Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez and the City of Santa Ana are hosting a “Community Forum on Cultural Diversity and Conflict Resolution.” The forum will “focus on the Jewish – Latino experience as it relates to their shared history and common desire to promote social justice and economic prosperity.”
Here is the invitation that Alvarez emailed to her constituents this week:
Please Join Us As An “Agent of Change” For Our Community
I would personally like to invite you to attend a Community Forum on Cultural Diversity and Conflict Resolution, hosted by the City of Santa Ana, on Thursday, October 27, 2011. The Community Forum will be held at the Santa Ana Police Community Room located at 60 Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The purpose of the forum is to explore how diverse communities can resolve conflict in a culturally sensitive manner. We are extending an invitation to a cross-section of individuals and organizations to ensure full representation of our community. However, this forum will focus on the Jewish – Latino experience as it relates to their shared history and common desire to promote social justice and economic prosperity.
Additionally, we are pleased to confirm the participation of the American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Latino-Jewish Coalition and Orange County Human Relations Commission. The Community Forum will consist of the following three components and will be moderated by Michele Ruiz of the Latino Jewish Coalition:
Jewish/Latino Communities – The Latino-Jewish Coalition
- Historical perspective of Jewish and Latino communities working together to overcome discrimination and to promote social justice and economic prosperity.
- Commonalities/Shared Experiences – Rusty Kennedy/Orange County Human Relations Commission
- A lunch exercise to develop trust among forum participants by sharing commonalities based on our respective families’ immigrant experience. (Lunch will be provided)
- Conflict Resolution – TBD
- Practical solutions for resolving conflict.
You have been invited to attend with the hope that you will join us as “agents of change” in spreading the knowledge and message from this forum to our respective communities. We look forward to your participation and ask that you join us for the entire program.
Please RSVP with the City of Santa Ana, City Manager’s Office, at 714.647.5200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20th.
Claudia C. Alvarez
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Santa Ana