As a reminder, City offices are on recess the month of August. Our next Commission meeting will be Monday, September 11, 2017.
The City will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 24, 2017 on the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed plan and use of Federal funds under the FY 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan. Follow the link to find out more: http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/dcp-hearing-notices.html
The Commission will be holding a public hearing, Religous & Ethnic Intimidation: Policies & Their Impacts, on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9am to 6pm.
We will be holding a press conference on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12pm on the portico of the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street.
This year, the Commission had an exhibit in the City-County Building lobby to spread the word on fair housing. Commissioner Gerhardt, member of the Housing Committee and Chair of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force, spoke to the City's communications team regarding the Commission's role in furthering fair housing in the City of Pittsburgh. Check out the video here!
The Commission on Human Relations meets the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The full Commission meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. The Public Hearing Section convenes as necessary immediately after the full Commission meeting.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” When I was younger, I sang right along with the 5th Dimension when I heard them singing these words because I loved the melody! It wasn’t until later in life that I realized this sentence from the Declaration of Independence was a most powerful statement and, what I believe, the standard upon which the Constitution of the United States was written. That same sentence is the cornerstone of the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, for our task is to ensure that the people who live, work and visit the City of Pittsburgh are treated civilly, equally; are treated fairly in accordance to discrimination laws; at work, in obtaining housing, in receiving public accommodations and in community relations.
Our assignment as investigators and enforcers is also to resolve discrimination issues as well as to educate the public concerning their rights under these laws. The Commission continues a work it started over 50 years ago: to ensure that the people receive their unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” in its task to eradicate discrimination from the very fiber of our City. I ask that you aid the Commission in this endeavor by choosing to become more aware of the ever cunning modes of discrimination, by choosing to say no to people, organizations and businesses that you may believe practice discriminatory treatment, and by choosing to report these unfair practices to our agency.
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