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A special team with the city of Minneapolis has been working for weeks to
reassure immigrant communities that all the extra muscle is here to keep them
safe. The team is reaching out through radio and television broadcasts, social
media and in-person meetings with elders and community members. The goal is to
keep communities informed about everything from security to transportation
issues, and let them know they can also participate in the fun.
”It’s a welcoming place … for people to come downtown and enjoy,” said
Michael Yang, a southeast Asian community specialist with the city. ”You
shouldn’t have to fear anything.”
Minnesota has been a welcoming state for immigrants over the last several
decades, thanks in part to its social service programs. The state is home to the
largest Somali community in the U.S., roughly 57,000 people according to the
latest census figures, most of whom live in the Minneapolis area. The state also
has the second-highest Hmong population, behind California.
The team of community specialists in Minneapolis does outreach in immigrant
communities all year, but is working with more partners and intensifying efforts
in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. Officials believe they have created a model
for future Super Bowls or other large events. Among other things Quinnen
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Spanish, Somali and Hmong and is contracting with others to share social media
messages in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Oromo and Lao.
The messages are being tailored to each community because while one community
might believe armed guards are preventing a terror attack, another might see
those same officers as an immigration raid.
”Every community has their own take on the event and their own fears and
concerns and we address them by giving them the right information, telling them
what’s going on,” said Rose Lindsay with the community relations unit in the
Joint Information Center set up for the Super Bowl.
Yang said that even though Hmong immigrants have been in Minnesota for
decades, images of the war they left behind are still fresh. Some people he’s
met tell him that the armed officers remind them of the military taking over the
streets of Laos. Others expressed concern about helicopters or other aircraft
flying overhead, saying it reminds them of enemy aircraft.
”With some members of the Hmong community, people are really fearful that
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The Hmong have also expressed fear of a terrorist attack or hate crimes, and
weeks ago elders were asking families to stay away from the Super Bowl
activities. Yang said his work has helped ease fears. Other team members
Abdirashid Ahmed, an East African community specialist, is working to explain
the Super Bowl to community leaders, faith leaders and other community members.
In addition to face-to-face meetings, he’s also monitoring social media to see
what the community is talking about.
After a car caught fire in a Somali neighborhood this week, many community
members went to social media and asked if there was a terror attack. Ahmed said
because of the infrastructure that’s been set up, officials were able to respond
within minutes to let the community know it was a mechanical fire and they had
nothing to worry about.
When asked if there is fear of racial profiling in a community where some
members have been the subject of terror investigations, Ahmed said there is
always that concern because of the current climate. But as far as it relates to
the Super Bowl, ”people are not asking the same kinds of questions they were
asking me a month or two months ago.”
”We have been explaining everything,” Ahmed said. ”The law enforcement
agencies coming to Minneapolis … they will be here to protect everyone, not to
The Atlanta Falcons released defensive end Derrick Shelby on Friday and
announced plans to release tight end Levine Toilolo.
The moves will save the team a combined $6.75 million in cap space. The
cost-cutting moves could help the Falcons reach a new deal with quarterback Matt
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Shelby, who signed a four-year, $18 million deal in 2016, with $7.5 million
guaranteed, was set to earn $4.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
The Falcons will save $3.25 million in cap space with Shelby’s release and
$3.5 million with Toilolo’s release. The team will still have a $2.5 million
charge in dead money for Shelby and $2 million for Toilolo that will count
against the cap.
Shelby, who turns 29 on Sunday, had 30 tackles and one sack in 2017. He
started 14 games. An Achilles tendon injury limited him to six games in
He spent his first four seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
The Falcons said Toilolo will be released at the start of the new league year
on March 14 with a post-June 1 designation.
Toilolo, a fourth-round pick in 2013, had 74 receptions for 723 yards and
seven touchdowns in five seasons. He had 11 catches for 55 yards and two
touchdowns in 2017 while sharing time with Austin Hooper and Eric Saubert.