"The dramatic increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes we've been seeing nationally touched Tucson this week, when a bomb threat was called in against the JCC. Fortunately, no bomb was found and no one was injured. But the threat itself is a hate crime, and a terrorist act.In November, after the election, when we saw an increase in crimes targeted against Jews, Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ and others, I spoke at the launch of the YWCA's We Stand Together campaign. I also added a section to my website with information for the public called Don't Wait to Fight Hate. And, last month, at my request, the City Council approved as to form a hate crimes ordinance and directed staff to bring it back for adoption at the City Council meeting on March 21st.The Tucson Police Department will work vigorously with our federal and state partners to apprehend the people behind any hate crimes.These acts are un-American and must stop."
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