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BUSTED! Black Leaders have marching orders to misdirect concerns from White citizens concerned about losing homes in the proposed light rail route to jobs

The proposed light rail line will destroy many homes in the northern suburbs and north Minneapolis. But the Minneapolis NAACP will talk about jobs. The payoff is great for this puppet show.

The proposed light rail line will destroy many homes in the northern suburbs and north Minneapolis. But the Minneapolis NAACP will talk about jobs. The payoff is great for this puppet show.

A planned strategic misdirect cleverly disguised as a press conference has black leaders showing their true colors…green. The coonery in the Twin Cities has gone to a new level.

 IBNN NEWS Brief (11:23 a.m. 5-29.2014)

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Star Tribune reporting this morning, “Dozens of Brooklyn Park homes could be razed for road expansion, possible light-rail route. In the story, there is a quote that must be dealt with: “Brooklyn Park homeowners — most of whom are low- or middle-income families, a lot of single parents and seniors — get forced from their properties,” said City Council Member John Jordan. “What did my residents do to the Met Council and our county commissioner to deserve to be so disrespected?

Well there’s a new type of “disrespect” headed your way.

In a communication intercepted by IBNN NEWS, the Minneapolis’ NAACP and Summit Academy OIC is set to have representatives down at the Hennepin County Government Center to protest-the-protest citing jobs for the black community. Unfortunately, the puppets involved, don’t see the importance of acting on behalf of the people. This kind of process has been used by members of the black community to keep African American communities unorganized and out of the loop. The light rail meetings held in north Minneapolis by Senator Bobby Joe Champion were nothing more than dog and pony shows to keep protests down to a minimum.

The Minneapolis NAACP’s role should be one of assisting home owners, whatever color to keep their homes – but with the promises from their white handlers on the county board, they will in fact have a press conference in an attempt to overshadow the concerns of residents who might lose their homes.

As the public is now informed on what is really going on, please don’t let these people, operated by a political party with the hopes of funding destroy neighborhoods.



Newswire : New report: Blacks are ‘Beyond Broke’

"A sad woman in a sad place." What she does not know will open her mind. (photo: Facebook post - Fair Use)

“A sad woman in a sad place.” What she does not know will open her mind. (photo: Facebook post – Fair Use)

Editors Note: 2014 and in the Twin Cities two white politicians have already decided what the black community needs. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of crap coming out of  the mouth of local politicians. When its all said and done, you get what you’ve been getting…nothing.

By Freddie Allen - NNPA Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The growing racial wealth gap – $200 in median wealth for Blacks in 2011 and $23,000 for Whites – threatens national economic security in the United States, according to a recent report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

“When it comes to the racial gap in liquid wealth, African Americans and Latinos are nearly penniless,” stated the report. “The median liquid wealth of Whites is over 100 times that of Blacks.”

The report said that when retirement savings are taken out of the analysis, the disparities in liquid wealth are even more disturbing. “Blacks are found to hold a mere $25 and Latinos just $100 in liquid wealth, compared to $3,000 held by the typical White household,” the report said.

During a press conference on the report on Capitol Hill, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that the racial gap is not some product of changes in the economy.

“It’s our tax policy, designed to help the rich, It’s also our trade policy, off-shoring our jobs and it’s also the attack on unions,” said Ellison.

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) said that families are living paycheck to paycheck and are drowning in debt from predatory loans and mortgages and decreased home values following the housing crisis.

This great divide in wealth has contributed to many of the problems that are facing communities of color, including lower educational achievement and family insecurity, according to Horsford.

He said that minorities were institutionally restricted from having access to wealth-building tools largely until the Civil Rights Movement and, though explicit institutional racism has somewhat subsided, the wide gap in wealth between families of color and White families is still a reflection of more discreet systematic and social barriers that have limited economic mobility.

The report outlined a number of policy recommendations, including a universal “baby bond” trust program.

Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of Economics and Urban Policy Milano Graduate School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City said that baby bonds could help close the wealth gap.

“The idea is that as an adult you can engage in wealth building you can purchase an asset so that you have the opportunity to build economic security over a lifetime,” said Hamilton. He explained: “If the average account is $20,000 at birth and we have about 4 million babies born per year, that would make the cost of around $80 billion dollars a year for the program.”

