Human Relations Commission
To serve as an official agency of the City of Jackson, responsible for advising and making recommendations to the City Manager and City Council concerning good human relations, combating discrimination within the community wherever it exists, and for acting to promote needed change.
The vision of the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission is to empower and promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable city.
Meetings of the Human Relations Commission are generally held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor City Council Chambers of Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201. 2023 meeting dates:
- Aug. 16
- Sept. 20
- Oct. 18
- Nov. 15
The latest meeting information is posted on the City Meeting and Event Calendar.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
The Human Relations Commission (HRC) was established as a part of the City of Jackson government on November 19, 1963. The commission is comprised of nine members, of which at least five must be residents of the City while others may reside in Jackson County. A diversity balance is sought among members to allow for a fully representative body reflective of the City's population.
Statement on George Floyd Murder Verdict
Anti-Hate Statement on Asian American Issues
“The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission stands in sorrow and solidarity with the Asian and Asian-American Communities who are facing an escalating series of racist attacks throughout the country; these attacks are unjustified. Asians and Asian-Americans have stood on the front lines with all of our communities to help us heal and face the pandemic in our country.
Everyone deserves to feel safe! Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in the places they live, work, study, play, and worship. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. These attacks on our Asian and Asian-American communities are a threat to all of our communities everywhere.
The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission condemns violence and hate of all forms, and calls on our City Officials and community leaders to promote safety, respect, and dignity in the City of Jackson. This means investing in services to meet our communities’ needs and in restorative justice to ensure that there is accountability and healing.
We must allocate resources to organizations that have the trust of and strong connections with our most underserved areas of the city to provide human services, health care, and mental health support. All of our efforts must be inclusive and equitable, from economic relief to vaccine distribution.
We the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission stand with our community to confront racism, injustice, and their root causes. We must continue to work together in solidarity with all communities of color including Asian and Asian-American, Immigrant, LGBTQ+ and others to oppose hate crimes and racism within our city.”
Statement on Patrick Lyoya Shooting
Here we are again. As a nation, we are mourning the killing of another Black man during a routine traffic stop. We, the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission, would like to extend our deepest condolences to Patrick Lyoya’s family. We stand with them as they seek justice and accountability for the unconscionable killing of their loved one.
Mr. Lyoya’s untimely death reminds us of our obligation to create a culture where everyone is afforded the same dignity and respect within their communities. The killing of this young man underscores the continuing and urgent need to re-imagine the approach to community policing in our country fundamentally.
The Human Relations Commission works within the City of Jackson to address the historical disparities faced by communities of color. We will continue to constantly revisit the practices and policies in place to meet our entire community’s need for protection and law enforcement services.
The Human Relations Commission welcomes opportunities to partner with other organizations.
James Johnson Jr.Chair
Cheryl RaglandVice Chair
Miriam Brown DorseyCommissioner