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Economic Summit in North Minneapolis: Representative Bob Gunther Chairman of Jobs and Economic Development Finance not invited. Is it because he’s a Republican? (Send in the Clowns Part 3.0 on Steroids)

A meeting was held today (3/22 @ 11 a.m.) at New Salem Baptist Church in north Minneapolis as part of the planning committee for Governor Mark Dayton’s economic summit in north Minneapolis on March 30th from 3:30-5 p.m. (read more here).  Sources tell IBNN that State Representative Bobby Joe Champion has high-jacked the forum and wants to control the information to the governor. One thing Rep. Champion doesn’t understand, Governor Dayton and many more read this blog.

"Two of these things belong together. One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you guess which one?"

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

North Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/March 22, 2011)…Representative Bob Gunther (R) District: 24A form Fairmont, Minnesota is in his 9th term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Today IBNN NEWS called his office to see if Rep. Gunther was extended an invitation to this very important Economic Summit in north Minneapolis.

It turns out, from talking to Rep. Gunther’s administrative assistant, the Republican does not have this event on his calendar, which leads us to believe he was never extended an invite. The pettiness of the DFL elected Black politicians has led to what most are calling a train wreck in community by in.

While the north Minneapolis braces for what is expected to be a dead-end conversation with the community under the marque of an “Economic Summit,” local stakeholders have let it be known there is no “buy-in” because elected political “organizers” have not listened to the needs of the many.

With the exclusion of the Republican representative brings in to play the lack of non-partisan politics in north Minneapolis. There is a plan underway now to have the Republican arm of the Minnesota House of Representative to hold an informational forum in north Minneapolis – the topic, Economic Development, Light Rail Transit, Jobs and opportunities. Furthermore, it’s clear the community needs to hear something other than rhetoric from Champion and Hayden.

It was important for State Representatives Bobby Joe Champion (58B) and Jeff Hayden (61B) to reach out to Rep. Gunther simple because of his appointment as the chairman of Jobs and Economic Development Finance State Government Finance Ways and Means Committee.  Residents in north Minneapolis have polled that economic development and finance are very important issues in a community that has been abandoned by elected, Black celebrity politicians, or event planners – which ever you prefer.

This heinous oversight by the dynamic duo of community organizing has left a wide gap in accurate information being supplied to the community by a DFL political plantation that feeds of keeping poop people poor in support of social service funding that has led to a dead end.

“There are those in the community who understand we don’t have to go through Rep. Champion or Rep. Hayden to talk with Governor Dayton.”

Every event the duo puts on is an absolute failure. What makes this Economic Summit any different? Why would the community want to here that the Republicans would cut funding for programs? Why don’t Champion and Hayden explain why they sat on their butt when the DFL was in control of the state legislature?

Furthermore, you’re not fooling anyone – when was the last time the Star Tribune or the Pioneer Press called either Champion or Hayden for a comment on an issue?

If the mainstream media can spot “rookies,” what makes these guys think the community is so stupid?

Even more important, rather than talking about issues, why aren’t these to writing laws that positively affect the poor, unemployed and homeless in their respective districts? Something’s got to give.

With all due respect to Governor Mark Dayton, this blog supports your efforts as governor, but questions the motivation behind the state representatives to hold a forum at UROC with self-serving, community invisible, non-contributing people that use highly offensive terms that deliberately insult the communities value and importance by a lack of cordial and diplomatic relationship.

Mr. Dayton, I wouldn’t be mad at you if you bailed out now – run, get away from this dog and pony show.

The community will still support you for standing up against absurdity.

SLAVEGATE 2011: Minneapolis Public Schools Equity and Diversity Department in regards to Women/Minority Participation – IBNN NEWS Exclusive Report (Part 2)

“Do Black men really got to work for free in north Minneapolis?” ~SLAVEGATE 2011.

