BRIDGES Team Member, Joyce Sanchez, Receives Award

BRIDGES Team Member, Joyce Sanchez, Receives Award

We’re very proud to announce that Joyce Sanchez, one of our wonderful BRIDGES School Inter-group Relations program team members, recently received a “Friend of South” award from South Jr. High School. The award read “For serving the students, staff and community of South Jr. High School.” Congratulations, Joyce, a very well deserved award!

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Police investigate racially charged Irvine flier as hate incident

Police investigate racially charged Irvine flier as hate incident

The Irvine Police Department is looking into a report of a racially charged flier left in an elevator of Toscana Apartments, a residential complex near the UC Irvine campus. Rusty Kennedy, executive director of Orange County Human Relations, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating prejudice, intolerance and discrimination within the community, says he characterizes this act as a “troubling and racist message meant to ferment animosity and racial prejudice.”

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Chapman speakers urge community dialogue on immigration

Chapman speakers urge community dialogue on immigration

Rusty Kennedy, chief executive of the nonprofit OC Human Relations, was featured on the “Immigration and Community Engagement” panel at Chapman University’s “Breaking Borders” conference. Kennedy, who has worked on immigration issues for more than 40 years, said the current system keeps undocumented immigrants in the country without voice or representation.

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Board Members, Sue Reese & Bill Wood, Receive Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Board Members, Sue Reese & Bill Wood, Receive Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Congratulations to long-time OC Human Relations Board Members, Sue Reese and Bill Wood, for being honored as outstanding community volunteers! Sue was nominated by OC Human Relations. “Susan (Sue) Reese is a true gem-one of those volunteers who goes above and beyond to support the causes she cares about. We are more than lucky to call Sue a leader, donor, volunteer

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OC Human Relations Offers Trainings & Workshops

There are a number of trainings offered by OC Human Relations staff coming up over the next few months.  In March there are two advanced mediation workshops for volunteers and interns already working with an Orange County Dispute Resolution Program.  April marks the start of the next 32 hour Basic Mediation Training, which is open to the public.  In June a

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Commission Plans Police Community Dialogues

Commission Plans Police Community Dialogues

The OC Human Relations Commission convened on 12.11.2014 and discussed what can be done to address the fear and mistrust that escalates confrontations between law enforcement officials and boys and men of color, into violence and even death. The Commission voted to reach out to partners in the community and law enforcement to explore the possibility of organizing dialogues between the police and diverse communities.

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Commission Issues Transgender Community Listening Sessions Report

Commission Issues Transgender Community Listening Sessions Report

On September 11, 2014 the Orange County Human Relations Commission convened its members at The Center OC, a nonprofit organization in Santa Ana that provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Orange County. At the request of the Chair, Ken Inouye, the Commission went to The Center OC to conduct a Listening Session focused on members of

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