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Human Rights Commission

The City of Newton established the Newton Human Rights Commission in 1973 to ensure mutual understanding and respect among all persons in the City by promoting acceptance of diversity and combating discrimination. The Commissioners and Advisory Council members come from all walks of life and are volunteers who live or work in Newton. 

What we do:

  • Educate the public by presenting informative programs and discussions on human rights issues.
  • Collaborate with residents, school staff, students, and businesses to support Newton's diversity initiatives.
  • Resolve complaints of local discrimination through mediation or referral to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Human Rights Commission Ordinance (2014)

Human Rights Commission Brochure



HRC meetings are open to the public. We meet at 7:00pm in Room 106C, in the rotunda on the first floor of Newton City Hall. Upcoming meetings:

  • Tues Apr 3
  • Tues May 1
  • Tues June 5 (Pride Flag Raising, Time TBD)
  • Tues Jul 17


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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