Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels: Great seats at the Minnesota Twins ballpark…Can you direct me to the Ward 5 seats?
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/April 11, 2011)…This is it. Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels and Peace Foundation via Northside Achievement Zone’s Sondra Samuels, wife of the councilman are a privileged pair.
We get it.
Councilman Samuels has publicly stated that poor people are not his constituents. Ms. Samuels and the Northside Achievement Zone started a pilot program with local schools and somehow missed Minneapolis’ North High School.
It call comes together. Neither of the Samuels want to admit the obvious, some people just aren’t meant to be served by the duo.
Since the Target Field was built right in the backyard of north Minneapolis, no real effort is being made to have anybody a shade darker than khaki involved with Target Field.
The Pohlad’s – god bless their souls and pocketbooks, have not benefited the community in any way, shape or form. Then there’s the Pohlad Foundation – located in the same building with the Peace Foundation, Northside Achievement Zone, Northway Community Trust who’s mission seems to be a hostile take-over of funding streams in north Minneapolis.
Who made them god? The Samuels?
How many neighborhood kids were invited to see the Twins? How many businesses in Samuels ward get to be vendors inside of Target Field?
I guess Ward 5 Councilman Don Samuels has finally got his wish – to sit around the people that he wants for constituents.
Go Don! Go Sondra! Go Twins!
Go to hell!
Late Friday night, IBNN NEWS received what we call a directory of preexisting state and federal programs that most in the community have known about, but still today – even after the Governor’s economic summit in north Minneapolis don’t have any access to. Addressed to “Community Leaders,” the communities responsibility is to know find and identify those “leaders” for Governor Mark Dayton’s office. North Minneapolis stakeholders have watched millions of dollar sunk into programs, (The City, Inc, Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, StairStep Foundation, Minneapolis Urban League, African American Men Project, Minneapolis Parent Information Center, Impact Minnesota, Northway Community Trust, Peace Foundation), with no real change in the blighted area of north Minneapolis. This time around, things have to be different. A revolution must take place with simple clarity that states, “Poverty-Pimps, Hustlers and Clergy in north Minneapolis need not apply!”
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 10, 2011)…Governor Mark Dayton intentions were pure.
He came into north Minneapolis with the mission of listening to the community despite the attempted controlled take-over by state representative Bobby Joe Champion (58B) and a couple of local poverty-pimps who thought this would be a change to gain a celebratory status while receiving funds for some obscure program that would amount to nothing – kind of like the African American Men Project.
Negros (some White folks too) in Minneapolis are already trying to position themselves for dollars proposed from Gov. Mark Dayton. The many different programs Gov. Dayton included in his response are programs that Black Minnesotans have attempted to gain access to with repeat failure. Agencies like the Council on Black Minnesotans have been static for more than 20 years in information distribution around the state. The Black community suffers at the hand of no information.
At this point, its hard to point fingers – but I will say, it’s part of the two-Minnesota’s – one White, and one Black separate and unequal.
If the dollars flow to the same individuals, organizations or newly “propped” up organization headed by those same individuals there will be NO change.
It disgust me and baffles me that the same Black people (plantation Negros) are at the table and have not enacted any real sustainable change, nor have they moved out of the way and allowed new leadership at the table.
I would hope that Gov. Dayton would use this blog an alert to those who really don’t have the best interests of the Black community in hand.
It is imperative that the Governor stay away from the Headwaters/Northwest Area Foundations African American Leadership Summit. A group who think of themselves as ‘helpful Negros,” when in fact all they are is a group of self-serving, back patting plantation drones who are unwilling to address heinous disparities in the Black community in the name of their Blackness.
If there is to be Black leadership in the Twin Cities, more specifically north Minneapolis, the usual suspects can’t be at the table any longer. The Black community has sat back and watched millions of dollars go to agencies to solve poverty, create jobs, assist in educational goals and still today in 2011, Minneapolis is the “Worst in the Nation” in all of the previous mentioned categories.
The same conciseness that created the se problems, can’t be expected to solve them.
Read the stadium bill here – hold on to your belt buckles. Story in progress.
“What happened to $900,000.00+ in funding to The City, Inc – from the Minneapolis Public Schools FY 2010 & 2011?”
…A seven part series with information the Minneapolis Public Schools never knew IBNN NEWS had received.
After seeing Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Johnson walking out of UROC this week, after a meeting with The City, Inc’s (CLOSED) headmaster William “Bill” English, Randy Staten and MPS’s “good-guy” Scott Redd, it made me wonder, what kind of deals are being cut that made the group meet at UROC rather than 807 Broadway. IBNN will publish a seven part series with information that points to a school administration out of control. The looser: Children that attend the Minneapolis Public Schools.
By Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief of IBNN NEWS; Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/Exclusive Series/April 7, 2011)…The Minneapolis Public Schools administration has decided to start a battle they can’t win.
IBNN NEWS will release a seven part series to the general public which you will also agree that Sup. Johnson and Minneapolis School Board Chairperson Jill Davis must resign immediately. We can’t wait until local schools fail yearly average progress – again!
After several request for information sent to the districts Communication, General Counsel and the office of Assistant Superintendent Dan Loewenson (Since October 2010), a powder-puff package of information was picked up by IBNN NEWS…But it’s not what we asked for. Now we have to ask publicly.
Stay tuned here as IBNN and it’s affiliates with some help from the mainstream media dismantle the mess going on inside of 807 Broadway Avenue NE.
University of St. Thomas professor Nekima Levy-Pounds exclusive interview on BlogTalkRadio’s ON POINT!
Saturday’s program is dedicated to the memory of Mother Elizabeth Samuels (Mother Liz) who passed to glory last Saturday. BlogTalkRadio has updated the website and ON POINT! was not broadcast last week. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused. ON POINT! invites you to join us Saturday for a special 90-minute program featuring Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds.
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/ON POINT)…Professor Levy-Pounds gave one of the most hard hitting and accurate descriptions of the Twin Cities at the Economic Summit in north Minneapolis with Minnesota governor Mark Dayton on March 30, 2011.
She described the two Minnesota’s: “One White, and one Black.” Ron and Don have invited the Professor to ON POINT! to go into detail about her presentation with recommendations on how to change what the White mainstream media calls, “The Worst in the Nation” as it pertains to the White/Black joblessness disparity.
Join co-hosts Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen this Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 4 p.m. (CST) for one of the most talked about radio programs in the Twin Cities – ON POINT!
This weeks program will feature conversations about current events across the nation with special insight on challenges that have to be addressed not only in the Black community, but also in mainstream America.
ON POINT! takes a look at the Minneapolis Urban League; the African American Leadership Alliance (MN); and other important issues in the Twin Cities. We will also look at the Minneapolis Public Schools and review a 2008 plan to assist students in achieving success that has not worked.
On Saturday, we will also see if Gov. Mark Dayton has delivered his answers on recommendations from the Economic Summit held in March.
Tune in Saturday at 4 p.m. for the best news and information coverage in the Twin Cities diverse community. This is a live 90-minute call-in radio program. If you would like to comment or ask a question, please dial our toll-free number at 877-572-4288.
We look forward to hearing from you.
About Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds
University of St. Thomas law Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is the director of the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award-winning civil rights legal clinic. The CJP is a part of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. Levy-Pounds teaches and supervises law students as they use the law as a tool to advance the cause of social justice in poor communities of color through problem-solving, legal research and writing, community engagement and legislative advocacy. Levy-Pounds’ goal in founding the CJP was to take a more holistic approach to addressing complex issues affecting the poor and working poor.
African-American Leadership Forum: Steering Committee does not represent the Black community, but cheers themselves
The type of Black people who maintain they are the ‘”spokespersons” or “leaders” needs to be replaced immediately. After the White mainstream media (Star Tribune) and a White global research firm (NERA), has released information that Minneapolis is the “Worst in the Nation” for disparities ranging from joblessness to education – the African American Leadership Forum’s Steering committee has crash into a brick wall. Still today (2011), no plan of action; no public results and definably an exclusionary group of people that for the most part have never run a shoe-shine stand.
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS Exclusive Report/April 6, 2011)…Another social gathering took place this morning with a few Negros that have a severe case of southern stratification. Can we expect Northwest Area Foundation’s Gary Cunningham to fight for Civil Rights? Or do we have a water-downed version of Negros who’s only fight is to please their plantation masters?
This morning (8:00 a.m.), at the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center in north Minneapolis, the African-American Leadership Forum steering committee held a meeting to discuss something the community will never know about.
The meeting was attended by some notables-unknowns like Northwest Area Foundation’s Gary Cunningham; StairStep Foundation’s
Alfred Babington-Johnson; Northside Achievement Zone or Peace Foundations Andre Dukes; Headwaters Foundation Trista Harris and Dr. H. Yvonne Cheek.
Dr. Cheek told me that I could not attend the meeting because it was the “steering” committee. She said, “We didn’t invite the universe.”
The problem with the African-American Leadership Forum and this particular group of Negroes is: They are on the perimeter in the Black community in Minneapolis. They would never concern themselves with issues facing the Black community nor do they care to hear about ongoing struggles with poor Black people. Again, most of these folks don’t even live in Minneapolis.
Civil rights; state and local contract compliance; police killings of Black men; corruption in the DFL political plantation: This group stays very far away from these very important issues – it pleases their “overseers.”
