Chairman Menendez on Electoral Crisis in Somalia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Somalia’s escalating electoral crisis after President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed’s mandate expired without an agreement on...

Bill to Provide Automatic Rental Assistance to Families

Congressmen Smith, left, VanHollen, middle, and Schatz Introduce Bill that Provide Automatic Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters  By Justin Weiss WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) introduced the Crisis Housing Act which...

“Mogadishu, the United States of America”, New Documentary

Nabeel Abe Sa’ab and Abdirizak Bihi. The whole interview has taken place in a car while they drove a place to place to cover the Somali community in Minnesota. Photo Illustration by Mulki Mohamed A new...

Olat Announces Candidacy as Warsame Departs Minneapolis Council Chamber

Runta News, Seattle - January 26, 2020 The well-known young activist among Somalis in the diaspora, Suud Olat, intends to take over the seat that is expected the current Minneapolis Council Member Abdi Warsame vacate...

Congressman Smith Leads Letter Calling for Re-designation of TPS for Somali-Americans

January 13, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Pramila Jayapal, Yvette D. Clarke, and Adam Smith led 50 members in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf requesting...

Demand of Your Representative To Save TPS for Somalia

This week, the Trump administration is deciding whether to allow Somalis — fleeing ongoing war, floods, disease, famine, and persecution — to remain in the United States.  We have just days to convince Congress to...

Bernie 2020 Announces Hiring of Abshir Omar as Iowa Political Coordinator on World Refugee...

June 20, 2019 By Roger Ouellette  DES MOINES – Bernie 2020 announces the hiring of Abshir Omar as Iowa Political Coordinator on June 20, World Refugee Day. “I was born in the middle of a civil war,...

A Vigil in Honor of Amina Ahmed at SeaTac City Hall

Someireh Amirfaiz spoke emotionally at the vigil. She was long time friend to Amina and her boss at Rewa where Amina spent most of her career. Runta News-SeaTac, Washington Dozens of politicians, activists, advocates, and community...

Camera in Action

From the “Recovery through Journalism Project” which has trained 8 young East Africans to report for Runta! Few months ago, we did not know what Journalism was but now if we are asked we...

Patty Murray Threatens To Shutdown The Government!

WASHINGTON – After saying that the minority party should never force a government shutdown, Senator Patty Murray has threatened to shut down the government if spending limits are not increased. “After not getting her way, Patty Murray...

Smith Statement on President Trump’s Revised Executive Order Restricting Refugees and Visas

      Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement in response to President Trump’s revised executive order released today:  “President Trump’s latest executive order on refugees and visa restrictions is reckless and runs contrary to America’s...

Seattle Files Lawsuit Against President Trump’s “Sanctuary Cities” Executive Order!

SEATTLE (March 29, 2017) – The City of Seattle, under the direction of Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes,file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s “sanctuary cities” Executive Order today. The order threatened to...

Smith Statement on President Trump’s Revised Executive Order Restricting Refugees and Visas Smith Statement...

Our existing standards for those seeking refuge already require extremely thorough vetting of all refugees. Banning all refugees and specifically targeting Muslims goes against our values and strengthens extremist groups like ISIS by making...
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