Civil Rights

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Daily Reformer: Happy MLK Day

BY: - January 21, 2020

Good morning and happy MLK Jr. Day. Government is closed for the day, but Daily Reformer is not.  Gov. Tim Walz was at the 30th Annual MLK Holiday Breakfast at the Armory in Minneapolis this morning and then will host the 34th Annual MLK Day Celebration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in […]

Used syringes at a needle exchange clinic

Newest phase in opioid epidemic: Mix of opioids and stimulants like coke and meth

BY: - January 21, 2020

Minnesota health officials and researchers are tracking a troubling trend in the opioid crisis, even amid a decline in the total number of opioid-involved deaths. A recent rise in overdose deaths involving multiple drugs — like methamphetamine and opioids together — signals that we’ve potentially entered a new phase in the epidemic, due in part […]

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Measuring progress among black Americans since Dr. King’s death

BY: - January 20, 2020

On Apr. 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while assisting striking sanitation workers. Back then, over a half century ago, the wholesale racial integration required by the 1964 Civil Rights Act was just beginning to chip away at discrimination in education, jobs and public facilities. Black voters had only […]

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America’s public schools seldom bring rich and poor together — and MLK would disapprove

BY: - January 20, 2020

More than five decades after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., many carry on his legacy through the struggle for racially integrated schools. Yet as King put it in a 1968 speech, the deeper struggle was “for genuine equality, which means economic equality.” Justice in education would demand not just racially integrated schools, but […]

Minnesota Republicans say they’re going to make urban crime an issue. Here’s the data.

BY: - January 14, 2020

Minnesota Republicans are taking a cue from President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election by raising an incendiary issue: Urban crime.   Although there’s not a single Republican in the state Legislature representing either St. Paul or Minneapolis, GOP leadership are already signaling they will try to leverage fear of urban crime to win support […]

Nope, that’s not how that government program works

BY: - January 13, 2020

Everyone who qualifies for it can get it.