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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission

Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons

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12/13/2022

🕊️ Human Rights Advisory Commission to host its Annual International Human Rights Day Awards Celebration virtually, December 14, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
🕊️See program and register at https://loom.ly/Bfdg4c0
🕊️Cape Media will also air the program on Channel 98!

Grandmothers against gun violence vigil in Hyannis to honor those we have lost, those that remain, and the legacies that...
12/06/2022

Grandmothers against gun violence vigil in Hyannis to honor those we have lost, those that remain, and the legacies that have been created in their honor

Everyone is invited to join us for our Vigil of Remembrance and Hope..While incredibly painful and tragic, gun violence tragedies harden our resolve to bring resolution to the issue of gun violence in this country.

12/01/2022

🕊️ Human Rights Advisory Commission to host its Annual International Human Rights Day Awards Celebration virtually, December 14, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.
🕊️See program and register at https://loom.ly/Bfdg4c0
🕊️Cape Media will also air the program on Channel 98!

On October 25, 147 students and their advisors from 12 different schools ranging from Falmouth to Provincetown, gathered...
10/27/2022

On October 25, 147 students and their advisors from 12 different schools ranging from Falmouth to Provincetown, gathered together for the annual Fall Human Rights Academy. and the Youth Mediators led the program titled “Pathways to Peace.” Participants learned about and practiced active listening skills as a tool for conflict resolution. The Barnstable Human Rights Advisory Commission and Cape Cod Academy hosted the event. Delicious, healthy food was provided by the Family Table Collaborative.

The Human Rights Academy, “Pathways to Peace”, a Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission event, is happening ...
10/25/2022

The Human Rights Academy, “Pathways to Peace”, a Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission event, is happening today!

Students from Cape Cod high schools who are members of social justice clubs were invited to attend this year’s Academy.

So far students have heard from the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area, who gave an overview of voter registration and the voting process. Cape Mediation presented tactics for conflict resolution and addressed the impact of listening skills on social equity and empathy.

🕊️Know someone on  who deserves recognition for their advocacy of ? The  Human Rights Advisory Commission is seeking nom...
10/19/2022

🕊️Know someone on who deserves recognition for their advocacy of ? The Human Rights Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for (3) awards to be presented at the 2022 Human Rights Awards Celebration on 12/14. DETAILS> https://loom.ly/S0blZYw

Recommended article: Cape Cod Times Columnist Lawrence Brown writes about the upcoming Human Rights Academy organized by...
10/18/2022

Recommended article: Cape Cod Times Columnist Lawrence Brown writes about the upcoming Human Rights Academy organized by the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission. https://loom.ly/GytgpjI

📣High school students + teachers on ! The  County Human Rights Advisory Commission announced the fall session of the Hum...
10/06/2022

📣High school students + teachers on ! The County Human Rights Advisory Commission announced the fall session of the Human Rights Academy. Student members of social justice clubs are invited! WHEN:10/25 WHERE: Cape Cod Academy. Details>https://loom.ly/VadVZBY

The  Human Rights Advisory Commission has extended the application deadline to fill vacancies. Applications will now be ...
10/03/2022

The Human Rights Advisory Commission has extended the application deadline to fill vacancies. Applications will now be accepted until October 17, 2022. Learn more at https://loom.ly/qGqUjiw

09/13/2022

Attend the Barnstable No Place for Hate 3rd Anniversary Event
WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM
WHERE: The Unitarian Church of Barnstable, 3330 Main St., Barnstable Village
Learn more: https://loom.ly/5Y35s58

The  Human Rights Advisory Commission is pleased to announce Leslie Domínguez-Santos as the new Human Rights Coordinator...
09/09/2022

The Human Rights Advisory Commission is pleased to announce Leslie Domínguez-Santos as the new Human Rights Coordinator!
Leslie brings experience in community-based work + advocacy, particularly with and for Latinx + immigrant populations. Read more about her >https://loom.ly/0fqKiB4

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is hosting a virtual  event, "Seen And Supported: Invisible Disabilities In The W...
09/07/2022
Seen and Supported: Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is hosting a virtual event, "Seen And Supported: Invisible Disabilities In The Workplace." The webinar is part of their Justice, Equity and Inclusion Series, and will take place on September 21st, 12-1pm. Click on the link below for more info and to register!
https://jei21sept.splashthat.com/?utm_source=MA+Conference+for+Women&utm_campaign=7bd2c6e141-MA+9.7.22+September+JEI+Event+Promo&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5aea2aa394-7bd2c6e141-162578949

Often times, DEI initiatives focus on the things that can be seen – race, gender, age and physical disabilities. Hidden disabilities, however, represent a huge segment of the disabled community. Join this free virtual event to gain an understanding of the physical, emotional and neurological condi...

