bias is an attack not just on an individual but a trauma suffered by an entire community All Pennsylvanians must stand together to reject hate and celebrate the diversity of our commonwealth I congratulate the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for their work in ensuring our state remains a place of welcome and peace Sincerely Tom Wolf Governor www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 4

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Message from Chairman M Joel Bolstein Esq Hate cannot be tolerated That simple message informs all the work we have been doing for the past 65 years And it is the message that will inform our work as we go forward The mission of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is to stand against any form of oppression that all people in Pennsylvania will live work and learn free from unlawful discrimination It is the dream of every neighborhood to dwell in peace Yet Dr Martin Luther King Jr has reminded us Peace is not merely the absence of this tension but the presence of justice The PHRC must continue to be a driver of justice if we are to deliver our commitment to protect you your friends and your neighbors from hate and bias Unfortunately defeating hate requires constant vigilance As the state s top civil rights enforcement agency the PHRC works diligently to build mutual understanding with diverse communities by joining forces with local communities faith groups elected officials and law enforcement officers I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Commissioners our Executive Director Regional Directors and the professional staff of each of our offices to help make PHRC one of the nation s premier civil rights agencies Sincerely M Joel Bolstein Esq Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Chairman 5 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Message from Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter MSW Albert Einstein once said Any intelligent fool can make things bigger more complex and more violent It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction Last year 2020 things got bigger more complex and more violent as evidenced by a once in a century pandemic an economic crisis as bad as the Great Depression and a social justice protest movement that fueled international rage over police brutality But these same events emboldened angry White Supremacist insurrectionists who attacked the U S Capitol in January 2021 carrying with them vile racist images and a determination to cause harm and move us in the wrong direction Building PA s Beloved Community No Hate in Our State is intentionally designed to move things in an opposite direction a direction of peace justice equity The goal for the project is to convene those who want to bequeath more equitable more peaceful communities to future generations of Pennsylvanian residents and develop a meaningful action plan for that vision A hate crime occurs once every hour in the United States And experts believe even this is a serious underreporting of the problem These are not small matters and left unaddressed the consequences will prove dire As the state s top civil rights enforcement organization we must assure that no one ignores the problems of white supremacist extremism pandemicrelated hate crimes cyberbullying or race based violence that marred 2020 It is a threat not only to our communities but also to our democracy Throughout his life John Lewis challenged us to be faithful and stalwart advocates of true peacemaking Do not get lost in a sea of despair Be hopeful be optimistic Our struggle is not the struggle of a day a week a month or a year it is the struggle of a lifetime Never ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble necessary trouble Hate it is said grows in ignorance and isolation We present our second annual Building PA s Beloved Community No Hate in Our State report with the ambitious hope that we shed light on hate and its various faces bias inequality injustice such that it will find no dark place of welcome in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Sincerely Chad Dion Lassiter MSW Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Executive Director www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 6

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Commissioners Radheshyam M Agrawal M D M Joel Bolstein Esq Chairman When rights of human beings are compromised they loose the opportunity to a productive life I am very grateful to Governor Wolf for appointing me Chairperson and allowing me to continue in a leadership role alongside my fellow Commissioners our wonderful new Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter and our very talented and extremely dedicated professional staff George B Dawson Esq Michael Hardiman Esq The road to justice should be free of impediments Every day presents new opportunities Hon Curtis Jones Jr From the White House to our house human relations is an important aspect of the quality of our life Fairness in housing employment and racial and religious tolerance is an essential responsibility of our organization 7 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Commissioners Mayur Patel Esq Secretary I am proud to be part of a group of individuals whose singular focus is to ensure that the people of our Commonwealth are being treated fairly and with respect This area of focus is now more important than ever Adrian Shanker The role PHRC plays is essential to the freedom to live work play and visit Pennsylvania without fear of discrimination Aleena Y Sorathia Esq Dr Raquel Q Yiengst Vice Chair There is no justice when some because of race sex religion color national origin or disability among others are denied a safe place to live learn work and socialize I am proud to serve on a Commission that strives to build a Commonwealth full of communities free of hate and discrimination My hope for PHRC is that it will continue to be the government agency that promotes civil rights eradicates discrimination for all and upholds Equal Educational Opportunity for all children so that we can create a better future for all www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 8

