New American Communities Forum

New American Communities Forum


‘T SQUEEZE IN SO WE CAN MAKE ROOM FOR MORE LEGISLATORS. WILL CONDUCT THIS SIMILAR TO A COMMITTEE HEARING THIS IS AN INFORMATIONAL HEARING FIRST WANT TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO LEGISLATORS TO SQUEEZE TOGETHER BECAUSE WE HAVE MORE THAN THE TABLE CAN FIT IF YOU CAN SQUEEZE TOGETHER WE WILL FIT ALL THE LEGISLATORS AT THE TABLE. THEN WE CAN ACCOMMODATE SENATOR MILLER. I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME EVERYONE TO THE NEW AMERICAN FORUM THIS IS A LISTENING SESSION IT’S INFORMATIONAL WE WILL CONDUCT A SIMILAR TO A COMMITTEE HEARING WHERE THE COMMUNITY WILL COME AND PRESENT AND AFTER THE PRESENTATION THE LEGISLATORS ARE ALLOWED TO WAIT FOR MY CALL TO ASK QUESTIONS. TODAY THE POPULATION OF NEW AMERICANS IS WELL OVER 6000 SUMMER MORE VISIBLE THAN OTHERS SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THOSE WHOSE VOICES CANNOT BE HEARD AS OFTEN, THINK BY CO-HOST REP RANUM RAN SENATOR JEFF HAYDEN SENATOR TORRES RAY FRANZEN REPRESENTATIVE LEE AND REP OMAR AS YOU CAN SEE REPRESENTATIVE LEE REP OMAR AND SENATOR TORRES RAY AND MYSELF ARE MEMBERS OF THIS NEW AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND THERE’S FIVE OF THOSE ALREADY IN THE LEGISLATURE HERE THAT TELLS A LOT ABOUT HOW THE COMMUNITIES ARE EMERGING. BEFORE WE GO ONE FURTHER AND TAKE THE TIME TO HEAR MORE FROM THE COMMUNITY, WANT TO SET SOME RULES AS I STATED EARLIER WILL HOLD A SIMILAR TO COMMITTEE HEARINGS, TO ENCOURAGE USE THE MONOPOLIST TO TESTIFY THERE IS A SIGN UP SHEET AND WE WILL CALL YOU AFTER THOSE HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED. I ASK THE TESTIFIERS MAINLY TO PRESENT AND DON’T ASK LEGISLATORS TO MANY QUESTIONS WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY AND ITS IT OPPORTUNITY TO ASK YOU QUESTIONS. I WOULD PREFER WE NOT USE THIS HEARING TO DEBATE ON SOME SUBJECT OR MAY ACCUSATIONS TO EACH OTHER OR BE OPINIONATED ON THE STRUCTURE WE SAVE THAT FOR AFTER THE HEARING BECAUSE WE HAVE LIMITED TIME OF ABOUT TWO HOURS AND THIS IS RECORDED FROM WHAT I GATHER FOR FUTURE RECORDS HERE WE GO. THE RESTROOM IS ON THE WEST END OF THE BUILDING FOR THOSE WERE NEW TO THE BUILDING. NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO THE PANELISTS TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES IF WE CAN DO THAT QUICKLY AND TELL US WHAT DISTRICT YOU REPRESENT WE WILL START FOR MY CO-HOST. >>I’M REP RINGAMAN RAN I’M REPRESENTATIVE RENO MORAN REPRESENTING ST. PAUL A DISTRICT 65 A THE RUMMEL COMMUNITY AND THE MIDWAY FROG TOWN AND PART OF CATHEDRAL HILL AND THE NORTH AND I’M GLAD TO BE HERE. >>COULD AFTERNOON I’M REPRESENTATIVE MARY KUNESH- PODEIN AND I REPRESENT DISTRICT 41 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS AND HILLTOP THE SOUTHERN HALF OF NEW BRIGHTON AND ST. ANTHONY VILLAGE THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. >>PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE FINISHED. >>THANK YOU SENATOR WEBER DISTRICT 22 REPRESENTING PART OR ALL OF NINE COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF MINNESOTA IT THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS AND I’D DO IT DID NEED GIVE IT AN APOLOGY I NEED TO TAKE OFF A LITTLE EARLY APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE. >>HELLO SENATOR JIM ABELER FROM ANOKA I’M GLAD YOU ARE HERE. >>HELLO I’M REPRESENTATIVE LOUREY PRIOR REPRESENTING DISTRICT 48 A THE SOUTHERN PART OF MINNETONKA AND THE NORTHERN PART OF EDEN PRAIRIE I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU THIS AFTERNOON THANK YOU. >>GOOD EVENING I’M REPRESENTATIVE FUE WE REPRESENTING 59 A AND NORTH MINNEAPOLIS. >>I’M PAUL THISSEN MINNEAPOLIS.>>REP JOANNE WARD SOUTH MAPLEWOOD SOUTH OAKDALE PARTS OF WOODBURY AND ALL OF LANDFALL THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND I’M INTERESTED IN LEARNING TODAY. >>GOOD AFTERNOON I’M SENATOR SUSAN KENT AND I REPRESENT THE JOANNE WARD DISTRICT AS WELL AS THE REST OF WOODBURY I’M GRATEFUL FOR YOU BEING HERE AND JOINING THE CONVERSATION. >>GOOD AFTERNOON SENATOR A LIST OF FRANZEN REPRESENTING DISTRICT 49 EDINA WEST BLOOMINGTON EDEN PRAIRIE WEST MINNETONKA. >>SENATOR SAID PAPPAS FROM ST. PAUL I’M THE SENATOR FOR MORAN AND CONGRESS MARIANI I’M IN ST. PAUL. >>I’M JOHN HOFFMAN SENATE DISTRICT 36 BROOKLYN PARK CHAMPLIN. INCOME CHAMPLIN >>I’M CAROLYN LAINE @ SENATOR FROM COLUMBIA HEIGHTS SAME ANTHONY AND THE NEW BRIGHTON AREA. >>I’M JEREMY MILLER REPRESENTING SENATE DISTRICT 28 INCLUDING WINONA HOUSTON AND FILLMORE COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE STATE. >>I’M PATRICIA TORRES RAY I REPRESENT SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS AND PARTS OF RICHFIELD. >>I’M MELISSA WIKLUND I REPRESENT SENATE DISTRICT 50 THAT’S MOST OF BLOOMINGTON MOST OF RICHFIELD. >>” ON CARLOS MARIANI HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE 65 BE YOUR ACTUALLY SITTING IN MY DISTRICT HERE IN ST. PAUL THANK YOU. >>SENATOR CHRIS EATON ARE REPRESENT BROOKLYN CENTER AND THE SEVENTH PART OF BROOKLYN PARK. >>COULD AFTERNOON CONNIE BERNARDY REPRESENTING THE COMMUNITIES OF NEW BRIGHTON FRIDLEY AND SPRING LAKE PARK. >>LET TO BE HERE IS GLAD TO SEE EVERYONE HERE FANTASTIC TURNOUT SENATOR SCOTT DIBBLE REPRESENTING SENATE DISTRICT 61 MOST OF SOUTHWEST MINNEAPOLIS THE SLIVER OF DOWNTOWN AND SOME SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS THANK YOU. >>HELLO EVERYONE I’M KAREN CLARK STATE REP 43 INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOODS IN MINNEAPOLIS WOULD HERE’S STEPHEN SQUARE AND PHILLIPS NEIGHBORHOOD OF ABODE OF OUR OWN PART THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. >>GOOD AFTERNOON I’M STATE REPRESENTATIVE FRANK HORNSTEIN I REPRESENT PARTS OF DOWNTOWN AND SOUTHWEST MINNEAPOLIS WELCOME. >>HI EVERYONE I’M NICK FRENTZ ON THE STATE SENATOR FROM DISTRICT 19 WHICH IS MANKATO MY HOME TOWN OF NORTH MANKATO ST. PETER AND THE REST OF NICOLLET COUNTY I’M GLAD TO BE HERE THANK YOU FOR COMING. >>I’M DAN HALL THE SENATOR FROM BURNSVILLE SAVAGE AND LAKEVILLE. LAKEVILLE >>WE HAVE ONE MORE SENATOR WHO IS FINDING HER SEAT BEFORE WE BEGIN THE INTRODUCTION OF ONE OF THIS IN THE COMMISSIONERS AMONG US MAYBE YOU COULD USE THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE YOURSELVES IT TO STAND WHERE YOUR COME TO THE TABLE AND SAY TO YOUR AND YOUR DEPARTMENT. >>I’M SENATOR LARRY POGEMILLER COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER EDUCATION. >>ANY ELECTED OFFICIALS JOINING US TODAY? >>THANK YOU SENATOR CARL NELSON FROM OLMSTED COUNTY ROCHESTER CHATFIELD DOVER EYOTA STEWARTVILLE. >>I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF A LEGISLATURE SHORING UP TODAY. >>MR. CHAIR AND GET A SHOT TO MAKE WHAT CITY COUNCILMAN AND IS HERE. >>98 SENATOR KENT. THANK YOU LEGISLATORS FOR JOINING US ON THE LISTING SESSIONS THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS COMMITTEE MEMBERS WE SOMETIMES WONDER IF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS LISTEN TO US OR NOT AND BY THE TURN OUT HERE IT SHOWS THEY’RE VERY INTERESTED IN LISTENING TO US WE NEED TO BRING YOUR VOICE FORWARD HERE REGARD LET’S START WITH FIRST IS TO GO ABOUT TO PRESENT IT IS MISS SIA HER. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF. >>DO I CALL YOU? MR. YOU >>BEFORE YOU GO FURTHER I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LET REPRESENTATIVE OMAR INTRODUCE YOURSELF. >>HELLO I HAVE NOT BEEN IN THIS ROOM BEFORE HELLO EVERYONE I’M REPRESENTATIVE ILHAN OMER REPRESENTING THE MINNEAPOLIS DISTRICT 60 BE A IT’S AN HONOR TO BE HERE. >>PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME TO THE RECORD AND BEGAN. >>THANK YOU MR. CHARREN MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE RECORD I’M SIA HER AND I’M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE COUNCIL ON ASIAN-PACIFIC MINNESOTANS. I RECOGNIZE THERE’S A SMALL NUMBER OF BRAND NEW LEGISLATORS AT THE TABLE BUT FOR THE MOST PART I RECOGNIZE LOTS OF FAMILIAR FACES. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ME SAY THIS IN COMMITTEE BEFORE WHAT I WILL DO IS GIVE YOU A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE COUNCIL ON ASIAN-PACIFIC MINNESOTANS I’M ALSO LOOKING AT IT BEFORE I START WITH THE OVERVIEW ON LOOKING AT TOO MUCH AS THE BOARD MEMBERS REP JOANNE WARD AND SENATOR LAINE JUST A SIMPLE WORD THANK YOU TO BOTH OF YOU BECAUSE WHETHER WE HAVE EVER SAID IT PUBLICLY OR NOT IT TAKES A LOT OF HARD TIME AND COMMITMENT ON THE PART OF YOU AS LEGISLATORS TO BE ON OUR BOARDS AND TO ACTUALLY CARRY OUT YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS BOARD MEMBERS IN A MEANINGFUL MANNER THANK YOU. THE ASIAN COUNCIL YOU KNOW MOST OF YOU SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW THE COUNCIL WAS CREATED IN 1985 AND IN FACT I WAS DOING SOME RESEARCH AND SOME OTHER DOCKS I’M GOING TO GIVE IN MY RESEARCH I CAME ACROSS THE FACT IN 1985 HERE IN THIS DID MINNESOTA FOR SPECIAL SESSION CHAPTER 13 SECTION 68 IS WHAT PROVIDED THE LANGUAGE THAT PAVE THE WAY FOR THE CREATION OF THE ASIAN COUNCIL IN 1985 AND THE ASIAN COUNCIL IS THE YOUNGEST OF THE FIVE STATE ADVISORY COUNCILS WHEN ASIAN COUNCIL WAS CREATED IN 1985 MINNESOTA’S POPULATION WAS MOSTLY WHITE I BELIEVE ASIAN POPULATION AT THAT TIME WAS LESS THAN 1% PUBLIC ACTUAL NUMBER WAS ABOUT 26,000 STRONG IN 1985 WITH SOME OF YOU MAY OR MAY NOT THINK ABOUT IS THE FACT 95 IS ABOUT A DECADE AFTER 1975 WHICH FOR THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY SIGNIFIES THE FALL OF VIETNAM SOUTH VIETNAM TO COMMUNISM AND OF COURSE THE FALL OF LAOS TO COMMUNISM AS WELL AND IN THE LATE ’70S AND EARLY ’80S WE SAW A HIGH NUMBER OF REFUGEES COMING FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AMONG THE LAY OF THE VIETNAMESE AND CAMBODIANS BECAUSE THE KHMER ROUGE’S WE FELL IN 1979 IN THE AFTERMATH OF THAT WE SAW AN INFLUX OF OUR CAMBODIAN COMMUNITY MINNESOTA AND PRIMARILY WHITE COMMUNITY WITH VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF REFUGEES AS IMMIGRANTS STARTED SEEING THESE DRAMATIC DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES IN CITIES LIKE MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL AND IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING FROM SOME BOARD MEMBERS COMMUNITY BOARD MEMBERS WHO HELPED AND WAS PART OF THE ADVOCATES WHO MADE WAY FOR THE CREATION OF THE ASIAN COUNCIL IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THEY TOOK IT UPON THEMSELVES TO APPROACH THE LEGISLATURE HAD TO SAY STATE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE REALITIES OF THESE NEW COMMUNITIES SO WHY DIDN’T WE ALREADY HAVE THE BLACK COUNCIL AND LATINO COUNCIL WHAT WE ALSO CREATION COUNCIL THAT’S A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND FOR YOU AS TO HOW THE AGING COUNCIL CAME ABOUT. THE AGENT ALSO BELIEVE IN 1995 THE STATUTE THREE-POINT NINE TO SIX THAT STATUTE THAT SOME REVISIONS OVER THE YEARS IN SOME OF THOSE CHANGES WERE PRIMARILY AROUND THE MAKE ABOVE THE BOARD IN 1985 THE BOARD WAS ABOUT 13 PEOPLE STRONG IN THE LATEST REVISION MADE TO THE STATUTE AND I CALLED STATUTE WITH THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN THE AUDIENCE THE ENABLING STATUTE IS THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE ASIAN COUNCIL AND THE ENABLING STATUTE WE ARE TOLD WHAT OUR DUTIES OR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE. WHEN I CAME ON BOARD AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND 2013 WE WERE STILL OPERATING WITH MINNESOTA STATUTE THREE-POINT NINE TO SIX THAT THAT POINT OUR BOARD COULD BE UP TO 23 MEMBERS FOR OF WHICH WOULD BE APPOINTED BY LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP FROM THE HOUSE AND FROM THE SENATE AND AT THAT TIME THE LANGUAGE FOR THAT WE USED TO TALK ABOUT THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AGE IN COUNCIL WAS THE COUNCIL WEARS THREE HATS WHEN IT COMES BEFORE U.S. LAWMAKERS WERE AN ADVOCATE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES WHEN WE GO BEFORE THE COMMUNITIES WHERE YOUR ADVOCATE THE GOAL HERE BEING AS WE ARE INTERACTING BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU HAS TO KEY CONSTITUENCIES FOR US WE’RE BUILDING BRIDGES THAT WE’RE FACILITATING CONVERSATIONS ARE U.S. LAWMAKERS CAN GREAT PUBLIC POLICIES THAT REFLECT THE REALITIES OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN DOING SO WITH OF THE VOICES OF THOSE WHO MAY NOT OFTEN BE HEARD OR SEEN BY YOU AND WE HOPE AS WE’RE DOING OUR WORK WE’RE EDUCATING YOU ABOUT WHAT LOOKS LIKE GOOD POLITICS TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND ENGAGE IN COUNCIL I WANT TO PUT OUT FOR ADULT AND THE MAKEUP OF THE COMMUNITY WE BELIEVE THE POLITICS GO HAND-IN-HAND WITH THE PUBLIC POLICIES AND AT THE END OF THE DAY THE GOVERNANCE IS A RESULT IT’S A DERIVATIVE OF THOSE POINTS AND HAVING SETTLED AT THE ME SHARE WITH YOU ABOUT THE COMMUNITY WE SEEK TO REPRESENT. IN 2012 WHEN AMERICAN CENSUS INDICATED PERCENT ASIAN- AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA HAS OUTPACED THE HISPANICS IN TERMS OF BEEN THE FASTEST-GROWING ETHNIC GROUP WE’RE ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 260,000 STRONG 84 +% OF US RESIDE WITHIN THE SEVEN COUNTY METRO AREA OUR LARGEST COMMUNITIES ARE AMONG I SHOULD POINT OUT SAYS I DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE OUR LARGEST TO COMMUNITIES AMONG AN ASIAN INDIAN AND A VERY INTERESTING EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE JUST TWO OF THE MORE THAN 40 GROUPS THAT FALL UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE ASIAN COUNCIL THEY SPEAK TO THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY AMONG COMMUNITY IS LARGE COMMITTEE IS ESTIMATED TO BE AT LEAST 70,000 STRONG IT’S A REFUGEE COMMUNITY AND AMONG STARTED ARRIVING HERE AFTER THE FALL OF LAOS TO COMMUNISM AND MANY OF YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW THE STORY OF THE SECRET WAR OUR ASIAN INDIAN COMMUNITY IS AN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY THAT’S OUR MOST AFFLUENT COMMUNITY IN THE COMMITTEE IS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 46,000 STRONG THESE ARE TWO COMMITTEES THAT THE CAN’T TELL THE STORY OF WHY MINNESOTA’S ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY IS SO UNIQUE AND LIKE ANY OTHER STATES ASIAN-AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY MINNESOTA’S COMMUNITY IS A MAJORITY REFUGEE EXPERIENCE MEANING OUR VIETNAMESE ARMONK ALLOW ALL CAMBODIAN AND ARE KAREN MAKE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY HERE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND YOU HEARD ME TALK IN COMMITTEES ABOUT WHY THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW AS POLICYMAKERS PARTICULARLY WHEN WE GET TO TALKING ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I WOULD ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE FACT THEY’RE GOING TO BE HEARING FROM MEMBERS OF THREE OF OUR NEWEST IN URGENT COMMITTEES THIS AFTERNOON BASIN COUNCIL HAS A VERY INTERESTING MISSION THAT WORKS WITH SUCH A DIVERSE COMMUNITY IN FACT KIRKMAN IS THE MOST PERVERSE TO ALL THE GROUPS. I THINK OF GONE ON ABOUT THE ROLE OF THE COUNCIL AS WELL AS ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY OUTSIDE BEEN AROUND FOR WHAT SORT OF A LOT OF A COMMISSION IN MY HEAD I SEE SENATOR HAWJ MEANING THAT’S PROBABLY ENOUGH. >>THANK YOU MR. AND AS THE CHAIR I AM THE TIMEKEEPER AS WELL. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE EACH TESTIFY ABOUT 10 MINUTES TO SPEAK I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE MEMBERS TOLD YOUR QUESTIONS ASKING THE COUNCIL FOR LATER AND WE WANT TO YOU TO ASK THE COMMUNITIES AND IF THERE’S NO DATA THE COMMITTEE PRESENTER WHO DON’T HAVE A COUNCIL CAN PROVIDE DATA THAT WILL BE A SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE THE CHICANO LATINO COUNCIL IS ALSO HERE WITH US AND STAFF FROM THE INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL IS ALSO WITH US IT. >>MR. CHAIR I WONDER INSTEAD OF IT EACH ONE COMING UP AFTERWARDS IF THE COULD ANSWER ONE QUESTION FOR ME WHICH WOULD BE IN ONE SENTENCE WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THANK YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY? >>MR. CHAIR WE HAVE TWO NEW REPRESENTATIVES JOINING US NOW. IN COURTING OUR MINORITY LEADER. >>I’LL LET THEM INTRODUCE THEMSELVES CAN YOU COME TO THE PODIUM AND INTEREST TO YOURSELF SO EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU. SENATOR HALL I THINK EACH TESTIFIER WILL BE EQUIPPED TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION THE BASIC FLOW CHART WE GIVE TO EACH PRESENTER TO TELL US WHERE THEY’RE FROM AND WHERE THEIR COMMUNITIES LOCATED GEOGRAPHICALLY IN MINNESOTA AND WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE. THOSE OF A BASIC QUESTIONS WE ARE GIVING TO EACH COMMUNITY TO TALK ABOUT AND THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS FROM LEGISLATORS WILL PROVIDE THAT LET’S GO TO MR. THANK YOU LET’S GO ON TO OUR NEW LEGISLATORS. >>I’M MELISSA HORTMAN I REPRESENT BROOKLYN PARK INCOME RAPIDS WELCOME TO THE STATE CAPITOL IT’S NICE TO SEE EVERYONE HERE. >>HI SENATOR HANN I’M REPRESENTATIVE LEON LILLIE REPRESENT NORTH ST. PAUL MAPLEWOOD OAKDALE IN THE EAST METRO THANK YOU FOR INVITING US.>>THANK YOU. >>I’M GOING TO PRE APOLOGIZE, AND AT THE LEAGUE BEFORE THE FORM INCLUDES PUTTING WANT ANYONE TO THINK I’M SNEAKING OUT I’M INTERESTED AND WE’LL GO BACK AND FIND OUT ALL THE INFORMATION THAT GETS COMMUNICATED. TODAY COMMUNICATED >>IF ANY LEGISLATORS HAVE TO LEAVE DO IT DISCREETLY IF YOU CAN. NEXT IS OVER TO FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMUNITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD THEN PROCEEDS. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I’M LOUIS PORTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COUNCIL OF THE MINNESOTANS OF AFRICAN HERITAGE. THE IMPORTANT I HAVE THEM FOLLOW MY COLLEAGUE MISS HER YOU’RE TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. I ALSO SEE SOME OF THE BOARD AND FORMER BOARD MEMBERS REPRESENTATIVE MORAN A LAUGH AND CALL THE AND I WAS ALWAYS THERE TO TAKE MY CALLS AND SENATOR HALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR WISE COUNSEL. THE COUNCIL MINNESOTA’S WITH EVER CAN HERITAGE WAS FOUNDED IN 1980 AND OVER THE YEARS THE COUNCIL IS DONE MANY THINGS INCLUDING AND STILL WE GET QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS THE MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY WHICH IS NOW DOWN OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE THE 2015 ENABLING STATUTE WE FOCUSED ON BEING ADVISERS TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE THAT’S ALL PEOPLE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE NOT JUST AFRICAN- AMERICANS WHO’VE BEEN HERE FOR MANY GENERATIONS BUT ALL THE WAY INCLUDING IMMIGRANTS FROM AFRICAN HERITAGE COUNTRIES. OUR MODEL NOW IS TO GATHER TOWARDS A MORE EQUITABLE STATE. WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY I BELIEVE IS U.S. LEGISLATORS AND WE ASK COUNCILS REPRESENTS THE VERY ESSENCE OF WHAT WE DO IS LISTENING AND I HOPE THIS WILL BE A TIME FOR US TO LISTEN AND TO ENHANCE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AND TO MAKE CONNECTIONS AND CONTINUE TO LISTEN AND TRY TO MEET THE NEEDS LAST SESSION BECAUSE OF MINNESOTANS AMERICAN HERITAGE WORKING WITH THE UNITED BLACK LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN $35 MILLION FOR EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR A SMALL THE JOB TRAINING PROGRAM IN ITS TRAINING PROGRAM, STIFFER PENALTIES FOR HATE CRIMES AND AS WELL AS HOLDING OFF ON THE OPENING OF PRIVATE PRISONS SOME OF THOSE THINGS WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THIS SESSION THE COUNCIL ITSELF IS FOCUSING ON TWO MAIN AREAS IN EDUCATION INCLUDING THE TEACHERS OF COLOR LEGISLATION AS WELL AS EMPLOYMENT THAT WE DECIDE THOSE WILL BE OUR FOCUS IS. FOR THIS IS THOUSAND AFRICAN-AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS HAVE LANDED IN MINNESOTA ON AFTER FLEEING POLITICAL PERSECUTION CIVIL WAR OR SIMPLY SEEKING OPPORTUNITY. THE IMMIGRANTS REPRESENT AT LEAST 25 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA MAKING MINNESOTA HOME TO THE NINTH LARGEST AFRICAN COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY. AT LEAST 73,000 AFRICAN-AMERICANS CALL MINNESOTA HOME ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL 2012 STUDY WITH U.S.-BORN CHILDREN AND RECENT IMMIGRANTS INCLUDED AFRICANS WITH THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT CENTER MINNESOTA SAY THE TRUE NUMBER COULD EXCEED 150,000 ABOUT ONE IN FIVE MINNESOTANS IMMIGRANTS IN MINNESOTA IT IS AFRICAN OF THE 50 STATES MINNESOTA AS THE NINTH LARGEST POPULATION OF AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS ABOUT 60¢ COME FROM EAST AFRICAN NATIONS SUCH AS MALI ETHIOPIA AND 24% FROM WEST AFRICAN NATIONS SUCH AS NIGERIA AND LIBERIA. IMMIGRANTS MAKE ABOUT 8% OF MINNESOTA’S POPULATION A SMALLER BUT MORE DIVERSE GROUP THAN IN THE PAST COMPARE TO THE U.S. AS WHOLE UNTIL THE 1970’S MOST OF IMMIGRANTS COMING TO MINNESOTA HELP FROM WESTERN EUROPE BUT WE KNOW THAT’S CHANGED MINNESOTA’S MUCH LARGER PROPORTION OF ASIAN AND AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS FOR EXAMPLE 22 PERCENT OF ARE FOREIGN-BORN RESIDENTS ARE FROM AFRICA AND COMPARED TO 5 PERCENT NATIONALLY. OVERALL THE EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS FOR IMMIGRANTS MIRRORS THE STATE OF POVERTY RATES ARE HIGHER THE POVERTY RATES ARE HIGHER, THAT IS A CHALLENGE TO ALL OF US. MINNESOTA HAS THE NATION’S LARGEST SOMALI COMMUNITY WHICH WILL HEAR FROM LATER MANY FLED THE LONG CIVIL WAR IN THEIR EAST AFRICAN COUNTRY AND WERE DRAWN TO THE STATE WELCOMING SOCIAL PROGRAMS SINCE THE NUMBERS PUT THE STATES AMONG THE POPULATION AT ABOUT 40,000 BUT IN THE ACTIVISM SAY IT’S HIGHER. LIBERIANS IN MINNESOTA OF THERE’S NO ACCURATE OR OFFICIAL RECORD AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT CENTER ESTIMATES ABOUT 35,000 LIBERIANS RESIDE IN MINNESOTA. DOC I’M ESTIMATES UP TO 40,000 OROMO ARE LIVING IN MINNESOTA WITH THE STATE DEMOGRAPHER COMES UP WITH A MUCH LOWER FIGURE OF 8500 SO WE WOULD SIT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE TWO. THESE FACTS AND FIGURES ONLY BRING HOME THE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO LISTEN AND WORK TOGETHER TOWARDS A MORE EQUITABLE STATE THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU MR. PORTER. NOW WE WILL MOVE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND YOU CAN’T TESTIFY FROM THE TESTIFIERS TABLE YOU NOT SPEAK AS FAST AS MISS HER ARM MR. PORTER PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME. NEXT IS THE BHUTAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY MR. PARMANANDA KHATIWODA COULD YOU PLEASE STEP UP BEING THAT WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SOME 40 YEARS AND MY TONGUE IS STIFF AS MINNESOTA’S SOMETIMES WITH A TOUGH TIME DENOUNCING NEW NAMES PLEASE HELP US WITH YOUR NAME AS WELL. >>AND PLEASE GO AHEAD. >>THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE DAVE PINTO FROM ST. PAUL THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS. >>MR. PARMANANDA KHATIWODA PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF. >>HON. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE AND SENATE I’M THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOOK ON AMERICAN COMMUNITY ON THE BOARD CHAIR OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THAT ALSO HERE AND WHERE OTHER HATS ON THE FACULTY AT AUGSBURG COLLEGE AND ALSO THE SOCIAL DIRECTOR INSTRUCTOR AT THE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL AND ALSO AUGSBURG COLLEGE I ALSO WORK AS SOCIAL WORKER WITH FAMILY IN TRANSITION TO A CONTRACTOR FOR CHILD PROTECTION CASES IN A FEW COUNTIES. I CAME TO MINNESOTA WITH MY FAMILY IN 2008 AND WENT BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA PER MY SOCIAL WORK DEGREE AND I WAS OUT HIGH-SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WHEN YOU COME TO THIS COUNTRY U.S. AND MEANS TO START AGAIN I STARTED AS A SOCIAL WORKER BECAUSE PACKET SERVED THE COUNTRY IN THIS PARTICULAR FIELD. I CONTINUED I’M ALSO A STUDENT AT THE POLICY DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WITH A PROGRAM EVALUATION HAVING SAID THAT I HAVEN’T WORKING WITH THE IT A BHUTAN COMMUNITY IN MINNESOTA SINCE I ARRIVED HERE ALONG WITH MY COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO BUILD A SMALL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTING PEOPLE WHO ARE MARGINALIZED AND WERE NOT AS PRIVILEGED AS MYSELF OR SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO CAN SPEAK THE LANGUAGE AND TO SAY INTRODUCE THE COMMUNITY COMING INTO MINNESOTA AND CAME FROM A COUNTRY THAT TINY COUNTRY BETWEEN CHINA AND INDIA CALLED A KIND WHICH IS PROPERLY KNOWN TODAY IS HERE WE ARE A BYPRODUCT OF GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS I ALWAYS TRY TO SAY IT’S GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS AND THE COUNTRY IS RULED BY ABSOLUTE MONARCHY AT A TIME AND DO TO THE END IT WITH A POLICY ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION BASICALLY CLEANSING POLICY AND A PERSECUTED PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PREDOMINANTLY HINDU PRACTICING IN THE FACE AND ABOUT 100,000 PEOPLE WERE RENDERED REFUGEES IN THE EARLY 1990’S AND WE LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES CAMPS IN NEED ALL FOR ALMOST 17 YEARS AND ABOUT 85,000 HAVE BEEN RESETTLED IN UNITED STATES AROUND 1600 TO 1700 I THINK ONE OF THE SMALLEST COMMUNITIES IN MINNESOTA I THINK IN THE TWIN CITIES AND HAVING RESETTLED AND STARTED TO RESETTLE IN 2008 AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LIVING HERE WE’RE DEVELOPING OURSELVES INTO A VIBRANT COMMUNITY THERE ARE A LOT OF NURSES AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OF DOCTORS AND DENTISTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS ALL THOSE THINGS ARE HAPPENING AND WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD A COMMUNITY FROM SCRATCH SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT AS FORTUNATE AND AS PRIVILEGED TO BRING EVERYONE THE TOP. WITH THAT OUR COMMITTEE HAS A LOT OF ISSUES BECAUSE IT’S A NEW COMMUNITY AND WITH THE SIZE OF THE COMMUNITY AS I’VE MENTIONED ITS 1600 AS MANY AS 700 WE GET AROUND IN THE LARGER OCEAN AND WE HAVE OUR VOICE AND NOT BEING HEARD IN A WAY OTHER COMMUNITIES WOULD BE AND WITH THAT NATION COUNCIL HAS BEEN GRACIOUS TO REACH OUT TO US AND INCLUDE OUR VOICE AND WITH ALSO REACHED OUT TO MANY REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS AND WE TRIED OUR BEST TO GET OUR VOICE HEARD. THAT’S ONE PART OF THE ISSUE AND OTHER ISSUES WE HAVE ELDERS THIS COMMITTEE IS DOESN’T HAVE WELL- ESTABLISHED BASIS OF SUPPORT SYSTEM WITH THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ITS NUMEROUS AND WE HAVE CHRISTIANS HINDUS AND BUDDHISTS THE CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES ON DIFFERENT MOSQUES AND WE HAVE THE TEMPLE AND WE GO TO BED HINDUS DO NOT HAVE OF THE TEMPLE HERE WITHIN TRAVELLING DISTANCE WE HAVE A HINDU TEMPLE WHICH IS QUITE A DRIVE IT’S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE TO DRIVE OLDER ADULTS AND OLDER ADULTS LIVING HAUSAS AND DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO SO THAN HAS STARTED TO TAKE A TOLL ON THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS OF THE COUNTRY IS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG THE BOUDIN COMMUNITY THERE OF BEEN THE HIGHEST RATE OF SUICIDE AMONG THE BHUTAN COMMUNITY IT’S A DOUBLE THE NATIONAL RATE IN UNITED STATES. WE ALSO HAD TO FACE ONE DEATH A YOUNG MAN OF 13 YEARS OLD WHO TOOK HIS LIFE LAST YEAR IN THE TWIN CITIES ARE TRYING OUR BEST WEB SITE GET DRESSED IN THE COMMITTEE EVEN THOUGH IT’S A SMALL COMMITTEE WE TRY TO REACH OUT TO HIS FAMILY’S AND I’M A SOCIAL WORKER SO WE TRY DOING THAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BUT AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF THE COMMUNITY TRYING TO GET THE RESOURCES HAVE BEEN A CHALLENGE BECAUSE THE QUESTIONS GOING BE ONE TO JOIN HANDS WITH OTHER EXISTING COMMUNITIES THAN THERE ARE ISSUES LIKE CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE AND IT BECOMES INTERBREEDING AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS MANY THINGS GET LOST IN THE WAY AND THE CHALLENGES OF TAKING THIS PROBLEM TO THE PROVIDERS BECOMES A CHALLENGE SO IT’S A BIG ISSUE. WITH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IF WHENEVER THERE