Our very own Commissioner, Morgan James Peters, is participating in the first public reading of NEIGHBOR. Don't miss out...
09/07/2022

Our very own Commissioner, Morgan James Peters, is participating in the first public reading of NEIGHBOR. Don't miss out on this incredible (and free!) event organized by Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod on September 11 at 2:00pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts!

BCHRAC is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies - one commissioner and one alternate commissioner. Interested individ...
09/06/2022

BCHRAC is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies - one commissioner and one alternate commissioner. Interested individuals should apply before September 29, 2022. Read more about the responsibilities and application process at https://loom.ly/BGS_jFM

Is there a need for human rights protections here on ? Are human rights ever at risk here? Consider these questions in l...
08/31/2022

Is there a need for human rights protections here on ? Are human rights ever at risk here? Consider these questions in last year's Provincetown Independent article written by Human Rights Commissioner Brian O'Malley
https://loom.ly/McQsFw0

🎉Congratulations to Nauset Regional High School student Josie Gaynor on receiving the 2022  Human Rights Award!  Josie G...
08/16/2022

🎉Congratulations to Nauset Regional High School student Josie Gaynor on receiving the 2022 Human Rights Award! Josie Gaynor was selected for the Malcolm McDowell award because of her leadership + initiative to further human rights causes. https://loom.ly/1BXym9k

“In Massachusetts, we have a long history of standing up to hate and intolerance." Hate crimes are illegal acts committe...
08/10/2022

“In Massachusetts, we have a long history of standing up to hate and intolerance." Hate crimes are illegal acts committed based on a victim’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. The US Attorney's Office-Massachusetts has launched the Announces "End Hate Now" Hotline for Reporting Acts of Hate: 1-83-END-H8-NOW. For more information, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma

Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod invite you to a the inaugural reading of the play, "Neigh...
08/09/2022
Neighbors

Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod invite you to a the inaugural reading of the play, "Neighbors." The play addresses the topic of race by looking at our differences and our similarities. The event is free and there will be an open discussion following the reading.

Join us for the first public reading of NEIGHBORS, a play about all our neighbors - of all colors!

Pride Rally this Thursday at Bread + Roses with co-host Senator Julian Cyr. Don't miss out on the special event organize...
08/03/2022

Pride Rally this Thursday at Bread + Roses with co-host Senator Julian Cyr. Don't miss out on the special event organized by local LGBTQIA+ leaders 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️

Following the evisceration of Roe by the U.S. Supreme Court and the aggressive stance of the court in threatening to strip away LGBTQIA+ constitutional protections, State Senator Julian Cyr invites you to join him in power at Bread + Roses for a rally in support of our thriving LGBTQIA+ community on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Starting at 3:30pm on Thursday, August 4th, at Bread + Roses (302 Main Street in Hyannis), join Julian as he hosts this Pride rally:

Enjoy musical entertainment by the Hyannis Sound
Hear from local leaders in our LGBTQIA+ community
Partake in an open mic opportunity to share your stories and experiences as a q***r person on the Cape or Islands
Join in a dance party and enjoy further entertainment by local musician Tony Bailey

RSVP here: https://buff.ly/3cRjmqd

A huge thank you to the Barnstable Police Department and Town of Barnstable for a wonderful evening of gathering, connec...
07/30/2022

A huge thank you to the Barnstable Police Department and Town of Barnstable for a wonderful evening of gathering, connection and community!

Another great event coming up this Friday from 4-7 pm! Barnstable's 6th Annual Unity Day event has been organized by Peo...
07/27/2022

Another great event coming up this Friday from 4-7 pm! Barnstable's 6th Annual Unity Day event has been organized by People of Action, Town of Barnstable, and the Barnstable Police Department. We will be there on the Hyannis Village Green this Friday, stop by and say hi!

Come on down to the Hyannis Green for a day of total community at the International Festival, hosted by Independence Hou...
07/24/2022

Come on down to the Hyannis Green for a day of total community at the International Festival, hosted by Independence House, Inc. Hyannis, MA!

Be sure to attend this incredible event organized by Independence House, Inc. Hyannis, MA this Sunday, July 24th from 11...
07/22/2022

Be sure to attend this incredible event organized by Independence House, Inc. Hyannis, MA this Sunday, July 24th from 11am - 7pm. BCHRAC will be there from 11am-3pm and we are looking forward to meeting new people this weekend 🌟

Today is Juneteenth, the federal holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in t...
06/19/2022

Today is Juneteenth, the federal holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Arts Alive event is celebrating Juneteenth and Father's Day today on the Falmouth Library Lawn. Stop by for live performances, food, vendors, and more!

