Department of Civil Rights

Frank Reed, Interim Director

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Location:
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Resources for Continued Learning

All resources below reference Department News articles.

Continued Learning from "Center Racial Equity in COVID-19 Decision Making"

  1. State Discrimination Helpline
  2. APM Research Lab - Deaths by race
  3. The Kaiser Family Foundation - Communities of color at higher risk for health and economic challenges

Continued Learning from "Protecting Front-Line Workers"

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Governor Walz’s April 23rd Emergency Executive Order 20-40
  3. City of Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance
  4. OASHA
  5. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Continued Learning from "Racism towards Asian-Americans Requires Strong Response"

Incident Reporting Resources

  1. State Discrimination Helpline
  2. City of Minneapolis - how to file a discrimination complaint
  3. Communities Against Hate Incident Reporting

Resources for Continued Learning

  1. Asian American Journalists Associations Guidance on Covering COVID-19
  2. Eater on Early economic decline for Asian owned restaurants and businesses
  3. Asian American Writers Workshop on History of Yellow Peril
  4. New York Times with Helen Zia
  5. Department of Justice on Vincent Chin
  6. PBS on police as risk for African American community


Racial Equity Resources

Economic Policy InstituteAlgernon Austin directs the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE). PREE works to advance policies that enable people of color to participate fully in the American economy and benefit equitably from gains in prosperity.
Urban Institute MetroTrends The Urban Institute's report card and toolkit for researchers, students, journalists, elected officials and the public on the state of metropolitan economies.
Bureau of Labor Statistics The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
Minnesota CompassMinnesota Compass is a social indicators project that measures progress in Minnesota, its seven regions, 87 counties and larger cities. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.
OneMinneapolis OneMinneapolis is a program of The Minneapolis Foundation. OneMinneapolis is a platform for promoting racial equity in our community and a vision for our city’s success.
Voices for Racial Justice Legislative Report Card For Racial Equity Voices for Racial Justice works with communities of color to lead the way toward a more inclusive and equitable Minnesota. The organization publishes a series of reports on increasing racial equity. One of their reports, the Legislative Report Card, grades state policymakers and the governor in terms of their support for legislation forwarding an equitable and inclusive Minnesota.
United States Census BureauThe United States Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.
Met Council Community ProfilesAccess maps and key information about the Twin Cities region or any city, county or township, including charts and data on population, employment, housing, land use and transportation.
Everybody In Overview A regional collaborative that focused on ending racial disparities in employment in the region.
The Itasca Project Overview The Itasca Project is an employer-led alliance that seeks to address regional economic issues that affect competitiveness and quality of life in the Twin Cities region. In particular, the nonpartisan group is concerned with addressing socioeconomic disparities.
Race - The Power of An IllusionRace - The Power of an Illusion is a three part documentary about race in society, science & history produced by California Newsreel and broadcasted on PBS. The Applied Research Center (ARC) is a thirty-year-old, national racial justice organization.
Applied Research Center ARC envisions a vibrant world in which people of all races create, share and enjoy resources and relationships equitably, unleashing individual potential, embracing collective responsibility and generating global prosperity.
Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & TrainingSince 1986 Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training (formerly Crossroads Ministry) has been providing organizing, training, and consulting to institutions striving to dismantle racism.
Kirwin InstituteThe Kirwin Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.
The People's Institute for Survival and BeyondThe People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial EquityThe goal of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) is to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grant seekers.
Racial Equity ToolsA web site designed to support people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources.
Labor StandardsLabor Standards, provided by the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, serves as a clearinghouse of information about a variety of wage, hour and employment law issues.
Brookings InstituteThe Brookings Institute provides fact-based studies of national public policy issues including race and ethnicity and inequality.
DEED Data ToolsMinnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) facilitates an economic environment to produce jobs and improve the quality of the state’s workforce.
City of Minneapolis Labor AgreementsThis is a link to the City of Minneapolis labor agreements and salary schedules that have been approved between the City of Minneapolis and bargaining units.



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