Tag: Africans in American politics

Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar describes a bruising life in new memoir

By Patrick Condon | Star Tribune

Rep. Ilhan Omar, whose unlikely rise from refugee to one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. House, has written a memoir that comes out next week. From childhood onward, according to her new memoir, Rep. Ilhan Omar often seemed to find herself in the middle of nasty fights.

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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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Egyptian American Sarah Gad seeking Democratic nomination for Congress in 1st District

Egyptian American University of Chicago Law student Sarah Gad says her own personal experiences from seven years ago involving drug addiction has motivated her to understand the challenges facing many Illinois residents and to support pro bono legal work for those in need. Gad was seriously injured in an auto accident and became addicted to opioids to overcome the pain. That addiction led to her being incarcerated and influencing her to focus on changing a system to help those in need.

By Ray Hanania

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Meet Tecle: Boise’s first refugee from Africa to run for local office

by Kulsoom Rizvi

Tecle Gebremichael was surprised to find a handwritten letter in his mailbox. No one really sends handwritten notes anymore, he thought. It read:

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Trump Stopped Cold When Blind Ethiopian orphan Prays For Him in White House

By VIRGINIA KRUTA

As young black leaders gathered Friday in the White House for the Young Black Leadership Summit, one voice split the room asking for a moment to pray for President Donald Trump.

Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson shared video of what happened when the president brought the young woman to the podium. Mahalet, once an abandoned, impoverished orphan from Ethiopia, earned smiles and cheers from the president and the gathered crowd.

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Kenyan-Born Hodgen Mainda Appointed into Tennessee State Government


A Kenyan-born man has been appointed into the Tennessee State government. Hodgen Mainda has been named the new commissioner of Commerce and Insurance by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Chattanooga.

The appointment was announced in statement from The Office of the Governor.

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Kenyan-Born Karen Gitau Eyes Kennesaw (Goergia) City Council Seat

By John Wanjohi

A Kenyan-born woman in Georgia is seeking to be elected to the Kennesaw City Council in the upcoming election.

Ms. Karen Gitau, who was recently nominated for the 6th annual Cobb County Community Service award, will run in the November 5th elections, according to KNS Media.

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Tennessee woman could become first Muslim voted to Nashville city government

By Sinclair Broadcast Group

A Nigerian-born woman running for office in Nashville, Tennessee could become the first Muslim elected to the Metro Nashville Council.

Zulfat Suara won a run-off amid a crowded field for an at-large seat on the city government. With just five vacant at-large seats, there were 15 candidates. Incumbent Bob Mendes won one of the seats outright, leaving Suara and seven others to fight for the other four seats in a run-off election.

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