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The Dialogue on Race was a community initiative with the mission of engaging every segment of our community in an open, honest, and on-going discussion of race, racism and diversity and identifying problems and proposing concrete solutions and paths to action that promote racial reconciliation, economic justice and equity. The Human Rights Commission and the Office of Human Rights arose from the work of a task force that emerged from the Dialogue on Race.
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Human Rights are life activities that all people should have the freedom to pursue without fear of discrimination or harassment. The Charlottesville Human Rights Ordinance and state law protect people from discrimination when engaging in the following protected activities within the city of Charlottesville:
The Charlottesville Human Rights Ordinance and state law protect people from discrimination when engaging in the above protected activities on the basis of the following protected classes:
The Charlottesville Human Rights Ordinance is a part of City code that defines how human rights are protected within the City of Charlottesville. It also specifies the roles that the Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission in enforcing those protections. Under the Human Rights Ordinance, the term "unlawful discriminatory practice" includes conduct in violation of any comparable Virginia or federal statute or regulation governing unlawful discrimination.
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is a group of volunteers appointed by City Council to promote an inclusive, empowered, and diverse community through community education and engagement, as well as enforcement of the Human Rights Ordinance. The HRC also reviews City policies and provides recommendations to City Council for changes in policy that promote and protect human rights. View more information on the Commission page.