Take action today to ensure adoption of the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance! A public hearing is scheduled on ORD 2020-244 during the May 26th City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. and will be held virtually via Zoom. A final vote on the proposed ordinance is expected June 9th.
The proposed ordinance:
Affirms the City of Jacksonville as an “inclusive and welcoming community wherein no discrimination should occur;”
Acknowledges the City’s significant and competitive role in Florida’s economic development in the United States and internationally;
Addresses the City’s desire to attract new industries, expansions, educational opportunities, cultural events, and tourism;
Accommodates the needs, concerns and interests of Jacksonville’s diverse religious communities and small businesses; and
Recognizes that “a strong LGBT community is a vital thread in the diverse tapestry of this city.”
This ordinance revises the HRO originally passed in 2017, which was overturned in court recently based on a legal technicality. The new ordinance is co-sponsored by Councilmembers Aaron Bowman, Matt Carlucci, and Leanna Cumber.
Take Action Now!
· Call or email your city councilmember' offices and ask them to vote yes on ORD 2020-244.
· Send a public comment via email (CCMeeting05262020@coj.net)
· Join the City Council meeting at 4 pm on May 26 via Zoom.