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“I hate to say told you so, but as a very wise man once said – if you keep doing the same thing the same way, nothing changes; everything stops! A very clear message is being sent here. While self-appointed Black spokespersons in north Minneapolis say IBNN and the National Research Institute have no creditability, another prediction comes true. I think you folks should start listening before another flagship Black agency rolls into the ground – very soon! ”
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/January 5, 2011)…Sources close to The City, Inc tell IBNN and NRI that the 40 year old agency will be closing their doors on Friday, January 7, 2011. This comes as no surprise to the team of Allen and Edwards.
The website for The City, Inc. says it has worked with youth and families who reside in the inner-city neighborhoods of Minneapolis. These neighborhoods we serve are plagued with poverty and violence. Families and children are in crisis and are in need of a helping hand. The City, Inc. is dedicated to helping young people and their families receive the support they need to begin to build better lives for themselves. Our support and services help enable them to make positive changes.
It’s hard to explain with all of The City, Inc posturing and funding that men, women, families and children have never been “out of crisis.”
If you look at the website it lists Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) Bruce Bjork has the Chairman of the board. In a phone call to Mr. Bjork today, he tells IBNN, “I have not been affiliated with the agency since 2009.” Further discrepancies by the agency has been a lack luster inclusion of people that could of assisted the agency to process that would have put them in the forefront of education, community engagement and successful measurable outcomes – but shedding the old for something new was hard for the leaders of The City, Inc.
Sources tell IBNN NEWS that collaborations with 180 Degrees, led by the ever-competent Sarah Catherine Walker could breath new life into The City, Inc – but IBNN advises Ms. Walker to stay clear until a solid plan with a memorandum of understanding is in place. Ms. Walker declined to comment citing a non-disclosure agreement had been put in place.
The National Research Institute’s Ronald A. Edwards states, “The closing of The City, Inc was seen coming for a while now. North Minneapolis spokespersons continue to badmouth me and my colleague Mr. Allen for putting information about a corrupt processes that needs immediate attention for their lack of cordial and diplomatic solutions that affects the Black community in north Minneapolis which bring no positive change, nor results.”
Tune in Saturday to BlogTalkRadio’s ON POINT! We will discuss in details the circumstances surrounding the closing of The City, Inc – they thought we didn’t know.
More to come.