Mayor Chris Beutler will proclaim Friday, December 10 as Human Rights Day in Lincoln to recognize the 62nd anniversary of the approval of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Mayor will issue the proclamation at the beginning of the monthly meeting of the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th Street. Meetings of the LCHR are open to the public.
Lincoln voters approved a charter amendment in 1966 to create the LCHR and to adopt a civil rights code. "Our community has a proud history of respecting and protecting the human rights of all," said Mayor Beutler. "In addition to its role in handling discrimination complaints in Lincoln, the LCHR continues to play a crucial role in public education. The agency's outreach and education efforts have touched more than 5,000 people this year alone."
LCHR staff members have made presentations at Lincoln high schools, the Lincoln Housing Authority, NeighborWorks the New Americans Task Force, cultural centers, community centers and many other agencies. LCHR also presents an annual Civil Rights Conference, and the 2011 conference is set for March 22 and 23.
The nine-member Commission on Human Rights acts as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council. It is charged with the responsibility of eliminating and preventing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status, ancestry, age or marital status. LCHR staff have investigated 86 cases this year related to possible discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.
More information on LCHR is available by calling 441-7624 or visiting the City website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: human rights).