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December 18, 2014 Published in Top Stories

Alexandria Human Rights Commission Presented With Proclamation

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Alexandria Mayor Euille presents Proclamation to Human Rights Commission Chair Monika Jones

Alexandria Mayor Euille presents Proclamation to Human Rights Commission Chair Monika Jones

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Mayor Euille presented a proclamation to the Alexandria Human Rights Commission honoring the 66th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of the first International Human Rights Month and the 39th anniversary of Alexandria’s Human Rights Ordinance. On March 25, 1975, the Alexandria City Council passed one of Virginia’s first city ordinances prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, credit, health and social services, education and city contracts on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or physical handicap. The Alexandria Human Rights Commission was created to administer the provisions contained in the Human Rights Ordinance.

The Alexandria Human Rights Commission has the power to receive and mediate complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, negotiate settlements, conduct studies and hold hearings, and advise the City Council or City Manager on human rights issues affecting the City.

Although the Commonwealth of Virginia has made great strides in ensuring equality of all with, for example, the recognition of same sex marriage; the nation has also seen the impact that fear can have on discriminatory practices associated with the outbreak of diseases, like the Ebola virus. Of late, our nation has faced demonstrations demanding equal protection under the law, regardless of physical appearance. The Commission continues to work with the Alexandria Police Department, along with various Departments throughout the City, to ensure the adherence to non-discriminatory practices.  In recognizing the Commission, Mayor Euille expressed the City’s commitment to the elimination of discrimination and to the attainment of human rights for all.

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