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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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A statement from the Commission on the Orlando terrorist attack

Orange County Human Relations Commission 1300 S. Grand, Bldg B, Santa Ana, CA 92705 714-480-6570 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alison Edwards 714-480-6573, [email protected] June 13, 2016 (Orange County, CA) – Today, when we look across the world, the nation and even across the room, we see pain and anguish in the eyes of our friends and neighbors. The feeling is

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OC Human Relations Condemns Attack Against Orlando’s LGBT Community

OC Human Relations Condemns Attack Against Orlando's LGBT Community

The OC Human Relations Commission condemns the senseless hate crime and terrorist attack against the LGBT community in Orlando. We stand together today with our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends and family in mourning. Hate crime against the LGBT community is a hate crime against us all. The Commission will join the OC Pride Festival on June 25, 2016

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Amin David, Legendary OC Latino-Rights Activist, Passes Away

Amin David, Legendary OC Latino-Rights Activist, Passes Away

The first chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, Amin David, has died at the age of 83. The longtime Anaheim resident was a founding member of Los Amigos, the Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development and Orange County Community Housing Corporation and recently was an active member of the Anaheim police chief’s advisory board.

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Commission Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

Commission Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

In a statement, the OC Human Relations Commission said that in the face of the heinous terrorist attacks on innocent people in Belgium its first thoughts and prayers go out to victims lost and suffering from this senseless act of violence. The Commission urged the community to be thoughtful and reasoned in its reactions and to avoid provoking misdirected hate or sweeping measures that victimize innocent people.

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Wassail With Us!

Wassail With Us!

Each year in mid-December, OC Human Relations invites our friends to join us in a toast to good health or “Wassail.” We hope you will come raise a glass of hot cider with us to wish for peace and justice in our communities. Light refreshments will be served.

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