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Four Upcoming Events to Learn about the Immigrant Experience

By: April Pierce, Communications & Web Services Intern

Minnesota has steadily been growing its immigrant and refugee populations over the past several decades. Almost 457,000 immigrants live in Minnesota alone, the Somali population in particular being much higher than the national average. In fact, Minnesota’s has one of the highest national averages for immigrant population growth, having tripled since 1990. It’s also estimated that almost 1 in 6 children between the ages of 0-19 have at least one parent who is an immigrant.

One of the greatest barriers for immigrants…and many Americans…is finding living wage work. That’s not to say that they can’t find any employment, but finding a job that can properly support themselves and the rest of their family is another issue entirely.

A recent New York Times story sheds light on the challenges faced by the working poor. The story details the struggle of “Vanessa” and her experience working jobs that don’t offer enough hours or wages to really pay the bills

“Vanessa’s” story is one that is all too familiar at Daily Work. Our dream is for job seekers to gain the financial stability needed to meet their basic needs and beyond, so that they have the emotional and physical energy to gain more education or pursue other activities that will help them gain better paid work. Of course, increasing the minimum wage is another needed step in creating more equity in our communities.

If you’re interested in learning more about topics like this…or about the experiences of immigrants, check out the following exhibits and opportunities listed below.

1) Doctors Without Borders: Forced From Home: September 9 – 16, 2018

Description: Doctors Without Boards has created an interactive exhibit that aims to educate people our current global refugee crisis. The exhibition will be led by volunteer aid-workers at DWB that will feature a tour of their 10,000 square-foot exhibit. This experience will simulate what many refugees are forced to endure after fleeing from their homes with little to no support behind them. There is no cost to attend this event.

Time: September 9-16, Weekdays 9am - 1pm, 4pm - 8pm, Weekends 10am - 6pm

Location: 430 Portland Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

2) Somali Museum Of Minnesota 5th Anniversary Event: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Description: The Somali Museum of Minnesota will be celebrating their 5th anniversary as the first and only museum in the world to focus exclusively on exploring Somali culture. The event will feature live music and storytelling from local Somali entertainers.  If you’re interested in attending tickets are available for $25 on the Somali Museum website or through the link provided in this description.

Time: Saturday, October 13, 6pm-10pm

Location: Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel Dr., Arden Hills, MN 55112

3) Overcoming Racism Conference: November 2-3, 2018

Description: This conference is the perfect example of a passionate Twin Cities organization fighting for equality and social justice. Consider attending (there is a fee) if you’re interested in learning new ways to reduce racism in our community.

Time: November 2-3 at 8am.

Location: Metropolitan State University, 700 7th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55106

4) Somalis + Minnesota Exhibit: through June 9, 2019

Description: The Somalis + Minnesota exhibit is currently featuring on the third floor of the Minnesota History Center. This exhibit offers visitors the chance to learn more about this diverse and expanding culture. Personal stories, artifacts, photos and much more will be featured during this exhibit and all events are included in the price for admission.

Time: through June 9 2019, 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, Tue 10am-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Location:  Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102



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