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Introduction The Enduring Problem of Hate The problem of hate and hate crimes is significant The latest statistics from the The latest statistics from the Southern Poverty Law Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC Center SPLC identified 940 hate groups operating identified 940 hate groups operating across the country in 2019 While this is a small across the country in 2019 decline from 1 020 hate groups in the 2018 s it is still a daunting number SPLC also reported a significant increase in anti LGBTQ hate groups from 49 in 2018 to 70 in 2019 and in white nationalist hate groups There was also a slight increase in anti immigrant hate groups Building PA s Beloved Community No Hate in Our State was developed in 2019 as a social justice initiative in response to a series of incidents involving racial harassment and violence that occurred that year in York County However 2020 has brought its own hate fueled woes For one the COVID 19 pandemic brought renewed violence against Asians and Pacific Islanders who were blamed for the virus I want to thank the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and it s Executive Director Chad Lassiter for standing behind our Asian American community State representative Patty Kim said We want to remind Pennsylvanians that it is unacceptable to tolerate racial slurs xenophobic attacks and harassment especially during this global pandemic It s wrong to shift blame or accuse Asian Americans for this crisis Pathogens do not discriminate Transgender related violence was also in the media when two Black trans women were murdered and another brutally attacked Officials suspect it was a hate crime motivated by the victims LGBTQ status Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called this horrific violence against Black trans women an epidemic Last year also saw a resurgence of domestic terrorism often motivated by white supremacist ideology This ideology was on full display in January with the siege of the U S Capitol According to former FBI director Christopher Wray the deadliest attacks in the United States have been perpetrated by white supremacists The AJC s 2020 State of Antisemitism in The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is tasked not just with investigating America survey found that 88 percent of American Jews believe anti Semitism is a hate crimes and bias incidents but with growing problem but nearly half of U S creating educational and outreach efforts to adults have no idea what the term means help with the prevention The Building PA s Beloved Community No Hate in Our State project is coordinated by the PHRC s Education and Community Outreach Division which facilitates ongoing hate crimes prevention education and response activities statewide This division also facilitates the Interagency Task Force on Civil Tension and the local advisory councils to the PHRC The process began with town halls but in 2020 Building PA s Beloved Community No Hate in Our State had to pivot to digital gatherings In 2020 the PHRC also created guidances related to coronavirus and because Pennsylvania does not consider LGBTQ a protected class for the LGBTQ community 9 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Lest We Forget 2nd Annual Remembrance of the Tree of Life October 27 2020 was the second anniversary of the deadliest anti Semitic attack in U S history At 9 46 AM Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined Rabbi Myers at the synagogue for a moment of silence for the 11 people who were killed and the six who were wounded Since this incidence according to the American Jewish Committee Jews have been murdered in Poway California Jersey City New Jersey and Monsey New York simply for being Jews The perpetrators share one quality hate I think our community here has learned that they re not alone For the Tree of Life we re a community we re a family we re here for each other If one is in pain we re all in pain and that s the way it has continued since that day said Rabbi Myer who received the Simon Wiesenthal Center s Medal of Valor at its annual Awards Dinner in 2019 His medal had the inscription He who saves a single life it is as if he has saved an entire world www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 10

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Q A with PHRC Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter MSW Chad Dion Lassiter was appointed executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in 2018 He is nationally recognized in the fields of American race relations He has worked with resilient and vulnerable families youth and communities as they experience normal developmental transitions in challenging environments He received a Master s Degree at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work where he was the A Phillip Randolph Award winner in 2001 Lassiter has worked on race peace and poverty related issues in Africa Canada Haiti Israel and Norway He is widely called upon often to provide commentary to various media outlets nationally and internationally Prior to accepting his post at the PHRC he was the Executive Director of the Red Cross House at the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the President of the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work Inc at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice Lassiter told the Philadelphia Tribune My singular commitment is to grow the commission throughout the commonwealth and making it a national model where people study us for best practices Q What is the Beloved Community Simply put the Beloved Community is about peace and justice It is the result of intentionally creating a community that includes space for diversity fairness and pushes back against isms A Beloved