As Twin Cities leaders take their strategy of fighting extremist ideology to Washington this week, they have their eye on the millions of federal dollars available for such efforts.
The money would support a bold mix of expanded afterschool programs, youth sports, more Somali police officers, mentoring programs and job fairs. It's the backbone of Minnesota's pilot program to build "resilient" communities.
But as a group of 15 Twin Cities leaders presents its strategy in the nation's capital, the reaction of local Muslims is wildly mixed. Although some Minneapolis nonprofits already are lining up to request the money, the pilot program is facing a backlash from some Muslim leaders.