CAAL – Remembering Atlanta: One Year Later

Date: Tuesday, March 15
Time 6:00-7:30pm Central TIme
Location: Wilder Foundation (451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, MN)

Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) on March 15 in remembrance and solidarity as we mark the one year of the Atlanta spa shootings that occurred in March 2021. Come for food and be in community as we reflect about the last year and learn about the work we need to do to move forward. This is an in-person event. Masks are required.


APM Research Lab – Minnesota’s Diverse Communities: Perceptions of Policing Report

APM Research Lab: 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 we 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.

APM Research Lab – Minnesota’s Diverse Communities: Perceptions of Policing Report

Coalition of Asian American Leaders – CAAL 2020 Impact Report

CAAL: We are pleased to announce the release of our 2020 Impact Report! In the words of Executive and Network Director Bo Thao-Urabe:

“We acted urgently to uplift the unseen voices, and we did not stop connecting people to decision-makers because, during this time, it became even more crucial that the voices of the community be centered.”

We invite you to take 5 minutes to view our report and celebrate the many ways we showed up and took care of one another:

CAAL Fireside Chat: Suni Lee making history

Watch the video here!

We are very excited to launch our new CAAL Fireside Chats, informal conversations with CAAL staff and network leaders on issues and topics impacting our Asian Minnesotan community. This Friday we will be joined CAAL Executive & Network Director Bo Thao-Urabe and Representative Kaohly Her discussing 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.

AsiansVoteMN – Coalition of Asian American Leaders

Make your voice heard by making your plan to vote at!

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 the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment Sheroes

Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota

Shero /ˈSHērō/ noun: a female trailblazer who is creating change in her community

Our #Sheroes take risks, challenge misconceptions and address injustices. Sheroes are on a mission to build a better world, and the Sisterhood is here to support them and uplift their voices. Read and listen to their stories at

We know that there are so many Sheroes whose stories haven’t been told whose accomplishments have gone unacknowledged. Anyone come to mind? Nominate your Shero to be featured on Reviving Sisterhood! #MuslimSheroesMN



CAAL & HPHA Report – Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2021
Contact: Julia Gay, | (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.