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Syrian Refugees Welcomed at MN Governor’s Mansion

Published on Dec 7, 2015
Commuinty Vigil: We Stand with Refugeees,
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

Come join us at the Governor’s Mansion to stand in solidarity with refugees, to declare MN a place of welcome, and to reject the politics of fear and hate.

Community Vigil: We Stand With Refugees
Sun December 6th 2:30 PM · Minnesota Governor’s Residence · Saint Paul, MN


Bel Ahdan with Somali Activist Ilhan Omar … somali community reaction to westgate bombing


Published on Oct 3, 2013

StarTribune reported, the bombing of a Kenyan shopping mall by Al-Shabab is shining an unwelcome spotlight on Minnesota’s Somali community, which has been tied in the past to terrorism and Islamic extremism.

Home to the largest Somali community in the United States, the Twin Cities has been a recruiting ground for ­Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaida-linked extremist Islamic group that has taken responsibility for carrying out the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

Minnesota Somali leaders on Monday moved quickly to distance the community from the attacks, while awaiting word on the possibility that recruits from the state may once again be involved in violent terrorist action overseas. They refused to address reports that Somali-Americans were involved in the attack and said they had little information about who may have been involved.

Kyle Loven, a spokesman for the FBI in Minnesota, said the local office’s investigation into recruitment of Somali-Americans into Al-Shabab remains active. He added that the local office is monitoring the situation in Nairobi but is not able to confirm identities of anyone involved.


Top Ten signs that you are in America

Mark my words …

10- national flag in front of house and churches too.
9-playing national anthim at local games.
8-carry concealed guns but flash big smile.
7- talks about peace and always at wars .
6-loving their country, is patriotism, for others it is fundamentalism,
5-wars are crash course of geography about the country they bombe.
4-they ask, do you like it here, as a condition not as a curisty.
3-go to games to eat nd drinks., nd go to restaurants to wach games.
2-country of immigrants dont like immigrants .
1-profiling facial behavior is not a racial profiling.


… a Somali Mall Visit … Suuqa Karmel, it is a communal Mall

Somali Mall 2

Negotiation at the Somali Mall…
I took my Jacket to the Somali Mall for some repair, I didnt know excatly where it was, but you can’t miss it, it is where lots of Somalies gathering chatting laughing, cars lining up to get into through the gate, every car in front refused to get into the underground parking, a passenger in the car gets out and remove the orange cones to go through the aboveground parking .

at the Somali Mall nothing is defined and nothing is written, the goods displayed outside the stores, bleeding on each other,

Seen (I) where is the place
Cant miss it… surrounded by lots of Somalis a stone through from Lake St.
Seen( II) where to park
Underground, always vacant, most somali shoppers like to park at the crowded Chaotic aboveground, Somali love outdoors.

Somali Mall 3

Seen III where is the shop?
Just look around all shops look the same, seemed to have the same goods,
Seen (IV) where is the owner?
You look for him/her, Somali owners dont stay in their shops… they are usually y socializing with some other owners somewhere. It is hard to know who the owner and wo is the customers,the relationship between seller and buyers unlike here the seller look at all customers as potential friends..

Seen (V) Negotiation, an oral culture, a social activity
_ this is a good jacket, and to do a good job, I need good money
_ how much is a good money
_ $20 (last quote from a Korean Tailor was $60)
_ $20 is fine, when can I get it back
_ tomorrow InShaaAllah …
_ what time tomorrow?
_ just like this time… Maghrab time!
_ , … van I have any receipt
_ a longe stare !!!
_ … thanks..see you tomorrow

Somali Mall

Seen (VI) Picking up the Jacket a few days later
_ may I help you
_ Im here for the Jacket I dropped last week
_ Yes I remember you, I told you to come tomorrow..
_ Sorry I was busy, is it ready
_ yes…looking into a pile of cloths, here it is, try it.. make sure it is fixed
_ looks good thank you, how much did you say it was.. (no receipt)
_ I think I said $25
_ No, I think you siad $15
_ Now, I remember, I said $20… a smile of resignation on his face
_ thank you here it is..
End of the story…

Suuqa Karmel, 2944 Pillsbury Ave S , Minneapolis, Minnesota