HRC Community Outreach

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission's (HRC) Community Outreach program is a way to build awareness and facilitate dialogue within the community about human rights and social justice issues.

HRC Community Outreach encourages the community to come together to learn about issues, share stories, and consider opportunities and resources for further education and enlightenment through a variety of activities such as:

  • movie nights
  • seminars and speaking events
  • day of service events

Upcoming Community Events

Climate Change in Minnesota: Implications and Disparate Impacts
Jan 28, 6:30–7:30 pm

Cisco Webex

To raise awareness and spark dialogue about the impacts of inequitable access to a clean, healthy environment and environmental amenities, the Golden Valley Environmental Commission (EC) and Human Rights Commission (HRC) are hosting the virtual event "Climate Change in Minnesota: Implications and Disparate Impacts" Jan 28, 6:30–7:30 pm.

The event will feature climatologist Dr Mark Seeley, professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. Dr Seeley will present on the impact of changing climate on different communities and open the floor for a Q & A.

The event will be broadcast for those wanting to watch, and a recording will be available for a brief time afterwards for those who are unable to attend in real time.

Past Events

+ Why Treaties Matter

Why Treaties Matter
Oct 2019

Brookview Golden Valley
316 Brookview Pkwy, Golden Valley, MN

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission is hosting a Why Treaties Matter exhibit at Brookview during the month of October.

The interactive exhibit emphasizes American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality. Visitors will be able to learn about the Dakota and Ojibwe Nation's new and innovative ways to create community, build sustainable systems, and relate to one another.

Learn more about the exhibit on the Why Treaties Matter website or on this Why Treaties Matter brochure

+ Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and Hate: Local and Global Challenges

Wed, Sept 25, 2019 | 7–9 pm
Brookview Golden Valley
316 Brookview Pkwy, Golden Valley, MN

The Antisemitism, Xenophobia, and Hate: Local and Global Challenges program is meant to inform and educate commissioners and the general public about critical human rights issues today and to suggest individual and city-wide responses.

The program will review recent data suggesting a rise in hate crimes, highlight recent episodes of violence, teach about conditions that influence hate-speech and violence, create steps to address multiple forms of hate, and much more.

World Without Genocide works to help people around the world; prevent genocide by fighting racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and honor those whose lives have been altered by violence and injustice.

+ Green Card Youth Voices

Green Card Youth Voices Exhibit
Dec 3–28, 2018

Brookview Golden Valley

In honor of Human Rights Day Dec 10 and to celebrate Golden Valley’s diverse immigrant population, the HRC sponsored the Green Card Youth Voices exhibit at Brookview Dec 3–Dec 28.

The exhibit featured 20 posters, each with a different story, including a portrait and quotes from youth immigrants. The Golden Valley Library also be showcased books along the topic of immigration and Green Cards.

Green Card Voices is a Minnesota-based 501 (c)3 group that aims to change the world’s perception of immigrants. With the power of storytelling, Green Card Voices helps connect the voices of immigrants to the public.

+ Restore The Vote Discussion

ACLU-MN Restore The Vote Discussion
Thurs, Sept 13, 2018 |
6:30-7:30 pm
Golden Valley City Council Chambers
7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN

Jana Kooren and Eli Darris of the American Civil Liberties Union Minnesota chapter (ACLU-MN) led a discussion on the issue of restoring the right to vote for Minnesotans convicted of felonies.

Kooren has a dual degree in social justice and French from Hamline University. She worked in Las Vegas and St Paul in the social service sector before coming to the ACLU-MN in June 2006. She is currently the Public Education & Communications Director for the ACLU Minnesota chapter, focusing on issues such as restoration of voting rights for those who served their time in prison.

Darris was sentenced to natural life in prison as a juvenile and violently struggled for years in adult facilities. He fought to turn his life around and upon his release, became a business owner, consultant, educator, IT specialist and motivational speaker. Darris is now the Lead Consultant with the Darris Consulting Group, which aims to inspire hope and spark dialogue centered on the power of individuals to effect change in their world. 

For more information about Restore The Vote, visit the ACLU-MN website.

Sponsors for this event were the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission, the New Hope Human Rights Commission, and the League of Women Voters - Golden Valley.

+ Movie Night: "Buried Above Ground" (documentary on PTSD)

Thur, Sept 21, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Cinema Grill
2749 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope

"Buried Above Ground" shared stories of people living with and battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Co-sponsored by the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Crystal-New Hope League of Women Voters.

+ Human Sex Trafficking Awareness Program

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 | 6:30 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley

Panel discussion to raise awareness about the issue of human sex trafficking.

+ Human Trafficking Awareness Program

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 6:30–8 pm
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Hwy, Golden Valley

The Blank Slate Theatre presented "bottom," a play based on the stories of real sex trafficking survivors.

+ Preventing Genocide Joint HRC Program

Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 10–11:30 am
Crystal Community Center
4800 Douglas Dr N, Crystal

A joint program by the Human Rights Commissions of Crystal, New Hope, Golden Valley, and Robbinsdale to raise awareness about the history of genocide and what can be done on a local level to help prevent future atrocities.

+ Mental Health Awareness Program

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 | 6:30 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults and one in five children and teens experience a mental health problem every year, and one-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Unfortunately, there are long delays--sometimes decades--between the time symptoms first appear when people get help.

To raise mental illness awareness, in 1990 the US Congress established the first full week of October (this year Oct 5-11) as Mental Illness Awareness Week and a time to learn about mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Ken Barlow, meteorologist for KSTP-TV, shared his struggle with bipolar disorder and led a discussion about mental health issues.

+ Mental Health Awareness Program

Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 6:30 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
7800 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley

In conjunction with National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, HRC Community Outreach presented "Understanding Mental Illness In Children," an original video by Twin Cities Public Television, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q & A. The half-hour documentary explores how mental illnesses are treatable in most cases and takes a close look at identifying and managing those that affect children. The video is a co-production with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Panelists included Lauren Nietz, a licensed social worker with Washburn Center for Children; Renelle Nelson, parent advocate and coordinator of the Children's Mental Health and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Project at PACER Center; and representatives from the Silver Ribbon Campaign, a group at Minneapolis South High School initiated and led by students to provide information, support, and stigma-busting regarding mental health issues.

+ Martin Luther King, Jr Day Event: Live Televised Viewing of "Reimagine The Future"

Monday, Jan 20, 2014
Spirit of Hope Church Fireside Room
7600 Harold Ave, Golden Valley
7:30am – Continental Breakfast
8 am – Live televised viewing

For 24 years the General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund have celebrated Dr Martin Luther King Jr's legacy of service by sponsoring a breakfast and inspirational speaker on the holiday that honors him. The 2014 event, “Reimagine the Future” with keynote speaker Donna Brazile, was at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Because the event sells out every year and tickets are difficult to come by, the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) partnered with Spirit of Hope Church in Golden Valley to host a live televised viewing of "Reimagine the Future."

+ Movie Night: "MN Nice?" (documentary on bullying)

"MN Nice?"

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 6:30 pm
Golden Valley City Hall Council Chambers
This event is followed by a panel discussion on bullying.

- Welcome & Introduction
- Movie
- Panel Discussion (meet the director)