Community embraces the other and collaboratively creates communities where all can thrive There is built into our country s DNA an idealism of equality and freedom These are transformational concepts and our country has had civil fights for these to become a reality Increasingly the fights have left us exhausted bitter and fighting not for one another but against one another We have to start by envisioning a future and then reimagining that future by recognizing that our assignment is to be a bridge of love in the midst of hate 11 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Q A with PHRC Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter MSW Q Why should the PHRC be involved Let me answer your question with a question How did we become so well adjusted to injustice The PHRC as the largest Civil Rights agency in Pennsylvania has always been tasked with insuring a state free of civil rights harm But we can t stop there The concept of the Beloved Community is written in our mission statement which reads The PA Human Relations Commission promotes equal opportunity for all and enforces Pennsylvania s Civil Rights laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination Q What is most challenging aspect of creating a Statewide Beloved Community There is a tendency for all of us to default to comforts of the past that may be dysfunctional but they are also familiar The Beloved Community process doesn t allow for that comfort if it is based on the suffering of another So we have to start by envisioning a future and then reimagining that future by recognizing that our assignment is to be a bridge of love in the midst of hate Josiah Royce the philosopher credited with the original idea of the Beloved Community challenged us to reach greater heights of our humanity Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remind us that there are those that profit from hate Q Is the Beloved Community strong enough to counter the rise of hate especially on Social Media You are right about the role of social media It is indeed a potent outreach tool and can disseminate a message of ill will or a message of goodwill Experts who study extremism say that social media has created a new pathway for people to become radicalized But we can t just shut down the sites That won t make communities safer from hate We must create more Beloved Communities online and even then hate will still surface but we must continue to attempt to dismantle it LEST WE FORGET www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 12

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY What is a Hate Crime A man from Leighton PA posts an image of his arm and hand aiming an AR 15 rifle at a congregation of praying Jewish men This was not his first image He used fake names to post hundreds of anti Semitic anti black and anti Muslim messages images and videos This is what hate looks like A hate incident is any incident that is perceived as being motivated by prejudice or hate In Pennsylvania a hate A hate incident is any incident crime is defined as a criminal act motivated by ill will or that is perceived as being hatred towards a victim s race color religion or national motivated by prejudice or hate origin In Pennsylvania hate crimes are termed ethnic intimidation and the offense is set forth in the crimes code Title 18 Section 2710 With hate crime legislation the whole point of it is to get equal justice through the criminal justice system for people who have been disenfranchised effectively by the criminal justice system women racial and ethnic minorities LGBTQ people who more often than not find themselves disadvantaged by the biases of police departments and prosecutors Villanova University Sociology Professor Jill McCorkel said When is an Incident Considered a Hate Crime In Pennsylvania a person commits ethnic intimidation if he or she is motivated by hatred toward the race color religion or national origin of another individual or group of individuals while committing certain crimes What are Examples of Possible Hate Crimes This list is not exhaustive Harassment in person or electronically Physical assault Destruction of Property Criminal Trespass Arson or Firebombing Terroristic Threats 13 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY What is PHRC s Response to Hate Crimes PHRC tracks incidents reported to the agency to inform the Pennsylvania Interagency Task Force on Community Activities and Relations This is a group of state agencies who work to prevent and respond to civil tension and violence arising from conflicts between ethnic or cultural groups and when there are public expressions of bias or hate The primary function of the group is to address civil tension when conflicts occur and to promote positive community relations among various groups to prevent tension We remind people that if you are a victim of violence or if you witness an act of violence you should call 911 immediately Pennsylvania has Hate Crime laws for protection and we have an Ethnic Intimidation Law that can serve those who are confronted with these horrible acts Check our website www phrc pa gov for information or contact our office The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission can be reached at 717 787 4410 for complaints of discrimination related to COVID 19 to facilitate ongoing hate crimes prevention education and response activities statewide UPDATE AAPI Hate Incident in Philadelphia Last July Philadelphia resident Jing Chen had water thrown on her by a woman who had been panhandling When Chen asked the woman why she did that the woman responded by calling her a slur Chen retorted you too But the verbal altercation escalation when the beggar punched Chin in the face According to the Philadelphia Inquirer the assailant was a 19 year old Black homeless woman who was under court ordered evaluation for mental health competency last year She was arrested and charged with assault reckless endangerment and harassment The question this case has raised is whether this is a case of ethnic intimidation or is this a mental health issue About 80 community members state lawmakers and city officials dialed in for a community meeting about the incident hosted by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp U S Rep Dwight Evans was also on the Zoom meeting Chad Dion Lassiter executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said the mental health issue is a secondary concern one for the defendant s lawyer to worry about Without question this is an instance of ethnic intimidation Lassiter said www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 14

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY PA Human Relations Commission Social Justice Committees Educational Equity Committee The Educational Equity Committee s EEC principle objective is to recognize that there are harmful inequities in many aspects of the Commonwealth s educational policies and practices and to ensure that the PHRC takes all appropriate measures within its jurisdiction to address inequities whether they are found in academic programs vocational programs or programs for special needs students The committee works to initiate open communication and begin constructive dialog with school districts that are experiencing educational inequities and render assistance wherever possible Furthermore the committee helps to identifying skill sets that are needed by prospective employees Commission Chair Dr Raquel Yiengst Staff Lead Carl Summerson Esq Fair Housing Committee The Fair Housing Committee FHC is dedicated to expanding the PA Human Relations Commission s activities beyond the traditional role of enforcement by leading statewide discussions regarding affirmatively furthering fair housing and housing disparities within protected classes The FHC seeks to collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders to advocate for equitable policies projects and solutions that will lead to true equality in housing throughout the Commonwealth Commission Chair Mayur Patel Esq Staff Lead Adrian Garcia Policy PHRA Committee The purpose of the Policy PHRA Committee PPC of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is to effectuate the policy goals of the Commission by spearheading efforts to enact support lobby and provide guidance regarding issues relating to unlawful discrimination in employment housing public accommodations and education The committee reviews issues of relevance to the Commission drafts guidance alerts and educates the Commission on novel approaches to strengthen protections offered by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act Commission Chair Aleena Sorathia Esq Staff Lead Guerline L Laurore Esq 15 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY PA Human Relations Commission Social Justice Committees Police Community Relations Committee The Police Community Relations PCR Committee recognizes that there are harmful inequities in many aspects of the Commonwealth s criminal justice system police policies and practices that contribute to the disparate treatment of racial ethnic and religious minorities as well as LGBTQ or gender nonconforming persons Our primary goal is to ensure that the PHRC takes all appropriate measures within its jurisdiction to address inequities whether they are found in criminal justice programs police policies patterns or practices as it relates to marginalized communities Commission Chair Councilman Curtis Jones Jr Staff Lead Tameka Hatcher MBA Diversity Inclusion Committee The purpose of the Diversity Inclusion Committee is to foster a workplace environment which models best practices for state agencies and organizations Diversity is the entire range of human differences that includes but is not limited to race ethnicity gender gender identity and expression sexual orientation age socioeconomic status veteran status physical and cognitive ability or attributes religious affiliation national origin citizenship and political beliefs Inclusion is involvement and empowerment where the inherent worth and dignity of all people is recognized A diverse and inclusive work environment promotes and sustains a sense of belonging it values and respects the talents beliefs backgrounds and ways of living of its workforce The PHRC recognizes that it serves citizens from various races ethnicities and communities across the Commonwealth Understanding the impact that racial identity and professional responsibility have on the communities we serve the Diversity Committee will dedicate resources to studying issues of racial inequalities Commission Chair Mayur Patel Esq Staff Lead Samuel Rivera Esq PHRC Program Community Outreach and Training Committee Meeting The purpose of the Program Outreach and Training Committee of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is to spearhead monitor and support activities of the PHRC leadership staff and advisory councils as it applies to public education outreach and training This committee also helps to identify training and educational needs both internally and externally to fulfil the Commission s responsibility to promote and instill best practices of equity diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community Commission Chair Michael Hardiman Esq Staff Lead Laura Argenbright www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 16

