To commemorate International Human Rights Day, a group of local community organizations will host a 2012 “Truth Commission” at The Public Library downtown.

The event is tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Organizers for the “Truth Commission” said the event was designed to expose the truth regarding “systemic human rights violations and injustices” that have occurred or are continually taking place in the Chattanooga area. Among the items mentioned by the group in a news release are chronic homelessness, barriers to insurance and medical services, minimum wages, affordable housing and food deserts.

Chris Brooks, co-director of Chattanooga Organized for Action, said organizers hope the event will bring an opportunity for members of the community to become engaged in an ongoing discussion on factors that have an everyday impact on both them and their neighbors.


“When we look at the numbers of people living in food deserts or facing homelessness or being forced to go to the emergency room for medical help, we begin to realize that we truly are facing a humanitarian crisis in Chattanooga,” Brooks said. “This event helps us move beyond the data and numbers and provides an opportunity for our city to prove that the voices of those facing these challenges really do count, and they sound just like you and me.”

Before the presentation, the event will begin with a community meal. Both are free and open to the public.