The Establishment of a Governor's Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education in California
During a visit to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the formation of the Governor's Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education ("the Council"). The objective of the Council is to educate California students about the Holocaust and other similar terrible actions in history so that they can recognize and respond to anti-Semitism and bigotry on their campuses.
The Council will be assisted by State Senator Henry Stern, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and Tony Thurmond, a state official
Community organizations will be added to the Council based on future feedback, reflecting the great diversity of populations affected by genocide throughout history. Additional emphasis was given on the need of working together to combat hate in society and in education in order to remove the stain of prejudice and anti-Semitism in California and across the country, stressing that the Council will train schools to recognize and protect their communities from past trauma.
Thurmond, the founder of the Education to End Hate Initiative, emphasized the importance of education as a great "equalizer" and a means of healing. The Council will be assigned with creating a volunteer speaker's bureau, which will include Holocaust survivors, with the goal of engaging teachers and students in discussions about the lessons of genocide.