Civil Rights

Cities, facing pressure to minimize police presence, turn to unproven community groups

BY: - June 9, 2021

Facing increasing political pressure on all sides in the face of rising violent crime and activists demanding the dismantling of their police departments, Minneapolis and some other cities are increasingly turning to private community groups to keep the peace — and provide political cover — in perilous times.  The Agape Movement, a group of ex-gang […]

States poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likenes

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images.  It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image — a practice that’s […]

Asian Minnesotans say discrimination is on the rise, push to make prosecuting hate crimes easier

BY: - June 7, 2021

At the start of the pandemic, Yaoyao Chen, a materials research engineer, was an early adopter of mask-wearing.  One day in March, she was at a Woodbury intersection when someone yelled at her, “Your mask is a piece of [expletive].” She was so frightened by the exchange that she stayed home for a week.  Then […]

City workers work to reopen George Floyd Square to traffic

BY: and - June 3, 2021

They arrived before sunrise, working quickly to begin stripping away the barricades that have kept the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue closed for more than a year since George Floyd was murdered by former police officer Derek Chauvin there. City crews, escorted by members of the Agape Movement, made the first steps towards […]

What’s up with ‘Umbrella Man’?

BY: - June 2, 2021

The internet dubbed him “Umbrella Man.” About a year ago, a man dressed all in black and carrying an umbrella was pictured on video smashing windows at a south Minneapolis AutoZone store amid demonstrations against police for the murder of George Floyd.  A righteous online citizenry accused him of inciting looting and violence and sought […]

Legislature debating decriminalizing fare evasion, allowing Metro Transit to focus on more serious crimes

BY: - May 28, 2021

An attempt to reform how Minnesota enforces transit fare and deals with a concerning rise in serious crime on trains and buses in recent years hangs in the balance as the Legislature nears a self-imposed deadline to finish their work for the year.  People who ride without paying the $2.50 fare pay a $180 fine […]

Los Angeles Times journalists sue Minn. State Patrol over injuries sustained during George Floyd protests

BY: - May 26, 2021

Two Los Angeles Times journalists are suing the Minnesota State Patrol for injuries they sustained while covering protests last May in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Derek Chauvin. Houston Bureau Chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Carolyn Cole, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, were among a group of journalists who were assembled near the Minneapolis Police […]

Neighbors, feeling bullied, want activists to leave George Floyd Square

BY: - May 26, 2021

A year after the murder of George Floyd, some residents who live near the four-block area now graced by his name want the people running the autonomous zone to remove the barricades and leave. They say people in the neighborhood have been shot at, robbed, carjacked, threatened with deadly weapons and sexually harassed. “This is […]

Biden urges Congress to act on policing reform after meeting with George Floyd family

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, his family returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws.  Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death — the deadline that President Joe Biden had urged lawmakers […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned by House GOP leader

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust.  Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network made the comparison, according to CNN, […]

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws […]

Rep. Betty McCollum: ‘Not one U.S. tax dollar for taking Palestinian lands’

BY: - May 24, 2021

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum wants to stop American tax dollars from funding human rights abuses of the Israeli government’s continued occupation of Palestinian territory. Before the latest 11-day war left more than 230 Palestinians and 12 Israelis dead, McCollum introduced a bill in April that would prohibit Israel from using the roughly $3.3 billion in […]