City of Coachella says meeting with American-Arab Anti-Discrimination reps productive

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During a meeting of the Coachella Valley Unified School District at Coachella Valley High, where the school's Arab mascot recently drew criticism from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Friday Nov. 15, 2013.
During a meeting of the Coachella Valley Unified School District at Coachella Valley High, where the school’s Arab mascot recently drew criticism from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Friday Nov. 15, 2013.

 

COACHELLA – The City of Coachella issued a statement Tuesday night addressing the visit of a representative for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Washington, D.C., who raised concerns earlier this month about the Arab mascot at Coachella Valley High School.

About 100 people took part in the special meeting of the school district board Nov. 15 in Coachella Valley High’s gymnasium, which is adorned with Arabs sports championship banners dating from the 1930s.

The Nov. 19 statement reads in part:

“This evening a very productive meeting was held between CVUSD  Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams, City of Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia and ADC Director of Legal and Policy Affairs Mr. Abed Ayoub.

Open dialogue, transparency and an agreement on the process has set the tone for the remainder of Mr. Ayoub’s visit. Ayoub, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Representative will continue his visit tomorrow with a trip to Coachella Valley High School where he will meet with students, alumni, 
and staff. This will be followed by a tour of the local date industry.

Ayoub accepted an invitation by Mayor Garcia to Coachella’s City Hall at the end of Wednesday’s visit for a final community discussion, according to the City of Coachella.

The ADC, which is based in the Nation’s Capital, has raised concerns about the California desert school’s Arab mascot at the same time Native Americans are putting pressure on the NFL Washington Redskins, a name and theme many consider offensive.