Human Rights Commission

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr March, Celebration and Awards 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a perfect opportunity to remember the power that each community member has to make change right here in Eugene. The Eugene Human Rights Commission presents an annual award to local change makers in an effort to acknowledge the time and talents they give to our community. 

2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leadership Award

Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of Eugene Human Rights Commission recognizes a nominee(s) for their contribution in the area of human rights and race relations. Please remember, anyone who has received the award in the past, is a City of Eugene employee, or is currently a member of the Human Rights Commission is ineligible for the award. 

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View previous award winners here

Meeting and Commission Information

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. The Commission focuses on its City Council-approved work plan, community matters, and working within City government. The Commission undertakes a two-year work plan, currently focused on four goals:
1) Building Commission capacity
2) Enhancing the Commission relationship and role within the City government
3) Responding to human rights concerns and trends
4) Working toward a human rights framework in Eugene

Members create working groups, designate liaisons, craft resolutions and statements, follow response protocols, and facilitate collaboration and partnerships to achieve specific, targeted outcomes. At each full business meeting (held every other month), the Commission and Committees provide a public forum, where issues can be announced or concerns brought forward from the community for broader attention or possible organized response. Finally, the Commission participates in, endorses and financially sponsors community events that are aligned with its mission.

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