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY No Hate in Our State 2020 Critical Social Justice Dialogues With the death of George Floyd and the international cry for social justice exacerbated by a pandemic 2020 proved to be a pivotal year The work of the Beloved Community has never been more necessary Under the leadership of Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter PHRC continues to provide its Social Justice Lecture Series and to strengthen relationships with its community partners to promote and advance social justice within the Commonwealth Social Justice Lecture Series The goal of the Social Justice Lecture Series is to help the community heal by educating the public and helping participants deal with the pain of racism discrimination and hate related violence while also reducing tensions Leading in Challenging and Complex Times Part II August 21st 2020 1 00pm 3 00pm EST Zoom PANELISTS Heather Roth Regional Director Harrisburg Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Diana Medley Regional Director Philadelphia Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Lyle Wood Regional Director Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Guerline L Laurore Adrian Garcia Director of Policy and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Fair Housing Pennsylvania Human Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Relations Commission MODERATOR Lailah Dunbar Keeys Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology Community College of Philadelphia ZOOM LINK https zoom us j 86244186172 Meeting ID 862 4418 6172 Password 914375 Follow us www phrc pa gov Leading in Challenging and Complex Times Part 1 www facebook com www twitter com Leading in Challenging and Complex Times Part 2 This two part series looked at leading at our workplaces and communities with an equity lens to ensure diversity and inclusion 17 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY No Hate in Our State 2020 Critical Social Justice Dialogues Pandemic of Hate VIRTUAL TOWN HALL Re imagining Social Justice Past Present and Future Considerations JUNE 30th 2020 7 00pm 8 00pm EST Zoom AUGUST 17th 2020 6 30pm 8 30pm EST Zoom Combating Systemic and Structural Racism in the 21st Century Chad Dion Lassiter MSW Chad Dion Lassiter MSW Executive Director Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Crystal M Edwards Reverend Marshall Mitchell Educator Activist Executive Director Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Dr Joe Feagin Professor Thomas Parker Dr Khalid Mumin Superintendent of the Allentown School District Superintendent of the Reading School District Dr Khaleel Desaque Dr Gregory Seaton Director of School Improvement Pennsylvania Department of Education Founder of Analytic Enterprise Pastor Salem Baptist Church MODERATOR MODERATOR Lailah Dunbar Keeys Lailah Dunbar Keeys Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology Community College of Philadelphia Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology Community College of Philadelphia ZOOM LINK ZOOM LINK https us02web zoom us j 89531150593 pwd WDJPZ1dTanFmMWhqMVMxaTFCTGZEQT09 success Meeting ID 895 3115 0593 https us02web zoom us j 85353106860 pwd WDlYZUNEZ1k5SHJTdG9vKzJrRXpqZz09 success Password 525334 Meeting ID 828 0832 3678 Follow us www phrc pa gov Password 193618 Follow us www facebook com www phrc pa gov www twitter com Pandemic of Hate the pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia scapegoating and scare mongering www facebook com www twitter com Re Imagining Social Justice Past Present and Future Considerations In light of the death of George Floyd the world began to ask in this moment that we United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres find ourselves what does social justice mean Leave No Child Behind Serving All Children in the Digital Environment Headshot PHRC Presents The Historical Significance of the Marcus Allen CEO Blacks BBBS Independence Relationship Between and Jews Part 1 OCTOBER 16 2020 4 00pm 6 00pm EST Zoom OCTOBER 27 2020 5 00pm 6 30pm EST Zoom Who PHRC Special Guests Including the Honorable Representative Dan Miller Representative Dan Miller State Representative for the 42nd District Paige Joki Esq Staff Attorney Education Law Center Khaleel S Desaque Ed D Director Department of Education Office of School Improvement Dr David Bateman PhD Professor of Special Education Shippensburg University Batya Glazer Rabbi Marcus Allen CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Chad Dion Lassiter MSW National Expert on Race Relations Executive Director of the PHRC Earl Bowen Jr Rabbi Asaf Romirowsky Ph D DExecutive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East SPME MODERATORS and HOSTS pennsylvania HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION Rip Off the BanDaiD Morgan Williams Esq Assistant Chief Counsel PHRC Dr Raquel Yiengst PHRC Commissioner Morgan Williams PHRC Interim Chief Counsel ZOOM LINK ZOOM LINK https us02web zoom us j 85353106860 pwd WDlYZUNEZ1k5SHJTdG9vKzJrRXpqZz09 success Meeting ID 844 4356 8005 Allison Pokras https us02web zoom us j 85353106860 pwd WDlYZUNEZ1k5SHJTdG9vKzJrRXpqZz09 success Password 253976 Meeting ID 865 5208 1002 Password 775459 www phrc pa gov Follow us www phrc pa gov Follow us www facebook com www phrc pa gov www twitter com www facebook com www twitter com Leave No Child Behind The Historical Significance of the What will be the long term impact on today s Relationship Between Blacks Jews schoolchildren and how do we serve them in a digital environment while ensuring equity and high quality www phrc pa gov Blacks and Jews have faced similar challenges in America They have traditionally been civil rights allies There has also been incidents of Black anti Semitism and Jewish racism How do we maintain a strong vital allyship facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 18

