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.
Competitions to recite Qur’anic passages are popular in the Muslim world, but organizers think Bloomington youth event was the only one in 2020.
“Summer vacation with a little homework”: Last year Minnesota kids learned what it’s like not to go to school. Will they repeat that lesson this fall?
History has ignored and dismissed the dramatic Bale Oromo uprising in Ethiopia. Oromo Witness, a new first-hand account by an Oromo Minnesotan author, rewrites the story.
Clergy say the church is emphasizing the safety of vulnerable immigrant communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the U.S. immigration system. Wait times have increased to as long as 25 months in Minnesota, and many of those who thought they had plenty of time are now hoping for a miracle.
Immigrants in Mankato, Minnesota, like to talk about the value they place on education, work, entrepreneurship, and community. President Trump might want to meet them.
In a recent lawsuit, Mohamed Warsame argues the government has arbitrarily violated his Second Amendment rights.
Immigrants invested their savings and their talents to build businesses on Lake Street. And then many of them lost almost everything. In their own words, they talk about how they’re trying to reopen—and rebuild.
For years, the Minnesota DFL has been talking about immigrants and people of color as the future of the party. With last week’s record primary turnout, that future is here.
Somali American is in the running for a council seat in November. His supporters say St. Cloud is tired of its divisive, anti-immigrant politics.
Longtime housing advocate wins lively 11-candidate race in ward facing homelessness and a lack of affordable housing.
Minneapolis City Council Ward 6 has lacked a representative throughout the George Floyd protests and the coronavirus pandemic. After three days, election officials finally announced Jamal’s win.
’We grew up speaking in code—that’s Minnesota Nice’: After a pandemic retreat from L.A. to her parents’ house in Savage, Naomi Ko talks about why George Floyd (unfortunately) didn’t surprise her and what’s better about Asian stories from the Midwest
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After easily claiming the DFL endorsement, Omar Fateh turned activist support into a primary win against DFL powerbroker Jeff Hayden.
Agbaje, a 35-year-old lawyer and daughter of Nigerian immigrants, seemed poised to beat DFL veteran Raymond Dehn for a Minnesota House seat representing downtown and North Minneapolis.
After all the dueling endorsements and outside campaign contributions, the voters picked Ilhan by a wide margin.
Tibetan, Cambodian, Hmong, and Japanese Americans all have their own struggles for justice. But they say Black Lives Matter is their cause, too.
The imam’s family found his shoes, glasses and hat after two assailants broke his shoulder. The attack is one of several incidents targeting the mosque.
Struggling merchants wonder whether state grants will benefit them.
A father-son team is opening a new French-American-Hmong bakery to make the kind of classic baguettes you can only get at home. Wherever that is.
Qorsho, the first Somali American educator to receive the prestigious honor, was selected out of 134 nominees. The principal at Gideon Pond Elementary School in Burnsville, where Qorsho taught fifth grade the last two years, described her as a “game-changing educator.”
Ilhan Omar, the only refugee in Congress, talks to Sahan Journal about putting immigration at the front of her agenda—and why some people want her out of office.
Immigrants often hesitate to report when they’re victims of crimes, fearing questions about their immigration status. A crime spree in Brooklyn Park shows the consequences—and how police can win back trust.
“It is important for the governor to show they’re not forgetting us”: East African business owners call for help amid an economic crisis.
Protesters say the community hasn’t had enough time to heal. Cup Foods owners say the focus should be on punishing those who killed him.
Dymanh Chhoun has filmed plenty of Minneapolis protests. This time, he was eye-to-eye with an alleged white supremacist.
Somali woman says facing discrimination is “nothing new.” But getting harassed and allegedly attacked for birdwatching on a suburban street?
You could celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday with lamb from the halal butcher. Or you could drive to a farm in Minnesota, borrow a sharp knife and perform the ritual slaughter yourself.
Amira Adawe, executive director of the BeautyWell Project, has been working on the issue for a decade. She said getting the federal government involved is a giant step toward curbing use of the products.
Walz’s education announcement was full of detail and data–but no clear direction for parents. Here’s everything you need to know for your family.
You know who wasn’t surprised to learn “Umbrella Man” allegedly belongs to the Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood? The Muslim woman his biker gang harassed last month on Main Street.
“They said if I kept being sick, I’d be locked up all the time”: Minnesota has the capacity to give 20,000 coronavirus tests a day. But immigrants detained at one ICE jail say they can’t get tested.
Many immigrant families came to the United States for an education. But they say safety is more important.
Ilhan Omar and Antone Melton-Meaux have raised $6 million to dump on one of the knottiest primary races in state history. We’re sharing the opinions of their most prominent supporters for free.
Yes, you could be fined for not wearing a mask. Yes, you still can eat at a restaurant. No, it doesn’t apply to kids ages 5 and under.
COVID-19 has disrupted the international money-wiring system called hawalas. And U.S. banks won’t do business with them. The result, one Minnesota hawala operator says: His customers often can’t send money to families around the world.
