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State Senator Omar Fateh’s reelection bid is being challenged by a union leader. Shaun Laden is running against the embattled legislator, who faces an ethics investigation.

State Senator Omar Fateh’s reelection bid is being challenged by a union leader. Shaun Laden is running against the embattled legislator, who faces an ethics investigation.

Shaun Laden, a union leader for Minneapolis educators, filed notice Friday that he’ll run against Omar to represent south Minneapolis. Laden co-led the historic educators’ strike in March that resulted in significant gains for education support professionals. It’s the latest hurdle for Omar, whose 2020 campaign has come under scrutiny for alleged voter fraud.

policing & justice

George Floyd was honored Wednesday–the second anniversary of his murder–with prayer, a water ritual, and a street sign commemorating his memory. Hundreds gathered for the somber memorial.

George Floyd was honored Wednesday–the second anniversary of his murder–with prayer, a water ritual, and a street sign commemorating his memory. Hundreds gathered for the somber memorial.

George Floyd’s family members, friends, and community members gathered at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue Wednesday to remember Floyd on the second-anniversary of his murder. A new street sign was unveiled naming the intersection, where Minneapolis police killed Floyd, as “George Perry Floyd Square.”

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As immigrants, John Gebretatose and his mother learned to make french fries with Eritrean dipping sauce. The experience, he recalls, helped him feel like a ‘normal’ American kid.

As immigrants, John Gebretatose and his mother learned to make french fries with Eritrean dipping sauce. The experience, he recalls, helped him feel like a ‘normal’ American kid.

John Gebretatose jokes for a living, as a performer and a leader at Huge Improv Theater and BlackOut Improv. But he came by those jokes the old fashioned way: by dealing with a lot of decidedly unfunny stuff, including his mother’s mental illness. He tells Sahan Journal about the recipe that helped bridge the distance between mother and son.

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Federal charges: Abdiaziz Farah bought luxury cars, lakefront property, and a church in Kentucky. He’s charged with passport fraud, but authorities believe he’s linked to the multi-million dollar fraud of a food aid program.

Federal charges: Abdiaziz Farah bought luxury cars, lakefront property, and a church in Kentucky. He’s charged with passport fraud, but authorities believe he’s linked to the multi-million dollar fraud of a food aid program.

Abdiaziz Farah, of Savage, was charged with passport fraud for allegedly lying on an application for a new passport. Federal authorities had confiscated his original passport as part of their investigation into the alleged theft of millions of dollars from the federal Child Nutrition Programs, which is supposed to feed low-income children.

making it in Minnesota

A cooling housing market drove Florence Karp out of the mortgage business. Launching a Nigerian hot sauce, Afric, put Karp into business for herself.

A cooling housing market drove Florence Karp out of the mortgage business. Launching a Nigerian hot sauce, Afric, put Karp into business for herself.

Making It in Minnesota: Before becoming a food entrepreneur, Florence Karp worked as a teacher, a seamstress, a mortgage broker, and a life coach. Now she markets and sells her own line of traditional Nigerian sauces to Minnesota grocers and stores. Building the business has presented challenges, Karp says. “But if you are in love with something you’re doing, you don’t care.”

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Talking to trees, the cool April air, and frogs: Michelle Defoe and her three daughters share the ancient Ojibwe tradition of tapping maple trees for syrup.

Talking to trees, the cool April air, and frogs: Michelle Defoe and her three daughters share the ancient Ojibwe tradition of tapping maple trees for syrup.

Michelle Defoe, a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, says you have to respect the trees for the medicine they provide: speak to them, offer them food, and leave them alone to recover once warmer weather wakes up the frogs. Last month, Defoe and her three daughters tapped a sugarbush–a grouping of sugar maple trees–near Duluth.
Overturning Roe v. Wade will harm people of color and burden Minnesota’s health care system, says researcher Asha Hassan. She predicts Minnesota will be flooded with patients from neighboring states seeking abortion access.

Overturning Roe v. Wade will harm people of color and burden Minnesota’s health care system, says researcher Asha Hassan. She predicts Minnesota will be flooded with patients from neighboring states seeking abortion access.

Asha Hassan, a reproductive health researcher at the University of Minnesota, says abortion bans disproportionately affect people of color. If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, she says, more Black women will die during pregnancy and Minnesota will see a 371 percent increase in out-of-state patients seeking abortions.

