Senator Lesser Votes to Provide Security Enhancements to Nonprofit Organizations at High Risk of Terror Attack

“No child should have to fear going to school or going to pray at a place of worship,” said Sen. Lesser

BOSTON — On Wednesday night, Senator Eric P. Lesser co-sponsored a successful measure allocating funds to provide security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and hate crimes.

The vote came just three days after a terrorist attack in Manchester, England claimed 22 lives.

In March, the Springfield Jewish Community Center received a threat that forced the evacuation of the building. A month earlier, residents of West Springfield rallied in support of the Islamic Society of Western Mass after its Muslim members reported harassment against them in the community.

Both organizations would qualify for security protections under this amendment.

“No child should have to fear going to school or going to pray at a place of worship. While it is my sincere hope — and my belief — that our American values and the human values of tolerance and respect and dignity for every human being will win out in the end, we must take steps to protect our vulnerable and targeted populations,” said Senator Eric Lesser.

The amendment was authored by Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler of Worcester.

The amendment will be included in the Senate version of the budget, which will be negotiated with House members before a final budget proposal is sent to the governor's desk.