Ilhan Omar Poised to Become Nation's First Somali American Legislator

Ilhan Omar Poised to Become Nation’s First Somali American Legislator

MINNEAPOLIS – A multiracial coalition of African immigrants, liberals and university students helped make history in Minnesota on Tuesday when they carried Somalia-born Ilhan Omar to victory in the hotly contested Minnesota House District 60B primary and effectively ending the career of the state’s longest serving legislator, Phyliss Kahn, who has been in office uninterrupted since 1972.

The victory positions her to be the first Somali-American legislator in the country.

District 60B which includes a section of downtown Minneapolis starts south of I-94 in Minneapolis and goes north to Hennepin Avenue and terminates east at the border with the city of St. Paul.

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Senators Fire Back at Trump’s Proposed Ban On Immigrants From ‘Terrorist Nations'

Senators Fire Back at Trump’s Proposed Ban On Immigrants From ‘Terrorist Nations’

Two senators on Friday, August 5 have responded to Donald Trump’s call to ban immigration from countries with high rates of terrorism, including the Philippines.

Denouncing the Republican nominee’s comments, the senators asserted that the Philippines is a key ally helping the United States fight terrorism and that Filipino immigrants have contributed largely to the United States.

“Donald Trump’s latest rant suggesting we ban immigration from countries like the Philippines that are helping us fight terrorism is another example of his reckless rhetoric that’s based on fear and division and further proves he is unfit to lead our country,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said in a statement.

“For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home.  It is their vibrant culture, hard work, and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.”

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South African Consulate Los Angeles Celebrates Women’s Day

August 9th, 2016, the South African consulate celebrated the commemoration of the historic 1956 Women’s March in Pretoria. A day when over 20,000 women protested the ill treatment of the Apartheid system that stripped black people of their dignity.

Guests were thrilled to honor this fascinating legacy in the company of the host Consul-General, Mrs. Danielle de Bruyn Grady,daughter , daughter of Sophia Williams-De Bruyn the last living leader of this famous march. An event that would forever shift the paradigm and status for women the march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams.

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Arabs and African Americans: A Complicated Relationship Between Solidarity and Bigotry

Arabs and African Americans: A Complicated Relationship Between Solidarity and Bigotry

DETROIT — Arabs and African Americans appear to have a common struggle against white supremacy.

But when former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib participated in a protest demanding accountability for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dearborn police officer in December 2015, she received disparaging messages from prominent members in the Arab American community.

“Why are you there? Why are you against Chief (Ronald) Haddad? This makes the Arabs look bad. You guys shouldn’t be there. This isn’t your issue,” Tlaib said she was told.

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NJ Latino Delegates Highlight Progressive Agenda

PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had a large number of Hispanic delegates in attendance, including one from New Jersey. Among the diverse group was Lizette Delgado Polanco, vice president of the New Jersey Democratic Party.

And although some of them were elected as delegates for former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, they did not hesitate to turn their support to Hillary Clinton.

“My motivation for supporting Hillary this time is more about my fear of a Donald Trump presidency than anything else,” notes Analilia Mejia, a New Jersey delegate for Bernie Sanders.

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Central Avenue Jazz Festival-Keep That Same Old Feeling

Central Avenue Jazz Festival-Keep That Same Old Feeling

Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. and The New 9th in conjunction with Coalition For Responsible Community Development in partnership with Concerned Citizens of South Central, Central Ave. BID and SHEROES presented the 21st Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, 2016.

This amazing family friendly festival was held along Central Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Vernon Avenue. For two decades and counting, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival has helped to celebrate the musical history and culture of South Los Angeles, the west coast birthplace of Jazz music, America’s #1 art form. A huge crowd strolled up and down Central Avenue enjoying all that the festival had to offer.

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Clinton’s Historic Nomination Energizes Fil-Am Democrats

Clinton’s Historic Nomination Energizes Fil-Am Democrats

PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton formally became the Democratic Party nominee for president on Tuesday, July 26, making history as the first woman to be on the top ticket for a major U.S. political party.

In a surprise video message broadcast at the Democratic National Convention, Clinton called the nomination “the biggest crack in the glass ceiling yet.”

“If there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next!” she concluded.

She addressed the convention on Thursday night, July 28 to accept the honor and outline why she would make a better president than Republican nominee Donald J. Trump.

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Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

PHILADELPHIA — As Asian American elected officials and community leaders take the stage here this week at the Democratic National Convention, the formidable presence and political force of Asian American voters on the nation’s electoral decision-making process can no longer be ignored.

Measured by the growing Asian electorate — which is projected to double from almost 6 million in 2016 to 12.2 million in 2040 — and the increasing number of Asian American congressional candidates, Asian voters can now shape and influence the elections, according to the Asian American Pacific and Islander (AAPI) Vote.

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