DATE: August 15, 2013
Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs presents proclamation establishing Human Rights Day in Broward County to members of the Human Rights Board.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Broward County, Fla - Protecting human rights is a priority of the Broward County Commission. This week Commissioners established an annual Human Rights Day with a proclamation presented by Mayor Kristin Jacobs. The Human Rights Day designation, which will be observed each June 21, was chosen to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the Commission's enactment of the Human Rights Act in 1978.
“It's really great to be reading this proclamation as we look at all of the rights that are being infringed on people around the world and seemingly even here in our own state. It’s important that we mark this day,” said Mayor Jacobs who presented the proclamation to members of the Broward County Human Rights Board.
“Broward continues to be a leader when it comes to the issue of human rights and I can certainly say we have set the trend. This is a symbolic date for us and we've now formed several committees in which we can better perform education and outreach to the community,” Human Rights Board Vice Chair Michael Rajner told the Commission. “If you feel that you've been a victim of discrimination, contact the Broward Human Rights section.”
Commissioners also set the date for a public hearing to vote on a proposed ordinance amending the Broward Human Rights Act. The proposal would require boards such as condominium, homeowners and cooperative associations to provide written notice regarding the status of an application to rent or purchase a dwelling. If the application is denied, the proposed ordinance would require written notice stating the reasons for denial. The proposed ordinance change is sponsored by Commissioners Dale Holness and Lois Wexler.
Public comment will be heard on August 27 at 2:00 pm at the Governmental Center, Room 422, 115 So. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
The Broward County Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, pregnancy and gender expression or identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. It also prohibits reprisals against those who have filed charges or spoken out against an unlawful discriminatory practice.
The Human Rights Act established the Human Rights Board to serve in an advisory capacity and work to promote respect and dignity of all by supporting a community where every person is valued, and equity and diversity are embraced through action, advocacy, education and collaboration. The Human Rights Board is authorized to exercise general, advisory and quasi-judicial powers.