On January 28 at 6 p.m., the Minneapolis NAACP will hold its first general membership meeting at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church located at 2507 Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis. New memberships will be available for $30 on that night. The general membership of the NAACP is the glue that holds the organization together. Membership and those interested need to show up in full force for the next general membership meeting. Ask questions; get answers and be ready to make important decisions.
By Donald Allen, Second Vice President – Minneapolis NAACP
“To reset the black community, you must expose the malignancy hindering the reset key.” ~Don Allen
Minneapolis, Minn. – The NAACP Founded Feb. 12. 1909, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.
The newly elected Minneapolis NAACP executive committee is a creation born from the need to get the Minneapolis NAACP back on the map. In the past, the Minneapolis NAACP had operated in silence except for a few unauthorized community activists using the NAACP inappropriately to further their personal agendas.
Today, almost 30-days after the December 13, 2013 election of the new board, it is critical that members stay connected with the NAACP by coming out to the general membership meeting on January 28. Your voice, the membership of the NAACP is the deciding factor on what takes place, and who becomes spokespersons, leaders or placeholders. Shakedowns and the use of white guilt does not work anymore.
The Minneapolis NAACP has recently suffered some harsh criticism by presenting comments at local community meetings without the expressed unanimous consultation of the committee as a whole. This can been seen by the comments made in Friday’s Star Tribune story, “Stadium Q&A session ends with few questions,” see the comments here.
There is a force, one that most thinking people in the Twin Cities are already aware of.
This force, politically connect to only one political party is attempting to infiltrate the usual suspects into key positions within the new Minneapolis NAACP. These “suspects” have not supplied reports on past public engagement and in most cases live outside Minneapolis in a quite all-white suburb. These suspects don’t really care the NAACP are premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity – unless the opportunity can be used to benefit their personal agendas.
Community members elected me as Second Vice President of the Minneapolis NAACP on December 13, 2013. On that day, I promised to not let poverty pimps, hustlers and out-of-touch clergy wreak the organization; I also promised that we would do things with a cordial and diplomatic flare. I will stick to my promise until the next election when I will be running for another office within the Minneapolis NAACP.
Unemployed? Would you want a Two-year Job on the Vikings Stadium or a Career? What makes sense to you?
In Minneapolis, “Ain’t no party like a poverty-pimp party, cause the poverty-pimp party don’t stop!” Since 2008, and maybe long before, spokespersons in the black community would promise jobs in the Fall and Spring. Unfortunately, the jobs never came – but the money to these self-serving members of the dirty bastards club keeps rolling in. At some point, the “Talented Tenth ” of The Twin Cities must sit down and have a conversation about extracting: pulling or take out forcibly the cancer in the black community.
by Donald Allen, Founder of The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, Minn. – It is what it is.
There are a few people who want to do the right thing as it pertains to “long-term” employment for people of color. This does not mean “rushing down” to the new Vikings stadium and demanding that black people be hired, or creating “front” companies to obtain contracts? What happens to the contractors that have been in business for years with no real success? Who in the Twin Cites will define what employment looks like for people of color? Will it be the NAACP, the Minneapolis Urban League, African American Leadership Forum or Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges and her in-house minority advisory committee? Oh, yea black Minnesotan, break the bind that holds you back. Use the negativity from those hustlers, clergy and taste-makers they used against you when telling the mainstream how poor and broke and dysfunctional you are to gain money to “fix” you. Yeah, my brothers and sisters…they “fixed” you alright.
You have to do the homework.
“Everyone has a plan until they get hit”(Mike Tyson). In this case, being hit with the reality of needing a job, which could be a career if self-serving social service programs had not stepped in sucking in money to “get you work.” Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ““If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”If you are a functioning, thinking individual, do you really need big government or business t0 give a nonprofit in your community money to train you and not find you a job?
You have to do the homework.
In order to maintain a job, the person seeking the job must be ready to get an education, sacrifice, pay his/her dues, and move up the labor food chain. Minnesota is home to 21 of the fortune 500 firms. Did anyone ask them to start a “Community Work Therapy” pilot program? Why does the black community continue to follow these charlatans (also called swindlers or mountebanks) practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money and fame?
It cracks me up when I hear our black leaders promising black Americans and Somali’s jobs on the new Vikings stadium; don’t they realize its a two year project? Can you get and education, get married, raise a family, buy a car and home off of a two year, social service work program paying between $10-$15 per hour? Think about it and open your eyes. These self appoint nobodies are about to meet their match.
