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L.A. County Kicks Off `United Against Hate Week 2021
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 18, 2021

Supervisor Holly Mitchell (Courtesy)

 

Los Angeles County’s “United Against Hate Week
2021” has launched — a blend of art, social media, and educational resources
urging communities to reject hate and bigotry and promote inclusion and
understanding.

The campaign officially began Sunday and runs through Saturday.
“The increase in hate crimes this past year reinforces the need to
speak up and take a stand with United Against Hate Week,” Supervisor Holly
Mitchell said. “In a county as large and diverse as ours, it is our humanity
that holds us together, and there is no reason why we cannot celebrate our
differences.

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“As we know from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., `Hate cannot drive out
hate; only love can do that,’ ” she added.  The events during the weeklong campaign range from workshops to walkathons.  Supervisor Kathryn Barger said a broad-based approach is required to push back against hate speech and violence. “Many public places such as our transportation systems are open and easily accessible to attacks by hate actors,” Barger said. “As county leaders, we must focus our efforts into combating hate at every possible touch
point to keep the public safe.”

A recent report on hate crime by the county’s Human Relations Commission revealed an increase in hate crimes to the highest level reported since 2008. Robin Toma, executive director of the commission, said it’s not only up to public officials to combat hate.
“LA vs Hate calls on everyone to do something, big or small, and become connected to the overwhelming numbers of us who are against hate and
bigotry,” Toma said.

Officials urged residents to take action by going to www.lavshate.org/united-against-hate-week and using the toolkits, participating in an event, and getting involved at the community level. Debra Duardo, superintendent of the county’s Office of Education, said
all school districts will be alerted to the event’s goals, which include “safe schools, inclusive classrooms and alerting staff to the dangers of bullying and bias.”  Blue Shield of California is also supporting the effort, which includes bystander and mass meditation training and art resiliency projects for all ages.

The L.A. vs. Hate Coalition is led by the county’s Department of
Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and the L.A. County Human
Relations Commission.
The initiative has three components:
— a community-driven public engagement campaign to encourage
residents and organizations to unite against and report acts of hate;
— one of the first government hotlines for reporting all acts of hate
and providing assistance to hate victims via 211; and
— a network of community agencies that can address systemic prejudice
by providing hate prevention and rapid response advocacy and services.
A full list of United Against Hate Week activities and graphics ready-
made for posting on social media can be found at https://www.lavshate.org/.

 

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