The Queer Armenian Library collects literature, film, music, and art—and breaks a long cultural silence
Multi-day ceremonies can draw hundreds for traditional rituals filled with feasting and song. To prevent coronavirus spread, community leaders and Minnesota health authorities have adopted streamlined funeral rites.
Tou-Fu Vang is remembered not only for his wartime service but in helping refugees resettle the United States.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program narrowly survived Donald Trump. But Joe Biden’s pledge to shore up the program won’t satisfy immigrants who want a wider pathway to citizenship for undocumented Minnesotans.
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With Yemeni-born Ali Sultan as a role model and mentor, immigrant comedians are making names for themselves in the local stand-up scene. The key to being funny, they say, is being true to yourself.
There will be no public pageantry, no costumes and no vendors at the end of this year of pandemic. Hmong families look back at what they’ll miss most about the annual celebration, and explain how they’ll mark the event at home.
We Nurish, the Minneapolis food nonprofit, will prepare 1,000 free meals for hospital workers. Over the river and through the woods, to Abbott Northwestern we go!
When Sheeso Moua met Mai Thao, he thought she might help develop his line of men’s apparel. But she challenged him to think bigger, and they ended up launching the Hmong Men Talk Podcast.
Emilia Gonzalez Avalos, executive director of Unidos MN, spends her days watching her father in his ICU bed through an iPad. “During the weekend we thought he wasn’t going to make it,” she said.
The creator of Muslim Directory explains what happened at Muslim Pro and how to know what apps you can trust.
“We all belong the same way in this community”: Mexican Americans won seats for the first time on the Northfield school board and city council.
Mohamed Malim was a refugee himself. He wants to use his business to help others. But Facebook’s new ad policy is hurting him at the worst possible time.
Elsewhere, nightlife and informal gatherings spread the virus. For patients at a Ventura Village clinic, it’s crowded living conditions and the workplace.
“We don’t have open communication with our youth”: Abdurrahman Mahmud and Mixed Blood Theatre use traditional communication to break down the stigma around mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse.
Students, parents, and educators rallied behind Qorsho Hassan, and her dedication to teaching about racism. As for her south metro school district? They’re looking into it.
Governor Tim Walz rolls out new curbs Wednesday aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19, including limiting bars and restaurants to takeout-only. Gyms and fitness centers will also be closed.
The latest book from St. Paul author Kao Kalia Yang shares the stories of her friends and family from Laos, Liberia , Bosnia, and Syria—and how their life journeys brought them to Minnesota.
A political cartoonist and radio technician, Abdulkadir Mohamed Mursal established radio stations and mentored journalists across East Africa, North America, and Europe.
‘‘It’s not just numbers of people. It’s somebody’s mom or somebody’s children”: Refugees and advocates describe the damage of the Trump years—and their hopes for families in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s 50,000 Hindus pull back from huge Diwali celebrations at a community temple in Maple Grove; holding a “huge family call” instead.
Minnesota Spanish speakers looking for the latest public health data on COVID-19 infections say they’ve been calling friends for translations.
An immigrant from Somalia, Ibrahim brings training in accounting and school psychology to a school district under budget stress.
Nikki Villavicencio organized to help Minnesotans with disabilities get involved with political door-knocking. She just door-knocked for her own city council campaign—and won.
Jim Vue, Jess Garcia, and Adriana Cerrillo promise to prioritize the needs of underrepresented families in St. Paul, Rochester, and Minneapolis.
Soon after moving to Austin, Minnesota, Oballa Oballa walked into the mayor’s office and asked if there was anything he could do for the city. He just became Austin’s first Black city council member.
The suburb’s first Black and first Muslim council member will focus on public safety, affordable housing, and access to services.
Community super-volunteer—and newly elected mayor—Amáda Márquez Simula wants everyone to feel welcome in Columbia Heights. And she means EVERYONE.
The Republican incumbent in the Minnesota House had a history of racist comments. Malik energized Muslim voters and reached out to other immigrant groups. He lost, anyhow.
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After an election squeaker in 2016, new voters from Minnesota’s immigrant communities may determine the outcome in the 2020 presidential race. How do they feel going into Election Day? We asked.
Groups like Unidos and COPAL have spent months trying to drive Latino voters to the polls in Minnesota. Why vote this time? “Many of our lives depend on it.”
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Minnesota Secretary of State says there are a few new wrinkles, but they shouldn’t stop immigrants from voting.
