IBNN NEWS Editor’s note: Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights director Velma Korbel flat-out-lied about the city’s Veterans Preference. Is this the type of person who should represent contract compliance, investigation and civil rights for the people of Minneapolis? Will Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges consider “dodging” this one? See the video, unedited:
It is not often that a Minneapolis City Agency Department Director receives separate, negative stories in the Star Tribune on the same day, reporting incompetence and belligerent leadership. Velma Korbel accomplished this June 16, 2014. Star Tribune headlines:
• “Divisive Minneapolis civil rights official in hot seat again”
• “Korbel speech ‘magnified’ concerns about management style”
• “Report: Minority participation in Minneapolis contracts falling”
Compare those with the reporting in these selected MSR columns over the past five years:
• “Toxic and corrupt environment in civil rights department,” April 10, 2014
• “A reappointment that is a mistake: Velma Korbel to again head the Department of Civil Rights,” February 19, 2014
• “Justice for David Cornelius Smith: In spite of obstruction of justice from the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department,” June 5, 2013
• “Will Blacks finally get a fair share of work on this stadium? Chair of stadium authority raises serious questions about past inclusion,” February 20, 2013
• ”Minneapolis Continues its fairy tale of compliance. Only painful sanctions will make these tales come true,” December 15, 2010
Director Korbel does not meet the administration/management responsibilities entrusted to her office, nor does she follow the agency’s responsibility to fight discrimination and civil rights violations. Velma Korbel has been provided every opportunity to turn her department around, including the new mayor’s ill-advised recommendation for a second term, which received three Council “no” votes.
The mayor supports Korbel despite observations of the committee Korbel’s department reports to, as well as those of a council member who at one time worked for Korbel. Korbel’s unwillingness to avoid political disaster takes the City’s eyes off the civil rights goals: end discrimination and exclusion. Her unwillingness to play nice reflects a disregard to provide a “no harm” shield for her department. Some say the lack of significant accomplishments during her tenure as department director raises the thinking in some quarters that the department’s only purpose is to skirt civil rights issues.
The disparity report of October 2010 laid out the department’s problems, with solutions for correcting problems and meeting its statutory mission and obligations. Korbel’s belligerent lack of compliance is reflected in the number of lawsuits, both internal by employees and external from plaintiffs suing the department, as she directs the violation of the very civil rights entrusted to the department.
Why are her belligerence and failures continually tolerated? The testimony of former employees outlines her unwillingness to uphold the purposes of this department to serve the mayor and council’s civil rights responsibilities to focus on civil rights compliance. Instead: chaos, City civil rights non-compliance, and lawsuits. The department has been a disaster through two directors and two mayors. When will the city finally get into full civil rights compliance?
It is good to see the Star Tribune finally addressing this in its two-part series. No one person or department has the answer or all of the truth, but we won’t find the answers or the truth until we all work together.
The City needs to govern fairly, to serve as a citadel of fairness and protection for its citizens, its employees, and its visitors. We as citizens deserve better than what council/department currently offers.
“This race is very different from the races in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district where incumbent congressman Keith Ellison will walk in with no real challenge or the 4th congressional district where Betty McCollum will win even if she never spends a dollar for political advertising.” ~Don Allen
By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Wayzata, Minn. – There’s a new candidate in the third congressional district of Minnesota poised to beat the smirk off republican congressman Erik Paulsen. This is becoming fun to watch because it looks like GOPer’s and conservatives in blue collar areas of Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids to the north; middle-income Bloomington to the south, and higher-income Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Minnetrista, and Wayzata to the West want to send a message to the Republican Party of Minnesota and it’s inept leadership.
Republicans have held CD3 since 1961, but with the current inefficient outreach of the MNGOP; its massive debt and room full of consultants who have never run a shoe shine shop, Paulsen, his team, and the MNGOP might be in for one of the biggest defeats nationally in 2014.
Enter Sharon Sund…
Sund, an African American woman, scientist and an efficient candidate launched her career at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, working to develop the state watershed map. She went on to serve as a scientist with Control Data, a Fortune 500 company in Bloomington, and quickly was at the forefront of the renewable energy field, leading a research team that helped make wind energy batteries more efficient.
