Sunday, December 17, 2017

Menbere Aklilu delivered the commencement address to graduates of Holy Names University #EthiopiansInCalifornia



An immigrant from Ethiopia who once was homeless, Aklilu started at Salute as a hostess before working her way up to maitre d’ and eventually owner. She has fed many hundreds of people for free at her annual Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and other economically disadvantaged people, a tradition she launched in 2011.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wudneh Akalu is a network support engineer at IVM in Indianapolis #EthiopiansInIndianapolis


I’m from Ethiopia. In 1989, when I was 14, my parents sent my older brother and me to the United States to live with our older sister because they were afraid we might be drafted to fight in the civil war. I graduated from I.U.P.U.I. — that’s Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis — with a bachelor’s in computer and information technology, and worked for two other companies before this job.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sara Mokuria is a co-chair of Mothers Against Police Brutality #EthiopiansInTexas


Sara Mokuria, a co-chair of Mothers Against Police Brutality, said she hopes more officers face criminal charges for their conduct to "send a message to law enforcement that you don't get a get-out-of-jail-free pass." 

Mokuria was a child when she saw her father, a refugee from Ethiopia, fatally shot by Dallas police. She's dissatisfied with how such cases are handled.