Nafi Soumare

Nafi Soumare

Nafi is an intern reporting for the Minnesota Reformer. Her interests in reporting include social justice, reform, and issues in the Minnesota education system.

Former Ambassador Ronald E. Nuemann to speak in Minnesota this week

By: - October 26, 2023

Former Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, a U.S. State Department lifer, will speak at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul Oct. 30 about the need to modernize the U.S. State Department.  Global MN, a non-profit focusing on international affairs, will be hosting. Tickets to the in-person event, which will also be held virtually, are free.  In […]

Deadline to submit ideas for new Minnesota state flag approaches

By: - October 25, 2023

Minnesotans have a few more days to submit designs for the new Minnesota state flag and seal to the State Emblems Redesign Commission. Go to the SERC website and submit your design by Oct. 30.  The 13-member commission, established during the 2023 legislative session, has a Jan. 1 deadline to select a new flag and […]

Minneapolis council candidates cool to helping pay for a new arena to replace Target Center

By: and - October 25, 2023

Many candidates running for the Minneapolis City Council oppose helping pay to build a new arena to replace the city-owned Target Center, as the new owners have said they intend to do.

Attorney General Ellison, other states sue Meta for targeting youth

By: - October 24, 2023

Attorney General Keith Ellison is joining 41 other state attorneys general in lawsuits accusing  Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta of deliberately making its apps addictive for children. Ellison says he is joining other attorneys general in “holding the company accountable,” for the part the company played in aggravating the national mental health crisis. Ellison […]

Former MPD officer sentenced in attack of Jaleel Stallings

By: - October 23, 2023

Former Minneapolis police officer Justin Stetson is banned from serving in law enforcement as part of a sentence handed down Monday in Hennepin County District Court for the 2020 assault of Jaleel Stallings. Stallings, an Army veteran with a gun permit, took to the streets in May 2020 to protest against police brutality and the […]

Minnesota family members mourn the deaths of five Palestinian refugees in Israeli airstrike

By: - October 16, 2023

Five members of a Minnesota family were killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza early Sunday, according to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Children and adults alike were harmed.  Jehad Adwan, who lives in Mankato, is a surviving member of the family. His wife’s family are Palestinian refugees, who fled their […]

Minnesota redistricting efforts earn a mere passing grade, calls for more representation

By: - October 13, 2023

A group that evaluates the 50 states’ redistricting systems recently released a “report card” for Minnesota. The verdict? C+. The Coalition Hub for Advancing Redistricting & Grassroots Engagement, or CHARGE, assesses redistricting efforts across the country, rating states based on hundreds of interviews and surveys with community members. Minnesota’s redistricting efforts in this latest cycle […]

Minneapolis apartment building’s renters experience overwhelming rain damage

By: - October 11, 2023

When a disgruntled tenant confronted his property manager about the water streaming in through his Minneapolis apartment ceiling, her response was unhelpful.  “I can’t stop the rain,” she said, according to the tenant. And she was laughing.  He and his neighbors at 905 Franklin Ave. W. have been experiencing inclement weather indoors due to a […]

Black Youth Arts Center celebrates opening of prison reform art exhibit

By: - October 5, 2023

“Bloom Beyond the Boundaries” is a student-made art piece featuring a large canvas made to imitate a school suspension notice. “Indigenous students are 10 times more likely to be suspended over their white peers,” is written in large typeface diagonally across the canvas. The canvas is adorned with broken chains and vines of wildflowers decorating […]

Latino advocates offer translation at DVS locations in celebration of Drivers Licenses for All

By: - October 2, 2023

The anticipation was palpable among those braving the midday heat Sunday to line up outside the Eagan Drivers Vehicle Services office. For many Americans, a trip to the driver’s license office is a fearsome drudgery, but for the people here Sunday, it was a blessing, a chance to be a legit driver no matter their […]

Wayzata faith and anti-racism groups protest white supremacy

By: - September 28, 2023

Local anti-racist activists rallied against white supremacy on a highway overpass in Wayzata on Wednesday, hoping to counteract a group of masked white supremacists who spread hateful messages on a pedestrian bridge earlier this month. “We’re outdoing the Nazis,” said Martha McNey, sounding triumphant at the small rally that drew perhaps two dozen people. She’s […]

Minneapolis Public Housing Authority unveils new affordable housing as city fights for 2040 plan

By: - September 26, 2023

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey used an unveiling of a new affordable housing fourplex on Tuesday to hammer the city’s legal foes in the ongoing court fight to allow more density.   “A judge recently smashed our ability to put up this kind of housing. This would not be possible but for the 2040 plan, this won’t […]