Department of Civil Rights
Velma J. Korbel, Director
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In June of 1978, Rep. Horton introduced a joint house Resolution which proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’" This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become law.
Over the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress expanded the observance to a month for 1990. In 1992 Congress designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. A majority of the workers who laid the tracks for the transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights looks forward to celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with our community partners. Information regarding local events/celebrations and links to resources related to Asian-Pacific Heritage are found here.
Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) Meetings
The Police Conduct Oversight Commission generally meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in Room 241 of Minneapolis City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Ordinance Chapter 172 — Police Conduct Oversight
Operational Rules (PDF)
On January 14, 2014 during the regular meeting, four subcommittees were established in accordance with Rule 8 of the Administrative Rules for the general purpose of promoting the ongoing work of the Commission between its regular monthly meetings, creating forums for informal discussion among the Commissioners, and promoting efficiency at the monthly meetings by assigning committees the role of considering and providing recommendations to the whole Commission on certain actions being contemplated by the Commission:
- Policy and Procedure Committee
- Advisory Committee
- Rules and Governance Committee
- Outreach Committee
The committees shall meet an on as-needed basis at a time and place established by the chair of the committee in consultation with the committee members. All committee activities will be carried out in accordance with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Subcommittees are reviewed and evaluated quarterly as a standing part of the agenda by the commission. (Committees will provide regular progress reports and will retain the option of rotation of committee members as needed, at the discretion of the Chair and the subcommittee chair.)
Last updated Mar 7, 2016