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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: November 30, 1999

Teens, State Leaders To Confront Hate at L.A. Meeting

Southern California high school students and state leaders will talk about hate and hate crimes at a special meeting at Los Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The meeting will focus on the causes of hate behavior and how government, communities and schools are reacting to recent hate crimes. Hate on the Internet and in music also will be discussed. The event is presented by the LegiSchool Project at California State University, Sacramento.

The panel will include Senator Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Assemblymember Robert Pacheco (R-Walnut), Assemblymember Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles), and Carla Arranaga, Deputy-in-Charge of the Hate Crimes Suppression Unit for Los Angeles County and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Hate Crimes.

Student panelists will include students from Monroe Law and Government Magnet in North Hills, Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, Cleveland High School in Reseda and Culver City High School. More than 300 students will be in the audience and able to ask questions, including students from Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, Jordan High School in Los Angeles and Perris High School. Thousands of other students will watch on the California Channel or on videotape at a later time.

Joe Hicks, executive director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, will moderate the event.

A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1 at the State Capitol.

The LegiSchool Project is a civic education collaboration between CSUS and the State Legislature. More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project Coordinator Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906.


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