Join Jane and Representative Ilhan Omar as they take a deep dive into the Biden administration’s first month in power and what we should expect ahead. They’ll discuss what is being done at the congressional level to stop fossil fuel subsidies with the End Polluter Welfare Act, to protect public lands and stop Line 3, and what we need to do to make The THRIVE Agenda a reality!
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About the guests:
Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. Born in Somalia, Rep. Omar and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was eight. The family spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the United States in 1990s. In 2016 she was elected as the Minnesota House Representative for District 60B, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States and the first Somali-American State Legislator. As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for the shared values of the 5th District, values that put people at the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a fair wage for a hard day’s work; creating a just immigration system and tackling the existential threat of climate change.
Camille Dunghy is a poet and University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade, as well as the essay collection, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History. She has edited three anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, and NEA Fellowships in both poetry and prose. Much of her work considers the connections between culture, family, and the greater than human world.