Honoring Yonkers Commission on Human Rightsby Representative Eliot L. Engel
Posted on 2013-12-23
of new york
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 23, 2013
Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, the Yonkers Commission on Human Rights is
celebrating 50 years of working to affirm the rights of all citizens to
full equality before the law as part of its commitment to eliminating
racism and to empowering women.
The Commission on Human Rights was created on October 1, 1963, by the City of Yonkers with a charter that delineated the need for protection from human rights violations and the essence of human rights education for Yonkers residents and businesses alike.
The organization actively promotes human rights awareness and outreach in the Yonkers community through special events and activities, serving as a model for dialogue, discussion and coalition building to eliminate racism and intergroup hostilities.
The Yonkers Human Rights Commission fosters mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the community, and strives to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on sex or age. It undertakes studies that aid in improving relationships among groups. It inquires into incidents of tension and conflict among or between various racial, religious, and nationality groups, and takes action to ease such tensions and conflicts.
The Human Rights Commission not only seeks to alleviate tensions but to actively promote goodwill among neighbors and communities.
For a half century the Yonkers Human Rights Commission has worked for equality for all in employment, housing, public accommodation, credit, and education. It is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished locally to enhance all of our lives. I am proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yonkers Commission on Human Rights, and congratulate it for the work done for our community.