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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:39 am | Updated: 1:36 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Gilbert Human Relations Commission will present a report tonight listing allegations of racial and religious discrimination, gang activity and racial profiling within the town.

There have been occurrences of white supremacy and anti-Semitic activities, reports of disparate treatment based on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership, racial profiling by police, allegations that school texts and training materials do not represent a multicultural learning environment — although no Gilbert Unified School District materials we re rev i ewe d — a n d reports of racial discrimination by school officials, according to the report.

The four-page report will be shared with the Gilbert Town Council during a special public meeting. The report does not give details of accusations; it proposes 11 items for "immediate consideration" by the council.

The report was prepared over the past three months by the commission, which was established by the council in 2001 after the wellpublicized actions of the Devil Dogs white supremacist gang. This is the commission’s first report to the council.

"My hope is that we take a realistic look at some of the challenges that Gilbert has faced . . . and head off things that are occurring," commission chairwoman Tawn Hauptli said. "We hope to give the council some ideas and feedback to focus on and be aware of."

Hauptli said many of the listed allegations came from newspaper articles and comments from community and commission members.

"I’m going in with an open mind to see what they have to say," Gilbert Councilman Don Skousen said. "The report that they produced, I’m kind of curious on filling in a lot of the statements there."

Proposals include town involvement in diversityrelated events, school diversity programs, multicultural sensitivity training for the police department and the creation of a diversity director position.

Meeting scheduled

What: Gilbert Town Council/ Gilbert Human Relations Commission joint meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Gilbert Municipal Center, 1025 S. Gilbert Road

Information: (480) 503-6871

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