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY No Hate in Our State 2020 Critical Social Justice Dialogues PHRC Social Justice Lunch Learn Series PHRC Social Justice Lunch Learn Series When OCTOBER 22 2020 12 00 1 00 pm When November 12 2020 12 00 1 00 pm Where 333 Market Street 8th Fl Harrisburg PA 17101 LUNCH AND LEARN FEATURING CARL SUMMERSON Chief Hearing Examiner TOPIC WHAT CONSTITUTES A HATE CRIME Over the past four years many factors have contributed to the steady increase in the number of hate crimes reported But what constitutes a hate crime and how is it charged in Pennsylvania Surprisingly even some in law enforcement are unaware which puts victims of such crime at a legal disadvantage Come learn about the Ethnic Intimidation Law an enhancement to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code and its application LUNCH AND LEARN FEATURING ADRIAN GARCIA Director of Housing Who We Are The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is the agency that enforces the laws that prohibit discrimination in the juristictional areas of employment education housing commercial property and public accomodations TOPIC THE FAIR HOUSING ACT AT 51 ADDRESSING HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY The Fair Housing Act was signed by President Lyndon B Johnson on April 11 1968 after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr who had been working on the Poor People s Campaign to address economic inequality and shortages in employment and housing This workshop will explore how the issues of steering redlining gentrification and environmental waste continue to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations ZOOM LINK Password 442094 Follow us www phrc pa gov www facebook com Who We Are The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is the agency that enforces the laws that prohibit discrimination in the juristictional areas of employment education housing commercial property and public accomodations ZOOM LINK https us02web zoom us j 85353106860 pwd WDlYZUNEZ1k5SHJTdG9vKzJrRXpqZz09 success Meeting ID 895 6052 8061 Where 333 Market Street 8th Fl Harrisburg PA 17101 https us02web zoom us j 85353106860 pwd WDlYZUNEZ1k5SHJTdG9vKzJrRXpqZz09 success CONTACT TAMEKA HATCHER Education Coordinator 717 783 8486 thatcher pa gov Meeting ID 892 9622 0546 Password 282006 Follow us www phrc pa gov www twitter com www facebook com CONTACT TAMEKA HATCHER Education Coordinator 717 783 8486 thatcher pa gov www twitter com What Constitutes a Hate Crime The Fair Housing Act Knowing what a hate crime is and what can be done about it becomes very important in an era of increased hostilities Housing is a right and when those rights are violated there is justice under the law PHRC Social Justice Lunch Learn Series When SEPTEMBER 24 2020 12 00 1 00 pm LUNCH AND LEARN FEATURING TAMEKA M HATCHER Educational Outreach Coordinator TOPIC INTERRUPTING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE Studies show that students of color particularly AfricanAmerican boys and girls are more likely to be disciplined in schools for the same or lesser infractions as race White students The seriousness of this nationwide problem was recently highlighted in Florida where a six year old Black girl was arrested and fingerprinted for throwing a tantrum This workshop will explore how disproportionate discipline at the elementary and secondary levels impact educational outcomes and contribute to the disparate number of racial minorities incarcerated in county state and federal correctional facilities Where 333 Market Street 8th Fl Harrisburg PA 17101 Who We Are The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is the agency that enforces the laws that prohibit discrimination in the juristictional areas of employment education housing commercial property and public accomodations ZOOM LINK https us02web zoom us j 85353106860 pwd WDlYZUNEZ1k5SHJTdG9vKzJrRXpqZz09 success Meeting ID 812 2659 7765 Password 975353 Follow us www phrc pa gov www facebook com CONTACT TAMEKA HATCHER Education Coordinator 717 783 8486 thatcher pa gov www twitter com Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline The over criminalization of black and brown children within schools and the disparate treatment that they receive in discipline with suspension and expulsion rates calls us to interrupt the pipeline 19 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Partnerships Dr Martin Luther King Jr said the true work The PHRC s vision is that all people in of the civil rights movement was to build the Pennsylvania will live work and learn Beloved Community We cannot do this work free from unlawful discrimination alone The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission partners with many agencies cross the Commonwealth as we work together to develop the local community blueprint for a Beloved Community The PHRC s vision is that all people in Pennsylvania will live work and learn free from unlawful discrimination We strive to help communities create and develop an action plan aimed at inclusion Work to develop community wide plans aimed at expanding economic opportunities Here are considerations to working in partnership Step 1 Craft a shared vision of the Beloved Community The first step is to listen and create the vision that you seek Your community has a variety of voices And as many voices as possible should be included in the creation process This is a brainstorm stage and every suggestion should be welcomed What for your partners would a Beloved Community include The diversity of voices will make for a more robust and supported vision Step 2 Reach out to The Other Be intentional as you seek to partner Actively seek to partner with programs that reach out to help those in the most need the hungry the homeless and the unemployed and those that have been the most marginalized in your community Step 3 Develop a Reconciliation Pathway bell hooks has said The truth is that you cannot build community without conflict The issue is not to be without conflict but to be able to resolve conflict and the commitment to community is what gives us the inspiration to come up with ways to resolve conflict As you seek to build a more peaceful community your group may have to move through past harms It would be helpful in the beginning to develop a reconciliation pathway procedure so that when you reach a point of painful conflict there is a process that would lead to reconciliation Step 4 Create a Beloved Community Stress Test Josiah Royce an American philosopher credited with creating the Beloved Community concept believed that Every proposed reform every moral deed is to be tested by whether and to what extent it contributes to the realization of the Beloved Community When one cannot find the beloved community they need to take steps to create it and if there is not evidence of the existence of such a community then the rule to live by is to Act So As To Hasten Its Coming www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 20

