Mayor Plans to Shut Down Commission on Human Relations
Board Demands to Stay Standing
(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) expresses concern and dismay of Mayor Emanuel’s proposed 2012 City’s budget cut on the funding for the Commission. The Board requests to cease the dismantle of its eight volunteer Advisory Councils and will make the announcement at a press conference at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 2nd floor elevator lobby on Friday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m.
Representatives of CCHR will state its defense and concerns of each council, which consists of the African, Arab, Asian, Immigrant & Refugee, Latino, LGBT, Veterans and Women. The Mayor’s Office has already slated for three councils to deal with all of the eight councils’ policies and societal needs, a move CCHR does not see possible to do correctly or fairly. According to the U.S Census Bureau, Asians are the fastest growing segment of Illinois, while Latinos are nation-wide.
“Our objection rests on ground on principle and finance. The cuts will belie Chicago’s historic commitment of more than 60 years to an inclusive and nondiscriminatory City, an image that the City government ought to project and regret,” said Gary Chichester, CCHR, LGBT.
“When Mayor Emanuel ran, he claimed he wanted to ‘globalize’ Chicago, and now he wants to cut all arms off that make us global,” said Joyce Jeng.
“I’m concerned that major changes are taking place without consulting the Board, whose membership is more reflective of the City’s rich diversity than any other group. Nor has there been an open conversation with the hundreds of organizations that have counted on us. Please help me to insure we’re not weakened to the point where it’s no longer of any worth to the City,” said Rev. Randall Doubet King, CCHR Board Member.
CCHR works to make Chicago a bias-free city with communities around the city to promote diversity and understanding. Through partnerships the Commission has been effectively implement variety of proactive programs and initiatives
Created in 1947, CCHR is charged with enforcing the Chicago Human Rights and Fair Housing Ordinances. CCHR investigates the complaints to determine whether discrimination may have occurred and may award monitory damages and injunctive relief for acts of discrimination. Under the City’s Hate Crime Law, the Commission aids hate crime victims and employs programs of education, intervention, and constituency building to discourage bigotry and bring diverse groups together.