civil rights

State trial for three ex-officers charged in George Floyd death delayed until next year

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – The Minnesota trial for three ex-Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is going to be delayed until next year. That step has been taken so the former officers can face federal civil rights charges in court first. Those federal charges offer the potential for stronger sentences, including the possibility of life in prison….

Judge dismisses DAPL lawsuit that claimed excessive force

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge has thrown out the lawsuit of an Arizona man who claimed North Dakota law enforcement officers injured him and violated his civil rights during the Dakota Access pipeline protests. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor ruled that 24-year-old Marcus Mitchell placed himself where he knew less-than-lethal weapons were being used and failed to show that…

Moorhead Human Rights Commission to hold Civil Rights discussion Wednesday

Wednesday's discussion begins at 5 p.m.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–The Moorhead Human Rights Commission will be holding a Civil Rights discussion on Wednesday. The discussion is open to the public and will be followed by a series of community conversations on July 1. The Moorhead Human Rights Commission says the discussion is in response to “rising incidences of hate speech, hate violence, and social inequities.” The discussion and…

Human Rights Film & Arts Festival emphasizes human rights for all

The exhibit features artwork by more than 65 artists

FARGO, N.D. — Step onto the third floor of the Plains Art Museum, and you’ll see paintings, photographs, films and letters blanketing the walls. The images created and words written are intentional. Their goal is to bring about change within the local community. “The issues that these artists are talking about in their works are issues that impact every single…

MSUM Art Exhibit Honors Those Who Struggled To Achieve Equality

The display focused on the music composed by those in the middle of the Civil Rights movement

MOORHEAD, Minn. — An exhibit celebrating the struggle for racial equality ends its run on MSUM’s campus. The Songs of Resistance and Civil Rights exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. The exhibit includes pictures of songs vital to the fight for civil rights and scanable codes for visitors to play on their smartphones. Faculty in…

Minnesota Muslim Civil Rights Group Asking Public for Support

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants thousands of Minnesotans to stand up against hate this Saturday

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Muslim civil rights group is asking the public to help fight bigotry after a man demanded a Moorhead woman to take off her hijab. The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants thousands of Minnesotans to stand up against hate this Saturday. More than a thousand people have already signed up. CAIR-MN’s Executive Director, Jaylani Hussein, says…

Civil Rights Complaint Filed on NDSU After Student Denied Accommodations

  FARGO, N.D. — A student with cerebral palsy has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights after she was denied admission into the pharmacy program at NDSU. Kelli Sem was given conditional acceptance into the program last spring, provided she could meet physical requirements under newly adopted technical standards for pharmacy students. She…

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Students at Concordia College honor MLK and discuss why his legacy is so important to them

Concordia students say it’s a holiday that should be recognized on more than just one day of the year. The impact of Dr. King is something that students will take with them forever. “One of his quotes is ‘it’s a day on not a day off’. And that’s really important to me,” said Kaila Juntunene, who is Co-Chair of the…