Chelsea Human Rights Commission Elects Officers, Discusses Plans for 2019

By Seth Kinker,

On Mar. 6 the Chelsea Human Rights Commission (HRC) met for their monthly meeting, electing officers and discussing upcoming plans for 2019.

Susan Morrel-Samuels was elected as chair, Dan Kaminsky as vice chair, and Rod Anderson as secretary. The commission still has one open seat which can be applied for by contacting city offices.

Last year, the HRC sent out a survey asking the community what they think the HRC should their focus’ should be as well as what they envisioned the role of the HRC should be in the community.

“The plan really has two parts, one we want to make sure the results of the survey are widely available,” said Morrel-Samuels, one way they’ve done this so far is by making the results available on the city website on the HRC page. “And two, do some background research in terms of what kinds of programs other HRC’s are doing. What other organizations are concerned with human rights? We want to partner with other organization in the community on giving opportunities for conversation about human rights, then report our findings back to city council.”

The yearly plan, which has yet to be approved by city council, will be on the next agenda for the Mar. 18 meeting. Once approved, the HRC will move forward with their plans to initiate conversation with other local entities.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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