Human Rights Commission

Excerpt from the Mayor's Administrative Code:

Human Rights Commission


There shall be a human rights commission consisting of nine members. Membership shall, as far as it is practicable, be selected so as to ensure representation from those classes protected under state and federal law, including but not limited to, race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, ancestry, sexual orientation or public benefit status.

Authorities and Responsibilities

The human rights commission shall act to promote human rights in the city of Northampton. The commission shall advocate and be an information resource for the rights guaranteed pursuant to local, state, and/or federal law on the basis of race or color, gender, physical or mental ability, religion, socio-economic status, ethnic or national origin, sexual identification or orientation, or age for all persons within the city of Northampton. The mayor and city council may refer issues pertaining to human rights to the commission for review and recommendation. The commission may organize programs and events to educate about human rights.

 The Human Rights Commission is an advisory multiple-member body of the city. 


Generally meetings are held:
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • The fourth Wednesday of each month
  • City Hall, 210 Main Street, 2nd Floor Hearing Room


Commissioners are community volunteers appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by the City Council. Anyone residing in Northampton may apply. The commission can have as many as nine members.

  • Vacant
  • Karen Belleavance- Grace
    Term to June, 2019
  • Joel Morse
    Term to June, 2018

  • Brian Barnes
    Term to June, 2019

  • Christine Young 
    Term to June, 2019
  • Davina Miller 
    Term to June, 2019
  • Carla Velez
    Term to June, 2018

  • Laurie Loisel
    Term to June, 2017
  • Booker Bush
    Term to June, 2020

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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