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Our agency is contracted by the County of Orange to provide staff support for the Orange County Human Relations Commission to fulfill their mission to eliminate prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination. Additionally, we partner with cities to bring diverse people together to address challenging human relations problems when they arise.

To learn more about how to build community in Orange County, email Norma Lopez at 

Hate Hurts Us All

Our Hate Hurts Us All is our education and awareness campaign that centers on increasing reporting accessibility and in-language victims of hate and discrimination. To learn more and access our toolkit visit  We publish an annual Hate Activity repost for all of Orange County which can be find in our archives.

For more information about any of our services or to request a hate activity presentation, please contact Leonel Talavera at:

Orange County Civil Rights

A History of an Enduring
Struggle for Equality

For many, mention of the civil rights era conjures up images of the protests, sit-ins and marches in the South. However, we in the West also contributed to achievements of the era and Orange County is no exception. From the fight for desegregated schools to the fight for LGBT rights, Orange County has shared in the nation’s civil rights tragedies and triumphs.

It is our sincere hope that this look back will empower us, as members of the Orange County family, to own our past and use it as a source of inspiration to continue the struggle to make this a county where ALL live free from violence and discrimination. 


Groundswell has been building understanding and respect through dialog initiatives aimed at bringing diverse groups together such as faith groups, police and communities, parents and neighbors for over 35 years.

In 1992, Groundswell created a project called Orange County Together as a response to the civic unrest in Los Angeles during the LA Riots by bringing together diverse community grassroots organizations, business, educational and religious leaders in a collaboration that incorporated thousands of people and hundreds of groups in a process to prevent the community disintegration that was at the heart of the riots.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 Groundswell once again launched a cehensive campaign to build understanding, respect and healing, especially amongst diverse fompraiths which engaged over 1500 Orange County residents. We continuously use dialogue as a key tool in our work to address challenging community concerns throughout Orange County.

We can also provide materials and facilitator trainings to lead intercultural, interfaith or neighborhood dialogues and can design curriculum for communities wanting to explore community issues at a deeper level.