Youthful voters from Minnesota immigrant families cite concerns including immigration, the pandemic, health care, race relations, and climate change.
Immigration is on the ballot again this Election Day. Here’s the case for how refugees benefit the nation’s workforce and communities.
In Minnesota, more first- and second-generation immigrants aren’t just voting this year. They’re running for local and state office.
They have been solidly in the DFL camp, but both major parties are now making major efforts to attract the growing and increasingly diverse Hmong vote.
‘No more sambusa diplomacy’: Muslim political organizers want real political participation—not just friendly mosque visits with the old political establishment.
Farhiya Iman encountered racism through her teens. Now she teaches classes on Somali language, food, and culture—and they’re full.
COVID-19 safety concerns and cost pressures have driven medical interpretation from the doctor’s office to the computer or the phone. Some Minnesota interpreters say that the job of helping patients get competent care now feels “more like a call center.”
Black Label Movement and dancer Paula Vasquez Alzate found a way to rehearse without spreading coronavirus. Go into a bubble for three week—and finally take off the masks.
Dido Kotile, a Kenyan immigrant and director of a St. Paul charter school, uses his first novel to explore experiences many newcomers share.
Sahan Journal asked District 4 school board candidates Adriana Cerrillo and Christa Mims about distance learning, internet access, racial equity, and student success during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sahan Journal has been selected as the winner of this year’s “Local That Works” contest, which recognizes innovative and creative local journalism produced by public and nonprofit media organizations.
Others might be building robots or trying to cure COVID-19. In a movie scheduled for the Twin Cities Film Fest, Day’s character is caring for her mom and doing paint-by-numbers.
Sahan Journal asked District 2 school board candidates Sharon El-Amin and KerryJo Felder about distance learning, internet access, racial equity, and student success during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are their answers.
The killing of George Floyd inspired high school students from Somali, Latino, Indian American, and Korean American backgrounds to push their suburban schools to prioritize racial equity.
Twenty newsrooms will receive training on building a sustainable media business through Facebook Journalism Project’s Sustainability Accelerator Program.
We asked incumbent Kim Ellison and challenger Michael Dueñes how the schools can best serve students during the coronavirus pandemic—and after they get back in the building.
The Minnesota author’s new book, “Somewhere in the Unknown World,” began when she collected her uncle’s story about fleeing Laos. Then she spoke to a Liberian hospital worker, a Karen parent from school, a Jewish singer from Ukraine—and created “a collective refugee memoir.”
Trump terms like “Wuhan virus” and “kung flu” contribue to an increase in hate crimes, discrimination.
Choua Lee Yang, who taught students to celebrate their immigrant cultures at Prairie Seeds Academy, dies of COVID-19 at 53.
Mohamed Amin Ahmed hired an Indian animator to illustrate stories of his Muslim faith, with a bit of South Park mixed in. The result: An honor from the U.S. State Department.
Registering online to vote and get an absentee ballot in Minnesota is as easy as your English language skills are strong. And if they aren’t, the online process can be a frustrating experience that advocates worry is keeping eligible Minnesotans from voting this fall.
Oballa Oballa fled violence in Ethiopia to make a new life in Minnesota. Now he wants to create opportunities for everyone, “despite their race, religion, and language.”
Most say U.S. traditions and institutions are much stronger than in their native lands. The question is whether they are strong enough to survive the 2020 election.
Pictures also help illuminate the life of photographer Jaafar Alnabi, an Iraqi immigrant to Minneapolis.
In September, almost a dozen Somali workers complained about discrimination on the job. Business owner Tom Jacobson and mediator Cani Adan figured out how to get back to work. But first they had to talk—and listen.
In response to Sahan Journal’s public records request, Sheriff Bob Fletcher’s Office disclosed Omar Jamal’s salary, job title, and duties.
Omar Jamal and Bob Fletcher have a professional relationship that dates back nearly a decade. After Omar Jamal alleged voter fraud to a right-wing media outfit, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office claimed he was speaking for himself.
An early arrival from Myanmar, Saw helped new immigrants and advocated for peace back home.
‘People can come here and literally become anything they want to be.’ Alexander Buster Deputie makes the case for conservative values in a Minnesota state senate race.
Despite attacks from President Trump and right-wing activists, Minnesota’s Somali community has a plan to turn out the vote.
Workers protest for the second time this year at Amazon’s Shakopee facility. The firing of a coworker triggers Thursday-night job action and picket.
