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DC Office of Human Rights The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live, work, or visit in the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR also p

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR also p

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HRL is back! Join OHR for a two-day virtual training about all the great #CivilRights protections DC has to offer. #Know...
09/08/2021
OHR Virtual Human Rights Liaison Training - September 2021

HRL is back! Join OHR for a two-day virtual training about all the great #CivilRights protections DC has to offer. #KnowYourRights

Join the DC Office of Human Rights for a two day virtual training covering all of the great protections DC has to offer!

Fight illegal #discrimination and drop by OHR’s Office Hours at the brand new MLK Library on Saturday, August 21 from no...
08/18/2021

Fight illegal #discrimination and drop by OHR’s Office Hours at the brand new MLK Library on Saturday, August 21 from noon until 4pm. Ask questions, get assistance filing a complaint and access additional city resources. #KnowYourRights #DCValues DC Public Library

Fight illegal #discrimination and drop by OHR’s Office Hours at the brand new MLK Library on Saturday, August 21 from noon until 4pm. Ask questions, get assistance filing a complaint and access additional city resources. #KnowYourRights #DCValues DC Public Library

Street harassment is still happening and feels scarier than ever given recent events. With the lack of bystanders around...
04/30/2021

Street harassment is still happening and feels scarier than ever given recent events. With the lack of bystanders around – the fear of isolation increases in public spaces.

If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District. Share your story at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

Street harassment is still happening and feels scarier than ever given recent events. With the lack of bystanders around – the fear of isolation increases in public spaces.

If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District. Share your story at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

L’Oreal Paris recently released results from a global survey of 14,000 people on the effects of the pandemic on street h...
04/29/2021

L’Oreal Paris recently released results from a global survey of 14,000 people on the effects of the pandemic on street harassment. Compared to times pre-pandemic, 78% of the American respondents said they feel less safe in public spaces. Additionally, 74% of the American respondents think that wearing a mask allows the harassers to hide themselves and feel untouchable.

The top reasons American respondents feel unsafe in public spaces in a pandemic situation: (1) I cannot see people’s face behind masks (2) I am afraid people won’t stop and help in case I have a problem (3) There are a few people in the streets and transports.
Learn more about the study and the L'Oréal Paris Stand Up Against Street Harassment campaign, in partnership with Hollaback! at bit.ly/2RUaCVV.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

L’Oreal Paris recently released results from a global survey of 14,000 people on the effects of the pandemic on street harassment. Compared to times pre-pandemic, 78% of the American respondents said they feel less safe in public spaces. Additionally, 74% of the American respondents think that wearing a mask allows the harassers to hide themselves and feel untouchable.

The top reasons American respondents feel unsafe in public spaces in a pandemic situation: (1) I cannot see people’s face behind masks (2) I am afraid people won’t stop and help in case I have a problem (3) There are a few people in the streets and transports.
Learn more about the study and the L'Oréal Paris Stand Up Against Street Harassment campaign, in partnership with Hollaback! at bit.ly/2RUaCVV.

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

1 Day until our #FairHousing Workshop! There's still time to reserve your spot and learn about all the housing protectio...
04/28/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop #2

1 Day until our #FairHousing Workshop! There's still time to reserve your spot and learn about all the housing protections DC has! Click the link below to RSVP.

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

In our Fall 2019 city-wide survey of 1,631 DC residents, we found that 69% of respondents had experienced verbal street ...
04/27/2021

In our Fall 2019 city-wide survey of 1,631 DC residents, we found that 69% of respondents had experienced verbal street harassment in DC in the prior six months and 40% reported that they had experienced physical street harassment. You can read all the data from that survey and everything else from the first year of implementing SHPA in the report “The State of Street Harassment in DC” (ohr.dc.gov/page/state-street-harassment-dc)

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

In our Fall 2019 city-wide survey of 1,631 DC residents, we found that 69% of respondents had experienced verbal street harassment in DC in the prior six months and 40% reported that they had experienced physical street harassment. You can read all the data from that survey and everything else from the first year of implementing SHPA in the report “The State of Street Harassment in DC” (ohr.dc.gov/page/state-street-harassment-dc)

#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

Join us THIS THURSDAY for our #FairHousingMonth workshop. Learn about your rights and all the protections DC has to offe...
04/26/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop #2

Join us THIS THURSDAY for our #FairHousingMonth workshop. Learn about your rights and all the protections DC has to offer. #FairHousing #KnowYourRights #Housing #HousingProtections

