Hutchinson says the sheriff’s office has met its goals and that government grants and bureaucracy forced the sharing of information on some inmates.
Sahan Journal collaborated with Pollen Midwest and Pillsbury United Communities to create a 2021 Minneapolis voter guide. Before we surveyed candidates for mayor and City Council, though, we surveyed immigrant communities. Voter advocates from Latino, Hmong, and Somali backgrounds talked about barriers to voting and how to win their support.
An immigrant from Jamaica and former administrator at Georgia Tech, Dr. Nisha Botchwey brings her expertise in health, environment, youth engagement, and equity to the Humphrey School dean’s office. “The education that the Humphrey School provides allows for the elevation of a little Black girl like me,” Botchwey says.
White Minnesotans think very differently from people of color about the opportunities that the state’s K-12 public schools provide to students, according to a survey from the APM Research Lab.
“I’d rather lose being real than win being fake,” said Martinez, who is a pastor at the Northside’s New Generation Church.
Utilities in Minnesota offer significant rebates on energy efficient equipment that can lower carbon footprints and save money. But, entrepreneurs like Fatima Landaverde, who owns the Rincon Chalateco restaurant in St. Paul, may face language barriers or be too busy to take advantage.
Dr. Chyke Doubeni found that Black men die of colon cancer at higher rates than white men. The disparities are larger in East African communities. A south Minneapolis health clinic hired a Somali “medical navigator” to help guide patients toward testing with culturally sensitive care. The result: a giant increase in colon cancer screening—and saved lives.
Musinguzi rethinks the relationship of artist and subject in the new book The Letter Formally Known As Q: Voices From Minnesota’s Queer Immigrant Community. “I could not do this work without talking to people,” Musinguzi says. “Otherwise they’re just objects.”
Many Somali immigrants miss the okra, cowpeas, sorghum, and hibiscus they used to grow at home. Naima Dhore created the nonprofit Somali American Farmers Association to train the community in growing healthy, sustainable food.
The battle over whether to replace the Minneapolis Police Department has been long and fierce. Now, after a last-minute appeal, the Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the measure goes to voters.
People of color in the Twin Cities are more likely to face rents they can’t afford. One proposed solution: ballot amendments that promise to cap annual rent increases. But not everyone agrees on what will actually happen to the housing market.
With early voting in Minneapolis beginning Friday, September 17, voters have the chance to maintain or change the balance of power between the mayor and City Council.
Kang Vang, who teaches citizenship classes, describes a year of “whiplash” for the Hmong community, between the highs of Sunisa Lee’s Olympic medals and lows of anti-Asian hate crimes.
Whether in elementary or high school, kids described excitement at seeing friends and teachers—along with some confusion about stairs and bells.
Do you have a student starting school this week in Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools? We asked the districts what they’re doing to keep students, teachers, and staff healthy this fall. We got answers about building air filtration systems, COVID testing requirements, masking, lunch plans, and more.
A friend told Modeste Zinzindohoue, a native of Benin, in West Africa, that Austin could provide a peaceful, affordable home. Over the past 10 years, some 500 other people from Benin have joined him there. We asked immigrants what’s attracting them to live and work in small, previously white communities.
Every 10 years, Minnesota updates what K–12 students should learn in the state’s social studies classrooms. This year, a panel of educators suggested changes that focus on racial inclusion. Then, a conservative think tank rounded up more than 17,000 comments in opposition. Can the Minnesota Department of Education pass the test?
Unvaccinated corrections staff threaten the health of the prison population—a situation one critic calls “extremely irresponsible.” Vaccination rates for both Minneapolis and St. Paul police officers remain untracked and unknown.
Minnesota kids are returning to school with COVID-19 in a dangerous stage. Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, thinks we should stop arguing about masks, start paying attention to air filtration—and prepare ourselves for outbreaks.
In the two decades that Jesús “Chuy” Hernández has lived in Broadmoor Valley, he’s seen the park where he lives fall into disrepair. Organizing with his neighbors led to legal action—and eventually, he hopes, collective ownership of the park.
Five years ago, the center dealt most frequently with people in their 40s or 50s seeking treatment for alcohol problems. Now it’s young people who are addicted to opioids.
A pipeline bringing crude oil from Canada through Northern Minnesota is nearly complete, but the fight to shut it down is far from over.
Minnesota’s clean energy workforce is more diverse than the broader state economy. And more jobs are coming in fields like energy production, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and green construction. But workers of color need more access to training and pathways to higher-paying careers.
Hana Hassan grew up around an uncle who lost a leg in the Somali Civil War. It helps her understand and communicate with patients frustrated by worn-out or ill-fitting limbs.
