December 10th was Human Rights Day.  In recognition of the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, the City of Minneapolis, in conjunction with the United Nations Association Minnesota Chapter and the City of St. Paul, cosponsored a virtual panel discussion focusing on human rights challenges faced here in our communities, from the killing of George Floyd to the disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts of COVID 19.

The panel discussed how we squarely face our own human rights record and commit to actionable steps as our communities move beyond the trauma of 2020.  Panelists participating in the conversation included:

  • Valerie Jensen, Director of the Department of Human Rights and Economic Inclusion, City of St. Paul
  • Amy Bergquist, Senior Staff Attorney, Advocates for Human Rights and member of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission
  • Rachel Pittman, Executive Director, United Nations Association USA
  • Moderator: Abdifatah Mohammed, City of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department
  • The Honorable LaJune Lange, Honorary Consul of South Africa in Minnesota and former District Court Judge

To hear a recording of the December 10th program, click on the recording button below:

Did you see it?  In honor of UN Human Rights Day, the 35W Bridge in Minneapolis was lit up in blue and white.

City of Minneapolis Resolution recognizing December 10, 2020, as Human Rights Day in the City of MInneapolis


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