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

We want to hear your street harassment stories. We know the pandemic has altered life in public spaces and the types of ...
04/26/2021

We want to hear your street harassment stories. We know the pandemic has altered life in public spaces and the types of street harassment incidents. We want to hear from you in efforts to better understand what kind of street harassment is happening, where incidents most frequently occur, and how street harassment has changed during the pandemic.
If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.
#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

We want to hear your street harassment stories. We know the pandemic has altered life in public spaces and the types of street harassment incidents. We want to hear from you in efforts to better understand what kind of street harassment is happening, where incidents most frequently occur, and how street harassment has changed during the pandemic.
If you or someone you know has experienced non-violent street harassment in a public space, share your story and help us end street harassment in the District at nostreetharassment.dc.gov.
#NoStreetHarassmentDC #StopStreetHarassment

In the District, street harassment is defined as any unwanted statement, gesture, or conduct that is disrespectful, offe...
04/21/2021
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In the District, street harassment is defined as any unwanted statement, gesture, or conduct that is
disrespectful, offensive, or threatening and happens in a public space, a place of business or any location
that is not a private residence in DC.
OHR implements the Street Harassment Prevention Act (SHPA), which is a first-of-its-kind legal measure in the United States that: (1) creates a legal definition of street harassment; (2) establishes a community-based Advisory Committee to study street harassment and develop model policies and trainings; and (3) requires a public information campaign on street harassment. It was designed to uniquely focus on prevention through education instead of criminalization. Learn more at ohr.dc.gov.

#nostreetharassmentdc #stopstreetharassment

Help us get everyone in our community pre-registered for a vaccination appointment. Go to vaccinate.dc.gov or call 1-855-363-0333 to pre-register and then help us spread the word. #DCHOPE Read Mayor Bowser’s Presentation on DC’s COVID-19 Situational Update: April 19

April is #FairHousingMonth and we wanted to celebrate by informing the public about their rights when seeking housing! J...
04/20/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop #2

April is #FairHousingMonth and we wanted to celebrate by informing the public about their rights when seeking housing! Join OHR on Thursday, April 29th for a special, virtual "Know Your Rights" workshop discussing all the great housing protections the District has to offer residents and visitors. #HousingProtections #HousingRights #Housing #CivilRights

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

Join OHR as we celebrate #FairHousingMonth with two virtual workshops covering all of the great housing protections the ...
04/14/2021
OHR Fair Housing Workshop

Join OHR as we celebrate #FairHousingMonth with two virtual workshops covering all of the great housing protections the District has to offer! Click the link to RSVP! #KnowYourRights #FHM #HumanRights #CivilRights #FairHousing #HousingRights #Housing

In observation of Fair Housing Month, OHR is conducting two Fair Housing workshops for residents and community stakeholders.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and today is Teal Tuesd...
04/13/2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week, and today is Teal Tuesday! OHR staff (and their pets!) are wearing teal to show solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.

#TealTuesday #SAAM2021 #stopstreetharassment

04/07/2021

April is a busy but special month at OHR. This year, we will highlight several topics over the course of the month including fair housing, language access, sexual assault awareness and street harassment prevention.

Stay in the loop for or social posts for more on trainings and initiatives we will introduce this month.

For more information about OHR services, visit ohr.dc.gov.

#fairhousingmonth #sexualassaultawareness #languageaccess #stopstreetharassment

Join Mayor Bowser's teletownhall at 5 PM as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Washington Metropoli...
03/24/2021

Join Mayor Bowser's teletownhall at 5 PM as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. and DC Office of Human Rights address anti-Asian bias and discuss how to support our AAPI community.

Join Mayor Bowser's teletownhall at 5 PM as DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. and DC Office of Human Rights address anti-Asian bias and discuss how to support our AAPI community.

