San Diego non-profit accused of racism

Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 21:18:52-05

Several members of the Peace Resource Center have come forward accusing fellow board members of racism.

PRC's program director, Dr. Darwin Fishman, along with fellow board members, community activists and supporters held a news conference Monday morning, calling for mediation to resolve the alleged issues. 

according to it's website, PRC is a non-profit dedicated to issues of peace, social justice and the environment. 

Fishman says members of the predominately white board are treating him and other members of color unfairly.

The group claims that back in September there was a board meeting for white members only. They also say several people have reported incidents where they felt they were the target of discrimination because of the color of their skin. 

Fishman and the others say they've asked for mediation but the board has refused.

But PRC board president Betsey Bekken told 10 News it's the other side who has refused mediation. 

She disputes any claims of racism and says there was never a meeting that excluded non-white members. 

Those making the allegations are calling for apologies and changes to be made in the way the organization is run.