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Hate crimes rose in Orange County after Trump’s election, Commission says

Orange County hate crimes are outpacing recent years since the November presidential election, sparked by the political rhetoric targeting undocumented immigrants and Muslims, says Orange County Human Relations.

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Summary of Commission Activities – January 2017

Summary of Commission Activities - January 2017

A summary of Commission activities and initiatives for the month of January 2017.

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Summary of Commission Activities – December 2016

Summary of Commission Activities - December 2016

A summary of Commission activities for the month of December, 2016.

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Summary of Commission Activities – November 2016

Summary of Commission Activities - November 2016

A summary of the activities that OC Human Relations Commission and its staff were involved in during the month of November 2016.

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Solidarity Summit Reconvened

Solidarity Summit Reconvened

On October 18, 2016, the OC Human Relations Commission reconvened the participants of the very successful Solidarity Summit, held in August, 2016, to further explore how police-community relations could be improved. The purpose of the August Solidarity Summit was to bring law enforcement & community members together to engage in dialogue and explore topics related to: • Increasing awareness on

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Now Hiring – Commission Director

Now Hiring - Commission Director

OC Human Relations is hiring a Commission Director, a management position under the supervision of the CEO. The Director is the lead staff support to the Orange County Human Relations Commission, a public agency founded by the OC Board of Supervisors in collaboration with the OC League of Cities in 1971 with a mission to eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination. The Commission is funded by a General Fund grant from the County of Orange that funds about 3 professional staff led by the Director.
We will be accepting applications until Oct 7, 2016

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Commission Endorses Ethnic Studies Classes in K-12 Education

Commission Endorses Ethnic Studies Classes in K-12 Education

After reviewing the research and hearing from local Orange County teachers who are teaching Ethnic Studies courses, the Orange County Human Relations Commission sees incredible potential for this curriculum in our local schools and with our students. We support classes that affirm the important, yet underrepresented, histories of our students and their communities as well as the contributions they have made to this country

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Anti-Muslim and LGBT bias reports on the rise in OC

Anti-Muslim and LGBT bias reports on the rise in OC

OC Human Relations found that reports of hate crimes in Orange County rose 10% in 2015. The most frequent target, according to the tally, was the LGBT community with 11 incidents, four of them aimed at people who are transgender. Hate incidents increased dramatically, from 14 in 2014 to 43 in 2015, mainly targeting Muslims and those thought to be Muslim, including the Sikh community.

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San Bernardino Attack Fueled Jump in Local Hate Incidents Against Muslims

San Bernardino Attack Fueled Jump in Local Hate Incidents Against Muslims

Hate-motivated incidents against Muslims in Orange County and throughout Southern California skyrocketed last year, with the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino driving the increase, according to organizations that track the incidents. “There was a clear statewide increase in the targeting of Muslims for hate and bigotry,” Rusty Kennedy said. “There is no doubt.”

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Hate Crime Up In 2015, LGBT Community Most Frequent Target

Hate Crime Up In 2015, LGBT Community Most Frequent Target

The 2015 Orange County Hate Crime Report, published by the Orange County Human Relations Commission, shows “hate crimes” increased in 2015. The most frequently targets were from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, with African American and Jewish individuals making up the top three groups.

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