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The Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations received the 2012 “Local Human Rights Commission of the Year Award” in Jefferson City on Friday.
Springfield’s Commission duties include promoting understanding and respect among all citizens and providing the community recourse for discriminatory acts. It also offers services to help educate interested local citizens and community groups.
The programs theme this year was “Equality for all Missourians,” and focused on connecting local human rights groups with other partnerships and networks across Missouri.
The award comes as the City of Springfield is working to address its anti-discrimination ordinance by appointing a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force; the most recent development being the appointment of an additional seven members to the committee.
Here is more information on the Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations.
For KSMU news I'm Shannon Bowers.