Community Building

Stories and Recommendations from 12.08.2012 Listening Session

Stories and Recommendations from 12.08.2012 Listening Session

On Saturday, December 8, OC Human Relations Commission, along with Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, West Coast Christian Tabernacle, New Spirit Baptist Church, OC NAACP, Dr. Thomas Parham, and the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association invited African-American community members to share their stories, challenges, and celebrations of living in Orange County. The “Listening Session” was prompted by the experiences of an

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Buddhist temple doesn’t always inspire peaceful reactions

Buddhist temple doesn't always inspire peaceful reactions

A Buddhist temple in a Westminster neighborhood has some residents grousing about increased traffic and other annoyances. By Lauren Williams, Los Angeles Times December 30, 2012 ‘There’s no question where you’re confronted with something you don’t understand or are unfamiliar with, you’re uncomfortable.’  – Rusty Kennedy, executive director Orange County Human Relations Commission The sound of chanting echoed through the

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Orange County Residents Share Stories at “Listening Session”

Orange County Residents Share Stories at "Listening Session"

On Saturday, December 8, OC Human Relations Commission, along with Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, West Coast Christian Tabernacle, New Spirit Baptist Church, OC NAACP, Dr. Thomas Parham, and the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association invited African-American community members to share their stories, challenges, and celebrations of living in Orange County. The “Listening Session” was prompted by the experiences of an

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Teaching Tolerance Helps Fight Hate

Teaching Tolerance Helps Fight Hate

By DAVID WHITING, COLUMNIST THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER October 18, 2012 Tattoos tell stories, whether on the arm of a Holocaust survivor or a white supremacist. The faded black number on Ester Bershtel’s left arm testifies to one woman’s strength to escape the horrors of Auschwitz. The number “14” on Wade Michael Page’s left shoulder testifies to a national resurgence

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OC Human Relations Collaborates on Santa Ana Community Forum on Cultural Diversity and Conflict

OC Human Relations Collaborates on Santa Ana Community Forum on Cultural Diversity and Conflict

The forum, organized by Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, took place Thursday, October 27 and was an effort to build understanding and respect between Latino and Jewish communities. Also involved were the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League and the Latino-Jewish Coalition. See the City of Santa Ana Media Release for more details. Also, read the OC Register article on the

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A Decade after 9/11… Commission Listens to Sikhs and Muslims Tell Their Stories

A Decade after 9/11... Commission Listens to Sikhs and Muslims Tell Their Stories

On the tenth anniversary of the worst domestic terrorist attack in the United States’ history the Orange County Human Relations Commission offers condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were wounded or died in those attacks, and to the first responders who gave their lives trying to save lives in the aftermath of the attack. Over the

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