Hamilton said that would be about 2.2 percent of the federal budget and rival what gets spent at the Department of Education.

He said: “If you could design another program like the Department of Education that would help close the racial wealth gap and provide economic security for all Americans I ask, would you do it?”

Maya Rockeymoore, president of the think tank that produced the report, said that the African American community should know that it’s not about them, it’s about the system and how it is structured with policies that deny their opportunity to have equitable chances for growing wealth in this nation.

“We’ve been told that all of the households have recovered from the recession, that’s what the Federal Reserve data shows,” said Rockeymoore, president and CEO for the Center for Global Policy Solutions. “What our study shows is that for every dollar in wealth held by typical White family, African American and Latino families only have six and seven cents.”

We talk about the employment experience, pushing for living wage policies focusing on creating jobs financial literacy and entrepreneurship are a part of the quality educational experience.

There are elements of personal responsibility connected to how we build and grow wealth, but the structural elements outweigh the personal considerations, said Rockeymoore.

“In order to make policy change you have to be politically involved,” said Rockeymoore. “In order to make sure your bank account looks different, there are certain things that you can do as well.”

Whatever it takes, the country can’t continue to go down this road, said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)., noting that in less than 30 years, the majority of people living in the United States will be people of color.

Cummings said: “If you have the majority in this country who are not earning enough money to take care of their families, who are not earning enough to create a savings account and don’t have pensions, who’s going to buy the refrigerators, who’s going to buy the curtains who’s going to buy the cars?”

Cummings added: “We have to make sure that America understands that this is not just a minority problem, this is an economic security problem. If you cut that many people out of the economic mainstream, your country will literally collapse.”

Council on Black Minnesotans 2014 Economic Summit provides opportunity for Black Businesses in Minnesota. 2014 Black Business Profile: Toni’s Paycation Travel Agency – Saint Paul, Minn.

The state Council on Black Minnesotans will hold their 2014 Power of Unity Economic Summit on June 27-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Minnesota at the Carlson School of Management, for more information or to volunteer, please contact the COBM at (651) 649-5999. Each week, IBNN NEWS will profile a black business in Minnesota to promote awareness of each black owned and operated business. Disclaimer: The Council of Black Minnesotans does not endorse any one business, but does support all black businesses in Minnesota.

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

Entrepreneur, travel agent, trainer and small business owner Ms. Toni Hall, Toni's Paycation Travel Services.

Entrepreneur, travel agent, trainer and small business owner Ms. Toni Hall, Toni’s Paycation Travel Services.

Business: Toni’s Paycation Travel, Saint Paul, Minn. Service: Book flights, cruises, hotels, rental cars, vacations, travel agent training and more.


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Support black owned and operated local businesses. (photo: Paycation Travel)

Support black owned and operated local businesses. (photo: Paycation Travel)

St. Paul, Minn. – Backed by a multimillion-dollar customer service infrastructure and the ability to book trips via airline flights, train, bus, tours, hotels, cruises, car rentals and exotic vacations. Toni Hall is a leader in her company Paycation Travel. Toni is not only a Certified Travel Consultant, in 2014, she now trains people interested in the travel industry on how to become full or part-time travel agent with simple clarity from their home computer or laptop.

Toni Hall, an African American woman from St. Paul said, “I saw how people around me were losing their jobs and on unemployment for long periods of time. I researched home-base businesses and found an opportunity that I could work on from my home and not have worry about bills.” Hall, a former schoolteacher also has opportunities for stay-at-home moms, and others to become certified travel agents.

Paycation Travel is one of the leading providers of travel services and travel education in the world and it utilizes an outstanding group of travel partners that help Paycation provide the best values for its Vacation program and member base. The world is ever changing and with the increased use of the internet as the method of choice for booking travel, Paycation is leading the way in this 8 Trillion dollar industry, offering a unique home based business opportunity to let you achieve success with this exciting industry.

Paycation works with Xstream Travel to provide members professional training to become a Referral Travel Consultant or a Certified Travel Consultant. Xstream Travel is a 12 year old licensed and bonded travel agency. Paycation has created a rock solid Home based business opportunity that will give people an opportunity to walk away from corporate America and take control of their financial future.