On Wednesday, January 8 the general public will get the real story on the negotiations between the union and the schools. Tune in at 8:30 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio’s: The Ron and Don Show
MPR reported the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has requested the assistance of a state mediator in contract negotiations, which have been ongoing since June. The State Bureau of Mediation Services insists on having closed meetings. Union President Lynn Nordgren told StarTribune.com that she wants a mediator because “we are not making much progress. We believe a mediator will help us get more focused so we can come to some decisions together.”
On Wednesday’s program, Ms. Lynn Nordgren speaks truth to power about what’s really going on and why many tales, are just tales. Join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen as we examine another piece of the education juggernaut by getting the “right” side of the story.
Phone lines will be open.
Will new Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges be a one-term placeholder championing Equity with no actions?
“Conversations do not necessarily lead to corrective actions” (Tim Wise). The 2010 city of Minneapolis Disparity Report (10/2010) was issued while Mayor Hodges was on the Minneapolis City Council. What corrective actions, or remedies did she take?
By Donald Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, Minn – With all the talk about equity, its important to understand what equity looks like in a city with a historical and generational failure to protect its poor and middle-class as it pertains to jobs, civil rights and education.
Mayor Hodges’ has brought back to the forefront the term equity. What the mayor did not define was what kind of equity. As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, could the mayor be talking about equity as it pertains to the study of fairness in economics? Educational equity: the study and achievement of fairness in education? Inter-generational equity: equality and fairness in relationships between people in different generations (including those yet to be born)? Equity theory, on the relations and perceptions of fairness in distributions of resources within social and professional situations or health equity: fairness and justice in health and healthcare?
We do not need to recreate the wheel on this one, but need to revisit a report titled: “The State of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from Minneapolis,” produced by NERA (National Economic Research Associates) and dated October 21, 2010.
This damning report, 282 pages with 17 additional pages of recommendations, tells a horrifying story of people of color, particularly African Americans. We (African Americans in Minneapolis) have been denied access to over $5 billion in projects, a denial that condemns African Americans to the kind of poverty and economic downturn that has ripped the heart out of the African American communities and other communities of color. When you deny people education and jobs, you condemn them to poverty. The so-called protected classes — people of color and women — represent 22 percent of those eligible but only represent 5.5 percent of those receiving contracts and money from the City for minority and women-owned businesses and enterprises.
The City and its various departments dealing with economic development (equity) and the awarding of contracts have not wanted us to know how they shortchange the African American community.
The report confirms the economic rape of the African American community and the denial of its access to the wealth of this city. And, my friends, this was not done by the Tea Party or a bunch of mean-spirited political hacks.
This was done, and is still being done, by the political cream of liberalism in Minneapolis. Hubert H. Humphrey, Cecil Newman and Nellie Stone Johnson, among others, would weep tears of shock and disappointment at this testament to the violation of justice and dreams of the African American community.
What will be done? As long as so-called Black leadership does nothing other than see that they “get theirs,” nothing.
The report’s recommendations have no teeth or commitment for corrective action. It reflects the words of 1948 segregationists: Not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow will the Negro be given the opportunity to enjoy wealth and dreams.
Of course our new mayor, Betsy Hodges, sat on the Minneapolis City Council in 2010 and remained silent at the release of this report.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” ~Groucho Marx
Minnesota African American History Museum in deep doo-doo: Excuse me MAAM, what happened to the money?
Is there a group, individual or corporation willing to open a black history museum in Minnesota with ample parking, IMax Theater and a development team that understands the meaning of fiscal responsibility? $800,000.00 might sink our MAAM – another teachable moment in Minnesota black history…
By Donald Allen, Founder of The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, Minn – For entertainment, I manage to pick up a copy of Insight News every Monday. Recently I was shocked to see story about the Minnesota African American Museum titled, “Contractor denies subpar workmanship at Minnesota African American Museum.” First of all, there are many missing links to this claim by museum spokespersons. Secondly, what really happened to the money?
