Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights

Regular Meeting: November 19, 2018

Minneapolis City Hall, MLK Conference Room 241

350 South 5th St., Minneapolis, MN  55415


Meeting called to order by Chair Mokri @ 6:13pm 

  1. Roll call:
    1. Present Commissioners:
        1. Alfonso Cornish
        2. Anika Robbins
        3. Paul Hurckman
        4. Shanea Turner-Smith
        5. Mariam Mokri
        6. John Oberreuter
        7. Elizabeth Simones
        8. Amy Bergquist
        9. Dominique Jones
        10. Cindy Lord
        11. Donna Magarian
    2. Absent Commissioners:
        1. Brian Malloy
        2. David Farrar
        3. Jennifer Trooien
    3. Quorum present with 11 of 14 Commissioners present, 3 Commissioners absent
    4. City of Minneapolis Staff:
      1. Andrea Naef, Assistant City Attorney
      2. Taylor Crouch-Dodson, Liaison and Intake, Compliant Investigations Division
      3. Frank Reed, Director, Contract Compliance Division
      4. Kaela McConnon Diarra, Investigator, Complaint Investigations Division
    5. Members of Public: Chuck Turchick, David Bickering


  1. Approval of November 2018 Agenda
    1. Additions:
    2. Motion by Bergquist to accept agenda
      1. Seconded by Magarian, motion passed by consensus


  1. Approval of October 2018 Meeting Minutes
    1. Corrections: Bergquist amendment motion – Farrar not present; Bergquist absent, Jones absent
    2. Motion by Chair to accept minutes
      1. Seconded by Robbins, motion passed by consensus
      2. Abstentions: Turner-Smith; Bergquist


  1. Public Comment
    1. Chuck Turchick – sent email to Commissioners in Sept. and multiple follow-ups
      1. May 2018 Meeting Minutes – validate data/interpretation data/response to Bickering (MCCR request)
      2. August 2018 – Corfield meeting with Velma (process to request data) – why MCCR request was denied because issue was raised by a private citizens.
    2. Dave Bickering
      1. Reviewed document passed out regarding communication with the commissioners


  1. Commission on Civil Rights Committee & Task Force Reports
    1. Contract Compliance (CC):
      1. Commissioner Robbins provided summary of meeting, refer to CC Subcommittee minutes
      2. Reviewed goals and progress for the year
      3. Also liaised with Innovation team
      4. Commissioner Turner-Smith term drawing to a close; Commissioner Robbins thanked Commissioner TS for her service
    2. Engagement and Research (E&R):
      1. Commissioner Lord provided summary of meeting, refer to E&R Subcommittee minutes
      2. Reviewed approaches that civil rights organizations use to produce reports
      3. March Panel dates – conversation with stakeholder to develop learnings and merge with interviews that have already taken place
    3. Public Relations & Education (PR&E)
      1. Commissioner Robbins provided summary of meeting, refer to PR&E& Subcommittee minutes
      2. Commissioner Oberreuter will be departing the Commission after 13 years – Commissioner Robbins thanked Commissioner Oberreuter for his service
      3. PR&E completed 20 activities over the year and had hundreds of FB views
      4. PR&E has completed PowerPoint
      5. PR&E will have a binder with work plan, report, events, and plans going forward
    4. Standards & Procedures: (S&P)
      1. Did not meet; will meet next month


  1. MCCR Chair’s Report
    1. No new information


  1. Complaint Investigation Division Director’s Report
    1. Focus on Fair Housing Discussion – Nov. 14, 2018 - event went well and was well attended
    2. Selection process for incoming commissioners is done – 9 new members
    3. Reconsideration of internal procedures – director’s charges and ADR program (grow list of mediators and making more effective)
    4. Meghan Sheppard left department and looking for replacement
    5. Taylor Crouch-Dodson was on Channel 5 about complaint filing process and trends


  1. Community Engagement Opportunities
    1. Census 2020 – civil rights complaints, Commission discussed potential role


  1. Old Business:
    1. Taylor Crouch-Dodson informed Commissioners to pick up payment slips for last two months; PR material available for commissioners


  1. New Business:
    1. Commissioner Lord – FBI hate crimes report released – numbers increased (what could the commission do for individuals in the community impacted by hate crimes)
      1. Commissioner Simones – Commissioner Farrar is willing to take lead for drafts on stands as a commission



  1. Call for Adjournment:
    1. Motion by Chair to adjourn
      1. Seconded by Commissioner Robbins, motion passed by consensus
      2. Abstentions: None


Meeting adjourned @ 7:25 pm 



Minutes Respectfully Submitted by: 

Alfonso N. Cornish II, Vice-Chair

City of Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights


Last updated Dec 14, 2018



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