In March 2015, Covert located an anti-hate crimes educational symposium at Benedictine College in Lisle.

Covert, an activist associated with the Islamic Center of Naperville, felt she could not stay silent in October 2014 whenever a man later found not liable by reason of madness vandalized the Etz Chaim synagogue in Lombard.

The bill’s progress means Covert, 34, of Naperville, is almost carried out with the initial step in her own intend to amend and strengthen Illinois’ hate crime legislation.

“When individuals convey more understanding, they are less inclined to hate or commit a criminal offense,Inch Covert stated.

As she heard about violence and vandalism against Muslims across the nation, she formed a concept she calls “fight hate with ATE,” which means amend, train and educate.

A hate crime is understood to be one committed due to a bias against someone inside a Constitutionally-protected class due to their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, disability, physical or mental status, or national origin.

But Covert stated the Illinois law prohibiting hate crimes was “not supplying effective relief for victims as well as their families and does not come with an educational component.”

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