Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, May 21, 2012

Minneapolis City Hall, Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Room - 241

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN



6:04 PM, Call to Order and Roll Call


Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Emily Froehle, Wendy Adler Robinson, Peter Larsen, Lonnie Nichols, Terrance Noble, Patricia Nelson, Michelle Monteiro, Jennifer Thompson, Surya Rochel, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Michael McHugh


Commissioners Absent: Kenneth Fukuda, Marla Khan, Cecelia Rodriguez-Melendez, Danielle Shelton Walczak, Adosh Unni


City Staff: Carol Bachun, Lee Zutz, Johnnie Burns, Toni Newborn, Michael Browne, Sherman Patterson


Guests: None


Chair Froehle moves approval of the meeting agenda; approved by consensus with Rochel abstaining.


Approval April 16, 2012 MCCR minutes; Moved by Froehle and approved by consensus with Rochel, Monteiro and Thompson abstaining.


Michael Browne, Civil Rights Assistant Director provides report on Probable Cause (PC), No Probable Cause (NPC) and Dismissals, indicating that as of May 21, 2012, there are 87 case files pending resolution with the department.  There are seven (7) current cases under review by the Commission; 1 PC, 2 NPC and 4 Dismissals.  There were 86 cases 1-12 months age, one (1) case in the 13 – 30 month category and zero (0) cases were older than 31 months.  Any case over 365 days old is deemed to be in the backlog.  AD Browne indicates that 139 cases have been contracted for the 2012 EEOC, with 49 cases having been submitted to date for credit.


AD Browne shares that an annual report commission activities was presented to, received and filed by the City Council; and, invites Commissioners to join Civil Rights Department Staff at two upcoming events in June, Juneteenth and the Pride Festival.


Commission on Civil Rights Committee Reports:

Contract Compliance – McHugh shares that there is currently $169.2 Million (M) of public funds under contract in the City of Minneapolis being monitored by Department Staff for EEOC compliance.  An additional $51.5 M of public funds are pending implementation with approximately $200 M more in stages of preliminary development.  If approved, Vikings stadium funding would be new public funding contracts to monitor.


Standards and Procedures: Gallagher reports that S&P did not meet in May, but is scheduled to meet June 11 at 5:30 PM in City Hall – Room 241-MLK Conference Room)


Public Relations and Education: Commissioner Casey calls for nominations to be submitted by Commissioners for the MLK Community Member Award.  Commissioner Khan has set up a Facebook page for the Commission, those who want to post content on the page should submit it to Commissioners Khan and Casey for review.  The On-Air presentation with KFAI radio which occurred on Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 AM was deemed to be a success.  General information on the commission was provided and two fall 2012 issues were discussed, Voter ID by Noble and the Same Sex Marriage Amendment by Unni.  Commissioner Nelson reported that call-ins to the station doubled from the first Commission presentation on KFAI.


League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: Commissioner Nelson distributes two Resolutions that have been passed by the LMHRC:  Resolution 04-28-2012B counters Bullying and Harassment by supporting organizations to take positive steps which encourage respect, acceptance and full participation for all people in Minnesota; Resolution 05-12-2012A encourages educational programs and activities that foster a welcoming environment for all of Minnesota’s residents including immigrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.


Commissioner McHugh suggests that September may be a good month for a joint meeting between the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civil Rights Commissions, as the St. Paul Commission does not have regularly scheduled meetings in the summer.


Commission Chair report: Froehle affirms that the schedule for the Appeals Committee remains the same as announced in April.  The Appeals Committee for May is Thompson Presiding with panel members Peters and Casey, and Khan as the Alternate.


Chair Froehle emphasizes the call for nominations and encourages Commissioners to submit entries for review for the MLK Community Member Award.  The Chair thanked those commissioners who participated on KFAI radio Sunday, May 6, also feeling that the hour on-air could be deemed as successful outreach for the commission.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 6:35 PM, moved by Thompson and approved by consensus.




Last updated Jun 22, 2012



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