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A woman and her 5-year-old daughter walking on a sidewalk in a Highlands Ranch park recently came across a chalk-scrawled image of a swastika and words spelling “Kill the Jews.”In Lakewood, following the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, police increased patrols around a local mosque after it received a series of threatening calls.The two incidents are among many nationwide as reports of bias, discrimination and hate crimes surface.The FBI and civil rights organizations are tracking many higher-profile incidents.“But no government agency documents lower-level incidents of harassment and intimidation, such as online or real-life bullying,” says ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom dedicated to investigative reporting. “Documenting and understanding all of these incidents — from hate-inspired murders to anti-Semitic graffiti to racist online trolling — requires new, more creative approaches.”With that in mind, ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project is working to create a national database of all incidents that can be used by journalists, researchers and civil rights organizations. Colorado Community Media has joined the more than 70 media organizations, academic institutions and civil rights organizations partnering with ProPublica to collect, verify and analyze reports by victims across the country.Your help is invaluable: We are asking residents in our communities to report any hate, bias or discrimination instances by submitting an online report about those experiences. That information will be shared with the Documenting Hate partners, but with no one else without your permission.The online form can be found on the Colorado Community Media website, coloradocommunitymedia.com, as well as on our individual newspaper websites and Facebook pages. To submit a report, go to the ProPublica site, or go visit our site.
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