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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

April 25, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Meeting Documentation


  1. Call to Order – Mission Statement – Introductions – Jones
  2. Approval of the Agenda – Jones
    Approval of the April 25, 2017 Agenda (Please review prior to meeting)
    • Due to the requirements of the Brown Act, only changing the order of, or deletion of items may be allowed. New items may not be added.
    • Openings and Appointments – Jones
      • Administration of Oath to reappoint 5th District Commissioner Ramon Meraz
      • Report on openings
    • Consent Calendar – Jones  
      1. Approval of the March 28, 2017 Draft Minutes
      2. Public Comment on Consent Items
        • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.

      3. Vote on Consent Calendar
    • Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items – Jones
      • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.
    • Regular Calendar – Jones  
      Discussion and possible action to follow on items 4 through 8
      1. Junior Commissioner Project Updates – Smith – 20 Minutes

        Review highlights of the 2016-2017 Junior Commissioner term, including a screening of a video produced by the Human Trafficking ad hoc committee.

      2. Protocol for Responding to Concerns/Complaints Brought by the Community – Jones – 15 Minutes

        Chair Jones to present proposed response to members of the community who have reached out to the Commission to seek assistance with potential violations of human rights. Draft proposal attached to agenda packet and available through the Commission office.

      3. “Indivisible” Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign – Jones – 20 Minutes

        Commissioners will discuss the next steps for the “Indivisible” PSA campaign to include an update from the Outreach ad hoc on the marketing plan and related budgetary needs.

      4. Fundraising – Jones – 15 Minutes

        Prior to submitting a request to the Board of Supervisors for permission to raise funds, the Commission will begin to discuss the infrastructure and protocol required for a formal fundraising campaign.

      5. Administrative Items – Jones, Staff – 10 Minutes
        • Process and eligibility requirements for the FY2017-2018 Officer Elections
        • Agenda Submittal Process
        • Communications

        Additionally, Staff may provide an update on various county-based, commission-related projects, as well as review other administrative and budgetary items, as needed.

    • Ad Hoc Committees & Liaison Updates – Jones – 10 Minutes
      • Immigrants’ Rights – Kerosky, Estrin, Meraz
      • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Outreach (IOLERO) – Cervantes, Meraz
      • Homelessness in Sonoma County – Kalia, Bjorkquist
      • Junior Commissioner Project – Smith, Judkins
      • Legislative Affairs – Patterson, Basler, Smith
      • LGBTQI Task Force – Jones, McHale
      • People with Disabilities – Basler, Sapper
      • Sonoma County Racial Justice – Liaison – Smith
      • Volunteer Coordinator – Bjorkquist
    • Updates on Past Actions & Resolutions – Jones – 10 Minutes

        Commissioners to report out on items related to past actions taken by Commission, to include follow up to resolutions.

        • Resolution in Support of the Inalienable Human Rights of Residents of the Muslim Faith
        • Resolution Declaring Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Declaring Solidarity with the Stand Rock Sioux – Smith
        • Letter in support of CHAPP program regarding homelessness emergency declaration
        • Recommendations on steps to combat racism in schools – Smith
        • Resolution in Calling for the Protection of Human Rights of All Members of the Community
      • Commissioner Announcements/Communications with Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities – All – 5 Minutes
        • SRJC Petaluma We the Future Social Justice Conference, April 28, 2017; 9.00am Keynote Alicia Sanchez)
        • Commissioners Jones and Ross invited to present at Petaluma Community Relations Council May 3, 2017
        • Cinco de Mayo on May 5, 2017 – tabling opportunity
        • Petaluma Community Engagement Fair on May 7, 2017 – tabling opportunity
      • Additional Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting – Jones
      • Adjournment

      Agendas and Materials

      Agendas and Materials: Agendas and most supporting materials are available on the Commission’s website.

      Due to legal, copyright, privacy or policy considerations, not all materials are posted online. Materials that are not posted are available for public inspection between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B, Santa Rosa, CA.

      Disabled Accommodation

      If you have a disability which requires an accommodation, an alternative format, or requires another person to assist you while attending this meeting please contact:

      Commission Office,  (707) 565-2693 or email:

      Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure arrangements for accommodation. 

      Commitment to Civil Engagement

      All are encouraged to engage in respectful dialog that supports freedom of speech and values diversity of opinion. Commissioners, Staff, and the public are encouraged to:

      • Create an atmosphere of respect and civility where Commissioners, County Staff, and the Public are free to express their ideas within the time and content parameters established by the Brown Act and CHR’s standard Parliamentary procedures (Robert’s Rules of Order);
      • Establish and maintain a cordial and respectful atmosphere during discussions;
      • Foster meaningful dialogue free of attacks of a personal nature and/or attacks based on age, (dis)ability, class, education level, gender, gender identity, occupation, race and/or ethnicity, sexual orientation;
      • Listen with an open mind to all information, including dissenting points of view, regarding issues presented to the Commission;
      • Recognize it is sometimes difficult to speak at meetings, and out of respect for each person's perspective, allow speakers to have their say without comment or body gestures, including booing, whistling or clapping;

      Public Comment at Commission Meetings

      Members of the public are free to address the Commission. Public comments:

      • On items not on the agenda are heard following the consent items at the beginning of the meeting.
      • Should fall under the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission (as noted in the founding documents).
      • Are limited to 3 minutes per topic; time limitations are at the discretion of the Chair. If several individuals wish to address one topic, the time will be divided between/among speakers

      Commission members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda, and generally may only listen.

      Contact Information

      Tracy Cunha

      Deputy Clerk

      Commission on Human Rights
      County of Sonoma
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      Monday – Friday
      8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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      Sonoma County Administration Building
      575 Administration Drive
      Suite 116B
      Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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