EVENT: Borough Human Relations Ordinance discussion. Date Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 pm United Memorial UMC in the Sanctuary 42 South 3rd Street Lewisburg, PA Human Relations Ordinance: ndolewisburg.wordpress.com/
Please come and show your support.
It is important to note that this ordinance is in no way designed to be punitive, but rather it is aimed to send a message that our community is open and inclusive of all people, and that we take seriously discrimination of any sort. Our intent is to promote inclusivity and to give voice to those experiencing discrimination in our town. While we realize we cannot legislate good behavior, we can create a mechanism to address complaints that could possibly provide new understanding and acceptance of each other.
We are fortunate to have the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center as part of our community; by partnering with them in this innovative and human centered way, we can avoid litigation and help parties communicate with each other. The hope is that individuals can clearly discuss their differences and possibly understand and appreciate one another more. The mediators will not be there to solve problems but to help the parties have a productive conversation about the issues/conflict that bring them to mediation. Of course the hope is for everyone to gain a better understanding and acceptance of all people.
For those that choose not to go the route of mediation, we would refer folks to the PA Human Rights Commission for possible legal action.
By passing this ordinance, we will be joining 52 other communities, in Pennsylvania, who have already passed similar ordinances. As some of you are aware, we have been getting some push back, so please consider signing up (link below) Also, come to the CommUnity Zone Tuesday - Friday between 1 and 4 to pick up your free CARE (Community Alliance for Respect & Equality) shirt to wear. The visual of all of us wearing these shirts will be very powerful.