Articles About OC Human Relations

Cultural diversity forum addresses tensions in Santa Ana

Cultural diversity forum addresses tensions in Santa Ana

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2011 The gathering comes against a backdrop of Latino retailers’ fears and an official’s comparison of a Jewish developer to Hitler. Some participants cite instances of bigotry across Orange County.  The forum was a good beginning. More than 60 people attended, including community leaders such as Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the Orange County Human

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Once-struggling Latino kids get their game together with football

Once-struggling Latino kids get their game together with football

OC Register, October 21, 2011 The football program at San Clemente High School was in for a surprise when five Latino students – incoming freshmen – walked up together and said they’d like to play.  They are products of a San Clemente youth club called La Esperanza, which in Spanish means “hope.”  Rose Velasquez, a community organizer with OC Human

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Fullerton kicks off task force to help homeless, mentally ill

Fullerton kicks off task force to help homeless, mentally ill

Orange County Register, October 21, 2011 In an effort to improve treatment of the mentally ill who are homeless in town, a task force held its first meeting Thursday afternoon at the Fullerton Public Library to begin forming solutions.  “There are many issues that are important in this area (mental illness and homelessness),” said facilitator Rusty Kennedy, executive director of O.C.

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Students Unite Against Bullying

Students Unite Against Bullying

Newport Beach Independent, October 7, 2011 Students at Corona del Mar school were encouraged at an assembly on Wednesday to step up and be “change agents” rather than just bystanders if they witness bullying.  “It’s a great way to start the year,” said Eric Lam, a specialist for the Orange County Human Relations Council, a community group that works with

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OC Human Relations Commission Seeks to Mediate Alvarez/Chase Situation

OC Human Relations Commission Seeks to Mediate Alvarez/Chase Situation

Liberal OC, September 1, 2011 Earlier this week, acting Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters asked the OC Human Relations Commission to intervene in the case of anti-Semitic comments made by Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez.  Executive Director Rusty Kennedy confirms he has since spoken separately with all parties in the case as a part of his organization’s

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Hate crimes decline, but some groups targeted

Hate crimes decline, but some groups targeted

The Orange County Register, August 19, 2011 Hate crimes have fallen for four years in a row in Orange County, dropping to a low that has not been seen for at least eight years.  Fifty-six hate crimes were reported last year according to the 2010 Hate Crime report published by OC Human Relations Commission, compared to seventy-seven reported in 2009….click here

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African-Americans Were Victims of One-Third of Orange County’s 2010 Hate Crimes: Report

African-Americans Were Victims of One-Third of Orange County's 2010 Hate Crimes: Report

The OC Weekly, August 18, 2011 The Orange County Human Relations Commission this morning unveils a 2010 Hate Crime Report that shows African-Americans were victims of one-third of such crimes reported in the region last year.  As a for instance, executive director Rusty Kennedy pulled out a September 2010 incident.   [A]n African-American woman and a white man were walking together

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Fullerton’s History With the Homeless

Fullerton's History With the Homeless

Voice of OC,  August 11, 2011 Recognizing mental illness has been a part of standard police training for years. Those who know Fullerton say community group have a history of compassion toward the homeless.  “Fullerton’s had a pretty stellar response to the issue of community response to homelessness,” said Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the county Human Relations Council. “There’s

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Taxi Driver Forgives Attacker

Taxi Driver Forgives Attacker

Fullerton Observer, July 2011 As a taxi driver, Sultan Ahmadi, worked long hours to support his family of seven.  Living in Santa Ana, Sultan Ahmadi, as many people in our community do, found peace in his life through religion.  His faith taught him the concept of forgiveness, that although we are all sinners, our faith in God teaches us we

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