As a businesswoman, Sund – a manager at a Fortune 500 company led a large team of researchers and developers to game-changing innovation. She’s also served as a technical communications expert for several major corporations and medical device companies including Target, SUPERVALU, and St. Jude.
Sharon Sund is a premier community organizer. Through leadership roles at Plymouth Rotary Club, PRISM (People Responding in Social Ministry), the Hennepin County DFL, Plymouth Creek Christian Church, and Pro-Choice Resources, Sund has an extensive track record of bringing people together to fight effectively for positive change. She built a broad coalition of parents, teachers, labor leaders, faith leaders, and business owners from across the Midwest that together fought for and won improved access to health care.
As a mother of a child with disabilities, she has become a recognized leader in disability rights advocacy, founding a mentorship program that has helped countless families find the support, community, and resources they need.
The Minnesota DFL has noticed candidate Sund. She has already been endorsed by Democracy for America, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, African-American Caucus, Education Minnesota, Minnesota AFL-CIO, Keith Ellison, U.S. House District 5, John Hoffman, MN Senate District 36, Ann Rest, MN Senate District 45, Melisa Franzen, MN Senate District 49 and secretly endorsed by the power brokers in political circles that want to send a message to the Republican Party of Minnesota.
According to Paulsen’s campaign website, he (Paulsen) is leading voice for accountability, transparency and fiscal discipline in the federal government. He serves of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and is a champion for small business, and supports pro-growth initiatives to create jobs. He is an active voice for fiscal discipline, ensuring our veterans receive the support they’ve earned, and strengthening American jobs and competitiveness.
This race is very different from the races in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district where incumbent congressman Keith Ellison will walk in with no real challenge or the 4th congressional district where Betty McCollum will win even if she never spends a dollar for political advertising.
Sund’s challenges will be her knowledge of current events and economic disenfranchising moments that have happened under Paulsen’s watch. This also includes the downward spiral of business opportunities in the third district. If candidate Sund can consult with the right team, busting Paulsen out of the box shouldn’t be a problem – of course, the women in those districts on the right and left like this match up.
The race between the incumbent Paulsen and candidate Sharon Sund will be one to watch in 2014.
Dying before your future: Gun Violence in the Twin Cities out of control; Politicians and local leaders want more meetings…#fail
“Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.” ~Toni Morrison
By Don Allen, Founder - OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, Minn. – Two people dies yesterday from gunshot wounds suffered over the weekend. Another man was shot down in the streets in another episode of black-on-black crime in Murderapolis. The city is in chaos. Local leaders want to have more meetings to talk about the senseless violence and untimely deaths of people who in some cases will never have the opportunity to be a father or mother; or see the evolution of life unfold before their eyes.
More meetings? How about more opportunities?
A friend of mine, Tim Wise said, “Conversations hardly ever result in actions.” There are some who want to study the black animals in the Twin Cities who kill by weapon. Some leaders abandoned facts and rationale thinking in order to start Soul Patrols. A soul-patrol to address youth death and violence in the Twin Cities? How about a patrol to address youth opportunity?`
…Nobody thinks like that anymore.
Yesterday (Saturday) a huge fight broke out at a church in north Minneapolis during a funeral. Knives, police and the mortician confused on how a day of death people could fight in the street.
Politicians who are born to believe in war have started a war on young, unemployed and poor youth, who search for something that cannot just appear out of thin air.
Maybe if these kids had a job?
Maybe if these kids had a better education?
Maybe if these kid’s parents were able to show them what a hard days work and the payment looks like? Nobody thinks like that anymore.
That’s what cracks me up.
I thought we had a good thing in Minneapolis. A preacher; a solider; a journalist; some black women with the ability to push any agenda forward. Unfortunately, “the hustle” was still on the table. For that, the Minneapolis NAACP needed to downsize it’s duly elected personnel. …So they did, still not understanding community members do not need their permission to do anything. Ask yourself, “Does a lion ask a zebra if he can kill it before eating?”
By Don Allen, OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, Minn. – It took less than four-months for the leadership of the Minneapolis NAACP to fuck up everything. They wasted three-months figuring out how to remove me from Second Vice President and finally came to the conclusion that my political views and $11.70 was enough to say I could not hold office because I purchased my membership online…same shit, different day. Of course, on the night of the December 13 election, Minnesota NAACP state chairman W.C. Jordan said, “Tonight is a special election. The bylaws of the NAACP do not apply. Anyone can run for office with proof of membership, locally or nationally.” Somehow, nigga-shit got into the game and all of a sudden, the rules only applied to Don Allen, and he alone.
