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Public News Service - MN: Civil Rights

The groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota want to engage more people of color in 2018 statewide political campaigns. (Brian Fullman)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The day before the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the perfect time to get organized for the upcoming political season, according to the nonprofit groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota. ISAIAH community organizer Brian Fullman says the goal is to get people mo

As many as 5,000 people from El Salvador living in Minnesota may have their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as legal immigrants revoked. (Pexels)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Immigration lawyers in Minnesota have been fielding anxious calls from dozens of Salvadorans, many of whom have U.S. citizen children. That's because the Trump administration revoked their temporary protected immigration status - or TPS - which was granted after a devastating ea

Supporters of same sex marriage rallied in St. Paul in July 2010. (Fibonacci Blue/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A federal district court already has ruled that a Minnesota filmmaker may not violate the state's human rights law by refusing to film gay weddings. Carl and Angel Larsen, who own Telescope Media in St. Cloud, have argued in court that a state law barring discrimination vio

Freeborn, Ramsey, Nobles, Sherburne and Carver counties house detainees from five states: Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska.(Joe Mabel/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Human-rights advocates in Minnesota are responding angrily to a notice saying St. Paul is on the list of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices where the agency is looking to expand detention space. Lawyers who work with undocumented immigrants say they already are ove

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 51.7 percent of Minnesotans got a flu vaccine last year. (Nat'l. Institutes of Health)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For the first time, Essentia Health, which has 44 clinics in Minnesota, is requiring its employees, vendors and volunteers to get flu shots or lose their jobs. The United Steel Workers union represents 2,000 of those workers, and said the policy would be a violation of thei

People in Minneapolis also rallied against Trump immigration policies in November 2016. (Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thousands of young Minnesotans are wondering what it will mean if, as expected, President Donald Trump announces his intention today to end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is the Obama-era program that gives temporary legal status to law-abiding studen

President Trump's proposed immigration ban brought Minneapolis residents out to support diversity in February. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS - A national anti-racism group this week published a map that shows 10 hate groups based in Minnesota. After weekend violence during a white-supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., and another incident even closer to home, Minnesotans are wondering what, if anything, they can do. Th

The pay gap in Minnesota between men and women is nearly $10,000 a year, but state lawmakers still opted to close the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. (mn.us)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After more than 40 years of service to the state, it's the last week for Minnesota's Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women. In the last few days of the legislative session, state lawmakers voted to eliminate all OESW funding and prohibit staffing for the office. Bar

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