Human Relations Task Force

"…everyone should be treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of their racial background, their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their sexual orientation, gender or disability status. It is the right of all citizens to pursue their daily lives with the knowledge that they will not be physically harmed or verbally abused."

Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity, City of Huntington Beach, 1996

Mission

The Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (HRTF) promotes and celebrates diversity in our community through education and understanding.

Background

On May 6, 1996, the City of Huntington Beach City Council unanimously adopted a Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity, which prompted the creation of the HRTF in 1997. Ten years later, at the February 6, 2006, City Council meeting, the City Council reaffirmed the Declaration and recognized the work of the HRTF by publicly signing a new proclamation.

The Huntington Beach community-wide effort to promote human dignity is an important element in building a better community. Today, the HRTF works closely with the Police Department to strictly enforce and monitor all incidents that could be classified as hate crimes. Huntington Beach places a high priority on investigating and reporting these types of crimes immediately to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Human Relations Commission. The HRTF discusses preventative actions and develops programs to encourage community education, interaction and relationship building.

HRTF meetings are publicly noticed per the California public meeting law (the Brown Act). Two City Council members also serve as liaisons to HRTF to facilitate council-task force communications and updates.

Meeting Dates and Times

The HRTF meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 6:45 p.m at the City Hall, Lower Level B7 (no Zoom webinar meeting effectively September 14, 2021).  The public is invited to attend and more information about the meeting can be found on each Agenda. 

Partnerships

 

Programs Overview

TRACKING OF HATE INCIDENTS AND HATE CRIMES
The HRTF works with the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) to review and follow up on reported hate incidents and hate crimes within the City of Huntington Beach. The HRTF reviews reports by the HBPD on incident and crime investigation, and tracks the progress of hate crimes filed by the HBPD with the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

CULTURAL CINEMA SHOWCASES
The HRTF hosts a series of cultural cinema showcases each year in celebration of Black History Month, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month, and Native American  - First Nations Hertage Month.  Using the arts as a bridge to promte human dignity, we curate and select a variety of short films - narrative genre, documentary, animation, web/new media/experimental, and super shorts (3 minutes or less) - to share with the local, national and global communities. 

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, international and domestic films from and inspired by Hispanic-Latinx filmmakers will be featured from September 17 through 19, 2021.  Register here for the new season of the Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase and enjoy hours of inspiring films from the comfort of your home.  Three family-friendly films will be selected and featured on HBTV, so stay tuned. 

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE SERIES
The HRTF, in partnership with OC Human Relations, welcomes all Huntington Beach residents to join us for a community dialogue session discussing community solidarity. All views, opinions and perspectives are welcome. The virtual events held in April, May and June were successful. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Community Dialogue Series Photo

SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Over the years, the HRTF has worked in partnership with Orange County Human Relations to develop programs at local high schools. Programs have ranged from working with individual students to implementing school wide diversity and educational training programs. Historically, the HRTF has also sponsored student field trips to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California.

Currently, the HRTF hosts an annual District-Wide Student Day of Dialogue for students and their advisors from all local high schools within the Huntington Beach Union High School District. The day is facilitated by Orange County Human Relations and includes activities, discussion groups, and planning activities. Students spend the day sharing current human relations issues on their campuses, role-playing, and working together to develop a listing of activities to implement on their campus.

COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AWARD PROGRAM
In 2017, the HRTF kicked off its first Community Diversity Student Leadership Award Program. The purpose of the award program is to publicly recognize and award a student that performs a specific act that shows or demonstrates their commitment to promoting diversity at their school. The award program will continue into 2018 for both students and adults.

The 2017 awardee was Linda (Linn) Tang, who has served as president of the Huntington Beach High School Bridges program, and has participated and led several on-campus activities, including “What If Week,” “No Name Calling Week,” and Social Justice Week. Ms. Tang also participated in the Bridges Youth Leadership Camp and Ambassador Program offered by Orange County Human Relations. Ms. Tang’s achievements were honored at the May 17, 2017 City Council meeting.

ANTI-BULLYING RESEARCH and PROCLAMATION
At the request of the Huntington Beach City Council, the Human Relations Task Force completed a study on bullying, entitled Bullying: A Report from the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (May 2012). The objective was to evaluate the findings and make a recommendation to the City Council as to whether an ordinance was needed to address the issue specifically. After careful consideration of all of the factors involved, the HRTF concluded that a specific anti-bullying ordinance was not needed. However, the task force identified a number of interventions related to bullying, including the adoption of a citywide proclamation.

On October 15, 2012, in celebration of National Bullying Prevention month, the City Council signed a Proclamation Against Bullying proclaiming its ongoing commitment to address bullying in all its forms and encourage schools, students, parents, community organizations, and religious institutions to engage in a variety of awareness and prevention activities designed to make our community safer for all students and all citizens.

Donations

Donations for HRTF programs, made payable to the City of Huntington Beach, may be sent to:

Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force
City of Huntington Beach
c/o City Manager's Office 
P.O. Box 190
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-2702

Vacancies

In the event a member retires or is unable to complete his term, an appointment shall be made to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The Human Relations Task Force has one vacancy and is currently in the process of filling the vacancy.  Should one become available, please complete the Boards & Commission Application.

HRTF Agenda





Task Force Member Date of Appointment Term Expiration
Antonio Benitez (Vice Chair)
1/21/20
12/31/21*
VACANT (as of July 27, 2021)
TBA
12/31/23
Teresa Carlisle (Secretary)
1/21/20
12/31/23
Chris Hoff
1/21/20
12/31/21*
VACANT (as of August 31, 2021)
12/18/17
12/31/21
Debbi Parrott
2/21/17
12/31/23
Hemesh Patel
1/21/20
12/31/21*
V.C. Rhone (Chair) 12/18/17 12/31/23
Timothy Stuart 1/21/20 12/31/23
* Indicates partial term due to date of appointment;
   

Council Liaisons
Natalie Moser
Rhonda Bolton

   

Staff Liaison
Grace Yoon-Taylor, Senior Administrative Analyst, City Manager's Office

   

 

 

 


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