IBNN NEWS has received several telephone communications about the conditions of housing for men participating in the program Network for Better Futures. IBNN has obtained video footage of roaches, mice and bedbugs infesting housing of these men, who in our view deserve a second change, but have been involved in what we call a “second prance.” IBNN attests that dollars for salvage were apart of the original contract agreement but not paid to NBF workers. No word yet on the 40% role that Legacy Construction is playing on the new district headquarters project. A whole lot more to come. IBNN NEWS will not stop until the alleged corruption is surfaced.

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

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/Exclusive Report)…In IBNN’s Part 1 of SLAVEGATE 2011, we reported that men from the north Minneapolis non-profit organization Network for Better Futures worked a total of 728 hours on the new Minneapolis Public Schools District Headquarters for no pay from the district or Mortenson Construction. (See the videos and read the full story here.)

Community activist and political figure Mr. Troy Parker delivered a list of questions to the Minneapolis Public Schools “Equity and Diversity” department in regards to minority and women participation on the new education service center being built at 1200 West Broadway Avenue North in Minneapolis. (See the report from Mortenson/Thor here)

This also comes on the heels of a press release being put out by the Minneapolis Public Schools citing, “Diverse business partners goal exceeded by 20 percent for new MPS Educational Service Center.”  (Read the press release here.)

Clearly, based on the questions asked by Mr. Parker, the notion of goals being exceeded by 20% on the Education Service Center is nothing more than public relations rhetoric and falsehood crafted by the Equity and Diversity department without a thorough examination of the facts.  IBNN alleges the ESC project could be a violation of federal law. Mortenson cannot use non-compensated, non-profit organization workers in their participation numbers as told to the ESC Oversight Committee in December 2010 by the Saint Paul Human Rights Director Luz María Frías, who also sits on the ESC Oversight Committee. (Read, “Greens, Cornbread and Fried Chicken: Who’s cooking the numbers on participation on the new District Headquarters? Part 1 IBNN NEWS Exclusive Report)

“One thing to note, no residents or community stakeholders from north Minneapolis sits on the ESC Oversight Committee.  Truly an oversight?”


“Can we get a confirmation that Steel MADE IN AMERICA is being used?”

No answers about where the steel being used on the new Education Service Center is being shipped in from, but as we expected answers are hard to come by.

Below are the questions that Mr. Troy Parker sent to the Minneapolis Public Schools to gain clarity about the participation of minorities and women on the new headquarters project.

Please note the switch and bait of the Equity and Diversity department not answering questions in their entirety.

Unedited: (IBNN comments in red.)

New Education Service Center Minority/Women Participation Questions and Answers from Troy Parker

1.    Did the work by Network for Better Futures ents/participants come as a result of a contract with the Network for Better Futures or were the individuals hired directly?

The work with Network for Better Futures (“NBF”) was arranged between NBF and Mortenson Construction.  No monetary contract for payment was entered between NBF and Mortenson.  Instead in exchange for providing demolition and removal services, NBF was permitted to keep all salvaged materials. Indentured Servitude in north Minneapolis. What was salvaged; How much money was made from garbage taken out of the Broadway School site? No answers provided by officials involved.

2.    What were the contracted dollar amounts, if any?

See response to question number 1.  There were no contracted dollar amounts.But yet, the original bid includes salvage attached to a dollar amount. Why didn’t the Network for Better Futures participants receive payment with money on the table for the work? Secondly, where is the money?

3.    What wage rate did the workers receive?

See response to question number 2.  NBF workers did not receive any wages from Mortenson.  We are not aware if NBF paid any wages directly to workers.

4.    Was this awarded by RFP or not?

There was not an RFP issued for this work.  This work is also not counted in community participation goals. Per the Saint Paul Human Rights Director Luz María Frías in December’s ESC Oversight Committee meeting, “You cannot use a non-profit program in workforce numbers or gaols.”

5.    We were informed that this construction program is voluntary for Mortenson/Legacy, so what are the actual contract stipulations?

