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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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Violence is not the answer

Violence is not the answer

We are deeply disturbed by the recent killing of police officers and individuals and send our condolences to their families and friends. We hold on to our belief in the power of nonviolence leading the way to needed reconciliation and justice in our country.

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Santa Ana vigil for Orlando’s mass shooting victims draws hundreds

Santa Ana vigil for Orlando's mass shooting victims draws hundreds

The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday left the Orange County’s LGBT community heartbroken and trying to cope together through love. People gathered at Plaza Calle Cuatro in Santa Ana on Sunday evening and held rainbow signs – some heart-shaped – spelling out “Orlando unidos,” Spanish for united. They lit the foot of the plaza’s platform with candles.

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