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By SUSAN SCHAEFER Much has been written about the benefits of exercise and being outdoors to beat the blues. According to a recent report from the American Psychological Association, “There … more
When Starr Jones* tells her story, people can’t believe this is happening in Minnesota. They can’t believe that the dad was investigated by child protection when their first daughter was … more
Imagine you are a 27-year old black woman. You put yourself through school at Metro State while working full-time. You have been working since you were 19 years old, just like your mother did when … more
A young man on a South Minneapolis street was fighting against heavy odds. Seven other youths were attacking him. But someone intervened.“We took 10 guys and encircled the young man and got him … more
When Kia Bible went to 38th St. and Chicago Ave. four days after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, she had no idea she was about to be called into service. Moved by her 12-year-old … more
Broke. Homeless. And in danger of losing custody of her children. That’s where Bonnie Roy found herself while trying to get a divorce in Minnesota 10 years ago. Because of her own … more
Local and national staff, along with Carmen Yulín Cruz (mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico), and Teresa Rodriguez, from Univision, who served as the emcee of Casa de Esperanza’s 35th Anniversary … more
  Over the past 40-year history, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) has witnessed huge changes in how society thinks about domestic violence but there is still more work to be … more
Mother warned officials ex-husband was dangerous before he killed child and himself By TESHA M. CHRISTENSEN Mikayla Olson Tester might be a happy 21-year-old woman today if the family court … more
Abused for years by her dad and a troubled system, Renee and mom are finally free Renee and mother Nadine fought for some normalcy during her childhood despite her father's abuse. Today, they are … more
Editor’s note: The text below was from a speech Nadine wrote and gave at two Twin Cities churches during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have used just her original first name and not her … more
She finally left, but the abuse continues through court system In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Messenger is launching a new series that seeks to puts a face on domestic abuse … more
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