Time to Revive the Human Relations Commission
The Colorado Springs City Council will vote Tuesday June 8, 2010 on whether to reinstate the Human Relations Commission.
The City Council needs to hear that you support the HRC:
- Write or call your Council Members asking them to support the HRC.
See contact info below.
- Attend the City Council meeting Tuesday June 8 at 1:00 pm.
City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 325, Colorado Springs
- Send this call to action to all your friends and family, post on Facebook & Twitter
Please write or call your council members and urge them to support the HRC!
- These at-large council members represent the whole city:
Mayor Lionel Rivera email@example.com 719-385-5986
Vice Mayor Larry Small LSmall@springsgov.com 719-385-5986
Tom Gallagher At-Large TGallagher@springsgov.com 719-385-5491
Randy Purvis At-Large RPurvis@springsgov.com 719-578-9800
Jan Martin At-Large JMartin@springsgov.com 719-385-5486
- These four district members represent specific districts (click for map)
Scott Hente, District 1 SHente@springsgov.com 719-385-5487
Darryl Glenn District 2 DGlenn@springsgov.com 719-385-5493
Sean Paige District 3 SPaige@springsgov.com 719-385-5470
Bernie Herpin Jr. District 4 BHerpin@springsgov.com 719-385-5492
What is the Human Relations Commission?
- Most cities have a Human Relations Commission (HRC) to mediate disputes, help businesses, individuals and agencies resolve issues involving discrimination, and provide city government a greater understanding of how policies and funding affect less vocal minorities. Our city’s HRC was disbanded in the 1990s and it’s time to bring it back.
- The HRC is an all-volunteer committee of nine residents, appointed by the City Council, who have diverse backgrounds and skills in mediation, cultural competency, community leadership, and human services.
- The HRC requires no funding, does not have regulatory power, and will operate like most other city boards and commissions.
- Click these links to read the ordinance, get the brochure, download an endorsement form, read examples of how it works, and get a copy of the Summary & Call to Action.
How will the Human Relations Commission benefit our community?
- The HRC will hear grievances from any resident or business involving discrimination, and will use mediation and reconciliation to resolve disputes without litigation. Unresolved conflicts may be referred to the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
- The HRC will conduct informed advocacy, and educate the business community, nonprofits and the public sector on how to avoid illegal discrimination and work constructively with employees, clients, customers and citizens with diverse backgrounds.
- The HRC will be a resource for residents affected by the loss of services from recent budget cuts, connecting people with existing services or identifying new needs that nonprofit agencies could address.
- The HRC will promote public-private partnerships to find solutions to community problems and will improve police-community relations by promoting constructive dialogue.
For more information email info@ColoradoSpringsHRC.org.