The contract requirements for this project are: (Lifted right off the contract, with no thought put into the answers)

WMBE Contracting
MPS, Mortenson, Thor and Legacy are committed to providing 25% of the project to Minority and Women Owned businesses with the breakdown of 15% minority owned business and 10% women owned business.

Workforce Diversity
MPS, Mortenson, Thor and Legacy are committed to maximizing the employment opportunities for women and minorities on this project.  The goals are: 25% minority and 5% women expressed as a percentage of the total work hours of the project. IBNN NEWS and its affiliates have sent a request for information to the MPS to review the contract between Mortenson/Thor/Legacy and to see how much money was allocated for demolition, salvage and clean-up. No contracts have been provided to the ESC Oversight Committee or community members Y-T-D.
6.    Should not Legacy and Thor update the committee at every meeting on their contracted portion of the project?

Legacy and Thor will not separately update the Oversight Committee at each meeting.  Legacy is a ____% partner with Mortenson on the development portion of the project and Thor is a  ____% partner with Thor on the construction portion of the project.  (Lynn please fill in the blanks) The MPS Diversity and Equity Department and Mortenson Construction failed to fill in the percentages, which we allege will show a “cooking of the numbers. The reports given by the Equity and Diversity department are superficial at best and have never offered a complete diagnostic of current goals; goals reached and lists of participants to support verbal statements.

7.    If mechanical and electrical contractors claims are that they reached 36% W/MBE participation, what percentage of the 36% is for supplies/materials only and what percentage includes installation?  **** Note: and please also include dollar amounts for each percentage referenced.***

The mechanical and electrical contractor percentage of minority and women owned business participation is 40% year to date.  The percentage of work is not separated by supplies/materials and installation. No documentation has been provided by the MPS or Mortenson to confirm this statement.

8.    Why are we not enforcing skilled workforce participation?  These are the skills that are transferable from one project to another.  These funds should be an investment in our community, and allowing the opportunity for our community to receive skilled training is a real investment.  Unskilled labor is hard to place in future employment.

Skilled and unskilled worker participation has been combined in order to provide better opportunities for both skilled and unskilled workers.  For those positions and services where skilled workers are needed but not available, companies needing those skilled workers will not be able to rely upon this lack of availability as an excuse for not meeting participation goals.  Instead, they will be required to act creatively and fulfill participation goals with unskilled positions when necessary. This will not work, another smoke-screen.

9.    We have offered to assist Ms. Littlejohn, Mortenson and any others with their participation efforts and was informed by Ms. Littlejohn that they had all the participation required.  Therefore, we are now asking MPS, will you stand firm on all inclusions goals regular or stretch considering that Ms. Littlejohn is refusing community assistance to this point.

To our knowledge, Mortenson and Ms. Littlejohn have not refused community assistance in meeting community participation goals.  In fact the opposite has been true.  Mortenson has engaged various community organizations and minority and women owned business associations in order to increase opportunities for women and minority businesses.  MPS will hold Mortenson, Thor and Legacy accountable for all community participation goals. Mortenson Construction has rejected community outreach assistance on more than two occasions.

10.    Are any of the Committee Members, North Minneapolis residents?  If not, why did MPS Board Members allow a Committee to be established without a North Minneapolis resident, especially when the goal of the project was to support, enhance and include North Minneapolis?

To our knowledge none of the Oversight Committee members live in North Minneapolis.  Members of the committee were selected based upon their knowledge and experience in helping their respective organizations establish and attain community participation goals on various projects.  In addition, one member of the committee is the faith leader of a northside Minneapolis church whose congregation will play an integral part in the development of partnerships and relationships in the community for MPS.  Lastly, Council member Don Samuels selected a member of the northside business community to participate on the Oversight Committee.  So although no resident of the northside community is on the committee, the committee does reflect the interest of northside organizations and businesses and will provide invaluable oversight for MPS and the community.