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Partnerships Asking these self reflective questions will help the group test the quality of beloved community How are your actions and behaviors impacting others What are our assumptions What are we tolerating that we shouldn t Where are we intolerant where we should be more empathetic UPDATE Reading School District According to Reading School District superintendent Dr Khalid Mumin the district has met all 96 terms of a conciliatory agreement with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Mumin told the Reading Eagle We embarked on a five year plan and we looked at safe schools academics communications and engagement also fiscal responsibilities and partnerships After several complaints from parents employees and the community regarding discrimination in the district one of the terms required by the state was to bring in a director of equity and incorporate what officials call deep equity training for administration staff and students As a result of the work District officials have reported a change in the interactions between the staff and students As a top civil rights enforcement agency it was our job to come in and do what we had to do said Chad Dion Lassiter executive director of the PHRC Now what we can do is take this and model it at other schools who have some presenting challenges 21 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Partnerships PHRC is continually working to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new collaborations Our partners include Local Human Relations Commissions and diversity organizations PHRC Advisory Councils American Civil Liberties Union Anti Defamation League Commonwealth Office of Human Relations The PA Department of Corrections The PA Department of Education US Department of Housing and Urban Development Interfaith organizations Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern PA NAACP Cheltenham and Philadelphia Chapters Governor s Office PA General Assembly Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services Urban League of Philadelphia US Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission World Affairs Council of Harrisburg The State Police and local law enforcement agencies The Palmer Foundation Reading School District University of Pennsylvania United States Department of Justice UPDATE Racial Achievement Gap in Pittsburgh Public Schools Research shows that if a child lacks the ability to read proficiently by third grade it will be very difficult for the child to ever catch up About 30 years ago with that knowledge Wanda Henderson filed charges with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission about the Pittsburgh School District racial achievement gap Her concern The problem is that students of color are just not learning in Pittsburgh Public School They have continually failed to educate them decade after decade after decade Years have not brought improvement In 2015 2016 only 37 percent of African American students could read at proficient levels compared to 68 percent of white students an achievement gap of 31 percent In 2019 38 percent African American proficiency and 75 percent white an achievement gap of 37 percent The PHRC gave the school district a failing grade for its lack of progress in closing the achievement gap www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 22

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Take Action To support social justice an important step after educating yourself about racism and other inequities To learn you must first listen Listen to the voices of the people who experience the ism There are a lot of good books that can help provide this type of education Consider this list below as a starting point Books for Adults 1 The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein 2 The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 3 So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 4 Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Anti Racist By Ibram X Kendi 5 White Fragility by Robin Diangelo 6 White Rage by Carol Anderson 7 Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria Beverly Tatum 8 Race Matters by Cornel West 9 Police Brutality an Anthology by Jill Nelson 10 America s Original Sin Racism White Privilege and the New Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis 11 Racism A Short History by George M Fredrickson 12 Systemic Racism A Theory of Oppression by Joe R Feagin Updated on June 11 2020 13 From Slavey to Freedom by John Hope Franklin 14 Dismantling Racism The Continuing Challenge to White America by Joseph Brandt 15 White Washing Race The Myth of a Color Blind Society by Michael K Brown Martin Carnoy Elliott Currie Troy Duster David B Oppenheimer Majorie M Schultz and David Wellman 16 Uprooting Racism How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel 17 White Collar Factory Black Education in Urban America by Jack Washington 18 White Privilege and Black Rights by Naomi Zack 19 Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools Differences That Make A Difference by Howard C Stevenson 20 20 Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson 21 Breaking White Supremacy Martin Luther King Jr and the Black Social Gospel by Gary Dorrien 22 The Great Wells of Democracy The Meaning of Race in American Life by Manning Marable 23 Democracy In Black How Race Still Enslaves The American Soul by Eddie S Glaude Jr 23 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Take Action Books for Children and Teens 1 A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory 2 This Book Is Anti Racist 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up Take Action and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell 3 Stamped Racism Antiracism and You A Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi 4 Fair Housing Five The Haunted House Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center Updated on June 11 2020 Next Step The next step is to get deeply involved in the work of transformational change Many communities have human relations commissions for community members to become involved Other actions include Monitoring incidents of hate online and in the news and report it to the PHRC Joining a group in your community working towards equity Bringing allies to the table Joining a PHRC Advisory Council www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 24

