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Brooklyn Park African residents to amplify voice at City Council meeting over sound ban


Monday, March 2, 2015
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Residents of Brooklyn Park will at today’s City Council meeting make a case for the lifting of the ban on amplified sound on city parks.

The city, which is a minority-majority city with a large number of African immigrants residing there, passed an ordinance last December banning amplified sound at its parks except for city organized events like the annual Tater Daze.

Amplified sound prior to the December ban, was already restricted to just one park, Oak Grove Park since 2011 citing residents’ complaints.

Duannah Siryon, a “Lift the Ban in Parks” campaigner said in an email message to the community this morning that the ban was unfair and that inaction by the community will encourage other cities to follow Brooklyn Park’s lead.

African immigrants’ love for the outdoors during warmer climates makes them heavy users of the region’s well developed park system and many feel the ban will have a disproportionate adverse effect on them .

“Think about attending a loved one’s wedding barbeque without music or celebrating your child’s birthday party without (a) sound system,” Siryon said.

Brooklyn Park City Council Meeting
Monday, March 2, 2015
Time: 6:30PM
Address: 5200 85th Avenue N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul.Tom also serves in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa.

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