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MISSION VIEJO : Hate Crimes Forum to Be Shown on TV

A forum on hate crimes that was held at Saddleback College on Dec. 10 will be broadcast by the college’s cable TV station at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day from Jan. 6 through Jan. 12.

The forum, which featured Rusty Kennedy, director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, as keynote speaker, was sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Students of Saddleback. It will be broadcast on the college’s cable station, Channel 46, in Mission Viejo and surrounding areas.

The forum also featured welcoming remarks by Saddleback College president Constance Carroll and two panel discussions on hate crimes.

The first panel included representatives of different ethnic minority groups and the second was composed of community members who have been victimized by hate crimes.

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The forum was held in the wake of a series of racial harassment episodes at the college, directed toward three black employees and one white employee.

One of the employees, a black supervisor, said the harassment led to his quitting his job in September.

Two weeks ago, the college district’s trustees publicly condemned the racial harassment and stated that anyone implicated in such activities would be prosecuted “to the full extent of the law.”

The two-hour broadcast of the forum will air over Dimension Cable Service and is being coordinated by Saddleback College media producer Herb Johns and Susan Corum, dean of the college’s Division of Learning Resources.

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