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Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

By Jonathan Blanks, Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies (

Washington, DC. – Libertarianism ought to be appealing to black Americans, who have suffered greatly at the hands of the United States government. So why isn’t it more popular?

Throughout the history of the United States, government at all levels has been an oppressive force on people of color, especially black people. The republic was founded with African chattel slavery implicitly recognized in the Constitution. After Reconstruction, state and local governments enacted harsh laws and stripped rights from freedmen, ushering an era of white American terrorism that was aided, abetted, and sometimes perpetrated by law enforcement itself. One hundred years after Emancipation, police sicced dogs and firemen turned fire hoses on men, women, and children alike who were peacefully appealing for equal treatment, dignity, and individual rights. Today, police officers sometimes harass, profile, and abuse black people in cities all over the nation, contributing to the disproportionate number of blacks and other minorities in jails and prisons in the country that leads the world in incarceration. Given this historical experience with the government, why aren’t there more black libertarians?

First, libertarianism is an ideology or philosophy that is fully separated from the red team/blue team worldview that dominates American politics. While many Americans consider themselves “fiscally conservative and socially liberal,” not many spend the time and effort to delve into exactly what they believe and why, let alone the centuries-old philosophical underpinnings which may describe their views on some level. Given the many practical concerns people face on a daily basis, the myriad media at the disposal of the average American for learning and entertainment, the inscrutability of philosophers’ writings, and the so-named “dismal science” of economics, perhaps the better question is: why are there any self-identified libertarians in the first place?

If the black community does not have the information they will do the same thing the same way repeatedly. (photo posted by IBNN).

If the black community does not have the information they will do the same thing the same way repeatedly. (photo posted by IBNN).

More seriously, given libertarianism’s rather esoteric foundations and the dominance of the Democrat/Republican political dichotomy, that an already marginal belief system is making few inroads in minority populations still fighting for political and electoral relevance makes sense. That black Americans, who disproportionately suffer from economic disadvantage, are more concerned with putting food on the table and roofs over their heads than contemplating Ludwig von Mises’s praxeological observations in Human Action should surprise absolutely no one.

But it is more than that.

A common libertarian narrative involves looking backward to better times, back to the Founding when the Constitution was respected—to a time of freer markets and something much closer to constitutional purity. Yet, to those of us who must look to bills of sale and property lists to find our ancestors, the look back is with much less yearning.

Today, we’re closer to a more perfect union than we’ve ever been before, even with all the government interference and wasteful spending, because more markets are opening up to more people, not just here but around the globe. Yet, by some accounts, libertarians and other fellow travelers are talking about “taking back the country” and returning to some misbegotten glory days of yore that very few blacks recognize. This isn’t to say that there’s nothing to complain about—the government leviathan is worthy of nearly all the scorn heaped upon it. But the unprecedented wealth in our country, the democratization of information thanks to the Internet, and the learning potential with the advances in technology available to more and more people of nearly all income levels is a testament to human achievement in spite of government. Part of this, I think, comes from a different recollection of how our laws and society work, not how we want them to.

The version of “capitalism” of the early to mid-20th century was inseparable from the Jim Crow South and was held up by the United States during the Cold War as the apotheosis of freedom and the antithesis of communism. Given the black experience in America—being subjected to oppression, segregation, and terrorism at home, even after coming home from serving in every war to defend it—a collective hesitancy to embrace capitalism as it existed is understandable, if not wholly rational.

Furthermore, coupled with this version of capitalism was the United States’ aggressive foreign policy moves to use smaller, weaker states in the global war on communism, subverting and killing socialist reformers and toppling their governments, particularly in Africa. Pan Africanism coincided with the African-American Civil Rights Movement since the early years of the last century. Although the United States involvement in combating Pan Africanism, including its support of South African Apartheid, was arguably part of a broader effort against Soviet influence, it was viewed by some as an extension of American racism blocking the freedom of black Africans. Whether or not this is true, the perception that American freedom and capitalism were incompatible with the anti-colonial freedom sought by Africans or political equality of African-Americans was not uncommon. Communism, while economically foolhardy, paid substantial lip service to political equality, and was consequently embraced by many of those locked out of America’s supposedly “free” markets—not just blacks, but also women, homosexuals, and other marginalized minorities. This capitalist America and its government were not friendly to freedom for those unlike them, both here and abroad.

