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We are a human relations organization dedicated to achieving respect and understanding for all through education and dialogue. OCCJ seeks to facilitate understanding and empower individuals to create inclusive communities through dynamic, diversity and inclusion programming for all ages. 

"In the struggle for equity and inclusion, there is still much work to do. Join us as we strive to educate and empower individuals and communities to achieve our vision of eliminating bigotry and racism in our state." – Moises Echeverria, President & CEO 

Remember, during stressful times, you can also belong to yourself. Honor who you are, what you need, and recognize what you can do to support yourself. This is not selfish, but a form of self-care.

While mindfulness, empathy, and self-care are all daily practices, sometimes we need extra support for extraordinary situations. Such is the case with the 2020 election, a charged moment in our country which will likely affect various aspects of our future. After a campaign season fraught with tension and struggle, coping with the election results will require personal agency and resources.

As I reflect on the 2020 honorees, I believe that they not only embody the vision and mission of OCCJ but every day they put others first.  To help others, to run into danger to help a stranger, to keep our city clean, to go to work when others are at home, and to do this without regard or a requirement for recognition.