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Civil Rights in Minnesota

 

Tuesday, September 15
6 p.m.  Pizza Buffet & Social              6:30 p.m.  Program

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon
 

 

Though it is a half century since the U.S. passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is a lot of work to be done by both citizens and government officials before our state and nation comes close to reaching a goal of freedom from discrimination and racial disparities. 

 
kevin lindsey mn hr commissionerCommissioner Kevin Lindsey

MN Department of Human Rights

Commissioner, Kevin Lindsey manages the Department whose mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. The Department of Human Rights investigates approximately 1,000 charges of discrimination a year. It ensures that large state contractors who do business with the State of Minnesota provide equal employment opportunity, and it helps the Governor of Minnesota develop policy to reduce disparities that exist in the areas of education, employment, health, criminal justice, public accommodation, and public services.


Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will share thoughts about the state of civil rights in MN especially in light of recent events in Charlotte, Ferguson, and around the country.


A question and answer session will follow Commissioner Lindsey's presentation.  Please bring your observations on the kinds of disparities to which you think our state needs to give attention and your ideas on the policies and programs which could reduce or eliminate the disparities.

 

Kevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He had previously served as a civil litigation attorney in the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney, and has 20 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions.

 

 

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues

 

Dinner:  Lasagna and Salad, $10.

 

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Hope to see you then!

 

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