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Posted inCoronavirus

Delta blues: New CDC guidelines suggest vaccinated people mask indoors in some Minnesota counties.

Is it time to mask up again? Here’s what you need to know about the Delta variant. Currently, the new indoor masking guidelines apply to 14 of Minnesota’s 87 counties—though in the Twin Cities metro, only Scott County is affected. To date, fully vaccinated people make up less than 1 percent of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

Posted inPolitics

Abuse survivors speak out about domestic violence allegations against John Thompson while Black activists struggle with double standards. Progressive legislators? No comment.

A traffic stop has led to waves of allegations against the DFL representative from St. Paul. Activists see a double standard in the media coverage and the calls for Thompson’s resignation. Approached by Sahan Journal, all 21 legislators in the POCI caucus—progressive legislators of color—offered no comment.

Posted inKilled By Police

On July 4, police killed Ricardo Torres in Olivia, Minnesota. Three days later, provocateurs in a truck rally disrupted his memorial vigil.

Family and friends from Minnesota and Texas gathered to remember Ricardo Torres at the site of his death. Mourners remembered Torres as a fun-loving jokester who loved whistling and fishing. Later, a truck convoy rolled up, responding to a flier on social media that predicted a “riot.”

Posted inEducation

As a child, Abdulaziz Mohamed looked to Barack Obama for proof he could be president. On July 1, he became the first Somali American student-body president at the University of Minnesota.

Abdulaziz sometimes felt lost growing up between between two worlds: the Muslim community in Minneapolis and the mostly white schools in Stillwater. He found his voice in student government, he says, helping “people who have also struggled early in life.”

Posted inBusiness & Economy

Too much work or not enough: Latinos in Minnesota describe one pandemic but two very different economies.

For the past year, COVID-19 rattled the job market across Minnesota. Latinos, more than any other racial or ethnic group, remained in the state workforce. But many found themselves on divergent paths. Pandemic shutdowns cost restaurant owners and staff their livelihoods. Meanwhile, construction workers and contractors booked more jobs than they could handle. In a collaborative reporting project, MinnPost and Sahan Journal asked more than a dozen Latino workers and business owners to talk about how they survived the pandemic—and what they learned.

Posted inCulture & Community

Chef Yia Vang on his Minnesota Rice initiative, discovering his father’s heroism, and what he tells the kids with the ‘stinky’ lunches.

‘Being Hmong means you invite people in’: As he prepares to open his new restaurant, Vinai, Yia Vang reflects on the values that shape his cooking. This is the fifth installment of ChangeMakers, a collaboration between Sahan Journal and MPR News in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Posted inKilled By Police

‘We’re evidence that the healing is happening’: How five people in Minneapolis experienced the cataclysm of George Floyd’s killing—and what they did next.

After the murder of George Floyd, many people took to the streets and called for dramatic changes to a racist police system. We talked to five people about how their lives unfolded in the months that followed. Some changed jobs, some got sick, some kept going to George Floyd Square. Here are their reflections on a most consequential year.

Posted inHEALTH

Black and Latino people in Minneapolis are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at half the rate of white people. We asked Minnesota’s vaccine equity director what’s going on.

Statewide, 57 percent of white Minnesotans have received a vaccine dose, versus just 40 percent of Black, Hispanic, and American Indian adults. Dr. Nathan Chomilo talks about why vaccination gaps persist and what the state is doing to fix them—from grocery vouchers to town hall forums (with shots at the end!).

Posted inConversations around race and racial justice

‘America is not somebody else; America is us’: Civil rights organizer Bo Thao-Urabe wants Minnesota to measure success differently.

In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, MPR News and Sahan Journal are featuring Asian Minnesotans making history. Bo Thao-Urabe, executive director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, talks about what she learned from Martin Luther King Jr.—and from her mother.