We’ve updated our ballot amendment FAQ to answer all your questions about the legal challenges, the judicial rulings–and what you need to do to make your voice heard in the city election this fall. Know this: A ballot amendment will give people in Minneapolis the opportunity to vote on a new plan. Does that mean abolition, defunding, reform, or something else? We’ve got answers!
Minnesota has pledged to accept dozens of Afghans fleeing their country after the Taliban takeover. Many of them helped the U.S. Armed Forces and would face danger and death back home. Resettlement agencies say these new arrivals will need ongoing help with everything from housing to job training as they rebuild their lives in Minnesota.
Kidnapped by a messianic rebel movement at age 11, Kayongo discovered boxing in Ugandan army barracks. But the training he offers kids at the Northside Boxing Club, in Minneapolis, is anything but harsh. The gym provides free food, Black history lessons, and emotional support. As Kayongo puts it, “Most parenting is giving love. And most of our kids need more of that.”
For the third installment in Sahan Journal’s COVID-19 vaccine video series, we spoke to three vaccinated people from the local Hmong, Somali, and Latino communities to share their thoughts on why getting vaccinated is important to them, and what their communities need to know about it.
Carnahan’s resignation ends contentious tenure for the state’s first Asian American leader. Move caps a heated three-hour executive-board meeting—and week of arrests and allegations involving sexual abuse, harassment. “It may take years for the MNGOP to heal from all the allegations,” says one Hmong ally.
A confusing vote means uncertainty for the future of the 7.5-acre Roof Depot site in south Minneapolis. An expanded public-works facility will now need to find a new location. But environmental-justice advocates failed to win council approval for an urban farm development.
Artists of color find local support for their jewelry, crochet, paper arts, and more. “It feels like a really great environment to be an artist and to sell in,” one maker says.
Democratic Socialist Robin Wonsley Worlobah is challenging the Green Party incumbent, Cam Gordon. Two DFL candidates also are in the running.
Afghans in Minnesota watched the fall of Kabul with dread and anger. Some are calling for the United States to do more to evacuate and resettle those who assisted the Armed Forces.
The City Council will vote Wednesday, August 18, on whether to go ahead with building a Minneapolis maintenance facility on the Roof Depot site. Jason Chavez and Becky Alper contend that this diverse neighborhood has already suffered from traffic, pollution, and limited green resources.
The fast-moving developments in Afghanistan over the weekend hit home for thousands of Minnesota veterans who spent time in that country over the past two decades.
We’ve done one session on barriers to home ownership. We’d like your ideas on what topics to cover in the future.
Dakota County Attorney ruled that officers were legally justified in using force. ‘We lost him again, and this time it was more painful,’ says Dolal’s father.
In Minnesota’s largest non-white-majority city, a one-vote margin for white city council member Lisa Jacobson turned into a two-vote lead over Black nonprofit leader Hollies Winston. City council to rule on remaining ballot challenges, certify results.
Ten years ago, 83 percent of Minnesotans were white. Now that’s down to just over 76 percent, with Black, Hispanic and Asian Minnesotans all making up a bigger share of the state’s population than 10 years ago.
The vast majority of plastic waste in Minneapolis goes straight to the trashbin, after which it is burned. Advocates say that contributes to dangerous pollution for vulnerable communities.
Sahan Journal photojournalist is also a fine arts photographer with a passion for communities that are often overlooked
The native Spanish speaker grew up learning French in Guatemala. Now she teaches English to multilingual students in Rochester.
A survey by APM Research Lab, which is owned by MPR News’ parent company American Public Media, found that only one in five Black Minnesotans trust the police to do what’s right, compared to more than 70 percent of white Minnesotans.
Clinics say disinformation about the vaccines is still a problem. Among the myths that won’t go away: that they include a government chip, cause infertility or cancer.
Nationwide, less than 0.3 percent of philanthropy goes to Native American groups. A Duluth-based foundation is taking aim at that inequity with a new project that’s designed to support the work of Native people who are already working to help their communities.
The heat island effect is worse in industrial and low-income neighborhoods, mirroring patterns of racial redlining. The current drought could make matters worse.
Sunisa Lee, the Olympic champion, followed ‘her light, her energy.’ Her parents raised her differently than many Hmong girls. They all share in Sunisa Lee’s success.
Asian American community has faced increasing examples of prejudice. But on Sunday, everyone was smiling.
With the Delta variant widespread, the CDC is urging masks in schools. But Minnesota isn’t requiring it, leaving the decision up to individual districts, charter and private schools.
The Olympic champion’s accomplishments represent a community that knows how to ‘survive, support, and succeed’
Sahan Journal presents a free virtual community meeting brought to you with support from JPMorgan Chase
African Career, Education, and Resource, Inc. has found new ways to deliver social services in the immigrant neighborhoods of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities.
