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As hate crimes rise in Orange County, Don Han is the 1st responder to incidents from swastika graffiti to the murder of Blaze Bernstein

As hate crimes rise in Orange County, Don Han is the 1st responder to incidents from swastika graffiti to the murder of Blaze Bernstein

In addition to responding to hate crimes, Don Han also writes the Orange County Hate Crimes Report released jointly by the county’s Human Relations Commission and OC Human Relations, the commission’s nonprofit partner.

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Alison Edwards Helps Lead OC Human Relations Into New Era

Alison Edwards Helps Lead OC Human Relations Into New Era

“When I think about the opportunities I see in the county, there’s some really exciting things happening,” Edwards adds. She wants to see how government institutions can better respond to the work of a nexus of nonprofits to ensure that progress made with individuals and communities doesn’t become undone. “Our vision moving forward is to continue to try and create an equitable county,” she says.

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After four decades of service, CEO announces retirement

After four decades of service, CEO announces retirement

On Dec. 20, CEO Rusty Kennedy will hand over the reins of OC Human Relations, the nonprofit he has shepherded for the last 20 years, to Alison Edwards, who has worked beside Kennedy at the organization for about 19 of those years. “During these years, I’ve been both vilified and celebrated,” Kennedy said. “But the one thing I can say with confidence is I’ve never been through uninteresting times.”

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OC Human Relations CEO retiring after 40 years

OC Human Relations CEO retiring after 40 years

Rusty Kennedy, a fixture for four decades in Orange County’s human relations services, announced Wednesday he will retire as chief executive of OC Human Relations next month. Deputy Director Alison Edwards will succeed Kennedy on Jan. 1. Kennedy’s last day on the job will be Dec. 22 when the offices will close for the holidays.

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KCAL 9 Interview with Alison Edwards on #HateFreeOC

KCAL 9 Interview with Alison Edwards on #HateFreeOC

OC Human Relations Deputy Director, Alison Edwards, sat down recently with KCAL 9’s Rick Garcia to talk about the organization’s new campaign #HateFreeOC.

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Commission calls for a powerful response condemning hate and violence in Charlottesville

Commission calls for a powerful response condemning hate and violence in Charlottesville

Orange County Human Relations Commissioners on Thursday, Aug. 17, called out for a strong response from the county to condemn the hateful violence in Charlottesville, Va., and to take more steps to build peace and understanding between communities.

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OC Human Relations Council wins funding reprieve as hate crimes continue to rise

OC Human Relations Council wins funding reprieve as hate crimes continue to rise

The Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 last week, with Supervisor Michelle Steel as the lone dissenter, to continue funding the council for at least another year. But the panel also urged the council and commission to stop “co-mingling,” with one supervisor noting that some commission staff members report to the council’s director.

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OC Human Relations Council gets a year’s reprieve from supervisors

OC Human Relations Council gets a year’s reprieve from supervisors

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday, June 13, in favor of funding the OC Human Relations Council, allowing the nonprofit to pay for three staff positions at $252,000 and remain in the county building on Grand Avenue for one more year.

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Supervisors vote down funding for Orange County Human Relations Council; new vote to come next week

Supervisors vote down funding for Orange County Human Relations Council; new vote to come next week

The Board of Supervisors deadlocked Tuesday, June 6, essentially voting down $252,000 in annual funding for the Orange County Human Relations Council, which could lead to the elimination of three staff positions and require the nonprofit to leave the county building where it has been housed for 25 years.

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OC Human Relations honors winners of annual diversity awards

OC Human Relations honors winners of annual diversity awards

Orange County Human Relations honored community members Thursday, May 4, at City National Grove in celebration of “justice, diversity and the human spirit” at the organization’s Awards 46 gathering. The annual event recognizes what the organization considers “unsung heroes” who work on behalf of making Orange County safe and inclusive.

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