Group Protests Hate Crimes

August 14, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 14, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that local activists marked the one year anniversary of the shootings at North Valley Jewish Community Center and the shooting death of a Filipino American postal worker by rallying together and demanding tougher gun control and hate crime laws. Before neo-Nazi Buford O. Furrow allegedly shot postal worker Joseph Ileto, "Furrow allegedly wounded four children and a 68-year-old receptionist at the community center. Investigators say Furrow has confessed to carrying out the community center shooting as a 'wake-up call' for Americans to kill Jews...Sunday's "Unity Over Hate Rally" was sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Hate Crimes Alliance, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and local elected officials. About 150 people attended the rally at Swisher Park on the Pierce College campus." Said Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), "A year ago a man came into our community with hate in his heart and explosives and firearms in his van with the goal of ripping us apart. We are here today and we are more unified than ever."

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