MAAM administrators have resorted to sending out emails as seen below, unedited:
The MAAM is at a cross roads and very much needs the support of the community to help MAAM open it’s doors. MAAM belongs to the people of Minnesota and is a valuable resource and much needed repository for the important contributions African Americans have made to our state. Please become involved and support the fight to get The MAAM into the hands of the people! Please contact the new Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges, RN Ryback, your county commissioners, state legislators and senators, congressman, and Gov. Mark Dayton. If the state can fun the other museums annually to the tune of multiple millions of dollars and spend a billion dollars on a football stadium that many of us will never be able to afford a ticket, surely we deserve a similar investment in our children’s education. A people who know not from where they came cannot visualize a future. Our children desperately need to see a future for themselves in order to help stop the self hatred and violence within our communities. Will you help???
Thank you in advance for your help.
Still trying to figure out who RN Ryback is…
Just in case you forgot the relevant information about MAAM and need your memory jogged, here it is:
Twin Cities Daily Planet and veteran reporter Shelia Regan penned the story, “Minnesota African American Museum opening delayed indefinitely, but programming goes on.” If you recall in 2012 IBNN NEWS and Mr. Ronald A. Edwards’ television program Black Focus followed the progress of Minnesota African American Museum including a detailed listing of money that some critics say was enough to send the organization in a successful path. h
In a story on IBNN, “Despite WCCO-TV report, the rhetoric on Black Museum’s money problems makes it clear Franklin National Bank is not the villain here,” which has been read over 500 times on IBNN NEWS, Mr. Edwards laid out the museums seemingly successful allocation of funds:
“The museum took a $1.2 million loan from Franklin National Bank, $1 million from the state of Minnesota, $1.5 million in bonds from the City of Minneapolis, $500,000 from five Minnesota corporations, and $300,000 from other sources. The dilemma was the museum failed to meet the condition of the State of Minnesota for granting its monies: that FNB would have first position in a default, or otherwise tax payers of Hennepin County and Minnesota would have to pay. To continue, the museum has to put up new collateral, which it claims it doesn’t have.”
Even with a cash flow of an estimated $4.5 million the museum still can’t open?
The Insight News story posted:
The construction firm that was hired as the lead contractor was not identified because the firm was not given adequate time to reply to the allegations that it walked off the job with work nowhere near completion. Now Dave Foley, vice president of Minneapolis operations for Knutson Construction, has responded and he does not dispute Knutson and its subcontractors did in fact walk off the project. But he said they walked for good cause. “Knutson was not paid,” said Foley. “We’re owed a significant amount.” Foley said the amount owed is near $800,000. The situation is so bad that according to Foley one of the subcontractors has begun the process to get the property foreclosed.
Does this mean “if” the Minnesota African American Museum received $800,000, it would be open tomorrow? Maybe not, the rabbit hole is much deeper than we care to realize.
Stay tuned, more to come…
The Hoodlum Manifesto (Part 1): Why Black Minnesotans must re-tool, replace and exchange their Black Leadership
I have to address those who consistently say IBNN and it’s stories “Tear down the Black community” – this is totally untrue. I don’t speak for anyone, but I do speak on the issues. Those who read IBNN and have issues with truthful content are the folks who continually participate in the disenfranchisement of Black Minnesotans and have achieved success by using the black community and convincing a few granting agencies they could fix us if they get the money. It turns out the disparities are still there and bigger the life. Now who’s tearing down the community? #saynotothedirtybastardsclub
By Donald Allen, Founder of The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, Minn. – There is but a small amount of sophistication within the leadership caste in black Minnesota. This opinion piece will examine how black people (black Americans born in Minnesota) lost their political and civil rights clout in a devastating misuse of power, money and people. There are some of you that want change, but do not make a fuss. There are others that make a fuss who get marginalized with whispers about working for the Klan or the federal government to disrupt the black community. The fact is, the Minnesota has many black community government informants; fortunately, none of them post on IBNN.
It is a two-fold message: Attempting to understand the true concept of why Minnesota’s black leadership has decided the best way to make money is from the disparities of their people versus new business start-ups and collaborations is a question that must be asked and answered. Who represents black Minnesotans? Who represent education for black Minnesotans? Who represents economic vitality for black Minnesotans? What is public policy for black Minnesotans? Why is a local political party writing checks to local clergy?
Questions that need to be answered.
White Minnesota is no longer in debt to the black Minnesota. Years of benign neglect by our people, on behalf of our people have led to the eradication of white-guilt. Simply put, the majority is not stupid enough to believe money spent has helped the black community when the black community has seen no results.