After I was gone, it took less than 30-days for all of the women, except for one to resign their positions. You look up and now there is no treasurer, no First Vice President-elect and some of the appointed positions held by high profile sisters were given back to the misogynistic leadership that hunted for funding and overlooked community matters.
As a paid member of the National and local NAACP (Minneapolis), I have not received a meeting notice, but of course the elected secretary moved out of town in June. There is planning for a retreat happening and several factions are arguing about location and time. Of course having access to $40,000.00 brings out the fangs in some of these greedy bastards. But hey, my colleague, and me, Mr. Ronald A. Edwards have no gotten any news about a “retreat to get the black community on the same page.” Why? Because the truth hurts and some of these clowns know they are brought and paid for by the people waving the checks.
To Black Minneapolis, I need to tell you, “The Minneapolis NAACP is dead.” To white handlers, the letters N A A C P are nothing but letters in the alphabet with no meaning. So if someone tells you they are with the Minneapolis NAACP, ask them when was the last membership meeting and how many people attended?
As the saying goes: “You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.”
If we say power to the people, than Don Samuels must be included as one of the “People.” Supporting a black man or woman in Minnesota has never become more important then it is now. Vote Don Samuels for Minneapolis School Board in November. This is the first step in bringing a united Black Nationalist front back to us.
By Don Allen, Founder – OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, Minn. – Don Samuels. On any given day, among different community members, the opinions about the former Minneapolis Ward 5 city councilman range from sizzling dislike to some not caring at all.
I remember not to long ago a local preacher in north Minneapolis whose church is in Ward 5 said, “I’m not going to ask Don for anything. He’s a white man in an black mans skin.” Unfortunately, it seemed that Samuels had identified and dismissed local poverty pimps, hustlers and clergy early on in his tenure with the Minneapolis city council; this did not hold well for members of the black or white self-appointed leadership caste who lingered around north Minneapolis waiting for the next city or state construction project with enough money attached to it to make a little noise about African Americans not getting work…but we need to train them regardless…Oh, you’ve heard that tune also?
As we all know, Samuels ran for Minneapolis mayor in 2013. He did not win.
On April 1, 2013 during the Minneapolis mayoral race, the Star Tribune reported the Minnesota DFL’s African-American caucus had endorsed both Betsy Hodges and Jackie Cherryhomes. Both white women, in relationships with black men.
If the DFL’s African-American caucus (mostly the black bougie) was to support African American candidates, they certainly overlooked the obvious; the Star Tribune wrote, “The only African-American candidate running for mayor, Don Samuels, has failed to win the endorsement of the DFL’s African-American caucus.” In the case of Don Samuels, his dismissal is part of a bigger picture of how certain African American political hacks and community members can marginalize those who have caught on to the games of foolishness of deceit for a community that to this day is in need of a new reconstruction. Complicit in this action was failed City, Inc. headmaster William English who was quoted saying “Over the years, it is not the first time that the caucus has endorsed non-African Americans in a race where African-Africans.”
Somehow, in the tainted DFL African-American caucus, some black people forgot the beatings, hangings and killings of the 1960s civil rights movement; many forgot about Marcus Garvey and what it means to be a Black Nationalist. In the end, black folks forgot that Blackness could be powerful if used in the correct context.
There are two citywide school board seats in Minneapolis. Also running are DFL endorsees Rebecca Gagnon, an incumbent, and Iris Altamirano, and candidates, Ira Jourdain, and Soren Sorensen. We cannot forget about Mr. Doug Mann, the only private citizen brave enough to fight the stadium officials in court. He deserves at least your second choice vote. (Remember, this is business, not personal. We do not care who the DFL endorses because one of the current school board endorsees best work is on Al Flowers MTN program…LOL!)
If the black community of Minneapolis needs a tipping point, we need to surround Don Samuels with support. With that said, put away your petty differences; stop attacking the messenger. Community members in Minneapolis need to see a new movement. A movement of Black Nationalism that will put Samuels in office – by us, for us and with us!
