For more information contact: Joan Nichols 651-29X-XXXX
State Rep. Carlos Mariani
Minnesota House of Representatives Contact: Joan Nichols
District 65B (651) 296-9714 (651) 296-891
563 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155 Joan.Nichols@house.mn
ST. PAUL – State Representative Carlos Mariani, District 65B, is supporting a report released by the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights that highlights post 9/11 experiences from communities across our state.
"As a state legislator I am honored to have the opportunity to listen first-hand to the personal stories and experiences of community members. The report released today by the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights documents some of the stories of immigrants, refugees, and religious minorities in our state," said Mariani. "Hearing these voices are an important reminder that there are many who live among us who continue to experience discrimination and unequal treatment. They are a reminder that we need to do better – if one suffers in our communities, we all suffer."
A press conference on human rights was held on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at the State Office Building, Room 181, from 9:00-9:30a.m. Representatives of the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights discussed how to ensure that the protection of human rights and human dignity is not sacrificed while providing security. Post 9/11 experiences and lessons learned from Minnesota communities were voiced.
"We determine the environment we live in, and we decide if we want a state that is welcoming to all people, regardless of religion or ethnicity," said Mariani. "The daily lives of new Minnesotans have been greatly affected by government and community responses to 9/11. I hope we not only listen to the stories of the affected but that we learn from them and go forward together with a greater appreciation of our possibilities for a future without fear or discrimination."