APM Research Lab | MN’s Diverse Communities: Perceptions of Policing

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while in police custody. His death was a catalyst for large-scale protests throughout Minnesota and far beyond that lead to renewed scrutiny of how the state’s police interact with people of color and calls for broad transformation to policing and the criminal justice system. But it was a moment that made clear, too, that not all Minnesotans experience the same Minnesota.

This report is the first of several APM Research Lab will issue in coming weeks from the Minnesota’s Diverse Communities Survey, conducted from April 26 to June 14, 2021, in close proximity to the much-publicized trial of Derek Chauvin, which concluded on April 20th. Among other topics, the survey asked Minnesotans about their attitudes toward and experiences with the state’s police force and criminal justice system. Findings from this part of the survey are summarized below with additional detail available in a longer report on the subject.

Click here to access the report, graphics drawn from the survey, key findings, and to leave a comment.

CAAL | Fireside Chat: Suni Lee Making History

Fireside Chats are informal conversations between staff at the Coalition of Asian American Leaders and network leaders on issues and topics impacting our Asian Minnesotan community. In this Fireside Chat, held on August 6, 2021, former CAAL Executive & Network director Bo Thao-Urabe and Representative Kaohly Her discuss the significance of local olympian and gold medalist Sunisa Lee’s win for the Hmong community and the importance of uplifting the perspective of women and girls.

Find out more about upcoming Fireside Chats and about CAAL on their website.

AsiansVoteMN – Coalition of Asian American Leaders

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Your Vote. Your Voice.

Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing racial groups in Minnesota. At nearly 300,000 strong, Asian American voters like you have the power to make a difference in this election. This year, we have the opportunity to reimagine public safety and advocate for stable housing for our communities. It’s up to us, this November, to be voters and make our voices heard.  REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Visit the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)’s informational website page at for more information about where to find you polling place, how to vote, what’s on the ballot, the 2021 Minneapolis Voter Guide, and the various campaigns CAAL are supporting.



Reviving Sisterhood | Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota

In 2016, Reviving Sisterhood kicked off its Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota series — a storytelling project to amplify girls and women in our community who aren’t waiting for permission to change the world. The project includes a series of video shorts, a collection of stories, and a podcast/radio show, as well as a set of illustrations. Each story features a Shero — a female trailblazer who is creating change in her community. She takes risks, she challenges misconceptions and addresses injustices. Sheroes are on a mission to build a better world, and the Sisterhood is here to support them and uplift their voices. View the Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota here. A Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota educational guide was also created in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) is available to download through PBS Learning Media. The guide includes lesson plans and discussion questions for children and students grades 6-12.

CAAL & HPHA Report – Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2021
Contact: Julia Gay, [email protected] | (216) 744-4956

New COVID-19 Report Shows Disproportionate COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Minnesota’s Asian Community

St. Paul, Minnesota – The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) and Hmong Public Health Association (HPHA) released a new groundbreaking report, A Race to Close the Disproportionate COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Minnesota’s Asian Community, highlighting preliminary data on COVID-19 mortality rates among Asian Minnesotans. The findings draw attention to the disproportionate COVID-19 mortality rates among Hmong, Karen, Karenni community members, and affirm the community’s concerns about the inequities many predicted would exist for this population. CAAL and HPHA hope this report urges policy-makers to use and publish more disaggregated health data related to COVID-19 infections and mortality.

Download the Press Release Statement here.

CAAL & HPHA Report: A Race to Close the Disproportionate COVID-19 Death Rates in Minnesota’s Asian Community

This report is written for policy makers, healthcare providers, and systems, and community leaders to provide insights and recommendations that can immediately improve ongoing efforts to address COVID-19 infections, prevent further deaths, and ensure that future prevention strategies are responsive and relevant when serving Asian Minnesotans. This report uses preliminary data on COVID-19 mortality rates among Asian Minnesotans. It draws attention to the disproportionate number of COVID-19 mortality rates among Hmong, Karen, and Karenni residents to demonstrate the critical importance of data disaggregation.

Download the report here.

Asian Minnesota Alliance for Justice: CAAL Response

This event is hosted by the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice (AMAJ), a collective of Asian American organizations dedicated to fighting for solidarity and justice in MN. The events in Georgia last week were devastating to our community. In the last year, and particularly the last few months, we have seen an increase in attacks and violence directed towards Asian American communities around the United States. This includes attacks targeting our elderly in Asian communities, it includes verbal and physical harassment in public and private spaces, includes 33 Vietnamese community members who were just deported by ICE, and it includes the deaths of Christian Hall and Angelo Quinto, who were recently killed by the police. This is all anti-Asian hate and violence. Our communities are in pain and looking for support. This moment demands all of us, as Minnesotans, to come together to think critically about the moment we are in and move us towards a place of healing and justice.

  • Join us for a public community event to hear from leaders and community members about what has been occurring in Minnesota and nationwide, hear from victims of hate, and work together with us to take action against violence and hate.
  • Speakers include U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL Network & Executive Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others

Honoring the Lives Lost in Atlanta.


To our non-Asian allies, we urge you to take action against anti-Asian violence and hate. #StopAsianHate…

Posted by Coalition of Asian American Leaders – CAAL on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dear CAAL Leaders,

We are devastated by yesterday’s horrific mass shooting in Georgia, where a gunman shot and killed…

Posted by Coalition of Asian American Leaders – CAAL on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

IHRC | Documenting the Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrants and Refugees in the U.S.

Through a partnership with the Sahan Journal, a nonprofit digital newsroom dedicated to providing authentic news reporting for and about immigrants and refugees in Minnesota, the Immigration History Research Center is also creating digital stories documenting the experiences of immigrants and refugees during the pandemic and posting them here: STORIES FROM THE PANDEMIC.

They highlight fact-based research and reporting from reputable national media sources and think tanks supplemented by ethnic and local media. The IHRC also include perspectives from experts, scholars, and political commentators and provide a summary analysis of emerging trends and issues. IHRC use a variety of methods to identify sources, including Google news alerts and immigration-related newsletters and digests, such as Migratory Notes and ImmigrationProfBlog. They select sources to provide both depth and breadth. Diverse perspectives and opinions – political and otherwise – are included whenever possible, especially when they highlight the trajectory behind certain policies and the experiences of immigrants and refugees themselves.

As research on COVID-19 is new and emerging, some sources are webinars, podcast episodes, blog entries, and opinion pieces featuring immigration experts or created by immigrant-serving organizations. And HRIC have drawn inspiration from similar projects tracking COVID-19 developments like the YELLOW PERIL TEACH-IN RESOURCES (organized by Professor Jason Chang), the COVID Racial Data Tracker (The Atlantic), COVID-19 Migration-Related Developments Initiative (Center for Migration Studies), Black America and COVID-19 Lib Guide (Harvard University,) and the Mapping At-Risk Immigrant Communities and Access to Health Care project (Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative.)

The IHRC welcome your suggestions!

COVID-19 Work & Resources

Coalition of Asian American Leaders‘s COVID-19 Work & Resources Page includes their COVID-19 relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts, how you can work with CAAL to combat racism and xenophobia, where to report discrimination that you have witnessed or experienced, and community resources that are available (mutual aid, teaching materials, government resources, and nonprofit/philanthropic resources).

Visit the COVID-19 Work & Resources Page here