Sharing & Caring Hands' Copeland Meets With Pope FrancisA Minneapolis woman who serves the poor and homeless in the Twin Cities got a face-to-face meeting with Pope Francis Thursday. Mary Jo Copeland, founder of Minneapolis' Sharing and Caring Hands, says the Holy Father prayed with her and blessed her work with the poor.
Census Data Shows MN Black Households' Income PlummetingNew U.S. Census data reveals the median household income for whites and Asians in Minnesota is twice that of African American households. The numbers show the median income for Minnesota's black households dropped nearly 15 percent, or about $4,500 in one year.
Report Suggests Minnesota Among Top States For Child WelfareA new report applauds Minnesota as the best state for child welfare, but that found overall more U.S. children are living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround.
Faith Leaders At Capitol To Urge Help For Poor, People Of ColorA multi-racial, multi-denominational group of clergy gathered at the State Capitol Thursday. They announced their commitment to engage Minnesota's elected leaders, and promote policies that they say will eliminate racial and economic inequities.
Report Says Future Of Low Paid Workers Is BleakDespite the recent success in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage, a new report paints a bleak outlook for the state’s lowest paid workers. The worker rights groups, Working America and Take Action Minnesota, say a lot more is still needed to lift 622,000 Minnesotans out of poverty.
Census: More Than 175K MN Children Live In PovertyNumbers released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau reveal how many children in Minnesota are living in poverty. Fourteen percent of kids in the state of Minnesota lived in poverty in the last year. That's about 176,000 children.
Somali Group Pushes For Non-Pork Food ShelfIssues of poverty and hunger in the Somali-American Community has many searching for a food shelf that provides non-pork products. Many say there are no food shelves that provide healthy products that do not compromise their religious beliefs. Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger.
Fast Food Workers Protest Wages At Mpls. McDonald’sFast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald's restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Movie Blog: 'Rich Hill' Review "God has to be busy with everyone else" -- Those are the heartbreaking words said by one of the three boys whose lives filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo follow in Rich Hill, a sobering yet vividly human documentary about poverty in small-town, Middle America. From the get-go, it's apparent that at least one of these boys has been called "white trash,” but the film never treats them with scorn. Instead, cinematographer Droz Palermo captures their lives with incredible grace, so much so that it brings to mind the effervescent films of Terrence Malick. But as impressive as the camera work can be, the details in Rich Hill sting.
Study: Wealthy & Impoverished Get Different Types Of CancerA new study shows the level of poverty or wealth in an area may affect the types of cancers people get. Researchers looked at three million tumors diagnosed over a four-year period. They found in the poorest neighborhoods, larynx, cervical, and liver cancers were the most common.
Study: MN Schools Toss Lunches When Students Can't PayThe news story provoked national outrage as school children in Utah had their lunches tossed in the garbage because they didn't have enough money to pay for them. But it turns out something similar is happening in Minnesota, as well.
Regardless Of Snow, The Sleep Out Begins And Aims To Raise $2MWhile many Minnesotan's are planning festive holiday gatherings, some don't even know where they are sleeping any given night. Beginning this weekend, The Sleep Out has families helping fight poverty, and that includes camping out in tents and cardboard boxes.