HRC Conversations

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) is developing the “HRC Conversations” program as a way to build awareness and facilitate dialogue within the community about human rights and social justice issues.

"HRC Conversations" 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

2018 Events

Jan 15 HRC Honors Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Day

28th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast
Monday, Jan 16,
7–9 am
Minneapolis Armory
500 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) is sponsoring two tables at this year's MLK Holiday Breakfast. Complimentary tickets are available on a first come, first served basis to Golden Valley residents and students who attend school within Golden Valley. Tickets may be picked up at Golden Valley City Hall beginning January 3, 2018. Proof of residency or student identification required. Limit one ticket per person. Students are encouraged to attend. To check availability, call 763-593-8006.

2017 Events

Dec 20: "MLK Day Literary Contest" Deadline

Who: Students in grade 6–12 in Hopkins, Robbinsdale Area, Perpich, and Breck Schools

What: Literary contest for written work on the theme “Making Lives Matter.” Students may enter essays, songs, poetry, etc) of 500 words or less on 8-1/2" x 11" paper, double spaced. Building on Dr King’s passion and leadership, students are asked to creatively express how to realize the dream of making lives matter—their own lives and others—and explore innovative choices to positive social change. Submissions will be judged on content applicable to theme.

When: Deadline is Dec 20, 2017

Where: Mail entries to Golden Valley Human Rights Commission, 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427, or email to Staff Liaison Kirsten Santelices.

Why: To honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

How: Entries must include student name, address, phone, email, grade level; parent name, phone, email; and school name and teacher contact. One entry per student.

Winners will receive tickets to the Jan 15, 2018 Minneapolis MLK Day Celebration and will be invited to present their piece at a Jan 14, 2018 MLK celebration to be held at Brookview Golden Valley.

Sept 21 Movie Night: "Buried Above Ground" (documentary on PTSD)

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

"Buried Above Ground" shares 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.

Jan 16 HRC Honors Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Day

27th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast
Monday, Jan 16,
7–9 am
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) is sponsoring two tables at this year's MLK Holiday Breakfast. Complimentary tickets are available on a first come, first served basis to Golden Valley residents and students who attend school within Golden Valley. Tickets may be picked up at Golden Valley City Hall beginning January 3, 2017. Proof of residency or student identification required. Limit one ticket per person. Students are encouraged to attend. To check availability, call 763-593-8002.

2016 Events

Sept 11 National Day of Service And Remembrance

Sunday, Sept 11, 9 am–1 pm
Market In The Valley
City Hall Parking Lot (near the water tower)

Join the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) for a fun scavenger hunt of the weekly farmer's market to provide fresh produce to stock PRISM's shelves.

Jan 18 HRC Honors Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Day

26th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast
Monday, Jan 18,
7–9 am
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

The Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC) is sponsoring two tables at this year's MLK Holiday Breakfast. Complimentary tickets are available on a first come, first served basis to Golden Valley residents and students who attend school within Golden Valley. Tickets may be picked up in the Manager's Office at Golden Valley City Hall beginning January 4, 2016. Proof of residency or student identification required. Limit one ticket per person. Students are encouraged to attend. To check availability, call 763-593-8002.

The Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast is presented by The General Mills Foundation and The United Negro College (UNCF) to celebrate Dr King’s legacy of service and be inspired to live out his dream today in our homes, the community, and throughout the world. This year's keynote speaker is Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

2015 Events

Oct 22 Human Sex Trafficking Awareness Program

Thursday, Oct 22, 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.

September 10 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Sept 10, 6–8 pm
Second Harvest Heartland WEST
6325 Sandburg Rd, Suite 1700, Golden Valley
(get directions)

Join friends, neighbors, and community members in helping to sort and re-pack food from food drives and donations, label cans, or re-package bulk food such as pasta, cereal, rice, apples, or potatoes into family size packages. These items go to Second Harvest Heartland’s partner agencies, including local food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. The volunteer shift will start with an orientation explaining Second Harvest Heartland’s mission and how to sort and pack the food. Volunteers must be able to stand for several hours. Everyone (age 8 and older) is invited to participate.

Register here. Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email message confirming your registration with more details about the event.

If you have questions, call Second Harvest Heartland Volunteer Services at 651-282-0901.

May 14 Human Trafficking Awareness Program

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

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

April 18 Preventing Genocide Joint HRC Program

Saturday, April 18, 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.

2014 Events

Oct 9 Mental Health Awareness Program

Thursday, Oct 9, 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, will share his struggle with bipolar disorder and lead a discussion about mental health issues.

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Sept 11, 2014, 6–8 pm
Second Harvest Heartland WEST
6325 Sandburg Rd, Suite 1700, Golden Valley
(get directions)

Join friends, neighbors, and community members in helping to sort and re-pack food from food drives and donations, label cans, or re-package bulk food such as pasta, cereal, rice, apples, or potatoes into family size packages. These items go to Second Harvest Heartland’s partner agencies, including local food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. The volunteer shift will start with an orientation explaining Second Harvest Heartland’s mission and how to sort and pack the food. Volunteers must be able to stand for several hours. Everyone (age 8 and older) is invited to participate.

Register here by Sept 6, 2013. Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email message confirming your registration with more details about the event.

If you have questions, call Second Harvest Heartland Volunteer Services at 651-282-0901.

May 8 Mental Health Awareness Program

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

In conjunction with National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, HRC Conversations will present "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).

To date, panelists include 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.

Jan 20 Martin Luther King, Jr Day Event: Live Televised Viewing of "Reimagine The Future"

Monday, Jan 20
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. This year's event, “Reimagine the Future” with keynote speaker Donna Brazile, will be 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) is partnering with Spirit of Hope Church in Golden Valley to host a live televised viewing of "Reimagine the Future." The free Golden Valley event will start at 7:30 am Jan 20 with a continental breakfast in the Fireside Room at Spirit of Hope Church, 7600 Harold Ave. At 8 am, guests can watch a live television feed of the actual event in Minneapolis.

2013 Events

Nov 21 Movie Night: "MN Nice?" (documentary on bullying)

"MN Nice?"

Thursday, November 21, 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)