Civil Rights

Would automatic voter registration allow non-citizens to vote?

BY: - January 10, 2023

Minnesota Democratic lawmakers this session are proposing to expand driver’s license eligibility to people without legal permission to reside in the U.S. At the same time, they are proposing to automatically register everyone to vote. Could the people here illegally use the new license to vote?  Yes, but it’s a felony with steep consequences. And […]

Biden honors more than a dozen Americans for upholding democracy on Jan. 6

BY: - January 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — On the second anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, President Joe Biden on Friday awarded citizen medals to 14 Americans who protected democracy and law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol. “Two years ago on Jan. 6 our democracy was attacked,” Biden said at the White House. “Our democracy held because […]

Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers

BY: - January 5, 2023

The $1.7 trillion federal spending bill President Joe Biden signed last week ushers in expanded protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing. Proponents of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act — both included as amendments to the spending bill — say the measures clarify rights for these workers, […]

Minneapolis voting rights attorney lays out DFL plan for election reform

BY: - January 5, 2023

Rep. Emma Greenman says the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will try to pass legislation to strengthen voting rights, shine a light on dark money saturating elections and protect election workers who have been under increasing scrutiny amid often baseless election fraud suspicions.

Codifying abortion access, paid family leave, child care tax credits among DFL legislative priorities

BY: - January 4, 2023

DFL legislative leaders on Tuesday announced their priorities for the session, promising abortion rights, money for schools and paid family leave, among other priorities.  Whatever direction Democrats take, slim legislative majorities mean they’ll need consensus to move bills forward. That’s especially true in the Senate, where they hold a 34-33 edge. Passing a law to […]

5 observations on the Legislature’s first day

BY: - January 3, 2023

Hundreds of Minnesotans were at the State Capitol on Tuesday to attend the first day of the Minnesota legislative session.  Lawmakers were sworn in, advocacy groups held rallies, public tours commenced and lobbyists whispered in hallways for the state’s first relatively normal day of session since COVID-19 prompted much of the state’s legislative business to […]

Retiring Hennepin County attorney says Minneapolis police lied about Jaleel Stallings case

BY: - December 22, 2022

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he erred in prosecuting Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul man who fired back after a Minneapolis SWAT in an unmarked van hit him with a plastic bullet in the days after George Floyd’s police murder. 

Minneapolis Councilman Jamal Osman apologizes for anti-gay, antisemitic posts

BY: - December 20, 2022

Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman has apologized for making antisemitic and anti-gay comments on Facebook from 2011 to 2013, calling Israelis “dogs” and speaking approvingly of Hitler.   The Reformer reviewed the posts before they were deleted in October.  Osman, who was elected in the 6th Ward in a special election in 2020 and is […]

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily keeps Title 42 immigration program in effect

BY: - December 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in an order on Monday stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program — which was put in place by […]

As transit agencies cut service, people in wheelchairs get stranded

BY: - December 12, 2022

One day in late August, a Metro Transit driver of a Route 18 bus, which runs between Minneapolis and Bloomington on Nicollet Avenue, told Leroy Mitchell to get off of his scooter-style wheelchair or disembark to make room for riders boarding an already-crowded bus.  Mitchell, a south Minneapolis resident, wasn’t able to. “I said [to […]

Faith, elected leaders urge POST Board to adopt rules banning police from being in hate groups

BY: - December 8, 2022

The once-obscure state board that licenses police officers has become ground zero in an effort to rid Minnesota police departments of white supremacy, while raising concerns among police backers that the new rules will stifle First Amendment rights. 

Future of U.S. election law at stake as Supreme Court hears North Carolina case

BY: and - December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Republicans appeared to have at least three of the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative justices on their side Wednesday in a case that could determine the future of elections nationwide, and leave decisions about federal elections in the hands of state legislatures and beyond the reach of state courts.  The Supreme Court […]