COACHELLA – The City of Coachella issued a statement Tuesday night addressing the visit of a representative forÂ theÂ American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Washington, D.C., whoÂ raised concerns earlier this monthÂ about the Arab mascot at Coachella Valley High School.
About 100 people took part in the specialÂ meeting of the school district boardÂ Nov. 15Â in Coachella Valley High’s gymnasium, which isÂ adorned with Arabs sports championship banners dating from the 1930s.
The Nov. 19Â statement reads in part:
“This evening a very productive meeting was held between CVUSD Â Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams, City of Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia and ADC Director ofÂ 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.Â Ayoub, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Representative will continue his visitÂ tomorrow with a trip to Coachella Valley High School where he will meet with students, alumni,Â
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’sÂ visit for a final community discussion, according to the City of Coachella.
The ADC, which is based in the Nation’s Capital,Â has raised concerns about the California desert school’sÂ Arab mascot at the same time Native Americans are putting pressure on theÂ NFL Washington Redskins, a name and theme many consider offensive.