Our Mission Is To Maintain And Strengthen The City's Diversity, Equity, And Accountability.

This month marks exactly 240 years since the City of Los Angeles was founded.

In that time, our city has been governed by three different nations and one Republic of California. It has invented new industries, created new cultures, and has grown into one of the most diverse places on Earth.

But it's never had an office dedicated to the civil and human rights - until now.

Two weeks ago, we opened the doors on the new LA Civil Rights Offices, a physical space dedicated to the advancement of civil rights, human rights and racial equity in the City of LA. This investment in our city and its people marks a turning point in LA history.

We know that systemic racism and inequality didn't come out of nowhere. It was by design - and often, designed by lawmakers to enrich and enfranchise one group while depriving another. This separated generations of Black and Brown communities from their wealth, health and freedom. We cannot build an LA for All without resolving this legacy of inequity with intention and action.

That's why our new office space matters - it's a real investment in a new future for our city, where we don't shy away from tough conversations or steep challenges - we meet them head on. Long after were gone, the LA Civil Rights offices will be here, serving as a beacon of hope for our city and a call to action for those heroes looking to make a difference.

But until then, we are going to do all we can while we can to lift our city up and bend the arc of history a bit closer toward justice.

Keep the faith and keep the fight,

- Capri Maddox
Executive Director,
Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department
Open for Business
On September 13, we officially opened the new home for the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department (or LA Civil Rights). Our office space includes workspaces for employees, art work and inspiring portraits, as well as the John Lewis Conference Center, a large conference space where our commissions and community organizations can get into good trouble.

We are so grateful to all the city leaders, community groups, and city departments that brought us to this moment. To learn more about the opening, read our highlight online. To view photos from the opening, click here.
Tom LaBonge Day of Service
Please join us for the Tom LaBonge Day of Service on October 9, 2021 at 8:30 AM.

Tom LaBonge - affectionately known as 'Mr. LA' - represented the best of what LA could be. He was tireless in his service to others, and could often be found cleaning storm drains, sweeping streets and filling pot holes around town - not for attention or praise, but for the love of LA.
To celebrate the life and legacy of Tom LaBonge, we are hosting five simultaneous community clean ups across LA on October 9th with the Department of Public Works, Councilmembers Nithya Raman, Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Krekorian, Monica Rodriguez, Joe Buscaino, Marqueece Harris Dawson and John Lee, as well as the Sister Cities Program and LADWP. Join us to make our communities shine a little brighter and show our LA love. Tools will be provided, and masks will be required.
RSVP at bit.ly/LaBonge.
Know Your Rights Training Tomorrow
Our next Know Your Rights & Bystander Intervention Training is Tuesday, September 28 at 5:30 PM! Join Pilipino Workers Center, the Commission on Civil Rights, attorneys, experts and more for our series on standing up to hate. Get informed and help prevent hate in all our communities in this special webinar co-sponsored by the Mexican American Bar Association.

This months training will include live Spanish interpreters. Find previous trainings and more info on stopping hate at civilandhumanrights.lacity.org/laforall.

Sustainable Development Goals
Did you know: L.A. tracks our city’s progress towards meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN?

L.A.’s 2nd Voluntary Local Review, centering People, Planet, and
Prosperity, documents initiatives happening for each of the 17 SDGs.

The report highlights the importance of place-based solutions, and shares both data and lived experience to improve public services, with narratives focused on housing insecurity, L.A.’s path to 100% renewable energy, and restorative justice-centered initiatives. Read the report: sdg.lamayor.org/2021VLR
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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