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Minneapolis Black Non-Profit: No pay to staff in more than four months – but continues to get funding from Hennepin County

If reconciliation is the new buzz word, the Black community needs full disclosure. I can work with anyone. But I’ve also seen first-hand what excessive funding to a black hole does to the community. (photo: Don Allen-Editor in Chief, IBNN NEWS)

What’s wrong with this picture? Some complain about the economic downturn. I say it’s a heinous mismanagement of funding. The president of this agency isn’t THAT special and he and his staff have already F***ED off over $35 million with failed, mismanaged ventures.  If there is to be reconciliation within the ranks of Black Minneapolis – it demands full disclosure from those involved in pimpin’ the Black community in the name of God and Poor People.”

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 27, 2011)…You wonder why White people look at us and start the “whisper campaign.” They know (the White DFL political plantation) that at some point we’ll fight like animals over pennies while other communities walk away with millions. This is control due to a lack of Black community leaders with a sound business acumen.

With that said, I don’t have to mention the north Minneapolis agency that just received funding in excess of $100k to provide community-based resources, outreach and referrals for community members in north Minneapolis from Hennepin County. If the agency is not paying it’s staff, how can it be effective in it’s proposed mission to work within the community?

"If funding could talk - but maybe it has, look around."

This particular agency has been blessed with a windfall of grants from General Mills, US Bank and the county that exceeds a total of $60 million dollars in the last 20 years. You would think this north Minneapolis based agency would have worked hard to solve poverty; provide small business micro-loans and maybe even advertise some successful measurable outcomes in the local Black newspapers – but none of that has happened in 20 years. By the way, a small banner ad on a local website doesn’t count – the agencies website is outdated with misleading information of a time long gone.

My point is, local clergy and businessmen have thrown out the word “Reconciliation” in an attempt for some of us (Real Back folks) to apologize to longtime local hustlers, poverty-pimps and some clergy that (I), (Me), (We), (Us), might of offended along the way by publishing the truth about people, places and events that certainly have come to pass – we just saw it coming before anyone else.

These folks don’t ask the Star Tribune to apologize.

Before there can be any type of “Reconciliation” there must be full disclosure with cordial and diplomatic relationships formed from within the circle of usual suspects who seem to get funding based on name recognition versus a sound plan of action. It just frustrates me to see these people continue to receive dollars that based on the situation in north Minneapolis, has not worked for 20 years.

If a north Minneapolis non-profit is not paying its staff, but their IRS 990’s show they went into 2009 or 2010 with at least $1 million, “Houston, we have a problem.” Why is Hennepin County and General Mills funding a dead duck?

Furthermore, where are the reports from this agency to Hennepin County? Tell the truth and shame the Devil – “there are none.”

I have not mentioned the name of the north Minneapolis non-profit in hopes they return every penny to Hennepin County so it can be used by a north Minneapolis non-profit that actually functions to help the community.

Let’s get something straight, this is real. It’s happening everyday in the Black community – not just in north Minneapolis. Those that keep a place at the table of plenty with “them belly full but them still hungry” have caused tragic events ranging from extreme misfortune to utter stagnation of  missions that were meant to solve important issues facing the poor community.

It’s time for them to move aside with respect or be chased out with shame. Either way you’re killing the perception of Black people and further pushing the stereotype that all Black people do is argue amongst each other.

The Minnesota Alliance of Black School Educators presents the 11th Annual Excellence in Diversity Awards and the Azell Smith Scholarship Program tonight at the University of St. Thomas

Join MABSE Tonight April 27, 2011 at 6 p.m.

The Minnesota Alliance of Black School Educators (MABSE) cordially invites you to attend tonights diversity and scholarship awards ceremony tonight at the University of St. Thomas  located at 1000 LaSalle in downtown Minneapolis.

Every year, the Minnesota Alliance of Black School Educators (MABSE) celebrates diversity, excellence and achievements made by local high school seniors in Minnesota and awards scholarships based on essays written by the high school seniors.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Frank Alvarez President and CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  Alvarez was the first in his family to attend college. He received a two-year degree from East Los Angeles College, a bachelor’s in business from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a health care executive for more than 30 years before joining the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in 2007.

Frank Alvarez, president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based Hispanic Scholarship Fund will discuss issues facing students of color in public schools across the United States.

This event is free and opened to the public.  The reception starts at 6 p.m. with the program starting promptly at 7 p.m. in the Schulze Auditorium.

 

North Minneapolis Land Grab: A picture is worth a thousand words…

"Story in progress. Councilman Don Sameuls, get prepared."

The Great Glad Handler: Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak

The dictionary defines a Glad Handler as an smarmy, hypocritical individual who hugs a lot, gets too close and is generally over friendly in an irritating way. We must keep in mind that R.T. is a politician – one of the worse kinds. The video below shows that longtime residents north Minneapolis must continue to brace for what will be a mass socio-cultural displacement as soon as the Minneapolis Public Schools ESC is complete. This is political glad handing and community content displacement at it’s best – all under the guise of “education?”