In a Wednesday interview with Somali American TV, Omar Jamal contradicted claims he made in a sting video for right-wing media outfit Project Veritas. The videos have become fodder for Trump’s attacks on the election process.
Somali American politicians respond to Trump’s attacks on refugees with embrace of voting, Minnesota, and the democratic process.
GoFundMe told the Daily Dot that the fundraising company’s “Trust & Safety team” is currently investigating the fundraising page in Omar Jamal’s name.
A right-wing conspiracy outfit partners with a man of questionable reputation in the Somali community to allege “ballot harvesting fraud” in Minnesota.
It’s better than it was in spring, but teachers from immigrant communities still have a ‘million and one’ worries about online and hybrid learning.
Many older Hmong women never had time to do something just for fun. Ae Xiong wants them to join her making colorful earrings
M Health Fairview site will include a full-time nurse, a virtual appointment kiosk, free flu shots, and expanded mental health and addiction treatment.
Since its founding, Sahan has emerged as an innovator in the field of digital nonprofit journalism, with strong community support, and a young, diverse readership.
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Sahan Journal wants to memorialize Minnesota’s new Americans. Here’s how you can help.
After politicians of color win election to the statehouse, they still have work to do claiming power in an unwelcoming institution.
Growing up, David Thao translated doctor’s appointments for Hmong elders. Now, as a founder of the Hmong Medical Association, he speaks for the community—and for himself.
Early and absentee balloting opens Friday in Minnesota, one of the first states in the country where voters can show their enthusiasm or just get their role in the election over with.
‘I don’t want to leave my children or my grandchildren behind’: Longtime immigrants in Minnesota could be sent back; decision could affect more than 200,000 people nationally.
Faith Elsharkawy says Chisago Lakes Middle School failed to protect her son from repeated attacks by classmates. Instead, her lawsuit says, the school disciplined her son inappropriately for his ADHD and anxiety attacks.
Representative Ilhan Omar demands ICE account for risk of pandemic to Somalia, given scarcity of medical care.
Dar Al Farooq sought federal grants to protect the mosque and school from threats and harassment. The money didn’t come until an assault near the building landed an imam in the hospital.
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Artists Ernesto Ybarra and Xilam Balam are putting a new face on Ybarra’s old neighborhood—actually, dozens of faces.
Letter from more than 150 Minnesota residents says school needs to take broad measures after defacing of George Floyd memorial by one-time student.
With time running out, census workers in Minnesota try to improve on low response rates in immigrant communities.
“The teachers knew what they were doing”: Last spring gave Minnesota schools a crash course in remote learning. This fall, students and teachers did their homework.
They battled in tryouts and in youth soccer academies, where no one else was Hmong. Ultimately, Brian and Michael Vang made it through their talent, their hard work–and their refusal to give up.
Qorsho Hassan became Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year shortly after Burnsville schools laid her off. The superintendent, school board chair, and teachers union all claim they wish they could keep teachers like her in the classroom. So why didn’t they?
Mustafa says Voice for Refuge will advance pro-refugee positions in politics, build on his work fighting Trump travel ban.
Communities of color are particularly at risk. The effort to reach them includes free testing, informal chats at the laundromat, broadcasts—and a lot more.
Misha Chiri and Jawar Mohammed, two well-known former Minnesota residents from the Oromo community, were detained in Addis Ababa following the killing of singer and activist Hachalu Hundessa.
Yao Yang wants to make the Hmong Chamber of Commerce better reflect a rapidly evolving business community
Fifty years ago, lawmakers in Washington opened the doors to immigrants from Africa. Today, dozens of new Americans — from Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and more — are running for office in Minnesota. And they’re winning.
When the Cameroonian government called Yves Zouzouambe in Minnesota, he recruited a software team on three different continents.
Researcher says that while facts are emerging, marginalized groups “fill in the blanks” based on historical context.
When the City of Minneapolis declared a curfew Wednesday night, immigrant workers struggled to get home safely. Now they’re worried about the security of their jobs—and the Black community.
“Complete and utter outrage”: In a protest on campus, medical students, doctors and nurses said the incident aggravated systemic racism in health care.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants—an Episcopal priest and a librarian—knew years ago that she would run for office one day. But this is earlier than even she thought.
“I’m an American and I’m a Minnesotan, just like every other person in our party”: GOP chair Jennifer Carnahan challenges preconceptions about race, opportunity for women, and winning it all in 2020.
Union official says janitors, security guards, and other immigrant workers report infection rates three times higher than the rest of Minnesota.