‘Contract Compliance’ Archives
Minnesota Department of Transportation: Lies, Lies and more Lies – Based on Audit Federal Investigation is needed
You remember when Minnesota governor Mark Dayton said, "Check back with me on MnDOT." Well, we are checking in today... Since MnDOT's numbers are incorrect, you'll have fun reading these stories: from the Twin Cities Daily Planet: "Minneapolis sets diversity goals for city contracts." Governor Mark Dayton: “Give me a call in [...]
Audit finds Minnesota Department of Transportation did not increase DBE participation – but we knew that already
The "Collaborative, DBE's, and Workforce" all terms used by MnDOT as if they were really going to make sure that black contractors would get more than $715 (dollars) out of $68 million. The new report from audit director Daniel E. Kahnke, CGFM shows all MnDOT did was talk a real good game. by Donald Allen – Editor-in-Chief, The Independent [...]
Cam Winton, Gary Schiff and Mark Andrews to participate in ON POINT radio program this Saturday at 3 p.m.
From L-R: Cam Winton, Mark Andrews and Gary Schiff. (photos: Campaign websites.) It is clear to us (Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen) the Minneapolis Mayor’s race needs a new set of eyes. Local mainstream media is missing the point on who the popular candidates really are by listening to political action groups the have done little to nothing [...]
"Minnesota has no enforcement mechanism. People that work in civil rights and contract compliance have failed not only the minority communities - but also all the citizens in Minnesota." Click on the photo above to read the full story on Finance and Commerce.
...what, it wasn't a bad dream - just a big fat lie? (Photo: Surprised Buckwheat, NewOne) Mr. Ron Edwards hosts "Black Focus" on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm. Formerly head of key civil rights organizations, including the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his "watchdog" role for Minneapolis. Order his [...]
Editors note: It was all a lie. Target Field, TCF Stadium and various other projects mandated to increase minority hiring and economic stability for the underemployed was noting more that fast talking and paper shuffles. This busts a hole in the mainstream media and should send a message to community leaders, state and local politicians who are [...]
"More gaps, more reports and no real closure." (photo: Wirelessweek.com, edited by IBNN) The revolving account managed by the Minneapolis Foundation to bridge the so-called digital divide—a Digital Inclusion Fund (DIF) financed with a “minimum” of five percent of the network’s profits did little to nothing to close the digital [...]
"Rest in Peace." The Associate Press took the story about a local college sports legend and turned it into a criminalization of a Black man for a brawl on a basketball court that happened in 1972. I knew Corky Taylor and out of respect and love, I share with you what we talked about on many occasions as he worked to make sure small and [...]
“Are the reasons Blacks have been successful in the United States is because we don't live on an Island?” by Donald W.R. Allen, II - Editor in Chief /The Independent Business News Network United States of America (IBNN/Editorial Opinion/June 10, 2012)...The headlines read, “U.S. Child Poverty Rate Among Worst in Developed World.” [...]
Predatory training programs and DEED’s Positively Minnesota create pipeline to unemployment while alluding to the changing meaning of Shovel Ready Jobs. A shovel ready job doesn’t mean work for unemployed or the under-employed – this is another form of attraction with state and local corporate welfare. (Also read, "The Myth of Shovel Ready [...]