Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations
The Immigrant Advance Committee of the Commission for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations of Brookline supports the Work and Family Mobility Act, a current state law that is the subject of question 4 on the November 8 ballot. The WFMA would enable all Massachusetts residents - independent of their immigration status - to obtain a driver’s license if they provide proof of identity and date of birth, pass the required driver’s test, and are properly registered and insured. The law includes safeguards to ensure the licenses would not be used for other purposes such as voting. Extending licenses to all qualified individuals would ensure that immigrants can legally make essential trips, like bringing their kids to school and getting to work or medical appointments, regardless of their status. Furthermore, ensuring that all drivers are licensed and properly insured will lead to safer roads, and is widely supported by law enforcement across the state, including the Massachusetts Major Cities Chief of Police Association. Similar laws are already in effect in 17 other states - including our neighbors in Vermont, New York, and Connecticut - and states with similar laws have reported fewer hit-and-run crashes and increased revenue from fees.
Support a welcoming environment by encouraging cooperation, tolerance, and respect among and by all persons who come in contact with the Town of Brookline (i.e. visitors, residents, employers, employees etc.) by advancing, promoting and advocating for the human and civil rights of all through education, awareness, outreach and advocacy.
The goal of the Commission is to be instrumental in eliminating discriminatory barriers to work, education and housing opportunities within the Town of Brookline. It encourages community awareness and understanding of cultural difference through the development of various activities including education programs and cultural events. The Commission is involved with Town Departments and Commissions to take meaningful steps to increase diversity, inclusion and respect in the Town’s workforce. Part of this process is to provide consultation to the Chief Diversity Officer and the Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations Commission to develop an EEO and Affirmative Action Policy. It is also active in resolving and monitoring discrimination claims and it provides consultation to aggrieved parties. The Commission also provides oversight regarding program and services that serve Brookline’s Youth.
Please consult the Town By-Law (3.14.3) for a complete understanding of the Commission’s responsibilities.