Malcolm X, for one, was very critical of the U.S. government’s international meddling, particularly in Africa, as well as its social and governmental hypocrisy when confronted with the plight of American blacks. Although embraced by the radical Left, Malcolm’s speeches and writings were not in the spirit of Karl Marx or even Howard Zinn—he preached personal responsibility, entrepreneurship, mistrust of the government, and the unquestionable right to self-defense. This isn’t to say Malcolm was a libertarian, but the ideas that permeate the American Dream have also been prevalent throughout black America’s political and social history, in some form or another. The United States is, thankfully, in a much different place than it was in the 1960s, but the desire to be free and prosperous is just as alive among black Americans, and it has been there for centuries. Perhaps, then, the problem is in the messaging.

Barry Goldwater, generally believed to be the most libertarian major party presidential candidate of the past hundred years, famously voted against the Civil Rights Act, the most liberating piece of federal legislation since the end of Reconstruction. He had his reasons—he didn’t believe the federal government had the power to compel private businesses and individuals to accommodate those they didn’t want to. Federalism and freedom of association guaranteed by the First Amendment compelled Goldwater to vote his conscience. On paper, it is a defensible—perhaps even laudable—act of principle, absent of context.

But those principles had been used as weapons against black Americans, and esoteric concerns seem less important than being unable to eat or get a hotel you’re willing and able to pay for as you drive across your own country. This sort of adherence to principle at the expense of the tangible freedom of millions of African Americans sent a clear message of whose liberty received priority. Fairly or unfairly, holding such a man up as a hero of liberty sends a mixed message, at best.

Subsequently, libertarians have been associated with the Lost Cause, Civil War revisionism, and the politics of white resentment. The infamous Ron Paul newsletters of the 1980s dripped with racist, homophobic rhetoric in order to drum up support—and fundraising—for the Texas congressman. Separate from that, Paul has given speeches asserting the South was right in the Civil War, preposterously arguing that chattel slavery was not the catalyst for the bloodiest war in American history, and repeating the canard of “States’ Rights”—an argument often used to also support state-sponsored segregation. Paul’s ascension to standard bearer of the modern libertarian movement in recent years invariably calls into question the motivations of its adherents and their dedication to civic equality of minorities.

Too often, libertarians discuss rights and what people will do if the government gets out of their way, but before government was active in furthering racial equality, history shows that both public and private actors worked in concert to deny equal opportunity and truly free markets—often under the guise of “freedom.” This isn’t libertarians’ fault, but if libertarians want to have any voice in suggesting what the future should look like, we must grapple with the past and explain how and why this sordid history won’t repeat itself. Moreover, American libertarians must not only confront the nation’s racist past, but how the legacy of that racism affects people today. Part of the disconnect between blacks and libertarians is likely related to the perception of racism’s prevalence and its impact on everyday lives of black Americans. If libertarians continue to downplay or dismiss racism’s role in criminal justice, economic uplift, and perceptions of black Americans, black Americans are unlikely to accept ideas from people who don’t see their own world for what it is.

The history of black people in the United States is perhaps most quintessentially American story of freedom and liberty. Yet, libertarians have been loath to reconcile the vast chasm between America’s promise and its delivery on that promise to date. Unfortunate associations, political alliances, and duplicitous rhetoric have diminished the libertarian message of equality of opportunity and the power of markets in a free society. This should change, and in my next essay, I will lay out how libertarians can be more race-conscious without compromising our principles of individual liberty.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is on the brink of closing

By April Taylor, Financial 

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. (photo: Financial

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. (photo: Financial

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 and contains the largest permanent exhibition of African American culture in the world, owning more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Some of the museum’s most noted treasures include the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, a Coleman A. Young Collection, and the Sheffield Collection. The museum’s core exhibit is an interactive experience titled, “And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture.”
The museum recently awarded the Annual Ford Freedom Award to Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers. The Grio is reporting on what she had to say and also the financial state of the museum. Evers-Williams was honored for her work on civil rights in the 30 years since her husband’s assassination. She currently serves as the chariman of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and chairman emeritus of the NAACP. Evers-William believes the museum is a beacon of hope and information and feels that the museum is critical to the future of Detroit.

Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Wright museum, reports that the 48 year old museum has lost more than $1.5 million in funding in the last three years. To cover the shortfall, the staff was reduced by half and executive pay was reduced by 15 percent. The museum is using volunteers and interns to help cover the reduction in staff. The museum has gone from operating on a $7 million budget to operating with a $4.5 million budget.

Read the full story here. 


Minneapolis’ mayor husband leads an invite-only meeting in north Minneapolis

Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to The Ron and Don Show as we expose the stupidity of just being plain stupid. Click here to listen to the program at 8:30 p.m. (CST).  #blogtalkradio


Again black leaders in Minneapolis prove they have went the way of the Dinosaur. (Photo: IBNN)

Again black leaders in Minneapolis prove they have went the way of the Dinosaur. (Photo: IBNN)

Minneapolis, Minn. – Breaking News: The invites were mail out secretly. The phone calls were made with the intent to only invite those who are inside the DFL political plantation and the handlers will talk about what to do with the field Negroes.

The team of Ron and Don will discuss what happens when the black community starts the secret meetings and how the black community will be serviceable during the Super Bowl? Don’t miss this program -  the phone lines will be wide open.

Is the black body of Minnesota serviceable as it pertains jobs and economic stimulus? Our black spokespersons are still taking their marching orders from a higher power, which happens to move forward the master-slave mentality. Questions that need to be asked are, “who represents black Minnesotans and why we continue to lets clowns and buffoons shape our future to benefit only a few?

*****Just in at 12:27 p.m on 5/22. Minneapolis mayor’s husband Gary Cunningham orders MDCR Velma Korbel and MN Human Rights director Kevin Lindsay into private meeting happening right now at New Salem in north Minneapolis.

Eric Holder: Systemic, Subtle Racism Is Much More Damaging Than High-Profile Rants

By Ryan Rielly, A snippet of Eric Holder’s speech from the Huffington Post.

U.S. Attorney General Mr. Eric Holder (Photo:

U.S. Attorney General Mr. Eric Holder (Photo:

But we ought not find contentment in the fact that these high-profile expressions of outright bigotry seem atypical and were met with such swift condemnation. Because if we focus solely on these incidents — on outlandish statements that capture national attention and spark outrage on Facebook and Twitter — we are likely to miss the more hidden, and more troubling, reality behind the headlines.

These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done — because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper. And their terrible impact endures long after the headlines have faded and obvious, ignorant expressions of hatred have been marginalized.

Nor does the greatest threat to equal opportunity any longer reside in overtly discriminatory statutes like the “separate but equal” laws of 60 years ago. Since the era of Brown [v. Board of Education], laws making classifications based on race have been subjected to a legal standard known as “strict scrutiny.” Almost invariably, these statutes, when tested, fail to pass constitutional muster. But there are policies that too easily escape such scrutiny because they have the appearance of being race-neutral. Their impacts, however, are anything but. This is the concern we must contend with today: policies that impede equal opportunity in fact, if not in form.

Codified segregation of public schools has been barred since Brown. But in too many of our school districts, significant divisions persist and segregation has reoccurred — including zero-tolerance school discipline practices that, while well-intentioned and aimed at promoting school safety, affect black males at a rate three times higher than their white peers.

There are other examples.

For instance, in our criminal justice system, systemic and unwarranted racial disparities remain disturbingly common. One study released last year by the U.S. Sentencing Commission indicated that in recent years, African-American men have received sentences that are nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. Another report showed that American Indians are often sentenced even more harshly. The Justice Department is examining these and other disparities as we speak and taking a variety of steps to ensure fair sentences that match the conduct at issue in individual cases. Like a growing chorus of lawmakers across the political spectrum, we recognize that disparate outcomes are not only shameful and unacceptable — they impede our ability to see that justice is done. And they perpetuate cycles of poverty, crime, and incarceration that trap individuals, destroy communities and decimate minority neighborhoods.

