Working Together for Equality
The Human Relations Commission is a non-legislative body and Commission members are appointed by the County Executive. While the Commission has no statutory enforcement powers, it can advise residents of the appropriate State or Federal Agencies with whom they may file a complaint to seek enforcement. The Commission's responsibilities are as follows:
- Act as an interpreter and conciliator in those instances where tensions erupt into social disturbances and offer recommendations to hasten the necessary social change which may deter the recurrence of upheaval;
- Work to remove inequalities which pertain to minority group status in such problem areas as housing, recreation, education, employment, public accommodations, and those other areas which may be instrumented by the County Executive;
- Initiate, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination, group tensions, prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry against any person or group because of race, creed, color, age, sex, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or national origin that might deprive the person or group of equal rights, protection or opportunities.
- Collect, research, assemble, and analyze pertinent data and educational materials to assist in the elimination of prejudice and discrimination;
- Conduct educational programs;
- Advise and counsel the residents of Anne Arundel County, the County Council, and County Departments on matters involving racial, religious, sex, or ethnic prejudice; inter-group rights; activities; and human relations; and
- Recommend procedures, programs, or legislation necessary to promote and ensure equal rights and opportunities.
The fourteen member commission meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Arundel Center , 3rd Floor Conference Room, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland.