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Ilhan was born in Somalia and fled the country's civil war with her family when she was eight-years-old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, and settling in Minneapolis in 1997. In 2016, Ilhan became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States when she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 60B. Ilhan is an accomplished legislator and activist who has advanced important issues, including support for working families, educational access, environmental protection, and racial equity.


14th Amendment on citizenship cannot be overridden by executive order (via NPR)

Remember earlier this week when President Trump said he could end birthright citizenship with an executive order? Experts have weighed in: he can't.

Florida could restore voting rights to 1.5 million residents (Via Mic)

Next week, Florida residents vote on Amendment 4, which would enfranchise over a million voters. Currently, Florida does not allow anyone with felony convictions to regain their right to vote unless restored by a state officer or board. But, the board meets four times a year and approves fewer than 100 cases each time. P.S. President Donald Trump won the state in 2016 by only 120k votes.

Ferguson activist believes son was lynched  (via The Root)

Ferguson activist, Melissa McKinnies, found her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones, hanging from a tree behind their home. Police argue it was suicide, but McKinnies believes it is retaliation for her activism. In the past few years, two Ferguson protestors have been killed — DeAndre Joshua in November 2014 and Darren Seals in September 2016.

Rep. Ro Khanna introduces new bill to fight unemployment in communities of color (via Rep. Khanna Site)

California Rep. Ro Khanna introduced the Coretta Scott King Full Employment Federal Reserve Act of 2018 which would require the federal government to minimize racial disparities in unemployment, push the government to regularly report on how its policies have affected different demographic groups, and more.

Amid calls for hate crime charges in Kroger killings, prosecutors say it’s complicated (via New York Times)

A white man murdered two Black people at a Kroger supermarket in Kentucky last weekend. The gunman tried to enter a Black church just before, but failing to do, headed to Kroger instead. He fatally shot Maurice E. Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67. The gunman has been arrested for two counts of murder, but not a hate crime. Why? Kentucky’s hate crime statute “cannot be applied” to murder.

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