Voters will have the chance in November to choose who will write rent control policy, the Council or the public. That is, unless Mayor Frey vetoes the measures and the Council can’t override.
Some members want armed police force to be abolished. Others seek reform. Organizers say there is room for both in the campaign.
The idea of doing something for the love of it simply wasn’t an option for earlier generations of Hmong children, especially girls.
After a police officer killed Daunte Wright, the city decided to completely revamp law enforcement. It aims to have the job done by next April.
Developers of the program say students often feel uncomfortable bringing their cultural heritage with them to school. They want them to appreciate how rich it is.
Auctioneer sees a distinction between ‘dime store’ items from the 1930s and 1940s and relics of the slave era. Professor says white-owned businesses shouldn’t profit from them.
Air quality alert lasts until Tuesday. Those with chronic lung or cardiovascular problems, children, older adults and pregnant women should be particularly careful.
Just starting her adult life, Nasra Hassan had big plans for her education and career. But she also had a brain tumor and a stroke. She still is accomplishing her goals.
Brian Yang went from east St. Paul to Brown University to the Army. His family remembers him as a curious, passionate and loving person.
After a year of distance learning, masks, and pandemic disruptions, summer school programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul welcomed kids back. The state-funded programs focus on reading and science, while also reconnecting kids to classroom routines and friendship.
Since COVID-19 kept Sunisa’s family from attending the 2020 Olympics in Japan, they organized a watch party for nearly 300 people in Oakdale. Together, the crowd watched their hometown champion make history.
At an Olympic watch party in Oakdale, Minnesota, the 18-year-old gymnast’s supporters watched the first Hmong American ever to win a gold medal.
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.
It’s not medicine, and it’s not the only reason Lor got healthier. But he says drinking Nom Xyooj Vang’s buckwheat tea was a building block for a better lifestyle. Now, he’ll be selling it to others.
Parts of Northern Minnesota recorded their worst air quality on record, as metro skies filled with smoke. Now that the haze is gone, the temperature is rising.
Publishing company founders say a better selection of books can help end misconceptions about Islam, and also encourage Muslim students who see themselves in their books.
Phaengdara Potter arrived as a refugee when she was 3 years old. She says living in a diverse Minneapolis neighborhood with a “village mentality” was key to her upbringing.
The killing of George Floyd and COVID-19 upended politics in Minneapolis. This summer is the start of what might be the most eventful election in recent memory. We talked to candidates and community members about where the city is heading—and the choices voters will have.
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.
On July 16, a judge in Texas undercut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But it doesn’t threaten all DACA recipients—yet. We spoke to an immigration expert at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota about who the ruling affects and what to do next.
Even without intentional gerrymandering, how districts are redrawn every 10 years can marginalize some groups. Once again, the courts are likely to make the final decision.
The federal government finds that Somalia remains too dangerous, and says that others lacking protected status may apply to remain in the United States, as well.
Minneapolis is the capital of halwa, and businesses here ship the dessert across the United States. Cooked from sugar, ghee or oil, cornstarch, cardamom, and nutmeg, halwa reminds many eaters of childhood—and home.
An alternative to conventional teacher training, “Grow Your Own” programs remove financial barriers for educators of color
The limited response to postal workers’ repeated appeals for help provides a window into the failures of two federal agencies: the Postal Service, which is one of the country’s largest employers, and OSHA, which is supposed to protect workers.
What passed: new bus rapid transit lines, reforestation, solar job training, and a ban on “forever chemicals.” What stalled: efforts to reclassify trash-to-energy facilities and a proposal to boost regulatory protections for low-income areas.
Over the next five weeks, Teto Wilson’s north Minneapolis barbershop, Wilson’s Image Barbers and Stylists, will double as a vaccination clinic for customers and community members.
The Disability Law Center is using a hotline, email address and personal appearances to find people who need access to the vaccine. Immigrant communities are a priority.
‘Suni represents so much more than the athletics and the competition’: The St. Paul–based gymnast becomes the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics.
Metro Transit has equipped a mini-fleet of six buses to bring the COVID vaccine to shopping centers, events, farms, and more. Vaccination rates have started to jump among some Minnesota communities.
When pediatrician Nathan Chomilo is not caring for children, he leads the state’s COVID-19 vaccine equity strategy and works as medical director for Medicaid.
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.”
‘I could make better chai’: Brothers Azhar and Mayzer Muhammad, and a friend, Mowafag Mohamed, turn to Oromo family recipes for their simple menu.
Demand for Hilal’s collection of hospital-grade hijabs exploded last year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Partnering with the retail giant is her next big step.
The 32-year-old father was part of a Mexican American community that moved from Texas to Olivia, Minnesota, for farm work. A cousin remembered Torres as “always happy, always joking and playing around.”
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.”