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Task Force to Recommend Human Rights Commission to Council

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

December 16, 2012

The formation of a Human Rights Commission is being recommended by the Human Rights Task Force at Monday's Charlottesville city council meeting.

"Charlottesville has a long history of not being equitable to all of it citizens and not just based on race. We're looking at all of the protected classes that fall under the humans rights act," said Dialogue on Race coordinator Charlene Green.

The task force has been meeting with community members to hear their concerns and stories of discrimination.

City council will decide on how to proceed with the findings.

"I'm assuming that because we do have unanimous support for a commission coming out of this task force that we appointed to bring us, I assume that we will be having a commission," said Charlottesville Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos.

A concern is that if the formation of a commission was allowed, would it able to enforce civil rights laws?

"That's something we don't have now. We'd need a new ordinance to do it, but it is in Virginia law that we can do that," said Szakos.

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