February 01, 2017
Minneapolis, MN – As Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, Minnesota nonprofit organization Ka Joog declined the awarded $499,998 countering violent extremism funding.
Their Executive Director Mohamed Farah wrote, “ As Minnesotans, we are deeply troubled by our nation’s new administration and their policies which promote hate, fear, uncertainty and even worse; an unofficial war on Muslim-Americans and Immigrants. The recent executive orders on immigration and the policies targeting Muslim-Americans and refugees; counter the values of our Nation. United We Stand Divided We Fall.
“In order for Ka Joog to continue building community, it requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization and injustice that leads us to behave in a way that perpetuates more divisions.” —Mohamed Farah, Ka Joog’s Executive Director
Ka Joog is a nationally recognized Somali youth development organization tailored towards enriching the lives of the Somali-American youth by utilizing the positive elements of education, mentorships, employment and the arts. Ka Joog’s mission is mission is to create a better world by providing community-based, culturally specific programs and services to Somali youth and their family.