Human Rights Commission
Overview and Function
- The New Hope Human Rights Commission consists of up to 10 members, two of whom may be students attending Independent School District 281. Adult members serve two-year terms, student members serve for one academic year (September 1 to August 31).
- The commission works in partnership with the state department of human rights to secure equal opportunity in housing, employment, public accommodations, public service, and education, and works consistently to improve the human relations climate of the city.
- The commission advises the City Council on human rights laws, issues, policies, and programs.
- At the direction of the City Council, the group develops formal and informal educational opportunities to highlight the federal and state Human Rights Acts and the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure all citizens have full and equal participation in the affairs of the community. The commission to also provides leadership and acts cooperatively with agencies, organizations, and other human rights commissions to recognize and prevent discrimination and inequalities in the daily life of the city.
- Susan Beaubaire
- Andrea Bejarano-Robinson
- Margaret Flaherty
- Dee Otto
- Michelle Slotto
Agendas and Minutes
2014 Human Rights Essay Contest Winners
The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2014 New Hope Human Rights Essay Contest at its April 28 meeting. More than 240 eighth grade students from Plymouth Middle School wrote essays on the theme “Prejudice and stereotypes affect the way we perceive and interact with each other, even when we don't realize it. How do stereotypes affect our society and how do they damage human rights?" The students explained their viewpoint by referencing the Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and/or the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The essays were reviewed by members of the Human Rights Commission, assisted by council members and Police Department staff. The winners of the contest were Draevon May, first place; Elise Gallup, second place; and Katie Daly, third place. Raven Black, Sarah Momsen, and Anya Schmidt received honorable mentions for their essays. All of the winners received a certificate from the New Hope Human Rights Commission, and the first through third place winners read their essays for the City Council. Draevon May's essay was forwarded to the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commission for entry in the statewide contest.
Click on the link below to download a brochure about the New Hope Human Rights Commission