December 1, 2008 View Discussion
by Lisa Votino
The Town of Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force (which I am the Secretary of) held a press conference today on the recent murder of Marcelo Lucero and other hate-related incidents within the Town of Southampton. The speakers included Dianne Rulnick, co-chair of the Anti-Bias Task Force; Lucius Ware, a member of the Anti-Bias Task Force and President of the Eastern Long Island NAACP; and Bob Zellner, a member of the Anti-Bias Task Force and author of the recently released book, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.
The press conference also addressed a noose found hanging from a LIPA pole on the border of Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton three weeks ago. The case is currently under investigation by the Town of Southampton Police as a hate crime. On November 1st, a new statute to the New York State hate crimes law went into effect that makes the display or etching of a noose a hate crime.
After the rash of events in Suffolk County, the Southampton Town Board passed a resolution on November 12th to require the Town of Southampton Police to partner with the Suffolk County Hate Crimes unit when there was a hate crime within the Town. Previously this was not required.
Below are some pictures from the press conference:
Dianne Rulnick reads a statement from the Anti-Bias Task Force
A lighter moment during the press conference
Long Island WINS provided the signs
Lucius Ware and fellow Eastern Long Island NAACP stand in support
Members of the Anti-Bias Task Force and concerned residents stand against hate crimes
Bob Zellner addresses a question from the press