Anti-semitic graffiti targeting the new owner of the land that once housed the Heartland Cafe was reported to police earlier this month, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) told constituents.
In a “statement on anti-semitic hate crime” that topped her weekly newsletter, Hadden said the incident is not isolated.
“As 2020 heats up and we get closer to a highly anticipated election in the fall, I want to call on our neighbors to combat hate in all forms,” she said. “We might not always agree on the solution to a variety of issues that face our community, but we need to be mindful of how we debate these issues. My office plans on continuing to work closely with the Commission on Human Relations, the Jewish Federation, and other partnering organizations on this topic.”
Hadden said her office helped the property owner file a police report, and reported the incident to the city’s Commission on Human Relations, which tracks hate crimes. She said she also met with the property owner, as well as the Jewish Federation, to discuss possible response to the incident.