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Posted on: July 27, 2018


Free yard signs are now available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one per household, which read in Spanish, English, and Arabic, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Signs may be picked-up at the Brookings City & County Government Center, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230. Please remember, signs must be placed in your yard, not on the boulevard or public property.

Brookings residents are asked to proudly display a sign to visibly promote inclusivity and propel participants to reach out to their neighbors, build bridges of connection, and open further dialogue.

Brookings Human Rights Commission collaborated with Van and Barb Fishback to make Brookings a more welcoming community. When the Fishbacks learned the Human Rights Commission was considering funding another round of “We’re glad you’re our neighbor” signs, they generously offered to collaborate on this inclusive initiative, thereby tripling the number of signs.

The Brookings Human Rights Commission has the power to investigate allegations of discrimination. Other programs include: 

  • The study of the existence, character, causes and extent of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, property rights, education and public services. 
  • Advise and provide a forum for those subjected to unfair and discriminatory practices in the City and County. 
  • Advise City officials concerning issues of discrimination. 
  • Conducting educational programs and disseminating information to further the commission’s policy to eliminate discrimination in the city.
  • As appointed by the Mayor, serve as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) liaison for the City of Brookings.

For more information, please contact the Brookings Human Rights Commission at (605) 692.6281.

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