Westword recently published an article by Lisa Rab outlining the difficulties faced by many Somalis living in the city of Greeley. Compared to bigger, more diverse cities Greeley may not be as equipped to handle the cultural and religious practices Somali Muslims have brought to the city.
Many Somali refugees were drawn to Greeley to take up jobs working at the JBS Swift & Company plant. However, recent controversy has surrounded the plant’s handling of Somali requests for religious accommodations. Following a walkout and subsequent negotiations, a miscommunication led to the firing of at least 100 Somali workers.
The story is fleshed out in much more detail in the article, and it is definitely worth reading.