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Community Advocates, Inc. (CAI) is a nonprofit organization that advocates innovative approaches to human relations and race relations in Los Angeles city and county. CAI was founded on the idea that while we do not live in a perfect world, there has been steady and continuing progress in the arena of race and human relations.

CAI works from the premise that while Los Angeles city and county residents generally interact in positive ways, the region's geography makes sustained, large-scale interactions across racial, ethnic or religious lines rare. Los Angeles suffers not from hatred or animosity between different groups, but from a lack of understanding based in part on a lack of opportunities for mixing in a positive setting. Unlike the residents of New York or Chicago, Angelenos don't tend to walk the streets or ride public transportation together. The freeway system allows people to travel in hermetically sealed cars that whisk them over and around unfamiliar or "dangerous" neighborhoods. Therefore, CAI's challenge is to develop an awareness of interests and common ground that transcends one's race, ethnicity or religion — an objective that is counter to the prevailing strategies of identity-based politics and advocacy.

CAI's leadership is composed of Chairman Richard Riordan, former Mayor of Los Angeles; President David A. Lehrer, former Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League; and Vice President Joe R. Hicks, former Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission. CAI spreads its vision through op-eds, speeches, panel presentations, journal articles and broadcast programming.

 

 
   
   
 
 
   
 
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Rhetorical questions, Ad hominem attacks counterproductive (Los Angeles Daily News, February 9, 2003)
In the days since President Bush announced his administration's plans to file a brief in opposition to the affirmative action program at the University of Michigan, the debate over race and ethnicity in America has taken a huge step backward.
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Airtalk with host Larry Mantle (KPCC89.3FM public radio, December 2, 2002)
Larry Mantle discusses the new race and human relations organization Community Advocates with the President of the organization, David Lehrer, and Vice President Joe Hicks.
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Pacheco's Friend Torres Took a Flier on Sleaze (Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2002)
The Times has reported two incidents involving local electoral politics that run counter to the prevailing trend of increased tolerance and colorblindness in our community.
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Community Advocates, Inc.
865 South Figueroa Street
Suite 3339
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.623.6003
www.cai-la.org

 
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Joe R. Hicks
 
 
   

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