Amane Badhasso is a Congressional candidate in Saint Paul, a longtime organizer in Minnesota and the DFL, and someone who has never been afraid to get involved in key economic, racial, environmental, and social justice fights.
She joins Bihi on KFAI to discuss her journey from a childhood in rural Ethiopia to Kenya and the US, what she sees as some of her most pressing priorities if elected to office, realities of campaigning during Ramadan and COVID-19, and more.
The East Phillips Urban Farm proposal is way more than a farm—it’s a group of diverse neighbors and families coming together to stand up against environmental racism that has led to systemic pollution and toxic air that causes illness, asthma, and other painful and costly health conditions in residents.
Activists and community members Dean Dovolis and Joe Vital join Bihi from East Phillips in the wake of Mayor Frey vetoing the Council’s approval on the farm. Joe and Dean explain how Minneapolis leaders choosing the farm proposal over the vehicle storage facility can:
reconnect the community with the land
improve food and air quality
provide control and ownership to Indigenous, Black, Latinx, immigrant, and other POC communities
connect to other movements in the family, youth, and education spaces
and improve on other wrongs of the Arsenic Triangle. They also speak truth to power about Frey, Osman, and other local leaders’ responses to the proposal, and shout out leaders who are helping.
Bihi welcomes Rachelle Peleska from the Sustainable Resources Center on-air, and she shares information about lead poisoning and its dangers to families, as well as how to see the signs and get professional and financial help fixing it.
Residents of Minneapolis’s East Phillips neighborhood join Bihi today to discuss the heated debate between those advocating for an Indoor Urban Farm instead of an equipment storage site in the neighborhood. Interviews center the stories of mothers, the Indigenous community, and local leaders and discuss ways an urban farm could create job opportunities and reduce food insecurity in the neighborhood.
Want to get involved? Listen to the show and then call your councilperson (any ward) to voice your opinion.
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Somali Link Radio - East Phillips Urban Farm: What's at Stake?
Plot twist! Amina (“Dee”) and Annie, who are usually behind the scenes producing and engineering the show for Bihi, are star players today. Bihi interviews them about their new podcast, Culture Shock MN, and why they decided to make a multicultural interview podcast.
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Somali Link Radio - Culture Shock! with Amina and Annie
Ginger Jentzen of Minneapolis United for Rent Control joins Bihi for a conversation about the community-led and evidence-based movement for rent control and its work to promote housing affordability, guarantee rights for tenants, help unhoused neighbors find indoor homes, and more.
Then, Deeqa brings out a special song for this summer of many weddings!
Today, Bihi is joined by Dr. Saida Abdi (UMN-CEHD School of Social Work) and students Zynab Ahmed, Safiya Mohamed, and Sofia Ali for a discussion about trauma in the community: its roots, its layers, its symptoms, and actions to take, all viewed from a lens rooted in social work and sociological research.