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History of CCCHD

CCCHD formed in the early 1990’s when a group of Columbia County citizens became concerned by the attacks on democracy and the message of intolerance being put forth by the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA). These citizens recognized that the human dignity of women and of gays and lesbians was being threatened. Through community forums, one-on-one conversations, educational materials and letters to the media, CCCHD promoted inclusive democracy.

Since the mid-1990s the work of CCCHD has continued and broadened. We sponsored the highly successful Anne Frank Exhibit in 1994. We brought Floyd Cochran, a former leader of the white-supremacist group the Aryan Nation, to speak about why these movements are so dangerous. We sponsored a series of events on poverty. In another project, at-risk youth organized, painted and exhibited murals using the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to explore the notion of Beloved Community.