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.

Updates

  • 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.

Opportunities

Action

  • 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

RELEASE:

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

Updates

  • 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 camille@ilhanomar.com 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.

Opportunities

Action

  • 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!

Newsletter: Unity in Resistance

Sunday afternoon, over two thousand people gathered at the Brian Coyle center to resist Trump’s executive order on immigration. We heard from community members of different races, religions, and stories of how they are impacted. We will be sending out action steps in the coming weeks.

Updates

  • We have office hours! My team will be available every Friday from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. at 504 Cedar Ave S. Please email Camille (camille@ilhanomar.com) for an appointment. The entrance to the office is behind the building. Follow the chain link fence, turn right, and you’ll see a path to the back lot. Come in the door with the Ilhan sign & our office is at the top of the stairs.
  • My team hosted another Coffee and Kulan event. Monday night, we had a conversation with students at Daybreak Press Global Workshop. Over 70 students from the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and surrounding neighborhoods were in attendance! Special thank you to our co-hosts: Women for Political Change, the Black Student Union, the Minnesota International Student Association, and the Al-Madinah Cultural Center!
  • Find the bills I have chief authored here and co-authored here. For specific legislative updates, please subscribe to my capitol listserv here.

Opportunities

Action


The next Coffee and Kulan event will February 15, with the theme of resistance. Look out for more information and aFacebook event soon!

We keep marching.

Yesterday, millions of people around the world stood against bigotry, hate, and oppression in Washington D.C. at the Women’s March. In Minnesota, 100 thousand joined in solidarity at the Minnesota State Capitol. We marched. We spoke. We listened. We began to heal.

Now, we must move forward. We need to build, converse, and most importantly, resist.

I’m optimistic about our fight ahead. It’s a passionate, intersectional, and progressive fight. It’s a fight for equal opportunity for all—a just criminal justice system, a thriving school system, and an economy that leaves no one behind.

I need to be honest, this fight can not happen on it’s own. It relies on people, families, and communities to shift the balance of power. It also relies on resources.

The reality of politics today is requires an investment. This investment supports:

  • Organizers having conversations with neighbors
  • A physical space to gather, meet, and plan
  • Community events to share our vision and organize

We win this fight if we are well-resourced and well supported. Please donate today or joining us as we build, converse, and resist.

Join our team to be informed about volunteer opportunities

$5 a week funds our community organizing

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Newsletter: Office hours, inauguration events, and more!

As I reflect on yesterday’s celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and its juxtaposition with Friday’s inauguration, I am ready for our fight ahead. I hope you will join me in allyship, advocacy, and activism as we move forward together.

My weekly newsletter will focus on updates about my work, opportunities to engage, and action you can take to move us toward a more unified and just community. I want these emails to be a resource for you to build your—and our—power.

Updates

  • We have office hours! My team will be available every Friday from 10am-6pm at 504 Cedar Ave S. The entrance to the office is behind the building. Follow the chain link fence, turn right, and you’ll see a path to the back lot. Come in the door with the Ilhan sign & our office is at the top of the stairs.
  • My team hosted our first Coffee and Kulan event, our new monthly community discussion with the 60B community. This month we focused on environmental justice. View the harvest document and live stream.

  • My colleagues and I introduced our first pieces of legislation. Find the bills I have chief authored here. For specific legislative updates, please subscribe to my capitol listserv here.

Opportunities

Action


The next Coffee and Kulan will be at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union. All students are invited to meet Ilhan and learn how they can get involved in her work at the Capitol. Get more updates at the Facebook event

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. —Martin Luther King Jr. "The Drum Major Instinct" 1964

Coffee and Kulan with Ilhan

I’m excited to announce the launch of Coffee and Kulan - a monthly event bringing community members and local experts together to discuss issues that matter to us. In Somali, Kulan means meeting. I hope that by meeting together, we can use our collective knowledge to find solutions to make our state more prosperous and equitable for everyone.


This month, we’ll be focusing on environmental justice. Join us to examine the intersections between climate and social justice, hear from experts about innovative policies and coalitions, and share your ideas to build healthier environments for all of us.

Join us for Coffee and Kulan:

Wednesday, January 11
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Multi-purpose room,
Van Cleve Rec Center

If you’re not able to make it on Wednesday, I hope you’ll stop by my in-district office hours to share your ideas and thoughts with me. Every Friday, I’ll be in District 60B from 10am-6pm, ready to hear from you. Our office is at 504 Cedar Ave S. Find directions here.

See you Wednesday for Coffee and Kulan with Ilhan!

Join us -- Ilhan's Swearing-In Ceremony

I invite you to join our supporters in celebrating our historic election and the road ahead at my swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, January 3rd. Watch the official ceremony online and join us in celebration for a ceremonial swearing in afterwards!

Minnesota Legislature Opening Day
Time:
12pm-1:30pm
Live-stream video link

Swearing-in Ceremony Celebration
Time: 3pm-5pm
Address: Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Martin Luther King Blvd, St. Paul, Minnesota
Room: Basement Great Hall (L'Etoile du Nord Room)

RSVP to the Facebook event if you have not already.

I hope to see you tomorrow.