WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has appointed 19 Illinois citizens to its Illinois State Advisory Committee.
Kimberly Tolhurst, Delegated the Authority of the Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, announced the appointment of Barbara J. Abrajano, Nancy C. Andrade, Lisa E. Bernstein, Sunny P. Chico, H Yvonne Coleman, Sandra C. Jackson, B. Herbert Martin, Kamran A. Memon, Malik S. Nevels, Gordon M. Quinn, Cynthia C. Shawamreh and Betsy Shuman-Moore of Chicago; Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos of Chicago; Jonathan J. Bean of Carterville, James F. Botana of Oak Park, Louis S. Goldstein of Riverwood, Ennedy D. Rivera of Highland Park, Anthony Sisneros of Springfield and Farhan Younus of Downers Grove. Commissioners appointed Barbara J. Abrajano of Chicago as Chairperson. The appointments are for two years and members serve without compensation.
Congress has directed the Commission to establish state advisory committees (SACs) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to study issues and forward advisory reports to the Commission on matters within the agency's jurisdiction that reflect the views of the majority of SAC members producing the report.
The SACs' advisory reports to the Commission are wholly independent, and reviewed by Commission staff only for legal and procedural compliance with Commission policies and procedures. SAC reports are not subject to Commission approval, fact-checking or policy changes.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Members include Chairman Martin Castro and Commissioners Roberta Achtenberg, Todd Gaziano, Gail Heriot, Peter Kirsanow, Abigail Thernstrom, Dina Titus and Michael Yaki. The Commission's website is http://www.usccr.gov.
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SOURCE U.S. Commission on Civil Rights