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Minnesota city faces federal suit over denial of Islamic center permit

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. ANTHONY — The city of St. Anthony violated a Muslim organization’s civil rights two years ago when it denied the group’s petition to assemble, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the city Wednesday.

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Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provisions

June 26, 2013 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.
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OUR VIEW: Film shows how Robinson leveled the playing field

April 16, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Jackie Robinson’s appearance in a major-league uniform finally put to rest a terrible era, and showed America that if blacks are equal on the playing field, they sure as heck are equal everywhere else in American life.
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Following in King’s footsteps: UND grad recalls meeting MLK

January 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Thousands of people surrounded Maggie Lowery during the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965, and she remembers the day clearly: the loud roar of the crowd, people holding hands and singing, the National Guardsmen with their guns. Continue Reading

High court weighs sunsetting voting rights law

October 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision. Continue Reading

Civil rights leader to appear at Minnesota’s Guthrie

October 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Civil rights leader Julian Bond will appear at the Guthrie Theater next month to examine the political themes of the new play “Appomattox.” Continue Reading

Human rights official: homelessness priority issue in North Dakota

September 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota Human Rights Coalition is working on a new campaign and its slogan says it all: Every North Dakotan deserves a home. Continue Reading

A civil rights marker for Grand Forks

August 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Louis Armstrong’s surprising outburst on race relations in America while in Grand Forks for a 1957 concert should be commemorated here, a fan of the jazz great told the Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday. Continue Reading

Hospital pleased with finding in surgery scar case

August 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

RAPID CITY (AP) Officials at a Rapid City hospital say they are pleased but not surprised that state officials have found no evidence that the hospital mistreated a man who claims the letters “KKK” were carved into his chest during heart surgery. Continue Reading

Appeals court upholds key voting rights provision

May 18, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, rejecting an Alabama county’s challenge to the landmark civil rights law.
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