POSSIBLY TO INCLUDE OUR VOICE AND INVITE US TO THIS KIND OF FORUM SO WE CAN MAKE OUR CASE AND BUILD OUR COMMUNITY TO BE A VIBRANT COMMUNITY THE CONTRIBUTING COMMUNITY HERE IN MINNESOTA THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU MR. KHATIWODA IF I CAN’T COURAGE A QUESTION FROM LISTENERS WILL HAVE THREE NEW BRIBING LEGISLATORS PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELVES. >>THANK YOU AND I AM JERRY RELPH SEDATE SENATOR FROM ST. CLOUD DISTRICT 14 GLAD TO BE HERE. >>I’M SENATOR PAUL GAZELKA THE MAJORITY LEADER FROM THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA CENTRAL MINNESOTA. >>ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE LETTUCE LETTERS? >>SENATOR JOHN MARTY FROM ROSEVILLE. >>ANY QUESTIONS FOR MR. CADI WHAT ON? I DO OF A QUESTION BUT IT DOES BEFORE YOU ARRIVED YOU LIVE IN A CAMP FOR 17 YEARS? >>IT WAS 17 YEARS AND ARE 20,000 STILL IN THE CAMP BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT POLICY OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION PROCESS HAS BEEN STALLED AS WE KNOW AND THERE HASN’T BEEN ANYONE COMING THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE SETTLED IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE CANADA AND NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA AND THOSE PLACES. TECHNICALLY SINCE 1991 THROUGH CURRENTLY THERE PEOPLE STILL LIVING IN THE CAMPS. >>ANY QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS? REPRESENTATIVE MORAN. >>JUST FOR CLARITY ONE OF THE ISSUES IN THE TRINITY IS MENTAL- HEALTH THERE WAS ANOTHER ISSUE WAS THE OTHER ISSUE? >>MENTAL HEALTH AND ELDERS THE ELDERS DO NOT HAVE PREDOMINATELY ESPECIALLY THE HINDU ELDERS THEM HAVE THE TEMPLE OR BUMPER PLACE WHERE THEY CAN’T READ INTO THEIR BRING TOGETHER WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD BAT BUT WE HAVE WEDNESDAY SUPPORT GROUP THROUGH WOULD AN AMERICAN ORGANIZATION AND WE HAVEN’T TRIED TO PRAY AND WE PARTNERED WITH MANY CHURCHES ONE OF THE CHURCH AS WE BEEN ABLE TO PARTNER IN A CHURCH IN ROSEVILLE THEY BEEN GRACIOUS TO THE ROOM SO WE TEACH THEM IN LESS CLASHES AND ON TOP OF THAT WE TRY TO CONDUCT THE CULTURAL PROGRAMS THERE IT’S AN INTERESTING MATCH A GOOD WAY OF GETTING TO KNOW THE COMMUNITY THERE. >>THANK YOU MR. PARMANANDA, WHAT THE WILL MOVE NEXT TO THE NEXT COMMUNITY THE OROMO AMERICAN COMMUNITY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY MR. TESHITE WAKO. >>IF I HAVE ALREADY INTRODUCED YOUR NAME PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD AND GIVE US THE CORRECT PRONUNCIATION. TO YOUR PRONUNCIATION >>THANK YOU CHAIR I’M TESHITE WAKO. I HAVE THE POWER POINT QUICKLY TO GO THROUGH BEFORE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK MY REPRESENTATIVE MELISSA AND SENATOR JOHN THANK YOU I REALLY THANK EVERY REPRESENTATIVE AND THE MAJORITY LEADER BEEN HERE AND THE REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE MADE TIME TO COME AND LISTEN TO THIS THANK YOU SO MUCH SENATOR. I ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE BEHIND ME THE OROMO COMMUNITY BOARD MEMBERS HERE OUR VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY IS HERE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS HERE AND ALSO OUR BOARD MEMBERS FROM THE OROMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MY CITY ASSISTANT IS BEHIND ME SHALL BE SPEAKING LATER. >>ARE YOU READY TO PROCEED IN? I ALSO WANT TO REPEAT WHAT I SAID EARLIER IF ANY OF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ADDING TO THE TESTIMONY THERE’S A SIGN UP SHEET IT AND PUT YOUR NAME THERE AND WE WILL CALL UPON YOU AFTER THE TESTIMONY. ESPECIALLY THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE NOT ON THE LIST FOR TESTIMONY WE WOULD ENCOURAGE TO HEAR FROM YOUR COMMUNITY AS WELL. >>WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE? >>I AM SORRY ABOUT THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH WHO THE OROMO PEOPLE ARE THE OROMO PEOPLE ARE THE LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN THE COUNTRY THAT ETHIOPIA AND WE’RE THE LARGEST REPRESENTING MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF THE WHOLE POPULATION BUT THE COUNTRY IS CURRENTLY AT LED BY THE RESULT OF CHANGE IN THE COUNTRY SINCE 1991 THE OROMO HAVE BEEN PERSECUTED AND FLED ALL THE COUNTRIES TODAY THERE IS VERY TO COUNTRIES AROUND WORLD WHERE OROMO ARE NOT AND WE’RE LARGELY IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHO EVER ACCEPTED THIS BANKS TO THE UNITED STATES CANADA AND EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA AND WHO HAVE ACCEPTED THE OROMO FROM READ YOU DECAMPS COMING TO MINNESOTA AND WE ARE BEFORE THE THOUSANDS ESTIMATED 40,000 OROMO REPRESENT RESIDING IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE IN THREE MAIN AND MUNICIPALITIES PARTICULARLY ST. PAUL MINNEAPOLIS AND BROOKLYN PARK AND WE’RE ALSO IN MANY OTHER PLACES LIKE WOODBURY EVEN PRAIRIE LAKEVILLE MINNETONKA ROCHESTER AND THIS COMMUNITY IS A HARD-WORKING COMMUNITY AND AS MOST OF MY FELLOW OROMO COMMUNITY PEOPLE CHARACTERIZE IT IS HIGHLY EDUCATED BUT UNDERUTILIZED COMMUNITY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. THE OROMO COMMUNITY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1985 WERE OVER 30 YEARS WE HAVE OUR OWN CENTER THAT THE COMMUNITY RAISED FUNDS FROM ITS OWN AND PURCHASED AT MCCUTCHEON AVENUE HERE IN ST. PAUL R. REP MORAN IS HERE FROM THAT AREA WE PROVIDE SOCIAL SERVICE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE AND SHELTER PROGRAMS YOUTH PROGRAMS WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY THE SOCIETY WE HAVE IT’S HEALTHY OUR COMMUNITY IS SO HARD WORKING AND REALLY PROSPEROUS AND SO MANY THINGS YOU MIGHT SEE A DOCTOR BACK HOME DRIVING A TAXI HERE. IT’S HARD WORKING FOR ANY WORK IS FOR US WE TAKE IT ON AND WE WORK HARD. JUST BRIEFLY TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS HERE, MAYBE COMING BACK TO THAT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD TO THE OROMO PEOPLE WHAT WERE THE LARGEST IN TERMS OF POPULATION AND RESOURCES IN EAST AFRICA BECAUSE OF OUR OWN FOREIGN POLICY UNDER SUCCESSIVE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENTS PRESIDENTS IN UNITED STATES OROMO HAVE BECOME A SUBJECT BOTH ETHIOPIA BECAUSE A TINY MINORITY IN THE COUNTRY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF WE TAKE CARE OF EAST AFRICA AND WE DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU DON’T ASK US ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS THEY HAVE CONTINUALLY ABUSED THE TRUST AND THE MONEY THAT’S GIVEN TO THEM AND IN 2000 FOR LOWER 2014 EXCUSE ME UNITED STATES HAS GIVEN $664 MILLION ACCORDING TO TREAT U.S. AID RECORDS TO THE COUNTRY OF ETHIOPIA ON MARCH 9TH OF 2017 THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THERE WAS A HEARING BY CONGRESSMAN SMITH WHERE THE TRUTH CAME OUT UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE SIDE AGREED TO THE LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ETHIOPIA AND TO THAT EFFECT THE MINNESOTA SENATE AND HOUSE ACTUALLY PASSED A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE OROMO PEOPLE IN 2014 THERE SO MANY WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED HERE IN FRONT OF A CAPITAL EXPRESSING FEELINGS OF AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE FAMILIES FATHERS AND MOTHERS KIDS YOUNG PEOPLE DYING AND YOU MIGHT HAVE WATCHED ALSO THE 2016 OLYMPIC MARATHON WHERE ONE OF THE OROMO OLYMPIC MEDALISTS CROSSED A SIGN OF SOLIDARITY WITH OROMO PEOPLE TO EXPOSE THE HUMAN RIGHTS RECORDS OF ABUSIVE GOVERNMENTS INCLUDING ETHIOPIA ALL OVER THE WORLD. AT THAT WORLD OROMO COME FROM THAT BACKGROUND THAT’S WHY WE ARE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE HERE HOWEVER WE HAVE SO MANY CHALLENGES IN THE COMMUNITY WE ARE FIRST BALL SELF-RELIANT HARD-WORKING OFTENTIMES WE GET CHALLENGES BY THE END OF THE ISSUES AT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT THE LEGISLATIVE LEVELS IN THE COMMUNITY AND AT CITY HALL WE ARE LUMPED S EAST AFRICAN AND ON KNOWN AND WHEN AN INCIDENT HAPPENS TO AN OROMO KID IT MAY BE TAKES THREE OR 45 DAYS FOR US TO STRUGGLE TO CORRECT THE MEDIA TO CALL IT THAT’S AN OROMO KID AND THAT’S THE CHALLENGE WE HAVE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO BE KNOWN AS OROMO THE COMMUNITY OF MINNESOTA OROMO FROM EAST AFRICA AND WE DON’T WANT TO BE FIGHTING TO IDENTIFY OURSELVES AND WE NEED TO BE KNOWN BY THAT. WE HAVE ISSUES IN TERMS OF WE PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT SOCIAL-SERVICE ELDER SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY BUT OFTENTIMES BECAUSE OF THIS LACK OF RECOGNITION OR NOT HAVING MUCH VOICE OFTEN TIMES NOT GETTING A FAIR SHARE OF WHAT WE SHOULD TO SUPPORT OURSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITY WE WERE NOT PART OF THE IN EQUITY FUNDING IN 2016 OUR BUSINESSES IN 2014 WERE HAPPY THAT A TWO SENATORS WERE THERE WHEN WE ESTABLISHED THE OROMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THERE ARE GREAT BUSINESS OWNERS HARD- WORKING PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN THAT SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION OR MEDICAL FIELD OR IN RESTAURANTS ALL OVER THE CITY BUT OFTEN TIMES WE DON’T GET MUCH NEEDED SUPPORTS. WE PAY TAXES WE KOMPELIEN HARD-WORKING LIKE A SET A VERY HEALTHY SOCIETY BUT OFTENTIMES BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE THAT VOICE WE DON’T COME OUT AND SPEAK WE DON’T CAUSE ANY TROUBLE. WE NEED TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE UP POTENTIAL FOR CITY COUNCIL SEATS WERE WE OFTEN GIVE MORE NAMES THAT WE NEED TO WE HAVE DIFFICULTY IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WHEN OROMO KIDS ARE TRYING TO BE IDENTIFIED AS OROMO THEY ARE TOLD OTHERWISE AND THAT IS PARTICULARLY IN SOME SCHOOLS WITH WITNESSED THAT WE NEED LANGUAGES AND OTHER BARRIERS WE HAVE PARTICULARLY OUR ELDERS WHO ARE HERE WHEN I GO TO A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT 3 1/2 TO WAIT LONG THERE’S AND THE COUNTY SYSTEM HENNEPIN COUNTY IT’S A LONG WAIT FOR THEM TO GET A PERSON WHO TRANSLATES FOR THEM ARE GIVES THEM APPROPRIATE MEDICATION. THESE ARE THE ISSUES WE HAVE AND WE NEED TO BE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST OF GETTING US I HAD A POWER POINT WILL MAKE PART OF THE RECORDS THE TECHNOLOGY DIDN’T WORK WE HAVE STILL OR REFUGEE ISSUE WHERE WE HAVE APPEALED TO THE GOVERNOR TO OPEN A REFUGEE IN KENYA THERE’S A LOT OF OROMO STILL ROOT RESIDING THERE WILL OF A PROBLEM IN THAT REGARD WILL ALSO OFTENTIMES WHAT WE ARE FAR AWAY FROM THE COUNTRY WE GET TRAUMATIZED YEAR WHEN THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND HIRE OUR POLICE OF THIS AND POST IN THE BAT WELL WE’RE WHEN DID AND WE’RE FAR AWAY FROM THAT THERE’S SOMETHING THAT WE THINK NEEDS TO BE DONE I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TIME I LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING UP THIS AND QUESTIONS AN OPPORTUNITY. >>DO ANY MEMBERS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR MR. WAKO? >>I THIS WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY IN OUR CONVERSATIONS I’VE LEARNED ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THE THE OROMO PEOPLE HAVE IS YOUR VERY QUIET AND IT PRESENTS IS NOT KNOWN OFTEN YOUR OBSCENE AND YOUR SEEN AS SOMALIAN AND NOT SOME OF THE AND WHEN TO GO TO THE COUNTY AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND NEED AN INTERPRETER THERE’S NOT ENOUGH OROMO INTERPRETERS PRESENT AND USUALLY THEY SAY USE L SOMALI INTERPRETER WHICH THE LANGUAGE IS DIFFERENT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT. >>REPRESENTATIVE MORAN THAT’S PERFECTLY TRUE MY MOM DOESN’T SPEAK ENGLISH AND I TAKE CARE AND SHE GETS UP SOMEONE ELSE AND WE HAVE TO WAIT WITH ME WORKING IN A DEMANDING JOB THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER TAKING TIME FROM MY JOB DROPPING HER THERE TO GET PROPER TRANSLATION AND NOT BE MISREPRESENTED SHE HAS TO WAIT AN HOUR AND IT HAPPENS TO SOMEBODY ELDERS WHO DON’T HAVE A PERSON LIKE ME WHO CAN GIVE A RIDE TO THE MEDICAL APPOINTMENT THOSE OF THE KEY PROBLEMS IDENTITY ISSUE IS ONE AND THERE ARE DOCUMENTS IN TERMS OF FOR EXAMPLE ONE OF THE CITY MANAGER’S THE MAYOR COMING OUT AND ESTABLISHING AN EAST AFRICAN TEAM IT’S NOT REALLY AN EAST AFRICAN TEAM AND HAS TO BE CORRECTED THERE’S THE CORRECTNESS OF WHAT THAT IS MISSING AND WE DO NOT WANT TO BE MISSED AND DON’T WANT TO BE MISCHARACTERIZED. >>REPRESENTATIVE PRIOR. >>JUST AS A COMET I GUARANTEE YOU TONIGHT A SEALED HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER WILL KNOW ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM. >>NEXT THE GUY WITH A FLASHLIGHT SENATOR HOFFMAN. >>DOOR LOOKING RIGHT AT ME HIGH HOW’RE YOU DOING. