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September 20, 2016 > City commission focuses on harmony

City commission focuses on harmony

Submitted By Julie Moore and John Smith, Human Relations Commissioners

The City of FremontÕs Human Relations Commission (HRC) promotes and helps create a community environment in which all men, women and children, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or sexual orientation, may live, learn, work and play in harmony.

Initiatives from the commissionÕs 2016/2017 strategic plan include:

¥ Promoting local civic engagement through Make A Difference Day. Last year over 2,000 volunteers completed over 100 community improvement projects. School sites were painted and planted, playground equipment assembled, food was collected for the food bank, shelters were Òspruced-up,Ó seniors were assisted with home repair and yard clean-up, clothes, shoes and other amenities were collected for the homeless, and veterans were acknowledged through letters and with care packages. Make a Difference Day will be October 22 this year so if you have a project idea, or you or a group you know are interested in volunteering call (510) 574-2099 or email If you are interested in sponsoring this work, please call (510) 574-2056 or email

¥ Promoting a greater understanding of Racial/Social Equity Issues in Fremont as discussed among 11 diverse emerging leaders from the community. The cohort, selected by the HRC, met for a two day retreat in January 2016 and identified topics for further exploration and discussion. A second meeting is being planned for this fall when the group will engage in dialogue with the Police Department to better understand FremontÕs model of community policing as well criteria for police stops, use of force, and efforts to recruit officers with diverse backgrounds and language skills. The commission is pursuing funding to continue this important work.

¥ Participating in the San Francisco Pride and Fremont 4th of July Parades to honor the diversity in our community and reaffirm the CityÕs commitment to LGBT equal rights.

¥ Supporting the Economically Disadvantaged by advising the Fremont City Council to increase social services grant funding to local non-profits by over $200,000. With City Council approval, the Commission allocated approximately $600,000 in grants to agencies providing Òsafety-netÓ services in Fremont. The Commission also advises the City Council on all matters relating to human services, public and private, in the City of Fremont.

You can find more information about the Commission at and sign up for the Human Services newsletter at

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