Equal Rights Commission 

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Equal Rights Commission


Our Mission: Promote and protect equality, equity, and human rights through education, enforcement and community engagement.

Our Vision: The City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commision is working toward a Milwaukee where opportunity is abundant and accessible to all by promoting racial, social, and economic equity to the residents of Milwaukee.


The Equal Rights Commission Commemorates International Human Rights Day 2022! SAVE THE DATE!





Each year, the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission recognizes community organizations, individuals, young people (under 18 years old), and businesses for their contribution to human and civil rights.  The ERC will honor the Equality Awards winners at the annual International Human Rights Day event on December 10th, 2022.

The ERC seeks nominations for the 2022 Annual Equality Awards for their exemplary social and moral responsibility, dedicated leadership, and outstanding achievement in eliminating or eradicating discrimination while advancing civil and human rights for all Milwaukeeans.  

The awards will recognize honorees in four categories:

Equality Award for Community Organizations: This award recognizes exemplary community organizations and programs that promote human and civil rights for all people and have made advancements in improving the lives of Milwaukee's residents, employees and visitors.

Equality Award for Individuals: This award recognizes individuals whose leadership, community organizing and/or devotion has advanced the fight for equality and equity in the City of Milwaukee.

Equality Award for Businesses: This award recognizes Milwaukee businesses that go above and beyond in promoting fair and diverse hiring processes and creating open and affirming work environments for all employees.

Equality Award for Young People: This award recognizes a young person-18 years of age in 2022 or younger-- who has contributed to the advancement of equality and equity in the City of Milwaukee.

Nominations are simple to submit and should be emailed to [email protected] no later than Friday, October 21st.  Please include the name and contact information of the nominee, along with a description (500 wors or less) of how they have contributed to advancing human rights for residents in the City of Milwaukee.  Submissions will be chosen by the Equal Rights Commission and International Human Rights Day Planning Committee.



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Tony Snell, ERC Chair



 Tony Snell, Chair

 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 606, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

 Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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