Nelsie in the News
New batch of Minnesota candidates energized by barriers broken in 2018
Nelsie Yang embodies all those characteristics: She’s 24 and, like Thao, the daughter of Hmong refugees. She’s a rookie candidate also running for the St. Paul City Council’s Sixth Ward seat.
“I actually grew up believing that people of color could not run for office,” said Yang, a TakeAction Minnesota organizer. “I always saw old white men running.” She believes it’s time for “a future represented across race, gender and class.”
East Side high-rise turns to City Council candidate in heating emergency
“Emily Johnson was running out of options when the heat went out Saturday at her St. Paul Public Housing apartment building.
There is no on-site manager at the 201-unit Edgerton Hi-Rise on weekends. The on-call maintenance staff said they were working on it, but the heat wouldn’t be back until Monday afternoon. Worried about elderly and disabled residents, Johnson, the resident council secretary, first tried public housing officials, then the Red Cross, the United Way, even the police.
“I was calling everyone I could think of to call to see if we could get someone to do something,” she said.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Johnson grabbed a campaign flier left earlier Saturday by Nelsie Yang, who is running for the City Council’s Sixth Ward seat. “I just thought, ‘Well, I’ll give her a try.’ ”
Yang, who’s 23 and an organizer for TakeAction Minnesota, took action. First, she called Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough, who went to a hardware store and bought every space heater they had. Yang sent out a plea on the neighborhood Facebook page. Within a few hours, heaters and hand warmers were arriving at 1000 Edgerton St. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher offered blankets. A sheriff’s deputy knocked on doors in the 14-floor building, seeing if residents were all right...”
October 24, 2018
3 Hmong TV interviews Nelsie Yang
July 24, 2018
"Nelsie Yang, an organizer with TakeAction Minnesota, has announced her intent to run for the Ward 6 seat on the St. Paul City Council next year. "
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