March 31, 2017 -- Hate Crimes, Extremist Activities, and Bias Incidents in Western Massachusetts

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On March 31, 2017, the Western New England University School of Law sponsored panel discussions on hate crimes, extremist activities, and bias incidents in Western Massachusetts. Dean Eric Gouvin moderated both discussions.

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Julia Cowley (FBI, Boston Division, Springfield Resident Agency), Commissioner Sunila Thomas George (Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination), Sergeant John Delaney (Springfield Police Department), Dr. Andrea C. Kandel (National Conference for Community and Justice), Assistant Attorney General Ann Lynch (Consumer Protection and Civil Rights, Western MA Division), and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Regan (District of Massachusetts, Springfield) participated in the first discussion, entitled Law Enforcement, Government and Public Education.

The second panel discussion, entitled Community and Faith Based Organizations, included Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud (Commission on the Status of Women and Executive Board Member, Council on American Islamic Relations of MA), Maris Bergquist (Executive Director, Massachusetts Fair Housing Center), Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz, Ph.D., (Temple Beth El), Law Professor Jennifer Levi (Law Professor and Transgender Rights Project Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)), Pastor Marisa Ludwig (Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts), and Mehlaqa Samdani (Executive Director, Critical Connections).