Human Rights Commission Announces Annual Awards Receipients

BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable Human Rights Commission is getting ready for the 2017 Human Rights Day breakfast.

It will be hosted by the Terrace Room at The Hyannis Golf Course on December 9th at 8:30am.

Recipients of The Rosenthal and Cornerstone Awards will be celebrated.

The Rosenthal Community Champion Award will go to The Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit and Department of Public Works Homeless Camp Clean-up crews, as well as Senator Julien Cyr.

The Cornerstone Award will be presented to Penelope Duby, the Chair of the Cape Cod & Islands Commission on the Status of Women, and Jim Hurley, founder of Cape Cod CAN! (Collaborative Arts Network).

Both awards are given to those who have fostered and supported human rights, concepts and ideals.

Commissioner Vice Chairman Alan Milsted said there are 2 things that are at the forefront of their mission. “One is celebrating the extraordinary diversity of the Barnstable County community and, secondly, to remind people that the human Rights Commission is here to help.”

Milsted says that one issue that came up this year, initially from complaints, ” …led us to working with The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, looking at the behavior of public transport.”

Milsted said the CCRTA already did a good job at accommodating those with disabilities, but made even more improvements.

This year’s keynote speaker is Collin Mickle, of the Immigration Resource Center.

The nine member volunteer Human Rights Commission was created to promote equal opportunity, prevent discrimination, investigate and mediate complaints and provide human rights information.

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