Arts Alive is coming! June 17 to 19 on the Falmouth Library Lawn

06/19/2022
Community happenings in recognition of Juneteenth.
06/19/2022

Community happenings in recognition of Juneteenth.

06/17/2022

Barnstable County, the Regional Government of Cape Cod, is excited to announce the launch of its new website at capecod.gov!
Here is what you'll find:
🖥️improved search features
🖥️easy navigation
🖥️a new accessibility tool
🖥️new branding
Read the press release at https://loom.ly/RI94gWA or just go straight to the homepage https://capecod.gov!

Have you or your aging parents fallen victim to the may scams out that target the elderly? In recognition of Elder Abuse...
06/08/2022

Have you or your aging parents fallen victim to the may scams out that target the elderly? In recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Cape Cod Elder Abuse Coalition is hosting a webinar on financial abuse targeting the elderly. Date: June 21, 1-3pm. To register: https://tinyurl.com/yurdnra9

 Human Rights Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the Annual Malcolm McDowell Human Rights Award, an award gi...
06/07/2022

Human Rights Advisory Commission is seeking nominations for the Annual Malcolm McDowell Human Rights Award, an award given to a student who participated in the Human Rights Academy or school Human Rights Club! DEADLINE: 6/30/22. > https://loom.ly/yVJHyB8

05/19/2022

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is the month of May, the Dennis Police Department will be showcasing their new Mental Health Task Force. Unveiled at the end of 2021, the group of three clinicians, a victim advocate, and specially-trained officers, have charted a new course of policing during this era of police reform. Searching for ways to better and more suitably serve the community, the new team has already found success in jail diversion, resource referrals, education, and establishing new relationships.

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, the team will be hosting a “meet-and-greet” at the Dennis Public Library at 5 Hall Street in Dennis Port from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. There will be pizza and refreshments provided.

This will be an opportunity to speak to the clinicians, victim advocate, and officers in a relaxed setting. Various non-profit agency partners will be in attendance to meet with as well, all in an effort to spread information and resources to any member of our community that has concerns about mental health, substance use disorder, and the available local resources to provide support.

The 'Know Your Sheriff ' event is coming up on Tuesday, May 24th from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m via Zoom. This event is a part o...
05/18/2022

The 'Know Your Sheriff ' event is coming up on Tuesday, May 24th from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m via Zoom. This event is a part of the ACLU of Massachusetts public education campaign to enhance voter awareness about the sheriffs and their role in our communities. Collaboration between the following organizations made this event possible:
ACLU of Massachusetts
NAACP, Cape Cod Branch
Amplify POC
League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area
League of Women Voters for Massachusetts
Cape Cod Coalition for Safe Communities
Massachusetts Voter Table
Massachusetts Women Of Color Coalition
MLK Action Team, Nauset Interfaith Association
Cape Media Center
Cape Cod Times

Be sure to register for the webinar by emailing [email protected]

Thank you to Rachael Devaney at the Cape Cod Times for writing an article that highlights the accomplished life and care...
05/16/2022
Human rights advocate Susan Quiñones remembered for love of law, ability to solve problems

Thank you to Rachael Devaney at the Cape Cod Times for writing an article that highlights the accomplished life and career of our former Coordinator, Susan Quiñones.

From her success in reforming our commission to act in an advisory capacity to health equity initiatives and fostering relationships with the Wampanoag Tribe, Susan's commitment to her community and human rights is inspirational.

Read the full article to learn more about Susan's incredible life, legacy, and family.

Human rights advocate Susan Quiñones, 72, of Mashpee died of cancer after many years of practicing law and initiating change.

Thank you to Rick Draper, BCHRAC Commissioner, for sharing a local event organized by First Parish Brewster Unitarian Un...
05/12/2022

Thank you to Rick Draper, BCHRAC Commissioner, for sharing a local event organized by First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist. Proceeds from the Yard Sale on Saturday, May 28th will support Asylum Seekers and Refugees!

05/11/2022

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is now offering free telehealth for COVID-19 treatment with Paxlovid! Please note the following:

⚠️You must test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms.
⚠️Treatment must begin as soon as possible after testing positive and within 5 days of symptom onset.

If you’re eligible for Paxlovid, you’ll be connected with a clinician for a video consultation within 30 minutes. The service is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese.

Visit: https://loom.ly/7Hpm8cI for more info.

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, let us take the time to learn about AAPI historical and ...
05/09/2022
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, let us take the time to learn about AAPI historical and cultural contributions and recognize the challenges they've faced historically and even today.

