September Newsletter


This fall, we will be providing weekly office hours at our in-district office (504 Cedar Ave S.). Stop by during any of the following times:

September 11th: 10AM-2PM
September 18th: 2PM--6PM
September 25th: 10AM-2PM


You can schedule an appointment by emailing Walk-ins are also welcome!


  • On September 6th, support your neighbors in Whittier fighting for housing justice at the Whittier Housing Justice Gathering and Rally. For more information, click here.
  • On, September 7th, join the coalition of students organizing to elect Raymond Dehn for Minneapolis mayor at the Students for Ray kickoff. For more information, click here. 
  • On Saturday, September 23rd from 11am-3pm come together with neighbors in Como for an afternoon of music, food, and community at the Como Cookout at Van Cleve Park. For more information, click here
  • On Saturday, September 30th from 4:30-6:30pm our office will be providing our second annual Immigration Resource Fair and the Brian Coyle Center. Stay tuned for more details.


The Trump Administration's decision to rescind DACA is cruel. We must stand with our neighbors and fight back against xenophobia and bigotry. Join me in the resistance by texting "RESIST" to 504-09 to send a fax to your representatives. You can also try using a zip code from a red state to send a powerful message to Republican lawmakers that no human is illegal. #HereToStay


Newsletter: Summer Updates

I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine and spending time with neighbors and loved ones. The warm months are a time for our community to come together and reflect. 


  • I had a great time meeting neighbors at National Night Out this week. It's always fun to talk with new and old friends while sharing a meal!
  • We celebrated Somali Independence Day in July by hosting a panel discussion surrounding the contributions Somali women have made to our independence, as well as the struggles they currently face and the gains they are making. Click here to watch a livestream video from the event. 
  • Last month our office hosted a community update about the Muslim Ban with panelists from CAIR MN and the Immigrant Law Center of MN. The livestream video from the event is available here


  • On Saturday, August 5th at 6pm, join us at the closing of Receptacle, an exhibition by the Soomaal House of Art. Receptacle features art from 13 Somali-American visual artists and seeks to activate its audience through direct engagement beyond the show. I am excited to deliver the closing remarks at this event! For more information, click here
  • Movement requires resources, and building power means taking our resources seriously. We are providing a fundraising training on Monday, August 7th at 8PM at our office located at 504 Cedar Ave S. We'll introduce the fundamentals of fundraising ad teach the basics of network mapping and making an ask. For more information, click here
  • Join your neighbors in Prospect Park for their 3rd annual Community Celebration at Luxton Park from 6-8PM on Tuesday, August 8th. There will be food, music, and dozens of local organizations. Be sure to stop by and say hi to Team Ilhan's table!
  • On Tuesday, August 15th at 6PM, join Congressman Ellison, environmental activists, scientists, and musicians for a community forum to learn about Trump's plan for the EPA and how we can resist. For more information, click here


  • Campaign finance reports for the Minneapolis city elections came out this week, and it became clear that we need to invest in Ray Dehn's campaign for mayor. The majority of their funding came from small donors and directly supports their grassroots organizers. Click here to support his people powered campaign. 

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Will I see you at my Primary Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, August 12th from 6-8PM at Du Nord Craft Spirits? I wouldn’t be here without your hard work, and I’d love to celebrate with you. Can’t make it? Show your support here.

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Special Session

A special legislative session was called last night at 12:01am because 70% of the budget -- education, health and human services, state government, transportation, bonding and tax bills -- is all unresolved. We’re facing a special session because Republicans have been unwilling to compromise, and have chosen to steer Minnesota down a place of greater inequity and possible future deficits.

We have a $1.65 billion surplus in Minnesota. We should expect our legislature to get its work done on time! Yet, Republicans have walked out of negotiations with Govenor Dayton and have written legislation that have shown us what they value: corporations and the very wealthy. Their must-pass budget bills contained a litany of controversial policy provisions from pre-K elimination to preemption, none of which are in line with Minnesota values. These policies are the reason this session didn’t finish on time.

Maya Angelou said: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” I believe that Republicans have shown us their failure to lead by refusing to pass budget bills that improve opportunity for all Minnesotans.

You can watch a livestream of legislative proceedings right here, and I encourage you to stay informed, and stay alert. Session will resume again at 3pm today, May 23. I won’t stop fighting for unity and justice, and defending the values that matter to you, and all Minnesotans.

40% less bus service

The Omnibus Transportation bill will have devastating effects on communities across Minnesota.  Transportation isn’t always the first thing we think about when we think about equity, but it is a make-or-break expense for many families. A 40 percent reduction in Metro Transit bus services, as House Republicans propose, means that students without cars won’t be able to bus to grocery stores on the weekend. Those commuting to and from the suburbs for work might have to quit their jobs. The elderly, disabled, and those who depend on their local bus route won’t be able to get around.

