The Ron and Show: How are these people all connected? “I know what you did last Sunday” – Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. #BlogTalkRadio
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This week we talk about the protest that happened in front of a local church and why community member are fed up with local leadership. Our special guest at the beginning of the show is a local community activist who will no longer tolorate the disrespect of black women by local elected officials and leaadership. The phone lines will be open, call in with your questions. Political and social ethics will be examined and questioned. Tonight we have special guests joining us.
Banking on You & KickStarter
- Contact: Karla Spencer-George
- Cell Phone: (612) 387-5124
- Email: karla@LiberationGifts.com
The 3rd Annual Midwest Black History Expo needs the support of the community, organizations, and businesses to return in February of 2015. Karla Spencer-George, CEO of Liberation Clothing & Gifts, is counting on you to make a contribution, sponsorship commitment, or purchase a booth on KickStarter at http://kck.st/1m9zanu by October 17, 2014. To keep this event affordable for all of the attendees and vendors, Liberation Clothing & Gifts must raise a minimum of $75,000 so that they can put on this awesome, educational, and much appreciated event again.
In February of 2013 the Inaugural Midwest Black History Expo received a great deal of positive feedback, many people stating that Minnesota needed an event like this. The Expo is the most significant Black History Month Event in the Twin Cities given it size and estimated attendance. The event creates opportunities for Black Artist, Authors, Businesses (especially those without a traditional storefront like LiberationGifts.com) to promote their work or products and services. It is also an excellent opportunity for up-and-coming fashion designers and musicians.
The Midwest Black History Expo expanded to two days in 2014. Vendors have traveled from out of state to be a part of the awesome event. The Expo is currently being planned for Friday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28, 2015. This is contingent on the KickStarter campaign being successfully funded before the deadline.
The expo is open to the general public. Everyone and their entire family are encouraged to attend. The goal of the event is to teach cultural awareness and to inspire everyone. This goal will be reached by sharing the often forgotten and untold stories about Black History around the world. The event has included the following:
- Art Competition – One adult and youth artist were awarded $1,000 and $500 respectively for a painting that is inspired by Black History.
- More than 100 Vendors/Exhibitors – Vendors included artists, authors, retailers, organizations, colleges, museums and more.
- Fashion Show – Black designers and retailers showcased their clothing designs and accessories.
- Performers – There were singers, drummers, drill teams and more.
- African American Authors – African American authors sold, autographed, and read excerpts from their books.
- 50’ x 84’ African American Inventions and Inventors exhibit. The Reflections in Black Museum, Inc. presented African American inventions such as the gas mask, golf tee, ice cream scoop, ink pen, instant potatoes, pencil sharpener, traffic signal, and Dasani drinking water displays. These are just a few inventions that the exhibit included.
- Nationally known keynote speaker. Dr. Julianne Malveaux (www.juliannemalveaux.com) was our first keynote speaker. She is an economist, author, and the 15th president of the historically black Bennett College for Women. She was also interviewed on the CNN documentary “Black in America.”
- Black History Documentary & Discussion Room. Some of the documentaries included Slavery and the Making of America, Slavery by Another Name, Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius, Toussaint Louveture and the Haitian Revolution and more.
- Seminar Room – Local professors and professionals led seminars on topics beneficial to all ethnicities: when and how do I teach my child about Black History, Nelson Mandela, Marcus Garvey, topics that are beneficial to families with multiple ethnicities, and more.
- Children’s Room – There were readings of children’s books that have a focus on Black History, face painting, dance workshops, and more.
Anyone that is interested in learning about Black History, Black culture, and various Afro-centric products will enjoy this event. Attendees will also learn about various services offered by organizations serving the Black community. The MBHE is an event that educators, adults, parents, and students will not want to miss. It will give Black retailers, designers, artist, authors and organizations that service the Black community an opportunity to sell, display, and inform people about their products and services. The MBHE is open to the general public and all are encouraged to attend.
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If you would like more information about the Midwest Black History Expo, please contact Karla Spencer-George at karla@LiberationGifts.com or call her at 612.387.5124.
Senator Jeff Hayden will be cleared on Ethics wrongdoing and State Officials must look at receivership for MPS
Senate Subcommittee needs to take closer look at the Minneapolis Public Schools and consider receivership.
