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Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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June 2012 Meeting Minutes


421 SW 6th Ave,   Suite 500Portland,OR97204

Mission: TheHuman Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen inter-group relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City ofPortland.  In doing so, theHuman Rights Commission is guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human Rights Commission  (HRC) minutes for June 6, 2012



Commissioners present:

Hector Lopez,  Aimee Krouskop, Allan Lazo, Kyle Busse, ,Donna Maxey, Molloy Good

Damon Isiah Turner,Deyalo Bennette,DonitaFry, Emily Gottfried,  Mayra Arreola,Ashley Horne

Commissioners absent:  Abdul Majidi, , Stephen Manning,Christine Rontal,Donita Frye

Also in attendance:

Mark Fulop, strategic planner

Dante James, Director, Office of Equity & Human Rights (OEHR)

Ronault LS Catalani, staff

For public in attendance please see HRC sign-in sheet.


1. HRC Outreach and HRC Events Discussion

Commission Chair Alan Lazo commenced the July HRC session at 4:20pm by welcoming the public, Commissioners, OEHR Director, and City staff.  Because a quorom was not yet present, the Chair  limited discussion to matters for which a quorom is not necessary.

Chair proposed July 11 HRC session because the regularly scheduled date and time would fall on July 4 holiday.

Reports on HRC-sponsored or related events:

Comm. Turner reported on HRC participation in VOZ Worker Education andEmploymentCenter’s July 5 fund-raiser; in Portland Pride Parade, and at the Center for Intercultural Organizing’s annual banquet.

HRC participation in Fair Housing Council of Oregon (history of Portland housing-discrimination bus tour) July 7-8 events, hosted by Comm Good; and the linked July 10 “Race Talks” presented by Comm Maxey/United Against Racism/McMennamin’s Kennedy School.

Comm Maxey also discussed the June 6 “Race Talk” session, on “why there aren’t more black people inOregon.”

HRC minutes

June 6, 2012

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Comm Gottfried discussed planning for an early October CIGU (Community Intergroup Understanding)Portlandmayoral and council candidates forum. 

Comm Gottfried began and Commission members contributed to discussion of reviving a human rights recognition award lunch banquet, honoring contributions of youth, adults, and organizations, scheduled tentatively for Dec 4, 2012.


2. Commission Public Comment

Mr. Dwyer aPortlandresident reported his and his wife’s mistreatment by the FBI and the Bank of America, including alleged attempted poisoning and falsified rape reports, and miss-approriations of billions of US dollars in these entities’ attempts to harm his family.


3.  Approval of Agenda and May HRC minutes

With an HRC  quorum, the proposed June 6, 2012 HRC Agenda was approved. The May 2012 HRC minutes were unavailable for review.



4. Strategic Planning Work Session

Mark Fulop and his associate, both of Mark Fulop, Facilitation & Process, LLC led discussion of HRC strategic planning-work done over the preceeding months, currently, and the work remaining to complete the City ofPortland’s HRC Strategic Plan.  Commissioners received a further developed a preliminary draft of the evolving 24-page frame work.

HRC Chair expanded this 2-hour work session and closed the July 2012 session with a discussion led by Commissioners Samara and Turner on forming an organizational sub-committee, which would address, inter alia, a shared vision between the HRC and the Office of Equity; structural clarity in the

the form and function of the partnership between the two entities; and the inevitable budget management issues that arise without formalized expectations.

Responsible Commissioners will report to the full-HRC potential models governing these unsettled relationship issues.


HRC Session minutes for

June 6, 2012

Respectfully submitted by:

Ronault LS Catalani