CLAREMONT >> When an area Islamic middle was focused with an anti-Muslim letter, officers right here have been prompted to revisit their efforts to stop such incidents from reoccurring by forming a human relations committee.
In November, the Islamic Middle of Claremont — which makes use of Claremont in its identify however is predicated in Pomona — acquired an nameless threatening letter that vowed President-elect Donald Trump was going to “cleanse America.”
Claremont metropolis leaders shortly denounced the incident and voiced their help for the Muslim Group.
“It was good to undergo a interval when the committee wasn’t wanted. There was a short while-body when individuals have been a minimum of making an attempt to be respectful of each other,” Councilman Corey Calaycay stated. “Sadly, we’re again in a interval once we are having some challenges.”
Earlier this month, the council unanimously voted to type the Committee on Human Relations, which might be tasked with creating ongoing public dialogue to deal with hate crimes and intolerance. It’s going to work with the general public to advertise schooling and understanding amongst numerous teams and cultures in society.
“It’s befitting that we’re re-partaking our group to assist people who turn into victims of those sorts of incidents,” Councilman Joe Lyons stated on the Jan. 10 council assembly.
Nonprofit organizations that monitor hate teams have reported a rise in expressions of anti-Muslim sentiment following Trump’s victory within the Nov. eight election.
Anne Turner , Claremont’s director of Human Providers, stated the newly shaped Committee on Human Relations will work on educating the general public past a singular disaster.
The 5-member committee will work to re-set up the town’s shut working relationship with the Los Angeles County Fee on Human Relations, strengthen the connection with the Police Division, in addition to the town’s Human Providers employees members.
The town’s Committee on Human Relations will report back to the town’s Group and Human Providers Fee, a gaggle with a broader mission, to advise the Metropolis Council on, amongst different issues, the wants and issues of youth, seniors and the disabled; recreation; housing; and authorities-group relations.
“One of many issues these people have been charged with, and the (metropolis’s Human Relations Fee) made very, very clear, is that they need a piece plan that displays some capability for steady and sustainable work inside this group past reactive work, solely to hate crimes and incidents,” Turner stated.
The brand new committee replaces the extra reactive Human Relations Group Response Staff, which was dissolved on the Jan. 10 assembly, she stated.
The response group was particularly designed to deal with the wants of victims of hate crimes and hate incidents, to make suggestions to employees that would forestall a reoccurrence, and function advocates for the sufferer. Nevertheless it had solely met as soon as…