Civil Rights

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Native-led effort brings nighttime help to homeless

BY: - February 11, 2020

Close to midnight one Saturday, a couple dozen nurses, police officers, EMTs and social workers circled up in an empty break room on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis to plan their night helping the homeless. It was only the second night this group, with 17 different organizations represented, was meeting to coordinate their outreach efforts […]

Some big shots want to amend the Minnesota constitution to prioritize schools. Can it work?

BY: - February 7, 2020

A pair of prominent Minnesota leaders want to harness the power of words to address some of the nation’s worst racial disparities in education. Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari and retired state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page — the latter a Democrat, the former a Republican — have launched a campaign to amend the state’s […]

Allegations of ‘rampant’ sexism, ‘racist’ and ‘retaliatory’ culture came before AFSCME Council 5 leadership shakeup

BY: - February 4, 2020

Before the abrupt leadership shakeup at one of the state’s most powerful public employee unions last summer, union leaders were accused of “rampant” sexism, as well as a “racist” and “retaliatory” culture, according to a letter obtained by Minnesota Reformer. The letter sent to the union’s leadership in early August came from Vanessa Marian Butcher, […]

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

BY: - February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never went home.  […]

Marvin Manypenny was a hell raiser for American Indian sovereignty and treaty rights

BY: - February 3, 2020

In 1998, as a candidate for White Earth tribal secretary-treasurer, Marvin Manypenny wrote on the front of a campaign pamphlet: “Tribal sovereignty is vital to the preservation of the White Earth Anishinabeg Ojibway Nation.” On the back: “The rights to govern ourselves is completely and indisputably ours.”  Manypenny didn’t win that election — though his […]

Minneapolis police squad car.

Mayor Frey aims to rein in off-duty police work, creates task force

BY: - January 31, 2020

When former police officer Mohamed Noor clocked in for his 10-hour police shift on the July night he shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk in south Minneapolis, he had just come from a seven-hour shift moonlighting as a security guard. More than two years later, Mayor Jacob Frey plans to create a task force to examine […]

Women mayors twice as likely than men to face online abuse, threats of violence

BY: - January 30, 2020

Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, the first woman in the city’s history to hold the post in the era of social media, recalls clearly the shift in criticism she received when she went from city councilwoman to city executive.  “The number of times I was told I should get raped was extraordinary,” she said in […]

Republicans begin push for voter ID law even after voters rejected it in 2012

BY: - January 27, 2020

Minnesota Senate Republicans, defending a narrow 35-32 majority in the November election, signaled a major push for a new voter ID law in the upcoming legislative session that begins Feb. 11.  Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, a Nisswa Republican, released a video on social media channels Friday saying the caucus will advocate hard for a law […]

Lewis stumps for blocking refugee resettlement in Bemidji

BY: - January 24, 2020

BEMIDJI — On the campaign trail for a U.S. Senate seat, Jason Lewis made a stop in Bemidji Thursday night to host a discussion many here say they wish they weren’t having at all: refugee resettlement. The topic has been a flash point since the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to not accept […]

Minnesota is projected to lose a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Minnesota is projected to lose a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show — a change that would diminish the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to less money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care. The North Star State is one of 10 […]


What you probably don’t know about Colin Kaepernick: His faith

BY: - January 22, 2020

I am among what I suspect is a rather small group: Ordained women ministers who also are football fans. In my youth in Oklahoma,  I actually played the game — and loved it.  In those days girls were relegated to touch football and “powder puff” teams, but I relished the rough-and-tumble and blocking and knocking […]


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 […]