Events Calendar

Jul
18
Thu
Nelson Mandela Day
Jul 18 all-day
Nelson Mandela Day

July 18 is an annual, international, celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make an imprint change the world around them. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s  birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.   It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

Learn more about Nelson Mandela Day

 

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training Begins @ OC Human Relations Offices
Jul 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The 40-Hour Basic Mediation training is presented by OC Human Relations mediation professionals and is composed of 5 8-hour sessions.

Mediation is a voluntary method of dispute resolution in which the parties settle their dispute with the aid of a trained mediator or a co-mediator team. Agreements are reached through effective communication, negotiation, compromise and exploration of options. Any dispute may be brought to mediation as long as both sides agree to attempt a mediated solution. If you are interested in becoming involved in casework in mediation and conciliation, you must complete this certification training.

For more information, click here.

July 2019 Schedule
7/18/19 (Thurs.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7/19/19 (Fri.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7/20/19 (Sat.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7/26/19 (Fri.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7/27/19 (Sat.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Jul
26
Fri
Segregation Ends in Armed Forces (1948)
Jul 26 all-day
Segregation Ends in Armed Forces (1948)
July 26, 1948: President Harry Truman issues Executive Order 9981 to end segregation in the Armed Services
Aug
6
Tue
Voting Act of 1965 Signed
Aug 6 all-day
Voting Act of 1965 Signed
August 6, 1965: President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to prevent the use of literacy tests as a voting requirement. It also allowed federal examiners to review voter qualifications and federal observers to monitor polling places.
Aug
23
Fri
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
Aug 23 all-day
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23 is UNESCO’S International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. This day pays tribute to all those who fought for freedom, and, in their name, to continue teaching about their story and the values therein. Today is meant to inspire us in the fight against all forms of servitude, racism, prejudice, racial discrimination and social injustice that are a legacy of slavery.

Learn more about this day on the UNESCO website.

Aug
26
Mon
Women’s Equality Day
Aug 26 all-day
Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1973 and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.

August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage.  Across the seventy-two years between the first major women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all over the nation, lobbied political organizations, and held demonstrations with the goal of achieving voting rights for women.

Women also picketed the White House with questions like, “Mr. President, what are you going to do about woman’s suffrage?” “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”  This was the first time in history that a group of people picketed the White House.

Aug
28
Wed
March On Washington (1963)
Aug 28 all-day
March On Washington (1963)
August 28, 1963: Approximately 250,000 people take part in The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Martin Luther King gives the closing address in front of the Lincoln Memorial and states, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”
Implicit Bias Training @ OC Human Relations Offices
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Implicit Bias Training @ OC Human Relations Offices

Over the past several decades, social science research has revealed that even the most well-intentioned people experience some degree of “implicit bias”, the unconscious and often subtle associations we make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.

This 6-hour training will guide participants through a journey of personal exploration for an awareness of the shortcuts and subsequent perceptions we make about people and our surroundings. It will also provide basic skills, through transformative learning, to increase awareness about our cognitive biases and offer intervention strategies.

Download a PDF of the flyer.

Sep
4
Wed
Little Rock Nine (1957)
Sep 4 all-day
Little Rock Nine (1957)
September 4, 1957: Nine black students known as the “Little Rock Nine,” are blocked from integrating into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Dwight D. Eisenhower eventually sends federal troops to escort the students, however, they continue to be harassed
Sep
9
Mon
Civil Rights Act 1957
Sep 9 all-day
Civil Rights Act 1957
September 9, 1957: Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1957 into law to help protect voter rights. The law allows federal prosecution of those who suppress another’s right to vote.
Sep
10
Tue
World Suicide Prevention Day
Sep 10 all-day
World Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.
September 10 has been declared World Suicide Prevention Day.

Everyone can make a contribution in preventing suicide. Suicidal behaviour is universal, knows no boundaries so it affects everyone. The millions of people affected each year by suicidal behaviour have exclusive insight and unique voices. Their experiences are invaluable for informing suicide prevention measures and influencing the provision of supports for suicidal people and those around them. The involvement of people with lived experience of suicide in research, evaluation and intervention should be central to the work of every organisation addressing suicidal behaviour.

Learn more at: World Suicide Prevention Day

Sep
15
Sun
Birmingham Bombing (1963)
Sep 15 all-day
Birmingham Bombing (1963)
September 15, 1963: A bomb at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama kills four young girls and injures several other people prior to Sunday services. The bombing fuels angry protests.