Protect your community by remaining vigilant. If you see something or someone suspicious, say something: iwatchdc.org. #...
03/04/2021

Protect your community by remaining vigilant. If you see something or someone suspicious, say something: iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

Protect your community by remaining vigilant. If you see something or someone suspicious, say something: iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

Don’t disregard your instincts. If it seems out of place, then it probably is. Report suspicious behaviors and activitie...
03/04/2021

Don’t disregard your instincts. If it seems out of place, then it probably is. Report suspicious behaviors and activities to iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

Don’t disregard your instincts. If it seems out of place, then it probably is. Report suspicious behaviors and activities to iwatchdc.org. #SaferStrongerDC

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 91...
03/04/2021

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We are excited to announce that George E. Rice III (COACH RICE) and Briana Strachan Cleveland (Martha's Table) well also...
02/18/2021

We are excited to announce that George E. Rice III (COACH RICE) and Briana Strachan Cleveland (Martha's Table) well also join us as panelist for our upcoming event!
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George E. Rice III is a coach, educator and founder of The Rebound 4 Success Institute and is ready to discuss is ready to discuss how the rise of youth leadership is critical for our future.
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Briana Strachan Cleveland is the Director of Volunteers and Community Support at Martha’s Table and will bring to the panel her perspective on community support resources.
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You won't want to miss this valuable insight. RSVP for the event: https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Thrilled to have Lily Litweiler (DC Public Schools) and Shyheim Snead (United Way of Coastal Fairfield County) join us a...
02/17/2021

Thrilled to have Lily Litweiler (DC Public Schools) and Shyheim Snead (United Way of Coastal Fairfield County) join us as a panelist for the upcoming event!
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Linda Litweiler is a Mental Health Counselor for DC Public Schools and is ready to discuss how she’s helped students and youth navigate life during a pandemic, civil rights demonstrations and the unparelled attack on democracy on January 6, 2021.
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Shyheim Snead is a Strategy and Partnerships Manager at the United Way will bring perspective from the nonprofit world on how our local communities can come together and heal despite the uncertainties of the past year.
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You won't want to miss this valuable insight. RSVP for the event: https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Join us for the big event on Thursday, Feb. 25th! The virtual event, featuring a panel of incredible speakers, will focu...
02/15/2021

Join us for the big event on Thursday, Feb. 25th! The virtual event, featuring a panel of incredible speakers, will focus on dissecting and processing the current challenging cultural/political landscape and inspiring DC youth as they shape their own futures. Come learn, share, and heal. RSVP today for the FREE event! #NoHateDC https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Join us for the big event on Thursday, Feb. 25th! The virtual event, featuring a panel of incredible speakers, will focus on dissecting and processing the current challenging cultural/political landscape and inspiring DC youth as they shape their own futures. Come learn, share, and heal. RSVP today for the FREE event! #NoHateDC https://bit.ly/3qoMoiS

Today, OHR released the FY19 Language Access Compliance Review. The report provides an overview and analysis of citywide...
12/30/2020

Today, OHR released the FY19 Language Access Compliance Review. The report provides an overview and analysis of citywide efforts to create equal access for individuals with limited or non-English proficiency. As of 2018, the District is home to nearly 100,000 foreign-born individuals with 30.8% of foreign-born residents age 5 or older having limited English proficiency. 

Highlights from the FY19 Compliance Review include: 
* Compliance achievements and reporting for 38 covered entities with major public contact and 23 non-major public contact entities detailing performance level of preparedness, accessibility and quality in serving clients 
* 183,387 encounters with LEP/NEP customers across agencies 
* Language Access compliance training for 41,040 District government employees, including contractor and grantee staff 
* 73,277 calls made by frontline employees to reach a telephonic interpreter to communicate with customers speaking 66 different languages 
* Translation of 830 vital documents by agencies with major public contact.  #languageaccess #limitedenglishproficiency #translation #interpretation

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12/01/2020

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We all have a shared responsibility to protect DC. Wear a mask. Save lives. Stop the spread. Learn more: coronavirus.dc....
12/01/2020

We all have a shared responsibility to protect DC. Wear a mask. Save lives. Stop the spread. Learn more: coronavirus.dc.gov

Over the past several months, we’ve been challenged, and it’s not been easy. If you need help managing anxiety and stres...
11/27/2020

Over the past several months, we’ve been challenged, and it’s not been easy. If you need help managing anxiety and stress, please talk to a mental health clinician. Call 1-888-793-4357. We are here for you.

We hope everyone is saying safe and finding connection (even if virtual) this Thanksgiving! We are grateful for you!
11/26/2020

We hope everyone is saying safe and finding connection (even if virtual) this Thanksgiving! We are grateful for you!

We hope everyone is saying safe and finding connection (even if virtual) this Thanksgiving! We are grateful for you!
11/26/2020

We hope everyone is saying safe and finding connection (even if virtual) this Thanksgiving! We are grateful for you!

