Civil Rights Department, Local Government, and Community Partners to Join Together for Launch of Sixth Annual United Against Hate Week
BERKELEY – The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) — in partnership with the City of Berkeley, Not In Our Town, and LA vs Hate — will join government and community leaders for the launch of the sixth annual United Against Hate Week (UAHW). The week is part of a call for local civic action to help put a stop to the spread of hate and discrimination, which remains a threat to our neighborhoods, towns, and cities.
UAHW, which runs from November 12 to 18, was initially created by local government and community leaders in the Bay Area in response to white supremacist rallies in Berkeley and San Francisco, including at the site where the press conference will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. The week is marked by individuals and community organizations coming together to host events and take action to help combat a national and statewide increase in hate.
In California, reported hate crimes have reached their highest levels since 2001 — jumping more than 20% from 2021 to 2022. As part of the state’s response to hate, the California Civil Rights Department recently launched CA vs Hate, a non-emergency, multilingual hate crime and incident reporting hotline and online portal. The Civil Rights Department will also provide an update on the new program, which was officially launched in May.
The press conference will feature remarks from statewide and local leaders, as well as community partners, and many will be available for one-on-one interviews at the conclusion of the press conference. For a list of events, visit the 2023 UAHW Calendar.
WHAT: United Against Hate Week Launch
- Becky Monroe, Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs at the California Civil Rights Department
- Phil Ting, California State Assemblymember, 19th District
- Mayor Jesse Arreguín, City of Berkeley
- Ilan Davidson, President, L.A. County Commission on Human Relations, LA vs Hate
- Patrice O’Neill, Founder and Co-Director, Not In Our Town
- Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Senior Strategic Advisor, Not In Our Town
- Rick Callender, President of the California and Hawaii State Conference NAACP
WHEN: Monday, November 13 · 10 – 11 am PST
WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park | 2151 Martin Luther King Junior Way Berkeley, CA 94704
MEDIA ASSETS: Available Here [Photo & Video from the event will be available by 2 pm PT on Nov. 13]