RESOLUTION

 

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING AN AD HOC COMMITTEE OF THE

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO ADVISE THE BOARD ON MATTERS

RELATING TO HUMAN RIGHTS

 

            WHEREAS, the right to live free from discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status or disability is one of the most basic rights of man and is a cornerstone to the lives of all citizens of the United States, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Fauquier County; and

 

            WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, by enactment of The Virginia Human Rights Act of 1987, as amended, authorized action by local governments to work against discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status or disability; and

 

            WHEREAS, the 2000 Decennial Census reveals that the residents of Fauquier County are an increasingly diverse mixture of races, colors, religions, national origins, sexes, ages, marital status or disabilities; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors is committed to the proposition that all residents of Fauquier County have the right to live free from discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status or disability; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED, by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 19th day of April 2004, That an Ad Hoc Committee be, and is hereby, established to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters relating to human rights; and, be it

 

            RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Committee shall consist of nine (9) members who shall be residents of the County and broadly representative of the racial, sexual, religious, ethnic, age and disability groups in the County and the Committee and its Chairman shall be appointed in accordance with the appointment process set forth in the Bylaws of the Board of Supervisors; and, be it

 

            RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Committee shall act as a clearinghouse for information on human rights, as conduit for the citizens of the County to the Commonwealth's Council on Human Rights with its enforcement and regulatory authority, and shall also be charged with the duty and responsibility of recommending to the Board of Supervisors human rights issues affecting Fauquier County and worthy of study.