Hi, I’m Mohammed, my pronouns are he/him, I’m a Housing Justice Organizer with WSCO. As a Housing Justice Organizer, what we’re trying to do is organize the tenants that live on the West Side, to give them a collaborative power and to let them know what it means to be a tenant’s union, what that power is, and teach them about their rights. Our vision down the road is to incorporate a co-op, a collaborative homeownership model.
This work is important to me because I’ve learned the importance of being in a home– it always comes back to housing. When someone has a roof over their head, when someone has a place that they call home, where they can go at the end of the day and lay their head down, it helps us solve a lot of the other issues that they are dealing with.
It’s also important to me as a West Sider. I live in the neighborhood. I love so many things about it here: I love the people who I live around in my block, I got to know all of them, and they treat me as like their son. I love how progressive the West Side is, and how forward-looking all the neighbors are. I like how quiet and green it is, as someone who lived in Minneapolis for all of their life, pretty much, West Side seems to be a lot quieter and greener. Also, the food! There’s so many places to grab good food! Outside of work, I like to paint here and there, specifically arabic calligraphy paint. I like to run: I’m a marathon runner, I love to run the Grandma’s Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon every year. I love to walk around the West Side, exploring Saint Paul as much as I can.
If you would like to get involved with housing justice in your neighborhood you can reach out to me at [email protected] or (612) 598-8994. Please feel free to reach out, we would love to have as many helpers as we possibly can to engage and activate our community.