October Dinner & Dialogue!

2019 Mark J. Benjamin Impact Awards Program

Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 Mark J. Benjamin Impact Awards

The Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area is a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities.

The HRC Santa Monica Bay Area is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the

2019 Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program

The goal of the HRC’s Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program is to recognize individuals who, through their behavior and commitment, are role models for a respectful and socially just community and whose involvement with community organizations as a volunteer contributes to and impacts building an inclusive community. Our honorees are people who:

(1) Promote understanding within our diverse community,
(2) Take actions that make a difference, and
(3) Demonstrate compassion for others.

Our program is named for Mark Benjamin – a true hero who gave generously and thoughtfully in support of our community. He exemplified who Studs Terkel described when he wrote, “Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.”

On May 26, 2013, the HRC board honored Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders for his thoughtfulness and generosity in supporting the work of the HRC. On September 29, 2013, Mark lost his life in a tragic accident.

We invite you to participate in the MJB Community Impact Awards Program by nominating someone who represents both your organization’s mission and the HRC’s goals.  Please complete the Nomination Form and submit to hrcimpact@gmail.com.

The Nominations Period is from May 1, 2019 through June 14, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 pm on June 14, 2019 via email to: hrcimpact@gmail.com.

Robert F. Kennedy observed, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current.”

The HRC believes it is the sum of the modest, ongoing activities of many that lead to enduring change. Too often, these efforts go unrecognized. The HRC is asking you to help us identify members of our community who are making a significant impact and allow us to bring their work to center stage.

If you have questions, please check out our website: hrcsantamonica.org/impact or contact by email: hrcimpact@gmail.com

Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards
Honoring “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”

Awardees will be honored at a special event on the evening of September 11, 2019.

Dinner & Dialogue – May 8th

Interested in joining the discussion? RSVP to info@hrcsantamonica.org with your name and zip code by Wednesday, May 1st.

Equality of Women = Prosperity for All

Special Discourse of the Society presented by the Santa Monica Baha’i Community, Human Relations Council – Santa Monica Bay Area, and the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religion

33rd Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition presents:

33rd Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2018 theme “Never Los Hope: Unity Wins”

Join us for a weekend of events celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018
9:00 am to 10:30 am
For more information, visit mlkjrwestside.org.

Film Screening of Walking While Black

Walking While Black Film Screening

Join us for a film screening of the documentary Walking While Black L.O.V.E. is the Answer, a film by A.J. Ali and Errol Webber. Followed by a panel discussion, Q&A, and hospitality.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 19th at 12:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica Baha’i Center, 3102 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Sponsored by the Santa Monica College Police Department and the Santa Monica College Department of Communications and Media Studies with the support of the Santa Monica Human Relations Council and the Baha’i Community.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Santa Monica – January 16, 2017

Human Realtions Council Santa Monica Bay Area

Contact:  Donna Gentry, HRC Vice Chair
gentryevents@gmail.com
310.990.4284

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Stand & March for Justice with the Human Relations Council
January 16 – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA, January 10, 2017 – Culminating a weekend of activities of the 32nd Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, on Monday, January 16, the community will walk from the morning program at SGI-USA World Peace Ikeda Auditorium to the Community Involvement Fair at St. Monica Catholic Community’s Grand Pavilion.

With the weekend theme of “Stand Against Injustice,” Monday’s celebration begins at 9am with a free program at the SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. The event is presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition (MLK Coalition) and the multi-ethnic, interfaith program will include inspirational readings, speakers, and music. The keynote speaker is Santa Monica College Superintendent/President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery.

Continuing with the weekend theme of “Stand Against Injustice,” immediately following the program (approximately 10:30am) the Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area and the MLK Coalition invite the community to walk the three blocks to the Community Involvement Fair at St. Monica, 701 California Ave, Santa Monica, where there will be refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations.

Community leaders will lead the procession north on the sidewalks of 7th Street to California and east to the church’s Grand Pavilion. This community expression of the “Stand Against Injustice” theme stresses Peace, Compassion and Unity just a few days prior to a new administration on January 20.

The Human Relations Council Santa Monica Bay Area is a nonprofit organization that promotes a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities. The HRC Board of Directors represents a diverse group of leaders representing business, government, education, faith communities and local residents.

    Website: Hrcsantamonica.org    Facebook.com/HumanRelationsCouncilSantaMonica

For information on the MLK weekend of activities, call 310.866.9117 or visit Facebook.com/mlkwestsidecoalition or Twitter: Westsidemlk

32nd Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

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On Our Minds – Photography by John Adams Middle School

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