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Morris Dees headlines ?Hate Hurts' conference
Photos and Story by James Hill
ROCK CREEK CAMPUS — Portland Community College will host the "Hate Hurts"conference, which will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Rock Creek Campus Resource Center.The one-day conference will focus on combating hate incidents and crimes on college campuses. Admission to the conference is $50. The conference will conclude with the keynote presentation by Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. For those wanting to attend just the Dees’ keynote presentation at 7 p.m. in the Rock Creek gymnasium (Building 5), the cost is $10.Dees, a son of a cotton farmer, graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and chief trial counsel for the center, founded one of the South’s largest nationwide direct mail sales companies specializing in book publishing. During the Civil Rights movement, Dees became active aiding minorities in court and along with Joseph Levin Jr., founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971. The center, supported by contributions from almost 500,000 citizens across the country, has engaged in civil rights lawsuits ranging from the defense of Joan Little in North Carolina to the integration of the Alabama state troopers. Dees, who has been portrayed in several films, has received numerous honors and awards for his work with the center. PCC and other local "Stop the Hate"trainers will provide a variety of workshops on how students, faculty and staff can create a safe and welcoming environment on campus. They will include materials from a variety of different national and local agencies that work against hate and advocate tolerance and respect. Some include the Southern Poverty Law Center, Oregon Spotlight, ADL, Human Rights Commission and the Holocaust Resource Center.For more information about this conference, contact Mandy Ellertson, student leadership coordinator, at 503-614-7261.