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Minneapolis Council Members Warsame and Frey to Host a Town Hall on Islamophobia

United Against Islamophobia Panel
November 2, 6:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m.
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church: 2315 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Islamophobia is increasingly rising to the front of national attention. Establishing trust and building relationships among people of different faiths and cultures is a priority for Minneapolis Council Members Warsame and Frey. In a time when Islam is the subject of much discussion and controversy, Warsame and Frey hope to enable an ongoing open dialogue, in a safe environment for debate, and promote a more informed understanding of Muslim culture. They want to extend an invitation to all community members to attend to this panel on November 02 at 6:30 pm at the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

As an American who is a Muslim, black and an immigrant, Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry undermines the values I strive to live out every day: the American values. It is important to talk about Islamophobia and raise our voices to increase awareness and education. It is my hope that leaders and community members work together to promote inclusion and respect for one another
– Abdi Warsame

As a Jewish man, I love my Muslim sisters and brothers. Now more than ever, appreciation and celebration of our differences must be paramount, and this forum provides a grand opportunity
– Jacob Frey

Confirmed speakers include:

The Honorable Judge LaJune Lange (Ret.)
Lange is a senior fellow with the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice. A retired State of Minnesota trial court judge, Lange is an expert on legal and constitutional standards for discrimination in state and federal courts.

Pastor Laurie Eaton
Pastor Eaton was called as pastor to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis in 2009. She is an active leader in ISAIAH, a coalition of approximately 100 congregations committed to living out faith values in the public realm, seeking racial and economic equity in our state.

Imam Asad Zaman
Imam Asad Zaman is a distinguished leader in the education and non-profit sectors. He is the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota and a frequent speaker at Islamic conferences and Islam Awareness Weeks.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please rsvp to [email protected]



Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) Member Meetup






TLC Meetup in Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 20, 5-7 PM
Dangerous Man Brewing
1300 NE 2nd Street

Join Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) on Wednesday, April 20, for a happy hour gathering in Minneapolis. Come meet their new executive director Jessica Treat and connect with other staff and advocates. They’ll share a bit about their current work—at the legislature and beyond—but the main focus is on conversation with local members interested in transit, bicycling, and walking. Light food is on TLC.

All are welcome, but RSVPs are much appreciated.

RSVP here:

How to get to the meetup:

TLC’s event location at Dangerous Man Brewing is served by Metro Transit bus routes 11 and 30. Bike parking is available. The 5th Street Bicycle Boulevard and other bike routes are nearby. Find Nice Ride bike-sharing stations about three blocks away at University & 12th and at Broadway & Marshall.

Questions? Contact Hilary Reeves, Member Engagement Director, at [email protected] or 651-789-1415.


2015 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour

screen_capture_of_ht_guide_coverThe free, self-guided tour will feature remodeling ideas for every room in the house, plus historic homes, lofts and new spaces.

Saturday April 25, 10am until 5pm
Sunday April 26, 1pm until 5pm

More than 50 homes and special locations in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will be open during the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. The free, self-guided tour (Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m.) gives homeowners inspiration and ideas on how to improve their homes.

As the Tour marks its 28th year showing “real homes, real people, real ideas,” residents open their doors to show practical ideas for remodeling every room in the house, and creative ways of finding or adding useful space.

At many homes, contractors, architects, and other trades people are also available to talk with guests. Organizers are encouraging visitors to use social media to Tweet or Instagram their tour experiences to help others make the most of the 11 hours the homes will be open.

The character of city living comes through in the tour’s tapestry of stories. Trending this year: While infill building is on the rise, the drive for historic preservation and restoration is stronger than ever. Enjoy hearing why these homeowners remodeled to stay in the neighborhoods they love.

Visitors will also get inside views of changes in the cities’ landscape, from lofts along the Green Line in Saint Paul to the Green Homes North in Minneapolis.

To plan a free, self-guided tour, visitors can go to or pick up a copy of the Home Tour Guides (with maps and descriptions of all the homes) at local libraries in Hennepin County (Minneapolis and inner-ring suburbs), Saint Paul and Ramsey County. A PDF of the Guide is downloadable from the website.

The Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour, a celebration of city living, is sponsored by the City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development department, Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development, and various corporate and non-profit sponsors. For information, call Margo Ashmore at 612-867-4874.