Changing face of Minneapolis is evident in caucus attendance

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 17, 2013 - 11:25 AM

East African immigrants were a strong presence at many DFL caucuses.

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ginny6Apr. 16, 1310:40 PM

This is excellent! I love the new blood coming into the system. Often immigrants know so much more about and value our democracy more than those who were born into it.

techieguruApr. 16, 1310:47 PM

Correction to your article: the prayer recess in 3-6 was supposed to happen at 8 p.m. (but really did not take place).

darma12Apr. 17, 1312:00 AM

Every culture takes time to adjust. The Somali just arrived. And they are adapting.

johnmplsApr. 17, 1312:07 AM

These pictures are actually sad for me. Am I against the Somali voting? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I am sad about the fact they are the only ones showing up! Puts the rest of us to shame!

unsinnApr. 17, 13 7:11 AM

Why is a UN official from New York in attendance? I'd like the reporter to explain that rather than make sucha brief reference to it.

turgidApr. 17, 13 7:39 AM

Good luck to all the new candidates. I hope they can replace each and every one of the city council members who voted to bypass the city's own charter and impose 675 million dollars in taxes on downtown businesses to pay for an NFL stadium that will be used for football games 11 times per year. The council members who voted for these taxes, which will take at least 30 years to pay, are: Don Samuels, Kevin Reich, Diane Hofstede, Sandra Colvin Roy, Meg Tuthill, John Quincy and Barbara Johnson.

honeybooApr. 17, 13 8:03 AM

Not everyone in the DFL is overjoyed to see all the new faces. Trust me.

Interested ObserverApr. 17, 13 8:25 AM

Mohamed Barre volunteered to be a delegate for the city and ward conventions. “As we are a new community, in the future we will leave our children here,” Barre said. “And we want … to understand the system, how it works.”........To Ms. Barre: What makes the U.S. the greatest country in the world is intelligence, creativity, great inventions by our people to make our lives better, hard work, taking care of our own children and parents and not looking for a handout fron our fellow citizens and businesses in our community. In the words of John F Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" is how our systems works best and made us such an economic powerhouse that people like you want to live here.

Area51Apr. 17, 13 8:30 AM

I find it telling that the Strib has removed comments on the seating by gender in the room, as well as a comment that Somali men sometimes don't allow the women to vote, or that Somali men control the gateway to jobs in certain facilities, blocking women from those jobs. That writer also challenged the Strib to do a more in depth anaysis of Somali culture rather than just blindly lauding "diversity."

timandtiaApr. 17, 13 9:46 AM

Okay, we have new people. Does that mean we make changes to fulfill their way of life (i.e. time out for prayer, English speaking, etc.)? My understanding, is that these people came here to the U.S.A. and wanted to be in the best country in the world. Why do we then offer changes that brings them back to their old ways?


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