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‘Poverty’ Archives

The Return of the old Al Flowers: “There will be no more secret meetings under my watch.”

I thought for a minute the people of Minneapolis had lost a friend, colleague and community activist. But down from the mountaintop, deep from under the sea, and from way up in the sky, “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no wait…it’s the old Al Flowers!” By Donald Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network Minneapolis, [...]

Part 1: Is Emerge Community Development putting black families out on the streets?

Part 1: Is Emerge Community Development putting black families out on the streets?

IBNN will give Emerge the opportunity to respond to this post. By Don Allen, Founder - IBNN Minneapolis, Minn. - Emerge Community Development, mandatory meetings may be keeping black families homeless. Sources contacting IBNN NEWS reported that a whole family could be out on the street because of some bureaucratic policies. We need to take a [...]

Twin Cities: The Black community and it’s roller-coaster ride to the bottom | The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio

Twin Cities: The Black community and it’s roller-coaster ride to the bottom | The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio

With civil rights and first amendment abuses inside of the Minneapolis NAACP, it seems our dear governor still misses the point about the broad voice of the black community. Tune in Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. (CST) to the Ron and Don Show for a detailed examination on what’s really going on. To listen, click here. By Don Allen, Founder [...]

New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems to hold overdue Press Conference at Hennepin County – Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m.

New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems to hold overdue Press Conference at Hennepin County – Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m.

New Perspectives Behavioral Systems is the first in a group of community members coming forward to speak for themselves. The old guard has been tainted by politics, money and sex. In a progressive society dealing with serious issues of health and wellness, we need soldiers who do not bend nor break in addressing a process that has run afoul for [...]

Open Letter and some counsel to Minneapolis MAD DADS president V.J. Smith

Open Letter and some counsel to Minneapolis MAD DADS president V.J. Smith

"Please, speak up; say something; our black youth are dying in the street and nobody wants to tell the white folks in city hall, they need jobs, opportunities and education." (photo: Angry black man - "Say Something? Don't stand they with your hands out, pocket full of cash and black boys get shot all weekend.") Editors note: After several [...]

Is Hennepin County complicit in blocking culturally specific CD treatment referrals and approvals showing institutionalized racism lives on in a post-racial society?

Is Hennepin County complicit in blocking culturally specific CD treatment referrals and approvals showing institutionalized racism lives on in a post-racial society?

So, you want drug addicts off the streets of the Twin Cities. You want some of them to get chemical dependency (CD) treatment within an organization that works. One thing law enforcement and people who want a better county never seem to take into account: Black people in Hennepin County do not own any Coca fields, nor do they own any gun [...]

Open Letter to Sherman Patterson – speical assistant to Minneapolis police chief and mayor Betsy “Dodges” Hodges (About Friday morning meeting)

Open Letter to Sherman Patterson – speical assistant to Minneapolis police chief and mayor Betsy “Dodges” Hodges (About Friday morning meeting)

You have to be the right kind of minority to get close to these politically motivated meetings on the Negro problem in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, there is the right Negros, then me, a Negro on the “right” that will not be welcomed anywhere near these people while they meet on the future of black folks. It’s time to stop this foolishness and [...]

Karyn Washington, creator of ‘For Brown Girls’ website, reportedly commits suicide at age 22

Karyn Washington, creator of ‘For Brown Girls’ website, reportedly commits suicide at age 22

Karyn Washington, 22. (Photo courtesy of ('For Brown Girls') According to Madame Noire, Washington faced a few tough struggles and reportedly dealt with depression after facing the loss of her mother. The inspiring young lady helped to empower young women through her work in celebrating the beauty of African-American women, particularly [...]

Study: Both Public, Police View Black Kids As Older, Less Innocent Than Whites

Study: Both Public, Police View Black Kids As Older, Less Innocent Than Whites

It's true, 911 can be a joke; our education system is even funnier. (photo: Edited by IBNN NEWS) - Fair Use  By Michael Arceneaux from NEWSONE If I were to tell anyone of color with a clue that White children are given the benefit of the doubt and Black kids are not, I imagine the response would be, “And water is wet.” Indeed it [...]

The St. Paul NAACP and black leaders demand Gov. Dayton to Censure State Rep. Garofalo for Racist” Tweet” – than who will Censure the corruption within the Minnesota’s black community?

The St. Paul NAACP and black leaders demand Gov. Dayton to Censure State Rep. Garofalo for Racist” Tweet” – than who will Censure the corruption within the Minnesota’s black community?

Yeah, you’re busted again. The only reason this hollow demand was made was because State Rep. Garofalo is a Republican. You never said anything when Congressman Keith Ellison went to jail in Washington, DC for protesting against immigration while here in the Twin Cities, documented and undocumented people of Mexican origin continue to be taken [...]

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