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
2013 Human Rights Essay Contest Winners
The New Hope City Council recognized the winners of the 2013 New Hope Human Rights Essay Contest at its May 13 meeting. More than 200 8th grade students from Plymouth Middle School wrote essays on the theme “As a member in your community, what responsibility do you have to protect human rights in your community? How can you make a change in your community?” 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 where reviewed by members of the Human Rights Commission, assisted by council members and Police Department staff. The winners of the contest were Joey Tábora, first place; Allyson Spartz, second place; and Kelsi Rippberger, third place. Sollie Mandel, Jeffrey Onwualu and Greta Peavey 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. Joey Tábora’s essay was forwarded to the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commission for entry in the statewide contest.
Read the first and second place winning essays
Click on the link below to download a brochure about the New Hope Human Rights Commission