Instead of an open meeting, Cedar Riverside Community School and Pillsbury United Communities held a closed “informal hearing” this week. Somali parents have expressed confusion about whether the school will close and where their children will go in the fall.
Outdoor recreation is a huge business in Minnesota. It could be much bigger if people of color saw more campers and hikers who looked like them.
Teaching about race and policing in a suburban Minnesota school district leads to hateful language on Facebook. A petition backing the educator from an 11-year-old has garnered 15,000 supporters.
The runaway housing market this year means fewer real estate listings, bidding wars, and pressures to arrange loans and financing. We’ve created a survey to learn more about no-interest loans and your challenges as a Muslim homebuyer.
How long will the investigation last? Will it involve police practices in other cities? Anders Folk tells Sahan Journal what to expect from the Department of Justice’s “pattern or practice” investigation.
In recognition of National Small Business Week, a conversation with Tosh Ernest, head of Wealth, Advancing Black Pathways at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
In an interview with Sahan Journal, the mayor pointed to changes he’s made, and what he plans to do next.
The state offers great health care, if you’re white. But women of color are at much higher risk during pregnancy or giving birth.
Diverse communities want to be part of building a more resilient and environmentally friendly nation. They rallied for opportunities and a just transition to a green economy.
Veena Iyer, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center, reviews the current refugee cap and the numbers for next year—and why those numbers matter to so many people in Minnesota.
Those who knew Ahmed Badal said he was always working in order to provide for his family. His death is under investigation, but the family says police have told them very little so far.
Routine paperwork exchange allegedly leads to confrontation with security guard. “It doesn’t matter what your job title is,” state investigator Kayseh Magan says. “If you’re Black in America, you’re going to face discrimination.”
Minnesota Department of Health declined to break down COVID-19 deaths by ethnicity. Hmong health experts and University of Minnesota researchers stepped in to create their own report.
More than 130 businesses were damaged or destroyed, and some fear that outside investors will determine what kinds of businesses move in as the area rebuilds. The community wants to determine its own fate.
The Derek Chauvin guilty verdict showed a pair of Somali families that accountability is possible for Minnesota police who kill Black men. They want the same for their lost sons.
An imam at the Moorhead–Fargo Islamic Community Center discovered hate speech when he arrived for morning prayers on April 25.
It’s been 330 days since George Floyd died under the knee of Derek Chauvin. On Tuesday, a jury convicted Chauvin on all three charges. We’re taking a moment to reflect on what has transpired over the 11 months leading up to this moment. Here, Sahan Journal photographers Ben Hovland and Jaida Grey Eagle share some of their images from the past year.
“You can’t relax,” says one resident. “You don’t know what is going on…so what are we supposed to expect?”
What is the Charter Commission? What happened to the “Defund Police” movement? What does the City Council plan to do next? Here’s what you need to know to make your voice heard.
From breaking fasts at protests to donating to food drives, Muslim community leaders and activists strive for justice during the holy Islamic month.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on April 20, the Chauvin trial verdict was announced outside the Hennepin County Government Center. Sahan Journal videographer Dymanh Chhoun spoke with the crowd downtown and captured people’s reactions as word spread that the jury had found Chauvin guilty on all charges.
Crowds celebrated outside the Hennepin County courthouse and in George Floyd Square. Politicians praised the verdict and repeated their commitment to racial justice.
“I was just praying they would find him guilty,” George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told reporters after exiting the courtroom.
In 9 minutes, 29 seconds, Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. It changed Minnesota forever.
Several clinics and pharmacies were damaged and closed last summer in the days following George Floyd’s killing. The stakes are even higher now because many are giving COVID-19 vaccines.
The Justice Department probe will look for systemic violations of constitutional rights. Other cities with “pattern or practice” investigations have seen dramatic drops in police use of force.
Youth cite Daunte Wright killing, the Derek Chauvin trial, and racial injustice in their own schools.
On Saturday, April 17, Sahan Journal spoke with south Minneapolis residents to find out how they are feeling ahead of the Chauvin trial verdict.
First, Chicago Lake Family Dental closed for the pandemic. Then, the building burned during civil unrest. A year later, Dr. Ali Barbarawi is opening his rebuilt clinic for patients.
Even lawyers who have tried a lot of cases say they don’t know what exactly goes on when a jury starts to deliberate—or how long it will take to reach a verdict.
A dream for an environmentally friendly community hub in East Phillips seemed dead. Now activists have a renewed sense of hope.
Scholars say it isn’t just the Georgia attack that killed six Asian women in March. There is a long history across the country, with real-world consequences.