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE HERE AND TO BE OROMO AND TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND US AND ASK QUESTIONS I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS OR WHY THAT AND I THINK YOU’VE DONE SO MUCH TO AND LINE ME ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS THAT I’M STILL I WAS TELLING THE SENATORS SITTING NEXT TO ME I STILL GET MOVED BY THE FACT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2014 AND THAT’S SOMETHING IS HERE WITH US AND WE NEED TO CONTINUALLY SAY TO OURSELVES WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE WILL DO BETTER ALLOWED TO THANK YOU FOR AND LIGHTNING ME AND EDUCATING ME ABOUT THAT THE OTHER THING I WANT TO SAY AS TELLING YOUR STORY ABOUT THE STRUGGLES AS BUSINESS OWNERS WE HAVE HUGE ONE IS IN TRANSPORTATION WITH THIS CUTS ACROSS THE BOARD IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT CULTURAL GROUPS WITHIN TRANSPORTATION THERE ARE SOME RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE BETTER STOPPING ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE OMAR TRANSPORTATION OR OROMO TRANSPORTATION OF TRANSPORTATION WE HAVE WITH THE LABEAU COMMUNITY SPECIFICALLY IN HERE THAT KEEPS THIS BARRIERS THAT DON’T ALLOW BUSINESSES LIKE A MENTIONED WITH THE ME OROMO COMMUNITY TO GET CONTRACTS OR GET JOBS AND IT’S ALMOST LIKE THERE’S AN EXTRA STILL LESS BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR THE LIFE OF ME IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT. I WOULD HOPE WE COULD ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE TAKING SOMEONE ON A NON- EMERGENCY MEDICAL VISIT PLACE THE COMPANIES WILL SAY WE UNDERSTAND KNOW YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT FROM THAT PART OF THE WORLD IS NOT FROM THAT NATION YOU DON’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOMEONE FROM THE OROMO AREA THIS TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AND SOMETIMES HURT OF IT DESENSITIZING THAT OCCURS NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT I WOULD HOPE AN UNKNOWN NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION WE LOOK AT AN EMPTY AND AND OROMO THAT’S A LARGE TRANSPORTATION BUS COMPANY WITHIN MINNESOTA THAT’S BECOME NOT ONLY BUT A JOB CREATOR HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE JOBS BECAUSE OF ONE MAN DREAM AND HIS FAMILY AND HIS BROTHER IS SITTING IN THE FRONT ROW SO IT’S LIKE THOSE OF THE THINGS WE CELEBRATE AND WE CELEBRATE OROMO I THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT I HOPE WE CAN LOOK OF SOME OF IT TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. >>IF I MAY SENATOR KEYWORDS THE PRESIDENT OF THE OROMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I WANT TO THANK THE CAMP FRIEND OF MIND BRUCE CORRIE WHO TRIES TO CAPITALIZE ON THE POWER THE RESOURCES WE BRING OR THE ENGINE I PRINTED PERMISSION TO SHOW ON THE POWER POINT HOW MUCH WE’VE CONTRIBUTED THE STRENGTH OF MINNESOTA’S ECONOMY CAME FROM IMMIGRANTS CONTRIBUTING THE INNER CITIES, AS WE HAVE CONTRIBUTED AND OFTENTIMES WE GET CHALLENGED WITH GETTING A CONTRACT WHETHER THAT CONTRACT IS WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHETHER THE CONTRACT IS WITH THE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES IN THE BUREAUCRACY TO TALK TO SOMEONE IS CHALLENGING I’VE RECEIVED A LETTER RECENTLY FROM A DAY CARE PROVIDER WHO WAS TO THE LEVEL COULD TRYING NOT CALL AGAIN DON’T READ AGAIN TO THAT LEVEL OF NOT BEING OPEN IT BECAME REALLY BUREAUCRATIC AND THERE’S NO WAY OF OPENING OPPORTUNITY IF THE OPEN OPPORTUNITY EVERYBODY COMPETES AND ITS MERIT BASED ITS PERFORMANCE BASED BUT OTHER TIMES THIS BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS ITS MAKE OUR BUSINESS IS DIFFICULT TO COMPETE FOR THE AVAILABLE SERVICES AND IT THE CITY PARTICULAR THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND OTHER ALLIES IN THE MEDICAL FIELD THE OTHER IS LACK OF CAPITAL LACK OF CAPITAL IS ANOTHER THING WHICH IS HINDERING BUSINESSES FROM GETTING ACCESS TO CAPITAL SO THEY CAN GROW THEIR BUSINESS THERE THE FIRST TO CREATE JOBS FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES TO HIRE SOMEONE WHO KNOW WHO’S TAKING SOMEONE OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE BASICALLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMY BY DOING SO AND BANG TAXES THAT’S I THINK YOU FOR THAT AND SENATOR. >>THANK YOU IF ANYONE HAS ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR TO THE OROMO COMMITTEE WE CAN SAVE THE QUESTIONS FOR LATER PART. NEXT LESS HAVE MEMBERS FROM THE CARE AND AMERICAN COMMUNITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ORGANIZATION MR. EH THA KHU. REP BERNARDY. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR SENATOR I WANTED TO MENTION REVENUE WE COMMISSIONER TO COMMISSIONER WHO ENTERED IF WE COULD HAVE COMMISSIONER LINDSEY INTRODUCE HIMSELF. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT I’M KEVIN LINDSAY COMMISSIONER OF THE MINNESOTA HUMAN RIGHTS DEPARTMENT. >>WELCOME. >>HELLO I AM EH THA KHU I HAVE THE BOARD CHAIR HERE TO PRESENT AND IN BEHALF OF A CARING COMMUNITY. >>PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND REPRESENTATIVES I COME HERE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE CARING COMMUNITIES AS MY BACKGROUND I CAME TO MINNESOTA IN 2001 WITH MY FAMILY AND IN THE LAST 17 YEARS I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DIFFERENT ROLES AND CAPACITIES SO RIGHT NOW I WORK AT THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE AS A COMMUNITY LIAISON. IN THE ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH NEARLY 3000 KAREN SPEAKING STUDENTS AND MY AFFILIATION WITH MEDICARE AND ORGANIZATION OF MINNESOTA I SERVE AS BOARD CHAIR AND ALSO IN THE AUDIENCE WE GOT A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY LEADERS AND MEMBERS AND THEIR HERE TO OBSERVE AND SHARE THEIR STORIES INTO OF TIME AND YOU CAN TALK TO THEM AS WELL. EARLIER BEFORE THE SESSION BEGAN I LOOKED AROUND THE ROOM AND TALK TO PEOPLE I REALIZED MANY OF US SHARE SIMILARITIES WE COME FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES ORIGINS I BELIEVE THE MAIN REASON WE’RE HERE IS BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS DEEP PERSECUTION AND CIVIL WARS AND OTHER COUNTRIES BURMA IS A COUNTRY LOCATED BETWEEN THAILAND CHINA AND INDIA SO IT’S A STRATEGIC COUNTRY BUT THE CIVIL WAR HAS BEEN ONGOING SINCE 1949 TO THE PRESENT-DAY AND THE WAR AND PERSECUTION HAS TRAUMATIZED MANY OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN THE STATE. AT PRESENT WITH INSTABILITY THE CAMPAIGN IN BURMA FORCES THOUSANDS OF ETHNIC MINORITIES TO FLEE THEIR HOME LANDS. WHY WE RESETTLED IN MINNESOTA IS DEFINITELY NOT BECAUSE TO WE ARE OBSESSED WITH SNOW OR WINTER, OR A SEASONAL ALLERGIES THE MAIN REASON IS BECAUSE STRONG COMMUNITIES TO CAME HERE BEFORE US WHO ESTABLISHED SOMETHING BEFORE US FOR EXAMPLE WE HAVE AMONG COMMUNITIES WHO CAME HERE AS REFUGEES ALREADY PAVED THE WAY FOR US. IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY PLANTED THE SEED WE GET THE SHADE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL GET THE FRUITS AND THANK YOU FOR THE COMMUNITIES WHO CAME BEFORE US. THE KAREN COMMUNITY STARTED COMING TO MINNESOTA AND THE LATE 1990’S AND BEFORE 2004 AND THERE WAS A SMALL NUMBERS OF FAMILIES WHO CAME HERE AND THEY ORGANIZE THEMSELVES AS THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THIS STATE TO THE CITY AND UNTIL 2004 WE OF GROWN DRAMATICALLY AT PRESENT WE ARE LOCATED IN MAINLY IN ST. PAUL AND THE SUBURBS MAPLEWOOD AND ROSEVILLE AND ALSO HAVE A SIZABLE COMMUNITY AND GREATER MINNESOTA IN CITIES SUCH AS AUSTIN ALBERT LEA WORTHINGTON MARSHALL WILLMAR ALL CITIES. OVER ALL IN MINNESOTA WE HAVE ABOUT 12,000 KAREN IN NUMBERS. SOME OF THE ISSUES OF CONCERN HERE WE HAVE HEALTH CARE HOUSING EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, BUT WE CONSIDER IT SOMETHING ESSENTIAL WITH HEALTH CARE WE’RE LOOKING AT CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PRACTICES AT HEALTHCARE EDUCATION PROVIDERS INTERPRETERS AND PATIENTS WE ALSO SEE A GROWING NUMBER OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS WERE EXPERIENCE STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND THERE’S NOT ENOUGH SERVICE RELEVANT SERVICE PROVIDED FOR THEM. WITH HOUSING WE HAVE TO ISSUES FIRST IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR NEWCOMERS REALIZE MINUTE OUR COMMUNITIES WHO CAME HERE HAVE A BACKGROUND OF LIVING TOGETHER IN ONE HOUSEHOLD IN HERE WITH HOUSE THINK RULES AND REGULATIONS OFTENTIMES WE CANNOT A FAMILY CANNOT LIVE TOGETHER IN APARTMENTS AND IS CREATED A CHALLENGE FOR THE FAMILIES AT THE SAME TIME GETTING HOUSE IS EXPENSIVE WHERE AS ONLY A FATHER WHO WOULD WORK AND EARN MONEY AND IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO PAY FOR THE HOUSING THE HOUSING IS A BIG ISSUE FOR NEWCOMERS AT THE SAME TIME OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN HERE CLOSE TO A DECADE AND THERE IS STARTING TO THINK ABOUT OWNING A HOME SO HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP EDUCATION TRAINING WORKSHOP IN LANGUAGE SPECIFIC RELEVANCE THAT WOULD REALLY HELP OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS. REGARDLESS WE WOULD BUY A HOUSE BUT TO BE IRRESPONSIBLE HOMEOWNER AND TO KNOW ALL THOSE NEW REGULATIONS WE NEED TO HAVE A STRONG BEGINNING. EMPLOYMENT IS ANOTHER ISSUE WE WANT TO HAVE BECAUSE OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE LOCATED IN ST. PAUL AREA MAINLY IN ROSEVILLE AND MAPLEWOOD IT’S POSSIBLE WE WANT TO HAVE TO BE MEMBERS TO HAVE A JOB WHERE IT’S NOT FAR DRIVING DISTANCE LIKE A HALF AN HOUR OR 45 MINUTES BUT IT’S KIND OF CHALLENGING TO FIND A JOB. ANOTHER ISSUE IS EMPLOYMENT WILL BE SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES WE REALIZE THEIR RESOURCES OUT THERE HAVE BEEN REACHED OUR COMMUNITIES YET BECAUSE WE’RE NOT ACTIVE AND WE MISS SOME OPPORTUNITIES SO THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE TO OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE TRULY APPRECIATED. THE NEXT ISSUE WILL BE EDUCATION, WE CAME HERE AS REFUGEES SO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS TO NOT HAVE A FORMAL EDUCATION OR THE HAVE INTERRUPTED EDUCATIONS SO CREATING OPPORTUNITY IN AND PROVIDING SERVICE FOR STUDENTS OR E L STUDENTS THAT WOULD HELP OUR CHILDREN. ALSO WE OF SEEN THE MANY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL THERE NOT WELL PREPARED TO GO BEYOND SO THEY’RE NEITHER GOING TO THE WORKFORCE OR COLLEGE AND POST SECONDARY EDUCATION THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE SO HAVING THE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE FOR THEM DURING HIGH-SCHOOL LIKE HAVING A VOCATIONAL TRAINING THAT WOULD GIVE THEM A MEANINGFUL WORK WHETHER ITS SHORT-TERM OR LONG- TERM THAT WOULD HELP OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. OTHERWISE WE A BEEN SEEING THE INCREASING NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE GETTING INTO GANGS AND ADDICTED TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND BECOMING VIOLENT BECAUSE OF THOSE STRESSES AND THE UNCERTAINTY MANY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE ALMOST FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE LOST THE PURPOSE OF THEIR LIFE BECAUSE THEY’RE EXPERIENCING A LANGUAGE BARRIER THEY’RE EXPERIENCING LACK OF RESOURCES THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE IS. DEPENDING IT’S LIKE A STIGMA IT’S ALMOST SEEMS LIKE YOU’RE LAZY PEOPLE PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO GO TO WELFARE EITHER SO IT’S LIKE BEING IN LIMBO WITH PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. ANOTHER ISSUE WOULD BE PUBLIC SAFETY. WE ARE ASKING FOR LANGUAGE PACIFIC DRIVER’S TESTS SO OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO STUDY AND PASS THE TEST LEGALLY OTHERWISE PUBLIC SAFETY WILL BE A BIG ISSUE OUR COMMUNITY WHETHER THEY HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENSE OR A PERMIT OR NOT IT WOULD DRIVE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO GO TO WORK IF THEY DON’T GO TO WORK THERE WILL LOST THEIR JOB THEY WILL DRIVE REGARDLESS OF OUR WE GOING TO LET THEM TO DRIVE LEGALLY TO UNDERSTAND ALL THE RULES I THINK WE NEED LANGUAGE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS AND THAT WOULD SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES. LAST I WANT TO SHARE MY HOBBIES OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN OUR COUNTRY WEAKEN GOD IN THE WOODS AND FORCED HIM SHOOT ANY ANIMALS BUT NOT HERE IT CONSIDERED POACHING AND THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SUCH A BECAUSE THE IN SHOOTING AS WORLD LIMITLESS SOMEWHERE OR FISHING LIMIT LESS SO WE NEED EDUCATION ON THAT ALSO MORE AND MORE OF OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS BECAUSE WE CAME FROM A BACKGROUND OF HUNTING STARTED CARRYING THE GUNS AND GOING INTO THE WOODS AND HUNTING IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE EVEN LAW OFFICERS CONSERVATION OFFICERS WHO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE TO UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE. ALSO WE’VE SEEN AN INCREASE THE DRUG IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ISSUES AS WELL IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY DOMESTIC ABUSE BUT LANGUAGE IS SPECIFIC SPECIALISTS THEY EXPRESSED NOT MAN WHO COMMIT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE% TO A GROUP WHO SPEAK PREDOMINANTLY ENGLISH SO OUR CURRENT MEN THEIR QUIET THE LESSON AND NOTHING CHANGES HAVING A DOMESTIC BONDS GROUP FACILITATOR WHO SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE IN THE CARE AND CULTURE WOULD HELP OUR MANNED TO CREATE HEALTHY FAMILIES. OUR COMMITTEE IS STILL VERY NEW WE IT CAME FROM AN OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT WE DON’T REALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT AMERICAN SYSTEM OR STRUCTURE IN THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW WERE PASSIVE PARTICIPANTS CITIZENS OUR COMMUNITIES IN NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE SYSTEM HERE WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION WITH CHURCHES BUDDHIST TEMPLES AND INDIVIDUAL LEADERS WHO ARE ENGAGED AND WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITIES AND IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT OUR CARING COMMUNITIES IT MAY BE CHALLENGING I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO EXPLORE KAREN LEADERSHIP AND WELCOME IN CASE YOU WANT TO CONTACT THE KAREN COMMUNITIES WE ARE WILLING TO LEAVE A BRIDGE TO CONNECT YOU TO OUR WIDER COMMUNITY THANK YOU AND WELCOME YOUR QUESTIONS. >>THANK YOU. I DID WORK ON A FEW BILLS AND GETTING THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION FOR THE KAREN COMMUNITY I THINK THANK YOU FOR BRINGING AN DRIVER’S LICENSE ISSUE THAT WE CAN WE CAN WORK ON THIS YEAR. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY MY QUESTION IS IF MEMBERS OF THE KAREN COMMUNITY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL HAVE TROUBLE GOING STRAIGHT INTO THE WORKFORCE WHAT’S THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO VOCATIONAL TRAINING YOU SEE? >>WHAT OF THE BARRIERS THAT PREVENT THEM FROM MOVING IN THE DIRECTION THE WANT TO GO? >>THE BIGGEST BARRIER WOULD BE GETTING WHERE THE RESOURCES RIGHT NOW WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO SOMETHING THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE THE RESOURCES OUR BECAUSE THE LANGUAGE BARRIER SYSTEM BARRIER, I THINK THOSE ARE THE BARRIERS. >>REP OMAR. