• Press Release: HMTC Joins New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas at a Press Conference Announcing New Anti-Hate Legislation Tuesday, August 13, 2019

     

    The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County Joins New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas at a Press Conference Announcing New Anti-Hate Legislation

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    (L to R) New York State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin; HMTC Director of Education Helen Turner; Nassau County Executive Laura Curran; HMTC Chairman Steven Markowitz; Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas; New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky; New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine; Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen; and New York State Senator Kevin Thomas at the Press Conference on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Glen Cove, NY… Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) Chairman Steven Markowitz and Director of Education Helen Turner joined New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, other state and local officials, and members of various social justice organizations at a press conference to announce a new bill mandating instruction regarding symbols of hate such as the swastika and the noose be incorporated into the curricula for grades six through twelve.  This bill comes in response to a rise in hate crimes in 2019 after a steady three-year decrease on Long Island.  D.A. Singas has worked with HMTC to help educate youth offenders who have committed antisemitic hate crimes on the history of the Holocaust and use of the swastika by Nazi Germany as well as how these hate crimes can quickly escalate; offending youth also have the opportunity to meet with a Holocaust Survivor and hear testimony from him or her on his or her experience during the Holocaust.

    HMTC was invited to join the press conference as one of the only providers of educational programs specifically on hate symbols. “We are looking forward to working with Senator Kaminsky, Senator Kaplan, Assemblyman Lavine and others and with the Department of Education so we can be part of the solution to this terrible problem” commented HMTC Chairman Steven Markowitz.  HMTC currently works with other tolerance institutions around the country to help them develop their curriculums in this area.

    In August of 2017, HMTC’s Director of Education Helen Turner developed a unique program titled “Deconstructing Symbols of Hate” in direct response to an increasing number of requests from schools to deal with swastikas, nooses, and other symbols of hate.  “Deconstructing Symbols of Hate” has several components: students are taught the history behind these symbols of hate, the impact that these symbols have on Holocaust Survivors and other victims of hate crimes and anti-bias incidents, and, finally, how to stand up when they see acts of intolerance.  The program has been utilized across Long Island as both a response to bias and hate incidents and as a preventative measure by a wide variety of schools.  HMTC has served over 4,000 students with this program and anticipates that number to increase this school year.

    If any member of the press would like to observe this program please contact Samantha Shuart at (516)571-8040 x119 or sshuart@hmtcli.org.  Deconstructing Symbols of Hate is offered for students in grades 8 through 12.  Schools interested in booking a program should contact Breanne Brooks at (516)571-8040 x 103 or bbrooks@hmtcli.org.

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