OCEANSIDE ---- Four additional speakers have been scheduled as part
of the Dialogue: Racism series sponsored by Oceanside members of the
Baha'i faith in an effort to promote greater unity in the city.
"The purpose of the dialogues is to assist the participants to become
healers of racism in their communities," said organizer Patty Yant.
Dec. 10 ---- David Medrano, recently hired equal employment
officer for the city of Oceanside.
All meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Chavez Resource Center, 605
San Diego St., Oceanside. The meetings are free and open to the public.
Previous speakers included Oceanside City Councilwoman Carol McCauley
and City Attorney Duane Bennett.
In addition, nine programs have been held with topics including
Dividing Humanity, Perpetuating Oppression, Racial Prejudice Versus
Racism, Cultural Racism and White Privilege, plus Stereotyping and
Unconscious Racism. About 20 people have attended each session, Yant said.
Other City Council members will be invited to speak at future
meetings, Yant said. A new series of programs and speakers will begin in
January, she said. Further information is available by calling Yant at
According to the mission statement for Dialogue: Racism, the series
was developed to "provide a process that allows people to gain a new
understanding of the history of racism, the effects of racism on all
people and the beauty of our diversity."
Contact staff writer Ron Raposa at (760) 901-4067 or
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