The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) meets monthly generally between the hours of 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Currently meetings are held remotely pursuant to the Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law on March 12, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The meetings are open to the public. and your input is welcome! If you would like to attend one of our meetings (currently held remotely), please contact our Human Rights Coordinator, Susan Quinones at  If you need any special accommodations in order to attend our meeting, please call us at (508) 375-6611.

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GBH’s Ask The Expert: Women in Film virtual event


Prior to launching Soleil, Micha also served as Head of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for CreativeChaos vmg, a NY-based production company where she led marketing, social impact campaigns and corporate partnerships for the company’s titles including the critically acclaimed documentary This Changes Everything, directed by Tom Donahue and Executive Produced by Geena Davis about discrimination against women in Hollywood, and Impact Partners/HBO Documentaries co-production Bleed Out. A proud native of Trinidad & Tobago, Micha holds a MSc in Media & Communications from The London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Micha is also co-host of the Soleil Spotlight podcast.

Alecia Orinsini, President of Women in Film and Video New England, will be conducting the interview and moderating audience questions for this event.

Photocredit: Genaro Molina and Micha Cooper

This virtual event will begin at 12pm Eastern Standard Time.

How it works:
Register for this virtual Ask The Expert event. We will email you the link to this virtual event once you have registered.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating women in the film industry with our experts Maria Giese, writer, director and producer and Micha Cooper-Edwards, film and television producer. Whether you are a first-time screenwriter or well-known producer, connect with Maria and Micha at our next Ask The Expert event. Bring all of your questions and learns tips on how you, too, can become a film producer.

Maria Giese, Journalist, screenwriter, director
A member of the Directors Guild of America, Maria led the battle for gender equality in the film industry. In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis referred to her work as “a veritable crusade”. She is now the subject of three recent books and two award-winning feature documentaries: This Changes Everything (2019) and Half the Picture (2018). Her 2019 TEDx talk, The Battle for Female Voices in Entertainment Media, and her upcoming book, Troublemaker, describe her groundbreaking activism on behalf of women directors.

Maria is currently co-producing the feature documentary Brainwashed: Sex and Power, the Visual Language of Cinema, and is lined up to direct the feature documentary, Women On Wall Street, and the narrative feature film, Oliver Outloud, a story of a painter with Tourette Syndrome. Prior to that, she wrote and directed the 1996 feature film When Saturday Comes starring Emily Lloyd, Sean Bean and Pete Postlethwaite, and the 2007 award-winning digital feature film Hunger based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun. She has also directed two Golden Cine Eagle-winning short films and has written three screenplays that have been produced into feature films. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors and founding chair of the Provincetown Women’s Media Summit. Giese holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Theatre, Film and Television.

Micha Cooper-Edwards, CEO & Principal Producer, Soleil Entertainment

Micha is a film and television producer with an ultimate vision to unite and empower the world’s diverse diasporas through the connective and enlightening power of media. Soleil Entertainment taps into the power of media to elevate creative talent and stories from the Global South diasporas of Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East–cultures and parts of the world that are yet to be fully empowered, appreciated and understood.
GBH will be using Zoom Webinar for this event. Zoom is free to the public but will require a computer download. You can download Zoom here. If you already have Zoom you will not need to download the platform again.

Common Start Virtual Rally on 3/16


In February, Common Start announced the filing of legislation that will transform the system to make child care much more affordable and accessible to families and provide long overdue wage increases for early educators. Now we are excited to announce the official launch of our Common Start campaign with a virtual rally on March 16, at 6:30pm!

Come hear about how this will help children, families, early educators, providers, businesses, and the economy; straight from the stakeholders and legislative leaders! And, learn more about how YOU can help put Massachusetts on a five-year pathway to universal, high-quality early education and care.

RSVP today at this link and make sure to share this with your friends and family! Together, we can ensure that all families have the care solutions they need and that all children in the Commonwealth have the same, strong start.

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World Down Syndrome Day on 3/21

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Nat Geo: Backstage Live with Jessica Nabongo


Get an inside look at the far-flung journeys of Jessica Nabongo, a writer, photographer, and entrepreneur who made history as the first black woman to travel to every country in the world—visiting 195 countries and territories across six continents. Born and raised in Detroit to Ugandan immigrant parents, Jessica is on a mission to make travel more inclusive and educate her followers about ethical tourism. In this extended Women’s History Month edition of Backstage Live, join her for an interactive conversation about her globetrotting adventures from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and everywhere in between—and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

Thursday, March 25, at 1pm ET / 10am PT
Watch the event on the Nat Geo Live Facebook page

A celebration in honor of Trans Day of Visibility and DISCLOSURE


This community event will feature interviews with the cast of the award-winning documentary Disclosure, as well as highlights from local trans led organizations and performances by local artists.

Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. Grappling with films like A Florida Enchantment (1914), Dog Day Afternoon, The Crying Game, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with shows like The Jeffersons, The L-Word, and Pose, they trace a history that is at once dehumanizing, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous. What emerges is a fascinating story of dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Reframing familiar scenes and iconic characters in a new light, director Sam Feder invites viewers to confront unexamined assumptions, and shows how what once captured the American imagination now elicit new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people.

Disclosure is now available to view on Netflix, but we are also offering a link to view the documentary online. To request this link prior to the event, please email us at



In 2020, Hollaback!, L’Oréal Paris, and the NYC Commission on Gender Equity join forces to ensure everyone’s self-worth, leveraging Hollaback!’s 5 D’s methodology to help people safely intervene when they experience or witness harassment in public spaces. The goal of the Stand Up program is to train 1,000,000 people to become Upstanders before the end of 2021 and ultimately build a culture where street harassment is seen as unacceptable behavior.