By Don Allen, Founder – OurBlackNews.com
I had to sit back and reevaluate the significance of the recent Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct and it’s filing against Senator Jeff Hayden. There are some very important white-male historical patriarchal dominance and control going on that needs to be deconstructed, addressed and reset.
The Star Tribune first wrote the story about Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) in reference to Mr. Alfred Flower and how he was making a living. Of course this was after Minneapolis Police beat the crap out of Flowers and have yet to charge him with any crime. The Star Tribune did some snooping at the Minneapolis Public Schools and uncovered a pending $357,000.00 contract to be paid to CSI’s fiscal agent.
Meanwhile, state legislators took a close look at SF 1214 and determined that Hayden, and his “friends” are working to unethically get some money for the black people.
Here’s the challenge I have today. The Twin Cities black community is very small. Families know each other and everyone knows everybody. If the black community is in need of an important program and the way to do it is to speak with the elected black officials and get them to push it through, there are no ethnical wrongdoings. The fact is black students; especially black males are failing at catastrophic rates in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Less than 50 percent make it to graduation. If $375,000.00 would put a huge dent and swing the tide to the positive for black students, I see nothing wrong with it. I understand the MPS not wanting to be associated with the “face” of CSI, but damn, you put him there in the first place. It’s about time the MPS board and administration get thrown under the bus.
The Minneapolis Public Schools gets real perturbed when the Star Tribune starts asking questions and at this point I have to retract early statements made by me agreeing with Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson being threatened by Hayden or Champion. In fact, I find it hard to believe and this “statement” by a district spokesperson on behalf of the superintendent. It was all part of the MPS trying to cover their Asses.
There are still a few community “freelancers” (black leadership) out there spreading rumors and trying to position themselves as players in the game of hateful vengeance. I am personally baking a cake for them. Let’s not get distracted from assisting our young people get an education.
This “attack” is reminiscent of the attacks on President Obama. There is no substance.
The CSI program done correctly is a very important part of fixing a broken educational system that has let black children go down the tube of Jim Crow segregation in education.
There is a group of dedicated people ready to work on getting local dropouts and young adults their GED’s. At this point the Minneapolis Public Schools must immediately pay CSI the full $375,000.00 and expect monthly reports. (By the way, you can pay me the $3800.00 you owe me too.)
It is my conclusion that Senator Jeff Hayden did nothing wrong. To waste taxpayer money for an ill-conceived witch-hunt does not benefit children failing in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
The complaint filed by the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct in regards to Sen. Jeff Hayden must be immediately dismissed.
According to radio program, Sen. Jeff Hayden did not author SF 1214 appropriating $350,000 for a grant to the Minneapolis School District for CSI
The first rule in knowing a friend is being investigated is to keep your damn mouth shut. Unfortunately, some people get stars in their eyes and stupidity in their mouths.
According to the complaint filed by the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct in regards to the filing on Sen. Jeff Hayden, item #1 says the following:
- On March 11,2013, Sen. Jeff Hayden authored SF 1214, a bill appropriating $350,000 for a grant to the Minneapolis School District for a community engagement and empowerment project with Community Standards Initiative (CSI) to reduce the achievement gap.
On Sunday, Sept. 28, a local radio station aired a program that featured special guest Teachers Federation union president Lynn Norgen. At the end of the program, the co-host, who is also the sister of embattled community activist Al Flowers made the following statements (Please play the video below posted by The Mpls Mirror on YouTube):
Say for a minute some community members believe Mr. Flowers authored and delivered to Senator Hayden a bill where he (Mr. Flowers) would be in direct benefit to receive financial compensation, this will surely destroy and compromises the legislative integrity of Senator Jeff Hayden, who at this point has not been found in violation of anything.
Mr. Flowers, and his guest and co-host might need to be compelled in testify on the meaning of this conversation broadcast live on federal airwaves.
So now the question becomes, who really authored SF 1214? A Minnesota senator or Mr. Flowers?
