April 4, 2007, 11:30 a.m.
Human Relations Commission Agenda
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of Minutes
5. Legislative Update: Cheryl Bergian, North Dakota Human Rights Coalition
6. FHRC Activities
a. Review material from the FHRC’s annual planning meeting
b. Update on the Know Your Rights Initiative
7. Funding Requests
8. Public Comment (12:15)
9. Other Business not Listed on the Agenda
Fargo Human Relations Commission Minutes
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall
Item 1: Welcome and Introductions (11:30 a.m.)
Chair Kobrinsky welcomed everyone and introductions were made. Commissioners present were Janeen Kobrinsky, Alisha Ankers, Joy Rice, Amy Phillips, Yoke Sim Gunaratne and Prairie Rose. Chuck Stebbins, Fowzia Adde and Hatem Nour were not present. Staff present was Dan Mahli and Hali Durand.
Item 2 & 3: Approval of Agenda and Minutes (11:31 a.m.)
Ankers moved to approve the agenda as presented. Second by Prairie Rose. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried. Ankers moved to approve the minutes from the March 7 FHRC meeting. Second by Rice. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 4: Announcements (11:33 a.m.)
Prairie Rose brought brochures and invited the FHRC to the 38th Annual UNDIA Time-Out Week & Wacipi, which is scheduled on April 16-22 at the UND campus. The events include educating and celebrating American Indian cultures and traditions. This year’s theme, “Empowering All Nations: Unity through Wellness”, will address the seven dimensions of wellness (environmental, intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, occupational, and emotional). For more information about the event, contact the UND Indian Association at 701.777.4291 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mahli announced that the Metro Area Mayors Commission for People with Disabilities Award Luncheon will be held Thursday, April 5 at 12:00 p.m. at the Ramada in Fargo. Mahli also announced that Minnesota State University of Moorhead will hold its 12th Annual Unity Conference on April 12 & 13. The theme is “Nuestra Epoca: Valuing Latinos in the American Tapestry”. The conference offers opportunities to learn and discuss issues that affect Latinos. Mahli will email more information to the Fargo Human Relations Commission.
Item 5: Legislative Update: Cheryl Bergian, North Dakota Human Rights Coalition (11:38 a.m.)
Cheryl Bergian mentioned the “US Social Forum” and provided registration and scholarship information.
Ms. Bergian handed out brochures on the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. The NDHRC works toward enhancing human rights in North Dakota through information, education, and legislative action.
Ms. Bergian also presented a Legislative Update. The areas of NDHRC interest include: Education, Human Rights, Human Services, Reproductive Rights, Workforce Safety & Insurance, and Worker’s Rights. For a complete description of the bills in the NDHRC’s Legislative Update, please refer to www.ndhrc.org or call the NDHRC at 701.239.9323.
Item 6: Public Comment (12:15 p.m.)
There was no public comment.
Item 7: Fargo Human Relations Commission Activities (12:16 p.m.)
Review material from the FHRC’s annual planning meeting
The FHRC discussed and approved the 2007 Activities Plan. Hatem Nour and Amy Phillips agreed to analyze inquiries and complaints from the last 6 years. The Executive Committee will investigate ways to strengthen follow-up in complaint resolution, work on a measurement tool and discuss the idea of preparing an annual report on the state of human relations/rights in the FM area.
Update on the Know Your Rights Initiative
Ankers updated the FHRC on the Know Your Rights employment card. Students are working on it and will bring a draft to the meeting on April 24 in the Valley Room at City Hall at 2:00 p.m. A main area of concern lies in the lack of resources in the FM area to translate the material into different languages. The committee will continue to search for translation options. Ankers also stated the committee is studying options to pay for printing the cards. The students are researching the possibility of applying for a Bremer Grant.
Item 8: Funding Requests (12:29 p.m.)
There were no funding requests.
Item 9: Other Business not Listed on the Agenda (12:30 p.m.)
Rice suggested that the Human Relations Commission write a letter in support of a proposed emergency shelter and detox center in Fargo. She feels that accurate information needs to be presented to the public. The opposition is talking about the location. Rice suggested the FHRC publicize the need for an emergency shelter. A working group is in the process of being formed to study possible shelter sites and the City Commission plans to take up the issue at its meeting on April 23. Ankers moved to draft a general letter in support of the proposed emergency shelter. Second by Rice. All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Item 10: Adjourn
The time at adjournment was 12:35 p.m.