African Heritage Day on The Hill
This year there will be a rally, a special keynote speaker, speeches from Legislators of African Heritage and community member visits with their local Legislators. To RSVP visit our Eventbrite page by clicking HERE For more information on the event click HERE
COVID-19 Updated Restrictions
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.
Restrictions as of Jan. 11th:
- Bars and restaurants can open at 50% capacity with a max of 150 people. Parties cannot be of more than 6 people and they must remain 6ft from each other, bar seating is open to parties of two; reservations are required for all services and establishments must end on premises consumption by 10 PM.
- Gyms and pools are capped at 25% with a maximum capacity of 150 people and face coverings are required
- Indoor events and entertainment places may open at 25% with no more than 150 people in each area of the venue. Face coverings are required and food services cannot be offered after 10 PM
- Outdoor events and entertainment will continue at 25% capacity with a maximum capacity of 250 people with social distancing required
- Youth and adult organized sports resumed practice following the appropriate capacity limits for indoor and outdoor venues
- Wedding receptions / other private parties may resume with limits; if food and drink is served then the event is limited to 2 households or 10 people indoors ( or 3 households and 15 people outdoors)
- Places of worship will remain open at 50% capacity
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.
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?
Next Meeting dates:
Exec. Council Meeting: March 2nd from 6:00 - 7:30 PM via WebEx conference call due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can join this meeting by clicking here The meeting number is 146 555 4970 and the password is XafzpsXi832
Full Council Meeting: March 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM via WebEx 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 click here to join the meeting. The event number is 146 592 3709 and the event password is jnYibgMb723 Once you are added to the meeting, you will be muted until the public comments portion of the agenda. Community members are welcome to ask questions to presenters via typing them into the meeting Q & A section if you have joined the meeting or in the video comments section of the Facebook Livestream. You can also submit your comments prior to the Council meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings are generally open to the public unless otherwise noted.