They thought they were alone, but leaders in the LGBTQ Hmong community found their voices and solidarity in the Twin Cities. Meet local changemakers working to improve LGBTQ acceptance and visibility in the Hmong community.

They thought they were alone, but leaders in the LGBTQ Hmong community found their voices and solidarity in the Twin Cities. Meet local changemakers working to improve LGBTQ acceptance and visibility in the Hmong community.

Dr. Brian V. Xiong, Kevin Xiong, SUNAH, and Xay Yang are breaking barriers as LGBTQ Hmong leaders. They’re working to make the Twin Cities and Hmong community a more welcoming place through their work with the Hmong 18 Council, New Millennium Academy, the arts, and Transforming Generations.

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There’s ‘no word for queer’ in the Hmong language. Musician and spoken word artist SUNAH crafts new, positive phrases in Hmong to identify members of the LGBTQ community.

There’s ‘no word for queer’ in the Hmong language. Musician and spoken word artist SUNAH crafts new, positive phrases in Hmong to identify members of the LGBTQ community.

SUNAH wants to replace negative vocabulary from other Asian languages that some Hmong speakers use to refer to LGBTQ people. They used their time as an artist at The Cedar performance venue to craft new, positive alternatives in the Hmong language that translate to rainbow, butterfly, and handsome women, among others.
State Senator Omar Fateh says he’s ‘troubled’ by the conviction of his brother-in-law and campaign volunteer, Muse Mohamed. Muse lied to a federal grand jury about handling absentee ballots in Omar’s 2020 primary campaign.

State Senator Omar Fateh says he’s ‘troubled’ by the conviction of his brother-in-law and campaign volunteer, Muse Mohamed. Muse lied to a federal grand jury about handling absentee ballots in Omar’s 2020 primary campaign.

State Senator Omar Fateh released a statement late Tuesday evening confirming for the first time publicly that Muse Mohamud Mohamed is his brother-in-law. Muse was convicted earlier in the day of two counts of perjury. “I am troubled by this conviction,” said Omar, who did not directly address allegations of voter fraud that arose in his 2020 primary campaign.
How many kinds of pho can you find in Minneapolis? Ask Ka Vang. She’ll promote the city’s diversity in her new role at Meet Minneapolis.

How many kinds of pho can you find in Minneapolis? Ask Ka Vang. She’ll promote the city’s diversity in her new role at Meet Minneapolis.

Ka Vang is the first-ever vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion at Meet Minneapolis. She’ll help the association attract visitors and conventions to the city while also highlighting businesses run by people of color. Internally, she’ll help Meet Minneapolis with its diversity goals and cultural fluency.
Activists say Native and lower-income communities are disproportionately harmed by coal and gas power plants. They’re calling on Minnesota Power to adopt more renewable energy and to close some plants.

Activists say Native and lower-income communities are disproportionately harmed by coal and gas power plants. They’re calling on Minnesota Power to adopt more renewable energy and to close some plants.

Minnesota Power is planning to build a $700 million natural gas power plant in Superior, Wis. A collective of clean energy organizations is urging Minnesota Power to adopt wind and solar power instead. A study found that closing some of Minnesota Power’s existing plants would save three lives a year and $200 million in health care costs.
Imam Abdirahman Aden Kariye was buckled into his airplane seat Sunday ready to fly home. Then TSA agents ordered him off, causing him to miss Eid at his Bloomington mosque.

Imam Abdirahman Aden Kariye was buckled into his airplane seat Sunday ready to fly home. Then TSA agents ordered him off, causing him to miss Eid at his Bloomington mosque.

Imam Abdirahman Aden Kariye arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport more than three hours early Sunday and passed extra security measures. But he was still booted off the last direct flight to Minneapolis. He missed leading the Eid prayer Monday at Dar Al Farooq mosque, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey contends Minneapolis Police Department should obey one—not two—consent decrees to reform the force. State and federal authorities are investigating the police for civil rights abuses.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey contends Minneapolis Police Department should obey one—not two—consent decrees to reform the force. State and federal authorities are investigating the police for civil rights abuses.

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights issued a damning report last week on systemic racism in the Minneapolis police department, and wants to compel reform through a consent decree. Federal authorities are conducting their own investigation into Minneapolis police and could ask for a separate consent decree.