One other point that needs to be made: Most of the participants at this mornings meeting work in the non-profit sector – their goals is not to solve poverty, but to continue funding for salaries.
I had a conversations with Headwaters executive director Trista Harris. I asked her, “What happened to all of the resumes and cover letters sent to the Headwaters Foundation by Black community members that were interested in being appointed to Governor Mark Dayton’s cabinet? Her reply was a simple one, “We submitted all if the information to Mark Dayton’s website.” My response would then is, “How come interested community members couldn’t do the same thing?”
In this meeting, sat a group of people which some of them blown an estimated $40 million dollars (a conservative estimate), in the last 20 years – in the name of Jesus Christ and Poor People – with no results.
The African-American Leadership Forum steering committee is nothing more than a social positioning piece.
Real Black folks with a real Black conciseness are not allowed.
Across the United States children of color are reported missing everyday. The attention to a White child in peril trumps the attention for a child of color. It is important that community members keep close watch on our children – no one else will.
Posted by IBNN NEWS/Public Service Announcement – Advisory Message has been issued by the St. Anthony Police Department.
Minneapolis, MN (Source: St. Anthony Police Department/March 4, 2011)… Since March 28th, there have been two suspicious incidents which are consistent with the attempted luring of juvenile females. These incidents have occurred in Minnetonka and Brooklyn Center. The male suspect asks the young girls if they want candy, and throws candy in their direction. The suspect and vehicle description is consistent in both incidents:
Suspect: Older white male, gray hair, unshaven and has a pointy nose
Vehicle: Larger white cargo/passenger van. No logos or identifiers on the sides.
With the warmer weather, more children are outside playing. Please discuss these incidents with your children, and reinforce with them the importance of reporting back to you, anytime a stranger offers to give them something, attempts to lure them closer to their vehicle or asks them to go with them.
As always, dial “911” whenever you observe any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
After north Minneapolis Economic Summit, all eyes must turn to Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak (with the top IBNN VIDEO of 2009)
In 2008 at the grand opening of Aldi’s on Penn and Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak took the microphone and told the crowd he was dedicated to north Minneapolis, and other neighborhoods across the city would have to wait. The mayor said his focus was on north Minneapolis. By the way, can we get an update on “SHRED-GATE 2011?”
(Video filmed October 22, 2009 at the KMOJ-FM ribbon cutting ceremony. “Al Flowers vs Mayor R. T.” – pay close attention to the signs behind mayor Rybak.)
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 4, 2011)…It’s April 2011. Not much has changed in north Minneapolis since mayor R.T. Rybak has been in charge of the political plantation that has seen some of the worse disparities in the United States.
Under Mayor Rybak’s leadership we have seen a Civil Rights department crumble to the point of nothing. A police department that has tased, beaten and killed people of color with no penalty. A report by a world renowned research firm (N.E.R.A.) that tells the city it has a huge challenge when dealing with people of color and city contracts.
To add fuel to the fire, R.T.’s old stomping grounds, the Star Tribune issues a mid-bending story that Minneapolis is the “Worst in the Nation” as it pertains to the White/ Black jobless gap.
Education? We want to keep R.T. and the Minneapolis City Council far away as we can from even attempting to reform the public schools.
Crime? According to the US News & World Report, Minneapolis is one of the 11 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States – no wonder Minneapolis didn’t get the Democratic Convention. What looks good on paper is only as good as the people who wrote it. In this case, presenters were out of touch, out of mind and out of pocket.
It hasn’t been a great decade for the City of Minneapolis.
The citizens of Minneapolis must start now to find a replacement to govern our great city.
It’s obvious the focus on north Minneapolis’ by mayor R.T. Rybak is to make sure poverty remains a distraction and the poor remain poor. Local developers and CPED get a free ticket to ride.
Thor Constructions Mr. Ravi Norman on the construction business, process and goals – “Hey MnDOT, did you hear him?”
This blog as often said, the folks at Minnesota’s Department of Transportation and the City of Minneapolis’ Department of Civil Rights Contract Compliance Unit don’t know civil rights, contract compliance or how to get on track after more than 3 decades of non-compliance. Some say state agencies like MnDOT are to deep into the pockets of national prime contractors they could never “pull out,” let alone enforce compliance on Minnesota’s roads, highways and bridges. We’ve heard it before from MnDOT personnel, “We can’t force primes to hire women/minority contractors – we might get sued.” Logic says, “If that’s the case, then you START with a minority prime contractor and let the challenge be solved from the bottom up. ” DUH, it’s called de-bundling construction contracts, and making project tasks – which is nothing more than a keystroke on a computer.
- Non-profit, social service agencies – take a seat in the back row…this is business.
