County of Milwaukee
Milwaukee County Wisconsin
 

Human Rights Commission

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About the Commission

According to County Ordinance, the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission is charged with receiving reports on all matters concerning the equal rights of all persons within the county and, after due deliberations and open hearings, advising the appropriate department or division of county government of the proper procedures for preserving the equal rights of persons as guaranteed by the law.

The commission shall further function to:

  1. Improve understanding among religious, cultural, national, ethnic and racial groups within this community.
  2. Clarify the responsibilities which all citizens have in a modern, urban environment.
  3. Foster and promote, through all media, educational, civic, cultural, fraternal and social groups, a sense of pride, understanding and brotherhood; further the appreciation of the rich heritage which is made possible by the diverse traditions, talents and backgrounds of the county's citizenry.
  4. Acquaint citizens with their legal rights, with government and private programs, and with the resources available to meet the needs of the elderly, youth, the disadvantaged, and people with disabilities.
  5. Develop and maintain a balance sheet of human resources with this county and to recommend courses of action to preserve and improve these resources.
  6. Acquaint the citizens of this county with their property, insurance, financial and employment rights.
  7. Consider and recommend legislation and administrative regulations for consumer protection and for the maintenance of quality controls on consumer goods and services.

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Commission Members

Robert Smith, Chair of the Human Rights Commission

Dr. Robert Samuel Smith is an associate professor of history, and serves as Director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University. Rob's research and teaching considers the intersection of race and law. Rob teaches courses on african american history, the history of African Americans and the law, as well as courses on U.S. legal history. He also sits on the board of TRUE Skool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Love, Vice-Chair

Martha Love has been a community activist, political organizer and labor leader in Milwaukee County for over 37 years. Love was an AFSCME union representative who fought hard to ensure equal treatment for career workers.

Love’s experience is extensive and ranges from being past chairman of the state and county Democratic party. Sitting on many community and national boards, Love is currently the owner of a community relations outreach business.

Love’s goals are to continue fighting for justice as one of Milwaukee’s black history makers. Her extensive activities have provided her the opportunity to make great strides toward her goals for the community.

Love is working on a campaign to help protect our children through her television program, “What Going On “Public Access Television series. The major community issue in Wisconsin is human trafficking. Our youth between the ages of 11 and14 years are the trafficker targets. Love's volunteering with the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee has helped to create the awareness about the epidemic of sex trafficking in Wisconsin.

Love‘s has a great deal of respect for Milwaukee County and although retired, she will continue to work diligently to have an impact on the community.

Any questions, call Martha at (414) 687-1730.

 

Supreme Moore Omokunde, Commissioner

Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde was elected by the 10th District on April 7, 2015. Born and raised in Milwaukee, he learned the value of community and social empowerment through his parents, Reverend Dr. Tolokun Omokunde and Representative Gwen Moore. From an early age, he has dedicated his time and values toward the advancement of social issues and the betterment of his community.

With over 15 years of experience with community organizing and volunteering, Supervisor Moore Omokunde has received training in community leadership through The National AmeriCorps Program, Public Allies, The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Riverwest Neighborhood Association and the board of TRUE Skool. Prior to joining the County Board, he served as the community organizer for the Sherman Park Community Association where he worked with block clubs, established the Friends of Sherman Park group and helped to formulate a Neighborhood Improvement District. The 10th District is strong in character and opportunity, and Supervisor Moore Omokunde hopes to meld the community’s strengths and challenges in an effort to create a more united neighborhood.

Supervisor Moore Omokunde is Vice Chair of the Health and Human Needs Committee, and a member of the Finance, Personnel, and Audit Committee and the Economic and Community Development Committee. Additionally, he is looking forward to serving on the Milwaukee Public Museum Board of Directors and the Human Rights Commission.

 

Jason Rae, Commissioner

Jason Rae is a member of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission and served as Chair from 2012 to 2017. Professionally, Jason works at Nation Consulting, a Milwaukee-based public affairs firm and serves as President and CEO for the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Jason is the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, one of nine nationally elected officers. He is also a board member for the United States Capitol Page Alumni Association. Jason is an active member of the Bay View United Methodist Church and chairs the Accountable Leadership Board. Jason graduated from Marquette University in 2009. He currently lives in Glendale with his husband.

 

 

Reverend Willie Brisco, Commissioner

Rev. Willie Brisco has been the President of MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope) since 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

Danielle Bailey, Secretary

Danielle Bailey is an employment discrimination attorney, mother, legal writer and trainer, human rights and social justice advocate embodied in her various volunteer positions with non-profits focused on arts and education, LGTBQ issues, racial equity and inclusion, and professional diversity and the law. She is the President of the TRUE Skool Board, Founder and Past President/current Board Director for the LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin, Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee Member for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and more. Her spirit of service is embodied in both her professional and personal life as she constantly strives to improve her own and others’ lives. She currently lives in Glendale with her wife and two young children.

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