Preview: Lao Diaspora photos re-imagined by artist Chantala Kommanivanh

“My style pretty much sums up my childhood experience with art and in the streets. I’m influenced by graffiti and hip hop and it’s institutionalized through expressionism.” -Chantala Kommanivanh

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VIDEO: "My country, rich people in government have power"

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This election year, seven individuals are learning more about what it means to do their civic duty, and they’re sharing their stories on video.

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Our veterans, our stories: Veterans Voices Month

Minnesota has led the way on many issues, one of the most recent being the designation of October as Veterans’ Voices Month to honor those who served in the military.

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VIDEO: "Immigration reform, there's lots of people who are hurting."

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Many nonprofits participated in Get out the Vote this year, and they’re sharing why voting is important to them on video.

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VIDEO: "I never voted in my life"

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Many nonprofits participated in Get out the Vote this year, and they’re sharing why voting is important to them on video.

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VIDEO: “I would like more of the Latino community to vote”

(Still taken from video by John Akre) Video in Spanish and English below

Many nonprofits participated in Get out the Vote this year, and they’re sharing why voting is important to them on video.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: African World AIDS Day event set for Nov. 1

African World AIDS Day was started as a way to reach out to communities affected by the global AIDS crisis, who otherwise might not attend World AIDS Day events. The guests this week are Abdullahi Sheikh, Pillsbury United Communities community health organizer, and Tom Bichanga, Director of Outreach and Prevention for the Aliveness Project. [Audio below]

Community health overview: Vietnamese Americans

According to the 2010 U.S. Census the eight largest Asian American populations in Minnesota are the Hmong, Asian Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Laotian, and Cambodian communities. Specifically, 27 percent of the total population identify themselves as Hmong, 15.5 percent are Asian Indian, 11.7 percent are Chinese, 11.1 percent are Vietnamese, 4.9 percent are Laotians, and 3.9 percent are Cambodians (See Figure 2).[i]

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Minnesota Africans tackle Ebola

Hundreds of local residents gathered at the North Hennepin Community college Saturday evening for an Ebola information session organized by the Minnesota Africans Against Ebola Task Force and the Minnesota Department of Health.

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VIDEO: "Minnesota ... a foreign graduate unfriendly place"

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This election year, seven individuals are learning more about what it means to do their civic duty, and they’re sharing their stories on video.

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