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY. I RESONATE WITH A LOT OF THE STRUGGLES YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AS A SOMALI IMMIGRANT MY COMMUNITY WENT THROUGH A LOT OF SIMILAR STRUGGLES THEY’RE STILL GOING THROUGH A LOT OF SIMILAR STRUGGLES. I’M CURIOUS WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE KAREN ORGANIZATION FOR MINNESOTAN HOW MANY EMPLOYEES TO DO YOU HAVE, THE PEOPLE WORKING FOR THE ORGANIZATION? >>WE HAVE 27 EMPLOYEES AND TWO OF THEM IN THAT 25 HERE IN ST. PAUL ON RICE STREET IN ROSEVILLE. >>IT LOOKS LIKE A LARGE ORGANIZATION. WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ACCESS TO RESOURCES HOW CAN WE SUPPORT THE ORGANIZATION AND CRATING BETTER ACCESS TO RESOURCES WATER SPECIFIC THINGS YOU’RE LOOKING FROM A BODY LIKE OURS TO DO? >>THEY’RE BLODGETT RESOURCES OUT THERE BUT THEY’RE NOT CULTURALLY COMPETENT TO OR POPULATION OUR COMMUNITY WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE TALKING ABOUT FAMILY ISSUES WE KNOW THERE LOT OF RESOURCES OUT THERE BUT THEY DON’T HAVE CARON SPEAKING STAFF OR KNOW WHO THE CARING PEOPLE ARE SO IT’S TOUGH FOR THEM TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE SERVICES TO OUR COMMUNITY SO WE OF FAMILY PERSON WHO WE REFER PEOPLE TO THE SERVICES WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE SERVICES THE PROVIDERS ARE COMPETENT AND WORKING WITH OUR POPULATION WHICH MEANS IF POSSIBLE WE HAVE 0.5 FTE STAFF WORKING IN THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE FAMILY ISSUES AND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT 30 OR 40 CASES ITS A LOT IN NEED TO GO TO COURT AND SEEK DIFFERENT APPOINTMENTS AND A HALF A POSITION I’M TALKING ABOUT THE RESOURCES FROM MY SIGHT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO 30 OR 40 FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE FACING THOSE CHALLENGES. >>REP? PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF. >>GOOD AFTERNOON I’M PEGGY FLANAGAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM DISTRICT 46 A ST. LOUIS PARK GOLDEN VALLEY PLYMOUTH I’M HAPPY TO BE HERE THANK YOU SENATOR HAWJ FOR BRINGING THIS TO GATHER. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. EH THA KHU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. WE WILL REVISIT THE ISSUE YOU MENTIONED LATER. NEXT IS IS THE SOMALI COMMUNITY MR. MUSTAFA. >>SENATOR HAWJ. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR I’M JIM CARLSON REPRESENTING THE CITIES OF EAGAN AND BURNSVILLE SENATE DISTRICT 51 SOUTH METRO THANK YOU VERY MUCH OF YOUR STORIES AND FOR COMING TODAY. >>SORRY TO CUT THE NEXT FEW SPEAKERS SHORT IF YOU COULD LIMIT THE TIME WE SAID 10 MINUTES EARLIER HOPEFULLY THIS IS NOT FAIR IF WE CAN SHORTEN THE PRESENTATION. IF YOU HAVE EXTRA TIME WILL GET YOU AFTER. THE TESTIMONY AFTER >>MR. CHAIR I MUSTAFA DIRIYE, I AM COMMUNITY ACTIVIST MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT STUDENTS FOR EDUCATION ADVOCATING THE QUALITY EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. I WANT TO THANK YOU TO THE CHAIR AND RENOWN AND MIGHT SENATOR AND THANK YOU AND THANK YOU TO BILL HANN I’M EXCITED TO SEE YOU HERE IT’S A GREAT THING ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MY COMMUNITY AND INSPIRE A LOT OF YOUNG GIRLS THANK YOU SO MUCH. I WILL GET TO THE POINT I WILL MAKE A FEW POINTS THAT HE START WITH MYSELF WE OFTEN SEE SOMALI COMMUNITIES AND MANY OF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN A DRINK TEA WITH ME OR SEND LUSA YOU’VE SEEN A LOT OF US ON FOX AND CNN AND MSN B.C. A LOT OF INFORMATION WE’VE WE ARE BUT NO ONE KNOWS EXCEPT A FEW IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MY COMMUNITY AND YOU HAVE IN MY PERSONAL STORY WILL GIVE YOU BLOWPIPES WHO WE AREN’T WE GO THROUGH ALL BASED ON MY PERSONAL AND A FEW POINTS I WILL MAKE I’M MUSTAFA I COME TO THE ESTATES IN 1996 AS A REFUGEE AND IN 1996 AND 1991 WE HAD A CIVIL WAR IN SOMALIA AND AND PRIOR TO THAT WE ADD IT TO YOUR LOCAL WAR BATTLE LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW AND IT STARTED IN 88 ACTUALLY THE CIVIL WAR STARTED IN 1988 IN THE NORTH OF SOMALIA AND THE ENTIRE INSTITUTION COLLAPSED EVERYONE RAN AWAY IN EVERY DIRECTION THEY COULD I RAN AWAY WITH MY YOUNGER TO BROTHER AND SISTER AND MY OLDER BROTHER AND FOR MY BROTHERS WERE KILLED IN MOGADISHU AND THREE HAVE BEEN MISSING WE WALKED ALL THE WAY TO KENYA AND THEN WE COLLECTED EACH OTHER AND I SPENT THE FIRST FOUR YEARS IN THE REFUGEE CAMP AND THEN IN 1996 I MOVED HERE IN CALIFORNIA AT SAN JOSE I WAS THERE EIGHT MONTHS AND I FOLLOWED MY BROTHER’S EYE, THE PEOPLE WONDERING WHY SOMALIS ARE IN MINNESOTA WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF UPS AND SOMETIMES BECAUSE OF THE REFUGEE THEY SETTLE YOU WHEREVER THEY WANT AND CATHOLIC CHARITIES ARE SO MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THE ASSIGN YOU A STATE OR CITY EXPECT WILL BE 90 DEGREES AND THEN YOU SEE THE FLOOR BELOW ZERO YOU HAVE NO OPTION BUT JUST TO LIVE THERE FOR. THE SECOND WAIT FOR MIKE MILLER ARRIVED AT THE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING MINNESOTA AGAIN LOT OF GOOD THINGS AND PEOPLE FIND A JOB WHICH IS A THING THAT BROUGHT AND THE MOSQUES WE BUILD A RUNWAY WHEN CONNECTED AND HAVE A PLACE TO PRAY IN FAITH AND ALSO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT WE BELIEVE IN WAS ONE OF THE BEST SO MANY PEOPLE SO WERE TRYING TO GET THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT BROUGHT US HERE. I DID NOT GRADUATE HIGH-SCHOOL IN SOMALIA BUT I TRY TO GET HERE AND THEN I WAS OVER EIGHT TEEN AND THEN I WENT TO GED AND WENT TO THE SCHOOL WHERE I GOT MY GED AND WORKED TWO JOBS AND I CONTINUED TO PAY MY TUITION TAKE ONE YEAR IN COLLEGE AND I CONTINUED SO I GRADUATED IN METRO STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND MINOR AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING A DID THAT WITH THREE JOBS AND SOMETIMES WITH SCHOOL AND TO JOBS IN TIME ORGANIZING OUTREACH AND STUDENT FOR EDUCATION REFORM SO THAT’S MY BACKGROUND I AM MARRIED AND LIVE IN ST. PAUL. MY COMMITTEE STORIES CYCAS SAY I STARTED AS A REFUGEE BUT MY ISSUE I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU IS ALSO THE CHALLENGE MIKE COMMUNITIES HAVE FACED CHALLENGES THAT’S BASICALLY IS DISCRIMINATION AND POVERTY AND HOUSING DISCRIMINATION IS OF LYMPHOMA WE HAVE A LOT OF ISLAM A PHOBIA AND WHEN YOU HAVE VIOLENCE AND YOU’VE BRUSH OF THAT A LOT OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT’S HURTFUL AND THAT HURTS THE PURPOSE AND THE WAY OF LIFE DESTRUCT THE WAY OF LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND A LOT OF DISTRESS. SEE THE EAT THE BIGGEST ISLAMIC PHOBIA I PERSONALLY BELIEVE OUT THERE A AND I TO VIOLENT EXTREMIST AND THAT’S ONE WAY TO DEHUMANIZE AND SEGREGATE MY COMMUNITY I’M A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, IN THE FIELD EVERY SINGLE DAY I TALKED TO THE PARENTS, ASK THOSE KIND OF ISSUES THEY TELL ME THEIR STORIES AND IT’S VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN TO THE MOTHER AND SAY YOUR SON AND A FEEL LIKE THEY’RE COMING TO ME AND TELL ME THEIR KIDS HAVE BEEN WATCHING WHAT IS GOING ON AND IS THERE ANYONE AFTER MY KIDS THOSE OF THE CHALLENGES I HOPE YOU SEE AND ADDRESS ON THIS ISSUE AND ANOTHER ISSUE IN MY COMMUNITY IS EDUCATION. AS YOU KNOW THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY, AND WITH LIMITED LANGUAGE BUT A LOT OF THEM GRADUATE HIGH-SCHOOL AND HER DEGREE AND THOSE ARE ALSO OF THE ISSUE WHEN THE AIRLINES GO TO THE SCHOOL THEY FEEL A LOT OF DISCRIMINATION AND BULLYING I WENT TO ST. CLOUD MANKATO APPLE VALLEY AND THE SURROUNDING CITIES AND WHEN I TALK TO THE PARENTS MANY ISSUES INVOLVE DISCRIMINATION KIDS ARE BEING CALLED NAMES AND MOST OF YOU WOULD KNOW THAT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE ATMOSPHERE TODAY IN THE MEDIA AND THOSE PEOPLE TAKING THIS TO THE EXTREME AND A LOT OF KIDS ARE BEING BULLIED AND HOUSING IS ANOTHER ISSUE MY COMMITTEE FACES BECAUSE OF A LOT OF THEM ARE GETTING A HOUSE THAT’S BEEN IN AND HAS LED OR ILLNESSES AND THE KIDS ARE ALSO GETTING AS MUCH ITS POOR HOUSING IS AN ISSUE. THAT’S PART OF THE ISSUE MIGHT COMMITTEE FACES. >>MR. DIRIYE AND BUILT UP A FAULT BMS FALLOUT ACTUALLY TIME TO THOSE EARLIER SPEAKERS IF WE COULD CAN BEGIN TO SUM UP AND SEE IF ANYONE HAS QUESTIONS. REPRESENTATIVE HORNSTEIN. >>THANK YOU I’M GLAD YOU OUGHT MINORED IN COMMITTEE ORGANIZING THAT’S MY BACKGROUND. HAVE A QUESTION FOR IT WE HAVE THIS COME UP WITH MR. KHATIWODA TESTIFIED DIMENSION DISCRIMINATION HAVE YOUR YOUR COMMITTEE DO YOU KNOW EXAMPLES WHERE YOU BEEN DISCRIMINATED IN PUBLIC CONTRACT IN WORK MARGARET INTRODUCING AN AMENDMENT IN THE STATE GOVERNMENT BILL TO STOP DISCRIMINATION IN STATE CONTRACTS HAVE YOU HAD ANY EVIDENCE OF THIS KIND OF DISCRIMINATION? >>YES I WILL SHARE OF PERSONAL STORY USUALLY I DON’T SHARE THIS BUT I WILL SHARE THIS OPERA TO ME WHEN SEPTEMBER 11TH HAPPEN TO PIPE WORK IN DOWNTOWN COMPANY AND I ALSO WAS A STUDENT ONE OF MY SUPERVISORS ASKED ME QUESTIONS MUSTAFA IT DO YOU GO TO SCHOOL SAID YES THE SAID OR THE STUDY AND SAID HOW TO MAKE BOMBS? MY MANAGER IN HEROIN STARTED LAUGHING. THAT’S MY PERSONAL STORY I’M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE THOSE KINDS OF ISSUES THE ISSUE PEOPLE SHARE IS LIKE PRIOR TIME THE WAY YOU HAVE AS A MUSLIM AND WE OF A DEEPLY FAITHFUL COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PRAY SO SOME OF THEM EMPLOYEES THEY DO NOT GIVE THAT TIME OR DO THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED RESTRICTIONS IT’S HARD AND THE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU SENATOR HAWJ WE WERE HAVING A LITTLE DISCUSSION I’M HOPING MAYBE YOU CAN HELP US YOU MENTIONED I THINK HE SAID C V E AND WE’RE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHAT THAT WAS AN DID YOU SAY IT’S HURTFUL? COULD DO EXPLAIN WHAT C D E IS WHAT IT DOES AND WHAT’S HURTFUL? >>SURE THINK IT IT’S A COUNTER ALIGNMENT EXTREMISM BASICALLY IT’S HOW YOU COME BACK EXTREMIST HOW YOU PREVENT THAT SOMEONE TO BECOME RADICAL ITS I BELIEVE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BUT THAT AND ANY LUGAR CONTINUED FUNDING FOR THAT BASICALLY ITS PURPOSE BEEN PUT ALL THE SOMALI YOUTH TO BE WATCHED AND LABELED AS A TERRORIST THAT MEANS THEY’RE GOING TO BEAT THE TERRORIST ME KNOW THIS BLACK ROUND MOSLEM REFUGEES IS GOING TO BE A TERRORIST SO WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO STOP THEM WHICH IS A FALSE EMERITUS OF DID PEOPLE WANT TO HELP MY COMMUNITY I SAY SOMALI COMMUNITY ABOUT DON’T NEED HANDOUTS THEY NEED OPPORTUNITY IF YOU WANT TO GIVE MY COMMUNITY AND TO CARE ALL HAVE TO DO IS TO BUILD A RECREATION CENTER WITH IN HAVE IT DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY AND I WAS COACHING IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I WAS THAT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL FOR SOCCER WHEN I TELL MY STUDENTS TO TO HAND OVER OR ANOTHER SUBURBS KIDS WILL LOOK THE SCHOOL TOOK IT WITH THE HAVE AND I BRING IT BACK TO ROOSEVELT AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY EQUIPMENT THE WAY THEY DO SO PEOPLE WANT TO HELP INVEST IN THE COMMITTEE AND SOMALI PEOPLE ARE VERY RESILIENT AND PEOPLE OF BEEN HERE 20 OR 30 YEARS THE TESTIMONY WE HAVE AND WE HAVE PEOPLE AND WHO ARE RUNNING THE CITY COUNCIL WE’RE VERY ACTIVE AND ENTREPRENEURIALISM WE WERE HARD FOR LITTLE OR NOTHING SOMETIMES AND WE NEVER COMPLAIN WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND FIGHT AGAINST AND AT LEAST WE DO NOT WANT THAT SUPPORT AND STAND WITH US AND I WILL FINISH FOR YOU MY DADDY ALWAYS SAID NO ONE CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW IT’S HOW MUCH YOU CARE SHOW THE USE OF THE SOMALI COMMUNITY THAT YOU CARE AND STAND UP WITH US AND THE NEXT TWO WAS NOT BEHIND US OR IN FRONT OF US BUT NEXT TO US WE CAN TAKE THAT LEAD TO WE KNOW HOPE TO LEAVE WE HAVE BEEN A RESILIENT COMMITTEE KNOW HOW TO GET JOBS DONE. RANKU. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR. >>THANK YOU SENATOR. I LOVE OUR JOBS BECAUSE WE GET TO HEAR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND OTHERS COME FORWARD I HEARD FROM ONE OF OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS HERE REP OMAR UPPER BUNK THING THIS YEAR WHERE SHE KIND OF STAMP MY THOUGHT THE ONE I KNEW TO BE TRUE TO STRETCH ME WHERE SHE SAID MAYBE BOTH CAN SPEAK ABOUT THIS SOME OF YOUR FOLKS IN YOUR COMMUNITY FACE WAS CALLED A TRIPLE THREAT AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS MAYBE ONE OF YOU COULD SPEAK ABOUT THAT BRIEFLY I THINK THAT IS UNIQUE AND WE OBVIOUSLY WANT EVERYONE TO SUCCEED IT’S AN ADDITIONAL BARRIER I THOUGHT THAT ONCE INTERESTING. >>THANK YOU THE TRIPLE THREAT IS I’M BLACK, MOSLEM AND REFUGEE SO SOMEHOW I WILL BE BAD AS A REFUGEE, MOSLEM, TERRORIST I’M BLACK AND THEN I WILL GET SHOT IF I WALK OF THE WRONG PLACE. BASICALLY THAT’S WHAT IT IS I PERSONALLY SEE THAT MEN AND COLLABORATE WITH THIS WHEN I WANT TO SHARE INDUSTRY THESE ARE THE OPPORTUNITY I CAN SHOW TO SHARE WITH TO THE THINGS AND WHEN I ENGAGED WITH MY WIFE LET’S BUY A HOUSE I WAS IN ROSEVILLE WERE FULL AND OF CASTILE WAS KILLED THAT AREA THERE WAS A COP BEHIND ME AND I OPEN MY WINDOW AND HE CAME UP TO ME AND HE SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? THAT’S THE FIRST QUESTION HE ASKED ME NOT WIRY STOPPING THE NOT MY IDENTIFICATION THAT WAS THE FIRST QUESTION HE ASKED ME SO THAT IS NOW WITH THE TRIPLE THREAT MEANS TO ME. >>THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY WE’RE GOING TO GO A LITTLE OVER TIME I WANT TO SEE A FELLOW LEGISLATORS WILL AGREE WITH ME AND EXTENDING TIME FOR 30 MORE MINUTES AT THAT’S OK. