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January 2021 is Human Rights Awareness Month in Ada County

Human Rights Awareness Month Proclamation

Board of Commissioners reaffirms community’s support for human rights

BOISE –The Ada County Board of Commissioners today signed a proclamation designating January 2021 as Human Rights Awareness Month in Ada County. The proclamation underscores the importance of individual rights for all persons and encourages a spirit of community and integrity in how we conduct ourselves on a daily basis.

“This proclamation is especially important for our community as new individuals and families move here,” said Ada County Commissioner Kendra Kenyon. “We want to underscore that Ada County is a place where all people regardless of their place of birth, race, gender or sexual orientation can live, work, start a business, and raise a family without fear of prejudice or marginalization.”

“Being a community where everyone feels safe and valued is the right thing to do, and it’s good for business,” said Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo. “We are proud to encourage and cultivate behavior based on integrity and goodness. All our faith communities teach these basic tenets of a good society, and we are honored to memorialize these values with this proclamation.”

“Human rights are fundamental in building community and can foster a more positive, productive working environment that is based on dignity and respect. Etched in the stone of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Eleanor Roosevelt reminds us ‘Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home … where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination.’” Dan Prinzing, Executive Director Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

“We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history and are resolute in what the Wassmuth Center stands for: a society where Idahoans take responsibility for promoting and protecting human rights; where everyone is valued and treated with equal dignity and respect; and where everyone’s human rights are a lived reality.” Charlene Maher, President and CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho.

“At Micron, we are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone is seen, heard, valued and respected. This year we added the phrase “for all” to our vision statement, raising the consciousness of our intention, emphasizing that Micron truly values inclusion. The importance of diversity of thought and perspectives can never be overstated and in fact gives us a competitive advantage in our business. It also makes us more human. Idaho has always been a welcoming place for our team members to live and work, and a place that our global team, suppliers and customers enjoy visiting. We are investing in programs to help build a more inclusive mindset and culture in Idaho. This benefits Idaho’s economy along with all of our communities, businesses, and schools. We hope you will join us in further strengthening Idaho.” Joel Poppen, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Micron Technology, Inc

Read the full proclamation