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Supervisor Fletcher’s Human Relations Commission appointees, and others, to meet July 14


Read the full article by Charles T. Clark in the San Diego Union-Tribune here.

Two months ago County Supervisors unanimously agreed to revive the region’s long-defunded Human Relations Commission and a month later tasked the commission with defining the scope and mission of a new countywide Office of Equity and Racial Justice.

That office will likely play a role in directing millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, making the membership of the 31-person Human Relations commission even more important — especially as protests persist over police brutality and systemic racism.

Although 11 seats remain unfilled, San Diego County has at least 20 new commission members. They come from a variety backgrounds, ranging from longtime community activists and behavioral health specialists to artists and gun rights advocates.

Each San Diego County Supervisor nominates three members to the commission, including one who is supposed to be between the ages of 16 and 24.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who represents much of the city of San Diego, has three appointees confirmed: Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Mohamed Taha Hassane, and Warsan Artan.

Murray-Ramirez, a longtime advocate for San Diego County’s LGBTQ and Latino communities, previously served on the San Diego County AIDS Task Force, the city’s human relations commission and the Cesar Chavez Parade Committee. Murray-Ramirez has also served the last five mayors of the city of San Diego in an advisory role and currently serves on the Sheriff’s LGBTQ Advisory Council..

Hassane is an imam and longtime religious director of the Islamic Center of San Diego. He is a member of the District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Board, Partnership in Advancement of New Americans, the Interfaith Shelter Network, and the National Conflict Resolution Center.

Artan, Fletcher’s youth nominee, is an organizer with Youth Will, a youth empowerment nonprofit, and served on the Associated Students government at SDSU.

“I want to create a county community where every community feels included and listened to, where the voices of our beautifully diverse communities are valued and included,” she wrote in her application.

Seven of the Human Relations Commission’s seats will be appointed by the commission itself. And certain community groups and agencies filled the other seats.

  • Kate Clark was appointed by the Jewish Family Service.
  • Caroline Dessert by the LGBT Community Center.
  • Rashid Essa by the International Rescue Committee.
  • Angela Elliott-Santos by the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association.
  • Ellen Nash by the San Diego Chapter of the Black Political Association of California.
  • Samuel Tsoi by the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Asian Business Association and San Diego API Coalition.

The District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department, and the San Diego Rapid Response Network have yet to announce their appointees.

The commission is expected to hold its first meeting sometime later this month.