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Alleged ISIL Recruits Argue for ‘Combatant Immunity’

Five young men from the Twin Cities were charged last year with conspiring to leave the United States to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In October, the government added charges of conspiracy to commit murder….

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Coverage in the Star-Tribune

A story ran in the January 9 Star-Tribune that profiled Heartland’s work with Abdullahi Yusuf. For a link to the article, and a list of other media coverage of Heartland, please visit our Heartland In the Press page.

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From Board Chair Sara Evans

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2015 was a breakthrough year for Heartland Democracy and our work creating new models for civic engagement that can begin to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. As the year is coming to a close, I…

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Six Ways Americans are Defying Islamophobia

In the wake of recent high profile terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, and fed by high profile voices, there has been an increased fear of Muslims in this country. Nur Lalji‘s piece for Yes! Magazine offers six different examples…

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Refugees Are Not Terrorists

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Syrian refugees have become convenient targets. It is important, however, to let clear thinking prevail over fear. According to Curt Goering, Executive Director for The Center for Victims of Torture, “Refugees…

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Give to the Max Beginning Nov 1st

Heartland wants to encourage everyone to participate in the annual Give to the Max Day – November 12th, 2015.  Since this event began in 2009, thousands of individuals have made donations and created excitement for Minnesota causes that work to improve…

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Recent Report Debunks Common Immigration Myths

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According to a recently published study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, immigrants are healthier, learning English faster than ever, and less likely to commit crime than native born Americans.  In a summary article, Think Progress‘s immigration reporter Esther Yu-Hsi…

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Empowering U Part of Groundbreaking Experiment

Heartland Democracy has been asked to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in the Twin Cities. Empowering U will be the key program for a young Somali-American man as he is released from custody pending his trial.  Judge Michael Davis has…

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Heartland Democracy in the News

We’ve had some great media coverage of our efforts and our methodology: On Sunday, April 29, Heartland Democracy was featured on the front page of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, in an article about our work and our coach, high school teacher Ahmed…

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Minneapolis Mother Agonizes Over Son’s Arrest

A story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune profiles a local mother – Fadumo Hussein – who has lost two sons to the national investigation of terrorist recruitment of Somali-American men. Read the full article.

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McKinley Named Executive Director

Mary McKinley has been named executive director of Heartland Democracy. She has been involved with the organization since it was founded by Tom Vellenga almost 9 years ago, first as a member of the Advisory Board and then as a…

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