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Highest Known Number of Minnesotans Killed From Domestic Violence in 2023

Violence Free Minnesota was able to confirm 39 known victims in 2023. This is the highest confirmed number of known deaths from domestic violence since the coalition started tracking intimate partner homicides in 1989.

Factory Farms Growing, at Taxpayer and Climate Expense — Minnesota Bucking Some National Trends

Corporate factory farms are continuing to expand into rural communities — taking over family farm spaces — while intensifying climate change issues and benefitting from taxpayer-funded subsidies.

UPDATED 2-13: Policing Safety in Schools?

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As schools resume statewide, there is pushback by some politicians and law enforcement officers about not being able to use a prone hold — putting a student face down on the ground and applying weight to their head, throat, neck, or chest to restrict their ability to breathe.

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We are celebrating our triumphs at last night's Minnesota…

Court Judgments Against Landlords

HavenBrook Homes and Progress Residential In December 2023,…

Worthington School Board Decides 4-1 to Take Down LGBTQ+ Pride Flag

“I think there’s more good than harm being done to have something on the walls saying ‘everyone is welcome here.’”

Insights From the 2024 Saint Paul City Council Inauguration

"The truth is, to be a woman in a space that was not built for you is to know how to build space with your bare hands, to demand the attention of any room … to be a walking figure of change, of growth, to know how to rise and rise again and rise again and rise again and again and again and again."

Family, lawmakers mourn trans woman killed in Minneapolis

The trans or LGBTQ panic defense is a legal strategy in which a person charged with a violent crime argues that their victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation provoked the attacker or forced the attacker to act in self-defense. At least 18 states have banned the use of the LGBTQ panic defense, but Minnesota is not among them.

UPDATED: 170 Badass Members & Donors!

In 2022 we launched an experiment, creating the Changemakers…

White House Announces First Initiative on Women’s Health Research

“Every woman I know has a story about leaving her doctor’s office with more questions than answers."

Data and Resources: Youth Well-Being

Pathways Home, Ramsey County approach to juvenile justice reform, maintaining connections for incarceration-impacted families, health care disparities report, and a storybook about anxiety

Election Highlights: Saint Paul Elects All-Women City Council

Nadia Mohamed, a young candidate in Saint Louis Park, is the first Somali-American mayor. Saint Paul elects an all-women city council. Several newcomers do well in Minneapolis. Nationally, protecting abortion rights rose significantly in states like Ohio and Virginia.

Minnesota moms bear the brunt of the child care shortage

“Nobody had infant spots — it’s the hardest thing to come by."

Transformation in Rondo: Golden Thyme Co-op Ownership

  When I-94 was built through Saint Paul in the…

Minnesota Labor Advocates Through History

  — compiled by Mikki Morrissette, with…