Social Issues

  • Chart: Child poverty stubbornly high in Minnesota
    New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota is one of only two states in which the percentage of people in poverty fell in between 2011 and 2012. But child poverty remains stubbornly high, with 14.6 percent of Minnesota children living below the poverty level.September 19, 2013
  • No change in Minnesota's child poverty rate
    State demographer Susan Brower says she isn't sure why the child poverty level won't budge, even as the economy turns around. But she has a couple of possible explanations.September 19, 2013
  • Teaching your kids the value of a dollar
    What's the point of an allowance? Ron Lieber, a writer for The New York Times, says it's a tool to help teach values and character traits like patience, moderation, thrift and generosity, and there are three basic ways that parents approach an allowance.September 19, 2013
  • University Of Alabama moves to integrate Greek system
    University President Judy Bonner acknowledged sororities and fraternities remain segregated. "While we will not tell any group who they must pledge, the University of Alabama will not tolerate discrimination of any kind," she says.September 18, 2013
  • Tell us: Can mass shootings ever be stopped?
    Monday's violence marked the sixth mass shooting since the violence at Accent Signage in Minneapolis where a man shot six people before killing himself last September. Can these kinds of mass shootings ever be stopped?September 18, 2013
  • Despite U.S. numbers, demographer hopes state poverty easing
    New data coming on Thursday will present a more complete picture, Bower says.The Daily Circuit, September 17, 2013
  • Confederate flag roils Fargo high school
    The student flew the flag Monday on what was dubbed "America Day" for homecoming week at Davies High School.September 17, 2013
  • Too edgy? Too tame? Gay pride parades spark debate
    Initiated as small, defiant, sexually daring protests, gay pride parades have become mainstream spectacles patronized by corporate sponsors and straight politicians as they spread nationwide. For many gays, who prize the events' edginess, the shift is unwelcome.September 17, 2013
  • Racial taunts greet new Miss America
    Miss New York Nina Davuluri's victory led to some negative comments on Twitter from users upset that someone of Indian heritage had won the pageant. She brushed those aside. "I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."September 16, 2013
  • Despite pressure, ban on gay blood donors endures
    Dating from the first years of the AIDS epidemic, the ban is a source of frustration to many gay activists, and also to many leading players in the nation's health and blood-supply community who have joined in calling for change. Above, Jason Cianciotto, GMHC's public policy director, stands with a map showing international blood donation guidelines for men who have sex with men.September 15, 2013
  • Birmingham still divided after 50 years
    Fifty years ago today, a Ku Klux Klan bomb at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala., killed four black girls and sent shock waves throughout the country. In Birmingham, the tragedy laid bare a deep rift.September 15, 2013
  • Reuters investigation spotlights online exchange of adopted kids
    Reuters has published a five-part series of stories about a practice known as "private re-homing", in which parents use Internet message boards to find homes for their adopted children when those adoptions are not working out well. Custody of the children often happens outside the view of child welfare authorities and some children are handed over to parents who would not be allowed to take in children.September 13, 2013
  • Just who counts as a 'woman of color'?
    Advocates for a more inclusive feminism cannot be content with calling attention to the tendency of feminist circles to focus solely on the issues that matter to privileged, white women. The ways the term "women of color" is used must also be considered.September 13, 2013
  • Minneapolis seeks to control feral cat population
    A proposal to manage feral cats in Minneapolis drew passionate public testimony at City Hall Wednesday.The Daily Circuit, September 12, 2013
  • At Totino-Grace, fired for being gay
    Kristen Ostendorf is the second official at the Catholic school to resign or be fired after acknowledging being gay. School president William Hudson resigned in June.September 11, 2013

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