City of St Paul resolution 20-712
The Council of City of Saint Paul introduced resolution 20-712 on 05/06/2020, tabled on IAM's request for two weeks and voted on 05/20/2020. Below is a chronology and update.
The India Association of Minnesota (IAM) strongly rejects the decision of St.Paul City Council to adopt resolution 20-788, ignoring our letters and multiple conversations with city council members that the language of the resolution portrayed India and Indian Americans in a negative light. We are disappointed with the outcome that did not follow a due process to understand the complexity of the issue. The council failed to acknowledge religious persecution across a number of South Asian countries and by focusing only on one country and one religion did not do justice to religious minorities persecuted in those countries which was well documented in a number of international reports.
IAM reiterates support for religious freedoms and strongly condemns persecution of religious and other minorities anywhere in the world.
Thank you for your letters and comments you provided to the St. Paul City Council members and Mayor Melvin Carter. The number of comments and letters to the Council Members allowed them to learn and gain a better understanding of these issues and acknowledged contributions of Minnesota’s Indian community, including the recent COVID-19 relief efforts to help Minnesotans in need. However, they listened to their St. Paul constituents they represented, many of whom supported the resolution. The resolution passed by 5 voting for and 2 abstentions.
While the Council did not adopt our recommendations for 20-712, our advocacy was successful in the Council recognizing the lack of a process for these kinds of issues and unanimously passed resolution 20-788 to address this gap for the future.
We encourage Asian Indian community members to get engaged at all levels of Government and Institutions. Civic participation helps make our voices heard in our democratic institutions.
Resolution 20-712 adopted by Saint Paul city council with 5 yea, 2 abstentions Resolution 20-788 - "Supporting religious minorities persecuted globally and establishing a process for City Council action in response to requests for advocacy in support of persecuted minorities" - adopted by Saint Paul city council with 7 year
|The India Association of Minnesota (IAM) strongly rejects the decision of St.Paul City Council to adopt resolution 20-712||Wednesday 05/20/2020|
|IAM team met with Council member Jane Prince - sponsor of Resolution 20-712 - and communicated feedback from the community. IAM urged Ms. Prince to table the current resolution and explore an alternative resolution focused on the universal protection of minorities in all countries.||Friday 05/15/2020|
|Revised resolution 20-712 included on agenda for 5/20 meeting||Thursday 05/14/2020|
|IAM response based on community conversations - table current resolution and explore an alternative resolution - sent to Saint Paul Council Members and Mayor Carter||Monday 05/11/2020|
|IAM hosted community conversations with regional organizations, faith-based organizations, and community organizers to gather feedback and inputs from the community||Friday 05/08/2020|
|Saint Paul Council voted 6-1 to lay over the resolution by 2 weeks to 5/20. |
Councilmember Prince alludes incorrectly that she has been in contact with IAM for a long time.
IAM was alerted to this resolution for the first time on 04/29/2020.
|IAM alerted regional organization partners about the resolution||Monday 05/04/2020|
|IAM recommendation - postpone resolution and allow for due process of community feedback - sent to Saint Paul Council Members, Mayor Carter, Council members of Minneapolis and Mayor Frey||Sunday 05/03/2020|
|Resolution 20-712 included on agenda of Saint Paul City Council for May 6th meeting||Thursday 04/30/2020|
|IAM was alerted, for the first time, by the legislative aide of Saint Paul Council Member Jane Prince about resolution 20-712.|
IAM team met with Council member's team and expressed concerns regarding the resolution.
IAM recommended postponing the resolution and urged the Council Member to follow due process of collecting feedback from Asian Indian residents of Saint Paul