Charlottesville Commission on Human Rights

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The Charlottesville Commission on Human Rights is a government body that is one of the outcomes of the city's Dialogue on Race. [1] The commission was charged with investigating claims of discrimination.

The following members were selected by the City Council:


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COMMISSION MEMBER TERM ENDS
Jeannette Abi-Nader November 1, 2022
Idil Aktan November 1, 2022
Shantell Bingham, Chair November 1, 2022
Elliott Brown November 1, 2022
Pheobe Brown November 1, 2022
Ernest Chambers November 1, 2022
Melvin Grady November 1, 2020
Kathryn Laughon November 1, 2022
Sue Lewis November 1, 2022
Andrew Orban November 1, 2022
Olivia Patton November 1, 2021
Ann Smith November 1, 2020
Catherine Spear November 1, 2022
Matthew Tennant November 1, 2022
Lyndele von Schill November 1, 2021
Susi Wilbur, Vice Chair November 1, 2020
Robert Woodside November 1, 2022

MISSION STATEMENT

"Promoting an inclusive, empowered, and diverse community through education, engagement, and enforcement of Charlottesville’s Human Rights Ordinance."Web. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION MEMBERS, City of Charlottesville, City Manager's Office, retrieved August 25, 2019.</ref>

Former Members

Background

Supporters of the commission claimed it would have the power to investigate claims of discrimination and enforce any anti-discrimination ordinances passed by the city council. [1] The proposed budget calls for an initial cost of $300,000 for the first year, and $200,000 for each year afterwards. Council was presented with a report on February 6, 2012. The City Council discussed the matter during the FY2013 budget cycle.

The 11-member Human Rights Task Force hosted a community forum on June 6, 2012 at Buford Middle School to discuss the possible need for the commission. Information provided to the task force will be compiled and presented to City Council late in 2012.[2] Council will then decide whether to proceed.

Council voted 3-1 on May 20, 2013 on an ordinance to create the commission. Affirmative votes came from Dave Norris, Dede Smith and Kristin Szakos. Kathy Galvin voted against it and Satyendra Huja abstained. [3]

The first director, Zan Tewksbury, resigned in May 2015. [4]

Term: Members are appointed for 3 years.

Members: NEW MEMBERS WILL BE APPOINTED BY CITY COUNCIL ON MARCH 4, 2019


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. NAACP hears about race commission proposal, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, retrieved January 12, 2012.
  2. Web. City Invites Participation in Human Rights Task Force Community Forum, Newsplex, June 5, 2012, retrieved June 8, 2012.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, May 20, 2013.
  4. Web. Human Rights Commission under scrutiny after staffer’s resignation, Graelyn Brashear, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, May 21, 2015, retrieved March 17, 2018. Print. May 21, 2015 .