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Glossary of Terms Activism A policy of taking direct action to achieve a political or social end Advocacy Active support for an idea or cause and aims to influence decisions within political economic and social institutions Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their race ethnicity national origin religion gender sexual orientation or physical mental disability Bigotry An unreasonable or irrational attachment to negative stereotypes and prejudices of individuals and groups belonging to one or more social identities BIPOC Black Indigenous and People of Color Civil Rights are an essential component of democracy They re guarantees of equal social opportunities and protection under the law regardless of race religion or other characteristics Discrimination The denial of justice resources and fair treatment of individuals and groups often based on social identity through employment education housing banking political rights etc Diversity Means different or varied The population of the United States is made up of people belonging to diverse groups characterized by culture race ethnicity nationality gender sexual orientation ability etc Ethnic Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons of the same race or national origin who share common or similar traits in language custom and tradition Equality Everyone having the same rights opportunities and resources Equality stresses fairness and parity in having access to social goods and services Equity Everyone getting what they need in order to have access opportunities and a fair chance to succeed It recognizes that the same for everyone equality doesn t truly address needs and therefore specific solutions and remedies which may be different are necessary Hate Crime A criminal act against property a person or group where the victim is intentionally targeted because of their actual or perceived race religion sexual orientation national origin disability gender gender identity or ethnicity Hate Incident An action or behavior motivated by hate but legally protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of expression Examples of hate incidents include namecalling insults distributing hate material in public places displaying hate material on your own property Implicit Bias The unconscious attitudes stereotypes and unintentional actions positive or negative toward members of a group merely because of their membership in that group 25 No Hate in Our State 2nd Annual Report Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

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BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA S BELOVED COMMUNITY Glossary of Terms Inclusion An environment and commitment to respect represent and accept diverse social groups and identities an environment where all people feel like they belong In K 12 learning environments inclusion can sometimes also refer to the practice of integrating students with disabilities into the classroom setting Marginalization the act of relegating someone to an unimportant or powerless position Multi Racial A hate crime that involves more than one victim or suspect and where the victims or suspects are from two or more different race groups such as African American and white or Hispanic and Asian Oppression A system of mistreatment exploitation and abuse of a marginalized group s for the social economic or political benefit of a dominant group s This happens within a social hierarchy where people are ranked according to status often based on aspects of social identity Physical Mental Disability Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on physical or mental impediments challenges whether such disabilities are congenital or acquired by heredity accident injury advanced age or illness Prejudice A premature judgment or belief formed about a person group or concept before gaining sufficient knowledge or by selectively disregarding facts Racial Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons such as Asians blacks or whites based on physical characteristics Racism The marginalization and or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges white people Religious Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose of the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being Examples are Catholics Jews Protestants or Atheists Social Change changes in human interactions and relationships that transform cultural and social institutions Social Justice means equal rights and equitable opportunities for all Sexual Orientation Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on sexual preferences and or attractions toward and responsiveness to members of their own or opposite sexes Systemic Oppression A combination of systems institutions and factors that advantage white people and for people of color cause widespread harm and disadvantages in access and opportunity Transgender Bias A preformed negative opinion or attitude toward persons perceived to be transgender and or transsexual www phrc pa gov facebook com PAHumanRelations twitter com PA_HumRelComm 26

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THANK YOU Special thanks to contributing writer editor Lynette Hazelton and Director of Communications Laura Argenbright Lynette Hazelton Laura Argenbright

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