Honor what the flag stands for

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2000

The Juneau Human Rights Commission was created by the Juneau Assembly to make sure no one is left without recourse when they have suffered unjust discrimination. A number of agencies have been set up to assist residents with such complaints. The Alaska State Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman for the State of Alaska and the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) can help with specific problems. Many organizations have their own grievance procedures and, of course, the courts are always available for those with enough resources.

The Juneau Human Rights Commission, unlike other agencies was not set up to protect a certain group of people. The Assembly in their wisdom and in the spirit of Alaska simply prohibited ALL discrimination not based on merit. No group was singled out as more deserving of protection than any other.

As we approach Flag Day, June 14, the Juneau Human Rights Commission encourages all citizens to remember that our state and national flags are symbols of the values this nation holds; a nation with liberty and justice for ALL. That is a concept to pledge allegiance to. That is a concept to honor. Let us keep in mind on Flag Day, and always, our pledge to preserve the rights of every individual to live their lives without discrimination.

The Juneau Human Rights CommissionCheri CadienteJayne AndreenJonathan AndersonKim Poole - ChairMarylou MillerMorgan LandrySarah FelixSima HermannWilson Valentine

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