Our Mission Is To Maintain And Strengthen The City's Diversity, Equity, And Accountability.

It's great to catch up with you in our second newsletter and share some of the exciting things happening at LA Civil Rights. With so much going on, it's important to take a breath, take stock of where we've been, and be intentional about where we are going.

The future is bright for LA Civil Rights. We are building out our department, with an office and community space under construction in the LA Mall, and we will soon launch our discrimination enforcement arm to provide justice for Angelenos who have been discriminated against in private commerce, education, employment, and housing.

We know there is so much work to be done - discrimination and inequities remain far too prevalent. Rising hate crimes - particularly against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities - continue to hurt our city, and cannot be ignored.

I just spoke at the closing ceremonies of Los Angeles' African American Heritage Month, and I'll share with you a little of what I told the audience: Equity and empowerment are not just words. They are real, achievable goals that require our shared action and intention. Whether it's discrimination enforcement, standing up against hate, or our RENEW Pledge, that's exactly what we are doing at LA Civil Rights.

We are at a critical moment in the arc of history, where we can revert back to an old "normal," or build something better in its place. At LA Civil Rights, we are going to do all we can to push that arc towards justice.

Keep the faith and keep the fight.

- Capri Maddox
Executive Director,
Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department
Standing Against AAPI Hate and Discrimination
Hate against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is unacceptable. This kind of hate can only be stopped through solidarity and unequivocal support for the AAPI community from all of us in Los Angeles. LA Civil Rights stands with the AAPI community, thanks the organizations that have shone a light on these incidents, and encourages anyone who has seen or experienced a hate crime to report it. 

In October 2020, LA Civil Rights co-hosted "Taking A Stand Against Hate: A Dialogue with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community" with allies and resources for the AAPI community. We will continue to lead on programming that protects, empowers and serves all Los Angeles communities.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, report it. Find more resources, information and community support in the the link below.
African American Equity in Media
LA Civil Rights hosted African American Equity in Media with Councilmember Mark Ridley Thomas on February 23rd.

Thank you to Angel Jennings of the LA Times, Beverly White with NBC Los Angeles, and Brandon Brooks of the LA Sentinel for speaking on our panel - and everyone who joined the live conversation.

Watch the forum here.
HRC Celebrates Black History Month
This month, the Human Relations Commission honored Black History Month with a dialogue on the past, present and future for African American communities in Los Angeles - and how we can build justice in LA. Thank you to Faye Washington, Dr. Thomas Parham, Dr. David Carlisle, Dr. Rev. Najuma Smith Pollard & Dr. Marcus Hunter for joining the meeting.

Learn more about the HRC here.
RENEW Pledge
LA Civil Rights is pleased to lead on the Racial Equity and Newly Empowered Workplaces, or RENEW, pledge. Launched by Mayor Garcetti, the RENEW Pledge works to achieve a clear goal: rooting out structural racism in our businesses and building a more just, fair, and equitable Los Angeles.

Learn more here.
LA vs Hate
LA Civil Rights has teamed up with LA vs Hate, a creative campaign to build awareness around reporting hate, streamline and improve the process for victims or witnesses to report incidents, and offer resources for victims.

Learn more here.
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