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East African Immigrants in Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood

The Starbucks in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is frequented by many
east African immigrants, who have come to Minnesota from war-torn countries
in the past two decades. I want to know why and how they got here, what
brought them to this specific neighborhood, and how exactly this Starbucks
became a make-shift community center and gathering place (mecca) for east
African immigrants.

I will seek to place this in the larger context of Minnesota, making this
relevant to our leadership.

I will speak to:

Somali Education Center
Mr. Abdikadir Adan, Director
admin@someducenter.org
Dr. Ahmed Ali, Co-Director
admin@someducenter.org
Telephone
612-872-8812
612-558-6316

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
Saeed Fahia, Executive Director
612.338.5282

Oromo Community of Minnesota
Alemayehu Baisa, Executive Director
execdir@oromocommunitymn.com
(612) 338-5282 ext 213

Tamara L Giles-Vernick
E-mail: tgv@umn.edu
Associate Professor in History Department, specialities Africa, Anthropology

Rudolph Vecoli
Professor Emeritus
History
UMN Twin Cities
vecol001@umn.edu
Specialities in immigration to America—might be able to speak to recent
migration to Minnesota and why