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Andre Harrington: New designs in CSUSB theatre
Precinct Reporter
Jan. 11, 2024

“I didn’t choose the theatre; it chose me,” says Andre Harrington, who now serves as chair of Cal State University, San Bernardino’s Theatre Arts department. Harrington brings a wealth of experiences to the university, gleaned from a career fueled by creativity, a passion for the arts, and a love for costuming and design as a means for telling stories. His journey in the world of design began with an inkling of curiosity he had as a child, observing his grandparents’ clothing and jewelry. What stories did they hold?

New report suggests rise in hate crimes fueled by anti-Jewish bias
Jan. 9, 2024

Preliminary data from a forthcoming Cal State San Bernardino report show an alarming spike in overall reported hate crimes in America’s top 10 largest cities, Los Angeles among them, driven by a surge in anti-Jewish bias.

Data collected from LAPD records by Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism shows a 12.9% increase in overall hate crimes in L.A. between 2022 and 2023.

Anti-Black hate crimes continue to be the most numerous in Los Angeles. These dropped slightly from the previous year. However, anti-Jewish hate crimes in L.A. have spiked, said Brian Levin, who directs the center.

“L.A. is reflecting something we're seeing in large cities across the country,” Levin said. “A record for not only overall hate crime, but for anti-Jewish hate crime, which is up 48% (in Los Angeles), with a big concentration Oct. 7 and thereafter.”

He added, “that reflects what we're seeing, in other big cities nationally, which have a larger cluster of Jewish residents.”

Philadelphia sets new record for anti-Jewish hate crimes
Jan. 10, 2024

Anti-Jewish cases in Philadelphia surged more than 237% last , even as overall hate crimes in in the city dropped 7%, per the latest report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.  Philadelphia's 27 antisemitic hate crimes last year surpassed the previous record of 25 set in 1997, said CSUSB criminologist emeritus Brian Levin.

Levin pointed to recent examples of politicians and celebrities mainstreaming antisemitism, which he says account for some of the surges.

“We're talking about victimization levels that I haven't seen in my career,” Levin tells Axios.

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