Saratoga Springs

Human rights town hall planned in Saratoga Springs

Members of task force to be named
Mayor Joanne Yepsen.
Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mayor Joanne Yepsen will announce the members of a new human rights task force at a special town hall meeting next week. 

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday in the music hall on the third floor of City Hall.

Yepsen will be joined by Angelica Morris, executive director of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission. The human rights task force in Saratoga is being modeled on the Schenectady commission.

Local advocacy groups are invited to work closely with the group to ensure “maximized effectiveness in dealing with human rights concerns and programming offered in the area,” the mayor said in a prepared statement announcing the meeting.

The seven-member group will be charged with putting into action a human rights resolution passed unanimously by the City Council in December.

In expressing the need for the task force in March, Yepsen cited graffiti in the form of a swastika found in the city in the fall and an Instagram account promoting white supremacy and anti-Semitic rhetoric that lured students at Saratoga Springs High School into following it in January.

Last week, police investigated flyers promoting membership in the KKK that were placed on cars in the area of Bensonhurst Avenue and Church Street. 

Members of the faith community responded this week by placing flyers on cars promoting a community of acceptance.

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