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Why the Minneapolis Urban League will not call a press conference

Why the Minneapolis Urban League will not call a press conference

"Taking a look at the MUL from the inside." Some of the smallest nonprofits in north Minneapolis have the ability to reach thousands of Twin Cities residents. The Minneapolis Urban League lost their ability to be heard and reach all black Minnesotans more than 20-years ago. The black community in Minnesota is monumental; we do not read one [...]

The Star Tribune attacked me with a one-sided polemic masquerading as journalism

The Star Tribune attacked me with a one-sided polemic masquerading as journalism

Don Allen asking the Minneapolis Public Schools board of directors to "fix" one school or resign. (photo: IBNN NEWS) In 2011, I was very disappointed by the article published about my work with the public schools in the Star Tribune last week (“Critic of Schools Now Paid to Promote Them”). While it has become clear that the article contains [...]

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges…riddle me this: When is it okay for a 17-year-old to be murdered in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges…riddle me this: When is it okay for a 17-year-old to be murdered in Minneapolis?

Leadership is about having each other’s backs – especially those of your city. Residents disengage when their leaders play mind-games and are inconsistent with their approach and style. Community members are vulnerable these days – not really knowing who to trust, rely upon or follow. At some point, Hodges must decide if she is truly a [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Republicans take corrective actions to fix Minnesota’s failing public school systems

Republicans take corrective actions to fix Minnesota’s failing public school systems

Teaching Minnesota's students means having the passion to be a success by 5pm. Count Bassie never fired a band member, they knew when it was time to leave. The unhealthy totalitarian model of education in Minnesota must be politically broken to be re-built. Minnesota republicans are not the villains; the villain’s are camped out in [...]

There Are Way Too Many Nonprofits. What Are Funders Going to Do About That?

There Are Way Too Many Nonprofits. What Are Funders Going to Do About That?

To much going on by too many to benefit anyone. The winners are the executive directors who do not live in the areas they serve. By David Callahan Guest Columnist (Article originally posted in Inside Philanthropy.com) The nonprofit sector is filled with waste and duplication, and things are getting worse, not better. Think of any [...]

Minneapolis’ Black Police officers waiting to exhale – Black community leadership remains silent

Minneapolis’ Black Police officers waiting to exhale – Black community leadership remains silent

If you do not respect the history of our black police officers, then your hands are up and you cannot breath. (Atlanta's First Eight Black Police Officers On April 30 1948 Georgia State University Library) There will be no revolutions, press conferences or town hall meetings. The Twin Cities black leadership, mostly in the nonprofit sector is [...]

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