“We Are LA” is Back by Popular Demand

The Los Angeles City Commission on Human Relations (soon to be PREVENT HATE bloggers as we continue to develop public-private partnerships on behalf of the common good) has released the following press release:


Back by popular demand – City HRC’s “We Are LA!” – a series focusing on Homelessness, LGBT Families, Middle East Issues, and African American/Latino Relations, to Air On Channel 35 in June. 

Los Angeles

The series begins airing on June 2nd with the LGBT episode “Married, Gay with Children” which explores the impact of Proposition 8 on the children of gay and lesbian parents.

As host of the four new episodes, Ray Gonzales had this to say about the experience, “The City of Angels is in good hands due to the wonderful services provided by City HRC.”

“In a city as diverse and multi-layered as Los Angeles, conflicts and challenges need to be addressed with a neutral human relations lens,” said Commission President Keith Rohman. “The breadth of the issues we tackle touches all the residents of this city.”

The focus of the shows varies in subject matter but allows viewers to connect with City HRC’s mandate which is “to guarantee all people the opportunity for full and equal participation in the affairs of city government while promoting the general welfare and safety of all residents in the Los Angeles community.”

The shows will air on the following dates:

“Married… Gay… with Children”

Tuesday, 6/2 at 8:30 a.m. & Thursday, 6/4 at 7:00 p.m.

“The Impact of Middle East Tension on Relations in Los Angeles”

Tuesday, 6/9 at 8:30 a.m. & Thursday, 6/11 at 7:00 p.m.

“The Homeless throughout Los Angeles”

Tuesday, 6/16 at 8:30 a.m. & Thursday, 6/18 at 7:00 p.m.

“Black/Brown Relations in Los Angeles”

Tuesday, 6/23 at 8:30 a.m. & Thursday, 6/25 at 7:00 p.m.

LA Cityview can be seen on every cable system within the City of Los Angeles, on Channel 35. In addition, all programs can be viewed live as they are broadcast, anywhere in the world, at http://www.LACityview.org

– The City Human Relations Commission (City HRC) finished production on its second batch of shows produced by LA Cityview Channel 35 to feature human relations issues in Los Angeles. The four new shows concentrate on City HRC’s work on LGBT issues, the Middle East, Homelessness and African American/Latino Relations.


Update: First Ladies of Africa

Yes! We are finally bringing you some photos from the reception we co-hosted for many of Africa’s first ladies. PREVENT HATE has been busy out in the field, building, meeting, engaging, and doing what we do best … preventing hate. So, in a good way, our lack of updates means that we are actively working on your behalf out in the community. But we are going to do our best to be consistent here.
Speaking of Africa, PREVENT HATE has been in regular contact with the Magama Foundation, which is First Lady Tandja of Niger’s nonprofit, about building a training program with them for Niger. Together with the Los Angeles City Department on Disability, our strategic partner with whom we are corroborating on this program, we are getting ready for our first assessment of one of Niger’s big projects. Once we have some relevant info. for you, we’ll post it. 

In the meantime, check out some great photos from our party on Monday, April 20, 2009 at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant here in Los Angeles.


 First ladies arrive at reception (from L to R: Mozambique, Cape Verde, Niger)


First Ladies in front of PH step and repeat


Anthony Edwards arrives


Anthony Edwards in front of PH step and repeat


 Darryl Hanna arrives


Darryl Hanna in front of PH step and repeat

Ted Alemayhu of US Doctors For Africa, First Lady Biya of Cameroon, Pras Michel, and Lawrence Bender


First ladies of Africa on the patio

First ladies of Africa at evening reception

Sydney Poitier and Sheryl Crow having fun 

Sydney Poitier and Sheryl Crow at Evening Reception

Goldie Hawn and first ladies of Africa

Goldie Hawn and first ladies of Africa

Alfre Woodard and guest having a good time

Alfre Woodard at reception for first ladies

Drummers jamming.

Drummers at evening reception

Update: Lost Boys of Sudan at Hollywood High School

The Lost Boys of Sudan were really well received at Hollywood High School. They shared stories. They played music. They laughed. They danced. They engaged the students to put their own troubles into perspective, and encouraged them to reject hate and make a positive contribution to society. Overall, the program was a huge success, and really impacted Hollywood High’s at-risk students. This was a great cross-cultural event. Imagine youth playing music together — one from Africa using makeshift instruments from his refugee camp, and the rest from Hollywood using modern instruments. Amazing experience … 


The music really helped crystalize the stories in the minds of the students, and showed that even after so much adversity, the need to celebrate life is strong. This program showed the triumphant power of the human spirit. We’ll have a video of it ready soon.


PREVENT HATE is working to inspire our youth to be better tomorrow than they are today.
Here is a quote from one of their teachers:
“Through guest speakers like Benson and Alephonsian Deng, PREVENT HATE puts a human face on one of the great tragedies of our modern world. Hollywood’s students were deeply affected by their story of the destructive properties of violence in Sudan. But more importantly, students were fortunate to have met these living examples of the human potential to persevere, to overcome, and to inspire others. Our schools need more programs like this. I look forward to working with PREVENT HATE again.”
Benson Deng and students2
Benson Deng playing music with students
Alephonsion Deng speaking to students
Alepho Deng at HHS