February meetings - Edina: A Human Rights City
The Edina Human Rights and Relations Commission has taken on a global initiative from the United Nations called Human Rights Cities. This initiative calls for cities to guide their strategies for education, health, housing, employment by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which calls for dignity, liberty and equality for all. The Human Rights Cities initiative was endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2013. Edina mayor Jim Hovland and several other Minnesota mayors supported the initiative. ‘Human Rights City’ is an aspirational title. It is intended as a a guide for individual, community, and city actions.
Join us this month as two members of the Edina Human Rights and Relations Commission will explain the initiative, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the next steps Edina will take to become a Human Rights City. Thursday's meeting will be lead by Rachel Carlson, an intern for the commission and a law student at William Mitchell and Saturday's meeting will be lead by Ellen Kennedy, PhD., vice chair of the commission, founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide and an adjunct professor at the College at William Mitchell College of Law.
Volunteer opportunity - register new citizens to vote
Each year, volunteers from LWV Minnesota and local leagues help register hundreds of new citizens across Minnesota to vote at citizenship ceremonies. Volunteers distribute voter registration forms and answer any questions new citizens may have. It is a great way to get involved and a heartfelt experience to watch the citizenship ceremony! If you are interested in volunteering at any of the ceremonies below, please email Judy at email@example.com.
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