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Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Announces Human Rights Awards Recipients

(Barnstable, MA – December 8, 2021) – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) will present its Human Rights Awards at the Annual HRAC Awards Breakfast, on Friday, December 10, 2021, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The theme this year is Honoring the Wampanoag Nation-Keepers of the Earth. The Keynote Speaker is Jonathan James Perry. Jonathan has dedicated his work to enforcing and upholding the sovereignty of his tribal nation and maintaining cultural continuance among tribal citizens.

Human Rights Awards will be presented to outstanding local community members who have contributed to improving human rights on Cape Cod.

The Rosenthal Community Champion Award is given to an individual in the public sector who has fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals. This year’s recipient is John Reed. A former educator and head of the Cape Cod NAACP branch for 25 years, John Reed is a fierce human and civil rights advocate. He has worked collaboratively with community leaders and legislators for a half-century to identify and address the problems and needs of the underserved.

The Cornerstone Award is given to an individual who has fostered and supported human rights, concepts, and ideals. This year’s recipient is William Mills. As editorial page editor for the Cape Cod Times for over 22 years, whenever humans were hurt, or our community, national, or global ideals were compromised, Bill weighed in with writing so compelling and convincing that he became the conscience of Cape Cod.

The Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion Award is given to an individual or organization working to promote human rights. This year’s recipient is Sandra Faiman-Silva. Sandra authored The Courage to Connect about the welcoming, sexually diverse tourist enclave of Provincetown. She has long served on the board of Independence House, which provides an array of services for domestic and sexual abuse survivors throughout Cape Cod and is active in the Cape Cod chapter of Common Start Coalition, whose goal is to make high-quality early education and childcare affordable to all families.

This is a free event, open to the public; online registration is required. To register, click here

ABOUT THE BARNSTABLE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMISSION: The mission of the Human Rights Advisory Commission is to promote equal opportunity for all persons of Barnstable County regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, age, ancestry, sexual or affectional preference marital, family or military status, source of income, neighborhood or disability, where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town or county services, insurance, banking, credit, and health care. Learn more at 

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