Author and activist Thomas Sowell said, “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” Minnesota’s black leadership is suffering from an epidemic of disastrous proportions. The many instances of not paying a price for being wrong has led to the closing of black businesses and the marginalization of people inside their communities in an effort to chase pennies while the mainstream delivers millions around black leadership.
The epidemic, as many have attempted to point out could be the paradox of education in ones environment. James Baldwin said, “That as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” For the black Minnesotan, education is a bottomless gap that perpetuates the miseducation of the black child.
Liberal Minnesota’s definition of the black plight, defined by their status quo, has always been for people of color to start over from the beginning, while others are able to pick up where they left off. If you are new to Minnesota, like our Somali brothers and sisters, the mainstream will quickly make sure your culture, people and issues become the zenith of civil and political action. With this being recognized by local black leadership, the attempt is on engage these immigrant communities in an attempt to do the same damage done to the black Minnesota: block information, block political activity and use the disparities within the many immigrant communities to make a buck.
The evolution of a black reality is seeded deep in nothingness while sending us backward to a time when codes dictated what a black American man or woman could be. Today, this means more high school and college dropouts, mass incarceration of black men, and a runaway achievement gap with unemployment numbers for African Americans that remain higher than those of any other race.
Any “gap” in any other community would be addressed at the first sign of a “gap.”
Unfortunately, some local black Minnesotans including politicians, activist, clergy and the local press prefer it this way.
This is part of the epidemic called the “Law of the them.”
For the reasons stated, it is necessary for a new caste of black leadership to reset the black Minnesotan to reposition a political and civil mistake that has sent us back to the times of a master-servant relationship.
It’s real simple. A spokeswoman for the natural gas utility CenterPoint Energy strongly discounted natural gas as a likely cause. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the Minneapolis fire chief said the fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood was most likely caused by a natural gas leak. Are you following me yet?
Minneapolis, Minn…A gas leak in or around the home can be quite dangerous. Therefore, natural gas safety is something everyone should know about.
To help ensure that you can feel safe enjoying the convenience of natural gas, acquaint yourself with the signs of a gas leak.
To detect any possible gas leaks, keep an eye out for the subtle signs of gas in your surroundings. Never ignore even the slightest indication of natural gas in or around your home.
Inside The Home:
• Smell – natural gas is delivered to the home with an odor additive which makes it easier to detect. The smell added to natural gas is described as a “rotten egg” odor. If you can smell gas in your home, it is a sign that you may have a gas leak.
• Sound – a hissing sound coming from the area around a gas appliance is a sign of a gas leak.
Outside The Home:
• Air – a gas leak can cause dirt or plants to be blown as if by a breeze. Air coming from the ground near the home is a possible sign or a gas leak.
• Bubbles – a leak in a gas pipe can sometimes cause bubbling of moist areas around the home.
• Dying Plants – plant life near a gas leak will become sickly and eventually die. Plants that die for no apparent reason could be a sign of a gas leak.
If you suspect a gas leak in or around your home stay calm and be safe. If you can safely do so, quickly shut off the gas. If you cannot safely reach the gas shut off valves simply evacuate to a safe distance. Once you are at a safe location, call your gas company for a leak inspection.
Is there a system designed for poverty? What would it take to push the Twin Cities unemployment rate down into the single digits within the black community? First of all a conversation needs to be facilitated about the trauma of not knowing what’s already been paid, and the outcomes (reports). 2014 is the year of dealing with processes that have not been good for African Americans in the Twin Cities.
By Don Allen, Editor-in-Chief – IBNN NEWS
2013 brought us the year of job-speak and realization that maybe poor, disenfranchised members of the black community were pawns in an elaborate game of training. The need to develop marketable skillsets and be hired by local prime contractors seemed to take a back seat to actually getting thousands of African Americans already trained employment in Minnesota. The 2013 Man of the Year Mr. Louis King, has some explaining to do on why every time a new local, or state project comes about, we need to train more African Americans versus getting thousands already trained much needed employment.
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, Minnesota’s governor Mark Dayton and Congressman Keith Ellison have at some point repeated King’s motto: “The best social service program is a job.” However, a social service program will never provide the benefits of a career able to grow the African American community, its families, faith and finances in a direction of success and good living. But again, it seems this outcome is never the one intended.
