Social Issues

  • Dorothy Day Center to stay in downtown St. Paul
    The Dorothy Day Center has dropped its plan to build new facilities northeast of its present location in downtown St. Paul.March 10, 2014
  • Black Twitter growing into online force
    Black Twitter is a small corner of the social media giant where an unabashedly black spin on life gets served up in 140-character installments. Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen -- like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman's subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing.March 10, 2014
  • Minn. lawmaker's NBA tweet called racist
    "State Rep. Pat Garofolo disappeared quickly from Twitter Sunday night after his tweet above started zipping around the Internet," writes Bob Collins on News Cut.March 10, 2014
  • Teens imitate risky behavior shared online
    Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. But with the advent of social media, hanging out with the wrong crowd can include not just classmates, but teenagers thousands of miles away on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.March 10, 2014
  • UN to world: Eat more fish heads
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently suggested it's time to get more fish heads on people's plates. "We must ensure that these byproducts are not wasted," Audun Lem, chief of FAO's products, trade and marketing branch, said in a statement.March 9, 2014
  • Advocates ask Girl Scouts to end partnership with Barbie
    "Holding Barbie, the quintessential fashion doll, up as a role model for Girl Scouts simultaneously sexualizes young girls, idealizes an impossible body type, and undermines the Girl Scouts' vital mission to build `girls of courage, confidence and character,"' said Susan Linn, director of the Boston-based commercial-free childhood organization.March 6, 2014
  • Brother Ali leads social justice rally at Capitol
    "We're gathering in this place to affirm the reality that racial justice is not a fringe issue. It's not a special interest. It's at the core of who we are," Brother Ali said.March 5, 2014
  • President Obama is the 'deporter in chief,' Latino activist charges
    The nation's largest Latino advocacy organization is taking its gloves off against one of its traditional allies. National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia will call President Obama the "deporter-in-chief" during the organization's annual Capital Awards dinner on Tuesday.March 5, 2014
  • US general facing sex charges heads to trial
    While denying that accusation, lawyers for the married father of two have said he carried on a three-year extramarital affair with the junior officer during war tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The admission of an affair will almost certainly end his Army career.March 4, 2014
  • Minnesota gun carry permits nearly doubled in 2013, data show
    The big year-to-year jump may be a statistical quirk, since 2013 was a big renewal year. Still, some of the increases were partly reactions to events in the news.February 28, 2014
  • ACLU tries to block Wis. ban on same-sex marriage
    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Wisconsin's gay marriage ban while the organization's lawsuit challenging the prohibition continues.February 28, 2014
  • Tiny houses help address country's homeless problem
    There's a growing effort across the country from advocates and religious groups to build compact buildings because they are cheaper than a traditional large-scale shelter, help the recipients socially because they are built in communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size.February 26, 2014
  • Older Americans' breakups are causing a 'graying' divorce trend
    For baby boomers, divorce has almost become, like marriage, another rite of passage. The post-World War II generation is setting new records for divorce: Americans over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced as people of that age were 20 years ago. But just because it's more common, doesn't mean it's not still painful.February 25, 2014
  • With Nets, Jason Collins will be NBA's first openly gay player
    Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, and is expected to be in uniform against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. It will be his first NBA game since coming out as gay in a Sports Illustrated article in May. He became a free agent after the 2012-2013 season and remained unsigned.February 24, 2014
  • For abused Native American women, new law provides a 'ray of hope'
    This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice. For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, that situation is changing.February 21, 2014

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