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Muslims in Minnesota: A community conversation

a conversation


MPR News with Tom Weber

Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Great River Regional Library – St. Cloud
Mississippi Room

About the Event
Muslim Somalis now make up at least 15 percent of school-aged kids in St. Cloud. Local officials have been accused of not doing enough to counter racism and discrimination against the city’s Muslim residents. Last year, 100 students walked out of Tech High School, saying they were tired of feeling harassed about their race and religion. Since then, anti-immigrant speakers from outside the city have stirred up debate, and the Somali community held a public forum offering to explain its religion to the larger community. Global events and presidential politics have further heightened tensions.

Tom Weber will talk with four guests about what it’s like to be Muslim in St. Cloud – and what can be done to improve the relationship between Muslim residents and other community members. We’ll invite the audience to ask questions and offer perspectives.



About the Panelists
Haji Yusuf is a community advocate and the founder and CEO of Orange Oak Advertising. Yusuf is also a founder of St. Cloud Somali Radio and community director for #unitecloud, a group working to reduce racial and religious tension in the city. He graduated from St. Cloud State University and is the father of two children.

Hafsa Abdi is a senior at Technical High School in St. Cloud. She was among the students who walked out of Tech last March. Abdi will graduate in May and plans to attend St. Cloud State University this fall to study nursing.

Lul Hersi is a community advocate and the mother of four children. Hersi has been living in St. Cloud since 2001. She works as an interpreter.

Hassan Yussuf recently ran for a seat on the St. Cloud school board and owns a tax business in St. Cloud. He graduated from St. Cloud State University and has a master’s from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Yusuf is one of the founders of Eradicating Achievement Gap & Learning Empowerment, and is the father of four children.

About Tickets
The event is free and open to the community. Please reserve a free ticket. online.

About the Host
Tom Weber is host of MPR News with Tom Weber, which is heard weekdays at 11am on MPR News.

About the Radio Broadcast
This event will be taped on Thursday, Jan. 28 and broadcast on MPR News the following week.

About the Event Online
This event will be streamed live online. Guests and online listeners will be invited to engage in a live blog.

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