The Southern Poverty Law Center will participate in a panel discussion at Bradley regarding hate crimes.  The Center's Outreach Director, Lecia Brooks, will  join several local representatives to discuss national and local trends in the rise of hate groups and hate crime.  The free public forum will take place in the Michel  Student Center Ballroom on Bradley's campus on August 29th beginning at 7 pm.  
 
Ms. Brooks will share thoughts from the Center on what people can do to combat hate crimes in their own communities.  Local panelists will include Rev. Marvin Hightower, Peoria Chapter NAACP;  Imam Kamil Mufti, Islamic Foundation of Peoria; Rebecca Carlson, Jewish Federation of Peoria; and Sonny Garcia, Illinois People’s Action.  It will be moderated by Garry Moore.
The program is sponsored by Bradley University's Department of Sociology, Criminology & Social Work; African American Studies Program; and the Community Word.
This event is free and open to the public.