Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR)
The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) implements the City’s Civil Rights policies through public information and education as stated in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. The primary objective of the Commission is to promote the civil rights of the people of Minneapolis.
Seats 1 - 7: Terms beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2023.
*Seat 1 is for an active-licensed attorney
Deadline: Applications will be received until November 30, 2020.
Requirements for Applicants
- Applicants must favor the principles of equity, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination.
- Applicants may not be currently employed with the City of Minneapolis.
- Applicants should have the ability to read, apply logic, and evaluate complex information and compare it to existing rules, laws, or procedures.
- Applicants should have excellent writing skills.
- Applicants should be willing to engage in community outreach events with the public.
- Applicants should have a strong commitment to community service.
- Applicants should be willing to contribute 5-10 hours per month on commission-related duties and meetings;
- Applicants must be residents in the City of Minneapolis, unless waived by the city council.
Requirements for Attorney Applicants
- Applicants must be active attorneys and licensed within the State of Minnesota or any other United States territory.
- Applicants should be well versed in civil rights law.
- Applicants should be willing to contribute 12-14 hours per month on commission-related duties and meetings.
City Clerk Appointments
Room 304, 350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382
Please indicate in your application whether you are applying as an attorney or non-attorney member of the Commission. You may apply on your own behalf, nominate others for consideration, or inform the City Clerk's Office of someone to whom you'd like application materials to be sent.
Please contact the Commission Liaison or the City Clerk’s office regarding the application process or to learn more about the Commission on Civil Rights:
When appointment cycle is open, applications are received by the City Clerk’s Office. A Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the offices of the Mayor, City Council, Civil Rights Commission, and Civil Rights Department will review applications and interview applicants if necessary. Selected applicants will be forwarded to the full City Council and Mayor for approval.
The Commission meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in Minneapolis City Hall Room 241, unless otherwise specified on the Commission Calendar.
The Commission is comprised of 21 Minneapolis residents, unless waived. Commissioners have two main functions:
First, the Commission’s advocacy function is to act as liaisons between the members of their ward and the Department of Civil Rights. In this capacity, Commissioners are encouraged to educate the community about their civil rights and advocate on behalf of their communities to the Department of Civil Rights regarding current civil rights concerns.
Second, the Commission’s adjudicative function is to serve on review panels and hearing committees. A review panel is comprised of three (3) Commissioners, two (2) of which are active-licensed attorneys. The panel reviews appealed determinations issued by the director through the Complaint Investigations Division (Division) on discrimination cases. A hearing committee is the trier of fact over cases that have not come to conclusion via the conciliation process. A hearing committee consists of three (3) active licensed attorneys, who may be members or non-members of the Commission.
The Commission's purpose
- To provide leadership in the areas of civil rights.
- To encourage and educate the public in the promotion of civil rights.
- To ensure that each Commissioner is kept up-to-date on the latest developments in the law and on community issues.
- To identify issues of principle concern to members of the community in the areas of civil rights and set priorities and objectives.
- To develop a productive rapport with members of the City Council and Mayor's office.
- To advise the Mayor, City Council, and City agencies and departments with respect to Civil Right matters.
- To conduct research and studies to best carry out the objectives of the Civil Rights Ordinance.
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact the Office of City Clerk at 612-673-2216 or email at Open appointments. Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.
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Last updated Nov 4, 2020