Marcus Garvey said, “With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
The city of Minneapolis and the Park Board can figure out how to pay folks for a lame idea, but still cannot get these youth summer jobs. Unemployed youth living in bad economic times is a breeding ground for violence, mayhem and assaults. Now, since the Minneapolis NAACP has been declared de-funked, there is no one to turn to, unless you consider MAD DADS…”crickets.”
The following video was recorded on June 19, 2014 in north Minneapolis (Bryant and West Broadway Avenues North):
I am forced to ask the question because there seems to be no cognitive collaborations within the black community. The current “old guard” does not work in any realms of common sense. I really do not see one black leader, locally or nationally who I would want my children to be like; what about you?
Minneapolis, Minn. – There has been numerous shootings in the Twin Cities. Some of these incidents go unreported by the mainstream media who is in collusion with city officials that do not want to be embarrassed because of their new initiatives to attack youth violence by using beefed up law enforcement. This is nothing more than license to stop-and-frisk African American youth on the street who might look suspicious. The Twin Cities is getting more violent everyday as we move further into the summer of 2014. Public safety is at an all-time low. If you don’t believe me, walk down West Broadway Avenue between Lyndale and Bryant Avenue north between 2:30 and 7 p.m.
July 2014 is fast approaching. Sources tell IBNN News the large number of events happening in downtown Minneapolis to include the 2014 All Star Game, PRIDE Celebration, and other summer events will put a strain on local law enforcement in neighborhoods that see large numbers of public safety crimes. The city of Minneapolis has implemented the “Pop Up Parks,” which is a fruitless effort that will not and does not address the immediate need of jobs and economic benefits for youth. Secondly, the predicted offenders, or the demographics that Minneapolis wants to send a message to have not been reached by the city’s frivolous attempt to communicate via social media networks. In short, the white folks have no clue about what it means to “communicate” with the masses, nor do they understand the unique system of checks and balances on how to reach non-white youth using Web 2.0 tools.
At the end of the day, someone should realize the folks who have been spokespersons for the African American communities of the Twin Cities are part of a failed system of the “Get-a-Check” gang; no better than the youth who wander on the streets of north Minneapolis ready to gun someone down.
Since some African Americans have forgotten their history and still attempt to marginalize, dismiss and insult those with the knowledge of true process, it took two white DFL elected officials and $40,000.00 for the bougie caste of the Twin Cities to plan a retreat. The only problem: 90 percent of the people who are planning and will attend the event do not speak for the black community of Minnesota.
Maya Angelou wrote, “My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed. It was hounds on the trail of a man running through slimy swamps.” In a modern day society, some of these black spokespersons have been subcontracted to maim, hang, rape and whip the black community. This happens in many forms. I would like you to take a moment and search deeply in your memory…when was the last time you received a public notice about a board meeting at the Minneapolis Urban League? How about the Minneapolis NAACP? One of our biggest disparities is the lack of information distributed from within our own infrastructures. We come from a people who banged on drums to send messages from one hillside to another; today the drums are silent, replaced by spokespersons who say they speak for the whole, but never provide any depth.
Lets put it like this; if a African American woman who is five-months pregnant can be tased by Minneapolis Police and representatives from the Minneapolis Urban League and NAACP say nothing, this means someone else controls the information. If a black business owner can be systematically denied his rightful assignments by a big government organization and nobody rushes to his assistance, this means someone else controls the information. If we (African Americans) can pay $100 for a dinner to hear a president of a flagship organization pitch us Common Core when are children are failing in disastrous numbers, unemployed, hungry and homeless, this means someone else controls the information.
The African American voices in the state of Minnesota are broad. The current spokespersons are just placeholder because this means someone else is in control.
You dirty bastards.
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 too long.
Press Release: PRLog
Minneapolis, Minn. – In Minnesota there are no black television anchors, news directors or general managers at any of our local television news stations. In 2014, the revolution will definitely not be broadcast. So, if you are a member of a minority group, how to you get information to the mainstream?