An April order from Governor Tim Walz allows contact tracers to share coronavirus information with emergency responders. Immigration activists want the rule changed to protect privacy.
Governor Tim Walz’s order will require Minnesotans to wear masks in restaurants, stores and other public indoor gathering spaces, starting Saturday.
Public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul have passed out 7 million meals, many as weekly take-home food packages, while the state distributes $325 per child. No immigration questions asked.
We haven’t seen the mile-long lines at Minnesota food shelves. But the COVID-19 jobs meltdown has driven twice as many visitors to some Twin Cities food shelves. And with federal unemployment benefits ending, the worst lies ahead.
How did 700 pieces of Hmong paj ntaub, or “flowery cloth,” end up in a senior center in Madison, Wisconsin? Ask the cultural archivists who rescued them, and turned them into a new book.
Young protesters, who call themselves qeerroo, speak out about what they want from the government in Addis Ababa (and St. Paul), and what they learned from George Floyd.
Luz Maria Frías says she will help ensure Minnesotans can live with “dignity and respect.”
Trump administration proposes another way to dismantle the asylum process. Many Minnesota applicants could be sent back to face violence.
Faced with lawsuits–including pushback from 40 Minnesota schools–Immigration and Customs Enforcement backs away from campus plan that could have led to disruptions, deportations.
Henok A. Degfu started working on newspapers as a 13-year-old in Addis Ababa. Today, he’s built an audience of millions, covering politics in Ethiopia from an office 8,000 miles away in St. Paul. But the government he escaped 15 years ago hasn’t stopped chasing him around the world.
St. Anthony-based OBN International says it will suspend operations “indefinitely.”
In his new book, “Minneapolis: An Urban Biography,” Tom Weber writes about the transformation of Minneapolis from a city that was once 98 percent white—more recently than you’d think.
Sophia Rashid agreed to tell a reporter about feeling threatened by an Aryan biker gang in Stillwater. It didn’t go well.
State education study shows doubts in Black, Latinx, and Asian communities about the safety of sending kids back to school during the coronavirus pandemic.
For most U.S. workers, a recession; for immigrant families, a depression.
Attorney General Keith Ellison, the U of M, and MnSCU joined lawsuits against Trump’s immigration office seeking to overturn a new rule that could deport international students.
Minnesota Department of Health began organizing testing sites in May. Now, they’re working with advocacy groups to pinpoint locations across the state to continue providing equitable COVID-19 testing.
How does Imam Tamer Abdelaziz help Muslim and immigrant patients come through the coronavirus crisis? Quranic recitation, family support—and a special respirator that fits over a religious beard.
On July 1, Abdirizak Abdi and Akram Osman started new roles in St. Paul and Bloomington. It’s a milestone in representational leadership for Minnesota’s increasingly diverse student population and an educator workforce that’s lagged behind.
A Muslim woman found the name “ISIS” on her Starbucks drink at a Target store in St. Paul. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for firings, new staff training, and potential protests.
Claim in U.S. District Court in Minnesota alleges ZeHabesha news organization made defamatory claims about COVID-19, corruption, shoddy aircraft.
A blow to families, vendors, community pride: “It’s not just a Hmong event anymore.”
Leading protest that shut down highway in Eagan, sister ties case to broader struggle for justice .
Store owners describe ruin as COVID-19 recession spreads: “I’m using credit cards to buy food. I’m using credit cards to pay for rent. I owe a lot of money right now.”
With little official action, some residents worry about homeless camp. Others are determined to help.
“He is our icon. He is a father figure,” says a protest leader in St. Paul.
Sousada Grande asked the Minikahda Club to put her in touch with the golfer who damaged her car. The club asked her to wait. And wait. And wait.
Lost COVID-19 revenue and the Lake Street fires are turning immigrant neighborhoods in south Minneapolis into health care deserts. The outcome for patients? “Their chronic conditions are getting, frankly, worse.”
Students want more money spent on mental health, trauma support and cultural groups; less on police.
A once-in-a-lifetime journey to Mecca turns into a once-in-a-lifetime loss for Minnesota’s Hajj hospitality industry and aspiring Hajjis. The last Hajj interruption? The cholera epidemic of the mid-1800s.
“I thought I was going to die,” one Amazon employee who got infected with COVID-19 told Sahan Journal. “I was not eating at all. I was forcing myself to eat, but I couldn’t feel it. The smell and the taste were gone.”
Move may already be having a chilling effect on businesses and foreign workers in Minnesota
After waiting years to become United States citizens, some immigrants and refugees had to wait even longer because of COVID-19 cancelations. This week, the naturalizations resumed.
Vote means ‘better safety and less trauma for Black and brown kids,’ says an organizer of student campaign.
“We have seen how these police come into the school environment and mess everything up … We need them out right now.”
Best known in the U.S. as Ilhan Omar’s father, Nur was a prominent Somali military officer who encouraged his children to succeed