HISTORY

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of

Next Webinar is Tuesday, May 10th at 10:30AM: Savvy Senior: How to protect yourself from ID Theft, Scams and Robocalls. ...
05/08/2022
AG Healey's Spring Rights and Resources Series

Next Webinar is Tuesday, May 10th at 10:30AM: Savvy Senior: How to protect yourself from ID Theft, Scams and Robocalls. Then Tuesday, May 17th at 10:30AM: Civil Rights & Hate Crime Training. Check them out!

Better Understand Your Rights With Presentations from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

Let your voice be heard! Please consider taking this Community Health Survey.
05/06/2022

Let your voice be heard! Please consider taking this Community Health Survey.

How would you like to weigh in on what the most prevalent healthcare issues are on Cape Cod?

Every person in Barnstable County is invited to do just that by participating in an online public survey intended to highlight the needs of the financially disadvantages and underserved populations in the areas.

Take our survey today by scanning the below QR code or by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3vLgBfP

There is still time to participate in the dialogue on health priorities and health equity tonight!
04/28/2022

There is still time to participate in the dialogue on health priorities and health equity tonight!

Nuestros amigos en Cape Cod Healthcare quieren comprender mejor las necesidades de salud de los residentes de Cape Cod. Está invitado a participar en un grupo de debate para compartir sus opiniones sobre las prioridades de salud en su comunidad.

Dónde: ZOOM

Cuándo: abril 28 2022 de 6:00pm -7:30pm

Póngase HOY en contacto con [email protected] o 508-862-7822 para inscribirse u obtener más información.

In The Interest Of Every Child April 2022
04/28/2022
In The Interest Of Every Child April 2022

In The Interest Of Every Child April 2022

Emily Tullock from Cape Media Center is joined by Jacob Stapledon from Children's Cove as well as Cindy Horgan from Cape Cod Children's Place.Cape Cod Childr...

04/22/2022

On this Earth Day, we invite you to explore the Cape Cod Climate Action Plan which aims to identify, study, and monitor the causes and consequences of climate change on Cape Cod as a basis to guide and develop science-based policies, strategies, and actions to improve the region’s resilience to climate hazards and to mitigate climate change on Cape Cod. Learn more: https://www.capecodcommission.org/our-work/climate-action-plan/

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The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.

After the original Barnstable County Human Rights Commission was established in 2005, the BCHRAC was reconstituted as a nine (9) member, County appointed Commission, pursuant to Barnstable County Ordinance 19-10, dated May 22, 2019, continuing to promotion of the County policies on human rights. Throughout the Commission’s history, it has provided a forum for the public and local organizations and agencies to raise concerns regarding possible human rights violations, as well as work to promote understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture in Barnstable County through education, programming and community action.

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We want to thank everyone who turned out for the special screening of Who We Are - A Chronicle of Racism in America last evening. We also want to heap an abundance of thanks and praise on event organizer Karen Boujoukos from the MLK Action committee, panelists Leo Blandford of the , Ayanna Parrent of B Free Wellness Inc, Jean Morrison of the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, Tara Wallace of Amplify POC, and Erica Tso Haidas of Belonging Books who set up a wonderful pop up book shop in our lobby. It was an incredible evening that began with a powerful and important film followed by the personal and intimate commentary of some of the Cape’s most salient voices. Leadership was on full display as the peaceful assembly of panelists and patrons came together for a night of inclusion that we are all hopeful is brought to the far reaches of the community and beyond.
Join our friends at Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission for a conversation and discussion over "Curating Your Child's Education".

This presentation will held via Zoom and discusses some of the unfortunate aspects of American society reflected within our school systems.

March 2, 2022 | 7 PM | Via ZOOM
Find out more and register here to participate: http://tinyurl.com/BCHRAC-Curate
Time is running out! Register now to attend the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Annual Awards Breakfast, this Friday, 12/10 from 8:30-10:30. Register here: https://bit.ly/3pDtpll
The YMCA Cape Cod is glad to announce that the staff of Children’s Crossings Child Care Program have been nominated for the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission "Unsung Hero Award: Celebrating the Strength of Our Communities".

This special award for 2020 is an honorary recognition of individuals and organizations that have made a difference in improving the lives of others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipients of this award include the frontline workers that we have depended on to provide daily assistance and necessities, giving us outlets for normalcy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Often overlooked and not publicly recognized, they provide our communities essential goods and services to help meet our basic needs for food, shelter, personal care and well-being. They include volunteers and helpful neighbors freely giving time and talent for community service and lower wage employees that go above and beyond their duties to serve the public. These are members of the community who have always been essential to holding America together day to day. We could not function without them during the pandemic or otherwise.

We could not be more proud of our amazing staff! Congratulations!
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