Human Relations Commission

HRC logoMission Statement

The mission of the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission is to empower and promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable city.

Vision Statement

To serve as an official agency of the City of Jackson, responsible for advising and making recommendations to the City Manager and City Council concerning good human relations, combating discrimination within the community wherever it exists, and for acting to promote needed change.

Meetings

Meetings of the Human Relations Commission are generally held the 3rd Wednesday of every month. All meetings will be held virtually until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns.

The latest meeting information is posted on the City Meeting and Event Calendar.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes 

Membership

The Human Relations Commission (HRC) was established as a part of the City of Jackson government on November 19, 1963. The commission is comprised of nine members, of which at least five must be residents of the City while others may reside in Jackson County. A diversity balance is sought among members to allow for a fully representative body reflective of the City's population.

HRC News 

Anti-Racism Statement

The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission has released an anti-racism statement. The statement was confirmed at the commission's meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This is the full statement: 

“We, the members of the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission, categorically condemn racially based prejudice, oppression and violence. Unequivocally, we are committed to fair and transparent treatment and equal justice for all residents of the City of Jackson. We stand with the protesters, a vast majority of Americans, who agree that Black Lives Matter. Justice matters. Fairness matters. Equality under the law matters and transparency matters. 

Systemic racism is defined in the United States of America as: systems and structures that have procedures and/or processes that disadvantage African Americans. Recent local and national events have highlighted the continued presence of systemic racism in the United States. It camouflages itself across those procedures and systems within our communities including but not limited to: education, quality health care, the criminal justice system, employment, housing, etc. These systemic issues, have been historically targeted towards the African American community and have made it challenging for African Americans to fully participate in society and the economy. 

We, as the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission, stand with all our residents. We are here to promote mutual understanding, dignity, and respect among all racial, religious, and ethnic groups, and work to discourage and prevent discriminatory practices against any such group.

We invite you to contact us with your concerns, ideas, and initiatives and we look forward to continued dialogue and an opportunity to share these collective efforts with you.  We are your emissaries in ushering in a more just, compassionate, and equitable City of Jackson.” 

Anti-Hate Statement on Asian American Issues 

“The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission stands in sorrow and solidarity with the Asian and Asian-American Communities who are facing an escalating series of racist attacks throughout the country; these attacks are unjustified. Asians and Asian-Americans have stood on the front lines with all of our communities to help us heal and face the pandemic in our country. 

Everyone deserves to feel safe! Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in the places they live, work, study, play, and worship. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. These attacks on our Asian and Asian-American communities are a threat to all of our communities everywhere.

The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission condemns violence and hate of all forms, and calls on our City Officials and community leaders to promote safety, respect, and dignity in the City of Jackson. This means investing in services to meet our communities’ needs and in restorative justice to ensure that there is accountability and healing. 

We must allocate resources to organizations that have the trust of and strong connections with our most underserved areas of the city to provide human services, health care, and mental health support. All of our efforts must be inclusive and equitable, from economic relief to vaccine distribution.

We the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission stand with our community to confront racism, injustice, and their root causes. We must continue to work together in solidarity with all communities of color including Asian and Asian-American, Immigrant, LGBTQ+ and others to oppose hate crimes and racism within our city.”  

Collaboration 

The Human Relations Commission welcomes opportunities to partner with other organizations. 

Contact Us


  1. Phone: (517) 788-4167

    Email

    161 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201

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