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Posted on: January 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE: New Diversity Yard Signs Available

 Diversity Lawn Sign in snowy yard

The Brookings Human Rights Commission is delighted to announce the availability of free locally designed yard signs that celebrate the value and strength our community derives from the diversity of our residents. These attractive signs depict outstretched hands of diverse hues and proclaim: “Diversity is what makes Brookings great!”

These signs are intended to complement the signs the Commission has distributed for the past several years that display multilingual expressions of the sentiment “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”   With this new sign, residents now have more options with which to visibly promote inclusivity. 

It is the hope of the Brookings Human Rights Commission that displaying these signs will not only reinforce the City’s welcoming environment, but will also propel residents to reach out to their neighbors, build bridges of connection, and foster further dialogue. The signs are made possible, in part, by a donation from Van and Barb Fishback.  Please remember, signs must be placed in your yard, not on the boulevard or public property.  Signs may be picked-up at the Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230, City Administration offices.

The Brookings Human Rights Commission has the power to investigate allegations of discrimination. Other programs include:  

  • The study of the existence, character, causes and extent of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, property rights, education and public services.  
  • Advise and provide a forum for those subjected to unfair and discriminatory practices in the City and County.  
  • Advise City officials concerning issues of discrimination.  
  • Conducting educational programs and disseminating information to further the commission’s policy to eliminate discrimination in the city.
  • As appointed by the Mayor, serve as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison for the City of Brookings.

For more information, please contact the Brookings Human Rights Commission at (605) 692.6281.

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