"Coming soon, information you've been waiting for."

Update: The Minneapolis Public Schools legal counsel has obstructed the release of information requested over 20 days ago. They continue to not return phone calls and avoid questions about the involvement of the Ackerberg Group, Catalyst Community Partners and women and minority contracting goals.

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 25, 2011)…The MPS Educational Service Center groundbreaking and beam signing event was a chance to see an over-effusive speech by Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak seemed somewhat hypocritical with the usual song  and dance on what will be in north Minneapolis after the  new MPS headquarters is complete.

At Tuesday’s groundbreaking and beam-signing in Minneapolis, mayor R. T. Rybak talked his vision for  north Minneapolis  when the new MPS district headquarters is completed. (Who cares – can’t wait til 2013, Obama ain’t hiring Rybak.)

Rybak’s rhetoric included how great it will be when 1000 people coming to work on West Broadway are able to take part in the local restaurants and walking to Cub Foods for groceries.

This is much like the rhetoric spewed at the grand opening of Aldi’s on Lorwy and Penn Avenues North in 2008 when the mayor said, “Other parts of the city will have to wait. My focus is on north Minneapolis.” It’s evident the only focus on north Minneapolis are those that benefit the city excluding the current residents – especially those of color.

It never ceases to amaze me that the fine citizens of Minneapolis haven’t seen right through this pompous former Star Tribune employee.

My question to R.T. and his DFL political plantation is, “What happens during the construction phase of projects like the new MPS district headquarters? How come no talk of jobs, contract compliance or economic development for the north side?” Could the mayor be overlooking some very important events in an effort to downplay his inability to perform on behalf of a race of people?

The truth hurts , to people like Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak and the DFL political plantation hacks truth is never an option.

Let’s help R.T. get the facts straight.

A large majority of the Minneapolis Public Schools employee base and people that work on the north Minneapolis “WesBro” strip don’t live in north Minneapolis and after working hours, spread like coach roaches to other areas of the city and suburbs. If mayor Rybak was truly concerned about building commerce in north Minneapolis, he would have lobbied to make the blighted community a Fair Tax Zone.

The Minneapolis Public Schools is a $700 million dollar organization that is primarily run by White men. Don’t be fooled by Superintendent Johnson’s position, she’s just a buffer between three White males with the ability to not answer questions and move with the own agenda. (More on those folks later.)

President Obama to Dr. Childs: We need to get Information to the Community

ON POINT! Saturday’s a 4 p.m.

Join us Saturday for an amazing program!

by IBNN NEWSBlogTalkRadio’s ON POINT!

North Minneapolis businessman Dr. Timothy Childs has just returned from a trip to Washington, DC that included a dinner for him and his wife with President Obama. (Read more here)

Dr. Childs told IBNN NEWS in an exclusive interview that President Obama and his staff want to make sure that the broader community is receiving valuable information about programs in education, economic development ad health care.

Dr. Childs told IBNN NEWS, “This was an eye-opening experience. The president is truly concerned about things like the achievement gap. He has given me a mission to address disparities and report back on our progress.”

Dr. Childs is a  north Minneapolis businessman who operates a technology firm and a education foundation that assists inner city kids reach their goals and potential. The TCL Education Foundations president Ms. Yolanda Friday is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

Dr. Childs will be joining co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 4 p.m. to talk about his trip to Washington, DC and what means to the community in the Twin Cities.

“Tune in Saturday at 4 p.m. – it’s no laughing matter…”

Also on Saturday’s show, we will look at the recent hiring trend that have excluded Black youth in favor of adults from the Hispanic-Latino community.

Join co-host Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on Saturday,  as we bust down the color barrier and explained what happened in White America that turned a simple after school job into a competitive position for Hispanic-Latino adult workers.

First of all, IBNN NEWS and it’s affiliates admire, respect and support Minnesota’s Hispanic-Latino population.

Saturday ON POINT! we will discuss what happen to areas like Lake Street, Broadway Avenue, University Avenue (St. Paul) as it relations to the influx of Hispanic-Latino workers and why in 2011 it’s hard to find a Black youth with a full time summer job at a fast food restaurant.

The trick of White supremacy in the 21st century is to create a Black-Brown conflict and get us to blame each other.

We will also discuss the Minneapolis Public Schools; the Northwest Area Foundation; The City, Inc and other local current events.

To tune in on Saturday at 4 p.m. (CST), click here or go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onpointmn/2011/04/23/president-obama-to-dr-childs-informaton-to-the-community

This is a LIVE 90-minute call-in program. We welcome callers to join the conversation at 877-572-4288.