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Until the correct and complete information is provided, IBNN NEWS will continue to investigate the heinous use of Black men for slave labor in north Minneapolis.
SLAVEGATE 2011 continues…

Why bombing Libya is a bad choice: Education dollars hard at War

Gaddafi says... "To our son, his excellency, Mr Barack Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed."

We have an embarrassingly high drop-out rate in this country, scores of high school graduates who cannot complete their first year of college, and an antiquated curriculum designed to teach our children how to work assembly lines in factories that no longer exist, yet we are again engaged in “regime change.”  Well at least the missiles are functional.

By Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS – Editorial Opinion

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/Editorial/March 21, 2011)…If you are like most people, the talk around the water cooler this week will focus on one issue:  the bombing of Libya.

Some say the military attack on Libya is a triumph of the Bush Doctrine.  And critics have argued that while our current Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning president has purported to represent a major change in our foreign policy, Obama is just following in Bush’s footsteps.  As Vice President Cheney said in 2003: “If there is anyone who doubts the seriousness of the Bush Doctrine, I would urge that person to consider the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.”

Cheney would surely argue that the Bush/ [Obama]Doctrine has put Gaddafi’s head on the chopping block as well.  I say, well, not so fast.   Gaddafi will not roll over without a fight, and this fight could end up being played out in America’s back yard.

Even more importantly, this latest military action is another waste of US taxpayer dollars. A single Tomahawk Missile costs nearly $570,000.

Just a few times the average teacher’s yearly salary.

Our $300 million dollar (as of 3-19-11) excursion into Libya could disrupt the funding stream for education at all levels. While I am a patriot who believes that American military action can be force for good, I wonder where the money to launch attacks on Africa is coming from during our current economic crisis.  While local school districts cannot get the funding they need to give our children a high-quality education,  it seems that America always has a budget to invade, attack and bomb another country.

The achievement gap and institutional racism seem to be on the very bottom of our list of national priorities. But addressing them would help solve some of the most important challenges we face as a country, in this country.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a ready-made budget to attack the achievement gap with no limits?

Why bombing Libya is a bad choice: Education dollars hard at War

We have an embarrassingly high drop-out rate in this country, scores of high school graduates who cannot complete their first year of college, and an antiquated curriculum designed to teach our children how to work assembly lines in factories that no longer exist, yet we are again engaged in “regime change.” Well at least the missiles are functional. 

By Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief, The Independent Business News Network (IBNN NEWS)

Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/Editorial/March 20, 2011)…If you are like most people, the talk around the water cooler this week will focus on one issue: the bombing of Libya.

Some say the military attack on Libya is a triumph of the Bush Doctrine. And critics have argued that while our current Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning president has purported to represent a major change in our foreign policy, Obama is just following in Bush’s footsteps. As Vice President Cheney said in 2003: “If there is anyone who doubts the seriousness of the Bush Doctrine, I would urge that person to consider the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.”

Cheney would surely argue that the Bush/ [Obama]Doctrine has put Gaddafi’s head on the chopping block as well. I say, well, not so fast. Gaddafi will not roll over without a fight, and this fight could end up being played out in America’s back yard.

Even more importantly, this latest military action is another waste of US taxpayer dollars. A single Tomahawk Missile costs nearly $570,000.

Just a few times the average teacher’s yearly salary.

Our $300 million dollar (as of 3-19-11) excursion into Libya could disrupt the funding stream for education at all levels. While I am a patriot who believes that American military action can be force for good, I wonder where the money to launch attacks on Africa is coming from during our current economic crisis. While local school districts cannot get the funding they need to give our children a high-quality education, it seems that America always has a budget to invade, attack and bomb another country.

The achievement gap and institutional racism seem to be on the very bottom of our list of national priorities. But addressing them would help solve some of the most important challenges we face as a country, in this country.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a ready-made budget to attack the achievement gap with no limits?

IBNNNEWS is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America, and is Stringer for Allvoices

Are Black Leaders Brainwashed?