Metro area county attorneys’ agreement not to prosecute their own police violence cases reflects a systemic failure of the state’s criminal justice system.
Nightly protests have followed the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Police have used flash bangs, tear gas, and aggressive measures to clear the crowds.
Almost a year after the George Floyd unrest, the police killing of Daunte Wright brought looting back to Lake Street.
The 37-year-old leader of Brooklyn Center immigrated from Liberia as a child, and became the Twin Cities suburb’s first Black mayor.
Tenean Manier has fled Brooklyn Center after protests and police violence erupted outside her window, terrifying her 2 young children.
Scientists haven’t really studied the effects of repeated exposure to chemical irritants. In an era of protests, that’s starting to change.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension took Potter into custody Wednesday morning, a day after she resigned from the police department.
Residents of apartments near the police station have need to move their children to get away from the tear gas that floats in. They blame the police for the chaos on the lawn in front of their buildings.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott wants Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to handle the Wright case.
The Derek Chauvin trial. The Daunte Wright killing. According to the mental health practitioners at Creative Kuponya, people of color in Minnesota are feeling hopeless, helpless, and permanently exhausted. The way out, they say, starts with mindfulness, somatic healing practices, and connection with community.
Artist Jordan Powell-Karis carted the fist to where it was needed: “We get to heal. We get to grieve together.”
A Jamaican immigrant has organized mass defense for protesters after police killings. He spoke with Sahan Journal about youth protesters, misunderstandings about looting, and how to protest safely.
Two Walmart locations in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park are damaged. But Sunday night’s unrest didn’t impact vaccine supply at either location. Appointments are being rescheduled.
Legislators of color are pushing plans to improve policing. They’ve gone nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Police chief blames “accidental discharge” for fatal shooting that killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. Mayor Mike Elliott pledges answers.
Brooklyn Center, a north Minneapolis suburb, was already a food desert. Now, with businesses boarded up, here’s where you can show up to help clean, drop off food, and send money to local organizers.
Brooklyn Center is Minnesota’s most diverse community per capita. Quick facts about the Minneapolis suburb, where police fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
Light rail project could connect students to education, patients to health care and workers to jobs. But Hennepin County can’t afford to pay Met Council’s capital maintenance costs.
A man is dead after being shot by police during a traffic stop on Sunday in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, and a large crowd gathered at the scene Sunday evening to protest the shooting.
The Bloomington, Minnesota, Islamic center has been targeted by a bombing, an assault, and neighborhood harassment. Police report the suspect was fleeing a traffic stop.
Every day, visitors and an international media scrum flock to George Floyd Square. At the same time, trial witnesses return to their neighborhood after their testimony. In conversations with Sahan Journal, people in the community talk about Black liberation, “vulturistic” visitors, and why there’s not a TV showing the trial.
The Minnesota writer and performer has seen enough anti-Asian hate crimes and murdered Hmong women. “The only conclusion I can come to,” she writes, “is that our lives have very little value in this world.”
Muslim American Society of Minnesota obtained 7,000 doses of vaccine from the state and is rushing to put shots in people’s arms before the holy month begins next week.
Pillsbury United Communities last week announced its intention to close Cedar Riverside Community School, citing academic, operational, and governance failures. But the state Department of Education has raised questions about Pillsbury’s own operations.
A new bill addressing “post-conviction relief” hopes to address problems created by Trump’s immigration policy—and prevent deportations.
The George Floyd killing caused deep trauma for many people of color in Minnesota. The trial of former officer Derek Chauvin has revealed how witnesses to the event continue to suffer. In our third panel discussion, two doctors and a medical researcher talk about how racism affects their patients’ health—and how racism in medicine leads to inadequate medical education and poor care.
Samantha Vang grew up among people who knew how to farm. But they lacked land and resources. She says it’s past time for a change.
The decision not to renew the school’s contract comes after years of parent complaints. Unless the school wins an appeal, it will close June 30.
Not every district in Minnesota is keeping track of the demographics of which students are choosing in-person versus distance learning options. But of those that are, many show students of color disproportionately choosing to stay home.
Community solar ends up prioritizing commercial clients in Minnesota. New models aimed at energy-burdened residents are trying to change that.
At a recent health event, 16 imams got COVID vaccines in front of cameras from BBC Somali and Universal Somali TV.
During the second day of the Derek Chauvin trial, four children testified about watching George Floyd die under the knee of the former Minneapolis police officer. The children spoke powerfully about their wish to save Floyd that day outside Cup Foods—and what the police did instead.
Chamber of Commerce report finds that four-fifths of immigrants are of working age, and that they make up a large portion of the workforce for in-demand industries.
