PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Announces New Hate Crimes Security Fund

Los Angeles - Following his ongoing work to strengthen hate crime laws in the City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Ryu announced a new fund today to be made available to religious institutions, cultural centers and LGBTQ spaces in Council District Four. The fund, which will supply up to $3,000 in grants to local organizations, is intended to help fund security improvements and training at spaces which serve vulnerable and diverse communities. The fund will be paid for with Council District Four discretionary funds.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

September 23, 2019

 

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Mark Pampanin

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Councilmember Ryu Announces New Security Fund to Safeguard Angelenos from Hate Crimes

 

Los Angeles - Following his ongoing work to strengthen hate crime laws in the City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Ryu announced a new fund today to be made available to religious institutions, cultural centers and LGBTQ spaces in Council District Four. The fund, which will supply up to $3,000 in grants to local organizations, is intended to help fund security improvements and training at spaces which serve vulnerable and diverse communities. The fund will be paid for with Council District Four discretionary funds.

“I have watched with growing concern as hate crimes targeting our LGBTQ community, our immigrant communities, and our many houses of worship rise across our country and across Los Angeles,” Councilmember Ryu said. “We are not immune to a rising tide of hate, and it demands that we step up and protect every Angeleno - no matter what they look like, how they pray or who they love. This may be a small step, but it could make the difference in a local institution being able to afford new security cameras or train new staff members. I encourage all faith and cultural institutions of Council District Four to apply.”

Because it is funded through Council District Four’s discretionary funds, the security grants can only be given to cultural centers and houses of worship within Council District Four. In 2017, Councilmember Ryu co-introduced a motion to improve hate crime reporting and security enhancements around vulnerable faith-based, cultural and LGBTQ institutions. Earlier this year, the City Council approved a report from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as well as instructions to improve the tracking, reporting and proactive response to hate crimes in the City of Los Angeles. That report noted a 17% increase in reported hate crimes in Los Angeles from 2016 to 2018.

Click here to download the grant request form.

Eligible institutions can apply for the grant by emailing cd4.funding@lacity.org.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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