Human Rights Commission

2020 Human Rights Commission members

Human Rights statement in support of the plea for racial and social justice in the United States

We stand in solidarity with all people seeking social justice, especially racial justice with the Black and African American communities. We are at a historic moment in the pursuit of justice, fairness and equity for all people and we must seize this moment and work even harder towards changes in all institutions. Being silent is not an option and we actively want to add our voices to this ongoing plea for change.

The murder of George Floyd, as we know, is not an isolated tragic loss but one embedded in a long history of inequality, different access to opportunities, lack of fair housing, discriminatory lending practices and disproportionate access to health care; injustices that started during slavery in the United States. We see this unfair treatment and lack of access happening in the State of Minnesota as well as all over the country and the world.

Our hope and our work as a City of Northfield Commission is to do everything in our power to elevate the concerns and voices of those who for so long have been silenced, oppressed, and ignored.


-Northfield Human Rights Commission
Read at the Northfield City Council meeting on June 17, 2020


Declaración de Derechos Humanos en apoyo a la petición de justicia racial y social en los Estados Unidos

Nos solidarizamos con todas las personas que buscan la justicia social, especialmente la justicia racial con las comunidades negras y afroamericanas. Nos encontramos en un momento histórico en la búsqueda de la justicia, la imparcialidad y la equidad para todas las personas y debemos aprovechar este momento y trabajar aún más duro para lograr cambios en todas las instituciones. Estar en silencio no es una opción y queremos sumar nuestras voces a esta continua petición de cambio.

El asesinato de George Floyd, como sabemos, no es una trágica pérdida aislada, sino que está incrustado en una larga historia de desigualdad, acceso diferente a las oportunidades, falta de vivienda justa, discriminación en las prácticas de préstamo y acceso desproporcionado a la atención médica; injusticias que comenzaron durante la esclavitud en los Estados Unidos. Vemos que este trato injusto y la falta de acceso se producen en el estado de Minnesota, así como en todo el país y el mundo.

Nuestra esperanza y nuestro trabajo como Comisión de la ciudad de Northfield es hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para elevar las preocupaciones y voces de aquellos que por tanto tiempo han sido silenciados, oprimidos e ignorados.


-Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Northfield
Leído en la reunión del Consejo de la Ciudad de Northfield el 17 de junio de 2020

Meetings

Second Thursday of each month
6 p.m.

City Hall
Second Floor Training Room
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Agendas and minutes

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Members

Name Title Term expiration Phone number
Larry Fowler Member December 31, 2020 507-645-6930
Veronica Gamino Member December 31, 2022  
Linda Larson Secretary December 31, 2021  
Rigoberto Lazaro Member December 31, 2020 507-321-1362
Nina Mattson Member December 31, 2022  
Mar Valdecantos Vice Chair December 31, 2021 507-645-9603
Jonathan Woodyar Member December 31, 2022  
Barb Wornson Chair December 31, 2021  
Lucy Gonzalez Miron Advisory Member (non-voting) December 31, 2019 952-649-1967
Grant Bouvin Youth Representative 2020-2021 school year Not available
Joseph Ascencio Bravo Youth Representative (non-voting) 2020-2021 school year Not available
Ella Mayer Youth Representative (non-voting) 2020-2021 school year Not available
Leaf Pennock Youth Representative (non-voting) 2020-2021 school year Not available

Liaisons

Name Title Phone number
Beth Kallestad Staff liaison 507-645-3074
Tom Baraniak School Board Represtative (ex officio) Not available
Clarice Grabau Council liaison (ex officio)  

Overview

Special meetings are occasionally called.

The City of Northfield Human Rights Commission (HRC) seeks to secure for all citizens equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, and education. The commission works to ensure full citizen participation in this community by assisting the State Department of Human Rights in implementing the Minnesota Human Rights Act and by advising the City Council on long range programs to improve community relations in the City of Northfield. 

View Human Rights Commission bylaws

Human Rights FAQs

If you have questions and/or need help, please refer to this Frequently Asked Questions document.

2019 accomplishments

Hosted events to provide education and build community:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
  • 2nd Annual Najwa Community Picnic
  • International Day of Peace (United Nations Theme of Climate Action)
  • Indigenous People’s Day
  • Supported the Northfield Reads group events based on the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Current and upcoming projects

A member of the Human Rights Commission worked on an oral history project to collect interviews from community members from Mexico and Guatemala. These stories will be complied and shared in 2020.

Several members have also been part of conversations with St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges to develop a land acknowledgment statement in recognition of the people and land here before white settlement.

Membership requirements

The commission consists of nine members appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term. There is a three term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.

The mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in equal rights for all citizens of Northfield, along with willingness to serve and background.

Applying

  1. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057