Refugee & Immigrant Women for Change: Advancing Gender Democracy
The Refugee & Immigrant Women for Change came together to foster organizational leadership, community accountability, and bottom-up dialogues to achieve gender equity, addressing the practical and strategic needs of refugee and immigrant women and girls by integrating a gender perspective and sensitivity into our programs and services.
ContributorPham Thi Hoa
Asian Pacific Islander Men's Institute
This was a grass roots collarboration of 10 plus ethnic Asian and non-Asian community organizations. We had many key individual community leaders and activist who are a part of this collaboration as well.
We put out a call to action for Asian Pacific Islander men and boys to join us in discussion about racism, sexism, power, and privilege and understand how this builds a foundation and/or basis for violence to happen against women and girls in our communitites.
We had three goals for the institute:
a. men and boys will acknowledge their privilege
Coalition for a Municipal ID "I am Minneapolis"
In the State of Minnesota, 6.5% of the population is foreign born. Of that number, 80% reside in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. While immigrants from many countries moved to the US as refugees or to find asylum or seek new opportunities for their families, they have run into various barriers that hinder them from fully integrating into American society. One of those barriers is the lack of a valid ID, which prevents New Americans from accessing resources, renting a home, picking their children up from school in an emergency or evenopening a bank account.
Healing in Partnership
Minnesota has one of the largest refugee/immigrant populations per capita in the United States. In 2009, 1268 refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Somalia and other war torn areas arrived in Minnesota. Various studies have indicated the likelihood of torture and trauma prevalence rates of 40-70% for these populations and recommended early mental health screening. Unfortunately, the Minnesota State Refugee Program does not currently conduct a mental health assessment as part of its comprehensive health screening for new refugees.
Voices of Hope DVD Project
In late 2009, our small, community-based, peer-led support group of breast cancer survivors in Hastings, Minnesota, took on a bold challenge: to create a virtual support group via DVD. We wished to reach patients immediately after diagnosis—a time few seek a support group. The news that one has breast cancer brings terror, despair and isolation, as well as pressure to make a treatment plan. The huge emotional challenge interferes with thoughtful decision-making.