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Our veterans, our stories: Veterans Voices Month

Minnesota has led the way on many issues, one  of the most recent being the designation of October as Veterans’ Voices Month to honor those who served in the military. This effort involved institutions such as the Minnesota Humanities Center and the veterans in many of Minnesota’s  communities. Representative Jerry Newton (D-District 37A), and Representative Bob Dettmer (R-District 39A) wrote the bill in the House, while Senator John A. Hoffman was the Senate sponsor of this legislation. As the Minnesota Humanities Center noted,  “The Veterans’ Voices Month legislation passed by unanimous vote in both Houses.” Governor Dayton signed the bill into law and Minnesota became the first state in the country to designate an entire month  for Veterans. David O’Fallon, President of the Minnesota Humanities Center, said in a statement “This is unprecedented. Veterans’ Voices Month not only honors our Veterans, but builds a stronger understanding of their commitment to our country and communities.”   For the Lao Minnesotan veterans this should be a time of celebration as we also see the community moving forward with establishing a monument on …

Thank you for making the stories of the Lao diaspora matter

We had 30 days for the Lao Diaspora Project. While we were biting our nails at trying to reach our fundraising goal of $3,000 with less than a few days left, an anonymous donor hits us with a contribution of $800 to bring us over the edge and then everybody in the social media community went buzzing and started chipping in. We couldn’t believe it. Not only did we reach $3,115 (and counting) but we also received news of a generous grant of $2,500 from the BMPP Giving Circle, a philanthropic group run by Asian Americans here in Minnesota. That’s a grand total of $5,615 to document the Lao diasporic communities and make our stories matter. But our work doesn’t stop there. We still need more funding to bring this project to the next level. Continue to help our team expand our reach even more and gather compelling stories of our community by contributing to our e-fundraising page here: http://www.gofundme.com/4sw8jw. Make sure to share us with your friends and family. Over 80% of donations were …