Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

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Lancaster County Democratic Committee Condemns the Lancaster County Commissioners’ Decision to Abolish the HRC

LANCASTER, PA (Nov. 17, 2010) — The Lancaster County Democratic Committee condemns the Commissioner’s decision today to abolish the county’s Human Relations Commission and the Commissioner’s abandonment of the county government’s responsibility to address discrimination in Lancaster County.

The Commissioner’s claim that the Lancaster County Human Relations Commission is a duplication of service and that county residents can obtain the same level of service in a timely fashion from Harrisburg is a blatant lie. Justice delayed is justice denied. Forcing residents and businesses to incur prohibitive expense to achieve justice is denial of equal protection of the law.

The Lancaster County Democratic Committee will continue its work with the affiliated organizations that make up the Committee to Defend Civil Rights in Lancaster to assure that the civil rights of all county residents are protected by local ordinance and administrative process.

It is inconceivable to us, that the county in which Thaddeus Stevens lived and worked would arbitrarily deny equal protection guarantees from it governance responsibilities to the citizens that it is sworn to protect.

By its principles, the Lancaster County Democratic Party is bound by its policy of nondiscrimination and the guarantee of equal protect of the law for all residents. Therefore, we are resolved to protect the civil rights of every resident regardless of race, gender, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation by any legal and political means possible.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - The Lancaster County Commissioners voted today 2-1 to eliminate the county's human relation commission. The ACLU of Pennsylvania strongly objects to the closure of the commission and believes that local human relations commissions are essential to protecting residents from discrimination.

The following statement can be attributed to Andy Hoover, ACLU of Pennsylvania legislative director:

"It's unfortunate that the Lancaster County Commissioners have chosen to take a big step backwards on civil rights. This sends a clear message that Lancaster County cares more about saving money than protecting its citizens from discrimination.

"Local human relations commissions play a vital role in addressing complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Without a local agency, Lancaster County residents will now be forced to take time off work and drive long distances to reach an office of the state human relations commission. Undoubtedly many will be discouraged from filing a complaint at all. The residents of Lancaster County deserve better."

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