Saturday is Minneapolis’ Somali Independence Day celebration, promoting diversity and intercultural appreciation. There will be live music, food, animals and art gallery exhibits.
Local Somali leaders met in Minneapolis Saturday evening, saying they have to find a way together to strengthen their community and stop terror recruiting.
Minnesota’s East African leaders are calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage at the airport. That’s nearly double the state’s current minimum wage of $8 an hour. A new employment report shows thousands of East Africans working at the airport are earning poverty-level wages.
The latest terror video from al-Shabaab comes days after the White House convened a terror summit that focused on combating recruiting here in the Twin Cities and the rest of the country.
Issues of poverty and hunger in the Somali-American Community has many searching for a food shelf that provides non-pork products. Many say there are no food shelves that provide healthy products that do not compromise their religious beliefs. Food shelves can be a life line for people dealing with poverty and hunger.
Imam Hassan Mohamud oversees 11 mosques in the Twin Cities, and resides at the Islamic Dawah Center in St Paul. He says when he talks about ISIS and the recruiting of young Minnesota men to fight, he wants to talk about fairness.
On Primary Election Day, there’s a Minneapolis race for the statehouse that’s had shoving matches, fist fights and claims of voter intimidation. That’s why the city is doing something it has never done before. Sergeants-at-arms have been assigned at polling places in key precincts to make sure there are no problems.
Minneapolis’ Somali-American community is asking the state department for a full investigation into the assassination of a well-known lawmaker from Minnesota. Saado Ali Warsame was gunned down on a main street in Mogadishu Wednesday. Her driver was also killed.
When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a new Tom Hanks movie, they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean.
A member of a Somali-American youth group in Minnesota says the federal government should fund programs to prevent youth from being recruited into terrorist groups. Mohamed Farah is president of Ka Joog, a Somali youth group in Minnesota.
Local Somali leader Abdirizak Bihi will lead an anti-al-Shabaab rally at 2 p.m. Friday at the Brian Coyle Center, sharing the Somali community’s detest for the terrorist group that preys on, and recruits young Somali-Americans in the Twin Cities.
In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamad told Margaret Warner about the Minnesota connection with attackers involved in the Kenyan mall attack. Mohamad confirmed that “two or three Americans” and “one Brit” were involved. “From the information we have, [they] are young men about…between maybe 18 and 19…of Somali origin or Arab origin,” Mohamad said. “[They] lived in the U.S. in Minnesota and one other place.” Members of the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community were already concerned when unconfirmed reports of attackers being from Minnesota surfaced on Sunday.
The Somali community in Minnesota is doing everything it can to stop terror groups from recruiting men from the Twin Cities.
It’s well documented that foreign terror groups have been working to bring in new recruits. In fact, more than two-dozen young Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities have already been lured to training camps overseas, mostly in Somalia.
Students involved in a violent food fight at Minneapolis South High School could face criminal charges.
A leader in the Somali community confirmed that Omar Farah is the latest young man to be recruited into Al-Shabaab – the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda.
A Somali-American who pleaded guilty to a terror charge in Minnesota will be allowed to live in Ohio with his wife and child pending sentencing.
Late this week, as the verdicts in the terror trial of two Somali- American women were announced, a hundred of their supporters gathered outside the Federal Courthouse.