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Posted inEducation

A landmark Minneapolis charter school may close forever in June. Its leadership debated the school’s fate in a meeting without Somali parents, community politicians, or the press.

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.

Posted inThe killing of George Floyd

PHOTO: From ‘I can’t breathe’ to ‘guilty,’ a look back on the past 11 months through the lens of Sahan Journal.

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.

Posted inThe killing of George Floyd

‘Black lady, I see you! Black boy, I see you! Black man, I see you!’: Community celebrates Derek Chauvin verdict with screams of relief–and joy.

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.


A Black-focused therapy practice in Minneapolis sees ‘trauma, trauma, trauma.’ Here’s how they’re helping people to heal.

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.

Posted inThe killing of George Floyd

‘You need to come and visit this space without a camera in your hand’: What the Derek Chauvin trial feels like for the neighbors keeping vigil in George Floyd Square, in their own words.

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.

Posted inThe killing of George Floyd

Racism is making us sick. How can equity in medicine help us heal? A community conversation with Sahan Journal.

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.

Posted inThe killing of George Floyd

Who gets to decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder? And who belongs on a jury of his peers? A community conversation with Sahan Journal.

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?

Posted inHOUSING

Somali American renters asked their Minnesota landlord to repair hazardous electrical problems. The property managers commented on the women’s English skills and how many children they had.

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.