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Human Rights Commission

The Commission is empowered to assist victims of civil rights violations within the City and to enlist the cooperation of various racial, religious, ethnic, civic and other organizations to help eliminate discrimination and achieve harmonious inter-group relationships. The work of the Commission is carried out by committees which focus on issues relevant to our community:

We respond to acts of local discrimination.

We investigate complaints of discrimination and fair housing violations that are filed with our office.

We mediate disputes to achieve resolutions.

We educate the public through challenging and informative programs and discussions on human rights issues.

We maintain a working relationship with teachers, administrators, students and parents to support Newton schools’ diversity curriculum.


Human Rights Commission Ordinance 2014


Statement from February 7, 2017 Meeting

We, the Newton Human Rights Commission, support the Welcoming City Ordinance proposed by Mayor Warren, Police Chief MacDonald, and all co-docketers, including many city councilors and former Mayor David Cohen. 

We believe this ordinance promotes the mission of the Human Rights Commission by affirming Newton as a safe and welcoming city for all, regardless of immigration status.

Gay Pride Flag Raising

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