May
17
Mon
Brown v Board of Education (1954)
May 17 all-day
Brown v Board of Education (1954)

May 17, 1954:Brown v. Board of Education, a consolidation of five cases into one, is decided by the Supreme Court, effectively ending racial segregation in public schools. Many schools, however, remained segregated.

May
19
Wed
HS Students: Humanizing Immigration, Social Justice Education Series #7 @ Online
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
HS Students: Humanizing Immigration, Social Justice Education Series #7 @ Online

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Join us for a monthly virtual workshop series intended to engage youth across Orange County on various issues impacting our society today.

Workshops will occur the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm, open to all Orange County high school students.

During May’s session “Humanizing Immigration in America” we will examine the uncomfortable and intertwined history of imperialism and immigration in the United States.

For more information and to sign up visit:https://www.ochumanrelations.org/educationseries/

May
21
Fri
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
May 21 all-day
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

May 21st is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The UN says, “Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.” Locally and nationally we too often see how cultural clashes create conflict. All of us have a role to play in building bridges of understanding to create peaceful and thriving communities.

Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding.

More info at: https://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/

Virtual 30th Anniversary Celebration
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual 30th Anniversary Celebration

Join us on May 21 over lunch-hour for a virtual 30th Anniversary Celebration. Details and RSVP link to come.

May
22
Sat
Harvey Milk Day
May 22 all-day
Harvey Milk Day

Harvey Milk Day is celebrated each year on May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978. Harvey Milk was a prominent gay activist during the twentieth century. He ran for office three times before becoming the first openly gay person elected into California public office, where he acted as a city supervisor. Harvey Milk Day came about as a day to remember and teach about Milk’s life and his work to stop discrimination, particularly against gays and lesbians. In California, Harvey Milk Day is recognized by the state’s government as a day of special significance for public schools

May
25
Tue
Santa Ana’s Chinatown Set Ablaze (1906)
May 25 all-day
Santa Ana's Chinatown Set Ablaze (1906)

In 1906, the Santa Ana city council claimed that a Chinatown resident contracted leprosy and in order to contain its spread the area needed to be burned down. This decision was supported by the Santa Ana community. On May 25, 1906, as the fire department and on-lookers stood by, the area was set ablaze. The residents were forewarned of the decision, evacuated, and relocated along the Santa Ana River. Though city leaders professed that the relocation strategy created better conditions, by 1912 most Chinese had left Santa Ana to reside in nearby Anaheim.

While leprosy was used as a justification for setting Santa Ana’s Chinatown on fire, many doubt the validity of that claim today

Learn more

May
29
Sat
Dorothy Mulkey prevails in case over Prop 14 (1967)
May 29 all-day

In May of 1963, the Rumford Act, which declared racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing illegal, was enacted. Its impact was being blunted in Orange County by Proposition 14 which proposed to overthrow the Rumford Act. At this time Dorothy Mulkey and her husband, Lincoln, were looking for housing. The young couple found an attractive apartment in the city of Santa Ana, which was a segregated community at the time. The couple sought to rent an apartment but was refused by the landlord because they were African American.

The Mulkeys decided to challenge the landlord’s refusal. With the support of the ACLU and the OC Fair Housing Council, they sought redress in court. Their case, Reitman v. Mulkey, eventually came before the United States Supreme Court.

On May 29 1967, the court decided in favor of the Mulkeys, declaring Proposition 14 unconstitutional, and confirming that no landlords could refuse to rent to people based on their skin color, race/ethnicity, or religion.

Dorothy Mulkey received an OC Human Relations Award in 2014.

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Jun
1
Tue
LGBTQ Pride Month
Jun 1 all-day
LGBTQ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

More Info:https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/lgbtq-pride-month

 

Jun
4
Fri
International Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
Jun 4 all-day
International Day for Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

On 19 August 1982, the United Nations decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8). The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children. Its work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. For more information see: https://www.un.org/en/events/childvictimday/

Jun
12
Sat
World Day Against Child Labor
Jun 12 all-day
World Day Against Child Labor

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

For more information: https://www.un.org/en/events/childlabourday/

2019 Theme: Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!

Jun
16
Wed
HS Students: Youth Led Movements, Social Justice Education Series #8 @ Online
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
HS Students: Youth Led Movements, Social Justice Education Series #8 @ Online

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Join us for a monthly virtual workshop series intended to engage youth across Orange County on various issues impacting our society today.

Workshops will occur the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm, open to all Orange County high school students.

June’s session will focus on Youth Led Movements.

For more information and to sign up, visit:https://www.ochumanrelations.org/educationseries/

Jun
19
Sat
Juneteenth
Jun 19 all-day
Juneteenth

Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth),[2] also known as Freedom Day,[3]Jubilee Day,[4] and Cel-Liberation Day,[5] is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free.[6] Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, and the American Civil War had largely ended with the defeat of the Confederate States in April, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops, so enforcement of the proclamation had been slow and inconsistent.[6]

Juneteenth is a partial or full state holiday, or an official observance in at least 42 US states and the District of Columbia. Typically, a range of public, community and private events are held to celebrate Juneteenth, often on a weekend close to June 19.

Virtual Juneteenth Events 2020 (because of COVID-19, many Juneteenth events will be held virtually – here’s some links)

Learn more about the history of Juneteenth