Tacoma Human Rights Commission volunteers sought

Citizens with the skills and passion to provide leadership in supporting and enhancing human rights in Tacoma may apply for several open positions on the Tacoma Human Rights Commission, including one youth position.

These positions are open to anyone willing to serve a three-year term. The Tacoma Human Rights Commission is especially interested in applicants who live in currently underrepresented parts of the City – Upper Tacoma, the North End, the Northeast and the West End of Tacoma – and who bring diversity to the 15-member group. The council also encourages applications from those who work in real estate, law, the clergy, the arts, medicine and the media.

The commission’s role is to review and hear appeals on formal cases filed under the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. It also has the authority to initiate a complaint, when appropriate, and to conduct studies on human rights issues and submit its conclusions and recommendations to the Tacoma City Council. The commission organizes special committees that focus on areas such as hate, violence, police/community relations, equal opportunity, employment and education.

The Tacoma Human Rights Commission meets for study sessions on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in room 434, and for business meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in room 708 of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.

To apply go to www.cityoftacoma.org/HumanRightsCom-mission or contact Dio Neris at 253/591-5100, Mayor’s Office, room 1200, Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Tacoma , WA 98402. Applications should be submitted to the Mayor’s Office.