Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, January 28, 2013

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

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN



6:00 PM, Call to Order and Roll Call


Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Emily Froehle, Lonnie Nichols, Michelle Monteiro, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Peter Larsen, Wendy Adler Robinson, Jennifer Thompson, Marla Khan, Terrance Noble, Adosh Unni, Patricia Nelson, Danielle Shelton Walczak, G. Christine Peters, Carina Aleckson, Michael Harralson, Arlene Santiago, Gerald Strauss


Commissioners Absent: Kenneth Fukuda, Cecelia Rodriguez-Melendez, Michelle Monteiro


City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun, Velma Korbel, Casey Carl


Guest(s): None


City Clerk Casey Carl leads four new commissioners (Carina Aleckson, Michael Harralson, Arlene Santiago, Gerald Strauss) and three renewing commissioners (John Oberreuter, Marla Khan, Lonnie Nichols) in Oath of Service ceremony.


Approval December 2012 MCCR minutes; moved by Froehle, approved by consensus; Nelson, Shelton Walczak, Peters abstain.


Approval of January 28, 2013 MCCR Meeting Agenda moved by Froehle, approved by consensus.


Director Korbel welcomes new commissioners and gives inspirational speech about serving on and the activities of the commission.  Department and City staff introduce themselves and explain their respective roles as liaisons to the commission.


Interim Assistant Director Toni Newborn provides the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB).  As of January 28, 2013, there were 109 case files pending resolution with the department.  There are 14 current cases under review by the Commission: 1 Probable Cause (PC); 4 No Probable Cause (NPC) and 9 Dismissals.  Staff Newborn confirms that the department EEOC contract goals for 2012 were attained.  Eight cases have been submitted under the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) contract for review.  The 2013 EEOC contract for 100 cases runs from October 2012 to September 2013.


Commission on Civil Rights Committee Reports:

The current chair for each Commission committee provides an overview of the committee purpose, annual activities and a status update:


Contract Compliance – Did not meet, the committee will reconvene in 2013 to elect a new chair and conduct other business of the committee.  Thompson invites commissioners to join the committee and indicates that there are many opportunities for outreach.


Standards and Procedures: Commissioner Gallagher reminds commissioners that if they are an Attorney Appointee, they are required to participate on the S&P committee.  In 2013, the S&P will review internal operating procedures and it is a fun committee to serve on.


Public Relations and Education: Commissioner Khan shares that PR&E coordinates the annual MLK Essay competition and initiated a community service award in 2012; Commissioners have also been invited to attend the annual luncheon of the Domestic Abuse Project through a PR&E committee member.  The PR&E facilitates community outreach via a Face Book Page and appearances on KFAI Radio, and it is also a fun committee to serve on.  The MLK Essay Awards will be presented by the Mayor and City Council on February 08, 2013.


MN League of Human Rights Commissions: Commissioner Nelson shares that there are 40 civil rights/humans rights commissions in the state on Minnesota and that the MNLHRC serves as their unifying umbrella organization.  A new website for MNLHRC is scheduled to launch on February 23 and there is an opening for a Director Seat on the MNLHRC.


Commission Chair report: The Executive Committee will meet on January 14, 2013.  The Full Commission will meet on January 28, 2013.  Attendance will be more closely tracked in 2013; the 4th meeting absence in the calendar year is grounds for dismissal from the commission.  Saturday, February 2, 2013, has been scheduled for a Commissioner’s Orientation training; March 2013 has been designated for a Strategic Planning Meeting to follow an abbreviated Full Commission meeting.  A new Commissioner orientation is planned for 5 pm on Monday, February 25, preceding the Full Commission meeting at 6 pm.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 7:00 PM, Noble moved, approved by consensus.






Last updated Feb 26, 2013



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