The Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage continues to offer a wide range of great programs to help both children and adults understand the terrible consequences of intolerance and bigotry. Founded by Holocaust survivor Earl Greif to help people understand the impact hatred had in Europe in the early 1940s—when six million Jews, 1.5 million children, and five million Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gypsies, physically handicapped or mentally ill individuals, and gay men and lesbian women were murdered. An extensive library, children’s programs, occasional movie screenings, and special exhibits and discussions help the center further its mission.
Upcoming is a presentation by historian Glenne McElhinney, who will be introducing her new documentary short web series, “Tales of California: Briggs, Bryant, Homophobia, and the Coming Pandemic,” co-sponsored by Impact Stories History Project and CAL Humanities. She will be showing film clips and a slide-show highlighting her current research for a web series that is destined for California classrooms under the FAIR Education Act. I’ll be there to cheer on this award-winning documentarian (whose film “On These Shoulders We Stand” I thoroughly enjoyed at the Palm Springs International Film Festival) for this event on Tuesday April 23, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Intolerance and hatred are unbelievably still issues, even in 2013, and I wholeheartedly support the mission of this great organization to help teach others about the enormously devastating impact prejudice can have on our society. www.impactstories.org www.toleranceeducationcenter.org