The Awood Center is a place for the East African Community to learn, defend our rights at work, and build East African worker power.

The Awood Center is a dynamic worker-led organization that creates a culturally and linguistically relevant space to build unity and develop the next generation of leaders in Minnesota’s diverse East African communities.

The Awood Center is engaging the community of 100,000 and growing recent immigrants and their families in the Twin-Cities area by educating, organizing, developing leadership and mobilizing to improve the economic and political life of the community and all working people.

Abdirahman Muse

AWOOD is the Somali word for POWER

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We need groups like Awood that are standing up for workers and taking on the fights of equity and justice that are sometimes controversial but are so critical to moving the ball forward.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07).

Our Wins

  1. Workers Rising Day of Action

    Workers Rising - a campaign led by Amazon workers supported by Awood and TakeAction todemand raises, worker safety, and a just transition - held a Day of Action where workers and community members came together for actions at the airport and Amazon Fulfillment Center.

  2. Warehouse Safety Bill passed in MN House

    With bipartisan support, HF2774 - a bill that ensured the transparency workers need to be safe at work from Amazon's secretive, body breaking worker surveillance -passed in MN House but was stalled in the Senate .

  3. Respect in the Workplace

    Through our support and organizing efforts, two dozen workers at Amazon-affiliated Pinnacle Logisticswalked off the job to demand an end to discrimination and hostile working conditions.

  4. Shakopee workers at Amazon’s MSP1 facility secured a win

    After a big push from Amazon workers and the Awood Center, the facility announced they would beginmoving seasonal workers to be eligible for permanent status. Now as full-fledged employees, they can receive healthcare benefits, paid vacation time, and a greater sense of security.

  5. Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

    This award commemorates the assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt and celebrates new champions of the human rights movement. We're proud to be recognized for fighting for better working conditions for all

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