News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2013
Civil Rights Division celebrates one-year anniversary of “Discrimination – Report It, Don’t Ignore It”
The Civil Rights Division of Kansas City, Mo.’s Human Relations Department has celebrated the one-year anniversary of its radio show – “Discrimination – Report It, Don’t Ignore It”. The show airs every Saturday from 11-11:30 a.m. on KPRT – AM – Gospel 1590. The show originally debuted as a 12-week mini-series on July 28, 2012, but became a regular weekly program due to its popularity.
This past year, the show has addressed a number of issues pertaining to civil rights enforcement and other civil rights-related matters, including sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment discrimination, racial profiling, sports and civil rights, the black church and civil rights, and much more.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback on the show,” said Mickey Dean, assistant director of the Human Relations Department. “People say that they’ve learned a lot from the show, which means that we have been successful in informing the community about their rights.”
Upcoming episodes will cover discrimination in the fast food industry, discrimination against people with mental disabilities, and the recent Trayvon Martin case.
“There has been discussion about whether the Justice Department should file a civil rights charge against George Zimmerman as a result of his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case. We will discuss what the grounds are for filing a civil rights case,” Dean said.
All Civil Rights Division staff members have taken a turn at hosting the show. The show will continue into the foreseeable future.
Listen to podcasts of past “Discrimination – Report It, Don’t Ignore It” episodes online at http://kcmo.org/idc/groups/cco/documents/citycommunicationsoffice/rss_discrimination_podcast.rss.
The Civil Rights Division enforces the City’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on a person’s race, national origin, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status (housing), marital status (housing) and age (employment).