MMLA expresses support and solidarity
May 26, 2020
We at MMLA wish to express our support for and solidarity with those who, like us, are mourning and protesting the police killing of George Floyd. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the racial inequities we see in our work every day and exacerbated them. This is yet another example of a routine call that becomes a tragedy for those with less access to resources, to basic human rights, and to justice.
We appreciate the response of the police chief and the mayor so far. We hope for accountability not only for the individuals involved in this incident, but also for the systems of racial inequity that our neighbors face every day. In addition to the threat of police violence, our clients struggle to access their most basic needs for safe and stable housing, food, health care, education, and employment.
Please join us in speaking out with whatever power you have, in whatever ways your conscience guides you. This is not a time for silence.
Minnesota Legal Advocates Race to Prepare for Eviction Court in COVID-19 World
May 12, 2020
Star Tribune report features Luke Grundman, Legal Aid’s Minneapolis housing practice manager, discussing the health and safety concerns Legal Aid’s clients face in court as an eviction wave looms on the horizon. Read more here.
IRS Closures, Service Cutbacks Turn Tax Queries Into a Struggle
Apr 7, 2020
Bloomberg Tax reports on the IRS’s pandemic response are making it nearly impossible to reach the agency by phone or mail, hampering individuals and tax advisers trying to resolve issues not covered by a recent enforcement freeze. Read more here.
Gov. Walz Announces Halt To Eviction Proceedings Amid Coronavirus
Mar 24, 2020
Star Tribune reports Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday a ban on new eviction proceedings to prevent Minnesota landlords from removing people from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Minnesota Courts Changing How They Handle Some Cases
Mar 18, 2020
Starting March 16, 2020, MN courts are changing how they handle some cases. For example, all normal eviction cases are suspended for 14 days. LawHelpMN will help you understand what the changes are, which courts they apply to, and where to go for more information.
Please see the following page for information: https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/fact-sheet/covid-19-court-changes-housing-family-and-ofp-cases-during-pandemic
Courts Suspend Some Housing Actions Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Mar 13, 2020
Star Tribune reports on the suspension of some housing court proceedings for the next two weeks, as part of their change in operations due to the coronavirus. Read more here.
Panel: Mental Health, Crisis Training Needed To Curb Fatal Police Shootings
Feb 24, 2020
MPR reports on recommendations to curb fatal encounters with police released by a panel of police, legal and policy. Read more here.
St. Paul To Pay $95K To Settle Deaf Woman's Discrimination Suit
Feb 20, 2020
Star Tribune reports on a case brought by a deaf woman who said the St. Paul Police Department did not provide her with a qualified. Read more here.
Minnesota Eviction Numbers See Dramatic Decline In Past Decade
Feb 17, 2020
Star Tribune reports positive housing news attributed to a rise of eviction prevention programs, more tenants getting lawyers and the end of the foreclosure crisis. Read more here.
Advocates Prepare For New Wave Of Confusion Over 'Public Charge' Rule For Immigrants
Jan 28, 2020
Star Tribune reports on how the Trump administration's new "public charge" rules make it more challenging for low-income immigrants to get green cards. Read more here.
Disability Law Center's Recent Victory
Oct 1, 2019
We are so proud of our Disability Law Center's recent victory in the federal class action lawsuit, Murphy v. Harpstead!
The lawsuit challenges Minnesota's statewide practice of over reliance on corporate foster care settings as housing for those with disabilities. On Sept. 27, 2019, the US Senior District Court Judge found that current notice policy used by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to inform people who are being denied housing services violates Due Process rights under the 14th Amendment. The Judge also ruled against DHS by finding that Plaintiffs' ADA claim is allowed to proceed to trial.
Litigation Director Justin Perl says: "We believe that this case has the ability to improve the lives of all individuals living in group homes in Minnesota, by informing them of their housing options and providing support to those who want to live more independently in their community, just like people without disabilities. We need a consistent statewide system and we are prepared to take the matter to trial in order to protect the rights of all of our clients."
MMLA Seeks Consultant for Racial Equity Strategic Planning
Aug 19, 2019
MMLA is seeking a consultant for its racial equity strategic planning process. Details are available here. Please submit proposals by September 30, 2019.
Dan Stewart Has Been Selected As Our Disability Law Center's New Legal Director
May 20, 2019
We are happy to let you know that Dan Stewart has been selected as MMLA/MDLC’s new Deputy Director/Legal Director, effective when Pamela Hoopes retires at the end of May.
For the past twelve years, Dan has been a Supervising Attorney for MDLC, heading up our Youth Services and Employment teams. Dan is a leader in advocating for systemic policy changes in special education and in the realm of employment. Recently, Dan has also taken on supervision of the Youth Law Project in our Minneapolis poverty law practice. Before joining MMLA/MDLC, Dan practiced with a private firm and with the state Department of Education, and founded the University of Minnesota Law School’s Special Education clinic. In addition to being an attorney, Dan has a masters degree in education administration, and a PhD in social work.
Hennepin County Grant Funds Legal Help for Immigration Defendants
Nov 2, 2018
MPR news reports on the legal assistance effort for immigrant detainees. Read more here.
Rumors of DHS Rule Changes Impact MN Immigrants
Oct 25, 2018
MPR News has a story about the effects service providers are seeing as a result of rumored federal immigration rule changes, which were leaked to the Washington Post last Spring. Listen/read more here.
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