Category: Politics

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar: Meet the first Ghanaian-American to run for U.S. Congress

By myjoyonline

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar has become the first Ghanaian-American to be nominated by a major American political party to run for the U.S Congress. The first-generation American won the nomination of the Democratic Party in the primaries for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, Tulsa, and is set to challenge Republican party incumbent, Kevin Hern, in the general elections.

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Two second generation African immigrants oust DFL veterans to win party endorsement for Minnesota legislature

By JOEY PETERS | SAHAN JOURNAL

Two second-generation immigrants won upset endorsements late Thursday from Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party delegates to represent their districts in the state legislature. Omar Fateh gained DFL support over state Sen. Jeff Hayden, who was running for a third term to represent his south Minneapolis district. And in the state House of Representatives, Esther Agbaje won the DFL endorsement over state Rep. Raymond Dehn, who was running for a fifth term in a district that represents parts of downtown and north Minneapolis.

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Somali-American congress woman, Ilhan Omar, unveils bill to cancel rent and mortgage payments amid pandemic

By Sophie Kasakove | THE GUARDIAN

The Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has unveiled a bill that would cancel rent and mortgage payments for millions of Americans struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the legislation, landlords and mortgage holders would be able to have losses covered by the federal government. The program would extend for a month beyond the end of the national emergency, which was declared on 13 March, and would be made retroactive to cover April payments.

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The untapped political power of African immigrants in the US is set to take off

By Chidinma Irene Nwoye | Quartz Africa

When it comes to the polls, black African and Caribbean immigrants in the United States are becoming a force to reckon with owing to a fast-growing population. Between 2010 and 2018, the number of African and Caribbean immigrants in the U.S. rose by 30% to 4.3 million people from 3.3 million, according to a recent report from the bipartisan research group, New American Economy. Their growth has consequently led to more eligible Black immigrant voters.

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Ngozi Akubuike, Nigerian-American lawyer running for Ramsey County Judge

By Cynthia Simba | Mshale

Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Pauli attorney Ngozi Akubuike has her sights set on a new position. After a long multi decade legal career Akubuike is running to be a Ramsey County judge.

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Stanton Shares Somali Refugee’s Story In Supporting ‘No Ban Act’

Arbitrarily keeping families separated “does not make our country safer,” says U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona.

By Laura Gómez Arizona Mirror

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Nigerian-Canadian Uzoma Asagwara among Trio of black MLAs who make history by winning seats in Manitoba Legislature

By Dana Hatherly 

Until Tuesday’s vote, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province.

Now there are three.

Uzoma Asagwara won the Union Station seat for the NDP, Jamie Moses took the St. Vital seat for the party and Audrey Gordon won Southdale for the Progressive Conservatives.

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‘Green New Deal in Africa’ on Trump’s list of foreign aid cuts

By Dave Boyer

Money for a “Green New Deal in Africa” and a solar panel project for Central Asia are among the targets for the Trump White House as it aims to slash what it sees as a bloated U.S. foreign aid budget.

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Ethiopia’s financial reforms hold promise for its diaspora business community

By Haleluya Hadero

Ethiopia’s parliament this week passed a bill to allow members of the Ethiopian diaspora, who have taken up nationalities in other countries, to invest, buy shares, and set up lending businesses in the country’s state-dominated financial sector.

It’s the latest step in a general push to liberalize the country’s economy. The government has previously said it will privatize Ethio Telecom, the state-owned telecommunication monopoly.

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More than Just Investment: Why America Was Once So Popular in Africa

Nick J. Danby

After two nefarious scrambles for Africa during the colonialism of the nineteenth-century and the Cold War in the twentieth century, another surge in foreign activity—another scramble—has affected Africa. With its exponential population and economic potential, governments and corporations from outside Africa have strengthened their relationships on the continent.

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