Two homeless Portlanders were shot on Ash Wednesday. What can we do? In case I get hit by a truck you can help me by asking Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, and Kurt Schrader to co-sponsor H.R. 3528 - The Hate Crimes Against the Homeless Statistics Act of 2011 - and to ask Jeff Merkley to once again introduce similar legislation in the Senate (Ron Wyden should join him).
The legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Justice to track hate crimes against those who are homeless. With such information we can better learn about why such crimes occur and how to prevent them. This is a public safety matter that involves some of our most vulnerable members of society.
How could Oregon's Congressional delegation not act?
All members of the House and Senate can be contacted via their websites or at (202) 224-3121.