(Video by IBNN NEWS, filmed on March 30, 2011 at the Economic Summit in north Minneapolis.)
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/April 4, 2011)…I was introduced to Ravi Norman in 2009 at the Minneapolis Economic Development Associations Gala. (More on MEDA coming soon.) Congressman Keith Ellison introduced Mr. Norman as, “This is the smartest man I know, Ravi Norman.” Coming from the congressman didn’t hold much water with me because of our different views on politics, people and process – but after Wednesday’s economic summit in north Minneapolis, Ravi is truly one of the “smartest Black men” I know in business, based in the Twin Cities.
Mr. Norman’s Powerpoint presentation was to the point, factual, and picked up on huge disparities in the communities of color as it pertains to contract compliance both from the state and city levels. Mr Norman proclaimed, “When Thor is the prime contractor on a job site goals and compliance are met!” In other-words, Thor Construction is in the business of business.
It troubles me that one of the top 3 Black-owned, Black-operated construction firms in the United States is not the prime contractor on the Minneapolis Public Schools $40 million new district headquarters. But yet reports received from the general contractor on that project, it seems Thor Construction is playing a role – what that role is has not been defined (See Mortenson/Thor Construction report on compliance – hold your breath).
This is where the rubber meets the road. Non-profit social-service agencies are not in the business of doing business – with the exception of Summit Academy OIC. If you dispute that, call the StairStep Foundation and ask them what happen to a variety of businesses and an estimated $30 million dollars. (You remember: Tires Plus, Dairy Queen, Burger King and the food processing plant that went under.)
Mr. Ravi Norman’s presentation at the economic summit with Gov. Mark Dayton should of been a wake up call for not only MnDOT and the city of Minneapolis, but every social service agency who relies on government funding as a wage & salary welfare program while people in the community starve and become homeless under an inept leadership process in the name of Jesus Christ and poor people.
People of color in north Minneapolis are sick of “Zeros.”
Only those who understand business, process and communication can affect change on a blighted area like north Minneapolis. Until then, non-profit social service agencies need to take a back seat.
Ravi Norman is the Chief Executive Officer of Thor Construction. Thor’s mission statement is, “Leaving a legacy in the construction industry through the promise and passion of our people to the customers and communities we serve.”
Founded in 1980, THOR Construction has grown to a Nationally recognized organization built on a foundation of hard work and dedication specializing in General Contracting, Construction Management, Design-Build, Consulting and Concrete.
Through many economic ups and downs, THOR Construction, Inc. has continued to prosper. Our honesty, integrity, and upfront approach have allowed us to become who we are today and will guide us into the future.
At THOR Construction we believe in sharing our opportunities with everyone. We strive to be remembered in the communities in which we work for capturing the feel of the community and complimenting it with our solid work performance. At THOR, we are helping to build a better tomorrow, making us a world-class organization today.
“Have you ever taken in the downtown Minneapolis nightlife and enjoyed some of the fine dining and night clubs in our great Shangri-La? Rather than being worried about the club goers, worry about your walk to the car and the likelihood of being called an animal or even maced (accidentally or on purpose) by one of Minneapolis’ finest.”
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/April 2, 2011)…You can see the excitement in the streets on First Avenue North and on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Club goers having fun ready to head home after a night of dining and dancing.
Some of those folks become targets of Minneapolis’ finest.
On March 15, 2011 – with little to no mainstream news coverage, the Ways & Means/Budget Committee of the Minneapolis City Council approved payment of a jury verdict and legal fees in the amount of $21,000 to the victim and $275,490.00 to the representing law firm.
This doesn’t come as a shock to many who for years have complained the Minneapolis Police Department need to lighten up on patrons of downtown Minneapolis bars, restaurants and night clubs. People of color seem to always get the short end of the stick.
Understanding that public intoxication is not pretty and there are times that police are needed to disperse crowds of potentially “excitable” people – there usually isn’t a need for the name calling and excessive force used by law personnel.
A female club goer brought suit against Minneapolis Police officer D. Willis, claiming excessive force. (There’s a lot of these type of cases still sitting in the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights – probably shredded by now).
The story goes, shortly after 2:00 a.m. on December 8, 2008 the young woman was standing outside of a night spot on First Avenue North when she was struck in the face. She sustained a small laceration to her right cheek that required stitches and was transported to HCMC.
The woman claimed that Officer Willis punched her in the face as he was moving the crowd along. Of course, the officer denied the allegation – but the jury had the final say.
Unlike the Dominic Felder case, city attorney Susan Segal let this one ride out without event a whisper of an appeal.
Next time you’re in downtown Minneapolis – keep your eyes open and watch your back. It probably won’t be a robber who assaults you.