Anti-bias group hopes to expand into Oklahoma City metro

Adam-Soltani-aBy Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman, 5/18/2013

Efforts are underway to form a metro-area chapter of an organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism, while promoting racial, religious and cultural understanding and respect.

A task force made up of local community leaders recently gathered to discuss the creation of an Oklahoma City arm of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. ...

Sanjay Meshri, the center's current Executive Committee chairman, said he would like to see the center expand into the metro area because he wants people who live outside Oklahoma to know most people in the state are tolerant of the differences of others.

Nancy Day, the center's president and chief executive officer, said the organization offers several programs to promote cultural awareness and understanding, including its flagship program Anytown Camp. The camp brings high school students together for diversity experiences. ...

People attending the recent task force gathering at the Raindrop Turkish House, 4444 N Classen, included the Rev. William Tabbernee, executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, Orhan Osman, a leader with the Institute of Interfaith Dialog; the Rev. George Young, senior pastor of Holy Temple Baptist Church; and Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, among others. (Full article)