[UPDATE] One Minneapolis: A Call to Action!

One Minneapolis: A Call to Action! Logo

December 2, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Below are some of the organizations that will have representatives presenting at One Minneapolis: A Call to Action!:

St. Paul Department of Human Rights • EEOC • Greater MSP

Legal Aid • HUD • Minnesota Housing Finance

University of Minnesota • CPED • Council on Crime and Justice

180 Degrees • Brooklyn Park Police • Immigrant Law Center

Education Justice Initiative • AchieveMpls • Knutson Construction

Minneapolis Foundation • CPED • WCCO

Jennifer Ford Reedy

Keynote Speaker Jennifer Ford Reedy of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jennifer Ford Reedy, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategy for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

Click here to read her official bio page (PDF).

Registration Deadline Extended

Just an update on our upcoming conference and luncheon event: due to increased interest, we have extended our deadline! Please submit your registration form and payment to us by no later than November 28th. The event registration form (PDF) can be scanned and emailed, faxed or mailed to the following address:

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
Toni Newborn
350 South 5th Street, Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Fax: 612-673-2599

Credit Card Payments Phone Number Changed

PLEASE NOTE: The phone number to pay for tickets by credit card has been changed.

Call the Treasury Department at 612-673-2555 to pay by credit card. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In case you missed it: General Conference Information

The registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. and will be staffed throughout the day. If you have any questions during the conference, please stop at the registration desk and ask the staff.

Name badges will be provided at the conference; your name badge must be worn for entry to all conference activities. If you are part of a group, please ensure that we receive the names of all attendees, for the printed name badges.

A continental breakfast will be provided as well as a sit-down lunch.

A conference evaluation form will be provided on the day of the conference, and may be handed in at the registration desk. Your evaluation and suggestions will help us in planning future conferences.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

No refunds will be available for cancellations. “No show” attendees will be considered cancellations. You may substitute an attendee if the registration fee has already been paid. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Accommodation Contact

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to attend this seminar, please contact Toni Newborn as soon as possible at RSVPCivilRightsForum@minneapolismn.gov or call us at 612-673-2507.

Accreditation Contact

The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is applying for credits for One Minneapolis: A Call to Action. More information will become available closer to the event date.

Mobile Phones Welcome

Feel free to tweet thoughts with the #CallToActionMpls hashtag, share updates, and take pictures. However, we will ask that you keep phones on vibrate or silent for our mini-conference.

Exhibitor Table Information

If you are exhibiting at One Minneapolis: A Call to Action! please see the Exhibitor Table Information Sheet for details like check-in time, our Exhibitor contact, and more.

Event Parking

Driving directions and parking information is available on the Minneapolis Convention Center website: http://www.minneapolisconventioncenter.com/public/parking.asp

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at RSVPCivilRightsForum@minneapolismn.gov. Thank you for your support!

Sponsors and Supporters

Without the extraordinary generosity of the companies and organizations listed below, our One Minneapolis: A Call to Action! conference would not be able to provide you with the tools and conference activities planned to help us collaborate to improve Minneapolis. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to:

Human Rights Center - University of Minnesota       Minnesota Department of Human Rights

The Minneapolis Foundation              University of St. Thomas School of Law       HealthPartners       ComcastThe Advocates for Human RightsWells Fargo

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One Response to [UPDATE] One Minneapolis: A Call to Action!

  1. We are not alone with these challenges. Here is an artilce about Boston

    A sad statistic that endures
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    By Yvonne Abraham
    | Globe Columnist
    December 11, 2011
    How much does race still matter around here?
    A lot, if you look in our maternity wards. Every year, about 11,000 babies delivered in the Boston metropolitan area are born underweight. That’s a little below the national average, but it’s still alarming, given the lifelong health problems that can plague these babies.
    A woman’s education level is a huge factor in whether she’ll have a small baby. The better educated she is, the more likely she is to understand the importance of good nutrition, to live in a safer, less polluted neighborhood, and to live a more affluent, less stressful life – all of which make it less likely that her baby will weigh under 5.5 pounds.
    But race trumps education: A college-educated black woman is a fraction more likely to have a low-birth-weight baby than a white woman who didn’t finish high school. Incredibly, 7.6 percent of babies – about 1 in 13 – born to college-educated black women are underweight.
    These sad tidings are brought to you by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning nonprofit, which is set to release a wide-ranging report Tuesday on inequality in Greater Boston. Their stunning finding, culled from five years of state statistics, mirrors a trend seen across the nation.
    What gives? In piecing together an explanation, researchers provide a measure of how far we have to go, two generations after the civil rights movement began. Among their findings:
    College-educated black women are bound by their histories, says Dr. David Williams, a professor of public health at Harvard. They’re more likely to have experienced poverty as children, and the deficits in health care and nutrition that come with it, and to have been born underweight themselves – all of which increase the chance that they will give birth to smaller babies.
    While these women are better off financially than their less well-educated counterparts, they are still black, and they still report experiences of discrimination. Several researchers have found that those experiences send stress hormones coursing through women’s bodies, which can also contribute to low birth weight.
    A third finding is the most fascinating, and distressing: Despite gains in civil rights, black and white people still generally live in stubbornly segregated communities, in this region and in most others. Affluent whites tend to move out of the city and into wealthy enclaves. But there’s no black Weston. College-educated black women tend to remain in largely black neighborhoods. And those neighborhoods tend to experience more of the social ills – from higher poverty levels to more pollution, crime, and daily stress – that contribute to lower birth weight.
    “Across every dimension you can think of, segregated [minority] neighborhoods are less healthy ,” says Williams.
    This is a state of affairs that affects all of us. Coming into the world at under 5.5 pounds makes a person more likely to develop ADHD, educational or developmental delays, diabetes, and asthma, among other maladies. We all bear the costs of these problems, in ways human and monetary – from personal suffering to higher insurance premiums.
    And according to the planning council’s report, the problem of low birth weight could worsen: The region’s minority population is growing, and the racial divisions between communities show no signs of abating.
    All of this has officials at the state Department of Public Health worried enough to embark on a statewide study of infants and the factors that affect their welfare.
    “I don’t think any of us can continue to ignore the importance of what is happening,” says DPH medical director Lauren Smith. “We need to create more global, community-level intervention.” That might mean more decent housing options, grocery stores, and better public safety in unhealthy neighborhoods, for example. Hard, but not impossible. Changing the attitudes that separate our neighborhoods will prove more challenging.
    “Segregation is not an act of God,” says Williams. But it may take one to undo its effects.

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