On February 14 of last year, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent S. 488, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act , which was introduced by Senators Kamala Harris (CA), Cory Booker (NJ), Tim Scott (SC), and over 40 of their colleagues from both sides of the aisle. This crucial legislation would officially make lynching a hate crime, therefore eligible for the additional federal tools and resources used to investigate and prosecute hate crimes.
Because of the minor difference between the bill which passed the House and that which passed the Senate in 2019, the bill must once more be passed by the U.S. Senate before it can go to the President for his signature and become law.
We must urge every member of the Senate to support the swift passage of the newly titled bill and then we must urge the President to sign it into law as soon as possible. Please review the attached Action Update / Action Alert and take Fast Action on this important piece of legislation.
Hilary O. Shelton
Director, NAACP Washington Bureau/
Senior Vice President Advocacy & Policy