About the Human Rights Commission

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The City of Palm Springs established the Human Rights Commission in 1992. This niSolid Blue PSHRC Logone member Commission is appointed by the City Council and meets at 3:00 P.M. the second Monday of the month at City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA. 

Meetings are always open to the public and the Commission invites anyone with a human rights issue or question to speak during public comments at the beginning of each meeting.

 Palm Springs Human Rights Commission

The Mission of the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission is to promote and protect the diversity of our community and to improve human relations through education and community awareness.


Key Issues of Focus for 2016-2017:Jack, Dee Dee and Suzanne

  • October 10, 2016 - Homelessness
  • October 12, 2016 - Educational Film Event on Homelessness (Main Library)
  • November 14, 2016 - Homelessness
  • December 12, 2016 - Homelessness
  • January 9, 2017 - Race Relations/Equality
  • February 13, 2017 - Community Service Awards (City Council Chamber)
  • March 13, 2017 - Race Relations/Equality
  • April 10, 2017 - Race Relations/Equality
  • May 8, 2017 - Human Trafficking
  • June 12, 2017 - Human Trafficking
  • July 10, 2017 - Human Trafficking
  • Ongoing - Mediation Services

Events the Commission Participates in:                     Commission's booth at 2012 PSNIC picnic & expo                   

  • Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Riverside County Homeless Point-In-Time Count
  • Black History Month Parade
  • Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS) Picnic & Community Expo
  • Palm Springs Human Rights Commission Community Service Awards
  • Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
  • Other Community Outreach Activities

Documentaries Shown by the Commission:

 "for my wife..." This award winning documentary film humanizes the struggle for full LGBT marriage equality through the story of Kate Fleming and Charlene Strong.

(Pictured here are Charlene Strong, Attorney Christopher Heritage and former Human Rights Commissioner Steve Bolerjack during the Q&A following the screening of "for my wife...")

"The Purepecha 'Poorest of the Poor' " This documentary traces the struggle of these Mesoamerican people who settled in a dilapidated trailer park known as Duroville on the Torres-Martinez Reservation in Thermal, about 30 miles east of Palm Springs.

Programs and Services:

Mediation -- Trained mediators are available to offer their services free to the community. Mediation helps resolve disputes before they can escalate into violence or litigation.

Complaint of Discrimination Form

Documents available:

 Community Service Award recipients

For more information about the Commission, please contact Dale Cook, Staff Liaison, at 760-323-8198, TDD 760- 864-9527 or via e-mail at dale.cook@palmspringsca.gov.

The Human Rights Commission Chair is Wes Rankins
The Human Rights Commission Vice Chair is Denise Chappell

Wes can be contacted via the staff liaison at dale.cook@palmspringsca.gov

Student Representatives:

The Human Rights Commission has two non-voting student representatives, one from Raymond Cree Middle School and one from Palm Springs High School.  For more information about the schools, please check out their websites: www.RCMSMatadors.org and http://schools.psusd.us/ps/


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