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Editors note: If the shoe was on the other foot we would invite these folks who held a secret meeting with you to meet with the “other side.” But stupidity happens at real high levels in the Black community. State Rep. Bobby Jo Champion approached an attendee at Monday’s meeting and told him, “This is a public meeting, your with the press – we don’t want any news.” (See what I mean…) The “agenda” posted below, presented to Mark Dayton had no mention of Public Safety, Veterans, Business Start-Ups or Economic Development – just some poverty pimps trying to get work in the Dayton administration…but trust me, he’s not falling for it.
On Monday, August 31, 2010 I reported on the “top secret” meeting held at the Minneapolis Urban League with you titled, “Champion, Hayden and the Minneapolis Urban League go to extreme measures to “hide and cover-up” meeting with Mark Dayton.”
Since this report, several local community groups are outraged that the “usual suspects” kept a very important meeting “to themselves” rather than market and advertise the meeting to the Red, Yellow, Black and White of the community that really needed to see you in person maybe just to say “hello.”
In full support of your gubernatorial campaign for Governor of Minnesota, I feel it’s my duty as a friend of my family – (the Battle Family Rev. Walter L. Battle, Elizabeth Battle Allen (both deceased), Robert Lee Battle, Thelma Buckner, Patrick Buckner and Bernie Battle) to let you know the “audition” at the Minneapolis Urban League did not represent the “business” minded Black community members in Minneapolis.
I have intercepted a copy of the handout that was presented to you titled, “The African American Agenda – A Conversation with Mark Dayton. Did you find it peculiar that not one Minnesota Viking – past or present (Carl Eller, Joey Browner), Timberwolves team member or Robert Ngwu, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Black MBA’s were not present at this meeting?
Don’t you find it even stranger that no mention of Public Safety or a business focus was addressed? Welcome Mr. Dayton to the poverty-pimps, hustlers and bamboozerlers in the Black community who don’t have a clue about the Black Agenda Report for Black Minnesota.
First of all, In would like to apologize for my Black brothers display of selfish auditioning to create job opportunities for themselves.
Further more, the minority/ethnic media outlets including IBNN NEWS, Black Twin Cities, Black Music America, Black Focus, ON POINT, The Minneapolis Story, The Mpls Mirror, La Voz, AM 1400, The African News Journal, The Independent Educational Radio Network, Somali News, Asian Beat, The Russian Underground and 200 bloggers across the United States will not sit still and let Mr. Al McFarlane dictate what minority media is in Minnesota – if this happens we have to ask some really hard questions to Nordstrom’s in Seattle, the Minnesota State Lottery and others that I think would just want to call it a loss to be done with it.
With that said, and for the public to read – here’s the agenda presented to Mr. Mark Dayton titled the African American Agenda – and again Mr. Dayton – there are very few of us who use sound business practices. The people you met with are not the representation of Black Minnesota – but a representation of greed, guilt and glutton.
Sincerely – Don Allen