The City of Grand Rapids established a Human Rights Commission in 2004 to aid and advise the City Council in ensuring that all citizens have equal opportunity in those areas protected by law. The mission of the Commission is to promote a community of harmony and respect for the rights and dignity of all people.
The purpose of the Commission is to work to recognize and prevent discrimination and inequalities in the daily life of the community, to design programs to assist in the implementation of the ordinance, to provide leadership in working with other agencies and human rights commissions and to serve as an advisory body to the city regarding the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The Minnesota Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, public services and credit services. It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability and age.
A person who claims to have been discriminated against in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act may file a charge with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (1-800-547-3704) or www.humanrights.state.mn.us.
Local human rights commissions work with business, labor, education, civic, religious, social and community groups to foster inter-group understanding to eliminate prejudice. Education and prevention are important functions of these local commissions, which also work to prevent and respond to acts of bias and prejudice.
All citizens are encouraged to become involved in promoting human rights in the community and are invited to attend the meetings of the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission.
Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission Adopted Resolutions (Click on the Resolutions below)
|Human Rights Commission Members|
|Melissa Weidendorf - Commissioner||John Shirber - Commissioner|
|Brian Olynick - Commissioner||Karen Noyce - Commissioner|
|Lea Friesen - Commissioner||R. D. Learmont - Commissioner|
|Deanna Ensley - Commissioner||Frieda Hall - Commissioner|
|Alice Moren - Commissioner|
Tom Pagel - City Administrator
420 N Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
For agenda and minutes please contact City Clerk Kim Gibeau at 218-326-7611 or email@example.com.