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O.C. hate crimes drop — but violent incidents rise

O.C. hate crimes drop -- but violent incidents rise

The 2013 report shows hate crimes across O.C. dropped by 20 percent in 2013 — largely due to a decrease in vandalism — but the number of incidents involving violence increased. “One hate crime is too many,” said Rusty Kennedy, who heads the commission, as he detailed the experiences of different communities. Hate crimes targeting people — as opposed to other types of offenses, such as vandalism of buildings — rose from 24 in 2012 to 28 in 2013.

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O.C. hate crime report: Confrontations up, vandalism down

O.C. hate crime report: Confrontations up, vandalism down

OC Human Relations, a county commission formed to fight prejudice and discrimination, has been tracking the number of hate crimes in Orange County with an annual report for more than 20 years. Its chief executive, Rusty Kennedy, said he is pleased the latest report shows the overall numbers are down, but alarmed that crimes targeting individuals are up.

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Commission Applauds Santa Ana Unified School District

Commission Applauds Santa Ana Unified School District

The Orange County Human Relations Commission applauds the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education for the inclusion of restorative practices in their recently adopted 2014-15 Local Control Accountability Plan. OC Human Relations recognizes the importance of such practices and has made a strategic investment of time and resources into developing a Restorative Justice Program at Santa Ana Valley High School this past year.

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When Fourth of July Turned Ugly

When Fourth of July Turned Ugly

Fourth of July weekend in Huntington Beach was the setting for what started as a festive celebration and ended in a racist hate crime. This story is one of the hate crimes that OC Human Relations Commission documents in the annual Hate Crime Report that will be released August 21 at 10:00am at 1300 S. Grand Bldg. B, Santa Ana.

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OC Human Relations Announces Hiring of Director of Partnerships and New Human Relations Specialist

OC Human Relations Announces Hiring of Director of Partnerships and New Human Relations Specialist

OC Human Relations is pleased to announce that Melissa Morgan has joined OC Human Relations staff as our new Director of Partnerships, (Chief Development Officer). Ms. Morgan was hired after an exhaustive search and review of some terrific candidates by the hiring panel. The creation of this position came at the culmination of a study Anne Olin of TOGI (The

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OC Human Relations Commission and Staff Visit Vietnamese Buddhist Temple in Santa Ana

OC Human Relations Commission and Staff Visit Vietnamese Buddhist Temple in Santa Ana

OC Human Relations Commissioner Bang Van Pham recently invited OC Human Relations Commissioners, Board Members and Staff to her Buddhist Temple on New Hope in Santa Ana for lunch and tour. The Venerable Thich Quang Thanh, Abbot of the Bao Quang Buddhist Cultural Center took the group on a tour that included his awesome museum of antiquities. He also played

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Civil Rights History Exhibit Opens On 50th Anniversary of LBJ Signing Act Into Law

Civil Rights History Exhibit Opens On 50th Anniversary of LBJ Signing Act Into Law

On July 2nd, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an act of bi-partisanship Johnson called an “American bill.”   This bi-partisan bill set the basic standard, the consensus, the unifying vision of the United States that all people have a right to live free from discrimination based on the color of their skin, their religion

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