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August 1st, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Human Relations Commission Agenda
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall

1.      Welcome and Introductions
2.      Approval of Agenda
3.      Approval of June 6 Minutes
4.      Announcements
5.      Presentation: Jaclynn Wallette, Native American Commission: 
         Discussion of potential collaborative efforts between 
         HRC and NAC
6.      FHRC Activities Plan
a.      Goal 1: Public inquiries and discrimination complaints 
b.      Goal 2: Know Your Rights Initiative
c.      Goal 3: Acceptance and respect for diversity efforts
7.      Funding Requests 
8.      Public Comment (12:15)
9.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda
10.    Adjourn

Human Relations Commission
Regular Meeting

Present: Amy Phillips, Chuck Stebbins, Fowzia Adde, Hatem Nour, Joy Rice, Prairie Rose
Absent: Janeen Kobrinsky, Yoke Sim Gunaratne
Staff Present: Nate Bailly, Hali Durand

Chair Prairie Rose called the meeting to order (11:40 a.m.)

Item 1. Welcome and Introductions (11:40 a.m.)
All Commissioners were welcomed and introductions were made.

Item 2. Approval of Agenda (11:41 a.m.)
Stebbins moved to approve the agenda as presented. Second by Phillips. All Commissioners present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3. Approval of June 6 Minutes (11:41 a.m.)
Stebbins moved to approve the minutes as presented. Second by Rice. All Commissioners present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4. Announcements (11:42 a.m.)
No announcements were made.

Item 5. Presentation: Jaclynn Wallette, Native American Commission: Discussion of potential collaborative efforts between HRC and NAC (11:42 a.m.)
This item was not heard.

Item 6. FHRC Activities Plan (11:43 a.m.)
a.      Goal 1: Public inquiries and discrimination complaints
 
It was recommended that the Inquiry Form be published on the web along with a disclosure statement informing individuals that they may remain anonymous and do not have to give any information that would reveal their identity. If, however, they would like to be contacted, require assistance, or would like information regarding hate crimes, they are welcome to submit contact data. All information will remain confidential.

The online form will be tested to ensure that personal information will not be viewable to the general public for confidentiality reasons. It was advised to speak with a lawyer in regards to this.

It was also recommended that the Commission define methods and a standard for incoming inquires. Confirmation letters stating the complaint has been received and that there will be a follow-up can be sent. Then, the Commission can work to compile scheduled follow-up reports on incidents and complaints made. In addition, it was suggested to have community forums to inform the public and perhaps have public service announcements on radio stations. As part of our commitment to respond to incidents, we could also confirm and define our collaboration with other organizations. Another idea is to allow inquiries over the phone. Rice will follow-up with First Link to see if there is a way we can connect with the hotline.

Concerning inquiries, a hate crime incident has occurred. The information came from the Police Department. Cultural Diversity is following up with the issue and there is an ongoing investigation. Dan Mahli is in contact with Cultural Diversity.

As a reference, the Department of Labor also compiles inquires but it is unsure if they can do so by location. The cost of adjusting their database to search by location is not known. The Commission would like to invite the Department of Labor to come and speak at a future meeting. We would like them to talk about and present inquiries, talk about their processes, and describe what happens with inquiries. Phillips will also report on NDSU’s research. Phillips contacted the NDHRAC to come and share with us as well.

b.      Goal 2: Know Your Rights Initiative
There is a meeting scheduled today. The committee will be looking at the law enforcement card and the employment card.

c.      Goal 3: Acceptance and respect for diversity efforts
The Executive Committee is leading these efforts.

Item 7. Funding Requests (12:13 p.m.)
Nate Bailly presented the Fargo Human Relations Commission budget for 2007.

The Communications Director from the Immigrant Development Center requested $250 from the Commission to help fund a Farmer’s Market Roundtable Discussion to be held August 27th at the Hjemkost Center in Moorhead. This workshop provides an opportunity for individuals to learn about local foods as well as benefits of gardening. Currently, there are 15-25 gardening participants. Transportation, gardening tools, and seeds will be provided. It is hoped to have the farmer’s market part of the international market that they are working with. There will be speakers and no registration fee for those who wish to attend. It was suggested to get press coverage for this event.

Phillips moved to approve the request for funding after the guidelines have been sent and reviewed by the Commissioners and after a determination has been made regarding the available budget. Second by Nour. The motion will be made via email.

Item 8. Public Comment (12:23 p.m.)
No public comments where brought forth.

Item 9. Other Business not Listed on the Agenda (12:24 p.m.)
Rice brought forth an issue stating that an inmate was denied the request to attend Jewish services in jail. The request was sent to the wrong individual and should have gone to the Chaplin. The fact that there are limited faith alternatives and that the request was not forwarded deserves attention. Rice suggested to write a complaint. The inmates need to be on a work release level to be able to participate in religious services but it was suggested to check if this is the new handbook/manual.

Item 10. Adjourn
The time at adjournment was 12:34 p.m.

 

 

Fargo Human Relations Commission meetings are broadcast live the first Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. and are rebroadcast on the second Friday of the month at 8 p.m. and the 3rd Monday of the month at 1 p.m. on TV Fargo (channel 99).

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