June 4, 2013
A topic that has sparked a bit of controversy over the past months is Charlottesville's new Human Rights Commission.
Monday night was the first city council meeting since the commission was approved and now council members want the community to know what the $197,000 project is all about.
Despite what most think about the commission, it will not focus on enforcing laws.
Council member Dave Norris explained that the commission has limited enforcement powers and is focused on creating equal opportunities in the Charlottesville community.
"The work of the commission will mostly be focusing on continuing the dialogue on race and building on that, looking at institutional systemic discrimination in our community and then putting a procedure in place for helping individuals access resources when it comes to combating individual discrimination," says Norris.
As of now they are in the process of finding a director for the commission.