Somali refugees changing the face of Minneapolis

Causcus attendees who wanted to be elected to the Ward 6 convention raised their hands. No women? Photo: Jeff Wheeler – Star Tribune

Here is the story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, thanks to Debra (emphasis mine):

The changing face of Minneapolis stood out Tuesday night as thousands of voters met in their neighborhoods to decide who will represent the DFL Party at its conventions this summer.

The meetings are the first test of strength in the race to determine who will succeed Mayor R.T. Rybak, and an early indicator of which City Council races are the most competitive. All 13 council seats are up for grabs, with three entirely open because their occupants are running for mayor.

At neighborhood centers and schools across the city, residents volunteered to be delegates at the city conventions that determine DFL endorsements. Campaigns will spend the next several months trying to sway them, though many expect that the DFL will not endorse anyone in the mayoral race.  [DFL (Democratic-farmer-labor party) is the socialist-leaning party in Minnesota—ed]


Some of the dozens of caucuses had large numbers of East African residents, who voiced enthusiasm for being part of the democratic process. Many candidates gave their speeches in Somali. And motions were made to recess briefly to observe Muslim prayers. Here’s a look at some of the precincts with the most delegates:

‘Take responsibility’

Hundreds of East African immigrants gathered at the Sixth Ward’s third precinct caucus hailed Tuesday’s caucuses as a great day for them to participate in American democracy and possibly elect one of their own to the City Council. The south Minneapolis ward, which some estimate is about 40 percent East African, follows Franklin Avenue and reaches into Cedar-Riverside.

Be sure to read the whole Star Tribune story and note the shocking photo showing the women sitting on one side of the room and the men on the otherShariah Law comes to America!   You can thank federal refugee contractors: Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, and World Relief Minnesota for bringing the Sunni Muslims to Minnesota (here).

For new readers:  When you type ‘Somalis Minneapolis’ into our search function you will find dozens and dozens of posts spanning five years on the problems there.   If you plan to write testimony for the State Department hearing next month, you might use some of those posts as factual sources (they were all written from published news accounts).