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Sahan Journal collaborated with Pollen Midwest and Pillsbury United Communities to create a 2021 Minneapolis voter guide. Before we surveyed candidates for mayor and City Council, though, we surveyed immigrant communities. Voter advocates from Latino, Hmong, and Somali backgrounds talked about barriers to voting and how to win their support.



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We’ve updated our ballot amendment FAQ to answer all your questions about the legal challenges, the judicial rulings–and what you need to do to make your voice heard in the city election this fall. Know this: A ballot amendment will give people in Minneapolis the opportunity to vote on a new plan. Does that mean abolition, defunding, reform, or something else? We’ve got answers!



Boxing helped Mohammed Kayongo escape his past as a child soldier in Uganda. Now he wants to give kids in north Minneapolis a fighting chance.

Kidnapped by a messianic rebel movement at age 11, Kayongo discovered boxing in Ugandan army barracks. But the training he offers kids at the Northside Boxing Club, in Minneapolis, is anything but harsh. The gym provides free food, Black history lessons, and emotional support. As Kayongo puts it, “Most parenting is giving love. And most of our kids need more of that.”



Minnesotans battle over how to update school social studies standards. Out: ‘derogatory references’ to whiteness. In: the Pledge of Allegiance.

Every 10 years, Minnesota updates what K–12 students should learn in the state’s social studies classrooms. This year, a panel of educators suggested changes that focus on racial inclusion. Then, a conservative think tank rounded up more than 17,000 comments in opposition. Can the Minnesota Department of Education pass the test?

How you can help Afghan refugees in Minnesota, right now

Minnesota has pledged to accept dozens of Afghans fleeing their country after the Taliban takeover. Many of them helped the U.S. Armed Forces and would face danger and death back home. Resettlement agencies say these new arrivals will need ongoing help with everything from housing to job training as they rebuild their lives in Minnesota.