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City Club of Eugene: Hate Crimes in Eugene: Impact and Response

Recorded On: September 29, 2017

Air Date: October 2, 2017

This City Club program addresses the increased incidences of hate crimes and how it is impacting citizens of color and others in the local community. Nazi swastikas and other symbols of hate have appeared recently on schools. Houses of worship have been targeted and damaged. Adults have shouted “go back where you came from” at children of color walking home from school.

How extensive is the problem? How does it affect the impacted individuals and all of us? Are there any solutions? What can we do? Our speakers will offer suggestions for dealing with and confronting hate.

Jennifer Lleras Van Der Haeghen is the Manager of the Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement Office for the City of Eugene. She has dedicated her professional career to advancing human rights and social justice.

Ibrahim Hamide, a Palestinian, born and raised in Bethlehem, moved to America in 1969. He is the owner of Café Soriah and sits on the Eugene Human Rights Commission and co-­founded the Eugene Inter-­religious Committee for Peace in the Middle East.

Rheuben Bundy is a community organizer from Dallas, Texas. He moved to Eugene two years ago. He has been organizing against white nationalist terrorism since he was 17. He works with Lane County Defense Network, a community-­-based group organizing with vulnerable communities to keep them safe from hate.

Nadia Telsey is a longtime anti-­violence and racial justice activist. She is a pioneer in the Empowerment Self Defense model that focuses on verbal and psychological aspects of self-­care and healing. Since 2015 she has been involved in the Springfield-­Eugene chapter of SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice.

Speakers: Jennifer Lleras Van Der Haeghen, Ibrahim Hamide, Rheuben Bundy, Nadia Telsey

Program Coordinator: Joel Korin

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.