Social Issues

  • Could Mandela's approach work here?
    Two guests contrast reconciliation of the races in South Africa with the experience of the United States.The Daily Circuit, December 9, 2013
  • American Indian child abuse task force hearings today
    Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan co-chairs the task force. He says after decades of inaction, it's time for the federal government to work with tribes to find solutions to violence and child abuse.December 9, 2013
  • Scent of pepper spray in the air
    Pepper spray has become so commonplace in contemporary and chaotic America, it's even being marketed as a holiday gift. "It makes a great stocking stuffer," says Carlos Crespo, according to the Military Times. Crespo owns Rose Guardian, a company that offers stylish self-protection products to women. Employed wisely, it can be an effective critter and creepster deterrent. Misused, it can mess somebody up.December 7, 2013
  • Shelter operators, homeless search for places out of cold
    Shelter directors, like Jan Eliassen in Fargo, say they usually coordinate to find places to sleep for people who need them. But that effort becomes more intense when the weather turns bitterly cold.December 6, 2013
  • Q & A: Winter cold dangerous for homeless in Fargo
    Jan Eliassen, director of the city of Fargo's Gladys Rae Shelter and veteran drop-in center, spoke with MPR News' Tom Crann about what shelters are doing to help people who are homeless stay safe in the bitterly cold weather.December 6, 2013
  • Cuts to public housing, pay assistance hurt state's poorest people
    Public housing advocates are trying to restore federal aid and increase state housing aid. Cuts to those programs hurt some of the state's poorest people to rely on them for assistance, Minnesota housing officials say.December 4, 2013
  • Aloha? Hawaii could become a same-sex wedding destination
    The state has long been a destination for weddings and honeymoons. And now state officials, as well as hotels and restaurants, are hoping the latest marriage-equality law will spur a new market for wedding tourism.December 2, 2013
  • Archdiocese in court over naming accused priests
    Archbishop John Nienstedt says he will disclose the names, locations and status of all living archdiocesan priests who have substantiated claims of sexual abuse against them, regardless of where they currently reside. But he says he needs a court's permission.December 2, 2013
  • Minn. sex offender facilities ban local newspapers
    The director of the Minnesota Sex Offender programs tells The Free Press in Mankato the policy protects staff members. Nancy Johnston says they don't want offenders having access to personal information about facility employees or their families.November 29, 2013
  • Ellison: Pope's message on capitalism's evils will 'change the debate'
    Ellison said he thinks the pope's decision to put the issue of poverty front and center could have significant implications in the effort to improve conditions for the poor.November 29, 2013
  • Open Arms provides lifeline of healthy meals
    Open Arms of Minnesota provides fresh-cooked meals -- and a lifeline -- to Minnesotans with life-threatening illnesses, especially at the holidays.November 27, 2013
  • Open Arms provides Thanksgiving meals at home
    Hunger relief groups have been working for weeks to make sure all Minnesotans have a meal on Thanksgiving. Altogether, they'll provide thousands of meals - some at homeless shelters or other charitable organizations, some delivered right to family homes.November 27, 2013
  • Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute over birth control
    The court will consider two cases. One involves Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain with 13,000 full-time employees. The other case is an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a Pennsylvania company that employs 950 people in making wood cabinets.November 26, 2013
  • Formerly homeless, family prepares to host Thanksgiving for others still homeless
    Natalie Box, 30, climbed out of homelessness three months ago. She lives in north Minneapolis with her mother and four children--and this year she'll be serving a Thanksgiving meal for her friends and family who are still homeless.November 26, 2013
  • Is America shortchanging kids to help seniors?
    In an era of budget cuts, some say the money for entitlement programs comes at the cost of spending on kids' programs.The Daily Circuit, November 26, 2013

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