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Chatham County proposed 2009 Human Relations Month proclamation

Posted Sunday, February 1, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - On February 2, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners will consider a request to adopt Chatham County Human Relations Commission proposed 2009 Human Relations Month proclamation.

WHEREAS, the members of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners and the Chatham County Human Relations Commission (CCHRC) believe in the dignity and worth of each individual regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, national origin, age, or ability; and

WHEREAS, we promote a spirit of goodwill, tolerance, and mutual respect among individuals, groups, races, and persons of differing social and economic status as well as religious beliefs; and

WHEREAS, we work steadfastly to build strong communities through the celebration of diversity and the elimination of discrimination; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that our residents are protected from discrimination by federal laws including, but not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1974, as well as a wide range of state laws; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that our residents are entitled to all of the rights and freedoms set forth in the Constitution of the United States without distinction of any kind; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution of North Carolina, Article I, Section 1, reads, “We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness"; and

WHEREAS, the residents of Chatham County have made tremendous progress in human relations in the years since the establishment of the Chatham County Human Relations Commission and recently with the establishment of the Office of Human Relations; and

WHEREAS, we look forward to continued progress in facing the challenges before us including, but not limited to, educational disparities, housing disparities, health disparities, hate crimes and biases, immigration issues, and employment issues and opportunities;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Chatham County Board of Commissioners appreciates all who contribute to the advancement of mutual understanding, fairness, justice, and equal opportunity and, upon the recommendation of the CCHRC, bestows special honor and recognition for their service to the following individuals:

2009 Robert A. Siler Lifetime Achievement in Human Relations Award
(Honoring an Individual Who Has Demonstrated a Lifelong Commitment to Better Human Relations in Chatham County)

Margaret B. Pollard

2009 Margaret B. Pollard Outstanding Community Service Honor
(Honoring Past and Present Contributions to Better Human Relations in Chatham County by Chatham County Residents)

Larry Brooks
Alphia Cheek
Marcia Espinola
Vanessa Farrar
Betty Fox
Capt. Charles Gardner
George Gregor-Holt
Harvey Harman
Nancy Harman
Karl Karchergis
Nona Mensah
Ivan Remnitz
Gabriel Soltren
Roy Stawsky
Brenda Thompson

2009 Samuel B. Obie Commendable Community Service Honor
(Honoring Past and Present Contributions to Better Human Relations in Chatham County by Non-Chatham County Residents)

Rev. Sampson Buie
Chief Gary Tyson

2009 Jerry L. Markatos Diversity in Media Honor
(Honoring Past and Present Contributions to Inclusive Reporting and Media that Reflect Accuracy and Fairness toward Diverse Segments of the Population in Chatham County)

Paul Cuadros
Jeffrey Starkweather

2009 Carl E. Thompson Distinguished Civic Service Honor
(Honoring Past and Present Contributions to Better Human Relations in Chatham County while Serving as Elected Officials)

Pam Baldwin
Helen Buckner
Norm Clark
Tim Cunnup
John Grimes
Ernest T. Hanner
Uva Holland
Gary Phillips
Randy Voller
Betty Wilson

2009 Margie E. Ellison Making a Difference Community Action Award
(Honoring Past and Present Contributions to Better Human Relations in Chatham County Communities through Grassroots Organizing)

Delcenia Turner
Cassandra “Shirille”
Lee Rosa Sutton
Rebecca Loflin

2009 Javier Benitez Outstanding Pastoral Service Honor
(Honoring Past and Present Contributions to Better Human Relations in Chatham County through Pastoral Care and Action)

Rev. Carrie Bolton
Rev. Norma Bryant
Rev. Barry Gray
Rev. Mansel McCleave
Rev. Juanita Milliken
Rev. Daniel Pantoja

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chatham County Board of Commissioners hereby joins all of North Carolina in proclaiming February 2009 as Human Relations Month in Chatham County and urges all citizens to commend this observance to their neighbors.

 
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