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Statement on Hate Crime at Verizon Store

Updated: May 28, 2019

The Arlington Human Rights Commission was saddened and frustrated to hear about the hate crime against an employee at Arlington's Verizon Wireless store this week. Hateful, racial and anti-immigrant language have absolutely and completely no place in our town, nor is it reflective of how our community feels about its citizens. We are so grateful to see the Arlington, Massachusetts Police Department respond swiftly and defiantly and that it recognizes the significance of these words. Though we may be confronted by words and actions that hurt our community, our response in the face of such hatred will hopefully strengthen and elevate the positive voices in our community. We are sending strength to the victim of this incident, his family, friends, and any customers or employees of the store who experienced this incident first hand.

If you feel you have been a victim of any kind of attack or incident based on your race, gender, religion or social class, please reach out to the AHRC at


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