The main goal of OC Human Relations’ #IamOCCA Project is to showcase and highlight the richness of our County’s culture and diversity.

To do this, we are launching a photo series depicting people from diverse communities that will be featured on multiple social media platforms.

By having people share their stories, we hope to plant the seeds of understanding, acceptance and harmony while increasing awareness about the importance of respect and unity.

#IamOCCA    #WeAreOneOC    #HateFreeOC    #kNOwHate

“Try to keep an open-mind. There’s lots of different view-points in Orange County and that’s something to consider. Try to be considerate of your neighbors and what they’re going through. It’s not easy to live in Orange County, especially with the rising costs, living costs. There’s a lot of development, so I would imagine that a lot of people in Orange County are somewhat struggling. So be mindful of that and be mindful of what other people are going through.”    Read Brianna’s full story.

“To be me, a woman, it’s not very difficult. I’ve had many opportunities here in Orange County – education, employment – I’ve had it pretty easy for the last 46 years of my life, when just thinking in terms of being a woman of color. But, when I think about being a mother of color with children who are also of color in Orange County that completely changes the story. I feel exhausted from being constantly hyperaware of the way people look at my children, how they perceive both their intelligence and their socioeconomic level because of where they are growing up in Huntington Beach, CA.”   Read Lorena’s full story.

The only thing we should focus on should be their personality, their hearts, and how they act.  Just overall, how they are as a person, because race and gender is nothing different.  As I’ve said before, the only race that we have that I believe in is humanity.”  Read Wendy’s full story

“Hate-free OC? Pretty simple. Everybody be kind to one another.  Just be respectful.  Just don’t be rude to anyone, ’cause that creates a domino effect.”  Read Rudy’s full story.

Living in Orange County, it’s much easier to be comfortable in a community that offers so much and is pristine.  There are differences among all of us – differences in appearance, in religion, in language, in sexual orientation – and that is a good thing.  A Hate-Free OC would mean greater diversity and representation in positions of leadership.  There are voices that have been silenced in the past, and we have to make an honest effort and make this County a much better place by opening up our hearts and minds to hear them, listen to them, understand them and support them.”  Read Susan and Noah’s full story

“I have to say a hate-free Orange County looks like just a place where everyone can be themselves, free of judgment and discrimination.  You know, no matter who you love or what you do, what color your skin is. You’re just accepted for who you are no matter what”  Read Lacey’s full story

“My advice to the residents of Orange County is to find a solution to the homeless population living in Orange County”  Read Ron’s full story

If you’d your story to be part of this series, please email us at [email protected] with your contact information