Civil Rights

States rush to revise their abortion laws as a major U.S. Supreme Court decision nears

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Abortion access throughout the country could soon depend on a patchwork of state laws if a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by  conservatives overturns the constitutional right it established nearly 50 years ago.  The court’s decision on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is expected sometime within the next two months. But state legislatures have been […]

State: Probable cause that Minneapolis police engage in race discrimination

BY: - April 27, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found there is probable cause that the city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department “engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act,” according to a report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Rights announced it would work with the city […]

Workers at Minneapolis clothing store receive $7,000 in back wages through settlement

BY: - April 21, 2022

The New York-based clothing chain Rainbow paid nearly $7,000 in back wages to workers at its Minneapolis store plus $4,000 in penalties for failing to provide employees the sick leave they are entitled to under city ordinance. In July 2017, the city of Minneapolis began requiring employers with six or more workers to provide paid […]

LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

BY: - April 18, 2022

Instructors in one Pennsylvania school district were not allowed to teach a biography of the first Black President, Barack Obama.*  In some Tennessee classrooms, a nonfiction comic book about the atrocities of the Holocaust is banned. And one school district in Wisconsin banned from libraries a picture book about a gay rights activist who was […]

Elections explained: Who does what? | Column

BY: - April 18, 2022

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns between now and Election Day by Max Hailperin, who will guide Reformer readers through the mechanics of election administration.  You turn a tap and clean water pours out. You cast a ballot and election results get announced. And just as you don’t need to […]


What the Cruz-Guzman school desegregation lawsuit is really about | Opinion

BY: - April 14, 2022

Editor’s note: The following is a response to a recent guest commentary about the Page Amendment, which is a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would make the right to quality public education “the paramount duty of the state to ensure quality public schools that fulfill this fundamental right.” The author is the plaintiffs’ […]

Minnesota Reformer, Star Tribune fighting city subpoena

BY: - April 13, 2022

Minnesota Reformer and the Star Tribune are fighting Minneapolis over the city’s broad subpoenas issued to Reformer deputy editor Max Nesterak and Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix.  The subpoenas were issued in a civil case against the city brought by freelance photographer Linda Tirado, who was shot by a foam projectile and blinded in one […]

U.S. Senate heads toward final vote this week on Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation

BY: - April 5, 2022

The U.S. Senate approved a procedural measure Tuesday to advance Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a final vote on confirmation as early as Thursday. The roll call Tuesday was identical to the tally on another procedural vote Monday. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt […]

U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

BY: - April 1, 2022

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate. The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Three Republicans joined all but two Democrats in approving the measure. […]

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

BY: - March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, […]

Minnesota works for quality parenting in foster families

BY: - March 29, 2022

When longtime foster parents Darlene and Curtis Bell welcomed four kids into their home in Brooklyn Park, they took a crash-course in preparing pepper soup and fufu. And within 24 hours of arriving at the Bells’ place, the siblings were served their favorite dishes.  Learning about the foods they loved from the children’s Nigerian mother […]

U.S. Senate panel bickers over Supreme Court nomination but sets vote next week

BY: - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reopened partisan disagreements Monday as members scheduled a vote for April 4 on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Republicans’ criticisms of Jackson’s record and responses were either untrue or disingenuous. Meanwhile, ranking Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa again raised process concerns. Jackson […]