Hate 2000 Newsletter February 16, 2007
The safety of sex-trade workers is a serious concern in many large cities. The murder of sex-trade workers does not usually arouse a public outcry like the murder of teenagers or middle-class men or women. Two Canadian cities are investigating multiple deaths of
sex-trade workers. Robert Pickton, a Vancouver - area pig farmer, has been charged with the murders of six women. In early December, Robert Pickton pleaded not
guilty to the charges. A series of articles about Robert Pickton
can be found on the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation web site. According to the Crown,
Pickton told the police that he killed 49 women and wanted to kill
long article about the eastside downtown Vancouver community, the
missing sex- trade workers, and Robert Pickton can be found on the
Library web site. The article provides a lot of background
information not found in some of the more recent news reports.
Broadcasting Corporation article says he faces a total of 26
counts of first-degree murder. This trial is
for six murders. We do not know if Robert Pickton is
guilty of these crimes. He has not been convicted of any of the
murders. The CBC article indicates more than 60 women have gone
missing from the eastern downtown area of Vancouver since the late
is a tendency for the police to not investigate crimes against
minority groups quite as thoroughly as for members of majority
groups. This might have been the case in the murders of the Vancouver
sex trade workers. The CBC
article indicates the women who went missing were mainly prostitutes
and drug addicts, “which limited the chances of a public outcry
at their disappearances, as well as an early police response.”
Relatives and activities are reported to have been asking for action
since the early 1990s, but a joint Royal Canadian Mounted Police and
Vancouver Police investigation did not start until 2001. By February
of 2002, the police investigations started to focus on Robert
people are assaulted or murdered because of who they are, not because
of anything they have done, we are looking at a hate crime. We are
seeing young girls murdered in school, because they are girls. A
gunman enters a college and chooses to kill only female students.
This is a hate crime. A case can be made that the assault or murder
of sex trade workers, is a hate crime targeting women.
against women is a serious problem. According to the National
Organization for Women web site, women are ten
times more likely to be victimized by a person they know well.
Organization for Women reports that divorced or single,
low-income, young women, and black women are more likely to victims
of assault or rape. The National
Organization for Women web site has articles about violence
problems with sex trade workers being murdered is not limited to
Vancouver. There is a related problem in Edmonton, Canada. Project
was established to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the
Edmonton City Police in their investigation of murders of at least
five sex trade workers in the Edmonton area. The mandate of Project
KARE extends beyond apprehending the people responsible for the
murders of sex tade workers. The mandate
also includes developing and implementing strategies to minimize the
risk of murders of high risk people, and to create some “best
practices” for other projects across Canada. The Project KARE
web site has photographs of missing women in the Edmonton area. The efforts of the police departments involved with Project KARE are appreciated.
You Tube network has some very interesting videos. At times, the
videos catch public attention and address serious issues. A You
video that has had over 100,000 viewers is about autism.
In the video, a person with autism can be seen interacting with the
environment. The behaviors may seem very unusual, until a person
hears the explanation and understands the autistic person's behavior
is interacting with the environment. People who do not understand
autism might make fun of an autistic person who is interacting with
the world around.
video indirectly addresses issues that extend far beyond autism. The
human tendency is to make fun of all kinds of people we do not
understand, to be afraid of people who do not act or think just like
we think and act. When we understand people and their behavior,
values, and attitudes, we are better able to accept, and appreciate
people. We appreciate the efforts of those who worked to develop the
autism video on You Tube. Their efforts may help many people
understand and accept not just people with autism but all people.
are some tensions between the gay and the Christian communities.
That makes the presence of an article on a gay web site about a
priest noteworthy. Abbe Pierre, a priest in France, was given a
national tribute when he died at age 94. President Jacques Chirac
declared a day of national homage for the priest. Much of his life,
Abbe Pierre helped fight for the poor and oppressed. He is known to
have supported the poor and gay people. During World War II, he
helped Jewish people escape into Switzerland. Abbe Pierre's life is
an example of what people can do to build bridges. A priest, a man
not expected to assist gay or Jewish people, built bridges to assist
people in the gay community, the Jewish community, and the poor
community. An article about Abbe Pierre can be found on the
few of the news stories we have been following appear below:
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Serbia was
vandalized. To the credit of the Serbian president, he spoke
out against what happened to the church. According to a news
release on the Adventist
Review web site, “many Adventist church buildings and
institutions . . . have come under police observance and
protection.” The article indicates in April of 2003, an
Adventist pastor was “severely beaten” and and eleven
churches were vandalized.
article brings news of the first gay civil union in Mexico.
the rights and needs of queer people receive more public attention,
the needs of aging queer people are starting to be taken seriously.
Queer people need safe retirement communities, and safe nursing
homes. A PlanetOut/Advocate
article has a story about some of the concerns of gay seniors. In
some cases, gay senior citizens feel they must return to living in
the closet when they are in a care center. An article about the
Stonewall seniors condo development can also be read on the
Pilot news article says the Jewish student union association is
investigating anti-Semitism allegations at the University of
California – Irvine. Evidently, the investigation was sparked
by protests by Islamic students when Daniel Pipes, a pro-Israel
historian, was on campus.
Edmonton, Canada there is a news story that some Aboriginal
street people were picked up by the police, kept confined in a
hot van for hours, transported to a neighborhood a considerable
distance from where they were found, and were dropped off. There
are calls for an independent criminal investigation of the case.
Lewis Cardinal, in a Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation article, is quoted as asking the
important question, “Has homelessness become such a crime that
human rights are no longer applicable?"
to a PlanetOut/Advocate
news story, Ted Haggard, a mega-church pastor who had to resign from
ministry after a male prostitute claimed he had been seeing Haggard
for a three years, has been pronounced to be “completely
heterosexual” by another pastor.
web site has news about the fourth conference of the Global Forum
Against Anti-Semitism. A short article about the conference can be
read the Hareetz
Amaerchi became the first former NBA player to say he was gay.
After Amaerchi came out, Tim Hardaway, a retired NBA star, is quoted
as having said, “I hate gay people,” on a radio
interview. NBA Commissioner David Stern indicated Hardaway's
comments were inappropriate. Later, Hardaway apologized for his
comments regarding gay people. An article, providing lengthier
quotes, can be found on the PlanetOut/Advocate
Post has an article about a meeting of German and Israeli youth
in Jerusalem to discuss historic and contemporary anti-Semitism.
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