Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $400,000)
Orange County Human Relations Council (OCHR) is requesting $400,000 to implement the Anti-Hate Prevention and Response program across Orange County, CA. The purpose is to prevent the increasing trend of hate incidents through education, community dialogues, and outreach while undertaking a rapid response approach to hate incidents through holistic partnerships that address the needs of victims and the community. Project activities include enhancing our Hate Prevention Network, establishing practices or activities aimed to reduce the frequency and impact of hate speech, hate incidents, and hate crimes, and develop activities that facilitate dialogue and defuse tensions between groups, and that create a shared sense of empathy and a community environment that will not tolerate hate. Expected outcomes include the expansion of a multi-faceted taskforce to improve response to hate incidents, meet the personalized needs of antihate incident victims, and develop local strategies for education, outreach, prevention, and preparedness. Subrecipient activities include recognizing and reporting antihate incidents, awareness of available community resources to support victims of antihate incidents, an educational training on Orange County Civil Rights History and understanding how it impacts BIPOC, and training in restorative practices/mediation to deescalate tension.