Read the full story here.

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 manufacturing plants. Unfortunately, the way things are going now, you might want the African American “repeat” client that is worth at least $8000 per 200 hours of help…HELP?

There is a big difference in repeat performance CD treatment and Culturally Specific Treatment. (photo: IBNN)

There is a big difference in repeat performance CD treatment and Culturally Specific Treatment. (photo: IBNN)

By Donald Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network (IBNN)

Minneapolis (Hennepin County), Minn – African Americans continue to have a higher mortality rate, are more likely to be victims of drug-related crime, have higher rates of alcohol-related problems, and are more likely to contract AIDS/HIV than whites. Although African Americans consistently report less tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use than whites (Centers and Weist, 1998; US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1999), for those who do use drugs, research indicates that marijuana is most common, and that there is a greater likelihood that these users will move on to heroin compared to their white counterparts. Further, black intravenous drug users are more likely to die from AIDS than whites (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999).

For those entering substance abuse treatment, research indicates that alcohol is the leading problem for African American males (35%), followed by cocaine (28%), and marijuana (19%). Although African American males made up 12% of the general population in 1999, black males represented 23% of all admissions to publicly funded substance abuse treatment services in 1999 (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2002).

Within the last three months, the mainstream media reported extensively about the heroin overdose epidemic that was critically crippling the non-minority suburban communities in Minnesota. This, like the misnamed achievement gap in education became important because heroin was not locked into poor inner-city communities anymore (it actually never was); it had a devastating effect on Minnesota Nice in the suburbs. The blind spot in the whole “drug” issue is the large number of white suburbanites who travel to the inner city for a number of drugs. Licensed and accredited treatment centers like African American Family Services are being forced to go out of business. Other culturally specific agencies like New Perspectives and Turning Point, Inc. have to re-invent funding streams in different areas of behavioral health models to stay afloat. Unfortunately within Hennepin County in 2012 (their numbers), 1,361 people (32.7 percent) classified as African American were approved for chemical dependency treatment. Of those 1,361 African American individuals seeking CD services, New Perspectives received only 48 approvals (6.5 percent). Turning Point received 122 approvals (16.6 percent).

The challenge occurs when institutionalized racism is evident by the numbers of approvals to the majority-White owned and operated organizations to have the black body used as an source of economic insurance while dismissing the need of black-on-black chemical dependency treatment.

Here’s Hennepin County 2012 numbers:

  • Park Avenue received 237 African American approvals (32 percent); and
  • Recovery Resource Center (RRC) received 158 African American approvals (21.5 percent). (Data Provide by Hennepin County via the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)

John Woods founder of New Perspectives claims this is not something that only his organization is facing; he says African American Family Services and Turning Point, Inc. have also been victims of this referral process. Woods believes that this flawed referral process, which he identifies as a form of “systematic racism,” was an essential factor in the recent merger of African American Family Services with another agency.

According to Vaughn Yarborough, a recent graduate of a chemical dependency program and has earned an Associates Degree Community Health said, “I really wanted to work at 1800 Chicago. I even tried to do my internship there. I was faced with barriers that proved to me there is more marginalization of black body there [Hennepin County] than in times of slavery. What they are doing to the black community is at best making sure we are dead, dying and gone.”

Hell, lets do the math. Say Hennepin County has eight (8) available CD treatment facilities knowing there were 1,361 black folks who needed treatment, according to Hennepin County – that number could be spread interagency, countywide so that each treatment facility could receive the minimum of 150 referrals per year. This would leave more than 160 referrals available for a bid system.

Hennepin County commissioners Peter McLaughlin and Linda Higgins have remained silent. It might be time to talk with Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who is also in the race for Minnesota’s next governor. Its funny how things can get done in an election year.

Local community activist have band together to launch a petition on demanding an investigation into Hennepin County’s alleged one-sided referral and approval system, which for years has been at the center of controversy because there has been no referral counselors of color at 1800 Chicago, the epicenter of Rule 25 assessments for treatment. Sign the petition today by clicking HERE. 