In 2012, the Star Tribune published a story titled, “Summit Academy builds opportunities.” The Strib wrote, “Louis King, a former Army artillery officer, has fired alternating barrages of demonstration, persuasion and negotiation at government managers, private contractors and unions to boost minority participation on local construction projects.” The story goes on with a quote by the training guru, “We’re going into the third quarter and there are a lot of projects pending: a new Vikings stadium, refurbishing Target Center, a new Xcel Energy headquarters and expansion of the Target campus in Brooklyn Park.”
The general public does not know much about the hiring numbers on the Target campus in Brooklyn Park, nor the Xcel Energy headquarters. What we do know is Louis King, in a signed contract with the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA) is being granted $700,000.00 for training, outreach and what some say is to keep quiet on the public works project called the “New Vikings Stadium” that when finished, along with the cosmetic changes within one-forth mile of the stadium will total more than estimated $1.5 billion dollars. Of course with the demolition of east parking lot started over three weeks ago, there has been no report of minority participation from King’s organization or the now 14 agencies being contracted to locate, identify and engage qualified candidates for the stadium workforce. Of course, if a community member (African American) asks questions about this obvious disparity, that person works for the Klu Klux Klan or is set on destroying the black community…go figure…
“The hands have been shook; the deals have been booked, someone have been paid, while the community gets played,” said “Ronnie” a former student at Summit Academy OIC, who in his opinion did not get the training his financial aid paid for. “Ronnie,” who declined the use of his full name said, “It [SAOIC] was a joke. They gave us answers to the test; told use there was a carpentry journeyman program and when we checked, there was nothing. A bunch of us [SAOIC students] worked on the Minnesota African American Museum and was paid below prevailing wages. When we asked why, we were all fired. ”
The above statement is a common thread known in the black community of the Twin Cities. But yet, if you ask questions, you are the “Edward Snowden” of Minnesota blackness.
In spite of limited reports on hiring and outcomes, to include final reports on the 2011 north Minneapolis Tornado task force led by King, the money keeps rolling in.
Just recently, the Northwest Area Foundation announced their Fourth Quarter Grants. Summit Academy OIC of Minneapolis will receive $500,000 for Expansion of Adult Education Programs and Poverty Reduction Pilot of the Northside Community Response Team. The NWAF cites “Summit Academy OIC (SACOIC) trains people of color, women, and veterans for careers in high-demand industries. Grant funding will support efforts to increase enrollment from 600 students in 2013 to 1,000 student annually in 2016 and to support SAOIC’s leadership in reducing poverty in North Minneapolis.” Money can be created on government whim; wealth cannot be created in this way. Any economist knows there are only two sources of wealth: labor and Mother Nature. Where is the community’s wealth?
Let’s not get it twisted; Louis King is a stand-up guy. It’s not about how much money he makes; it’s not about how much money he gets for Summit Academy OIC. The center of this particular argument is jobs and employment. Who is working? Where are they working? In our view, King is worth at least $500,000.00 to Minnesota’s black community. If there are 50 African Americans being hired every month we don’t have an issue. If it’s any less than that, our systemic challenge starts right here.
Congratulations to Mr. Louis King, of Woodbury; the 2013 Man of the Year.
On Sunday, December 22, on KMOJ-FM (89.9), our beloved black elected official, Senator Bobby Joe Champion told listeners, “The work on the new stadium has not begun.”
This is a lie. The work started two Monday’s ago with the demolition of the east parking lot.
These are the many lies told to the black community so that we don’t ask where and when the jobs will be available. In 2014 you as voting citizens have an opportunity to remove these elected officials (Congressman Ellison in 2014, Champion in 2016). Champion is the same elected official, then a state representative who watched and did nothing in his position as vice chair of the Transportation Oversight Committee and let MnDOT spend $68 million on Minnesota’s roads, bridges and highways with local and national contractors while giving one African American contractor $715.00 (seven-hundred and fifteen dollars). Read the full story here.
There has to be a man or woman in his senate district willing to stand up against the sickness of lies and deceit to the community. It is our conclusion that both Congressman Ellison and Senator Champion have fallen in with the white liberal status quo.
Malcolm X said, “The white liberal differs from the white conservative only in one way. The liberal is more deceitful than the conservative. The liberal is more hypocritical than the conservative. Both want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor, and by winning the friendship and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political football game. Politically the American Negro is nothing but a football, and the white liberals control this mentally dead ball. Through tricks of tokenism and false promises, and they have the willing cooperation of Negro leaders. These leaders sell out our people for just a few crumbs of token recognition and token gains.”