Civil Rights

The rural, biracial juror on the Chauvin trial: ‘It was absolutely traumatic’

BY: - June 25, 2021

Journee Howard grew up in a town of about 900 in lake country, where a Trump rally in nearby Brainerd attracted some 10,000 people last year. Her biracial family was a rarity.  Her mom is white and works at a bar; her dad is Black and works as a chef; her uncle is a cop […]

Libby Larsen, member of Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, draws musical portrait of women Supreme Court justices

BY: - June 24, 2021

TOPEKA — Libby Larsen remembers how it felt in 1981 when the first woman was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was 30 years old and one of the country’s few women music composers with a PhD — “that has it’s own backstory,” she says — when Sandra Day O’Connor ascended to a position […]

Biden speaks to activists who demand end to poverty, kick off national campaign

BY: - June 22, 2021

The Poor People’s Campaign held a rally in Raleigh on Monday to demand an end to poverty, kicking off a year-long activism campaign that will culminate in a march on Washington in 2022. Attendees heard testimony from speakers across the country, both in-person and via Zoom, as well as several live music performances. Speakers discussed […]

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

BY: - June 21, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who said the college athletics body is not exempt from antitrust law. “Put simply, this […]

Minneapolis police workers’ comp claims have skyrocketed

BY: - June 21, 2021

The city of Minneapolis could pay some $34 million or more in workers’ compensation claims filed by city employees since the murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin.  The Minneapolis City Council has approved 16 workers’ comp settlements out of 756 claims filed by city employees since Floyd’s murder, for injuries to […]

Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

BY: - June 21, 2021

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in 2020, bringing the total number of displaced persons in the world to 82.4 million.  Of those forced to flee their […]

Suburban cities spearhead effort to remove racial covenants

BY: - June 17, 2021

A lawyer by trade, when Maria Cisneros and her husband, Miguel, went to buy their house in Golden Valley five years ago, she read all of the house’s documentation more thoroughly than most would. That’s when she found some unexpected and disturbing language in the home’s property deed: A racial covenant stipulating that only “caucasians” […]

Activists stand athwart highway expansion, yelling stop

BY: - June 16, 2021

DULUTH — Jordan van der Hagen, a landscape designer, wants I-35 through downtown Duluth replaced with a boulevard. The freeway, he argues, is a massive tangle of concrete shuttling fewer cars than it was intended for, while inhibiting opportunities for downtown development and more human-centered — as opposed to autocentric — movement. The idea was […]

Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

BY: - June 15, 2021

Former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections, and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, according to documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee. On Dec. 29, Trump assistant […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states […]

Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

BY: - June 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement came as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification. “We are scrutinizing new laws that […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with fast-approaching state laws on rights of student athletes

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. But the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a potential […]