EngageNWA and the Northwest Arkansas Council support the passage of the recently-introduced hate crimes legislation in Arkansas.
The bipartisan bill will strengthen penalties for crimes motivated by bias against a victim’s characteristics or attributes. If this bill is passed, Arkansas will join 47 other states that have passed similar legislation.
“In order to see meaningful and lasting change in Northwest Arkansas and our state, we must have policies in place that will reinforce our commitment to equity and inclusion and increase accountability within our criminal justice system,” said Nelson Peacock, president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council. “This bill sends a clear message that hate has no place in our region or state. Thanks to Gov. Hutchinson, Sen. Hendren, Sen. Elliott, Rep. Love, Rep. Clowney and all of the sponsors for your work to advance this meaningful legislation.”
The bill aligns with the Northwest Arkansas Council and EngageNWA’s priorities to create a more inclusive, equitable region. A guiding principle in the Northwest Arkansas Leadership Pledge is to advocate for public policy to advance equality and justice and further the acceptance and advancement of all individuals, regardless of personal demographics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.