Creating the Multi-Community Hate Crimes Task Force (MHCTF)
When we first began our time with UNITED SIKHS we were excited to see that as an organisation they already had an inspiring vision of interfaith action. Upon returning from London, we got to work actualising a plan that UNITED SIKHS has had for a long time: to bring minority communities in New York City together to stand together against hate crimes.
In our first month here we were able to take this goal from dream to reality by creating the Multi-Community Hate Crimes Task Force (MHCTF). Last week leaders from a variety of interested organisations came together to discuss how hate crimes affect each of our communities and how this new body can have the most impact. At the meeting we had representatives from congregations of many faiths, advocacy organisations of the Queer and Latino communities, and even representatives of the state government.
At the meeting itself, a mix of emotions filled our small conference room. Communities are scared, advocates are frustrated, and yet, there is hope to be found in joint action. By standing together as allies against hate-based violence, the MHCTF plans to both increase awareness of hate crimes as a national issue as well as take concrete action when a hate crime occurs. As Tony Blair Faith Foundation Faiths Act Fellows, we are proud to be active in an organisation that fosters dialogue and relationships across community lines. We are excited to take the next steps - knowing that we are better together - to address this crucial issue with one voice.