November 7 event part of statewide Fairness and Equality Campaign
by Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 26, 2018) – The Lansing Public Library will host “Introduction to the Illinois Department of Human Rights” on November 7 as part of the Illinois Bicentennial Fairness and Equality Campaign. Starting at 6:00pm on the library stage, an attorney from the Illinois Department of Human Rights will be speaking for the Campaign, which seeks “to celebrate and reaffirm the Land of Lincoln’s rich history of valuing diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination.”
As part of Illinois’ bicentennial year, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has invited public entities such as villages, towns, counties, universities, and colleges to join the Campaign, which has held events throughout the state during 2018.
According to the IDHR website, “By joining the Campaign, leaders throughout the State can publicly proclaim Fairness and Equality for all people who live, work, study, play, or worship in their communities.”
In addition to the event at the Library, Mayor Eidam has confirmed that she will be reading an official proclamation to join the Illinois Bicentennial Fairness and Equality Campaign at the November 6 Village Board Meeting. The IDHR encourages participating municipalities to issue such a proclamation to demonstrate their commitment to “equal opportunity, respect, and non-discrimination.”
The IDHR event comes to Lansing 15 months after an incident involving a white off-duty police officer and a black teenager made national news, and one month after the Lansing Human Relations Commission was officially formed by the Village Board.
All Human Relations Commissioners have been invited to attend the November 7 event.
The free event is open to the public and does not require registration.
More information about the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Bicentennial Fairness and Equality Campaign can be found on the IDHR website.