Joel Lourie on Hate Crimes Legislation
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics Report published in November 2019, reported a continuing rise in hate crimes in our state, the majority of which are related to race. And yet, South Carolina remains one of only three or four states with no hate crime legislation, something which has been called for by our Columbia mayor, our Richland County sheriff, and many others.
In recognition of Black History Month, our special guest to the Midlands Interfaith Meetup, former state senator Joel Lourie, will talk to us about the need for a law defining hate crimes. SC Representative Beth Bernstein has prefiled a bipartisan bill that would allow hate intimidation to be added to a crime if a crime victim was targeted on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Mr. Joel Lourie was born and raised in Columbia, and like his father (the late Sen. Isadore Lourie) before him, has been serving the public for most of his adult life. Over the years, whether as an elected official, or as a business owner, he has concentrated on issues that have a profound impact on the lives of all South Carolina’s people, such as education, safety, child welfare and healthcare for all.
Join friends of any, all and no faiths at the British Bulldog in Harbison. 6-8 PM. Free and open to the public. Order on your own. No RSVP necessary.
1220 Bower Pkwy E-10, Columbia, SC 29212