MINNEAPOLIS COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS

Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, May 20, 2013

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

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN

 

 

6:08 PM: President Froehle Calls the Meeting to Order

 

Roll Call

Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Lonnie Nichols, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Peter Larsen, Carina Aleckson, Arlene Santiago, Danielle Shelton Walczak, Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, Terrance Noble, G. Christine Peters, Wendy Adler Robinson, Emily Froehle, Marla Khan, Michael Harralson, Kenneth Fukuda

 

Commissioners Absent: Jennifer Thompson, Patricia Nelson, Adosh Unni, Gerald Strauss

 

City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun

 

Guest(s): Terri Thao

 

Approval April 15, 2013 MCCR minutes; moved by Froehle and approved by consensus. Fukuda, Khan, Froehle and Harralson abstain.

 

Approval of May 20, 2013 MCCR Meeting Agenda moved by Froehle and approved by consensus.

 

Committee reports and updates to the full commission:

Contract Compliance: Chair Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting: Did not meet, shares that committee attendance is tracked.

 

Standards and Procedures: Chair Danielle Shelton Walczak, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:00 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting.  Chair Shelton Walzcak emphasizes the importance of Commissioner input for and in response to proposed edits and changes to Minneapolis Cod of Ordinances, Title 7 – Civil Rights, Chapter 141 – Administration and Enforcement.  After discussion, it is decided that staff Zutz will send out an electronic availability calendar via email to schedule an all commissioners invited S&P meeting(s) to review the ordinance prior to the June full Commission meeting.

 

Assistant City Attorney Bachun confirms that a quorum for S&P meetings is presence of at least one-third of the membership

Froehle recognizes that Same Sex Marriage was approved by the MN State Legislature (and is approved/scheduled to begin on August 1, 2013).

Gallagher explains that “Ban the Box” (i.e. to a question seen on some job applications requesting a response to “Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a misdemeanor?”) was also debated during the MN State Legislative session.

 

Public Relations and Education: Co-Chairs, Bernadette Casey and Marla Khan, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting.  PR&E will circulate the proposed question(s) for the Minneapolis MLK Essay Competition through staff Zutz for commissioner feedback prior to the June full Commission meeting.

 

The MCCR Executive Committee meets immediately after the monthly meeting of the full commission; and is comprised of MCCR Officers and Committee Chairs: next meeting is June 17, 2013.

 

League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: No report; Patricia Nelson, District Director of the MLHRC; League website  www.LeagueofMNHumanRights.org

 

Assistant Director (AD) Toni Newborn, Complaint Investigations Division encourages commissioners to submit ideas and suggestions for revisions to the S&P committee.  A power point presentation of the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB) is given.  As of May 20, 2013, there were 106 case files pending resolution with the department and a total of 27 cases that have been submitted for the Department’s 2013 EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) contract.  There are 10 current cases under review by the Commission: 1 Probable Cause (PC), 6 No Probable Cause (NPC), 1 Dismissals and two cases that have been remanded.

Three events in the month of June are announced: Urban League Gala; Second Chance Saturday (Mediation/Restorative Justice oriented); PRIDE festival in Loring Park.

 

Chairs report: Froehle indicates that two or three commissioners will be offered the opportunity to provide a brief check-in and update of their activities at each full commission meeting.  Commissioner Larsen indicated that he shared Commission information to the Hale, Paige, Diamond Lake Neighborhood Association and participates in an Adult discussion group as part of a Lutheran Church.  Commissioner Casey indicated that he shared Commission information to the Rainbow Bridge in St. Paul and that her husband did on her behalf to the Bancroft Neighborhood Association.

 

Public Comment: Terri Thao introduces herself.  Commissioner Nichols announces the birth of daughter Zana Rae by his wife Digna Adonis.

 

Adjournment is moved and approved by consensus.

 

 

Last updated Aug. 29, 2013