In late 2012 and early 2013 the OC Human Relations Commission held a series of ”Listening Sessions” across the county, inviting African-American community members to share their stories, challenges, and celebrations of living in Orange County. The “Listening Sessions” were prompted by the experiences of an African-American family who were targeted by hate in Yorba Linda.
In June we released our final report on the sessions which included a set of recommendations and next steps. What follows below is a brief update on what OC Human Relations has done in the last six months in regards to those “next steps.”
We continue to work to make Orange County a place where all people can live free of violence, harassment and discrimination. In six months we will provide a similar update.
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|1. Widely distribute information gathered at the Listening Sessions.||A. Distribute to 34 cities, 28 school districts, the OC Board of Supervisors and the houses of worship that hosted the Listening Sessions.|
B. Share on OC Human Relations website and social media outlets as well as public media.
|A. Information gathered at the Listening Sessions has been distributed to 34 cities, 28 schools and the OC Board of Supervisors.|
B. The report has been posted on OC Human Relations website and social media as well as public media.
|2. Provide outreach and presentations to inform and educate African Americans and all Orange County residents about how to report hate crimes and incidents.||C. OC Human Relations will provide twelve Hate Crime presentations across the county in schools, houses of worship and any other requesting organizations.||C. Staff delivered 13 hate crime presentations to the public.|
|3. Provide opportunities for OC neighbors of all backgrounds to interact in small groups and breakdown any barriers or misperceptions about other faiths, ethnicities and differences in general.||D. OC Human Relations will offer facilitation training and curriculum to up to 30 neighborhood leaders to host small gatherings of their neighbors.|
E. OC Human Relations will seek to partner with community agencies to take the Listening Sessions to different cities and engage diverse community members.
|D. OC Human Relations staff has provided curriculum to staff from Girl Scouts of OC to conduct a living room dialogue.|
|4. Provide advocacy trainings to ensure that African Americans and all Orange County residents know their rights within the school system.||F. OC Human Relations will provide trainings to parent groups about student and parent rights in school as requested.||E. OC Human Relations provided Parent Leadership Institute trainings at three sites targeting low income neighborhoods in San Clemente and Anaheim.|
|5. Increase opportunities for meaningful interaction between the police and community, including on-going training of officers about working in diverse communities.||G. OC Human Relations will organize and facilitate forums and dialogues between community and local law enforcement as needed.|
H. OC Human Relations will provide diversity training at the police academy.
I. OC Human Relations will explore the possibility of offering advanced human relations training for local police departments.
|F. OC Human Relations staff serves on two local law enforcement advisory boards.|
G. Staff facilitated 6 diversity trainings at the Sheriff’s Basic Training Academy.
H. Staff facilitated 3 advanced workshops on “Facilitation Skills for Police Officers” at the Sheriff’s Basic Training Academy.