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Washington, DC (CBSDFW) – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson introduced a resolution Wednesday to honor the victims of post-9/11 hate crimes.

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Original cosponsors joining Congresswoman Johnson in recognizing post-9/11 hate crime victims included Reps. Andre Carson (IN-7), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Paul Tonko (NY-20).

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Rep. Johnson says, “September 11, 2001 changed the course of our country’s history forever. Many Americans lost their lives and loved ones in those senseless acts of terrorism. In the aftermath of 9/11, we saw a marked increase of violence misdirected at individuals within the Arab, South Asian, Sikh, and Muslim communities. In the first nine weeks following 9/11, there were over 700 documented cases of violent incidents targeting Arab-Americans. On this day, I want to recognize the individuals who were unfairly targeted in post-9/11 violence. This resolution reaffirms the positive contributions that Arabs, South Asian, Sikh, and Muslims make to the United States and recognizes the rights of religious freedom upheld in the Constitution.”

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