My friends and I started a gardening program for minority youth in Willmar where they learn how to grow fresh food and run their own business; creating a sense of ownership in their community. A major part of the program is selling the goods at local farmers markets, which until Saturday was a wonderful experience for the youth. On Saturday morning at the market, a Somali woman was working at our stand when a man walked by and repeatedly spewed cuss words about the Prophet Mohammed.
President Trump has chosen undocumented immigrants and refugees as his scapegoat. If we've learned anything in his first 40 days, we've learned that the "president" is a great fearmonger. As if to strengthen this claim, he announced Tuesday that a new agency has been created with the intent to publish weekly statistics about the crimes committed by what he terms as "aliens." While Trump was sharing this new group, VOICES, with the world, something about it caught my attention. To no one's surprise, this is something that has been done before.
Enough is enough. As a community, now is the time to come together and decide how we will stand up to discriminatory policies against Muslims and Latinos. We will not let this stand in our community and the place we call home. We are calling all concerned peoples to meet at noon Saturday on the corner of Fourth Street and Litchfield Avenue in downtown Willmar for a peaceful protest. We need action from our representatives at the city and state level. We need to be assured you are fighting against these immoral policies.