Orange County Hate Crimes Down in 2014

  The Los Angeles Times, Aug 20, 2015 By Ahn Do, A man walked up to a couple who were out shopping and asked if they were lesbians. When they said yes, he beat them. Another man attacked an elderly Vietnamese American woman as she stepped off a bus. He shouted racial slurs, kicked her in the chest and knocked

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O.C. commission supports removal of Mississippi flag from Santa Ana plaza

O.C. commission supports removal of Mississippi flag from Santa Ana plaza

Orange County Register, July 28, 2015 By Meghann Cuniff, Staff Writer The Orange County Human Relations Commission on Tuesday announced its support for the removal of Mississippi’s flag from the Santa Ana Civic Center. The commission has supported the idea since discussing on July 9 a suggestion by Todd Spitzer, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The flag includes the

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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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Miss Gloria honored for helping people

Miss Gloria honored for helping people

May 1, 2015, Placentia News Times BY JOHN FABRIS, GUEST WRITER Looking back, Gloria Banks can see that she might have been smart to just be quiet. Little black girls in 1950s McGehee, Ark., weren’t supposed to look white people in the eye, she says – much less tell them off. But if Banks had learned that lesson, she wouldn’t be

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Nominations sought for those who foster human relations

Nominations sought for those who foster human relations

OC Register, January 9, 2015 The Orange County Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for its annual awards honoring those who have fostered greater understanding and respect for others in Orange County. “Awards 44” will recognize individuals and groups involved in community causes, law enforcement, and schools for making a lasting contribution to human relations in the county. Nominees can

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‘Selma’ Resonates in Orange County

'Selma' Resonates in Orange County

OC Register, Jan 8, 2015 by America Hernadez As the civil rights movie “Selma” arrives in theaters throughout Orange County today, backlash has already begun regarding the film’s depiction of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson. Director and co-writer Ava DuVernay has garnered praise in the past for her ability to craft complex black characters, most notably with the 2012 drama “Middle

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Fullerton’s Bad Weather Shelter

Fullerton's Bad Weather Shelter

An article by Rusty Kennedy, Executive Director, OC Human Relations. Friday night my wife Anita dragged me along to the Fullerton Armory to set-up, serve and clean-up for the homeless individuals who use this last chance shelter for all. It had been a long week and this didn’t seem like our usual date-night activity

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