CSHJR 22(RLS): Relating to a diverse community; condemning a recent racially motivated attack; and requesting the Municipality of Anchorage police department to continue their conclusive investigation and requesting the criminal justice system to take rapid action to reach the determination of this case.
00 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22(RLS) 01 Relating to a diverse community; condemning a recent racially motivated attack; and 02 requesting the Municipality of Anchorage police department to continue their conclusive 03 investigation and requesting the criminal justice system to take rapid action to reach the 04 determination of this case. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS Anchorage is an incredibly diverse community with more than eighteen 07 identified ethnic groups comprising nearly 30 percent of its population; and 08 WHEREAS the growth rate of Anchorage minority groups exceeds the growth rate of 09 nonminorities; and 10 WHEREAS more than 20 percent of the Alaska Native and Native American 11 population of the state resides in Anchorage; and 12 WHEREAS the Alaska Native population and the bush communities make significant 13 contributions to Anchorage's economic viability; and 14 WHEREAS Anchorage has a responsibility to take a leadership role in eliminating 15 discrimination and an obligation to help create a climate of tolerance, to build bridges with the
01 various ethnic groups in the city; and 02 WHEREAS the recent incident involving targeting of Alaska Natives for harassment 03 and violent action by three youthful Anchorage residents armed with paintball guns is 04 deplorable and reflects badly on every citizen and business of Anchorage and the State of 05 Alaska; and 06 WHEREAS federal law 18 U.S.C. 245 makes it illegal to commit a crime when the 07 assailant is motivated by bias based on race, religion, national origin, or color and the 08 assailant intended to prevent the victim from exercising a "federally protected right"; and 09 WHEREAS Alaska law AS 12.55.155(c)(22) provides as an aggravating factor for 10 sentencing for a serious crime that "the defendant knowingly directed the conduct constituting 11 the offense at a victim because of that person's race, sex, color, creed, physical or mental 12 disability, ancestry, or national origin," and the finding of an aggravating factor allows the 13 court to increase a presumptive sentence for such an offense up to the maximum sentence for 14 that offense; and 15 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature condemns all hate crimes, racism, and 16 discrimination and calls on the public and the citizens of the state to likewise condemn hate 17 crimes, racism, and discrimination in any form; 18 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature condemns the recent racially 19 motivated attack in Anchorage and finds the conduct of those perpetrating this act, or any 20 similar conduct, to be unacceptable; and be it 21 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests the Municipality 22 of Anchorage police department to continue its thorough and conclusive investigation of that 23 attack so as to allow the criminal justice system to take the actions necessary to reach a rapid 24 determination; and be it 25 FURTHER RESOLVED that the perpetrators, and anyone else committing hate 26 crimes, in addition to any penalties meted out by the criminal justice system, should be 27 required to complete cultural and social sensitivity training and do regular, recurring 28 community service in an environment that brings the perpetrators into close contact with the 29 minority groups the perpetrators have targeted; and be it 30 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature is pledged to support fair 31 and equitable treatment for all who live in, do business in, or visit Alaska; and be it
01 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature joins with the Alaska 02 Federation of Natives in their request to the United States Commission on Civil Rights to 03 conduct a formal investigation into this incident and other incidents of racism and 04 discrimination in Alaska. 05 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable John Ashcroft, Attorney 06 General of the United States; the Honorable Mary Frances Berry, Chair, United States 07 Commission on Civil Rights; the Honorable George Wuerch, Mayor of Anchorage; the 08 members of the Anchorage Assembly; Julia Kitka, President, Alaska Federation of Natives; 09 and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and 10 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 11 Congress.