About the Human Rights Commission

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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.

Coronavirus Anti-AAPI Racism Incident Report

As the virus Covid-19 spreads, numerous Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have reported experiencing microaggressions, racial profiling, hate incidents and in some cases, hate violence.  Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) have launched a reporting center to allow community members to report incidents of hate they have experienced. Individual information, including personal identification details, will be kept confidential and will only be shared with permission. 

Click Here to File an Incident Report

Key Focus for 2019-20:

  • Community Recognition
  • Outreach
  • Ongoing - Mediation Services
  • Film Fundraising Event
  • Community Service Awards- February 10, 2020 - 
    • The deadline to submit a nomination is now closed.

Group photo - HRC Awards 2020 (002)

Commission Meetings 

The City of Palm Springs established the Human Rights Commission in 1992. This nine member Commission is appointed by the City Council and currently meets at 5:30 P.M. the second Monday of each 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. Public comments are limited to 3 minutes maximum.

To access Commission meeting Agendas, please click here.            

Commission Participating Events:  

  • Palm Springs Dyke Rally
  • 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.

  "Storied Streets" This documentary film, directed by Jack Robbins and executive produced by Susan Sarandon, profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless and their struggle to survive. Their raw and compelling stories will change the way you feel about homelessness.


Mediation Services:

Trained mediators are available to offer their services free to the community. Mediation helps resolve disputes before they can escalate into violence or litigation.  The Human Rights Commission mediates complaints of discrimination as prescribed by City Municipal Code that can be found on the City Clerk's webpage page.  All parties must mutually agree to participate.

File a complaint:  Complaint of Discrimination Form

Documents Available:  

Contact the Commission:

For more information about the Commission, please contact:
Dale Cook, Commission Staff Liaison
Phone: 760-323-8198     TDD: 760- 864-9527



Terri Andrade

Harold Ames


Denise Chappell (Vice Chair)

Ron deHarte (Chair)

Nicki Randolph
Glenn Flood


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

HRC Student Representative Self-Nomination Form


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