GLENDALE -- Discrimination will be the subject Thursday when the the
League of Women Voters hosts a forum on the city's policies for
distributing federal money.
The forum, which will feature input from groups ranging from the
American Civil Liberties Union to the Girl Scouts of America, aims to
give direction to the city in its policies for dealing with federal block
Terry Bailey, president of the Glendale-Burbank chapter of the League
of Women Voters, said the event stems from an effort that began in
August, when the Glendale Human Relations Coalition pushed the City
Council to adopt stricter rules against discrimination.
The city follows federal rules for giving out block grant money: It
doesn't provide funds to groups that discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin or physical or mental disabilities.
But the coalition pushed for more stringent rules, ones that would
also ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, domestic
partner status, gender identity and other categories.
Tricia Roth, a member of the coalition and the chairwoman of its
committee on the city's policy, said the coalition does not want to tell
groups who they should and should not admit.
"What we're asking is, we don't want tax dollars to go help enforce
discrimination," she said.
When the council originally heard the coalition's request, it turned
it down, saying it had little information on the subject.
"There's just mass confusion," Bailey said. But the confusion doesn't
amount to opposition to the policies, she said.
"I'm actually very thrilled, because it seemed like there were some
people who were very opposed to this, but it seems like the community as
a whole is very supportive," she said.
IF YOU GO
The forum will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Fire Station 21, 421 Oak St.
For more information, call 247-2407.