Last week, we had another busy district work week. I’m always grateful to be back home and connect with members of our community. Here’s some of the highlights I wanted to share with you:

Monday:

Tiny Homes Visit: I visited the Avivo Village, a tiny home community shelter in Minneapolis. Because of the CARES Act that passed last year, this shelter has provided safe refuge for many of our community members who are facing housing insecurity.


Dear friend,

This week, the trial of Derek Chauvin began. For too many of us, watching this trial has been retraumatizing. Our community and the whole country are loudly demanding justice. I will continue to fight to end police brutality and hope the family of George Floyd gets the justice they deserve. I spoke to the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder ahead of the trial about our community’s hopes and expectations.

Condemning Hate Against the APPI Community

An attack on one community is an attack on all of us. This week, I hosted a press conference with Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan and other…


Dear friend,

This week, our country endured another mass shooting that took the lives of ten people in Colorado. We can’t let this tragic loss of life continue and allow Senate Republicans to cower to the gun lobby. People need more than just our thoughts and prayers in this moment — they need meaningful gun reform legislation implemented. In the House, we recently passed legislation to require universal background checks on all gun sales. It’s imperative we get this bill passed in the Senate and signed into law. …


Dear friend,

I know the past few days have been incredibly challenging for our AAPI community. Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new. We’ve seen an uptick in anti-Asian incidents in the past year — mostly against women. It’s important for all of us to remember that an attack on one community is an attack on all of us. Together, we must denounce all forms of white supremacy and bigotry wherever we find it.

This week, the House passed the Violence Against Women Act — legislation to make much needed investments in domestic violence prevention. One in three women still experience domestic…


Dear friend,

For years, we have been fighting against gun violence and mass shootings. Yesterday, we passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. This legislation will require universal background checks on all gun sales. Like many of you, I have been moved by the courage and determination of countless Minnesotans who have fought for decades to end gun violence. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bill and look forward to it hopefully becoming law.

This week, exactly a year ago, Minnesota confirmed its first case of COVID-19. I know this year has been incredibly difficult, but I remain optimistic…


Dear friends,

As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins next week, I wanted to share some of the work we are doing on the federal level to combat police brutality. From George Floyd to Jamar Clark to Philando Castile — our communities have felt the pain of injustice for far too long. It is time for us to not only provide justice to these families, but to everyone else who has experienced injustice within our criminal justice system. This week, the House took action and passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This legislation will eliminate qualified immunity for…


Dear friend,

Yesterday, we passed the Equality Act in the House. This passage will move us one step closer to a future where every LGBTQ person can live their lives free from the fear of discrimination. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the legislation.

Tonight, we are voting on the new COVID relief package to provide much needed relief to Minnesotans and Americans across the country. This bill will provide essential relief to Minnesota, including $281 million for the Minneapolis metro and $4.722 billion in relief for Minnesota. It will also include direct checks to families, expanded…


I came to Congress on a promise of co-governance. As your Congresswoman, I do not only want to represent Minnesotans — I want to govern with you. Last week, we had a jam packed week in the district and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

Tuesday:

I hosted my first Congressional “Coffee and Kulan” community conversation on cannabis legalization with Rep. Barbara Lee and MN House Majority Leader, Ryan Winkler. We discussed our plans on both the state and federal level to implement restorative justice practices and end the war on drugs. …


Dear friend,

Our state hit a milestone of getting 1 million Minnesotans vaccinated. As hard as this time has been for all of us, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m so grateful for our essential workers who have gone above and beyond to serve our community. We will get through this crisis together.

I’ve been fighting to ensure the next COVID-19 package prioritizes the needs of our community. As we get closer to a final package, I encourage you to reach out to my office to share your concerns with me. …


Dear friend,

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone celebrating! I wish you and your family a joyful year.

As the pandemic continues, we must stay vigilant. In Minnesota, testing is free and easy to access. This is an important step to keep our community and loved ones safe. You can view testing sites here.

On Tuesday at 5:30pm CT, I’ll be hosting a “Coffee and Kulan” discussion on cannabis legalization with Rep. Barbara Lee and State Rep. Ryan Winkler live on Facebook.com/RepIlhan. I can’t wait to talk with you about our efforts in Congress and in Minnesota to legalize cannabis…

Rep. Ilhan Omar

Representing Minnesota’s 5th District in the People’s House.

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