If you’ve ridden the bus to school, work, or home, we need you now:

Today, legislators are debating the transportation bill in Conference Committee. Call Representatives Torkelson, Runbeck, Petersburg, Koznick, and Howe and Senators Newman, Jasinski, Kiffmeyer, Osmek, and Sparks and share why public transportation makes a difference in your life. Find contact information here!

Donate now to ensure legislation that will prioritize equity.

Newsletter: Intersectional Feminism

Join me Wednesday night for Coffee and Kulan from 7–9 p.m. at the Prospect Park United Methodist Church to find an answer together. More information, including our guest panelists, can be found here!

Can’t make it? Make a donation to help us continue to build intersectional coalitions in Minnesota.


  • Last weekend, my team partnered with the Brian Coyle Community Center for an Immigration Resource Fair. We were able to connect approximately 40 families with free legal assistance and resource. Special thanks to all of our volunteer attorneys and partner organizations for making this event possible. 
  • The White House recently issued an Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States—a second attempt to ban Muslim refugees from six nations. Read my statement here
  • Find the bills I have chief authored here and co-authored here. For specific legislative updates, please subscribe to my capitol listserv here.



  • Caucuses for Minneapolis Municipal Elections are fast approaching! Save the date for Tuesday, April 4th. Find your caucus location here

Immigrants need you.

Our immigrant communities need protection, and the time for action is now.

I have introduced a bill that would guarantee sanctuary for all immigrants in Minnesota. Can you step up to make our state a leader in immigrant protection?  

We can sit and watch attacks on immigrants happen. Or, we can work today to build strong, intersectional communities of resistance that are ready to fight back.


Tomorrow, I am hosting an Immigration Resource Fair, including a free legal clinic. Chip in $20 right now to help make it happen.

Statement on Second Muslim Ban


Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on Second Muslim Ban

SAINT PAUL, MINN – Today, the White House issued an Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States, a second attempt to ban Muslim refugees from six nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen).

Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement:

"I continue to be distressed and saddened by the xenophobic and racist policies that this White House Administration continues to attempt to enact. As a Somali American, the only such person elected to state government in the Nation, I would ask that the White House think more critically about how they might actually reduce incidents of terrorism here and around the world.

Castigating, blaming, and broadly discriminating against refugees who are undoubtedly chosen because of their Muslim religious background does nothing to make this country safer. It is my fear, and it has been shown in recent reporting, that a Muslim ban like the one the White House has actively sought, will not only deepen the racial and religious divides felt by New Americans in this country who are victims of racially motivated violent crime by white nationalists, but the executive order also helps recruiting efforts for criminal terrorist organizations abroad.

Refugees are an integral part of the story of America, and we make this country stronger. We are doctors, teachers, poets, business owners, and factory workers. Despite the cold here in Minnesota, we experienced the warmth of welcoming neighbors. We raise children here and future leaders. I continue to extend an invitation to the new administration and any other doubters who need to visit our vibrant communities to see for themselves that we are Americans at their finest. Minnesota is a welcoming place. And refugees are welcomed here too."

Statement from legislative page found here.

We're not going anywhere.

Last night, the Minnesota House of Representatives debated a preemption bill which would prevent cities from passing fair scheduling, paid sick leave, and a livable wage for working families. After an eight hour debate, Republicans voted to take rights away from 150,000 Minnesotans.

Now, more than ever, we need to stand together to fight for workers. Are you with me?

Building resistance takes time, people, and resources. I need your help to build this community. Alone, my vote fades into the minority. But with your support behind me, anything is possible.

Newsletter: United Communities

Thank you for being actively involved in uniting our community and resisting hate. I am thankful for the opportunity to advocate at the Capitol, and I could not do it without you. Last Wednesday, we gathered for a Coffee and Kulan in Cedar-Riverside to learn about how our legal rights and relationships with neighbors can be utilized further advance unity and justice. If you weren’t able to make it, check out our event recap and plans for next steps here


  • Since our last newsletter, I had opportunity to listen and learn from students at MCTC and inmates at Lino Lakes Prison. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.
  • My team holds office hours every Friday from 10am-6pm at 504 Cedar Ave S. Please email Camille at for an appointment. 
  • Find the bills I have chief authored here and co-authored here. For specific legislative updates, please subscribe to my capitol listserv here.



  • Give resources to the Greater Minnesota Freedom Coalition, an inclusive group of immigrants, refugees and allies working together to foster safer and more sustainable communities for all throughout rural Minnesota.

The next Coffee and Kulan will be Wednesday, March 15. We’ll focus on Feminism Beyond Gender. Look out for more information and a Facebook event soon!