SCENIC HUDSON STANDS AGAINST RACISM AND HATE IN ALL FORMS
We are committed to making Scenic Hudson parks safe, inclusive, accessible, and enjoyable for ALL PEOPLE regardless of their background, gender, age, ability, orientation, and other differences.
We celebrate the diverse people, communities,
and natural beauty of the Hudson Valley.
- We DO NOT TOLERATE hate speech/crimes and other actions that harm or exclude others at Scenic Hudson parks.
- We DOCUMENT any incidents that may take place at Scenic Hudson parks.
- We REPORT incidents to LOCAL and STATE AUTHORITIES.
LET’S PROTECT THE PEOPLE AND PLACES WE LOVE
If you are a victim of a crime, suspect that a crime is in progress, or if there is risk of physical injury or serious damage to property, call 911 immediately.
To report incidents of bias-motivated threats, harassment, or discrimination, text “HATE” to 81336 or call 1-888-392-3644 (New York State’s toll-free hotline, open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).
We care about what happens in our parks: If you experienced a hate incident in a Scenic Hudson park, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-473-4440, ext. 247 (checked Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm). We report all incidents to the local authorities.
What is a hate crime?
Under New York State Law, a person commits a hate crime when they target a victim because of a perception or belief about the victim’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation, even if that perception or belief is incorrect.
Hate crimes can be committed against an individual, against a group, or against public or private property.
What if I see graffiti or other vandalism containing hate speech or hate-related symbols?
Please report any vandalism to Scenic Hudson at email@example.com or by calling 845-473-4440, ext. 247 (checked Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm). Graffiti, for example, is a crime in New York. If the graffiti contains hate speech or symbols, it is considered a hate crime. If you can, please send us a photo to help us find the location. If you haven’t reported it to the local police, Scenic Hudson staff will.
Please help keep everyone safe by reporting any biased or hateful messages you may find. Hate speech and hate-related vandalism will be reported to the local precinct and may lead to charges against the perpetrators.
We are working to make Scenic Hudson parks feel more connected and inclusive. One way we are doing this is by sharing stories of people who visit and enjoy the parks. We invite you to SHARE YOUR LOVE for Scenic Hudson parks (through photos, stories, and videos) or explore what others have posted.
ABOUT SCENIC HUDSON
Scenic Hudson brings together people and organizations to sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come. To read more about our commitment to climate and environmental justice click here.
We work with partners and local communities to ensure the fair treatment of all people in the Hudson Valley and increase representation, participation, and meaningful involvement in decisions and actions that impact their environment, health, and livelihoods.