President Obama to Dr. Childs: We need to get the Information to the Community. Join ON POINT Saturday for an exclusive interview with Dr. Timothy Childs and more…

"BlogTalkRadio's ON POINT welcomes Dr. Timothy Childs, Ph. D."

 

LIVE 90-minute radio program with co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen challenges the status quo of the Twin Cities while talking about heinous disparities that have made Minnesota one of the “Worst in the Nation” as it pertains to education, economic development and a fair playing field for people of color.

by IBNN NEWS – BlogTalkRadio’s ON POINT!

North Minneapolis businessman Dr. Timothy Childs has just returned from a trip to Washington, DC that included a dinner for him and his wife with President Obama. (Read more here)

Dr. Childs told IBNN NEWS in an exclusive interview that President Obama and his staff want to make sure that the broader community is receiving valuable information about programs in education, economic development ad health care.

Dr. Childs told IBNN NEWS, “This was an eye-opening experience. The president is truly concerned about things like the achievement gap. He has given me a mission to address disparities and report back on our progress.”

Dr. Childs is a  north Minneapolis businessman who operates a technology firm and a education foundation that assists inner city kids reach their goals and potential. The TCL Education Foundations president Ms. Yolanda Friday is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

Dr. Childs will be joining co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 4 p.m. to talk about his trip to Washington, DC and what means to the community in the Twin Cities.

"Tune in Saturday at 4 p.m. - it's no laughing matter..."

Also on Saturday’s show, we will look at the recent hiring trend that have excluded Black youth in favor of adults from the Hispanic-Latino community.

Join co-host Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on Saturday,  as we bust down the color barrier and explained what happened in White America that turned a simple after school job into a competitive position for Hispanic-Latino adult workers.

First of all, IBNN NEWS and it’s affiliates admire, respect and support Minnesota’s Hispanic-Latino population.

Saturday ON POINT! we will discuss what happen to areas like Lake Street, Broadway Avenue, University Avenue (St. Paul) as it relations to the influx of Hispanic-Latino workers and why in 2011 it’s hard to find a Black youth with a full time summer job at a fast food restaurant.

The trick of White supremacy in the 21st century is to create a Black-Brown conflict and get us to blame each other.

We will also discuss the Minneapolis Public Schools; the Northwest Area Foundation; The City, Inc and other local current events.

To tune in on Saturday at 4 p.m. (CST), click here or go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onpointmn/2011/04/23/president-obama-to-dr-childs-informaton-to-the-community

This is a LIVE 90-minute call-in program. We welcome callers to join the conversation at 877-572-4288.

Bad Minneapolis: More than 60 Black Youth in North Minneapolis apply for 16 jobs at McDonald’s

Where are the programs Mayor? What looks pretty on paper obvious is not working. Citizens must look to Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis Public Schools for this chaotic turnout of Black unemployed youth in north Minneapolis. This heinous employment violence against poor Blacks in Minneapolis is summed up best by poet and author Toni Morrison who said, “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.” This was a great promotion by McDonald’s to get Black youth around the USA to spend a buck or two – nothing more.

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

"Without a proper curriculum in the Minneapolis Public Schools, order reciepts could look like this!

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 19, 2011)…The McDonald’s fast food restaurant on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 44th was  full of Black youth looking for work. The fast food giant held their first national hiring day (4/19) to fill 50,000 jobs at its restaurants nationwide.

In an article from USA Today, the company says it is making a concerted effort to add staff as its business improves and more of its restaurants stay open 24 hours a day.McDonald’s is hiring restaurant crew and management for full-time and part-time jobs. The company’s hiring goal translates to between three and four hires per restaurant.

Managers at the McDonald’s declined comments citing that the corporate office does not want them to do any interviews.

IBNN NEWS spoke to several young jobs seekers. Nate, a Black male 18 years old said, “I had to drop out of school and find a job. My family is just getting back on its feet after a long illness suffered by my grandmother.” Nate doesn’t know what his chances will be because he’s never run a cash register or had to cook. He just wants a job.

This is the sentiment of most of the young Blacks who some complained that adult Hispanic-Latinos have taken jobs away from them. Natasha – a 19 year old Black female told IBNN NEWS, “The managers (at McDonalds) are Hispanic-Latino. They usually hire their friends. Black people like me just starting out looking for that first summertime job don’t stand a chance, but I had to at least fill out a application.”

IBNN NEWS requested to speak with a district manager, it was declined.

The display across Minneapolis makes it even more evident that City officials and the Minneapolis Public Schools have hung children of color out to fend for themselves any way they can. No marketable skill sets, no futures.

Both Minneapolis Urban League, Minneapolis Public Schools continue seditious plots to sidestep Civil Rights, Equity and Accountability

"Dear White People - I personally would like to apologize for my Black brothers and sisters that are in charge of organizations your children attend. Only with your assistance can we change the direction of several multi-raced institutions which are headed down a path of no return."

