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Unity in the Community
Sunday March 26, 2017

Source: Office of Supervisor Linda Parks


At a time when our nation is divided and our communities are torn with hateful messages and actions, the Conejo Valley is uniting against hate. ‘Unity in the Community’ invites residents, and especially youth, to come together March 26th to promote peace, respect and acceptance. The event is a response to anti-Semitic messages and bigotry in our own area, including swastikas painted by vandals in Oak Park, Agoura Hills and Newbury Park, and taunts at a recent cross-county high school basketball game. There has also been a significant increase in hate crimes statewide with hateful graffiti on mosques, attacks on minorities, and other displays of intolerance.

The Unity in the Community event brings residents together to unite against hate and celebrate our diversity with an emphasis on youth. The event begins with a 10am one-mile ‘Friendship Walk’ in support of children with special needs. The Walk goes from Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills to Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park, which is the site of the day’s event. Unity in the Community events at the park will go from 11am to 2pm, with a program of speakers and performances beginning at noon. Mae Boyar Park is located at 130 Kanan Road, Oak Park.

Activities at the park will include writing a message for the traveling Peace Tree, taking a pledge for peace and respect, expressive painting on intolerance with the Human Element Project, arts and crafts and games for children. The noon program includes words and song from local Interfaith leaders, youth speakers, and a choir performance from the Miracle Project comprised of special needs youth.  The Oak Park High School band will also perform and their members will offer children a show and tell of their instruments.

People are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, however food trucks will also be available.

Those who want to take the Friendship Walk are encouraged to register at friendshipwalk.com. The Walk will begin at Willow Elementary (29026 Laro Drive) at Laro and Kanan Road in Agoura Hills at 10am, travel up Kanan Road to Mae Boyar Park at 130 Kanan Road. The Friendship Circle provides programs for children with special needs including summer camps and pairs the children with teen volunteers.

Unity in the Community is sponsored by the County of Ventura, the City of Agoura Hills, Oak Park Unified School District, Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, California Lutheran University, The Human Element Project, Conejo Valley Interfaith Council, and The Friendship Circle.

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