Human Rights Commission

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The Township of Woodbridge acknowledges the need to ordain a formal Commission charged with responsibility of aiding in the elimination of biased incidences in our Township due to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

The Township is also aware of the recently enacted New Jersey State Law against discrimination, codified at N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq., which specifically authorizes municipalities within the State to appoint local commissions on civil rights to aid and effectuate the purposes of that Act. Although the Township currently has in place a Human Relations Committee, it believes it to be in the best interest of the residents of the Township of Woodbridge that the Township officially creates via Ordinance a Human Rights Commission so that the work of the Commission will be perpetuated superseding the Committee, until repealed by Ordinance.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Commission shall be to make recommendations to the Mayor and Township Council for the formulation of policies in an attempt to foster, through community effort or otherwise, goodwill, cooperation and conciliation among the groups and elements of the inhabitants of the Township with the intent of eradicating bias incidents in our community due to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation. Additionally, the Commission is to also assist or make recommendations to the Mayor and Township Council for the development of policies and procedures in general and for programs of formal or informal education that will aid in eliminating all kinds of discrimination, mentioned above and shall have such further powers and duties as may be provided by the law against discrimination of the State of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.).

Purpose

  • To inform and educate our residents about the vast array of community services provided by the Township
  • To provide a forum for discussion regarding community issues and concerns
  • To promote goodwill, cooperation, and trust among the diverse groups of residents in our community.
  • To eradicate bias in our community due to race, color, creed, gender, ethnicity, physical, mental, or cognitive disability, religious affiliation, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. 

Members 

Glenn Morgan - Chair (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23) 

Patricia Osborne - Vice Chair (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23) 

Carrie Louer (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23) 

Rayshma Ali (Term 1/1/21 - 12/31/23)

John Papagiannakis (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23)  

Jenny Rosado (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23)  

Gary White - Sargent at Arms (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23)  

Adopted Resolution: Click HERE

Meeting Dates: 2021

NOTE: 2021 MEETING DATES HAVE MOVED TO 6:00pm IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

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  • January 11, 2021 (Reorganization)
  • February 8, 2021 (Presenters: Genova Burns)
  • March 8, 2021 (Woodbridge School District Elementary MLK Essay Contest Winners)
  • April 12, 2021 (Presenters: Genova Burns & Mercury) 
  • May 10, 2021 (Presenters: Dr. Bonnie Nolan & Addiction Services)
  • June 14, 2021
  • July 12, 2021
  • August 9, 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • October 18, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • December 13, 2021

All meetings of the Municipal Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, One Main St., Woodbridge, NJ 07095 at 6:00 p.m.

The Council Chambers will be set up for participation to be in compliance with social distancing guidelines set by the State of New Jersey in place on the given date.

Past Meetings: 2020

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Celebrate Black History: A 2021 Virtual Presentation

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MLK Remembrance

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MLK Essay Winners: March 8th, 2021

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 Subcommittee list: 

 

1. Addiction, Grants, Mental Health Initiatives 

Chair: RAYSHMA

Member: JOHN

Member: PAT

 

2. Genova Burns 

Chair: CARRIE 

Member: PAT

Member: GLENN 

 

3. Township Recreation Department

Chair: GARY 

Member: PAT 

 

4. Woodbridge Board of Education - Diversity Curriculum and programs 

Chair: PAT 

Member: GARY 

Member: CARRIE 

 

5. Affordable Housing/Low Income Housing 

Chair: JENNY 

Member: JOHN 

Member: PAT 

 

6. Diversity Events for Residents 

Chair: GARY 

Member: CARRIE 

 

7. Senator Vitale and Craig Coughlin 

Chair: GARY 

Member: PAT 

Member: JOHN

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