When around friends and family outside of your household, wear a mask and social distance. Small gatherings do not mean ...
11/26/2020

When around friends and family outside of your household, wear a mask and social distance. Small gatherings do not mean less risk of spreading or getting COVID-19!

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native American...
11/24/2020

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the culture, traditions and histories of Indigenous people in the United States, as well as acknowledge the many contributions they have made to this country.
Use this time to learn more about the various tribes of Indigenous Americans and what tribal land you're currently on or have lived on. Washington DC sits on the ancestral lands of the Anacostans (also documented as Nacotchtank) and over time neighboring the Piscataway and Pamunkey peoples.
Piscataway, Pamunkey, the Nentego (Nanichoke), Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Monacan, and the Powhatan cultures thrived along the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. (American Library Association). You can use the website from Native Land to learn more about local Indigenous history.

We all have a shared responsibility to protect DC. Wear a mask. Save lives. Stop the spread. Learn more: coronavirus.dc....
11/20/2020

We all have a shared responsibility to protect DC. Wear a mask. Save lives. Stop the spread. Learn more: coronavirus.dc.gov

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is a day to honor those who have been murdered because of transphobia and...
11/20/2020

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is a day to honor those who have been murdered because of transphobia and those who have survived gender-based violence. OHR stands with the trans and non-binary community everyday and will continue to fight for the equal treatment of all individuals; today, we honor those who have lost their lives to senseless violence.
#tdor #translivesmatter

As cases increase nationwide, protect your family: limit exposure to other people, require all guests in your home to we...
11/19/2020

As cases increase nationwide, protect your family: limit exposure to other people, require all guests in your home to wear a mask, and practice good hygiene.