Some education advocacy groups claim a proposed teacher license change could drive teachers of color out of the classroom. But the state agency that controls the license process says they’re wrong. Who’s right? We made a crib sheet for you.
Rodrigo Cala has turned his 46-acre vegetable farm in western Wisconsin into a showcase for sustainable, small-scale farming. Not only is it better for the planet, Cala says. It also provides the easiest entry point for immigrants who want to work their own land.
Amaury Vidales goes live weekly on her Facebook page, Amaury Accesorios, to show prospective shoppers what new things she has to sell—but it’s not just another virtual boutique.
Earlier this month, a series of news reports opened up the closed-door process that produced three finalists: Andy Luger, Surya Saxena, and Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. But not everyone thinks the public has a right to know.
Fear drives both the perpetrators and the victims of racist acts. The courage of immigrant families shows what it takes to break the cycle.
‘Protecting Asians where they are’: First meetup of the MN Asian Safety Squad walks St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, offers escorts to community elders.
Of the state’s existing 45,000 food-processing workers, some 25,000 received a vaccine within the past two weeks. The mass vaccine drives come a year after some of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country.
Family and friends all knew Dolal yearned to turn his life around. Months after he died in a hail of police bullets, they’re still learning how hard he struggled.
Growing up in Golden Valley, Steven Yang loved the outdoors. An AmeriCorps program helped him turn that passion into a career.
Vang fought and bled for the United States during the Secret War in Southeast Asia. An East St. Paul driver shouted at him to go back there, or he’d be killed.
Anthea Yur is a veteran of many Minneapolis protests. Thursday was the first time she rallied in support of people who look like her.
A recent vaccine drive to offer appointments in underserved Minneapolis neighborhoods led to confusion and chaos. We found out how this effort started out right—and then went wrong.
Masjid An-Nur uses public grants for landscaping projects that redirect stormwater into native plantings—instead of sewers.
The outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial depends on 12 jurors (and two alternates) who may or may not reflect the race, diversity, and experiences of many people in Minneapolis. In our second panel discussion, Sahan Journal invited three community members to talk about how jury selection does or doesn’t work—and how it should work. What does the jury selection process have to do with justice?
Kori Suzuki says a predominantly white culture makes assumptions about students of color. His new podcast project, “Here We Are,” gives them a chance to tell their own stories.
A Latino school employee in Minneapolis says she showed up for her vaccine appointment and got turned away. Why? She couldn’t show a U.S. government-issued ID card.
The forms, phone calls and wrong information seemed endless. But Carmen Velasco finally got her shot this week.
Students say they’ve long endured racism and microaggressions at the Carlson School. But a computer technician’s treatment of Musab was the last straw.
Plugged’, an app launching this summer, aims to help businesses find Black talent, and help creatives and entrepreneurs market themselves.
Typically closed selection process bursts open as two candidates of color emerge as finalists for the state’s top federal prosecutor post.
Raul Castañeda and his partner got COVID-19 at the same time, but that didn’t stop him from waiting on her. Castañeda died in April on his way to the hospital.
Hani Jacobson, community health nurse, is fighting for health equity and better COVID-19 care in St. Cloud’s Somali community
The vaccine situation in Minnesota is changing fast. But questions remain. Can kids get vaccines? Is the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe and available? What about walk-in appointments? We have answers!
Derek Chauvin is in court, but the whole criminal justice system is on trial. As legal proceedings begin, Sahan Journal invited four diverse members of the community to a conversation about race, accountability, the need for change, and the social cost of injustice.
Stove coils that explode. Water pooled in light fixtures. Somali American renters at Pondview Townhomes, in Woodbury, point to a long list of maintenance problems. Their attempts to get repairs, they say, lead to inappropriate service bills and racially charged comments from management. A Sahan Journal investigation found failed home inspections—and a community of tenants looking for fair housing.
In the country’s only split legislature, Republicans and Democrats say they’ve never seen so much bipartisan momentum to diversify the educator workforce.
People of color in Minnesota are more vulnerable to the worst impacts of COVID-19 due to a host of factors embedded in decades of economic and health-related systemic racism.
Justice has never been blind to color in this country. The upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin offers one more chance to show that it can be.
Luger’s potential appointment raised concerns among members of the Somali American community, given Luger‘s role administering an anti-extremism program during his previous tenure. Luger also drew criticism from Minneapolis civil rights leaders following the Jamar Clark case.
Essential workers from four countries participated in a Zoom call organized by SEIU Local 26, with simultaneous translation in Spanish, English, and Chinese.
A new bill in the Minnesota House of Representatives can help educate our communities about toxic “beauty” products that are rooted in racism.