May 31, 2017

Idaho Leaders to Recognize Response Against Hate at Anne Frank Memorial Thursday

Boise – Hate will not be tolerated in Idaho and messages and actions against religious and minority groups will be stopped cold.  That will be among the messages given Thursday as Idaho leaders join at the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise to celebrate Idaho’s overwhelming response to reject hateful language and vandalism at the memorial to human rights in downtown Boise. 

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has entered a Statement into the Congressional Record that will be presented to Dr. Dan Prinzing, Executive Director for the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights during the event.  Leadership from the Idaho Legislature worked to pass anti-hate language during the last legislative session and many members of the Legislature will attend and speak.

Many Idahoans made considerable financial donations to help repair the damage to the Memorial.  The response was so strong that the Wassmuth Center is planning to enhance the Memorial’s message that “Idaho is Too Great for Hate.”  Idaho Falls native, Greg Carr, presented the Wassmuth Center $175,000 to build the “Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights” in the Memorial and challenged Idahoans to match his donation by July 1 in order to break ground this summer and expand the educational and outreach efforts about human rights here in Idaho. 

Ceremony to mark Idaho’s response on human rights and a rejection of hate: 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

11:30 AM

Anne Frank Memorial Plaza

777 South 8th Street


The Congressional Record Statement reads in part: 

     “Kindness, support and respect run deep in Idaho.  The response to the recent vandalism of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise, Idaho, is the most recent example of the depth of compassion in Idahoans.  Since the recent vandalism, considerable resources have poured in to repair and enhance the Memorial.  Rather than responding with anger and hate, Idaho is moving forward with a positive spirit of renewal and inclusiveness.” 

Among those scheduled to speak Thursday:

Dr. Dan Prinzing, Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb, Boise

Senator Chuck Winder, Boise

Representative Hy Kloc, Boise

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter


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