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2003 Annual Report

In January, LeAnn Love was reelected Chair and Ann Streed was reelected Secretary/Treasurer for the year 2003. The priority for the 2003 Commission would be education through outreach, programs, and events.

Jody Snow and Ann Streed coordinated the National Honor Society at MAHS to plan and implement activities for Martin Luther King, Jr. recognition. They developed a week long program which encouraged all students to participate. This event attracted media coverage from KSTP - Alexandria.

The Commission announced the winners of their annual Minnesota Human Rights Essay Contest.

1st Place - Megan Thooft $100
2nd Place - Dustin Sauter $75
3rd Place - Fiona O'Halloran-Johnson $50

Marion Helland from the MN League of Human Rights Commissions was approved by the school district staff development committee for a Morris Area School staff development presentation to be held in August. The Commission was instrumental in encouraging the district to hold this staff development session and in booking Helland to be the presenter.

Several Commissioners were guests at the World Touch Cultural Heritage Week Recognition Dinner at UMM in March.

In May the Commission wrote a Letter to the Editor condemning the destruction of a GLBT Pride flag that was flying at UMM.

Jody Snow produced and printed a new Morris Human Rights Commission brochure. The brochure was distributed in the Morris City Connections Newsletter to all Morris residences.

In July Ann Streed and Jody Snow attend a Training of Trainers Conference at Walt Fischer's invitation. It was a national conference held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Ann Streed spoke at UMM freshman orientation.

The City of Morris received an e-mail from Marion Helland (Robbinsdale HRC and MN HRC education coordinator) praising the Morris Human Rights Commission web site. Thanks to Sue Granger for all of her hard work.

Jody Snow was elected Director-at-Large for the MN League of Human Rights Commissions. Focus of the regional committee will be to implement REHAB at the state conference for the League in September.

Jody Snow, Ann Streed and LeAnn Love attend the 2003 Annual Human Rights Day Convention in St. Paul.

In December Bert Ahern and Ann Streed spoke about the Morris Human Rights Commission at the Prairie Renaissance Brown Bag Lunch meeting.

In 2003 three articles were published in the newspaper series "Notes From the Morris Human Rights Commission." Topics were: "Civil Rights and National Security," "Dispelling Myths About Immigrants," and "Teaching Kids About Human Rights." All articles are on the Commission's website.

In 2003 the Commission responded to several civil rights concerns brought by Morris residents.

Christine Gibson, Human Rights Officer for the Morris school district, and Walter Fisher, coordinator of UMM's Diversity Community Outreach Program, joined the Commission at its monthly meetings.





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