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 The Council's statement on the arrest of all 4 Officers involved in his murder can be viewed by clicking here The Council's statement on passing of police reform bills can be viewed 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?
COVID-19 Update - Mask Mandate & Fall School Plan
As of July 25th, masks are required in all indoor spaces. Exceptions will be made for those under the age of 5 years old and those with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.
School districts have the option to do one of the following teaching models for the new school year, in-person, hybrid (few days in school, few days distance learning) or distance learning. Which option school districts are allowed to choose is determined by the number of new COVID-19 cases in their county during a 14 day period. Parents have the option to request that their child receive distance learning no matter the decision of their child's school district and schools must provide that child with equitable distance learning. The Governor's address on the new school year can be viewed by clicking here. Retail stores and main street businesses can reopen at no more than 50% occupancy. As of June 10th restaurants may open for inside and outside dinning with no more than 50 people and reservations will need to be required. Salons will be allowed to reopen, 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. Gyms and fitness studios will be allowed to resume services and pools are now open. People are still asked to socially distance while outside their home. Everyone is also encouraged to disinfect high traffic surfaces and practice hand washing before and after eating or drinking. The Council's physical office building remains closed to the public but staff are 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: Aug. 4th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM via Zoom conference call due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can join this meeting by clicking here The meeting ID is 883 548 5128 and the password is 281647,
Full Council Meeting: Aug. 18th 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 If you would like to make a comment during the public comments section of the agenda, please reach out to a staff member for the link to the meeting. Once you are added to the meeting, you will have to wait in the "waiting room" until the public comments portion and after the public comments section, you be asked to view the rest of the meeting from the Council's Facebook Livestream. You can also submit your comments prior to the Council meeting to CMAHMN17@gmail.com
Meetings are generally open to the public unless otherwise noted..
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.