Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of December 2-8 as Human Rights Week in Minnesota. A week-long celebration of human rights events have been planned by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to recognize work being done, and challenges remaining, in addressing disparities, removing barriers of discrimination, and ensuring equal opportunity.The Governor's proclamation reminds Minnesotans of our state's rich diversity of races, cultures, beliefs and ways of life, and of the need to secure freedom from discrimination for all people.“We're honored that Governor Dayton, through this proclamation, has recognized the role of the Department of Human Rights, as well as that of community-based partners and all Minnesotans concerned with human rights and social justice,” said Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
PLANNED HUMAN RIGHTS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN MINNESOTA:
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights will be kicking off the week with an all-day symposium in St. Paul today for individuals who registered for the ticketed event prior to the deadline on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (More Information)
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN MINNESOTA: YOUTH AND EMPLOYMENT
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: University of St. Thomas Law School
Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey and the University of St. Thomas Law School Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds will discuss efforts to reduce the barriers to employment for those with prior conviction records. Professor Levy-Pounds will also discuss a recent report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, "On The Level," which found that Minnesota's juvenile justice system is rife with racial inequalities.
AN EVENT TO HONOR DR. JOSIE JOHNSON
Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 8:30-10 am
Location: Minneapolis Urban League
Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will honor Dr. Josie Johnson with the Humanitarian Service Award. Dr. Johnson has shown outstanding character, commitment to equity, social justice, and human dignity. The public is invited to join us in honoring her with this award.
BUSINESS INCLUSION: ENSURING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY ENTERPRISES
Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM-1:30 pm
Location: Humphrey Forum at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
A panel discussion focuses on business inclusion and strategies to expand opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses to participate in our economy. Panelists include Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights; Craig Taylor, Director for the Office of Business and Community Economic Development at the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Sam Myers, Professor at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
OTHER NOTABLE HUMAN RIGHTS EVENTS THIS WEEK
In addition to the public events, several organizations are sponsoring events during Human Rights Week: