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Friday, September 06, 2019 9:00 am

Verbatim: Faces of Fairness campaign launched

The City of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission issued the following news release today:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The City of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission is launching “Faces of Fairness,” an educational campaign designed to communicate the importance of making Fort Wayne a welcoming city for all.

The campaign will feature eight local residents explaining their reasons for supporting fair housing, equal employment opportunity, and diversity and inclusivity on the organization’s Facebook page. “Faces of Fairness” can be found at The residents include:

-- Michael Galbraith, Director of the Road to One Million for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership;

-- John Guingrich, CEO of The League;

-- George Guy, CEO of the Fort Wayne Housing Authority;

-- Leslee Hill, Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center at the NIIC;

-- Irene Paxia, Executive Director of Amani Family Services;

-- Pone Vongphachanh, Public Affairs Officer for the Upstate Alliance of Realtors;

-- Larry Wardlaw, Metropolitan Human Relations Commissioner; and

-- Fernando Zapari, Owner and Publisher of El Mexicano.

The campaign is designed to educate residents about fair housing and equal opportunity and why they are important in building a strong and vibrant community. The City of Fort Wayne General Ordinance G-21-78 makes it unlawful to discriminate in the areas of employment, housing, education or public accommodation on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, ancestry, retaliation, place of birth, disability, sexual orientation or familial status.

“It’s key to educate the community about laws that prohibit discrimination,” said Nikki Quintana, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commision. “It’s important to treat all of our residents with respect so we can build a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming city.”

If local residents believe they have faced discrimination, they may file a complaint with the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. More information may be found at