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Walk In My Shoes 2012

Walk In My Shoes 2012

Over 600 students and teachers from schools across Orange County attended the day-long Walk In My Shoes youth conference, November 16, at the University of California, Irvine. The conference was emceed by students Candice Brown of Cypress High School, Ralex Gutierrez of Magnolia High School and Kornkamol (Moon) Pankam of Capistrano Valley High School. The morning keynote speech was delivered

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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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“I Am Part of a Movement”

"I Am Part of a Movement"

A couple of months ago, I walked into a strange room not knowing what I would encounter. I saw strange but friendly faces, a “melting pot” of a variety of people. They were different ethnicities, different religions and different cultures. After the first 15 minutes went by, a new vibe dispersed over us. Everyone was talking as if they had

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OC Human Relations and the Anaheim Situation

OC Human Relations and the Anaheim Situation

Since the first shooting, an OC Human Relations team has been responding daily to the evolving situation in Anaheim. We have been communicating with Los Amigos, LULAC, OCCCO, OCCORD and other community groups. In addition, the team met with Anaheim Police Chief Welter, his Captains, communications staff, and the City Manager, working with them to understand all that they are

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O.C. Vigil Remembers Those Killed in Sikh Temple Attack

O.C. Vigil Remembers Those Killed in Sikh Temple Attack

OC Human Relations Commission was proud to co-sponsor the August 9, 2012 interfaith rememberance for the 6 Sikhs murdered by a White Supremacist in Wisconsin. “Evil is something that happens to everybody,” said Timothy Kowal of Huntington Beach, a lawyer who sits on the Orange County Human Relations Commission. “We want to let minority segments of the community know that

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Fullerton Task Force on Homelessness and Mental Health Services Honored

Fullerton Task Force on Homelessness and Mental Health Services Honored

Fullerton Task Force on Homelessness and Mental Health Services, chaired by OC Human Relations’ CEO, Rusty Kennedy (center, back row) was honored by Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva (3rd from left, front row) and the Fullerton City Council for services organized in the wake of the tragic death of Kelly Thomas, whose father, Ron Thomas (4th from right, front row) also

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