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May Neighbor News

Ramadan Date Project

It's that time of year again! #UniteCloud's 2nd Annual Ramadan Date Project is about to begin. It is tradition, during Ramadan, to break the daily fast by eating a date (or three). Providing dates to your Muslim neighbors is a great way to show love and acceptance.

We need your help to purchase the dates! Please give to our Ramadan Date Project and make a big difference for families right here in your neighborhood.

GOAL: $2,000 by Friday, May 25th. Dates will be passed out at local mosques on Friday, June 1st and Friday, June 8th.

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Central MN Green Card Voices exhibit

Sign up today to host our exhibit in the Fall!

Bring our Central MN Green Card Voices exhibit is to your community this fall! So far, our exhibit has traveled to Cold Spring, St. Cloud, St. Joe, and Sartell....and even Aberdeen, South Dakota! Who will be the first to bring it to Sauk Rapids? How about Clear Lake? Any takers, Brainerd/Baxter area?

Check out our website for more info and contact our Director, Natalie (natalie@unitecloud.org) if you have any questions!

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Recently in Central MN

Sartell School District Parent Featured in Green Card Voices

WJON News
SARTELL -- A parent in the Sartell School District is a face in the Green Card Voices exhibit, which has been brought to Sartell thanks to an anonymous donor.

Zurya Anjum, a VA Psychiatrist who's lived in Sartell for over a decade is also an immigrant from Pakistan.

Anjum was a doctor in Pakistan, and working on an advanced medical degree there when she decided to immigrate 19 years ago. She says life can be very difficult for a new immigrant as they try to assimilate into a new nation, saying her entire life had to be reworked…

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Breaking Through the Filter Bubble

IQ Magazine
When the Ringsmuth’s and their three children moved back home to Central Minnesota in 2008, Natalie was pleasantly surprised to discover that the region had undergone a transformation, thanks in part to the arrival of people from African countries, including Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan. “I realized we had a ton more diversity,” said Ringsmuth. “And that was something I was grateful for. I don’t want my kids to be shocked by the rest of the world because they didn’t grow up in a place that reflects that diversity.”

As Ringsmuth would soon learn, not all her fellow citizens shared her enthusiasm. In fact, some people in the region were concerned about the demographic changes happening in cities and towns across Central Minnesota...


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Actionable Step

Post your neighborly love in your yard or business!

When you're out and about in this beautiful Spring weather, stop by one of our #LoveYourNeighbor business partner locations and pick up your sign and/or bumper cling today!
View #LoveYourNeighbor Sign Locations
RECENT ARTICLES FROM #UNITECLOUD

Privilege and BBQ sauce

Small things make a big difference. In this story, my friend was intentionally aware of that he was able to get something that other people weren't. Was it because the boys were black and he was white? Was it because they were Somali and he was not? Was it because the boys were perceived to be Muslim and he was perceived as non-Muslim? Was it because he was in his 30s and they were teenagers?

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Bridging the Language Gap

My EL families have been my greatest gift this year. They are so appreciative of everything you do for their child. I get hugs and a kiss on each cheek at the end of every day from one of my moms. I hear, “Thank you teacher, we love you teacher,” at the end of each and every day. It is so motivating and uplifting. Teaching is not a profession that you often feel appreciated...

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What We're Reading

Home Of The Brave

By Katherine Applegate

Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting. He's never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter – cold and unkind.

In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived, and now she's missing. Kek is on his own. Slowly, he makes friends: a girl who is in foster care; an old woman who owns a rundown farm, and a cow whose name means "family" in Kek's native language. As Kek awaits word of his mother's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.

Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents a beautifully wrought novel about an immigrant's journey from hardship to hope.

Home of the Brave is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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