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Jonathan James Perry Announced as Keynote Speaker for Human Rights Breakfast

Theme for 2021 Human Rights Awards Breakfast Honors Wampanoag Nation

(Barnstable, MA – December 3, 2021)The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) will be holding its Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast virtually on Friday, December 10, 2021, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.The public is invited to attend, and registration is now open athttps://forms.office.com/g/1R6A2HgySD 

The Keynote Speaker for the event is Jonathan James Perry.Jonathan is a traditional singer, dancer, speaker, and carver, who has dedicated his work to enforcing and upholding the sovereignty of his tribal nation as well as maintaining cultural continuance among his tribal citizens. He is currently a Councilman for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION:The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care. Learn more athttps://www.barnstablecountyhrac.org

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD:Barnstable County provides exemplary government functions and services to keep our community healthy and safe, promote sustainable growth, and offers a proactive, open government that enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Barnstable County. Learn more atwww.barnstablecounty.org

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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks Nominations for Human Rights Awards

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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks Nominations for Human Rights Awards

Theme for 2021 Human Rights Awards Breakfast Honors Wampanoag Nation

(Barnstable, MA – November 15, 2021) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) will be holding its Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast virtually on Friday, December 10, 2021, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

The theme this year is Honoring the Wampanoag Nation-Keepers of the Earth. U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is the invited Keynote Speaker.

Award recipients of the Rosenthal Community Award and the Cornerstone Award will be honored at the Commission’s annual breakfast. Nominations should include contact information for the individual making the nomination, as well as the nominee, along with an explanation of the reasons for the nomination. The deadline for submitting nominations is close of business on Monday, November 29, 2021.

The application forms are linked below.

The Rosenthal Community Champion Award, named after Irving Leopold Rosenthal,  is given to individuals in the public sector (law enforcement, elected officials, etc.) recognized by their peers, community, and associates as individuals who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals, particularly those who have worked to advance human rights and to eliminate discrimination against immigrants in Barnstable County.
2021 Rosenthal Community Nomination Form

The Cornerstone Award is given to individuals recognized by their peers, community, and associates as those who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals.
2021 Cornerstone Award Nomination Form

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.  Learn more at https://www.barnstablecountyhrac.org

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD: Barnstable County provides exemplary government functions and services to keep our community healthy and safe, promote sustainable growth, and offers a proactive, open government that enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Barnstable County. Learn more at www.barnstablecounty.org

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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Accepting Applications for 2022 Vacancies

Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Accepting Applications for 2022 Vacancies

Commission aims to continue building a strong team of advisors promoting human rights on Cape Cod

September 16, 2021 (Barnstable, MA) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) seeks candidates to fill vacancies beginning January 1, 2022. The (9) member volunteer Advisory Commission promotes equality and human rights throughout the County.

Responsibilities of the Advisory Commission members include attending monthly BCHRAC meetings, participating in at least one board committee, and assisting the Human Rights Coordinator in educating the public about the BCHRAC through community and educational activities.

An interested candidate must be a permanent resident of Barnstable County. Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. A letter of interest, a resume, and bio should be sent by e-mail to:  susan.quinones@barnstablecounty.org, or via mail to Susan Quinones, Coordinator, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630. Applications MUST be received no later than Friday, October 15, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

Interviews will commence the week of October 25, 2021, for those selected.

Candidates can find additional information about the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission at www.barnstablecountyhrac.org. Questions may be directed to the Human Rights Coordinator, Susan Quinones, at (508) 375-6611 or susan.quinones@barnstablecounty.org.

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION
The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference, marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit, and health care. Throughout the Commission’s history, it has provided a forum for the public and local organizations and agencies to raise concerns regarding possible human rights violations and work to promote understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture in Barnstable County through educational programming and community action. Learn more at www.barnstablecountyhrac.or

ABOUT BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CAPE COD: Barnstable County is one of the last functioning counties in Massachusetts, with departments serving the 15 towns of Cape Cod. Barnstable County government consists of a legislative branch (Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates) and an executive branch (Barnstable County Commissioners). Learn more at www.barnstablecounty.org

 

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9/11 Day of Remembrance

This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, our nation will pause to reflect upon the terrorist attacks and remember all who lost their lives in this tragedy. BCHRAC recognizes the first responders who heroically gave their lives to serve and defend the country. Their patriotic spirits and dedication to their duty will never be forgotten. 🇺🇸♥️

Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening

The Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum & Cultural Center promotes the history, culture, and contemporary life of Cape Verdean migrants as well as other Lusophone communities and their families in the region. Education, engagement, and community are at the core of their mission. Watch the full video below to see their Grand Opening!

Video: Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Grand Opening

2021 Malcolm McDowell Award Ceremony

Last month BCHRAC awarded two outstanding activists on the Cape the 2021 Malcolm McDowell Award. We are proud to recognize Morgan James Peters II (Zyg), a senior at Mashpee Middle High School, and Angelica Oshman (Alex), a junior at Sturgis Charter Public School East as the recipients of this award.
A special thank you to the Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters for hosting the Malcolm McDowell Award Ceremony. This event would not have been possible without your support!