Civil Rights

Mapping prejudice: How the legacy of racial covenants still haunts Minnesota...

The Minneapolis City Council recently formed a “truth and reconciliation commission” to examine the city's history of racial oppression. A fertile area for examination:...

From hero to pariah: A cop reflects on policing in the...

When the 35W bridge collapsed in 2007, Anna Hedberg was 24 years old and six days into her job as a Minneapolis Police officer....

State leaders face backlash over arresting hundreds of protesters in Minneapolis

Gov. Tim Walz and his public safety commissioner are facing criticism from Minneapolis elected officials and activists for trapping hundreds of protesters for several...

Through wars, depressions, pandemics — the votes have been counted

The 200-year-old story of how Americans choose their leaders is one of the most interesting, intriguing and controversial sets of lessons I teach my...

Doomscrolling? Catastrophizing? This writer is calm and optimistic. Here’s why.

Which do you think will win “Word of the Year” for 2020: doom-scroll or catastrophize? The closer we draw to tomorrow — what would have...

After last-minute court ruling, Facebook ‘misinformation’ policies block Minnesota election officials...

As an appellate court ruling threw Minnesota’s election into last-minute chaos, election officials have lost a critical tool to alert voters to stop mailing...

I’m 18 and I’m voting because my brother can’t

This year hasn’t turned out how I expected it to. This was a year with a lot of milestones for me. I was turning...

Organizers focus on reaching Indigenous voters in northern Minnesota

Editor's note: Since the publication of this story, the Reformer has learned that many — perhaps most — of the new registrations are not...

Lawsuit seeks court order prohibiting armed ex-soldiers outside Minnesota polling places

A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning against a private security company that was recruiting former military personnel to "guard" Minnesota polling places during...

Class action lawsuit seeks end to police sweeps of Minneapolis homeless...

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday against the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, local officials and law enforcement on behalf of seven...

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