April 21: "Pluralism in the Era of Identity Politics: The Somali American Experience"

We are pleased to invite you to "Pluralism in the Era of Identity Politics: The Somali American Experience" on April 21 at 5:15pm at American Swedish Institute (Larson Hall). This is part of our two-day Somali American Leader's Summit, with leaders visiting from several states where there is a large Somali American community.  We will begin the program with a discussion about the immediate impacts of the policies of the Trump administration on Somalia and on the Somali American community. 

Executive Order 13769, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, disproportionally impacts Somali Americans.  Additionally, the proposed budget reductions in domestic programs, the State Department, and USAID particularly hurts Somalis both here in the US as well as in their native country that is emerging from a protracted civil war. Further, the Trump Administration's recent announcement that declared parts of Somalia as “areas of active conflict” has the potential to exasperate the severe humanitarian crises there. All of these policy changes by the White House come at a time when distrust of Muslims and Islamophobia is at heightened levels.

We have invited both Somalis and non-Somalis to engage in dialog about methods to gauge and identify pathways to mitigate the impacts of current White House polices on Somali Americans and their loved ones. We hope you will join us as private citizens to learn how we can better serve each other regardless of creed, ethnicity, party, and wealth so that we may, together, continue to pursue the ideals of life, liberty, and happiness with the protection of a government that serves all of its citizens.

5:15 – 5:45 pm | Social time and arrival of the evening event

5:45 - 6:00 pm | Start of the program, introduction.

Panel I  6:00 – 6:45 pm |The Somali American Experience:  Two perspectives
  • Faisal Roble, Principal City Planner for the City of Los Angeles, a write and a scholar
  • R.T. Rybak, former Mayor of Minneapolis, CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Ambassador Ahmed Awad, Somalia Ambassador to the United States
6:45 – 7:15 pm |Premiere screening of Rumee (A somali word meaning, 'Believe'), an anthology series featuring original short films about belief, migration, and presence written and directed by new voices in Minnesota’s Somali Diaspora, produced with technical services provided by film and music industry professionals, with funding provided by the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Panel II 7:15 - 7:45 pm| Islamophobia in the Era of Intolerance
  • Horsed Nooh, Director of Abubakar Assiddiq mosque
  • Ramla Sahid, PANA
  • Ismahan Warfa,PANA
7:45 – 8:30 | Heavy appetizers, opportunity for discussion and networking
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Thank you to the Bush Foundation for Sponsoring this event!


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