San Francisco - Seven years after September 11, 2001, the city agency charged with fighting discrimination continues to take a stand against discrimination and harassment faced by people who are (or are perceived to be) Muslim, Middle Eastern or South Asian. Since 9/11, over 1,000 charges were filed nationwide alleging post-9/11 backlash employment discrimination; with 161 charges, California ranks as the fourth highest among states reporting this type of discrimination. In addition, charges of religious discrimination against Muslims have more than doubled nationally. (Source: U.S. EEOC statistics, as of 6/11/2008). "These statistics present a serious issue which we as a community have a responsibility to address," stated San Francisco Human Rights Commission Executive Director, Chris Iglesias. "This event is a chance to hear the voices and stories of those impacted and an opportunity to unite our City in problem-solving around these issues. We want to understand, discuss and share proactive solutions to this problem, knowing that what impacts one community today can impact any of our communities tomorrow. This issue belongs to all of us."
WHO: The Employment Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) will host the hearing. The HRC works to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect and promote human rights for all people. More information about the agency is available at www.sfgov.org/sfhumanrights.
WHAT: Moderated by Banafsheh Akhlaghi, civil rights activist and soon-to-be Western Regional Director of Amnesty International, a panel of experts will propose best practices based on insights from their experience in government, business, community and academia. Afterwards, community organizations and members of the public are invited to testify about their personal experiences and solutions for employment discrimination post-9/11.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 7 from 6:00pm - 8:00 pm (PST).
WHERE: Milton Marks Conference Center, California State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, by San Francisco's civic center. The location is handicapped accessible and close to BART and other public transportation.
WHY: This public hearing seeks to measure the progress and setbacks in battling this type of discrimination since HRC's previous hearing in 2002. The HRC Employment Advisory Committee will compile "best practices" from the event along with public testimony in a report to the full Human Rights Commission to make policy recommendations going forward.
RSVP: Caneel Fraser at (415) 252-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org, especially to request translation services. Those who cannot make the event but wish to submit testimony in writing should also contact Caneel Fraser.
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