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GR commissioners approve human rights ordinance

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids commissioners unanimously approved a human rights ordinance at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The ordinance was proposed by the city’s Community Relations Council in April and was set for a vote in May but was postponed until Tuesday.  In that time, the ordinance has been updated based off feedback from commissioners and the community’s input at a public hearing.

City leaders say the ordinance shows that all people have a place in Grand Rapids, and it was important to put that in writing with a modern ordinance.

“We made a stand here today and said that people have the right to be here,” said Tommy Allen, chair of the community relations commission.

The approved ordinance will:

  • Add definitions for bias and retaliation
  • Add protections for discrimination based on family makeup
  • Expand the Community Relations Commission to 13 members
  • Outline complaint and referral procedures for the city’s attorney’s office and office of diversity and inclusion to follow
  • Allow the city’s attorney and diversity offices to issue citations

Calls made to police based on biases are also targeted in the new law.

People who are found to have made unnecessary calls to police based on racism or discrimination can receive up to a $500 fine. Police and dispatchers will also receive training to identify why a call is being made.

There are also protections in place for people who come forward with complaints.

The ordinance will go into effect Dec. 1. The Community Relations Commission will use that time to educate people on the new law.

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18 comments

  • Rj

    This is part of a U.N. Program called strong city initiative. Take note and notice of what is now the diversity office and what what kind of people will be heading the diversity office and who will be issued citations and for what. GR is on the verge of becoming a progressive safe space.

  • lml25

    Payne with his “Sanctuary City Proclamation ” five days ago,and now,the Bliss/Mark Washington anti-white ordinance tonight,should show the readers of FOX 17 and residents in general–who is not welcome here–whites.

    • tiredofthecrapola

      Mayor Princess & her minions are getting closer to their goal: GR becoming Detroit West. Must be nice to have more rights than others, huh??

  • lml25

    There are too many minorities here now for police to try to enforce the law–blacks/Mex have too many organizations looking out for them–NAACP,BLM the ACLU etc. Whites who are still here are dwindling in numbers and have no one to speak for them like “minorities” do. Whites are being accused of everything from racism to supremacy–all we want is a neighborhood to live in that is not crime infested,loud and your house value will go up. We need a group to speak for us–and it better happen soon or whites will start to suffer at the hands of the liberals (both white and black).

  • J.B.

    “human rights ordinance”
    But only if you are the right color or race..
    Exceptions to the law for certain races…but extra laws for others..
    Welcome to the lowest common denominator of the new just-us system.

  • dialecticrecyard

    At this point, I will not be buying real estate, investment or otherwise, within Grand Rapids city limits nor starting a business there nor doing business there if I can help it.

  • Rj

    If you believe in coincidence it’s your choice, the strong city initiative that is being implemented thru out this country are going to make sure all cities are packed with people who continue to install progressive (lazy communist) mayor’s and city council progressives who will continue to destroy and implement “diversity to protect minority’s while punishing others. How safe will you feel when air traffic controllers are hiring by diversity scores rather then qualified individuals ? It’s already happening thanks to Osama and the Black air traffic controllers union ?

  • lml25

    If the white liberal politicians think ,the blacks they are installing to run our police department,city manager’s office and other government entities,means that blacks will spare their lives when the SHTF,they are dreaming.They’ll be the first ones eliminated. So whatever their intentions–it’s totally misguided.Blacks don’t trust whites,don’t want them around except for the NBA blacks or Kanye who like having the Kardashian girls around–sex.

    • dialecticrecyard

      Exactly right. The first thing that communists have always done once they acquire power is to kill off the useful idiots. The baizuo Cat Commission members who passed this ordinance apparently don’t understand that as soon as the POCs gains real power, they and their family members will no longer be at the table but on it.

    • dialecticrecyard

      Exactly right. The first thing that communists have always done once they acquire power is to discard the useful idiots. The baizuo Cat Commission members who passed this ordinance apparently don’t understand that as soon as the POCs gains real power, they and their family members will no longer be at the table but on it.

    • dialecticrecyard

      Exactly right. The first thing that neo-m@rxists have always done once they acquire power is to retire the useful idiots. The Cat Commission members who passed this ordinance apparently don’t understand that as soon as their pets gain real power, they and their family members will no longer be at the table but on it.

  • C

    All of this ordinance is pure crap, relying on subjective interpretation by the city in its enforcement. Perhaps the most outrageous example are the words dealing with unnecessary calls “based on racism or discrimination”. If I made such a call, I’d demand to see verifiable evidence of my motive. With this ordinance, I could be fined $500 based on the intuition of some ‘trained’ city employee. As I said, it’s 100% bull. But, with the current leadership in City Hall, what else would you expect?

  • dialecticrecyard

    I see my comments are being sent directly to moderation. Hey Fox, I recently stopped reading WoodTV after 20 years due to censorship. Wanna keep my business? Don’t follow their lead.

  • dialecticrecyard

    Exactly right. The first thing that communists have always done once they acquire power is to retire the useful idiots. The Cat Commission members who passed this ordinance apparently don’t understand that as soon as their pets gain real power, they and their family members will no longer be at the table but on it.

  • dialecticrecyard

    @LML. You’re right.

    The Cat Commission members apparently fail to grasp that, come racial utopia, they won’t be at the table but on it.

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