Federal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program.
Hundreds are rallying Friday in Minneapolis in support of people charged in the Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America in December. Members of the group Black Lives Matter and their supporters say they are fighting for racial and economic justice.
Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a ban on state travel to Indiana after a religious freedom law there has faced sharp criticism. Opponents say the Indiana law is a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton says he abhors the law and supports those standing against it.
A complaint has been filed against the University of Minnesota that alleges gender discrimination in intercollegiate athletics. The university says in a statement that a complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Cities across the nation will be celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend but some hold a more historical significance than others.
In a decision that civil rights groups said would protect property owners’ rights, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained during illegal searches cannot be used to take someone’s property through civil forfeitures.
Students in Minneapolis celebrated the legacy of one of our community’s Civil Rights leaders. Mayor Betsy Hodges was at Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center to declare Friday “Dr. Josie R. Johnson Day.”
A man who broke color barriers and led Minnesota in the Civil Rights Movement was remembered Saturday. Matthew Little, long-time president of the Minneapolis NAACP, passed away last Sunday after complications from pneumonia. He was 92. Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial service at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.
The third Monday of every January is one of ten national holidays that government employees get every year. Most children have no school and every state and federal employee receives a paid day off. The first official observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday was on January 20, 1986 – 18 years after the Civil Rights leader was shot. But David Chang, a professor of U.S. history at the University of Minnesota, says the idea for the holiday came just four days after the assassination in 1968.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and tributes for the late civil rights leader were held across the country.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College held their sixth annual MLK, Jr. Day Of Service on Saturday. Those attending started the day with breakfast before hearing some inspirational speakers and music. Afterwards, many attendees went to several local non-profit organizations to volunteer. Volunteer Delores Roberts was with a group who were making blankets for the homeless.
Tens of thousands of people descended on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 1963 and made history. On Saturday, thousands marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which is now considered one of the largest rallies ever held for human rights. In the Twin Cities, hundreds of people turned out for marches in north, northeast, and south Minneapolis to mark the historic day.
Almost 50 years ago, hundreds of thousands gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was a march to fight for jobs and equal opportunities, featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave his groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis in June. Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.
Local attorney Tom Shroyer of Moss and Barnett joined John Hines on the WCCO Morning News to talk about the George Zimmerman case on Monday morning.
A professor with Macalester College calls Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling nullifying part of the Voting Rights Act a “step back.” The court rejected a provision of the Voting Rights Act that requires some states and localities to get federal approval before changing voting laws.
Prosecutors are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the virus to another man, in a case that has drawn attention of medical and civil rights groups who say it violates the defendant’s constitutional rights.
Five noteworthy events celebrate African Americans’ contributions to the history and culture of Minnesota.
A Minneapolis state legislator wants a bust of a Minnesota civil rights pioneer at the State Capitol. State Rep. Joe Mullery has introduced a bill seeking to bestow the honor on Nellie Stone Johnson.
A historical bus tour is rolling through the Twin Cities Saturday.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to include same-sex domestic partner benefits in Minnesota’s state employee contracts.
It is not news when Republicans try to block access to the ballot box for poor, minority and elderly voters. What is unusual is that Republicans are admitting it.
Unfortunately, political poll after political poll reveals that the presidential election of 2012 has much to do – in fact, more to do – with the race of the presidential candidate than most anything else.
Opponents of Minnesota’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage are pushing to get out the vote as the race enters its pivotal final week.
Civil rights leader Julian Bond will appear at the Guthrie Theater next month to examine the political themes of the new play “Appomattox.”