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Tuesday March 31st 2015
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‘Black Minneapolis’ Archives

Where is the equity plan for the renovation of the city owned facility the Target Center?

Where is the equity plan for the renovation of the city owned facility the Target Center?

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges. Show residents of Minneapolis the equity plan for the remodeling of the Target Center. (photo: Star Tribune, Google search - Fair Use) When Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges took office, her team developed a high-pitched tone of rhetoric behind the word “equity.” Equity as I understand it means: the relations [...]

Study investigates high discipline rates among Black girls

Study investigates high discipline rates among Black girls

Is there a historic reason why black girls are punished. (Photo: Fair use) By Camden Copeland, Guest Columnist - IBNN Black girls are disciplined at higher rates and with harsher consequences than their White counterparts, according to a new report from Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. The [...]

Fantastic Four says: Star Tribune stadium story was off the mark…Please explain “the mark” in black bodies working on the People’s Stadium

Fantastic Four says: Star Tribune stadium story was off the mark…Please explain “the mark” in black bodies working on the People’s Stadium

If it smells like a fart, maybe is it a fart. Some of the people in this group-write will make you think you have to pay your bar tab if you were a passenger on the Titanic. (photo - The Wrong Stuff on Facebook - Fair Use). “Sources within organized labor confirm the Vikings stadium employment fraud being perpetrated on communities of color. [...]

Interview with Better Ed president Devin C. Foley on the Ron and Don Show – Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.

Interview with Better Ed president Devin C. Foley on the Ron and Don Show – Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.

“The simple reality is that the education system has failed, particularly for minorities. The Minneapolis school district spends $21,000 per student per year, but currently less than 25% of black students are reading at or above grade level. If the system cannot adequately help large segments of the population, then we need a new system of [...]

Why the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) has not closed the Educational Exiled Recessive Gap (EERG) in education

Why the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) has not closed the Educational Exiled Recessive Gap (EERG) in education

I am fairly proficient at cooperative learning theory... give me $150k salary plus $50k budget and I could pretty much guarantee a cohort of 20 seniors in fall of 2015 from the Minneapolis or St. Paul public schools would go and graduate college. Hard and expensive work cannot be done with a few feel good moments. If pre-school kids make it to [...]

Star Tribune, King, Community need a Kumbaya moment

Star Tribune, King, Community need a Kumbaya moment

Is there really a debate about the need for training black people for work in Minnesota and the process it uses? I remember getting a $15k contract from the Minneapolis Public Schools and being taken to the whipping shed by the Star Tribune for work completed and delivered per the specifications of the MPS. If the black body is not able to produce [...]

If Minneapolis wants the youth violence to stop, hire K.G. Wilson right away!

If Minneapolis wants the youth violence to stop, hire K.G. Wilson right away!

K.G. Wilson is the only black leader who can stop youth violence by black people in the Twin Cities. (photo: Facebook - Fair Use) With the bloody St. Patrick's Day violence in downtown Minneapolis (totally uncalled for), the last hope the city of Minneapolis has is to dump the usual suspects and hire a man of integrity to collaborate with [...]

Council on Black Minnesotans being weakened

Council on Black Minnesotans being weakened

By Mr. Ronald A. Edwards, co-host of The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio Stand with the COBM today. (photo: Fair Use) Saint Paul, Minn. - In the new movie Selma, Martin Luther King, Jr. works tirelessly to integrate Black Americans socially (education, opportunity), economically (jobs, housing), and politically (voting, holding office). [...]

Auditing for Compliance: Opening Minnesota’s assortment of problems

Auditing for Compliance: Opening Minnesota’s assortment of problems

Tune in Wednesday at 8:30 pm to The Ron and Don Show on #blogtalkradio as we welcome special guest state representatives Rena Moran (St. Paul), and Carolyn Laine (Columbia Heights). Also joining the conversation will be Council of Black Minnesotans chairman of the board Mr. Patwin Lawrence. To listen, click here. Equal opportunity [...]

State Representatives Rena Moran (DFL) and Carolyn Laine (DFL) and COBM board chairman Patwin Lawrence answer questions about Minnesota’s ethnic councils and why a bill is on the table and how it got there – The Ron and Don Show – Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (CST)

State Representatives Rena Moran (DFL) and Carolyn Laine (DFL) and COBM board chairman Patwin Lawrence answer questions about Minnesota’s ethnic councils and why a bill is on the table and how it got there – The Ron and Don Show – Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (CST)

Join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards (Black Focus) and Don Allen (IBNN) for the award-winning BlogTalkRadio Internet program, “The Ron and Don Show.” (To listen to the program, click here) An informational hearing on HF 1353 has been scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2015 at 8:15 am. HF 1353 (attached) HF Representative Laine represents Columbia [...]

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