Civil Rights

Minnesota House passes bill to give driver’s licenses to undocumented residents

BY: - January 30, 2023

Minnesota House lawmakers passed a bill 69-60 to give driver’s licenses to undocumented residents on Monday after a decade of advocacy from immigrant rights groups. The bill now heads to the state Senate. “We are filled with hope that we can once again drive without fear,” said leader of the Minnesota Immigrant Movement Jovita Morales […]

After Republicans delay with lengthy debate, Senate passes bill codifying abortion rights

BY: - January 27, 2023

Update: The bill passed Saturday morning and heads to the desk of Gov. Tim Walz, who is expected to sign it. Minnesota Senate Republicans launched an informal filibuster to prevent abortion rights from being codified into state law Friday, offering dozens of amendments and speeches that lasted well into Saturday morning.  Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers pressed on […]

Minnesota Senate passes Juneteenth as a state holiday 

BY: - January 26, 2023

The Minnesota Senate on Thursday passed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday.  Juneteenth, or June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. It marks the day in 1865 — two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed — that a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were […]

Minnesota Senate passes CROWN Act to ban race-based hair discrimination

BY: - January 26, 2023

The Minnesota Senate on Thursday passed the CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination against hair texture and styles. The CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act,” protects “traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and hair styles such as braids, locs, and twists.” “I […]

Minnesota Asian and Pacific Caucus announces anti-hate legislation, advocates for gun control

BY: - January 23, 2023

The Minnesota Asian and Pacific Caucus said Monday that a top priority at the Legislature this year is to address hate and bias incidents against people of color, particularly Asian Americans. The caucus began its Monday press conference with a moment of silence for the victims affected by a mass shooting in California Saturday that […]

DFL Legislature moving quickly on a range of issues three weeks into session

BY: - January 20, 2023

The DFL-controlled House passed a bill Thursday codifying the right to an abortion into law. It now moves to the Senate. That’s just one policy area where the DFL is moving fast. Some other big bills that moved forward this week: Bill requiring the state’s utilities to generate 100% of electricity from carbon-free sources by […]

Right to abortion passes Minnesota House, heads to Senate

BY: - January 19, 2023

The Minnesota House passed a bill that would codify the right to an abortion into state law Thursday over Republican opposition, bringing Democrats a step closer to fulfilling a campaign promise.  The bill, known as the PRO Act, establishes that Minnesotans have a “fundamental right to make autonomous decisions” about their reproductive health care — […]

DFL trifecta brings renewed effort in Legislature to ban conversion therapy for minors

BY: - January 18, 2023

Human rights advocates, faith leaders and a group of University of Minnesota Medical School students in white doctor coats were at the Legislature Wednesday in support of a bill to ban so-called conversion therapy for children.   Conversion therapy, which has been discredited by medical and scientific evidence, attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or […]

Days after Indiana attack, White House vows to fight hate against Asian Americans

BY: - January 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— The White House on Tuesday announced a multi-agency strategy to help combat anti-Asian American hate, promote language access and improve governmental data collection for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. “This unprecedented plan builds on the administration’s broader equity agenda,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Tuesday’s press briefing. […]

Office to provide resources for missing and murdered Black girls and women advances through Minnesota House 

BY: - January 12, 2023

Minnesota House legislators on Thursday advanced a bill to create an office to investigate murdered and missing Black girls and women — a month after a state report showing Black women are nearly three times more likely to be murdered than white women in Minnesota. The report from the Missing and Murdered African American Women […]

U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week

BY: - January 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete.  Republicans, who secured a four-seat majority during the November midterm elections, said the bill setting medical standards on a national […]

Right to vote for people on parole or probation clears first hurdle in Minnesota House 

BY: - January 11, 2023

With a chorus of assenting “ayes,” Minnesota legislators took their first step on Wednesday to restoring voting rights for anyone convicted of a felony offense and still on probation or parole.  “Restore people, restore communities. That’s what this is about,” said chief author of the bill Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope. The voting rights restoration […]