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01-06-2021 I Oppose Deception!!! *Imagent if instead of Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr. Ordered the Insurrection against The Capitol Hill on January 06 - 2021 and then claimed that never happened! We have to stop the Hypocrisy of the two Justice Systems in the United States, One for the Poor and One for the Millionaires. I am trying to stop the intentional Abuse of the Democratic System and to Protect The U.S. Constitution. We Shall have (11) Eleventh Supreme Court Justices with (20) Twenty years maximum services. And the Supreme Court Justices are not "GOD" and are not above the Law. The United States Republicans Party with Malice Intentions Controls all political parties in Puerto Rico and that is Shameful and Despicable. "Mafia Style". Justice Thomas Clarence & Michael Steele, They will never fight to make Washington DC State #51 because they are working for they're Slave Master "The Republican Party". I want The U. S. Court to order an Audit, A Mandatory Compliance federal court order against the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in Washington Dc., Jennifer A. Gonzalez Colon. She put the Puerto Rico Statehood referendum with more than 80% approval by the Puerto Rican people to become U.S. State # 51 on the floor of the U.S. Congress voted for a YES OR NO vote, with the Republicans Majority in Power in 2017 and Republicans on the majority before her 2012, 1998 in bad faith with Malice intentions, knowingly that it was going to fail. And Now She has to put it, with good intentions and good faith, with the Democrat in the Majority. She is Representing the Puerto Rican people, not the Government of Puerto Rico. William Barr ex- Attorney General of the United States was working only for Donald Trump and the President is not a King or GOD. She is controlling more than $21 Billions of Dollars in Federal Aid to Puerto Rico Annually. *** If you believe that the Republican party of Puerto Rico is the same as the Republican party of the United States. You are 100% WRONG! Open your eyes! “Do your homework” *** Donald Trump and the United State Republican party will never allow Puerto Rico to become a U. S. State. ! U. S. Republicans claim that the Insurrection ordered by Trump against The Capitol Hill on January 06 - 2021 never happened! ***Is ODD that the Republicans claim to be in favor of Puerto Rico Statehood and the Democrat claim to be in favor of Washington Dc Statehood and Washington Dc will be State # 51 before Puerto Rico does. For Republicans Puerto Rico is a Greater Threat. In Mexico the political party (PRI)-Republicans was in power for 71 years, “Mafia Style” corruption @ 100%. *** In Puerto Rico, they have two Justice System, one for the poor and one for the millionaires and that is Racism *** If you do not want Puerto Rico to become U. S. State #51, why did you collect Social Security pension and allow Puerto Rico to collect from the U.S. Taxpayers pay a huge number of Billions of dollars in Federal Aid annually. Republicans are trying to privatize Social Security, Postal Service and the Prison System. "open your eyes" Her office and the Puerto Rican government had been enabler the U. S. Republican Party to control Puerto Rico Statehood status for many decades, “Mafia Style” Follow the Dirty Money!!! Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in Washington Dc. Jennifer A. Gonzalez Colon, office @ 1609 Longworth House Office Washington D C 20515. 202-225-2615 ***Watch What They Do and Not What They Say!!! -------The U. S. Constitution do not protect U. S. Citizen that operated and Commit White Collar Crime in bad faith and with Evil intentions ------ If you do not want to protect the Constitution Relocate to Russia or China, they will pay for your airplane ticket. “As a public servant, Politicians: Enabler in Bad Faith is Felony.” “The president is not GOD to pardon his favor Criminals” The worst blind person is the man who does not want to see. 99% of people love to play naïve only when it is convenient for them! “I am doing this in good faith to strength the U. S. Democratic system in harmony with good intentions” ***Puerto Rico is in a military strategic location and can have a large U.S. submarine base to control the south Atlantic Ocean extremely important and as a state will contribute millions of dollars to the U.S. Treasury a lot more than Alaska. As a State will control a lot better all the Drugs and problems that are coming in from South and Central America. The Puerto Rican politicians and the wealthy millionaires are above the law in Puerto Rico and do not want Puerto Rico to become a U.S. State because over there they are “above the Law” and they want to keep it that way!!! I am William Rodriguez right now. Democrats control the Presidency, the Senate and the Congress and this is the only time that Puerto Rico can become State #51. I live in Florida and will die in Florida. I am 60 years old. This is not for me but for all the Puerto Rican that live on the Island. IF we let this opportunity pass by, I will die before Puerto Rico becomes State #51. I need your lawyer, if I go without legal representation in front of the judge, He will Laugh at me and do nothing about it. thank you and GOD Bless you I am from Puerto Rico and served 4 years in the U.S. Army. Retired Peace Officer from California and proud U.S. Citizen. Thank you for your help! [email protected] “Every U. S. Citizen will vote by mail in the United States. make it a Holiday instead of Saint Patrick’s Day. New Law. Computers have the intelligence to handle it in good faith and with good intentions” Use fingerprints for voter Identification!
Dear Ms./Sir, The interactive book: The Ugly Duckling – Where To? – Education Towards Tolerance* , in Hebrew and English, suggests a different interpretation than the common one of H. C. Andersen’s most touching story: The Ugly Duckling which was written in 1843. It aims at developing critical thinking among its readers (from 9 years old to 90 +) and at combatting racism by revealing the discriminatory basic concept that stands behind Andersen’s tale: white = beautiful opposite dark grey = Ugly. The Ugly Duckling expresses this view towards the end of the story when it looks at his own reflection mirrored in the water: “But what did he see in the clear stream below? His own image; no longer a dark, grey bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan”. The readers of The Ugly Duckling – Where To? are invited to carefully examine Andersen’s original story and to invent/choose a happy ending that is consistent with the democratic and the humanist values of our time. I deeply hope that the book will help “….to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man…” (Amanda Gorman’s poem) and will serve as a tool for both parents and educators in education towards tolerance. Thank you and best wishes, Liora Israeli The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1089985479 in printed and digital formats in English as well as in Hebrew. *The booklet is an outcome of the academic essay: Israeli, L. (2011). "The Other - a Resource or a Threat? Polar interpretations of two children stories: The Ugly Duckling by H"C Anderson & Raspberry Juice by H’ Shenav" (Journal of Peace Education, Vol. 8, No.1, p.1-17) URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17400201.2011.553374 The Ugly Duckling – Where To? is one of a few school programs I have developed in the field of multicultural relations (from kindergarten to college students). For more information see https://www.tolerance-edu.com/
