Mshale exit polling and free rides to vote

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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Mshale has joined with 11 other organizations to capture the political power of African, Latino, Asian and Native American peoples of Minnesota (ALANA) via a survey exit poll. The survey will take 2 minutes to complete. Results of the survey will be used to illustrate ALANA voting power in each legislative district, and to encourage policy leaders to grow the $20 billion ALANA economic assets in Minnesota.

After voting, members of the ALANA community can fill out the survey at:

Participating organizations are:

  • Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Oromo Community of MN
  • Oromo Chamber of Commerce
  • Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce
  • Hmong American Partnership
  • Council on Asian Pacific MN
  • Chicano Latino Affairs Council
  • India Association of MN
  • Insight News
  • National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media
  • Mshale Newspaper

Free rides to the polls

Meanwhile, leaders of the African community in the Northwest suburbs, working through the Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola (MATFAE) and African Immigrant Services (AIS), agreed to increase the participation of African immigrants in this year’s election.

Abdullah Kiatamba, chairman of the Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola (MATFAE) and executive directorof AIS said “Even while we try to close disparities in Minnesota, we are also interested in leaders who are ready to push the U.S. government to increase relief aid to affected Ebola countries, to invest in drugs to cure Ebola, and to help build collapsed healthcare systems in those affected countries.” To make that possible, the group has made it possible for those not able to get to the polls to get free rides to vote.

Those needing rides should call 612-388-4767, 763-639-3316 or 763-202-9696.

To increase voter participation by Africans this year, Kiatamba said the group has knocked on more than 4,000 doors, sent over 10,000 emails and 9,000 text messages. They initiated more than 8,000 robocalls and dialed over 1,000 numbers. In the process, they have secured the commitment of more than 1,500 people to vote.

Key races (featured in the latest Mshale print edition in its voter guide) of interest to Africans include that of Brooklyn Center mayor where Liberian immigrant Mike Elliott is on the ballot. The Osseo School board elections also has two Africans on the ballot vying for two of the three open spots. In Minneapolis, Siad Ali is running unopposed for school board while in Brooklyn Park, home to a large African immigrant population, the city which now has a majority minority population is poised to elect its first black mayor if Joy Marsh Stephens wins or first city council person if Reva Chamblis wins.

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale 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 has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.