It didn’t take EF Hutton to speak so people listened. When Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius spoke the people in the room listened. What can I say; people that do education right are cool. #dropthemic
By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network
St. Paul, Minn. – On Saturday (9/27), the state Council on Black Minnesotans held a State Department Commissioners meeting that included Commissioner Kevin Lindsay-Minn. Department of Human Rights, Commissioner Mary Tingerthal-Minn. Housing and Finance Agency and a representative from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, affectionately know as DEED. The commissioners discussed plans to address disparities and outcomes within Minnesota’s African American and African Heritage communities. The meeting was lead by COBM board chairman the honorable Patwin Lawrence, a three-term elected board chair that has exceeded all expectations with his commitment to community with the assistance of the “clean up man,” COBM executive director Mr. Edward McDonald. Both men form what I consider the best team of community-to-state collaborators in Minnesota.
The elegant, stylish and always informative Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius spoke candidly about Minnesota’s educational challenges with a firm statement, “We are moving forward.” Cassellius’ concern, guidance and wisdom are to be respected and commended. Her commitment to closing the achievement gap, making sure there are teachers of color in all schools and collaborating with local graduate schools of education place her at the top in the Dayton administration truly concerned about outcomes and futures.
When Jeff Johnson wins in November, I have made a personal request that he keeps Commissioner Cassellius because of her experience and professional motivation to bring Minnesota’s educational system back to the best in the United States. Cassellius is a true patriot.
The Council on Black Minnesotans has been one of the only “consistent African American agencies” in Minnesota, meaning they talk-the-talk and also walk-the-walk.
One of the questions to the commissioners was on the issue of homeless veterans. Minnesota Housing Finance Agency commissioner Mary Tingerthal said her agency is “committed to ending veterans homelessness in Minnesota.” Both commissioners Lindsay and Cassellius agreed.
The Council on Black Minnesotans has grown in the last couple of years. If you remember, there was a plan to “sunset” the agency. The work of McDonald and Lawrence has reset the agency making it an invaluable part Minnesota’s history and infrastructure. Any greenhorn politician wanting to disband any of the ethnic councils has no experience collaborating and problem-solving with community members.
Again, thank you Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. Your words are like notes in music; always pleasing to hear.
Statement from Doug Daggett – candidate Fifth Congressional District (MN) on Community Action Minneapolis and opponent Congressman Keith Ellison
Editors note: Congressman Keith Ellison is schedule to be the keynote speaker at Hamline University’s Commitment to Community (C2C) event on October 2 at 7:15 pm at Hamline United Methodist Church, Englewood Avenue in St. Paul. Is Congressman Ellison committed to the community?
By Doug Daggett – Candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District
Many Minneapolis residents are appalled after learning an audit of the non-profit Community Action of Minneapolis found corruption and misuse of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars by leaders on luxurious trips to Palm Beach, spa treatments, bonuses, and even a personal car loan. (Star Tribune, September 22, 2014)
I am appalled not only that the Chief Executive of Community Action, Bill Davis, spent money meant for the needy on themselves, but also that no members of Community Action’s Board of Directors claimed to have been aware of this — or if they were, did not take action or bring it to the public’s attention.
My opponent, Representative Keith Ellison, should not think that his claim to have never actually attended a Board meeting, or his abrupt resignation from the Board just yesterday (only after the news became public), in any way exonerates him from the responsibility that taxpayer funds were used fraudulently.
Instead of working on behalf of low-income constituents in the Fifth Congressional District, Rep. Ellison continues to focus his attention elsewhere. I challenge him to divulge who he appointed to serve as “alternate” on the Community Action board, and if that person benefitted in any way with taxpayer dollars promised to serve the poor. This isn’t about party affiliation, it’s about responsibility and accountability. Minneapolis residents deserve answers immediately.
If elected officials of the Republican Party of Minnesota have allegedly done what members of the DFL have done, many would ask for their heads on a platter. Now, lets be fair and balanced.
We have a problem in the black community that many do not want to address. While I would like to see new black business owners, millionaires and leaders who actually can do the right thing, it seems in Minnesota we let people from other states come here and take the lead as we sit back in a subservient manor not willing to challenge the people who use our people like a cash crop. Many of our so called self-appointed leaders have sold out to a political party that has now you can see, takes our only power (our vote) for granted. In 2014, if you can vote and your a black person or other person of color, for this upcoming election, do not vote for anyone associated with the Minnesota Democratic Farm Labor party. I know this will create a challenge for you because I’m not telling you to vote for a Republican candidate either. Do your homework and use one of the only powers you have to change the course of history for you, your family and friends in Minnesota.
by Donald Allen, Founder - The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, Minn. – There is something to be said about organizations, politicians and community spokespersons who become ingrained in a process of using humans as a way to gain access for funding and dismissing the notion of helping their cash crop to become stable and acquire some type of standardized normalcy.
