Statement on the Death of George Floyd
The Council released a statement on the death of George Floyd. An excerpt from the statement is below and the full statement can be viewed under the Council's Statements section and by clicking here
On Monday May 25th, George Floyd died in the custody of those bound by law to protect him. We condemn the actions of the officers responsible for this tragic loss of life and for the trauma they caused to the community.
When will this end? When will this be over? When will we as African heritage people no longer be afraid when we see red, blue and white lights flash behind us?
The Governor let the stay at home order to expire on May 18th. What this means is that retail stores and main street businesses can reopen at no more than 50% occupancy. Schools, bars, restaurants, malls, movie theaters, hair salons and other places of large gatherings will continue to be closed until at least June 1st. Come June 1st restaurants may open as long as they are outside dinning only, with no more than 50 people and reservations will need to be required. Salons will be allowed to reopen after June 1st, granted employees and customers wear masks and salons are at 25% capacity. Social, civic, community and faith-based gatherings are prohibited for groups over 10 people. People are still asked to stay close to home as much as possible and limit travel. Everyone is also encouraged to disinfect high traffic surfaces and practice hand washing before and after eating or drinking. It is in response to these recent orders that the Council's physical office has been temporarily closed but staff are still available via email.
For more information on COVID-19, schools, business closures, prevention, child care and updates on how Minnesota is handling the virus visit the Minnesota Dept. of Health website by clicking HERE. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website can be viewed by clicking HERE for federal updates on the U.S. response. For more information on community resources during this time, and to read a letter from the Council's Chair visit the COVID-19 tab on this page.
What Does the Council Do?
We advise the Governor and Legislature on issues that affect the African Heritage community. We also serve as a liaison to the federal government, local government units and private organizations on matters relating to people of African Heritage in Minnesota.
Next Meeting dates:
Exec. Council Meeting: June 2nd from 6:00 - 7:30 PM via Zoom Conference Call due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you can connect to via computer by clicking HERE
Full Council Meeting: June 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM via Zoom Video Conference Call due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This meeting will be broadcast live on the Council's Facebook page, you can view it by clicking here
Meetings are generally open to the public unless otherwise notified. Community members are welcome to speak to the Council during the Public Comments section of each meeting's agenda.Please submit your comments prior to the Council meeting to CMAHMN17@gmail.com
Are You a Business Owner of African Heritage?
As a business owner of African Heritage, the Council would like to invite you to become a vendor with the State of MN. The process is quick, simple and it will allow you to not only be a vendor in order to work with the Council but also be a vendor with any other state agency. The Council is working towards increasing the number of vendors of African Heritage with the State of Minnesota. To get started with the registration process click here to be redirected to the registration site.