Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

December 30, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On December 30, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "a Somali advocacy group is branching out beyond the Twin Cities with its 'National Tour Against Hate,' aimed at raising awareness about the struggles of Somali communities in Seattle and Lewiston, Maine... Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center of St. Paul, will be leaving Jan. 6 for a journey on which he plans to meet with the new governor of Maine to discuss tensions between some white residents and Somalis in Lewiston, Maine's second largest city... 'There's been an increase of recent hate -- not only in Lewiston, but also what is going on in St. Cloud,' where racist messages have been written on Somali businesses, Jamal said. 'We're going into a new phase because immigrants are being targeted by hate groups.'"