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Blaze Bernstein murder was hate crime, Orange County DA says

Blaze Bernstein murder was hate crime, Orange County DA says

KABC August 2, 2018 By Rob McMillan Orange County prosecutors said that a hate-crime allegation has been added against the man charged with murdering his former classmate, Blaze Bernstein. O.C. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Thursday the allegation was added against 21-year-old Samuel Woodward, who was charged with the murder earlier this year. Adding the hate crime allegation means Woodward,

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Proud Boys: Who they are, and why experts who study hate and extremism find them interesting

Proud Boys: Who they are, and why experts who study hate and extremism find them interesting

Last month, members of Proud Boys, the national far-right men-only group with a strong Southern California presence, were expelled from a downtown Los Angeles bar after a dust-up with Antifa, a group of anti-fascist protesters. The Proud Boys have been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for their anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric, and for appearing with other hate groups at extremist rallies such as “Unite the Right.”

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Tustin PD and Currie Middle School Parent Dialogue

Tustin PD and Currie Middle School Parent Dialogue

Recently OC Human Relations Commission and Council staff partnered to organize a series of four dialogues between members of the Tustin Police Department and parents of Currie Middle School parents. The goals were to strengthen relationships between parents and the police department; clear up stereotypes and negative perceptions between law enforcement and Latino Parents; and to develop a better understanding of each other’s role in the community.

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The Power of Kindness

The Power of Kindness

One of our wonderful Huntington Beach High School BRIDGES students created a heart-warming video about the power of kindness. We’d like to share it with you and hope that you’ll share it with others, we could all do with a little more kindness in our lives!

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OC Human Relations Responds to Concern Over Honoring Sheriff Hutchens

OC Human Relations Responds to Concern Over Honoring Sheriff Hutchens

In the category of Community Oriented Policing, we are honoring the Sheriff for her creation of an Inter Faith Advisory Council. We are aware that community members have well-articulated concerns over decisions and policies the Sheriff has authored, this is one particular initiative that we felt has been positive and wanted to show case as the type of engagement that we value.

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OC Human Relations on Sanctuary Conversation, Board of Supervisors Meeting

OC Human Relations on Sanctuary Conversation, Board of Supervisors Meeting

At the meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors held on March 27, 2018, numerous residents of the county came to address the Board, demonstrating a high level of civic engagement and a wide spectrum of perspectives.
Unfortunately, the meeting dissolved into hostility, name-calling and scapegoating. Such vitriol plainly impedes the ability of people – like-minded or not – to work together. This weakens our ability to address issues like homelessness and immigrant integration, and communicates the wrong message to our children.

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Students Inspired at Walk In My Shoes!

Students Inspired at Walk In My Shoes!

Walk In My Shoes, OC Human Relations’ Annual BRIDGES Youth Conference, brings together students from across Orange County to explore issues of identity and culture, develop leadership skills, and learn from examples of successful youth activism. The goal is to empower and mobilize students to work towards creating positive social change. This year’s conference theme was: “In Solidarity, In Struggle”.

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