Human Rights Breakfast Honors Two Cape Residents

barnstable county symbolHYANNIS – The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission held its annual Human Rights Day Breakfast yesterday at the Hyannis Golf Club.

This year’s Cornerstone Award was presented to Cummaquid resident Linda Alhart who founded Grandmothers Against Gun Violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings three years ago.

The Cornerstone Award honors county residents who have dedicated themselves to improving the human rights of their neighbors.

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence has 181 members and continues to advocate for universal background checks for gun purchases along with making gun trafficking a federal crime.

“When you have a passion and you love what you are doing there’s reward in that enough so you don’t think about something from your external world to recognize it,” Alhart said. “When it happens it reinforces what you are doing is right and good and it means a lot.”

Alhart said she will be stepping down from the organization.

The Rosenthal Award went to Falmouth resident and member of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates Julia Taylor.

The award honors those in public service who have made human rights a focus of their work.

Taylor was instrumental in the passage of the ordinance that created the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission.

Brewster Police Chief Richard Koch Jr. was the keynote speaker. A short documentary featuring the founding members of the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission was also debuted to mark the Commission’s 10th anniversary.

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