Tuesday, May 14, 2013
For the first time on the Senate floor, Richfield Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray uses her native tongue to explain why she supports same-sex marriage.
Richfield Sen. Patricia Torres-Ray (D-Richfield/Minneapolis) wanted to make sure her reasonings for supporting same-sex marriage legislation were heard in both Spanish and English Monday. For the first time in her Senate career, Torres-Ray spoke to her family, friends and constituents in her native language, saying her support for same-sex marriage, or any human rights issue, is all about justice and equality. "A mi familia, a mis amigos, a las personas que comparten mi fe," She said. "[Mi trabajo] es sobre equalidad, es sobre acceso, y es para luchar para que todos seamos iguales y todos tengamos derechos. Derechos de inmigración, derechos de educación, derechos de casarnos en uno con el otro. ... Son las mismas cosas. Son los mismos …
Monday, April 2, 2012
The congressman said the regime "has no future."
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday chaired a congressional hearing on human rights violations in Syria, and he used the opportunity to condemn Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and call for a globally supported "humanitarian zone." However, Ellison says he does not support any military attacks at this time, instead suggesting more of a peacekeeping role for troops. (See video above) "If military personnel are needed to set up a humanitarian corridor, that is something I would support," the congressman said. In February, Ellison sponsored a resolution calling for Assad to step down and urging the U.S. government to support groups in Syria that show commitments to human rights and religious freedom. On Friday, Chris Fields, a Republican …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
While many DFLers spoke out against the measure, the bill moves on to the Senate.
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill early Wednesday morning to put a Constitutional amendment on the ballot next November requiring voters to show photo ID when they vote. The vote, like most others Tuesday on proposed changes to the bill, was along party lines, 72-62. Richfield Rep. Paul Thissen along with Reps. Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley) and Steve Simon (D-St. Louis Park) held a preview press conference Tuesday morning criticizing Republican priorites and the amendment itself. For months Thissen has slammed Republicans for putting amendments ahead of bigger priorities such as jobs bills. The Minnesota Senate Rules Committee takes up the bill Wednesday. If approved by the Legislature, voters will decide by referendum …
Friday, June 17, 2011
The Richfield City Council hears the human rights commission's report of projects and progress.
The Richfield Human Rights Commission had its annual meeting with the Richfield City Council Tuesday night to update members and the community on its projects and accomplishments. Richfield Patch has been working to cover many of the commission’s projects and achievements, but if you’ve missed anything, here is a list of the commission’s works thus far in 2011: Ahlquist will be presented her award at the June 28 city council meeting.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Richfield Human Rights Commission meets for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.
The Richfield Human Rights Commission was recently awarded a grant through the New Americans Healthy Together program to help fund outreach initiatives in Richfield. The commission plans to use the funding to reach out to new Americans within the Richfield community by providing its brochures in multiple languages as well as working with other community organizations to host a some sort of resource or cultural fair as an outreach event. The commission will begin working on this project in August 2011, as it is taking the month of July off. For more information on the grant or the New Americans Healthy Together program, see the attached PDF. The commission is also inching toward its second book club meeting, which focuses on the immigrant …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Local couple writes to community members about the impact a ban on gay marriage rights would have on the gay couples.
Editor's Note: The following letter was submitted to Richfield Patch by Richfield residents Philip Lowe, Jr. and Jason King. Dear Richfield Patch and Richfield Residents, I am sure by now everyone heard that there is a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people making it's way through the Minnesota House and Senate. If this bill is passed by the legislature, Gov. Mark Dayton does not have the power to veto this legislation. It would have to go to the ballot for a vote in the 2012 elections. If this bill were to pass and become law among the many things it would do is place discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into Minnesota's State …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Though largely symbolic, a new domestic partnership ordinance would grant same-sex couples and others official recognition in Richfield.
Richfield will more than likely join eight other Minnesota cities in implementing a domestic partnership ordinance, which would allow same-sex and other long-term couples to register their relationships and gain certain privileges. The domestic partnership ordinance is part of the larger national debate regarding the legal status of same-sex relationships. However, the registry isn’t limited to same-sex couples, but is also available to any couple who, for whatever reason, can’t or won’t get married. The possibility of creating a domestic partnership ordinance began in 2010, when Richfield resident, Philip Lowe, Jr., brought the idea to Mayor Debbie Goettel and Council Member Sue Sandahl at a caucus event. During the conversation, Lowe …
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Richfield Human Rights Commission held its monthly meeting Tuesday night where it discussed the need for extending more services to the community.
The Richfield Human Rights Commission met Tuesday night and decided to apply for a state grant for mediation training to help deal with discrimination issues within the community. The commission hopes that after training it will be able to extend the mediation services to the community. "The Human Rights Commission hasn't really played an active role in the community," said Molly Darsow, the commission chair. "Residents don't really know of our existence, our services or why we exist. We're hoping to increase our visibility." No specific problems in Richfield have sparked the commission's interest in mediation training, but the commission did discuss possible scenarios in which mediation could be used. Examples given were: Religious …