Star Tribune editorial by Minneapolis Urban League’s Scott Gray and OUR MPLS lacks critical thinking, partnerships

If the Minneapolis Urban League wants racial equity in Minneapolis, they must first show their attempt at community equity. MUL president Scott Gray’s one-sided DFL driven agenda has hurt the black community for too long. It’s time we speak up and ask Gray and his sideshow to sit down! Better yet, fix his failing high school. Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to The Ron and Don Show – black talk radio on #BlogTalkRadio.

Video: Do you know the President of the Minneapolis Urban League? (IBNN)

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

No platform; No Voice and no process. (photo: IBNN)

No platform; No Voice and no process. (photo: IBNN)

Minneapolis Urban League president Scott Gray does not have any “skin in the game.” Gray’s one-sided assessment of how the city of Minneapolis should address equity, race, racism, jobs and economic development has a huge gaping blind spot. While Gray charges the city, he quickly forgets what’s happening under his watch at Minneapolis Urban League who historically has sold the black community out to the highest bidder.

In Gray’s missive posted in the Star Tribune, “On racial equity, Minneapolis is at the fork in the road,” Gray and co-conspirators attribute the city’s lack of equity to a lack of planning. Clearly that is not the case.While some community member know this is a scam for funding, the MUL has not sent out any public notices, nor have they offered any community input (especially if you’re not a part of the MN DFL).  Gray wants the city of Minneapolis to 1. Adopt the equitable-solutions framework presented by city staff. 2. Apply racial-equity impact assessments and 3. Invest in racial equity. The critical blind spot that haunts President Gray, the MUL board and his community peers is Gray has not presented an example inside or outside his agency. In other words, “You cannot be what you do not see.” And community members do not see the MUL as a representative of Minneapolis’ black community.

Early last month the Minneapolis Urban League leadership remained silent during the confirmation of Velma Korbel who was again reappointed as the director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). The MDCR has continued to fail all Minneapolis residents in the areas of complaints, but more importantly contract compliance. Gray, who came to Minneapolis via Madison, Wisconsin has never figured out the lay of the land and takes his marching orders from those whose only focus is using the poor and their situations as a cash crop for possible funding.

With the unfolding of the Minneapolis NAACP, Minneapolis needs a new type of black leadership – one that can actually write and equity plan, gain corporate sponsors and have community buy-in from both sides of the isle.

Until then, the Minneapolis Urban League is dead in the water.

Minneapolis NAACP remains silent on departures of elected board

When the head is dead, the body is in a back room smelling real bad. (photo: IBNN)

Don Allen: “When the head is dead, the body is in a back room smelling real bad.” (photo: IBNN)

Tune in Thursday at 8:30 p.m. for a special of The Ron and Don Show as they discuss what happened to the Minneapolis NAACP and how a few little men, became even smaller by an antiquated process called shakedown. To listen to the program, click here.

By Damian Packard, Minneapolis Watchdog-AZT

Minneapolis, Minn. – There has been no press conferences or stories in the Spokesman-Recorder. While black men and women who live in Minneapolis look to unlock equity within the city, black leadership has crawled under a rock and suffered the most dishonorable death of all…silence.

The NAACP leadership both locally and nationally took three months to focus on how to terminate Don Allen from the Minneapolis NAACP has second vice president for being a Republican. Through a chain of collusion, lies, deceit and obstruction of due process, the Minneapolis NAACP, with the assistance of the national NAACP penalized Allen for signing up online citing his $11.70 was not received by the local branch therefore he was ineligible to hold a seat on the executive committee. After a lengthy investigation by a private firm, it turns out that Allen’s election win is still valid because the Minneapolis NAACP received his $11.70 in December 2013. “I thought this was a new beginning. People that have never worked together before were going to raise hell on behalf of the black community of Minneapolis and make immediate changes. I found out very quickly [and knew already] it was not about the people, it was about the money for those folks who only know how to victimize the poor, homeless and helpless,” said Allen.

Over a month ago, the women elected to the NAACP including NaTonia Johnson, Lisa Clemons and allegedly Kimyatta Flowers all had left the Minneapolis NAACP citing various reasons including an unfriendly disrespect for black women.

So now here we sit, May 2014 with no successful measureable outcomes – but plenty of street game.

Goodbye Minneapolis NAACP.


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