2004 Winter/Spring Edition
From the Commissioner
journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African American
to gain admission and graduate from the University of Georgia,
said it best: "If people are informed, they will do the right
thing. It is when they are not informed that they become hostages
While we are firmly committed to enforcing the law and fostering
positive relations among the City's diverse communities, we also
have a moral obligation to inform New Yorkers of the rigorous
City Human Rights Law to truly address discrimination.
Commissioner Patricia L. Gatling
We have stepped up our education efforts to increase community awareness
of the Commission's programs and the many protections the Law offers
by restructuring and expanding our community service programs, increasing
our outreach efforts, expanding our testing efforts to uncover everyday
and systemic violations of the Law, and highlighting the many successful
cases, programs and activities of the Commission through the media.
In this school year alone, CCHR has reached over 7,000 students
in 48 City schools through its School-Based Education Program and
has trained over 100 students to be Peer Mediators.
In 1839, essayist William Hazlitt wrote, "Prejudice is the
child of ignorance." Only through education will individuals
understand that with all New York's rich diversity, most people
are very similar in seeking a better life, and striving for the
same rights, protections and opportunities as the next person. I
believe this administration has made considerable progress in addressing
prejudice through education.