Presentation on Community-Police Relations: Strategies and Remedies

Pomona Valley Branch 1085B

MEDIA ADVISORY

What:  Robin Toma, Executive Director Los Angeles Human Relations Commission speaking on “Community-Police Relations: Strategies and Remedies”

When:  Friday, May 22, 2015, 11:00 A. M. – 1:30 P. M. 12 (speech at 12 noon)

Where:  Kennedy Austin Foundation – 2502 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA

As part of ongoing efforts in the region to advance a community dialogue on community and police relations, a coalition of groups is sponsoring a presentation by Robin Toma, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission.

Toma’s presentation, “Community-Police Relations: Strategies and Remedies,” will directly address some of the foundations of conflict in diverse communities throughout the country and provide examples of how some cities are responding constructively with innovative models and approaches.  

Toma, who was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2000, has broad experience in the field of human relations.  He was invited to be a member of the U. S. Delegation to the 2001 U. N. World Conference against Racism held in South Africa, Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan in 2003, and the Climate of Trust Delegation to Russia in 2005.  He is the co-author of the manual: Day Laborer Hiring Sites: Constructive Approaches to Community Conflict, and authored “A Primer on Managing Intergroup Conflict in a Multicultural Workplace.”  

Toma was the lead attorney in seeking redress for over 2,200 Japanese Latin Americans who were forcibly brought to the U.S. and imprisoned by the government during World War II. He is also part of an ongoing gathering of leaders known as the Executive Session on Criminal Justice and Human Rights organized by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California for nearly seven years, promoting human rights and building multi-ethnic coalitions to bring about institutional change. A native of Los Angeles, Toma received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his master’s degree in urban planning and his juris doctorate degree from UCLA.

The event will include a light lunch, is free of charge, and open to the public.  

The Co-Sponsors include:  League of Women Voters of the Claremont area; Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley; Kennedy Austin Foundation; Democratic Club of Claremont; La Nueva Voz newspaper of Pomona; National Council of Negro Women; Laguna Technical College; Pax Christi USA Pomona Valley.

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