This is an interview with Rev. Craig B. Mousin, an Adjunct Faculty member of the DePaul University’s College of Law, Refugee and Forced Migrations Studies Program and the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy. The podcast celebrates the cooperative work of Somali refugee farmers in Maine and elsewhere demonstrating the talents and gifts they bring to our nation. The podcast also urges listeners to email their congressional Representative to vote for the Afghan Adjustment Act.
ACTION STEP: We provide two links to offer background information and to email your congressional Representative to vote for the Afghan Adjustment Act.
- Refugee One recommends this link to email your Representative in support of the Afghan Adjustment Act: https://humanrightsfirst.quorum.us/campaign/36088/
If you would like additional information about the proposed Act or the work of Refugee One, visit Refugee One’s website at: https://www.refugeeone.org/afghanistan.html
- The Pennsylvania Council of Churches also provides background information and a link to send an email to your Representative at: https://pachurchesadvocacy.org/pass-afghan-adjustment-act/
The information on Little Juba and the Agrarian Trust came from two articles. Initially, this podcast was inspired by Katy Kelleher’s article, “Maine’s Somali Bantus Are Reenvisioning American Farming,” Down East: https://downeast.com/features/maines-somali-bantus-are-reenvisioning-american-farming/ The article contains the specific information on percentage of farmland owned by white famers and non-white farmers, information on the Somali produce grown at Little Juba, and the Agrarian Trust.
The quote from the Somali farmer and the quote on percentage of farm ownership by white persons can be found in the story on the Somali refugees at Little Juba by Audrea Lim, “‘We’re trying to re-create the lives we had’: the Somali migrants who became Maine farmers,” The Guardian,February 25, 2021: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/25/somali-farmers-maine
For more information on the Agrarian Trust, see: https://agrariantrust.org
Information on Portland, Maine’s services and hospitality to asylum seekers and refugees comes from Eric Russell, “We bring our dreams with us. All of us,” Portland Press Herald, November 14, 2021: https://www.pressherald.com/2021/11/14/we-bring-our-dreams-with-us-all-of-us/
The Center for American Progress Report contains the information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the quote on immigrants breathing “fresh life” into rural areas as well as the information about Arcola, Illinois including the statistics on the Hispanic population of Arcola. It also provides the statistics regarding United States rural population from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Revival and Opportunity, Immigrants in Rural American,” September 2, 2018: https://www.americanprogress.org/article/revival-and-opportunity/
Information on the New Roots community farms sponsored by the International Rescue Committee can be found in “How refugee farmers are confronting food insecurity in the U.S.” October 14, 2021: https://www.rescue.org/article/how-refugee-farmers-are-confronting-food-insecurity-us