‘Economic Development’ Archives
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 [...]
In the video below (by IBNN), many black women who approached the tornado recovery organization were sent packing. In 2013, we can still see the effects of the 2011 tornado. Houses still remain with the signature blue tarps; an increase in the homeless population and no jobs created for residents in north Minneapolis – in spite of the [...]
Northside Achievement Zone: Aiming kids towards College? Former NAZ board member pulls the covers off no achievement in NAZ
Expected college graduation for poor minority students in 2035 does nothing to fix issues in 2013. On Saturday, April 27 a former board member of Peace Foundation/NAZ was interviewed on the Internet radio program ON POINT with Ronald A. Edwards and myself. This former board member uncovered that NAZ was not doing the community any favors and [...]
Our children's Education is much more important then your doomed "pilot program." (photo: Art) The press release about the MUL’s 13th Grade proposal states, “Growing numbers of Minneapolis youth leave high school lacking a defined career path or the basic skills required for employment.” Is it the Minneapolis Urban League’s problem or [...]
KFAI-FM radio features the best in community programming for Black History Month. KFAI-FM radio has gone beyond the call of competent radio program to provide a unique, educated insight for all cultures in Minnesota. February is no different. Join Mr. Lennie Chism from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. with special guest Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black [...]
Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey – 32 Percent Minority participation on the Minnesota Vikings Stadium? What’s the numbers for African Americans?
"Real talk Dr. King." Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice: shame on you. Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey has to come clean – this is even before his keynote address for the Governors 2013 MLK Day Celebration. The numbers are not adding up. Must read items: -2013 Crucial Year for Minnesota’s New Multi-Purpose Stadium [...]
ON POINT sent email invitations to Scott Gray, President of the Minneapolis Urban League; Gary Cunningham, VP of the Northwest Area Foundation and facilitator of the African American Leadership Summit; and Clyde Turner, Executive Director of Sabathani Community Center to invite them to join Mr. Ed McDonald in a conversation about Black [...]
Target Stores, Minneapolis Foundation: It’s been 10 Years, where is the $300,000.00 for North Minneapolis?
I've been getting the run-a-round for almost a year with no answers. It makes me feel like the pivot-man in a circle jerk." (photo: IBNN) On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM, From Jenna.Reck <Jenna.Reck@target.com> wrote: Hi Donald - We spoke on the phone a few times, but I also wanted to follow up so you have my e-mail address. We are still [...]
The song, "The Message" puts it all into perspective: "Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to loose my head." Unfortunately, Black Minnesotans have been pushed off the not only the fiscal cliff, but lets throw in the many other cliffs like education, jobs, wealth and economic development. The edge, or cliff, isn't new for [...]
...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 [...]