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Posted inDEMOCRACY & POLITICS

Minnesota senate subcommittee drops most ethics complaints against Omar Fateh.

State Senator Omar Fateh, a DFL legislator from Minneapolis, had faced ethics complaints related to campaign finance and his campaign’s handling of absentee ballots. Later in the hearing, Omar’s former campaign manager and legislative aide, Dawson Kimyon, took the Fifth Amendment and declined to answer questions about his work on Omar’s 2020 campaign.

Posted in2022 Elections

Informed by the shadow of war, Amane Badhasso is running to uplift Minnesota’s immigrant voices. She’d become the first Oromo to serve in Congress.

Amane Badhasso wants to get Minnesota immigrants involved in politics by becoming their representative in Congress. Amane is an Oromo refugee from Ethiopia who is running in the August 9 primary to unseat Representative Betty McCollum. The winner of the DFL primary will likely win the general election in the Fourth District, which includes cities like St. Paul, Maplewood, Woodbury, and Oakdale, and other parts of Ramsey and Washington Counties.

Posted inCULTURE & COMMUNITY

Behind the scenes at Suldaan Seeraar’s mega-show in Minneapolis: The huge audience, the ticketing snags, and that booing thing with Ilhan Omar. 

The Somali music star behind YouTube hits like “Axdi Dhowra” and “275” talked to Sahan Journal about his North American debut, opening doors for Somali musicians—and plans for a second Minnesota show. “To the beautiful audience who attended the concert, I want to thank you,” Suldaan said.

Posted inEDUCATION

Two years ago, Qorsho Hassan became the first Somali American to win Minnesota Teacher of the Year. In June, Qorsho announced she’s leaving the classroom. What happened?

Students, parents, and fellow educators describe Qorsho Hassan as an exceptional teacher: an example of how teachers of color can change a classroom. But in an interview with Sahan Journal, Qorsho says that Minnesota schools continue to fail their students—and teachers like her, too. “We’ve been tasked with the impossible job of fighting systemic racism,” Qorsho said.