in advance of the next council meeting on August 7th @ 6:00 sharp in the City Chambers City Hall.
“This is Minnesota and you have every right to be here and anybody who can’t accept your right to be here should find another state, they really should go somewhere else.” Dayton states. (Comment: Hmm it is the Somalians who do not want to assimilate 100% who need to go…why should they step in and reap the rewards of what Americans created. Why not create the society they want in their own countries?)
Other audience members expressed concerns about tax dollars being used for refugees in Minnesota and the possibility of them taking over jobs. Dayton says this state has 97,000 job vacancies and that immigrants and refugees can help fill that void. Dayton Americans can too. (Comment Yussuf seems to have a problem with Eastern Europeans and people from the Phillipines doing the jobs Somalis presently do for Golden Plump which he voiced at a different meeting. Did Dayton know about this?)
Former school board candidate Hassan Yussuf also asked Dayton how the state was responding to it’s growing achievement gap issue in it’s schools. Dayton says there needs to be more diversity in their teaching field. (Comment:This same Yussuf is part of founder Natalie Ringsmuth’s organization “Unite Cloud” . This VOLAG and many others receive tax-payers money to attain their goals this needs to be addressed and stopped.)
Then again according to Dayton“The Minnesota achievement gap is a disgrace and unacceptable. Part of it is because we have an influx of people from other states and countries who don’t have the same educational background and only 1 percent of our teachers are African American which is unacceptable.” Maybe stop making special concessions in the schools with prayer rooms, time
The panel also included St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, State Representative Jim Knoblach, NAACP board members and Somali business leaders. (No reps from the community mentioned so were our voices even heard?
Remarks made by Mayor Hodges concerning the election of President Trump and the killing of Justine Damond.
Betsy Hodges (CONCERING THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP)
To those who awoke afraid and more vulnerable to a President who has pledged to attack you: I stand with you, your city stands with you, and we will find a way through. To my Muslim, Mexican, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, low-income, of-color, women, Jewish, and other friends: you are not alone, I and all allies stand strong with you, we will create more and better allies, and we will find a path forward. Together.
To my fellow white people: we get to do a lot of work with one another. We have been surprised by our brothers and sisters who are so angry, scared, and confused that Donald Trump seemed like a solution to a problem. We cannot expect people of color to lead us out of this. We can’t expect blame, attack, and criticism to magically make people less angry, scared, or confused. We get to tackle our own confusions about one another and find a way forward. Together.
That is not an invitation to naiveté. People’s lives, livelihoods, safety, and well-being are at stake. We must continue, as always, to take a stand against what is coming, to fight for and with people against the meanness that is upon us. We must continue, as always, to stand for what is best in us as people – helping rather than hindering, inclusion rather than division.
The first order of business, however, is to grieve, to rage, to confess confusion, to shake with fear. Only when we let ourselves feel fully do we free our minds enough to think clearly about what is next. Then we get to remember that we have one another, we know how to organize, and we know how to stand up, dust off, and take the next step. Together.
This is how Minneapolis is strong. We come together. I believe in us.
To the Somali community: I want you to know that you are a valued and appreciated part of Minneapolis. I stand with you and support you. The strength and beauty of the Somali and East African communities are a vital part of what makes Minneapolis so strong and beautiful. I am grateful to be your neighbor.
This week a Somali police officer, Officer Mohamed Noor, shot and killed a woman under circumstances we don’t yet comprehend. Justine Damond’s death was tragic and awful for… everyone. And I want to be very clear that Officer Noor, a fully trained officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, won’t be treated differently than any other officer.
Justine’s death is a tragedy for our city. We cannot compound that tragedy by turning to racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. It is unjust and ridiculous to assert that an entire community be held responsible for the actions of one person. That will not be tolerated in Minneapolis. If you are experiencing discrimination, you can file a complaint at. minneapolismn.gov
I also attended “A community conversation: What it is like to be Somali in St. Cloud” chaired by MPR’s Tom Weber. On February 2, 2016, again at the St. Cloud Library in response to allegations made that Somalis are not treated fairly here. At this meeting the same Yussuf , mentioned above, complained that people from the Philipines and Eastern Europe were going to be taking jobs from Somalis at Golden Plump how ironic! When people ask the same question about Somalis they get called racist.
The St. Cloud City Council and Mayor Kleis need to thoroughly address this issue such as can we afford to have them here financially or physically, and put the welfare of our city before that of the Somalians. We do not want our community destroyed the way Minneapolis is going … as are many cities and nations worldwide. Lets light a beacon to show others that the destruction foisted on us by liberal governments can be reversed. You as the elected leaders of St. Cloud are perfectly capable of doing this.
Some issues that cannot be ignored are:
1) Who is the power behind Refugee Resettlement in St. Cloud?
2) Exactly how much financially do Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and the COSC contribute to fund the RR program
3) Is is true that due to RR Stearns County is no longer fiscally sound?
4) Why was it felt that another facility was needed when we already have facilities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs available to city youth. Where does and/or will all the funding come from to run these facilities?
4) How much federal, local government funding is contributed to Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, and VOLAGS such as Unite Cloud to run programs for Refugee Resettlement
Let’s take back our city and take care of our own first. We are not a rich community and can ill afford to support the RRP.