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Karen New Year 2756

The Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) and Karen community leaders cordially invite you to attend the 2017 Karen New Year Celebration.

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FREE Tax Filing

File your taxes for FREE by signing up for an appointment with a certified tax filer at the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) on Wednesday, January 25 or Wednesday, February 8 from 5:00-8:30pm each day.

Call Wah Wah Paw at 651-202-3113 to schedule an appointment. Karen interpreters will be available. Download the Flyer (in Karen and English)

Location: Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) 2353 Rice Street, Suite 240 Roseville, MN 55113

Karen National Day

Join the Karen community in Minnesota for the 69th Karen National Day celebration on Saturday, February 11 from 4:00-9:00pm at Ebenezer Karen Baptist Church, 1055 Viking Drive East, Maplewood, MN 55109. The event will feature speeches from Karen community leaders, food for sale, and singing.

Karen National Day is an important holiday for all Karen people. After Burma gained independence from the British in 1948, Karen people protested on February 11, demanding their own homeland. They were denied their request by the Burmese government, so the Karen National Union (KNU) took up arms. Thus, Karen National Day is celebrated every year on or near February 11 to honor the original demonstrators with speeches, song, dance, and food.

The Refugee Journey

For many people, the refugee resettlement process is a mystery. If you've ever pondered questions about what refugee status means, how refugees get to Minnesota and who helps them learn to navigate their new world, attend a FREE presentation and discussion on Monday, March 13 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Minnesota Literacy Council (700 Raymond Avenue, Suite 180, St. Paul, MN 55114).

Emily Hipps from the International Institute of Minnesota will guide participants through the refugee journey, from life in the refugee camp to the details of the resettlement process and ways that newcomers adjust to their new lives here in Minnesota. IIMN helps resettle and welcome more than 500 refugees each year and is one of five Twin Cities refugee resettlement agencies.

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