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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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Rusty Kennedy Receives Beacon of Light Award

Rusty Kennedy Receives Beacon of Light Award

OC Human Relations CEO, Rusty Kennedy, was honored with a “Beacon of Light” Award from Costa Mesa’s Fairview Community Church on September 17, 2016. Rusty was honored along with Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly, and Christina Fiahlo of the activist group CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement). Congratulations Rusty and the other awardees!

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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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Restorative Circle Facilitator Training “Fantastic”

Restorative Circle Facilitator Training "Fantastic"

Over the course of two evenings in late July 2016, Joyce Sanchez and Norma López of OC Human Relations Community Building team, conducted a Restorative Circle Facilitator Training at the Islamic Society of Orange County. Its purpose was to train community leaders to lead Community Building/Healing circles in their respective communities in light of recent violent events in the United

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Police and community leaders meet to talk race, religion, & bias

Police and community leaders meet to talk race, religion, & bias

Members of the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Interfaith Advisory Council – – a key project of the OC Human Relations Commission represented by 51 members and 16 religions and denominations –, sat down at Christ Our Redeemer African American Episcopal Church to talk to about the issues that concern them the most today – race, religion, fair policing and implicit bias.

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O.C. leads state as anti-Muslim acts rise

O.C. leads state as anti-Muslim acts rise

Complaints involving hate incidents against Muslims in California grew by 58 percent in 2015 compared to the year prior, with Orange County tallying the most complaints in the state, according to a report released Monday by the Council of American-Islamic Relations. CAIR’s report is deeply disturbing, said Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission.

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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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