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Groups want human rights agency in Charlottesville

Tuesday - 1/17/2012, 8:08am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Several groups are seeking establishment of a human rights commission in Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress reports that an informational forum will be held Jan. 25 in the City Council Chambers. Virginia Human Rights Commission executive director Sandra Norman is scheduled to attend.

The forum's sponsors are the Quality Community Council, University and Community Action for Racial Equality, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Chapter of the NAACP and the Legal Aid Justice Center.

Supporters say the commission would investigate and resolve employment and housing discrimination claims and work to reduce racial and social tension.

City Council would have to approve an ordinance to define the commission's scope. City officials say the General Assembly's approval of enforcement authority also likely would be needed.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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