The Center for Freedom and Safety was proud to participate in the third annual Los Angeles United Against Hate Week campaign, a movement that focuses on empowering residents, eliminating hate from neighborhoods, and providing resources for those affected by hate crimes and hate incidents. The campaign takes place every November and encourages local civic action through art activations, workshops, webinars, film screenings, and many other forms of engagement.
At a press conference held in front of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, government officials, community members, and partners gathered to denounce hate and promote inclusivity and respect for all. Robin Toma, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and lead agency for LA vs Hate, led the conference and shared the stage with diverse leaders from across Los Angeles. County officials in support of LA vs Hate also attended, including Holly J Mitchell, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Esther Lim, Justice Deputy of the Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, among others.
The press conference was followed by a Wishing Tree activity where county leaders and attendees wrote a wish for their community and displayed it on an olive tree provided by LA vs Hate. Olive trees are a symbol of peace and friendship that date back to ancient Greek mythology. The tree reflected the wishes of LA County residents who dream of a community where neighbors value respect, speaking out for others, and welcoming all.
We are grateful to our partners and the city of Los Angeles for creating LA vs. Hate, and all of the participants uniting to eliminate hate from our communities and promote inclusivity and respect for all.
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