FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rev. David G. Bissias
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Telephone (312) 337-4120
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Re-appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Illinois State Advisory Committee
(Chicago) - His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos has been reappointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Illinois State Advisory Committee, for a second two-year term. Bishop Demetrios, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, is one of eighteen Illinois social advocates that were selected to comprise this worthy Committee.
Effective April 15, 2011, this reappointment is an honor for the Greek Orthodox community and a testament to the countless years of dedicated effort by Bishop Demetrios, as he has worked extensively within the areas of social justice and advocacy, building bridges of understanding and improving relationships.
The Commission has 51 State Advisory Committees--one for each State and the District of Columbia. Each is composed of citizens familiar with local and State civil rights issues. The members serve without compensation and assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions, serving as the “eyes and ears” of the Commission at the state and local level. The commission advises the President and Congress of circumstances in which American citizens are being deprived of equal protection of laws because of color, race, religion , sex, national origin, age or disability.
In his extensive social advocacy and ministry, Bishop Demetrios has been most active advocating for persons living with HIV/AIDS and the abolition of the death penalty. He founded the Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS as a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church in 1992, the first formal response by the Church in North America. Twice serving as President of the Illinois Coalition to the Abolish the Death Penalty (2003-2005), his efforts led to Gov. Pat Quinn, with whom he met personally, to sign legislation putting an end to capital punishment in Illinois this past March. Bishop Demetrios has served as a Past President of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, and has worked to find common ground between the Turkish and Greek communities here and abroad through collaboration with the Niagara Foundation and other groups.