Human Rights Commission
St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission: Public Service Announcement on Hate Crimes
During the past few months, national civil rights organizations have reported an uptick in hate incidents occurring across the United States. Individuals have reported experiencing harassment at home, at school, at work, on the street, in public parks, on public transportation, in stores or other places of business, and in houses of worship. These messages of intolerance are often made through graffiti and verbal harassment, and a small number of individuals have reported violent physical interactions.
Hate crimes are crimes committed against an individual or group motivated in whole or in part by the individual’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or national origin. Hate crimes can include assaults, criminal damage to property or vandalism, and other types of harassment. Crimes motivated by bias can carry more severe penalties than the underlying crimes.
Despite the recent increase in hate incidents occurring nationally, many hate crimes go unreported to law enforcement.
The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission is here to support St. Louis Park residents and refer, assist and report incidents of discrimination and hate crimes in St. Louis Park. The Human Rights Commission advises the City Council in its efforts to ensure all residents protection of their rights and full and equal opportunity for participation in the affairs of this community.
If you are the victim of a hate crime or know someone who has been the victim of a hate crime in St. Louis Park:
Immediately report the crime to the St. Louis Park Police Department (Emergency: 911; Non-Emergency: 952.924.2618). Report all information about the crime, including all facts indicating that the crime was motivated by bias. Be prepared to give as many details as possible, and report the information while the facts are fresh in your mind.
The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission offers community support at the request of crime victims. Please call our Referral Line at 952.924.2506 for more information.
The Human Rights Commission advises the City Council on how to ensure equal opportunity and participation in housing, employment, public service, public accommodations and education. The Commission consists of nine regular voting members, one of which is an attorney, another that is appointed by the School Board and another that is a youth member. The commission may also have an additional, non-voting, youth member.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
The Human Rights Commission developed the Diversity Lens (below) and the accompanying Diversity Lens Brochure. Valuing individual diversity means reaching beyond stereotypical views of individuals and using the strengths and different perspectives that each person offers. The diversity lens, therefore, is not just a reflection of you or me, but the collective us in our community and all of our values.
Human Rights Commission 2014-2015 Project:
During 2014 and into early 2015, the Human Rights Commission focused on the issue of bullying in the senior citizen community. Here is a link to the public service announcement: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5eruNYbbKM
|Commission Members Term Expiration|
|Katherine Arnold 5/31/17|
|Savannah Curtin 5/31/18|
|Greg Gidden 5/31/17|
|David Hamm 5/31/17|
|Michelle Kornblit 5/31/19|
|Margaret Rog 5/31/19|
|Will Poulter, Youth Member|
|Robert Griggs, School Rep 12/31/18|
|VACANT, Youth School Rep|
|Agenda & Minutes|
|March 21, 2017||Agenda|
|February 21, 2017||Agenda|
|January 17, 2017||Agenda|
|December 13, 2016||Agenda
|November 15, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 18, 216||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 20, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|August 16, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 21, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 17, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 19, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 15, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|February 16, 2016||Agenda|
|January 19, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|December 15, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 17, 2015||Agenda|
|October 20, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 15, 2015||No meeting|
|August 18, 2015||Agenda|
|July 21, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 16, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 19, 2015||Agenda|
|April 21, 2015||Agenda|
|March 17, 2015||Minutes|
Human Rights Commission Liaison: