Reflections of New Minnesotans: Immigration reform and criminalization in the wake of #Ferguson

This week’s guest is Emilia Gonzales Avalos. The discussion continues to explore President Obama’s recent executive order on immigration. How does the order figure into the criminalization of people of color? What does the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict former officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown mean for immigrant communities?

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: “Ebola thrives within weak health care systems”

Julia and guests LaBelle Nambangi and Wynfred Russell discuss the local impacts of Ebola, as well as global efforts to battle the epidemic in West Africa. Nambangi is with the Minnesota Task Force Against Ebola. Russell, a health care advocate and the executive director of African Career, Education & Resource, Inc., recently returned from a week-long trip to Liberia. The purpose of his trip was to conduct a research assessment to inform the possible deployment of an Ebola response team. [Audio below]

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: The Ebola outbreak and its implications, for Liberia and Minnesota

In this episode, Wynfred Russell joins Julia to talk about the current Ebola outbreak. Russell is a public health advocate, and the executive director of African Career, Education & Resource, Inc., in Brooklyn Park. Russell explains the outbreak, and delves into its implications for the Liberian diaspora, including Liberians in Minnesota. [Audio below] Continue Reading

Reflections of New Minnesotans: Reactions to Central American refugees reflect attitudes towards people in crisis

Beyond thinking about immigration reform, what conversations are we having as a nation about advocating for Central American child refugees or turning them away? Navigate Minnesota’s Emilia Gonzalez Avalos joins the show this week to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis pushing thousands of children to make the dangerous trek into the United States, and the implications of national reactions to the situation. [Audio below]

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