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

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 or view the documents folder below. 

Board Members:

  • Terri Andrade, Board Member (Term expires June 30, 2021)
  • Harold Ames, Board Member (Term expires June 30, 2022)
  • Denise Chappell, Vice Chair (Term expires June 30, 2021)
  • Ron deHarte, Chair (Term expires June 30, 2022)
  • Glenn Flood, Board Member (Term expires June 30, 2021)
  • Peter Owen, Board Member (Term expires December 30, 2020)
  • Edwin Ramoran, Board Member (Term expires June 30, 2022)
  • Donna Shepherd, Board Member (Term expires December 30, 2020)

Staff Liaison

Jay Virata, Director of Community & Economic Development, (760)323-8228 TDD: (760)864-9527

Meeting & Agenda Translations & Interpreters:

Meeting agendas and minutes will be translated into Spanish upon request. If you require the assistance of a Spanish or American Sign Language interpreter to participate in the meeting, please contact the City Clerk's Office at least 48 hours prior to the meetings.

A pedido las agendas y los minutos de las reuniones se pueden traducir al Español. Si necisita la asistencia de un intérprete en Español o en Lenguaje De Señas para participar en la reunion, comuníquese con la Oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad al menos 48 horas antes de las reuniones.

Want to Serve on a City Board or Commission?

If you are interested in serving on any of the City's Boards or Commissions, click here to learn more about the appointment process and to complete the online application.

Agenda E-Notifications

You can receive email notification of upcoming meetings and other events by subscribing to the City of Palm Springs e-notification service.

To subscribe, please click here.

Key Focus for 2019-20:

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

Group photo - HRC Awards 2020 (002)

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. To file a complaint, complete the Complaint of Discrimination Form located in the the documents folder below.

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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