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR GOOD. NEXT FLATBOAT TO THE CARE AND AMERICAN COMMUNITY. NEXT LET’S GO TO THE TEHRAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. WELCOME MR. WAI LINN PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD. >>I’M WAI LINN AND I’M A MEMBER OF THE KOOREN COMMUNITY MY JOB IS COMMITTEE COUNSELOR WITH RAMSEY COUNTY TODAY I WANT TO SAY THANK-YOU TO ALL OF YOU THINK YOU’LL IN PARTICULAR I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST SENATOR MARTY. TO BEGIN WITH MY PRESENTATION I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE KORAN COMMITTEE IS KNOWN IN OUR OWN DIALECT AND LANGUAGE IT’S ONE OF ETHNIC GROUPS FROM BURMA LOCATED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA ITS WEST OF THAILAND. THE REASON WE CAME TO MINNESOTA THEIR NUMBER OF FACTORS THE MAIN FACTOR IS THE ETHNIC EIDE AND THE PRESERVATION AND ALSO IDENTITY PRESERVATION THROUGHOUT THE COLONIZATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA OF THE KOOREN PEOPLE MAINTAIN OUR PRESENCE PRE COLONIZATION AND ALSO DURING THE COLONIZATION IN BURMA AND THE BRITISH RECOGNIZE THE STATE OF KAREN INDEPENDENT STATE HOWEVER THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY WAS LOST TO THE BURMESE AFTER THE BRITISH LEFT BURMA IN 1948 AND THE KAREN PEOPLE WERE AT WAR WITH THE BURMESE AND WE THE KAREN STATE IN 1948 AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THIS WAR THE CARING PEOPLE BECAME INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE IN THE STATES AND THEIR OWN STATE AND TERRITORY AS THE WAR WENT ON THROUGHOUT THE CARING STATES WERE NO LONGER BEING DISPLACED BUT BECAME INTERNATIONALLY DISPLACED REFUGEES AND MYSELF INCLUDED I LEFT MY COUNTRY WHEN IT WAS 8 YEARS OLD AND GROUP IN THAILAND SO THAT’S THE STORY WHY WE BECAME REFUGEES AND WHY WE CAME TO MINNESOTA. WE SURVIVED BASED ON INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES AND EVENTUALLY BECAUSE THERE WAS NO CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BURMESE GOVERNMENT AND NOT CARING ARMISTICE SO EVENTUALLY IN 2005 THE COUNTRY OF UNITED STATES OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CARING PEOPLE TO SETTLE IN THE UNITED STATES ABOUT 10,000 CARING PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 2009 THAT DURING THE RECESSION IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET A JOB AND GET PUBLIC ASSISTANCE WITHOUT LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE AND THE STATE THEY RESETTLED AND HOWEVER THE KAREN POPULATION ARE SMALL BUT WERE VERY RESILIENT AND WE WORK HARD TO TAKE ANY JOB BUT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TO BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR INCOME AND BUYING HOUSING AND LIVING IN ST. PAUL AND ALSO THE CITY OF AUSTIN THOSE ARE THE TWO MAIN CITIES MCCARRON PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN NOW AND THE KEY ISSUES WE FACE NOW I THINK LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE STILL CONFUSED ABOUT IDENTITY AS KAREN IT’S CONFUSED WITH OTHER FELLOW ETHNIC GROUPS FROM BURMA HISTORICALLY WE CAME FROM THE SAME TRIBES BUT REALISTICALLY BECAUSE OF THE KINGDOM WAS SET UP WITH THE KAREN STATE’S WINTER OWN KINGDOM THAT WAS POLITICAL IDENTITY. TO MAKE TO THE POINT WHEN THIS CONFUSING IDENTITY CREATED LANGUAGE CONFUSION AS WELL WHEN WE SAY WE NEED CARE AND INTERPRETERS AT A HOSPITAL THE REQUEST THE LANGUAGE THAT’S NOT RELEVANT THE DIALECT OR LANGUAGE THAT’S ONE ACKEES ISSUES I WANT TO POINT OUT. OUR ISSUE IS AS NEWLY ARRIVED AT IN THIS COUNTRY BELONG AND REGULATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY IS VERY SOPHISTICATED IT’S NOT REALLY A WELL UNDERSTOOD EVEN THOUGH WE UNDERSTAND ENGLISH AS NON FUNCTIONING IN OUR HEAD WHEN PEOPLE FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES THE DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S PETTY MISDEMEANOR OR MISDEMEANOR FELONIES HAVE THE STRUGGLE IN COURT BECAUSE THE JUDGE ONE EXCEPT THE POLICE UNLESS THEY UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON I’M NOT BE ABLE TO FIND A SOLUTION DEPENDS ON EXPERTS TO DO RESEARCH ON THOSE SITUATIONS AND NOT COME UP WITH A SOLUTION IN DEALING WITH THE NEWLY ARRIVED REFUGEES THAT DON’T UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY. I HOPE THERE’LL BE SOME SOLUTION IN A SHORT TIME FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TO UNDERSTAND ENGLISH OR WHO CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH ANOTHER ISSUE IS PUT KAREN OR OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR FOR FIVE YEARS AND OTHER PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING ENGLISH NO ONE IS GOING TO PASS THE SAVICK TEST SO THIS IS ALSO BUT ISSUE OF CONCERN BECOMING A CITIZEN AND HAVING THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR THE REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS ARE CRUCIAL TO OUR POLITICAL AND CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THIS COUNTRY THESE ARE THE THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT SET THIS TIME. I JUST WANTED TO DISCUSS THESE KEY ISSUES. IN TERMS OF HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY I HAVE SOME IDEAS I THINK BASED ON THE CONFUSION OF THE ETHNIC IDENTITIES OR OTHER STEPS I BELIEVE IF ANY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OR AGENCIES THAT WORK WITH REFUGEE POPULATIONS AT LEAST IF WE TRY TO HAVE AN INTRODUCE A MECHANISM THAT EVERYONE TRIES TO GET A REFRESHER AND WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING ON THE ETHNIC GROUPS IDENTITIES AND POLITICAL BACKGROUNDS THAT WOULD CLEAR IT SOME OF THE CONFUSION AND MISUNDERSTANDING. I THINK THAT WILL BE ALL FOR THE PRESENTATION I WILL BE OPEN FOR THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THANK YOU. >>I WILL START WITH THE FIRST QUESTION HOW DIFFERENT UNWRITTEN LANGUAGES? >>IT’S LIKE PLOUGHS AMONG. >>THEY’RE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. [LAUGHTER] THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? REPRESENTATIVE . >>I GUARANTEE YOU THAT I WILL MAKE SURE H C M C IS AWARE OF THE DIFFERENCES AND THE TRANSLATORS ARE THERE. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>REP PINTO. >>THANK YOU MR. CHAIR THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT I WASN’T FAMILIAR WITH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UP LANGUAGES AND I NOTICED IT TALKS OF THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE IN THE HANDOUT WE HAVE THAT BUT RENNIE TENDED TO SETTLE IN AREAS WITH HIGH CARE AND PUBLISHES I’M WONDERING IF THE MECHANISM IS FOR THAT WHAT REASON IS IT THE GROUPS ARE SETTLING IN THE SAME LOCATIONS IS BECAUSE I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE REASON IS FOR THAT? >>I BELIEVE IS THE CONNECTION BECAUSE WE’RE STILL FROM THE SAME COUNTRY AND WE ALSO HAVE INTO RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FELLOW KAREN I HAVE BY MYSELF SPEAK KAREN AND ON THE FIRST PERSON WHO ARRIVED IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA OF THAT’S HOW MY FRENCH SHIP CONNECTIONS WITH THE KOOREN PEOPLE THAT SELL WE GET TO SETTLE AND TO THAT’S HOW WE GET PEOPLE TOGETHER IN THE SAME COMMUNITY. >>REPRESENTATIVE LEE. >>THIS IS MORE TOWARDS SENATOR NELSON THANK YOU BOTH FOR INCLUDING THE EDUCATION BILL AND FOR OFFERING IN-HOUSE I THINK THE COMMUNITIES THAT REFERRED TO THEY HAVE SHOWN US WHY A THE LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO BE MORE AWARE WITH THE ASIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY WE HAVE DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS AND THERE’S DIFFERENT NEEDS I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORT AND THE SENATE AND REP RAN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE. >>EXAMPLE OF MY FOLKS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE CARING AND CARRY ANY MY ROOTS ARE GOING BACK TO SOUTHEAST ASIA WHERE OUR NEIGHBORS TO EACH OTHER. >>PEOPLE OFTEN CONFUSE US. I’M WONDERING WHAT THE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES ARE CALLED FOR THE PEOPLE OF KAREN AND THE GRANNY I THE SAME THE LANGUAGES AS WELL? FROM THE TWO GROUPS THE CARING GROUP AND THE KOOREN GROUP? >>IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LANGUAGES THE IT LINGUISTS ARE CALLED IS THE NAME AND UNDER THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION IN THAT STATE IS GOING TO BE WE WILL BE SPEAKING A CRANNY THE LANGUAGE. >>TO BE CORRECTLY KARAMI CROWLEY LANGUAGE. >>THANK YOU LET’S GO TO THE NEXT TESTIFIER WILL GO TO THE NEXT TESTIFIER FROM THE LIBERIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY MISS WOKIE FREEMAN. PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME TO RECORD. >>THANK MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE STATE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMISSIONERS AND OTHER OFFICIALS. AS WELL AS OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS I AM WOKIE FREEMAN I’M THE ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF BROOKLYN PARK. TODAY I’M HERE REPRESENTING THE THOUSANDS OF LIBERIANS WHO CALL MINNESOTA HOME SUNDAY GREATCOAT AND HONORED TO BE PARTICIPATING TODAY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. BEFORE I BEGAN I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE MATTER HOW ENTOMB THE PERSON IS OR EMBEDDED WITH A CERTAIN COMMITTEE NO ONE PERSON CAN SPEAK FOR THAT ENTIRE GROUP THE LIBERIAN COMMUNITY IS NOT, GENIUS ITS COMPLEX COMPRISING MANY SIMILARITIES AS WELL AS MANY ETHNIC AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES FOR MY REMARKS TODAY I DID SOLICIT INPUT FROM OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS FROM THE LIBERIAN COMMUNITY MY COMMENTS WILL REFLECT THEM. FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WHERE LIBERIA’S IS LOCATED ON THE WEST COAST OF IT’S A SMALL COUNTRY ABOUT 4.5 MILLION POPULATION THAT’S ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF TENNESSEE IN TERMS OF GEOGRAPHY . SURPRISING TO MANY A STORY OF A LIBERIAN IN MINNESOTA IT GOES AS FAR BACK AS THE MID-1950S THE MAJORITY OF THE FIRST LIBERIAN WHO ARRIVED IN MINNESOTA CAME AS STUDENTS SEEKING HIGHER EDUCATION MANY OF THEM INCLUDING MY FATHER OBTAIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO STUDY MINING MINERAL ENGINEERING AND OTHER FIELDS THEN THEY RETURNED HOME TO LIVE. TO PRACTICE IN THOSE PROFESSIONS. QUITE A FEW OF THEM STAYED HERE AND A POPULATION OF LIBERIAN IN MINNESOTA GREW STEADILY AS OTHERS JOINED THEM IN THE ’60S AND ’70S WHILE LIBERIA CONTINUED TO ENJOY A STATUS OF STABILITY AND SERVING AS A REFUGE FOR INTERNATIONAL FROM VARIOUS AFRICAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN AND ASIAN COUNTRIES FLEEING CONFLICTS THEMSELVES AND PERSECUTION AND SEEKING A MORE PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS LIFE. BEGINNING IN 1918 THAT PEACEFUL STATUS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AND THE FIRST DISPERSAL OF LIBERIANS OUT OF THEIR HOMELAND OCCURRED FOLLOWING THE COUP D’ETAT IN APRIL 1980 WITH A SITTING PRESIDENT WAS ASSASSINATED AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS OVERTHROWN MANY OF THE PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO FLEE FROM THE WAY TO THE EAST COAST AND SOUTHERN REGION OF UNITED STATES AND A NUMBER OF THEM SETTLED IN MINNESOTA WELCOMED BY THE MINNESOTA COMMUNITY AND THE GROWING LIBERIAN DIASPORA AN ATTEMPTED COUP D’ETAT IN 1985 CAUSED ANOTHER ROUND OF DEPARTURES OF LIBERIANS AND AGAIN ANOTHER WAVE CAME TO MINNESOTA BUT THE GREATEST MASS EXODUS OF LIBERIANS OF AT LEAST 1 MILLION LIBRARIANS BEGAN IN 1989 BECAUSE OF THE LIBERIAN CIVIL WAR DEPENDING ON WHO YOU SPEAK WITH FOR SEVERAL CONFLICTS THAT PERSISTED FOR ABOUT 14 YEARS AND CAUSED MAJOR LOSS OF LIFE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES LOST DURING THAT TIME. DURING THOSE TURBULENT YEARS AS IT CAN IMAGINE MANY CHILDREN LOST THEIR CHILDHOOD ADULTS LOST THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND COMPLEX DECIMATED THE SCHOOLS HOSPITALS ROSE BASICALLY ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE COUNTRY AS MUCH OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THOSE WHO COULD ESCAPE THE MAJORITY ENDED IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES AND IN ROUGH RIDGY CAMPS AND MANY SOUGHT RESETTLEMENT IN THE WEST IN UNITED STATES. PARTLY DUE TO MINNESOTA’S THRIVING ECONOMY IN THE ’90S AND HISTORY OF THE NONPROFITS AND GROUPS THAT WERE EXPERIENCED IN RESETTLING REFUGEES MINNESOTA’S ONE OF A FEW STATES THAT POSTED LIBERIAN REFUGEES AND NEWS OF MINNESOTA’S WARM HOSPITALITY AND THE AVAILABILITY OF DECENT PAYING JOBS THE RIGOROUS SCHOOL SYSTEM AS SOME OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS TALK ABOUT AND THE GROWING LIGHT DURING COMMITTEE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE DIASPORA AND LIBERIAN REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS CONTINUE TO ARRIVE IN DROVES DESPITES THIS FRIGID CLIMATE THAT COULD NOT BE FARTHER FROM THE LIBERIAN TROPICAL CLIMATE. MANY OF US FOUND OURSELVES HERE TODAY AND WE CAN BE FOUND IN THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS THE TROUPE BROOKLYNS BROOKLYN PARK IN BROOKLYN CENTER CRYSTAL NEW HOPE AS WELL AS ST. PAUL AND OTHER SUBURBS AND WE FOUND OURSELVES THROUGH UNFAVORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES TO LEAVE LIBERIA BUT THAT’S NOT THE ENTIRE STORY. OUR STORY IS ALSO ONE OF THE RESILIENCE AND STRENGTH WE’VE SURVIVED COUPS AND WARS SURVIVED EBOLA EPIDEMIC AND STILL HAVE HOPE WE BEEN ABLE TO REBUILD OUR LIVES AS REFUGEES IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. WE ARE RESILIENT AND HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE WE DO FACE CHALLENGES GET AS WE THINK OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY MEMBERS OF A LIBERIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO FOCUS ON OUR ASSETS RATHER THAN OUR DEFICITS. TYPICALLY POLICY MAKERS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RARELY ASK WHAT ASSETS WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER? MANY TIMES WE APPROACHED CRITICAL ISSUES FROM THE FRAME RESULTING IN DEVELOPING STRATEGIES THAT DESIGNED TO SAVE AND SOLVE ISSUES AS OPPOSED TO UNCOVERING WHAT CAN BE PRESERVED GROWN AND AMPLIFIED. FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE THE LIBERIAN AMERICAN COMMITTEE IS AN ENTERPRISING COMMITTEE THAT CONTRIBUTES GREATLY TO THE VITALITY OF MINNESOTA AND WE CONTINUE TO ENRICH THE CULTURE THROUGH OUR MUSIC ART THROUGH INTRODUCING NEW CULINARY TASTES WE PURCHASED HOMES WE HAVE DIVERSIFIED DISCLOSED AND CITIES AND LIBERIANS ARE EMPLOYED IN MANY INDUSTRIES AND SECTORS AND ESPECIALLY PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED SERVICES AND HEALTH CARE FIELD. WE ALSO HAVE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE CREATED EMPLOYMENT IN THE COMMUNITY AND THOSE STORIES OF OUR ENTREPENEURS IS ONE OF SHARED GRIT AND HUSTLE BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE MICRO ENTREPENEURS AND THEIR CHALLENGE TO FIND THE RESOURCES AND FUNDING MECHANISMS TO BETTER CULTURALLY SPECIFIC TO THE ETHNIC MODEL OF DOING BUSINESS