2004 Summer/Fall Edition
Honored by Women In Islam
In June, the Women In Islam honored Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling
with the Dr. Betty Shabazz Award. The event took place at the
Schomberg Center For Research In Black Culture. Following the
death of her husband Malcolm X, Dr. Shabazz picked up where he
left off - devoting her life to working toward freedom, justice,
equality and peace among men and women.
Human Rights Specialist Miguel Ramírez was recognized several
times throughout the year for his commitment to his work and his
community. Miguel received the prestigious St. John's University
Caritas Medal and also citations from Council Member David Weprin
and NYS Assembly Members Mark Weprin and Brian McLaughlin.
the Union Square Awards honored him in November for his civic work.
He is one of the founders of Centro Hispano "Cuzcatlán"
- an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of
the Central and South American community in Jamaica, Queens.
Organizers of the June 30 Beyond Bias Conference: Breaking Barriers
to Tolerance and Trust - presented the Commission with a crystal
vase - recognizing CCHR and its Staten Island Community Service
Center for its assistance with the event at Wagner College. Project
Hospitality, El Centro de Hospitalidad, and CCHR sponsored the event
to bring Staten Island's diverse communities closer together and
Mediation Training Continues
The Commission received a $50,000 grant renewal from the JP Morgan
Chase Foundation to continue its work providing peer mediation training
in area high schools. Now in its second year, CCHR is conducting
trainings in 15 schools citywide this school year.
Rights Specialist Mark Heron trains a
student to be a peer mediator.
Planning Funds Awarded
In July, the Commission received a $13,650 Planning grant from the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This grant will
enable CCHR to design and implement a comprehensive database tracking
the activities in the Community Relations Bureau. The new program
will be rolled out in late December.