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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