04.18.21 With food trucks and music, Huntington Beach hosts celebration of diversity as antidote to hate

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Susan Christian Goulding

Hundreds of people gathered under the tall trees at Huntington Beach’s Central Park on Sunday, April 18, to show unity against racism and hatred.

It was a day to build community and make an effort to meet and talk to each other after a challenging year, Councilwoman Natalie Moser told the audience. She struck upon the idea of holding the community picnic celebrating diversity when flyers began circulating earlier this month calling for a white nationalist rally at the Huntington Beach Pier.

In keeping with the theme, food trucks offered a variety of treats – from Korean barbecue to Hawaiian shave ice to tacos to hamburgers to Nigerian kebabs. Visitors nibbled their menu choices while poets, musicians, speakers, artists and dancers performed and talked about personal experiences.

Speakers were to include U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Steel, California Sen. Dave Min, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley.