By Bob Katzen
The Senate 40-0, approved an amendment that would provide $500,000 for a nonprofit security grant program to provide support for target hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attacks or hate crimes and are ineligible for the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Urban Area Grant Program based on their location.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a troubling rise in hate crimes across Massachusetts,” said Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), the sponsor of the amendment. “These incidents are meant to intimidate some people in our communities, and they tear at the fabric of who we are as a country based on the equal right of everyone to participate in our democracy. With these security grants for synagogues, mosques, community centers and other organizations, we have made clear that hate has no place in our commonwealth.”