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The Continued Need To Combat A Climate of Hate


The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (TCOHR) condemns recent murderous acts, nationally and internationally, inspired by hate, religious and ethnic bigotry and unknown motives. A shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte on 30 April 2019 left two students dead—one of whom heroically tackled the assailant, leading to his capture and arrest—and four wounded. On 27 April, the last day of Passover, a 19-year old white nationalist attacked the Chabad of Poway (California) Synagogue, killing a woman worshipper and wounding the Rabbi, a child and an adult worshipper. Six days earlier, on Easter Sunday, three Christian churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka were bombed, killing 250 persons. Three historic black churches in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana were destroyed by fire on 26 March, 2 April and 4 April, the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. During Jumu’ah (Friday or congregational prayers) on 15 March two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked, leaving 51 persons dead.
These tragic events of recent days and weeks remind us of the ever-present need to combat a climate of hate, the theme of a TCOHR panel discussion at the Tompkins County Public Library on 28 February 2019. These attacks constitute an assault on human rights—to exercise freedom of thought; to embrace a religion (or a philosophy of life); the right of peaceful public assembly; the right to education; to a fair and free world; the right to life and to live in freedom and safety. Figuratively, we stand in solidarity with the communities in North Carolina, California, Sri Lanka, Louisiana and Christchurch in their efforts to recover from trauma and support of their exercise of human rights. Literally, we resolve to affirm the dignity and worth of all human beings as they pursue education, the practice of their faith or philosophy of life, their affirmation and manifestation of ethnic identity. We encourage all persons of goodwill to join us in this effort.



April 5, 2017 - Ithaca schools, human rights office, object to withdrawal of transgender guidelines- Ithaca Voice

April 3, 2017 - Joint Statement of the Ithaca City School District and the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights

February 25, 2017  - Meet the business community's Fab Five for this year - Ithaca Times

January 24, 2017 - Office of Human Rights Launches 3rd 'What Would MLK Say Today?' poster contest - Ithaca Voice

December 3, 2016 - Arts and Poetry Competition Winners Announced - Ithaca Journal

December 2, 2016 - Office of Human Rights Makes Tompkins County a Refuge - Lansing Star

November 18, 2016 - Office of Human Rights Encourages Community to Report Discrimination - Ithaca Voice

November 16, 2016 - A Close Look at the Office of Human Rights - Ithaca Times

October 1, 2015 -City Hall questions report showing rise of homelessness in Ithaca - Ithaca Voice

September 30, 2015 -Despite population growth, fewer families are living in Ithaca - Ithaca Voice

September 18, 2015 -Making a Fair Housing Action Plan - Ithaca Times

September 13, 2015 - Arts Competition Broadens Purview - Ithaca Times

September 9, 2015 - Housing discrimination widespread in Ithaca, human rights report says - Ithaca Voice

January 25, 2015 -Ithaca event celebrates human rights - Ithaca Journal

January 14, 2015 - Human rights organization gets new leaders

November 18, 2014 -Community uses arts and games to educate children about human rights - Ithaca Week

November 14, 2014 -What Would MLK Say Today? Poster Contest - Ithaca Times

November 10, 2014 -Human Rights Office Launches MLK Art Contest - Ithaca Times

November 7, 2014 -Changes in store for Tompkins human rights art contest - Ithaca Journal

November 2, 2014-Dream bigger: MLK contest expands to all human rights - Ithaca Journal

December 11, 2013 -Human Rights Commission Marks 50 Years - Ithaca Times

July 16, 2013 -Tompkins County Appoints New Director of Human Rights - Ithaca Times

October 31, 2014: Human Rights K-12 Arts Competition

November 5, 2014: "What Would MLK Say Today?" Poster Contest

July 1, 2017: 30th Annual Human Rights Arts Competition (K-12)