GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-4000
(Chapter added by Ordinance No. 181670, effective March 19, 2008.)
(Amended by Ordinance No. 184880, effective September 21, 2011.) There is established in the City of Portland a Human Rights Commission. The Commission shall be staffed by the Office of Equity and Human Rights. The Commission shall consist of 11 to 15 members. All members shall serve without compensation. Appointments are for staggered terms of three years. No member may serve more than two consecutive three year terms. When a vacancy occurs, a Human Rights Commission workgroup – after consultation with the Commissioner in Charge of the Office of Equity and Human Rights – nominates, the Mayor appoints, and the Council confirms, a member to fill the vacancy. This same process shall be used when an interim vacancy occurs to appoint a member to fill the balance of the unexpired term. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor so as to provide representation from a reasonably broad spectrum of the community, including without limitation the following factors: areas of expertise, advocacy experience, community involvement, profession, education, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion and geographic identification. Members must live, work, worship or be enrolled in school within the City of Portland. Members are encouraged to establish constructive relationships with each member of Council, the City Auditor and other elected officials. The Mayor may remove a member from the Commission at any time, with the recommendation of the Commission and subject to approval by the Council.
(Amended by Ordinance No. 184880, effective September 21, 2011.) The Human Rights Commission shall work to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen intergroup relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. In doing so, the Human Rights Commission shall be guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by the Portland Plan Equity initiative. The Human Rights Commission shall report at least annually to the Council on the activities of the Human Rights Commission (to include any subcommittees or task forces as may be established) on the progress of the Commission and any recommendations to the Council for further action.
The jurisdiction of the Commission will include all practices and incidents occurring in the City of Portland which affect people who live, work, study, worship, travel or play in the City. The Commission shall have jurisdiction to address such practices and incidents through education, research, advocacy and/or intervention, but shall not have civil rights enforcement authority.