IN ORDER TO BUILD WEALTH WITHIN OUR OWN COMMUNITY. WITH THE DEEP FAMILY AND ECONOMIC GROUPS THAT MANY LIBERIANS HAVE PLANTED IN MINNESOTA WE STILL HAVE A LARGE POPULATION OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE STILL ON TEMPORARY IMMIGRATION STATUS AFTER ALL THIS TIME. CAUSES OF LIBERIANS WERE GRANTED TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS BECAUSE OF A LIBRARY AND CIVIL CONFLICT OTHERS WERE PLACED ON PBS BECAUSE OF THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC AND TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS EXPIRES IN MAY OF 2017. IN 2007 PRESIDENT BUSH CHANGED THERE WAS A TRANSITION FROM A TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS TO WHAT’S CALLED DEFERRED AND FORCED DEPARTURE FOR DEED BECAUSE AT THAT TIME LIBERIA WAS NOT READY TO RECEIVE THE THOUSANDS OF DIASPORA LIBERIANS BACKING TO THE COUNTRY. OF A LIBRARY AND NOW ENJOYS RELATIVE PEACE THE COUNTRY STILL IS UNABLE TO INTEGRATE SO MANY REPATRIATES INTO THE COUNTRY BUT THE RENEWAL OF DEED IS A PRESIDENTIAL PREROGATIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA RENEWED THE E D UNTIL MARCH OF 2018 AND MANY LIBERIAN FAMILIES FIND THEMSELVES IN LIMBO AND PENNANT ON THESE PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES THE FUTURE OF BOTH OF THOSE STATUSES CURRENT SURGE AT THIS TIME. MANY LIVES WILL BE AFFECTED IF THE STATUS IS NOT RENEWED OR LIBRARIANS ARE NOT GRANTED PERMANENT RESIDENCY. THIS TENUOUS AND UNSTABLE EXISTENCE RELATED TO IMMIGRATION STATUS CONTRIBUTES TO MANY OF THE UNRESOLVED PROMISE THAT MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY HAVE FACED DUE TO THE CIVIL COMPLEX THE EBOLA CRISIS AND EVEN HISTORICAL PROMISED SO MANY OF US TO SUFFER FROM LACK OF CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE SERVICES TO HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH AS WELL AS RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS OR SENIORS AND FAMILIES TO DEVELOP HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIPS AND CONTINUED TO BUILD AS WHAT SOME OF THE OTHER NEW AMERICAN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN UNDERREPRESENTED WE HAVE OTHER CHALLENGES RELATED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TRAFFICKING TEENAGE PREGNANCY QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING INEQUITIES ACCESS TO LIVING WAGE EMPLOYMENT HOMELESSNESS UNDER EMPLOYMENT AND OF COURSE OPPORTUNITY GAPS THAT EXIST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND SCHOOLS. IN ORDER TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEED SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY WHAT WE WOULD ASK A POLICY MAKERS IS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITY AND TO GET TO KNOW LESS TO SPITE OUR LARGE POPULATION HOW MANY LIBERIAN AMERICANS CAN BE FOUND AN ELECTED OFFICIALS OFFICES AS AIDS AND OTHER ROLES? BETTER STILL, U.S. CAN BE FOUND IN POLICY-MAKING ENTITIES INCLUDING STATE AND CITY GOVERNMENT OR AS ELECTED OFFICIALS OURSELVES. INCREASING CAPACITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT AND DO COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AN ENGAGEMENT IS ALSO CRITICAL INVESTING IN BOTH PROVIDING BURGEONING NEEDED SERVICES AND EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE CAPACITY AND HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEMS AND IMPACT THOSE SYSTEMS IS WHAT WILL BE SUSTAINABLE FOR US. FOR EXAMPLE WITH VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS THAT ARE DOING THAT GREAT WORK. >>MR. FREEMAN AND START TO CUT YOU SHORT IF WE COULD CONCLUDE. >>THANK YOU ONE OTHER POINT WOULD BE TO LOOK ENGAGING ONE APPEARS ON AN ONGOING BASIS BY CREATING POSITIONS EVEN IF THEIR NONVOTING POSITIONS WHERE PEOPLE MAY NOT HAVE CITIZENSHIP CAN BE APPOINTED TO BOARDS AND COUNCILS TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THEIR COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS A WAY TO LEARN HOW THE SYSTEMS WORK AS WELL AS INVESTING IN OUR YOUTH AND PROGRAMS THAT WILL SUPPORT AND EMPOWER YOU THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH MS. FREEMAN AND QUESTIONS. >>THANK YOU SENATOR HAWJ THANK YOU FOR DRIVING FROM BROOKLYN PARK TO THIS WONDERFUL CITY OF ST. PAUL I DRIVE THAT EVERY DAY I’M WONDERING IF YOU COULD THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY AND THE WORDS AND KNOWLEDGE IS IMPRESSIVE I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SHARE THOSE ELECTRONICALLY WITH EVERYONE HERE THERE’S A CHANCE FOR DOING THAT AS A MATTER OF FACT IT SENATOR HAWJ IF PEOPLE GOT THAT I’D LIKE TO HAVE SOMETHING COME CLOSE TOGETHER FOR ELECTRONIC RECORDS. >>I DID IT HAVE THE WRITTEN STATEMENTS SENT TO US WE WON’T HAVE TIME TO GET EVERYONE’S ORAL STATEMENTS BUT PLEASE SEND MY OFFICE YOUR LETTERS AND TESTIMONY WILL MAKE SURE THE LEGISLATORS WILL RECEIVE THEM. IT IS NO OTHER QUESTIONS A THANK-YOU MISS GREEMAN. WILL MOVE ON TO THE TURKISH AMERICAN COMMUNITY MR. TOLGA MISIRLI. >>I’M PRO-GUN MISIRLI. I’M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TURKISH AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA AND THE FOUNDATION MINNESOTA CHAPTER THIS BOTH HERE. THOSE ORGANIZATIONS FOUNDED BY TURKISH AMERICANS AND TURKISH SOCIETY MINNESOTA FOUND IT IN 2004 AND SINCE THEN WE ARE HAVING EVENTS TOGETHER PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND SHARE SOMETHING TURKISH AMERICANS BELIEVE THEIR THREE ENEMIES OF HUMANITY. THEIR POVERTY IGNORANCE AND DISUNITY AND WE TRY TO ORGANIZE AND WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITIES AND WE’RE LIVING IN TO CURE FOR HELP OR DIMINISH THOSE EFFECTS OF THOSE THREE ENEMIES. ACCORDING TO A THIS BRIEF THINK IN THE MISSION OF EITHER MR. CHAIR I WILL BE DONE IN 10 MINUTES THE MISSION OF TURKISH AMERICAN SOCIETY MINNESOTA IS TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF EVERY MINNESOTA AND WE’RE THINKING BIG BY ENGAGING THEM IN CULTURAL EDUCATION INTERFAITH AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF ACTIVITIES INSPIRED BY THE TURKISH CULTURE WE SEND A MISSION LIKE THIS AND WE TRY TO WORK TO REACH THAT AND WE WANT TO BE LEADING ORGANIZATION PROMOTING CULTURAL RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY THROUGH MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CHARITY IN MINNESOTA. WE ARE ABLE TO PURCHASE A BUILDING WE WANT TO USE THIS BUILDING AS A CULTURAL CENTER IN COLUMBIA HEIGHTS AND WE TRY TO REACH THE PEOPLE LIVING IN COLUMBIA HEIGHTS AND RAMSEY COUNTY AND HENNEPIN COUNTY AND WE TRY TO REACH EVERYONE IN MINNESOTA AND THAT’S WHY I’M SENDING E-MAIL TO REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS AND PLEASE READ THEM DON’T MAKE IT SPAM I APPRECIATE THAT. ACCORDING TO THOSE THREE ENEMIES THE ASSOCIATION HAS THREE GOVERNING THE THREE COMMITTEES THAT WORKED UNDER THE BOARD OF THE TURKISH AMERICANS THAT CULTURE ENRICHMENT EDUCATION INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF. BY DOING THAT I WANT TO SHOW THIS FLYER THAT WE HAD THIS IS ACTUALLY IN THE NINTH ANNUAL TRADITIONS DINNER AT MOUNT ZION TEMPLE THAN WE INVITE THE THREE SPEAKERS AND THEY SHARED SOMETHING THE IDEA IS THEIR CONCERNS AND I WANT TO LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER. OUR ACTIVITIES ON CLASSES WHERE OFFERING IN MINNESOTA OFFERING KURDISH LANGUAGE CLASSES AND OFFERED IRANIAN AND WE HAVE A DIVERSE BACKGROUND AND THAT THIS CLERGY AND TRY TO LEARN TURKISH AND MANY MINNESOTANS WANT TO LEARN TURKISH AND WE ARE ORGANIZING COOKING CLASSES IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO COOK IN A TURKISH STYLE I’M SURE THEY’RE DELICIOUS IF YOU YOU’LL SEE HOW DELICIOUS TURKISH FOOD IS. WE’RE PLANNING TO OFFER FREE S.A.T. AND THE CT COURSES WERE WORKING ON THIS WE DID THIS TWO YEARS AGO DUE TO LACK OF VOLUNTEERS AND WE’RE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT NOW WE’RE PLANNING TO OFFER FREE TUTORING FOR STUDENTS ALSO WE MAKE THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AND TO THOSE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GET EDUCATION IN MINNESOTA LAST YEAR WE ORGANIZED A CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL THAN WE WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE THIS YEAR I’D LIKE TO ADDRESS THE LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITIES HERE IF THEY WANT TO HELP US TO ORGANIZE THIS CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL PLEASE SEE ME I HAVE SO MANY BUSINESS CARDS AND I NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS FESTIVAL HAPPENED AGAIN THIS YEAR. UNDER INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ACTIVITIES REORGANIZE DIALOGUES AND DINNERS WITH A FIRST COLUMBIA HEIGHTS CHURCH AND IT WAS THE 12TH THE DIALOGUE IF OUR AND WE INVITED THE PRESIDENT OF THE HINDU TEMPLE AND WE HAD A SPEECH ABOUT HOW HINDUS APPROACH BEING AWAY FROM FOOD AND DRINK THIS IS LIKE OUR EFFORT TO FIGHT AGAINST DISUNITY AND IGNORANCE. I SHOWED THE FIRE FROM THE NINE TRADITIONAL DINNER AT THE TEMPLE AND ALSO WE ORGANIZED RECEPTIONS I WANT TO THANK SENATOR PAPPAS FOR HOSTING US EVERY YEAR WE ORGANIZED IN THE NINTH ANNUAL RECEPTION WE WANT TO MAKE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR TURKISH PEOPLE TO MEET WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS SO WE WERE THERE IN THE LOBBY AND I REALIZED THIS CHAIR IS A LOT HOTTER THAN OVER THERE SO WE WILL DO NEXT YEAR I WOULD INVITE YOU GET A FEW OF TIME PLEASE COME AND ENJOY THE RECEPTION. WE HAVE ALSO UP PROJECT THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO MAKE PEOPLE FRIENDS ONE COUPLE FROM EACH CULTURE OR RELIGION TO COME TOGETHER EACH OTHER’S HOME TURKISH SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA YOU MENTION THOSE COUPLES AND WE ARE INTRODUCING THEM TO REACH THAT WE EXPECT THEM TO VISIT EACH OTHER’S HOME SO IT’S A COMMITMENT OF THE PARTICIPANTS IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED HERE TO JOIN THIS PROJECT WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS PLEASE SEE ME. UNDER THE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF WE HAVE FOOD SHELVES AND DISASTER RELIEF TWO YEARS AGO WE ORGANIST WE PARTICIPATED A BLANK DRIVE IT IT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN TURKEY AND RIGHT NOW WE’RE WORKING ON A PROJECT AND APRICOT SO WE RAISE $400 APPROXIMATELY IN THE TRADITIONS DINNER TO HELP THE WAR TORN PROJECT AND ALL OUR EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WE REQUIRE ONEROUS BP AND THEN WE TRIED TO MAKE A VIRUS DINNER TABLE OR LUNCH TABLE DEPENDING AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW EACH OTHER. THIS IS OUR WEBSITE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION OR YOU CAN SEE ME I FINISH IN 10 MINUTES MR. CHAIR. >>YES YOU DID MR. MISIRLI THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>SENATOR HAWJ JUST BRIEFLY PULLED OUT YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR ACTIVITIES BUT DIDN’T TELL US TO MUCH ABOUT THE TURKISH AMERICAN TO ME IT’S OUT IN MINNESOTA BECAUSE YOU’RE REALLY NOT A REFUGEE COMMUNITY OR IMMIGRANT COMMITTEE SO HOW LARGE IS IT? >>ACTUALLY LIKE THE MEMBERS SIT IS BETWEEN 1000 IN 2000 THERE ALL SPREAD WE HAVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IN ROCHESTER AND ST. CLOUD AND DULUTH ONE OF THE TURKISH AMERICAN LADIES DISCOVERED A NEW DULUTH BEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA IT SPREAD OUT AND THE TURKISH AMERICAN COMMITTEE IN DUE TO THE POLITICAL CONFLICT IN TURKEY NOW WE ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY TO REACH TURSHA AMERICAN COMMUNITIES HERE IN MINNESOTA IN THE TWIN CITIES THEY’RE NOT AS LARGE AS THE SOMALI COMMUNITY OR KAREN OR HMONG COMMUNITY WE ARE TRYING TO BRING MORE INVESTORS HERE IN MINNESOTA TURKISH AMERICANS LIVING IN FLORIDA AND CALIFORNIA AND BOSTON AREA WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO A VISIT HERE AND LIVE HERE WE’RE WORKING ON THIS LINK AND LIKE LAST TWO WINTERS HELPED US A LOT BUT YOU NOW THERE IS SOME QUESTION MARKS IN PEOPLE’S MINDS BUT WE TRY TO GET BIGGER HERE WE TRY TO ATTRACT SOME STUDENTS GETTING AN EDUCATION AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO FIND A JOB HERE AND STAY THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU TOLGA I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING MORE OF YOUR CULTURE HERE WERE GOING TO DEDICATE THE LAST 10 MINUTES FOR THREE PEOPLE THANK YOU. THESE ARE PEOPLE WE DID HAVE ON THE LIST BUT THEY SIGNED UP WE DECIDED WE WOULD ALLOW THREE INDIVIDUALS. WE HAVE MISS ROMERO AND DR. BRUCE CORRIE WHY DON’T CHEW COME FORWARD TO DO HAVE A POWER POINT? IN JUST A HANDOUT. AFTER THAT’S FINISHED YOU CAN COME FORWARD. >>FROM ARE BASED ON A OWATONNA AND WORK ON NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION SERVING THE EMIGRANT AND MIGRANT LATINO COMMUNITY ACROSS MINNESOTA SINCE THE YEAR 2000 WERE CLOSING IN ON 20 YEARS IN THIS ORGANIZATION AND AS A SAID WE BEEN DOING THIS WORK WITH THE IMMIGRANT AND MIGRANT COMMITTEE THAT LIVES IN RURAL MINNESOTA AND IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY SINCE THE EARLY 1900’S WE CAN A CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIP WITH LATINO COMMUNITY LIVES IN TEXAS, NORTHERN BORDER WHICH ALSO HAPPEN TO HAVE OR ENJOY A STATUS MOST OF THEM ARE U.S. CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN THE COUNTRY AND THAT’S HOW THEY CAN BASICALLY TRAVEL FROM THE STATE OF TEXAS AT TO COME TO MINNESOTA AND HAVE BEEN DOING SO FOR OVER 100 YEARS NOW. AS A SAID THE ORGANIZATION STARTED WORKING WITH THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY FROM TEXAS BACK IN YEARS 1997 AND AS THINGS HAVE PROGRESSED WE’VE DONE ALL KINDS OF WORK FROM PASSING LEGISLATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF SOME OF YOU PRESENT YOUR SITTING IN THESE CHAIRS PROTECTING MIGRANT AND WORKERS AND OUR WORK HAS EVOLVED JUST LIKE OUR COMMUNITY HAS EVOLVED IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA PROTOPLAST I GUESS 15 YEARS OF LEAD IN WORKING ON THE SAME ORGANIZATION I WILL SHARE A FEW LITTLE ABOUT THE CHANGES I’VE SEEN AT LEAST IN THE PAST 12 YEARS ACROSS RURAL MINNESOTA. ONE INTERESTED IN MINNESOTA OR ALMOST 300,000 LATINOS OR ABOUT TWO UNDER 70,000 IF WE HAVE AN ACCURATE COUNT I WANT TO SAY IT’S MORE THAN THAT THE OTHER PIECE IS THE LEAST A THIRD