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Somali American Council Of Oregon

Welcome

SACOO mission is to empower the Somali community by enhancing relationships between members of the community and between the community and state wide and/or federal agencies while also promoting cultural expression and diversity.

In partnership with existing Somali community organizations, SACOO conducts outreach and promotes dialog on public policy issues.  

Somali American Council of Oregon (SACOO) is dedicated to improving our community an environment by creating of hope and unity. We promise to work tirelessly to improve conditions in our community and affect positive change in the world around us. We affirm the importance of working together to find solutions. SACOO will operate lawfully and respectfully in all matters. We will not profit from our endeavors. We believe in fairness for all. SACOO will not waiver in the conviction to create a better community for all

Signed this on Jan 14, 2011

Musse Olol

Head of SACOO


East African All Stars
Team of Dreams
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Moamed Juma stormed away, memories of sand and civil war still burning inside him.

Back in Kenya, where the Somali teenager lived in refugee camps for 16 years, other boys used to huddle around a cellphone watching YouTube videos of LeBron James. They told Juma, who towered over them at 6-foot-5, that he should go to America and play basketball.


He did. Juma and his family moved to Portland in 2013, and he was soon discovered by the East African All Stars, a makeshift team of teenage boys who played on an elementary school court with rusted rims and tattered nets. Juma's new teammates bought him hamburgers and tennis shoes. Together, they won a city championship and earned support from nonprofit and civic leaders, adults who understood how easy it was for African immigrants to feel adrift in their new homeland and how disappointment can lead boys down dangerous paths. The All Stars, Portland's mayor and police believed, were an answer to the threats facing Juma and other young men.