Why is this type of workshop necessary?
- THERE IS ONE LGBT MURDER EVERY 9 DAYS IN AMERICA.
- THERE WAS 1 LGBT MURDER EVERY 9 DAYS IN THE US IN 2008.
- THE FBI REPORTED 1,482 HATE CRIMES BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN 2009.
- FLORIDA: HATE CRIMES REPORTED AGAINST LGBT’S INCREASED IN 2007 TO 1,265 –HIGHEST IN 5 YEARS.
- SOUTH FLORIDA LEADS THE STATE ON REPORTED HATE CRIMES AGAINST LGBT’S.
On July 29, 2007, Oscar Mosqueda was shot and killed by Cesar Israel Villazano. According to early accounts, Villazano confessed to detectives after the 2
a.m. killing outside Pasta Amore, Florida on North Nova Road, telling them he shot Oscar Mosqueda after the victim made an embarrassing sexual
advance toward him inside the late-night club event called “Disco Garibaldi.” Villazano told police he was embarrassed because he isn’t gay. One witness
to the shooting, Wesley Rosser, said he found it unlikely Villazano would have been surprised by being hit on at the event, which featured men in drag.
Villazano was charged with second degree murder and has been sentenced to life in prison.
June 11, 2011... Miami Beach, Fl - Today we had a wonderful
turnout, exchange of information, personal stories & a blueprint
on how to report, reduce & react to Hate Crimes &
discrimination across our community.
Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida was proud to offer the
1st State of Hate Workshop, and honored that you participated.
A Special thank you to Assistant State Atty. Natalie Hanan,
Detective Juan Sanchez (MBPD), Jai Rodriguez, PFLAG Hialeah,
Pridelines, Safe Schools, "Please Don't Hate Me!" Campaign, Gay
American Heroes Memorial and ALL who dedicated their
Saturday to such an important discussion. Thank you to David's
Café & Savor Catering for making today possible. Who knew
café con leche also came in a box & mini cuban sandwiches
could be this tasty, encourage such great dialogue and a
positive exchange of ideas- how wonderful!
- We agreed to share contact information with all at the mtg.
to improve communication amongst local activists/groups.
- Det. Sanchez & Herb Sosa will develop materials for easy
reprinting & encourage all MB LGBTQ Businesses, especially bars
& media/publications, to reprint regularly as part of their promo
flyers - encouraging safety measures to avoid being a victim of
a (hate) crime. LGBT Business Enhancement Committee & Gay &
Lesbian Chamber of Commerece will be key to get this message
out to the businesses & encourage participation.
- All org. representatives present to contribute a paragraph or 2
(by next Wednesday) for a State of Hate Newsletter to be
produced & distributed electronically by UC|CU, informing all of
todays results, community resources, laws, proceedures - relating
to hate crimes avoiding, reporting & prosecution.
- Ambiente Magazine offered an ongoing vehicle for all orgs. to
reach out to their LGBTQ & supporters - readership.
- Follow-up State of Hate Workshop in approx 90 days to review
progress, continue to discuss issues of Hate in our community,
encourage religious & other community groups to participate,
and find new ways to reach the community with preventive
hate & crime tools/messages. Amy Carswell, Enbar Cohen &
Natalie Hanan to assist in reaching out & invite community
groups not previously involved.
- Consider future State of Hate Worskhops across South Florida
- reaching out to their communities in need of dialogue, discussions
The STATE OF HATE SUMMIT was established in 2011 by UNITY COALITION|COALICIÓN UNIDA to create dialogue & bring together
Local, State & Federal Law Enforcement, along with Community Leaders, to discuss how to Educate, Reduce & more accurately
Identify Hate Crimes & Bullying in our communities.
SUMMIT GOALS & EXPECTATIONS: Crime & Discrimination, Sexual Orientation, Labels & Perception, Opioids & Bullying…and how to
improve community relations & reduce attacks to our community – An open & honest review through a series of exercises & panel
discussions. The goal is to BRING TOGETHER Local, State & federal Law Enforcement and Community Leaders to develop skills to
better identify bias & discrimination, how it is reported & recorded, and how to more effectively protect & educate our community.
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Handmade Cosmetics, Safe Schools South Florida, Miami Beach Police Department, Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office and the US
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