ALMOST 33 PERCENT OF THEM LIVE IN RURAL MINNESOTA OF AS WE KNOW WILL MINNESOTA IS PRETTY WIDE PERIOUSLY TOOK A TRIP I WAS SAYING ORGANIZING A TRIP TO WORTHINGTON TO MY COLLEAGUE THE IT WAS HER FIRST TRIP TO WORTHINGTON THE DRIVE IN THE MORNING AND COME BACK COMMITMENT SHE BASICALLY SAID WE START THINKING ABOUT HAVING A SMALL PLANE BECAUSE COVERING RURAL MINNESOTA IS A TASK DRIVING FROM WORTHINGTON TO RED WING AND THE NEXT DAY WE VISITED LEADERSHIP TRAINING IS THREE AND HALF HOUR DRIVE IT’S A LOT OF MILEAGE TO COVER THAT’S WHERE ONE-THIRD OF THIS RURAL LATINOS ARE LIVING WORKING SENDING THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL AND BASICALLY CALLING MINNESOTA HOME. WITH THAT THESE FAMILIES ARE DIVIDED IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS ONE OF THEM IS A GENERATIONAL GAP THEY ENTERED RACIAL DIVIDE AND AND WHAT I CONSIDER MYSELF I GET HERE IN YEAR 2000 AND I WASN’T BORN HERE I’M ORIGINALLY FROM MEXICO MY FATHER WAS NOT BORN HERE BUT HE EMIGRATED IN 1982 AND BECAME A NATURALIZED CITIZEN IN 1994 THAT’S HOW I BECAME A U.S. RESIDENT. AT THE SAME TIME FOR EXAMPLE MY FAMILY TO THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS MY SISTER STILL HAS THAT RECEIVED HER IMMIGRATION ISSUE IS IN 1940 AND DO THE MATH IN 20092017 IS BEEN EFFUSES MY SISTER HASN’T GOT HER STATUS THAT’S THE CASE OF MY FAMILY I COULD WANT WITH MANY DIFFERENT FAMILIES ESSENTIALLY WE DIDN’T HAVE UP TO FIVE DIFFERENT STATUS IS IN A SINGLE HOUSEHOLD OF LATINO FAMILIES AND THAT CREATES A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPLEXITIES IN SITUATIONS ONE OF THEM I ACTUALLY SEE A LOT OF IN HERE LOT IN THE WILL WORK WE DO IS BECAUSE OF THE STATUS DOES BECOME A PRIVILEGE THERE’S CERTAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND HOUSEHOLD BETTER SHIFTED SO OUR COMMITTEE HAS TO RESPOND AND HAS TO OPERATE IN A DIFFERENT WAY. PROBABLY CASE I KNOW THE MOST IS ONE OF THE YOUTH WHOSE BEEN WORKING WITH US AS HE WAS 12 AND THROUGH THE YEARS ESSENTIALLY HE’S 19 NOW TO WHEN HE WAS 16 HE TURNED 16 HE WAS A SINGLE PERSON HIS FAMILY WHEN A DRIVER’S LICENSE SO PICKING UP FAMILY MEMBERS DRIVING FAMILY MEMBERS HAVING A JOB AMONG OTHER THINGS FOR SIX YEAR-OLD TEENAGER IN OWATONNA BECAME HIS ROLE IN THE FAMILY AND ONCE AGAIN THAT’S ONE EXAMPLE OF 300,000 RURAL LATINOS WHO LIVE IN MINNESOTA OF. >>MR. LESS IF THERE’S THROUGH >>I WILL FINISH UP THE LAST THING I WANT TO SAY IS IN THIS COMMUNITY WE ALSO DO HAVE THE LARGEST WORK FORCE IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA MOST OF RECOMMENDING, FOR USE UNDER THE AGE OF 25 IF WE KEEP UP THE THINKING OF MAKING MINNESOTA THE BEST WORKFORCE BY 2020 INVESTING IN THE RULING IN A COMMUNITY AS A WISE IDEA. >>MEANING A THIS AND GENTLEMEN THANK TO FORCE THAT SOME TIME FOR US TO BE HERE AND SPEAK WITH YOU TODAY. I RECEIVE THE INVITATION AT THE LAST MINUTE I’M NOT SURE WHY LATINOS AND NOT AN AUDIENCE TODAY SEEMS THERE’S VERY FEW OF US I HAVE WORKED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION FOR YEARS NOW THREE YEARS WORKING IN RURAL MINNESOTA FROM WEST TO EAST AND I’M NOW CURRENTLY HERE IN THE METRO AREA ALSO IN DIFFERENT ROLES IN THE METRO AREA. I THINK MOVING FORWARD IN THE STATE WE NEED ASK OURSELVES WHAT KIND OF RESULTS WE’RE LOOKING FOR AS A STATE ECONOMICALLY AND MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT MEETING ANYONE BEHIND THAT’S INCLUDING MY COMMUNITY. THE MEMBERS OF WHICH WERE JUST MENTIONED AND HOW WE GO ABOUT BACK? I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT I ALSO BELIEVE MY RESEARCH SHOWS THE STATUS OF THE HAS BEEN RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR NEW AMERICANS AND WE NEED TO HAVE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND EVERY SINGLE DAY BETTER HEARING ABOUT EQUITY WORK WE NEED THE CONTRACT IN A GOOD PORTION OF THAT WORK AND WE ARE NOT AND I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO WORK HEAVILY ON THAT. ANOTHER THING TO OUR COMMITTEE IS VERY ENTREPRENEURIAL WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR ANY HANDOUTS WE’RE NOT LOOKING TO BE A PART OF WINNING SYSTEM THAT WILL KEEP THIS PART OR KEEP US IN THE CONDITIONS WE CURRENTLY ARE IN AND DOING WORK ACROSS THE STATE OF MINNESOTA I’VE SPOKEN WITH ANY BUT HE WAS ESPECIALLY MANY LATINAS MORE INTERESTED IN GOING INTO ENTREPRENEURIAL VARIOUS IT BUT HAVE BARRIERS AND MANY POINTS AND ACCESSING RESOURCES TO START THEIR BUSINESSES AND I’M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT CARING AND THAT KIND OF WORK. I’M INTERESTED IN SEEING MOVING TOWARD WHAT SUGGESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE FOR ME THANK YOU. >>GOOD AFTERNOON I’M SONYA I KNOW MOST OF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT OUR GROUP IS IT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IT’S NOT LAW TECHNICALLY IT COULD BE REVOKED ANY TIME PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTED TO BE REVOKED I’VE BEEN HERE SINCE I WAS 6 MONTHS OLD I CROSS THE BORDER WITH MY MOM AND DECKER HAS CHANGED MY LIFE I HAVE ABLE TO GO TO COLLEGE AND GRADUATED FROM AUGSBURG COLLEGE IN 2014 WITH THE THEOLOGY DEGREE WHICH A VERY PROUD OF BECAUSE IT WAS VERY HARD FOR ME TO GO TO COLLEGE AND ONE WOULD LIKE IS FOR YOU TO HELP THE UNDOCUMENTED COMMUNITY HELP THE DREAMERS WE ARE THE FUTURE WHERE MINNESOTA’S FUTURE AND THERE’S ONE QUESTION I WOULD LIKE TO RAISE IF DONALD TRUMP AND UP TAKING AWAY DECCA WHICH COULD PREVENT ME FROM GOING BACK TO MEXICO I NEVER GROW UP IN MEXICO I DON’T KNOW I’VE BEEN HERE SINCE I WAS SIX MONTHS I FEEL LIKE ANY OTHER AMERICAN HOW COULD YOU PROTECT US HOW COULD YOU HELP US WITHOUT NOT BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS COUNTRY THAT WE CALL OUR HOME BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY WE KNOW? >>THANK YOU MISS ROMERO. BANK OF THREE OF YOU FOR BEING ABLE TO JOIN US FOR THIS LAST ROUND OF NEW AMERICANS AND THE HISPANIC LATINO COMMUNITY HAS BEEN HERE MANY ARE INDIGENOUS TO THIS COUNTRY I WILL PASS THE GAVEL TO MY CO-CHAIR TO CONCLUDE OR RUN TO THINK ABOUT HOSTING THE CONTINUING FORUM OF MINORITY AND IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS. SENATOR TORRES RAY.>>THANK YOU SENATOR HAWJ I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR COMING IN BRINGING THREE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES FROM THE LATINO COMMUNITY ABOUT MIGRANT WORKERS ENTREPENEURS AND UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS I THINK THIS REFLECTS IMPORTANT CONNECTIONS AN IMPORTANT SECTORS IN OUR COMMUNITY WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SO I WANT TO SAY THANK-YOU TO THE CHAIRS FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH TODAY I THINK THIS WAS AN OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION FROM ALL OF YOU AND WE ONLY CARE WE STAY HERE FOR HOURS TALKING UNTIL THREE IN THE MORNING THIS IS OK BUT WHAT I DO WANT TO SAY IS WE NEED TO DO THIS AGAIN AND I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE WE PERHAPS NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW DO WE DO THIS BETTER SO WE TRY TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE THAT YOU’RE INVITED AGAIN. I KNOW MANY MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS IT WAS VERY INSPIRING BUT ALL THE MEMBERS WERE HERE SO PERHAPS WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE DO CLUSTERS OF COMMUNITIES THAT CAN COME AND PRESENT THEIR PERSPECTIVES THIS WAS INCREDIBLY HELPFUL THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE PLEASE DON’T FEEL LIKE WE DIDN’T HEAR WE TOTALLY DEAD AND WE WILL CONTINUE HEARING BECAUSE THIS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THANK-YOU TO THE CHAIRS FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER AND INVITING THESE PEOPLE. >>JUST FOR THE RECORD WE MOVE ALONG YOU MOVE FAST THE PERSON IN THE MIDDLE CAN USE TINCHER NAME PLEASE? >>I’M ERICA TREVINO. >>THANK YOU. >>MR. CHAIR I HAVE ONE QUESTION? THANK YOU SENATOR HAWJ AND ERNESTO I’M AWARE OF THE GOOD WORK THE ORGANIZATION DOES IN ROCHESTER AND ALBERT LEA AND I BELIEVE OWATONNA ALSO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT AN ORGANIZING TRIP IS WHAT’S IN ORGANIZING TRAP? >>AND ORGANIZING A TRIP WOULD BE OR ALL OF YOU NEXT YEAR BEFORE THE SEASON BEGINS TO GET IN THE BUS AND YOU VISIT WILLMAR AT YOU VISIT ST. CLOUD YOU VISIT MONTGOMERY YOU VISIT WORTHINGTON YOU VISIT OWATONNA AND YOU GO TO ROCHESTER AND RED WING AND COME BACK TO THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN HAD TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT YOU LEARN TODAY AND SHARE AND COME UP WITH SOME SOLUTIONS AS AN ORGANIZED TRIP FOR ME IF I’M GOING TO TAKE A TRIP TO WORTHINGTON IS THREE HOURS FROM HERE OR OWATONNA I’M TAKING SOMEONE WITH ME BECAUSE OF THE WISE IT’S AN ORGANIZING TRAPP ALSO WE HAVE WORKED IN WORTHINGTON WHERE. >>THANK YOU. >>I WANT TO TALK TO MORE ABOUT THAT OFFLINE. LATZ: DR. COREY FOR CONCLUSION THAT OUT AS THE GAVEL TO MY CO-CHAIR AND CONCLUDE THIS NEW AMERICAN FORUM. >>THANK YOU SENATOR HAWJ IF YOU’RE TIRED AND HUNGRY TO GET TO PICK UP KIDS LIKE ME OUT OF THANK YOU APPRECIATE YOU STAYING FOR SO LONG TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THE COMMUNITIES. THEN HE SAID AND THE STOMACH IS FULL THEN YOU BECOME A PHILOSOPHER SYSTEMIC IS AND TAKE YOUR GORDY HEAR THE FACTS. THERE’S NO PHILOSOPHY BUT THREE POINTS I WANT TO MAKE QUICKLY ONE IS THE FACTS ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND CONTRIBUTION OF AMERICANS SOME OF THE FAX FROM THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND THE SECOND HANDOUT IS SOME FACTS THAT PUT TOGETHER TODAY ABOUT EACH LOOP LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT ASSETS IN DISPARITIES BY THE EVER CAN LATINO AND ASIAN COMMUNITIES UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE VISIBILITY HOUSEHOLDS AND INCOME THAT REPRESENTS THEIR BUYING POWER AND THE TAXES THEY PAY AND WHEN WE WENT BEFORE THE SENATE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION WE ASK THE JUDGES WHO REPRESENT THESE ECONOMIC INTERESTS? I PRESENTED TO YOU THE ECONOMIC INTEREST OF EACH ONE OF THE AREAS YOU REPRESENT ON THE OTHER HAND THE HISTORY WHEN I TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF AMERICA WHAT’S IS BECOMING A WOULD TELL THEM COME TO MINNESOTA IT WILL ALWAYS BE OPEN AND WELCOMING BECAUSE THE PEOPLE LIKE YOU LEADERS LIKE YOU KEEPING MINNESOTA AND ALLIED AND IN THIS KIND OF FORM FOR THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE HISTORY MINNESOTA YOU’LL SEE TO STREAMS OF IMMIGRANTS THE HMONG WHO STUTTER WITH POVERTY AS HIGH AS 60 PERCENT AND NOW ABOUT 25 PERCENT HOMEOWNERSHIP RATES OF 12% TO NOW HAVE HOMEOWNERSHIP OF 40 PERCENT AMONG BLUES THE DOCTOR CHAIRING THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF MINNEAPOLIS THESE ARE IN SUCH POPULAR STORIES ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTION OF IMMIGRANTS AND FROM THE AGENT IN THE INTIMATE CAME VIA A FIBER OPTIC CABLES TO SOLVE PROBLEMS LIKE THE YANKEE’S CRISIS AND ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE STATE SO ESTIMATE THE CURRENT IMMIGRANTS IN MINNESOTA ABOUT $7.2 BILLION OF CONTRIBUTIONS OF SPENDING A LOT OF THESE BUSINESSES WILL GO UNDER PAY CLOSE TO A BILLION DOLLARS IN TAXES WHEN PEOPLE COME AND ASK TO THE LEGISLATURE IS A SHARE TO THE TAXES BY LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS IN HANDOUT I GAVE YOU ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF HOMES IN THE STATE ARE FROM EMIGRANTS ARE CONNECTED AND 5.2 BUSINESSES OVER 220,000 WORKERS THIS COMMUNITY HAS A LOT TO OFFER AND CONTINUES TO HAVE A LOT TO OFFER I THINK FOR BE OPEN TO LISTENING TO THE VOICES THAT YOU HEARD POWERFUL VOICES TO EACH ONE OF THEM HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER MINNESOTA THANK YOU. >>I WANT TO THANK YOU TO FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND YOUR DATA AND THE FAX YOU PRESENTED. WE HAVE COME TO THE AND BUT BEFORE WE LEAVE I WANT TO THANK THE NEW AMERICAN COMMUNITY FOR SHOWING UP FOR THE COUNCIL’S TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE AND THE RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE WITH THE NEW AMERICANS AND ALSO AS LEGISLATORS IF WE DON’T HEAR YOUR VOICE AND WE DON’T SEE YOU IT’S HARD FOR US TO MAKE DECISIONS ON HOW TO BEST REPRESENT YOU AND SUPPORT YOU AND BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS. THIS HAS BEEN A REALLY INFORMATIVE I KNOW IT’S BEEN INFORMED TO INFORM ME TO HEAR AND LEARN FROM YOU AND THAT’S WHAT WE WANT TODAY TO BE ABOUT THIS IS A FIRST THAT FOR LEGISLATORS TO CREATE SPACE FOR RICAN HERE FROM NEW BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND TALK WITH YOU SO WE CAN REPRESENT YOUR VOICES YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS IN THIS MONEY. WE WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING AT THINK THE LEGISLATORS FROM THE SENATE AND FROM THE HOUSE WHO SHOWED UP AND PARTICIPATED IN THE PROCESS I WANT TO THANK SENATOR HAWJ FOR HAVING THIS VISION TO BRING AMERICANS INTO THIS BODY AND A LAWLESS TO HEAR AND LISTEN SO THAT HELPS US TO BE BETTER AT WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR ALL MINNESOTANS. THANK YOU ILHAN REP OMAR HAS A STATEMENT. >>THANK YOU, I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT SOMETHING IS EVERYONE PRESENTING I’M A NEW AMERICAN I THINK THERE’S OFTEN TIMES WE’RE SEEING AS A BURDEN AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION SURVEY TALKED ABOUT WHAT AN ASSET WE CAN BE GIVEN THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES AND I THANK YOU ALL FOR BRINGING THAT KIND OF PRESENCE AND FOR AND USING THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT NEW AMERICANS AND THE ABILITY AND BEING ONE OF POWER AND ASSET THANK YOU. I FEEL ENERGIZED BY THIS. >>THAT’S A GOOD CLOSING I AGREE WE HEARD ABOUT THE RESILIENCY AND HEARD ABOUT HOW HARD WORKING AMERICANS ARE, NOT SO MUCH MONEY HAS TO COME IN TO SAVE YOU BUT TO BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS THAT WAS HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. AGAIN THAT IT WILL DO THE WE HAVE MORE LISTENING TO DO WE WILL CONTINUE THAT RELATIONSHIP THANK YOU BE SAFE UNTIL THE NEXT TIME. [APPLAUSE]. . . [APPLAUSE]

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