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Dec 19th

New citizens of various ethnic groups are recognized at the Freedom Festival

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The Jane Addams School for Democracy hosted a celebration entitled "Freedom Festival: Voices of Hope" to recognize the accomplishments of its participants.

The Jane Addams School for Democracy hosted a celebration entitled "Freedom Festival: Voices of Hope" to recognize the accomplishments of its participants.

State Sen. Mee Moua spoke, followed by musical and dance performances by participants from the school's Hmong, East African, Spanish-language, teen and children's learning circles.

The Jane Addams School is a University of Minnesota coordinated community initiative where participants self-organize in learning circles and pairs, usually mixing English speakers with native Hmong-, Somali- or Spanish-speaking people. There is no charge to attend and there are no fixed courses. Individuals participate as long as they wish. The Jane Addams School is inspired by the vision of democracy, productive citizenship and popular education held by settlement pioneers such as Jane Addams, who created Hull House in Chicago.

Ten years after the Jane Addams School opened, more than 1,500 participants from around the Twin Cities have become citizens. Participants in the Jane Addams School include immigrant families from twenty countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as local college students and other Twin Cities residents.

The Jane Addams School is coordinated by the University of Minnesota's Center for Democracy and Citizenship. For information contact Derek Johnson at (651) 209-3519 or (612) 626-1147, or Erik Skold, learning circle coordinator, at (651) 253-3947.
 

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