New Perspectives has reached out to the broader community to garner some collaboration for their mission, but it seems some black leadership has been brought and paid for by their overseers. African American flagship organizations like the Minneapolis Urban League, NAACP and the African American Leadership Forum have rejected their own missions to assist Minnesota’s African American infrastructure and have become comfortable looking the other way. It’s simple; there is no payoff in advocating for a black business owner in Minnesota. We have seen this cycle repeated year-after-year.
New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems and its founder, John Woods is calling a press conference to take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 20 in the Hennepin County Government Center (skyway level) located at 300 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487.
John Woods and New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems are at the forefront demanding that Hennepin County be fair with its referrals and approvals for CD treatment to black owned and operated CD businesses, especially for African Americans who sometimes do not see positive outcomes in non-culturally specific treatment facilities in Hennepin County.
Woods and supporters invite stakeholders and community members to stand in solidarity with New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems. New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems is a multi-culture CD treatment center, but also provides several treatment models that have been successful for African Americans and many mainstream clients who thank founder John Woods for a one-of-kind experience that in most cases will lead to the path of a great life.
“Those folk downtown [Hennepin County] are trying to put me out of business. I see the growing crack and heroin epidemic in the county and I’ve sent letters to every one of the Hennepin County Commissioners. To this date, I never got one phone call to inquire about my concerns. Now we the people have to take our concerns to the front door of Hennepin County” said Woods.
Woods, who started a petition over a month ago, is set to deliver the petition signed and supported by over 1,000 people. Woods says, “We are demanding that Hennepin County develop a fair system of distribution to local minority owned chemical dependency treatment facilities.” In Hennepin County over 4000 people need, or were court ordered for CD treatment. Of that number, 1,361 African American individuals sought CD services. New Perspectives received only 48 approvals (6.5 percent) in 2012.
Woods alleges the challenge occurs when forms of institutionalized racism and collusion are plainly evident by the numbers of approvals to the majority-White owned and operated organizations: Park Avenue received 237 African American approvals (32 percent); and Recovery Resource Center (RRC) received 158 African American approvals (21.5 percent). This exemplifies the many reports about Minnesota and its racial divide in equity.
If you would like to view the progress of New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems stacks up to other Minnesota multi-cultural facilities, check out the Chemical Dependency Provider Performance Measures 2012 (PDF), page 461 (Link: https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-6885-ENG).
The violent marginalization of black businesses that specialize in keeping the black community healthy, drug free and back on track has been pushed to the point of going out of business because of the unfair and bias practices of Hennepin County and their assessment teams at 1800 Chicago.
There are plenty of people who need treatment, but the models of the Alcohol Anonymous’ 12 Step recovery program have not kept up with a non-normative society that demands more than a name, medallion and a hug. We do fully accept AA and NA, but believe our model; the New Perspectives model will eliminate the current uptick in drug and alcohol abuse in Minnesota. While one doctrine says, one-day-at-a-time, our new and proven systems say, “Stop now, or die, but whatever you do, don’t look back.”
New Perspectives Behavior Health Systems invites community members, businesses and supporters to join them on Friday for this very important press conference.
Part 2: In the case of MnDOT and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, local Black leadership has gone Incog-Negro: The silence is killing us. Tune in Wednesday to The Ron and Don Show
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Minneapolis, Minn. – With the latest news on the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and Minnesota’s Department of Transportations total rejection of Minnesota’s black contractors, you would think someone in the black leadership cast would stand up and say something. Unfortunately, some of them don’t read and would never have the ability to understand reports that still say black Minnesotans are still be written checks that are marked Insufficient Fund.
Join Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on The Ron and Don Show as we welcome special guest Lennie Chism and others to talk about the killing fields of process that have rejected the black community and how no black leaders have said a word.
Part 1: Minnesota Department of Transportation: Over a quarter-billion in funding, One Black contractor receives $981.00 – Can Governor Dayton and black elected officials lie a little better?
by Don Allen - IBNN NEWS
There is no progress being made inside of MnDOT. For this posting, I will let the numbers speak for themselves. Here are the latest MnDOT results for the first half of the physical year (Oct 1 2013-Mar 31 2014). Is new leadership maintaining the past results?
MnDOT officials tell us the goal was 10.3%; and said they achieved 12.8%. But when you look at the numbers and the facts below, something is very wrong at MnDOT. Special thanks to Mr. Lennie Chism and Springboard Economic Development.