Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Working Together: Fighting Famine in Somalia

I was honored to speak alongside some amazing panelists at the final event in the SIX: Social Innovation Exchange forums hosted by Engine for Social Innovation and Ashoka Twin Cities last week. There was discussion of the need to take care of what we love, recognition that looking at the development of people and generational cohorts is a long-term endeavor, and a sense of hope about what we can accomplish together when reaching across sectors and across our state.

One of my esteemed colleagues, Dana Nelson, urged us to help spread the breaking news that the Mosaic Company announced that they will match all donations to ARC for famine relief in Somalia made on GiveMN.org, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Mosaic will also cover all transaction fees so that for every dollar you donate, ARC will receive two dollars to fight famine in Somalia.

To learn more and gather together with other Minnesotans around how to fight famine in Somalia, consider attending tomorrow's public forum and discussion with U.S. congressional leaders, including Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Betty McCollum, and Keith Ellison, amongst other local and national leaders in the humanitarian affairs field.

Working Together: A Community Forum to Address Famine in the Horn of Africa

Date: 08/31/2011

Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey Center

Cost: Free


The Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Representative Keith Ellison will host a public forum and discussion on Wednesday, August 31 at 1:30 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium, on the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa. Panelists will include House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi, Representatives Betty McCollum and Tim Walz, USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah, American Refugee Committee's Daniel Wordsworth, and the Somali Action Alliance's Hashi Shafi. RSVP required at MN05RSVP@mail.house.gov.

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