Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, September 16, 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, Arlene Santiago, Patricia Nelson, G. Christine Peters, Wendy Adler Robinson, Michael Harralson, Kenneth Fukuda, Gerald Strauss, Carina Aleckson, Peter Larsen, Marla Khan, Terrance Noble, Emily Froehle


Commissioners Absent: Adosh Unni, Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, Danielle Shelton Walczak


City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun


Guest(s): Two University students


Approval August 19, 2013 MCCR minutes; moved by Larsen and approved by consensus with Froehle, Nelson and Peters abstaining.


Approval of August 19, 2013 MCCR Meeting Agenda is 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 Tony Newborn says that staff is assessing how the activities of the CC committee can be better integrated with the Department.  Karen Francois is the acting Assistant Director of the Contract Compliance Division of the department.


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.  S&P did not meet as a full subcommittee, but continues to review and respond to proposed edits and changes to Minneapolis Cod of Ordinances, Title 7 – Civil Rights, Chapter 141 – Administration and Enforcement.


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 distributes copies of a flyer for the Minneapolis MLK Essay Competition and indicates that an email may be circulated as well as to talk it up on FaceBook.  Khan distributes copies of a flyer for “Transforming Families” the annual luncheon to benefit the Domestic Abuse Project, which will be held at noon on October 15 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.  A sign up list for attendees is circulated.


Strauss moves, Harralson second to establish a working group to adopt a public hearing structure that includes: quarterly meetings, 3 to 5 commissioners appointed by the full commission, session format prescribed by the working group, and location to be selected by the working group.  Approved by the commission with the first working group meeting scheduled for October 7 at 5:00 pm at Common Roots on Lyndale Avenue South.


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 September 21, 2013.


League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: Nelson is a District Director of the MLHRC and Fukuda is a Director at large; the League website is www.LeagueofMNHumanRights.org

Nelson reports that the League’s annual essay competition question has been posted on FaceBook and the awards ceremony will be in April 2014.  A study is being conducted on how members of the 43 Human Rights and Civil Rights Commissions in the State of Minnesota (that constitute the MLHRC) are selected.  The next League meeting is Saturday in New Ulm.


Interim Assistant Director (IAD) Toni Newborn, Complaint Investigations Division provided a power point presentation of the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB).  As of September 16, 2013, there were 80 case files pending resolution with the department and a total of 76 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), 4 No Probable Cause (NPC), 0 Dismissal.

Announcements: Second Chance Saturdays continue, with next meeting time of September 21; Neighborhood Fest is scheduled for October 9 from 5:30 to 9 pm at Nicollet Island Pavilion.  Both of these events are opportunities for Commissioners to interact with the public and assist department staff with tabling and miscellaneous activities.


Chairs report: Froehle extends a thank you to Commissioners Larsen and Unni for their planning and participation for the August MCCR meeting.  Froehle encourages Commissioners to publicize openings on the MCCR.  Case file reviews are scheduled at 5:00 pm on 9/18 for Froehle, Khan and Rodriguez-Melendez; and 9/27 for Peters, Strauss and Oberreuter.


Gallagher initiates discussion on Commission Members and/or Department staff offering a one credit continuing (legal) education (CLE) session to educate participants on the function of the MCCR.  Those commissioners interested indicated they could follow up with Department staff and if a CLE session was scheduled, participants would be informed of open appointments at the City of Minneapolis.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 6:59 PM is moved by Fukuda and approved by consensus.



Last updated Apr 16, 2014



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