ST. PAUL NOTES | CTEP: Mending chairs and relationships

(Photo by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva) CTEP member Hnou Vang teaches Me Mar, a Karenni refugee.

With six "very old" chairs, the elderly woman knew she needed some repairs. Trying out her new computer skills, she put "chair repair" into Google, and saw several repair shops within easy driving distance — and a website called "how to repair chairs." And, she proudly told her Computer Club friends, she followed the directions and fixed all the chairs herself!

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It's time to take a stand for refugees

It’s time to stand for welcome and to raise your voice to meet the critical needs of children and families seeking refuge. Your voice is needed to ensure that children and families seeking refuge retain access to compassion and justice.

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Anti-war protesters disrupt Franken campaign office in St. Paul, prompt arrests

(Photo by Katie Nelson) Protestors applaud members of the Anti-War Committee as they are escorted into St. Paul Police cars and taken to jail. About a dozen people were arrested in Wednesday’s protest after refusing to leave Sen. Franken’s Campaign Headquarters in St. Paul. 

Phones rang all afternoon at Sen. Al Franken’s campaign headquarters in St. Paul on July 30 as anti-war protestors listed the names of victims killed during recent violence between Israeli military and the militant group Hamas.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Faran Rabbani: My letter to President Obama

Photo by William Arthur published under Creative Commons License

As part of this great nation’s foreign policy, when injustice takes place in any part of the world, America usually takes a stand.

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California Minuteman Ron Branstner to lead "Illegal Immigration Forum" at Willmar Library July 24

In Tuesday's Star Tribune, Alejandra Matos reports that the Immigration debate comes to Minnesota in force as politicians and immigration advocates and nonprofit groups that often serve traditional refugees struggle with the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexican border.

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Local church program aims to curb Islamophobia

(Photo courtesy of Kim Olstad) Participants line up to eat from the Iftar buffet at the end of the program.

Ikram Al Huq is short, but it is not his height that bothers him.

“If you don’t like me because I am short, that’s fine,” he said. “If you don’t like me because of my religion, that’s a problem.”

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Abdulrahman Adem, respected Twin Cities Somali leader and longtime MPS staff member, dies at 58

(Photo from Facebook) Abdulrahman Adem

The Twin Cities Somali community has lost an esteemed leader and a passionate advocate for Somali families.

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Rejecting Central American refugees — 1980s to 2014

During the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Central American refugees arrived in the United States. Like the child refugees fleeing Central America in 2014, they were met with hostility, rejection and deportation. Though entitled to protection under international law, the Central American refugees of the 1980s and the child refugees today do not receive that protection in fact.

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Asylum for migrant minors - A letter to HHS and DHS from teachers

This letter was sent to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, and Jeh Johnson
, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, on behalf of the League of Latino

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Five things AP didn't tell you about young immigrants

The plight of tens of thousands of children coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala is a political football, with slogans substituting for understanding. On July 9, AP published Young immigrants or refugees: 5 things you need to know — but their list omitted crucial information. Here’s essential information you need to know, but wouldn’t find in the AP article.

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