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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Commission Issues Transgender Community Listening Sessions Report

Commission Issues Transgender Community Listening Sessions Report

On September 11, 2014 the Orange County Human Relations Commission convened its members at The Center OC, a nonprofit organization in Santa Ana that provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Orange County. At the request of the Chair, Ken Inouye, the Commission went to The Center OC to conduct a Listening Session focused on members of

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Violent Hate Crimes Rise While Vandalism Falls

Violent Hate Crimes Rise While Vandalism Falls

The 2013 Orange County Hate Crime Report shows an increase in violent hate crimes, or crimes against people and a decrease in crimes against property like vandalism. “We cannot stand for violence of any kind and violence motivated by hate is no exception. The Commission believes that a crime against one of us, is a crime against all of us, this report tells us that we must remain vigilant in our work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination in Orange County”, said Commission Chair Ken Inouye.

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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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Safe, Respectful Schools for ALL! What it takes

Safe, Respectful Schools for ALL!  What it takes

In the spring of 2013 the BRIDGES Team began to talk about change. Where was change happening in schools? What was working? What was improving the lives of staff and students? As we learned more about new trends in improving school climate, the conversations got exciting! We saw much of our program was already reflected in the research, but we

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Commission Condemns Anti-Semitic, Anti-Gay Attacks on Anaheim Councilmember

Commission Condemns Anti-Semitic, Anti-Gay Attacks on Anaheim Councilmember

Carol Turpen, Chair of the Orange County Human Relations Commission condemns the anti-Semitic and anti-Gay remarks of William Fitzgerald at the Public Comments section of the Anaheim City Council meeting on September 30, 2013. While the Commission affirms the first amendment right of Mr. Fitzgerald to make these odious comments, we also have a right to object to the message he chooses to share.

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O.C. report: Blacks, gays most often targets for hate crime

O.C. report: Blacks, gays most often targets for hate crime

Overall, 61 crimes were reported in 2012, a drop of about 21 percent when compared with the previous year. By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Published: May 23, 2013 Updated: May 24, 2013 10:11 a.m. African Americans and gays were the most frequent targets of reported hate crimes in Orange County last year, according to a report released by the

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