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Gloucester County Human Relations Commission Available to All Residents

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said today that the Gloucester County Human Relations Commission is available to work with schools, businesses and community groups to provide counseling and education to protect citizens from discrimination.

"When I read about the incident that took place over the weekend in a Wal-Mart, I was really upset.  I am hopeful that the local police and the Prosecutors Office can determine who made the racial remarks and bring them to justice.  No one should be faced with discrimination," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.

Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said that the Gloucester County Human Relations Commission has an Education and Training Committee to work with schools and the community to provide training workshops and other resources, and the Commission also has a Crisis Response Team that can help assist in issues such as the one that took place over the weekend at Wal-Mart.

Residents can leave a message for the Human Relations Commission at 853-3260 and their call will be returned by a member of the Commission.  The Human Relations Commission is an all volunteer organization representing various members of education, faith, law enforcement and other community groups.

"It is disturbing that discrimination and racial slurs continue to exist in this day and age, it is not acceptable," said Freeholder Chila. 

Barbara Pordy, the Chair of the Human Relations Commission, said "We are available for anyone who feels that they are being treated unfairly do to their ethnic or religious background, race, sexual orientation or disability.  The commission is made up of people from many different backgrounds and we are here to promote the well-being of our community."