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“Let my building burn. Justice needs to be served. Put those officers in jail.” Food, social and climate justice have long been the heart of Ruhel Islam's life and Gandhi Mahal Restaurant- Minneapolis MN — and nothing about that changed when it went up in flames in the now infamous Minneapolis police precinct fire.
I spoke with his activist daughter Hafsa shortly thereafter, in whom he instilled these unwavering values, passion for justice, giving spirit, and focus on community wellbeing and sustainability. "We will rebuild,” she promises, speaking about the beloved and award-winning Indian restaurant where she grew up, which had a first-of-its-kind basement aquaponics system and most recently opened its doors to medics to treat hundreds of protesters injured by police, before burning down. “It will be a long journey, of course, but we'll get there and we'll come back stronger than ever. We can bring back a building, but we can’t bring back George Floyd and return him to his family.” This 18-year-old clearly has her priorities straight.
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The GoFundMe to support Gandhi Mahal's "revival" and hardest hit employees is here: gofundme.com/f/real-one-gandhi-mahal-revival-fundraiser