Hudson Pride Connections Center chair discusses ‘bias crime’ at headquarters

From Hudson County View
Tuesday, March 21, s017

Hudson Pride Connections Center Chairman Jonathan Lucas provided an update regarding the potential hate crime that occurred at their Jersey City headquarters yesterday morning.

Hudson Pride Connections Center Board Chair Jonathan Lucas provides an update on a potential hate crime in Jersey City.

Posted by Hudson County View on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

“I think part of what made it really unusual is the way it was done: it wasn’t like a brick was thrown in, it wasn’t apparent that it was a burglary – that someone had actually come into the center,” HPCC Chairman Jonathan Lucas explained to Hudson County View.

“But it was apparent that someone had it in or wanted to do some damage to the property. We’re not sure whether they got scared off or what have you but it was very disheartening to see the damage.”

According to Jersey City police, a front window at 32 Jones St., the HPCC headquarters,had been smashed around 10:42 a.m. yesterday.

Local authorities are investigating the situation as a bias crime and the New Jersey State Police and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office have been contacted on the matter, the police report says.

Lucas later stated that he had additional concerns about the incident, given that the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park was vandalized earlier this month (h/t InsiderNJ).

“The other part of it is just the language we use when we’re talking about it: we tend to focus on ‘a door was kicked in’ or ‘a door was broken,’ or ‘a window was broken’ and that just sort of puts the emphasis on these things, as opposed to the organization and the community,” Lucas continued.

“I look at this now as our home was vandalized, and the same thing with Garden State Equality, it wasn’t a door that was kicked in, it was Garden State Equality that was actually attacked and that’s how I sort of feel about Hudson Pride as well.”

Lucas concluded by stating that he was “on the verge of tears” when he first heard about the act of vandalism, he vowed to keep moving the organization forward – thanking everyone for their continued support.

Police investigate ‘bias incident’ at Jersey City LGBTQ center

From Jersey Journal Via NJ.com
Monday, March 20, 2017

JERSEY CITY — The Hudson Pride Connections Center in Journal Square was vandalized Monday morning in what police are investigating as a “bias incident.”

No one was inside the Jones Street center when a front window of the building was smashed at 10:40 a.m., police said.

Hudson Pride Connections Center, which has been in operation for 24 years, helps provide physical and mental help services to the local LGBTQ population, as well as an “inclusive” environment for everyone in the community.

Jonathan Lucas, chairman of the Hudson Pride Connections Center board, said nothing was taken from inside the center. The building’s security alarm was triggered when the window broke.

Lucas added that there haven’t been any similar incidents or threats made against the organization since he joined its staff six years ago.

A full report of the crime was not immediately available, although police said they are “investigating it as a bias incident.”

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