Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, July 17, 2013

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

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN



6:04 PM: President Froehle Calls the Meeting to Order


Roll Call

Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Lonnie Nichols, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Peter Larsen, Arlene Santiago, Danielle Shelton Walczak, Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, Terrance Noble, Wendy Adler Robinson, Emily Froehle, Michael Harralson, Kenneth Fukuda, Patricia Nelson, Adosh Unni, Gerald Strauss


Commissioners Absent: Marla Khan, G. Christine Peters, Carina Aleckson


Chair Froehle announces that Commissioner Jennifer Thompson offered her resignation from the Commission to spend more time with her family.


City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun, Michael McHugh


Guest(s): None


Approval June 17, 2013 MCCR minutes; moved by Froehle and approved by consensus; Rodriguez-Melendez and Santiago abstain.


Approval of July 17, 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: Assistant Director Michael McHugh shares that Women and Minority employment statistics in the City of Minneapolis are now posted online (Civil Rights Department – Contract Compliance link).  AD McHugh gives a demonstration of how to find and review these employment statistics on the City’s website.


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 reminds the Commission the importance to receive 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.  Staff Lee Zutz may send out an electronic availability calendar via email to schedule an additional ordinance review meeting; next full S&P meeting(s) to review the ordinance is July 17 prior to the full Commission meeting.


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.  Casey indicates that the wording for the proposed Minneapolis MLK Essay Competition question/topic will be finalized by PR&E and shared with Commission in June.  Commissioner Unni shares initiative to collect additional information and invite one or more regionally recognized speakers to a Commission Meeting to present on “how to organize and facilitate a public hearing”.  Unni, Strauss and Shelton-Walczak volunteer to set up an adhoc task force within the PR&E committee.


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 July 17, 2013.


League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: Patricia Nelson, District Director of the MLHRC, said that the League did not meet due to inclement weather; next meeting will be on July 27 in Red Wing, MN.  Commissioners Nelson and Fukuda will attend; the League website is www.LeagueofMNHumanRights.org


Interim Assistant Director (IAD) Toni Newborn, Complaint Investigations Division presents a power point presentation of the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB) is given.  As of July 15, 2013, there were 97 case files pending resolution with the department and a total of 60 cases that have been submitted for the Department’s 2013 EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) contract.  There are 5 current cases under review by the Commission: 1 Probable Cause (PC), 3 No Probable Cause (NPC), 1 Dismissal.

IAD Newborn says that approximately 40,000 people attended MPLS Pride; from 2000 surveys distributed at Pride, 1374 had been returned.  Newborn also shares that Minneapolis Civil Rights Department Director Velma Korbel was interviewed by National Public Radio.


Chairs report: Froehle continues opportunity for two or three commissioners to provide a brief check-in and update of their activities at a full commission meeting.  Commissioner Santiago and IAD Newborn provide a verbal travelogue of their shared experience in Cape Town, South Africa.  The sharing of photos in a PowerPoint is suggested and Chair Froehle comments that sharing such interesting adventures would be welcomed at future meetings.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 7:01 PM is moved by Robinson with second by Rodriguez-Melendez; approved.




Last updated Aug 29, 2013



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