In the Twin Cities some are “told” what they are, where to go and who they can be. This is a sad documentary on defining humanity, culture and identity in 2014.
Residents of the Twin Cities, especially those residing in areas with large populations of blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Somali, whites and the poor have seen a down-tick in proactive engagement and services. In most cases the right process would lift service-dependent clients up from current norms into an abnormal hemisphere of self-sufficiency while stabilizing their foundations into a station of strength, solidarity and forward progress. For that to happen, poverty in the Twin Cities would need to have an expiration date – an elimination of life-disrupting incidents brought on by circumstance, environments and the political infrastructure.
The protagonist blocking the success of the lower one-third and middle-class in the Twin Cities are those who operated in the areas of non-profit organizations whose life’s-blood depends on the next grant; number of poor, homeless, unhealthy, unemployed, untrained, uneducated and of course poor children. I need to make it very clear; there is a need for these agencies, but not at the current levels. A consolidation of repeat programing could form a cohesive tracking of those in need to the next level of personal success versus the multi-facetted referral system, which in most cases has too many interconnected loopholes that leads to missing those who really need the assistance.
Designer Poverty in the Twin Cities is a multi-billion dollar business. The people who benefit, for the most part don’t live within the boarders of the Twin Cities. To stay in business, successful measurable outcomes must be limited; focus must be narrow and the usual suspects must develop a secret agenda absent of the mainstream.
The ideology of non-profit social service agencies have been replaced with a “bank-like” operation that in most cases only helps itself.
Sometimes you do not have to mention any names. It all comes out in the mix by asking the salient questions about an organizations makeup and the fact someone had no business dealing with education for black youth. There is but one question that needs to be asked: “What academic background and experience do you have to assist in closing the achievement gap?” Let the fur fly.
By Don Allen, Founder OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, Minn. – Minnesota republicans are playing a strategic role, meticulous and brilliantly carried out. They want answers and so does the black community. This is a tipping point in the gubernatorial race as Minnesotans from all cultures are concerned about the interactions between Gov. Mark Dayton and a few black community members set to present a budget of $10 million for some kind of cockamamie GED scheme. Minnesota’s black community leadership organizations have not called a press conference in support of DFL Sen. Jeff Hayden being the target of a senate ethics inquiry. There are two complaints in question in response to the recent alleged incident of bullying and playing favors for family and friends. The “throwing under the bus” by black freelancers (leadership) has never been so eloquent.
It goes like this per Fox News:
- That Sen. Hayden used his influence as a state senator to push the Minneapolis School Board into approving a $375,000 no-bid contract to the Community Standards Initiative, “an organization that financially benefited his friends and family members.”
- That Sen. Hayden participated in the misuse of state grant money as a board member of Community Action of Minneapolis. A state audit found Community Action of Minneapolis spent more than $871,000 in grants on lavish trips, golf outings and a personal car loan for CEO Bill Davis. Hayden resigned from the board, but it was actually his wife, Terri, who served in his place. In a statement Tuesday, Hayden said he “was not aware of any of the questionable spending detailed in the audit.” He also added, “neither Terri or I accepted compensation for any cruises, spas, vacations to the Bahamas, or any other inappropriate, non-board activities.” He did say he and his wife attended the organization’s retreat at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, but he contends he paid his own way.
Anyone in the community that had dealing with the organizations involved, specifically CSI, knows that something terrible was going on for Sup. Johnson to even looks that direction and consider putting money for what we can call today a “failed attempt” to close the Achievement Gap.
It is this blogs perspective that senate republicans only need to call three people, not including Senator Jeff Hayden to find out what really happened and why approving a $375,000 no-bid contract to the Community Standards Initiative was an alleged bad “forced” idea. Soon the community will find out the organization that financially benefited and friends and family members who played the system while our black youth continue to fail in the Minneapolis Public Schools.