On July 4, 2021 An Innocent Little Girl, Secoriea Turner, Was Senselessly Slain When It Is A Day Freedom Is Celebrated! She Had A Right To Be Free From Mistreatment Of A Delusional, Arbitrary Autonomous Zone! Children Matter!😮
FEAR manipulates and transforms our Fellow Citizens and Protectors every day. TRANSPARENCY - ACCOUNTABILITY - COMMUNITY POLICING FRIENDS PLEASE CONSIDER... Police, body of officers representing the civil authority of government. Police typically are responsible for maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal activities. These functions are known as policing. ( Webster's dictionary). The definition maybe simplified, but the basis states that Police are persons of authority, armed and able to maintain public order and safety. We have seen may cases of violence set upon Citizens and Police alike in North America. Justified violence? Is that the important issue here? The main issue is that Our Society is filled with FEAR. Police fear for their lives, loss of authority while Citizens Fear those who are suppose to be protecting them. Why the FEAR? So many reasons... Armed Criminality Social injustice & prejudice Racism (personal & institutionalized Availability of weapons Supposed media availability(everyone has a video) Generational Poverty & Unemployment Fear of all kinds transforming our society into groups...cultural, social, political, economic classes, race. Even when we protest the injustices of the world we come face to face with Fear whether it be institutional ignorance, police/social oppression, societal exclusion's. Have you ever been in a predominately poverty stricken community walking at night, see three youths coming towards you on side walk? Hoodies in the dark. What to do. Fear of the possible. A couple driving a premier vehicle in an exclusive neighborhood are stopped. If they were white they'd still be driving, but no. Police check. Why? Fear of the possible. Lets get rid of this fear. Lets change how Police and Policing are viewed. No longer should police be viewed as those to be feared. Police should be Trained as PEACE KEEPERS Police Keepers do what? Stand between opposing forces to negotiate and stop violence. I experienced an event in New York City long ago. We were on a bus when two officers came aboard. A young man stood up and pointed his fire arm at them. What did they do? Have a shootout? No. One officer stepped back down the stairs while the other spoke to the young man. We were all involved in this conversation. The officer knew how to de escalate the situation. The young man went down the stairs, sitting on a bench with an officers while the other stood behind him. Peace Keepers talk, discuss, influence situational experiences. As a clergyman I to learnt the power of intelligent gabbing. Explain the pros and cons of existing or future events. Have a gun, what can happen to you or others if that gun is used. Communicate-Walk in Their Shoes - Respond Peace Keepers find solutions to problems. They often hash out political-Personal issues between individuals and groups. Policing has become a multi tasking career. Part police, social worker & diplomate. Remember the Police are agents of The Justice system but they do not punish. The Courts decide what is fair and just. The Police learn and proclaim Laws of the land. Therefore if someone has been perceived to break a law, the police respond in an intelligent controlled manner. Most times violence is not needed. If a law breaker does not fear the police, knowing they will be going to court where they'd be judged violence can be avoided. Do the Police know this? Is every Citizen in Our Land viewed as innocent or possibly guilty. Do the Police Fear Us(the Citizenry) so much that weapons in hand have become habitual? Policing needs to become Community Centered. Police and our citizens need to learn what it is like to live in one another's shoes. I lived in the Bronx of @ a year. White, Black , Hispanic, Asian...we all lived below the poverty line, among those who stood outside of the American experience. Low income, addiction, low prospects. Yet the communities in the Bronx were centers of helpful, charitable Community also. Respect given and taken by all. The police lived in the community. They knew the Fears, Joys and Expectations of their neighbors and responded with open hands & hearts. S**t happened, yes, but there was more good then bad. We need to know each other, seeing our neighbors with new eyes. The prejudices of the past and present can be understood and dealt with intelligently. A Peace Keeper is possibly the most flexible of our armed forces. Thrown into every possible situation they need to adapt and respond in a constructive manner. So too Our Police. Pulling a weapon is a last resort. A Good person standing in their uniform, ready to serve their neighbor should be all that's needed. Armed yes. There are situation that require the authority of a weapon, But the power of intelligent thoughts can be voiced, transforming a situation of potential violence into a act of peaceful good. Our Police need to be trained as peace keepers. The days of turning off body cams, taking a hooligan down town for a beating, hassling someone cause they are in a car, neighborhood not symbolic of their demographic Must end. Eric Cartman, a character of South Park bark's these words "Respect My Authority". That is what is happening throughout North America. Police FEAR loss of their authority. Every ones seemingly questioning that authority on social media, videos and the media. I guess what I am saying is Authority is not as powerful as Respect. Found in the same statement, both words actually compliment each other. Respect My Authority. Police are not in themselves authority, but represent Authority. Who gives them this authority? We do. It is not Them and Us. It is US. WE are the authority they represent. As God says "I Am" we the people should proclaim to all RESPECT OUR AUTHORITY. Who will represent us in the world? The Peace Keepers of society, our neighbor's "THE POLICE". STEVEN KASZAB Bradford, Ontario [email protected]