1) The Minneapolis Urban League is holding their annual gala on May 18, 2011. Keynote speaker Roland Martin disrespected Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod on national television along with the NAACP. Contempt prior to investigation by Martin is no different of a format used by FOX News.

2) Don’t read it here, read it in the Star Tribune: “Editorial: A leadership void in Minneapolis schools.”

by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/ IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis

W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X must be spinning in their graves over the recent injustice by not only Black organizations and a $700 million dollar public educational institution that has denied, obstructed and flat out refused to provide relevant and accurate information on women and minority participation in the building of the new public school districts headquarters. To add fuel to the fire – the Achievement Gap in the Minneapolis Public Schools is one of the worse in the United States between Whites and children of color.

Racial injustice in Minneapolis seems to be okay regardless of the mainstream media featuring front page story’s that tell Minnesotans there’s something seriously wrong in the city and state.

The Minneapolis Urban League, created by a very gracious White man to assist middle-class Blacks with hopes they would be the driving force to create jobs and opportunity for the lower one-third in the United States as sunk to the dependence on government programs with a policy and attitude of ignoring a situation instead of assuming responsibility for managing or improving it.

Recently the Minneapolis Urban League lost another program that assisted residents in obtaining general assistance. Sources inside the Minneapolis Urban League tell IBNN NEWS is was a simple case of not getting the paperwork in on time.

In May, the MUL celebrates by putting on their annual gala, “The Gateway to Opportunity.” Opportunity has only one meaning, none of which the faltering agency has used in charging potential attendees $100.00 per ticket to see State Representatives Bobby Joe Champion (58B) and Jeff Hayden (61B) receive the “Trailblazer Award.”

The keynote speaker  for the gala is Roland Martin, who really didn’t come to the rescue of Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, but used her situation as a way to obtain more face time on CNN. Along with the NAACP with their contempt prior to investigation on comments taken out of context and posted by a right-wing blogger, my question is – where’s the public apology from both Martin and the NAACP?

It seems like the Minneapolis Urban League doesn’t care – or what’s rumored, Minneapolis Urban League president Scott Gray will front-off Roland Martin and ask him to apologize in public. Now, I’ll pay to see that!

Also important to note, the Minneapolis Urban League as seemed to throw away recognition for meaningful awards in favor of political positioning. In  the past awards like the Cecil E. Newman Humanitarian award, the Nellie Stone Johnson award and other meaningful recognitions were given to local “trailblazers” void of political positioning. Keeping tradition is not a priority for the MUL.

The Black community of the Twin Cities still awaits the arrival of an organization that will take a position on race, class and status to include Civil Rights. The Minneapolis Urban League fails in it’s attempt to create any semblance of a gateway to  opportunity – and the Minneapolis Public Schools; they’ve become front page news lately – and rightfully so!

Part 4 – Hypocrisy by Design: North High School redesign meeting skewed by MPS oversight

Really?

Enough is enough! Some community members refuse to drink the kool aid from the Minneapolis Public Schools. Like the Noble Charter School fiasco, there is no “community buy-in” with the new design of North High School, simple because there’s been no information distributed in an intentional way by the faulty leadership of the Minneapolis Public Schools. One thing to remember, “The same conciseness that created the problems in the Minneapolis Public Schools certainly cannot solve the problems.” Just ask the North High School group what happened to the 125 freshmen? Are we to forget about that too?

Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 15, 2011)…Today at the new district headquarters job site, a Native American iron worker confirmed the iron/steel being used for the new building comes from Canada and China.

In a “celebration” that seems premature, and a move that is nothing more than pomp & circumstance, a steel beam to be signed by political hacks and faulty district officials with community members who attend , (if they got the information in advance which is highly unlikely).

Without answers on women and minority compliance, school district and political players will celebrate the beginning of construction on the $36 million Minneapolis Public Schools Educational Service Center by signing this 30-foot long steel beam, which will be installed along the front of the building, facing West Broadway Avenue.

I got a beam you can sign – with some good ideas where you can put it.

On hand for this lustrous event will be:

Mayor R. T. Rybak, MPS Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, MPS School Board Chair Jill Davis, Council Member Don “Burn North High down” Samuels, State Senator Linda Higgins, State Representative Bobby Joe Champion and Tom Lander from Mortenson Development.

Still no information on women and minority goals – this is a misdirect from the Minneapolis Public Schools administration.

The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Dead End of Black Politics

Al Sharpton’s entrance into the 2004 Democratic presidential race is evidence of a decaying black political culture where ego trumps politics. It is the last gasp of a tradition that has been transformed over a generation from bold, effective and results-oriented politics to rhetoric and symbolis…read this book here.

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