San Francisco Human Rights Commission
September 2015 
2015 Hero Awards Ceremony  
On August 6, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) held its annual Hero Awards Ceremony in Commemoration of the  50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches and the 1 965 Voting Rights Act.  The HRC and the Equity Advisory Committee put out a public call for nominations  of courageous  organizations and individuals   who demonstrate the resilience and dignity of the  voting rights movement. 

These heroes were honored in the following categories:
  • Individual: Faith Petric (Posthumous) and Maxine Anderson
  • Organization: UCSF White Coats for Black Lives and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco 
  • Student: Leya Elias, Chrislyn Earle and Tony Grandberry
The awards presentation took place on the 50th Anniversary of when President  Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.

Summer Youth Interns at HRC
The  Community Safety Internship Program wa s  a summer program that  engaged the public and private sector. The program goal was to recruit and encourage underrepresented youth to pursue careers in law enforcement and public safety. With various organizations supporting and participating in the program - Mo'Magic, the SF Police Department, the Human Rights Commission, the Mayor's Office, Hope SF, LinkedIn, and Facebook - the program successfully engaged nearly 100 students at various locations throughout the City and County of San Francisco! 

Program Coordinators, A minah Ortiz and Alexus Hubbard, worked with 20+ students at the HRC to learn about and understand civil rights history and policy. Lessons and discussions were facilitated on a number of historic civil rights actions such as the  Selma to Montgomery Marches and a broad range of landmark policies, including the  1965 V oting Rights Act, Proposition 47, and the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO), among others. Students also created an individual or group project related to Proposition 47 and the FCO and submitted applications for the Hero Awards. Additionally, program participants heard from a breadth of guest speakers who shared their stories and career trajectories, including representatives from the  San Francisco District Attorney's Office, San Francisco State University's Project Rebound, Tiffani Johnson from h2o Productions, and Darrick Smith from the University of San Francisco. HRC Commissioners, Richard Pio Roda  and Michael Pappas, also  hosted a   brown bag lunch for youth to discuss their career and life goals, and to offer their time and expertise as advocates in the community .
Photovoice Project on Islamophobia and Post-9/11 Discrimination
The HRC launched a photovoice project on Islamophobia and post-9/11 ethnic and racial discrimination. The project, entitled  "Living in an Unfinished America: Shared Experiences of Discrimination and Resilience by Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Americans," showcases the lived experiences of community members through photography and narrative. Sneh Rao, Senior Policy Adviser, organized community exhibitions of the project at City Hall and The Women's Building. The project brings together diverse communities to increase public awareness around the impact of Islamophobia and post-9/11 ethnic and racial discrimination in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Read more about the Photovoice Project here.
Implicit Bias Training
This year the HRC successfully launched our Implicit Bias Training program for departments within the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). A collaborative effort between the Department of Human Resources (DHR), the Mayor's Office and the Human Rights Commission, the training program will assist departments in conducting community engagement that is relevant and addresses the needs of San Francisco's diverse communities.

Featured in the photo above is nationally recognized expert on medical, legal and judicial decision-making, Kimberly Papillon, facilitating a training for the senior officials of the CCSF. The HRC looks forward to continuing to work with the DHR and the Mayor's Office to expand this training to all employees of the CCSF.

Equal Pay Initiative
The City and County of San Francisco passed an Equal Pay Ordinance in late 2014 as an amendment to Chapter 12B of the San Francisco Administrative Code , which prohibits discrimination in City contracting. The Equal Pay Ordinance 1) created a new mandate in City contracting which requires contractors doing business on large projects with the City to submit an Equal Pay Report regarding compensation paid to employees, and 2) established an Equal Pay Advisory Board to analyze and recommend the best methods of data collection that will identify wage gaps between employees based on race, sex, and race & sex.
The Human Rights Commission staffs the Equal Pay Advisory Board. The task of the Equal Pay Advisory Board is to analyze and recommend the best methods of data collection that will identify wage gaps based on gender and race, and that will minimize the burden on City contractors in providing the data. The recommendations will be made to the Board of Supervisors, and covered Contractors are to file the Equal Pay Report annually with the Human Rights Commission.
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The Human Rights Commission works to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect and promote human rights for all people. The Human Rights Commission was established in 1964 by City Ordinance and became a Charter Commission in 1990. 

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Fair Chance Ordinance

As of August 13, 2014, the
Fair Chance Ordinance re qui res employers to follow strict rules regarding applicants' and employees' arrest and conviction record(s) and related information. The Ordinance covers employees who perform work (in whole or in substantial part) in the City and County of San Francisco, whose employers are located or doing business in the City; and have 20 or more employees (total worldwide). 

This Ordinance covers any vocation, job, or work, including temporary, seasonal, part-time, contract, contingent, and commission-based work. It also covers work performed through the services of a temporary or other employment agency, and any form of vocational or educational training-with or without pay.

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Veronica Garcia
San Francisco Human Rights Commission
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