‘I am thrilled to have my Somalia back. Now I have two countries that I both love.’
Tuesday, January 22
Editor’s Note: Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud spoke to the Twin Cities Somali community Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Fartun Weli—a Hopkins resident and executive director of Somali women's health education and advocacy group Isuroon—shared this guest column about Mohamud’s visit. I couldn’t go to the Convention Center to welcome our new president Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, but the energy of those who were there is amazing. I have never seen so many Somali members so happy and supportive of any president since the civil war started. They said the new president has vision and communicates well with the ordinary Somalis. He cares about the poor, especially women who have suffered unbearably. Some compared his …
The 5th District representative liked the speech’s comments on income equality, gay rights and other issues.
Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison is praising the progressive values he heard in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. “As the co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, it is my considered opinion that this was a progressive speech,” Ellison said Monday on The Ed Show. “It was a speech that any progressive could say, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ I found myself spontaneously cheering in the middle of the speech. It was the kind of speech that just made me feel really good because it combined our common humanity, combined our need for economic fairness, combined the idea that better days our coming if we will step up to meet them.” Ellison particularly noted the president’s focus on income inequality, programs like Social …