Saturday, March 31, 2018

How the Somali Voting Bloc Will Overtake Minnesota Politics.

MINNESOTA, PLEASE NOTE THE GROWING POWER OF THE SOMALI VOTING BLOC IN TWIN CITIES POLITICS AS EVIDENCED BY NEW MAYOR JACOB FREY'S RECENT ACTIONS and the move by Keith Ellison to run for Minnesota Attorney General and Ilhan Omar to run for his seat in the US House of Representatives.
New Democrat Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was sworn in and his office has announced the appointment of Abdi Salah as his Senior Policy Aide. Salah worked for Abdi Warsame, the first Somali-American elected to the Minneapolis City Council. Warsame recently took over as the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means committee.
A rising star at Minneapolis City Hall, Salah first came there to work as a senior policy aide to Council member Abdi Warsame. Salah’s former boss, Warsame, was a strong supporter of Mayor Frey in the November elections where Frey ousted first term mayor Betsy Hodges. Abdi Warsame was born in Somalia and trained and was groomed in London. He came to Minnesota just a few years ago and has risen quickly in Minnesota politics. IMHO, he is Obama's point man in Minneapolis to replicate the Sharia takeover of London in our state
According to a statement from the mayor’s office, Salah’s new elevated and expanded role at the mayor’s office will include working on employment, training and supporting local businesses.
“Salah will also work on a number of economic development functions with a focus on advancing the mayor’s policy priorities,” the mayor’s statement went on to say.
Salah’s appointment signals the growing influence of the Somali-American voting bloc in Twin Cities politics. He is however well prepared for the new challenge as his previous position as an aide to Warsame had his hands full working on initiatives that included training and after school programs. Salah, while working for Warsame, was a key player on behalf of his boss in efforts that led to the creation of the celebrated Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center.
“Working for the 6th Ward and Council Member Warsame these past four years has been a great honor. I am excited that I will be working for Mayor Frey and I am looking forward to partnering with him in the effort to improve the lives of the citizens of Minneapolis,” Salah told Mshale.

Who is Abdi Warsame? Read on.

Muslim East African public housing residents in Minneapolis will no longer need to pay their normal monthly rent when they travel to their homelands. Instead, they will pay only $75 per month to hold their public housing units for their return. Meanwhile, native-born, low-income Minnesotans, who are on waiting lists for public housing, will just have to wait.

ABDI WARSAME, a City Council member, told the board that East Africans having to pay rent when they want to save to travel to their homelands is an unfair burden. Somali refugees receive federal Supplemental Security Income, which is halted when they leave the United States. The most common reasons for their travel abroad include visiting families left behind or participating in the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are expected to make at least once.

The Minneapolis Housing Agency board now has two members of Somali descent, Mohamud Tamir and Abdullahi Isse. Wait a minute. I thought refugees were fleeing persecution. Why would they want to vacation in their homelands and how can they afford a $3,000 flight home?

Here's what a Facebook friend who worked for the Minneapolis Public Housing authority says:

"Taxpayers are paying for it in a way. The Somalis often have decent paying jobs, enough so that they paid maximum public housing rent of $500 or thereabouts. Once they reached maximum rent they could stay as long as they liked and make even more money and their rent was capped at $500. So they occupy what is supposed to be low income housing, their rent is not market rate, they are taking an apartment away from a true low income family that needs it and we subsidize it (and then they get to pay $75 a month to hold that unit for them when they leave the country.) Saw it with my own eyes."

Nice huh? Come here to Minnesota as a "refugee" from another country and you get rent capped at $500, you can live there forever and then pay $75 a month to keep your unit while you fly home to visit relatives, in the country you had to flee because of "so-called persecution," on $3,000 flights.

Abdi Warsame was also President Obama's point man in Minnesota for the war on terror. He launched a pilot program to better understand why so many Somali youth in Minneapolis were leaving the U.S. to train as ISIS terrorists. HIS POINT MAN IN MINNESOTA: ABDI WARSAME. His effort on countering violent extremism – known as CVE – sought to fix terrorism through community engagement and undermine attraction to terrorist activity. In other words, if we understand the terrorist, we can stop the terrorist. If we hire more Somali cops, they can befriend would-be terrorists. No need to have the FBI keep tabs on terrorist activity. No need to infiltrate terrorist groups with informants. No need to follow-up on valid leads. That's just mean and racist. No wonder Sessions and Wray are dismantling the Minneapolis FBI, getting rid of the Obama moles, and starting over. Thank goodness. There's nothing compassionate about using your own citizens as guinea pigs in the war on terror.

"We have to recognize that our best partners in all these efforts, the best people to help protect individuals from falling victim to extremist ideologies are their own communities, their own family members. We have to be honest with ourselves. Terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIS deliberately target their propaganda in the hopes of reaching and brainwashing young Muslims, especially those who may be disillusioned or wrestling with their identity. But communities don't always know the signs to look for, or have the tools to intervene, or know what works best. And that's where government can play a role – if government is serving as a trusted partner. If we're going to solve these issues, then the people who are most targeted and potentially most affected – Muslim Americans – have to have a seat at the table where they can help shape and strengthen these partnerships so that we're all working together to help communities stay safe and strong and resilient." President Barack Obama said at a White House Summit in February that brought together law enforcement and community leaders to discuss CVE implementation.

The pilot program gave each city $5 million for the effort, but the difficulties in executing it are highlighted by examining the struggles the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have had in its Muslim, Somali-American community to develop trust in law enforcement and address terrorist recruitment.

The Somali community points to the use of a confidential government informant in the recent arrests of the six men. They say that shows that Government is not trusting them.

Minneapolis City Council Member Abdi Warsame, who attended the February summit at the White House, acknowledges the conflict in the community on how the issue should best be resolved. Warsame is the first Somali-American on the council and represents several of the most heavily Somali populated neighborhoods in the city.

"It's healthy to have different positions. We're not monolithic. We're not all going to think the same way. In America you're allowed to think differently and have different opinions," Warsame says. "My main concern is that we have more resources, more programs and less excuses."

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