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Charleston Police to hold Hate Crime Forum on February 20th



The Charleston Police Department – in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League – will come together with community stakeholders to discuss the topic of hate as a crime motivator. The purpose of the forum is to share the narratives of those impacted by hate crime and to hold space for dialogue about the state of hate crime legislation in the City of Charleston and the State of South Carolina.

The first half of the Forum will include keynote speakers such as Joe Engel, a holocaust survivor, and Mrs. Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney, a survivor of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME church. The second half will feature a panel discussion facilitated by Drisana McDaniel. Panelists include representatives from various communities vulnerable to hate crimes.

The Alliance for Full Acceptance and NAACP will host a reception at JohnKing Bar and Grill, located at 428 King Street immediately following the Forum.

The event will run from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Charleston Museum (360 Meeting Street). Your free tTickets can be acquired online.

Here’s a look at the forum’s schedule:


1. Mayor John Tecklenburg – Introduction: City Ordinance and Limitations
2. Chief Luther Reynolds – Introduction: Role of Law Enforcement in Combating Hate Bias Incidents
3. Dr. Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL Southeast Regional Director – “The Impact of Hate Crimes and Importance of Standing Up to Hate”


4. Joe Engel, Holocaust Survivor: Oral History/Lessons from the Holocaust
5. Mrs. Jennifer Benjamin Pinckney, Mother Emanuel AME Mass Shooting Survivor: Surviving Hate and Moving Forward Together

Panel Discussion – Q&A

  • Drisana McDaniel, Co-Founder and Dialogue/Workshop Facilitator for the Transformative Teaching Collective, and Founder and Facilitator for Coastal Connection Consulting
  • Dr. Shahid Husain, President of the Central Mosque of Charleston and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at MUSC
  • Vanity Reid-Deterville, Member of the Transformative Teaching Collective and known for work with Charleston YOUTH Count, We Are Family, and the Eastside Community Development Corporation
  • Janie Lauve, Executive Director for People Against Rape
  • Rabbi Moshe Davis, Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue
  • Daron-Lee Calhoun II, Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinator at the Avery Research Center
  • Lydia Cotton, Community Liaison and Board Chairwoman of Art Pot Multicultural Group
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