"I saw it on television, it has to be true."

By: Tom Burrell | from THE ROOT

The debacle surrounding the virtual lynching of black agriculture official Shirley Sherrod has left everyone involved scrambling for cover. President Obama, while not directly linked to the premature decision to fire Sherrod, called her Thursday to apologize. Video provocateur Andrew Breitbart has insisted he was not after Sherrod but after the NAACP. Fox News’ Glenn Beck displayed a time line on his show to argue he only covered the story after Sherrod was shown to have been unfairly dismissed.

Read the full story here.

North High School: New Principal Announced

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

Before we go forward, let’s look at what’s been said…

Today – New Principal announced:

"Oh well."

Northway Community Trust – Wesley Walker: “What happened to the $50,000?”

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

"Rep. Bobby Joe Champion can't cover your ass forever."

North Minneapolis (IBNN NEWS/March 18, 2011)…For three years – (since 2008), Northway Community Trust has not spoken publicly on what happened to more than $50,000.00 given to a firm in Chicago to have a survey on what businesses can survive on Broadway Avenue North. You might ask, “Why would Northway Community Trust contract with a firm from Chicago?” Only Mr. Walker can answer that.

Hey – you don’t have to beleive me to realize something is very wrong here. Read the Star Tribunes story titled, “A 10-year lesson in how not to spend $200 million.” Yes – something is funky in north Minneapolis.

The local community already knows what can survive on Broadway Avenue: Liquor Stores; Hair Salons; Barber Shops; Fast Food Franchises; Gas Stations; Drug Dealers and Non-Profits at 1200 Broadway Avenue North.

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – the question was posed to Northway Community Trust executive director Wesley Walker, who seemed shocked and sat on a panel with his mouth open – but still, no answers.

IBNN NEWS will offer Mr. Walker, his board of directors the opportunity to respond to the question.

Impact Minnesota – No board, no direction, and so where’s the voter information? (VIDEO BLOG – YOU MAKE THE CALL)

Videos by IBNN NEWS

A meeting was held last night at the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center in north Minneapolis. Emotions ran high as State Representative Bobby Joe Champion (58B), James Trice, Wesley Walker talked public policy, but walked total hypocrisy.

No More Forums About a Black Agenda

"Just look at who's trying to run the Black Agenda - it's not Black Folks!"

Talking about racism or special programs for Blacks will not change the future of African Americans. Ending the war on drugs will.

Originally posted on The Root by John McWhorter |March 16, 2011 at 12:51 AM

(Source: The Root)…I said I’d wait a year, and as of this week, I have.

Last March, there was an Event, with prominent participants, the theme of which was to call on President Barack Obama to put forth a black agenda. Holding his “feet to the fire” was a metaphor that came up here and there. I wrote the following:

“In March of 2011, late March to be precise, I am going to evaluate whether We Count! The Black Agenda Is the American Agenda has had any effect on the lives of black people.”

“I’m going to be as fair as possible. Obviously I have a suspicion how this is going to come out, but I’m going to go at it from a scientific frame of mind. I’m going to do my evaluation putting myself in the mind of someone who wants to show that there was an effect. That will include that I will allow evidence that something is going to happen even if it hasn’t yet — as long as it can be shown pretty clearly that the We Count! ‘discussion’ people had in Chicago a year ago was a part of the reason why.”

Well, here we are, and it’s safe to say that this event had no effect upon the welfare of black Americans, or on the chances that the president will create legislation principally for blacks. Nor do I see any sign that the event will have such an effect in the future. It is a historical footnote. To the extent that things are better for blacks a year since last March, it would be because of stimulus spending, plans for Race to the Top funds aimed at schools, and other things in place before his feet had been brought anywhere near said fire a year ago.

Read the full story on The Root.

 

Two Americas, One White, One Black

Originally posted By Jon Garrido, Hispanic News on September 4, 2005 -  and still applies today in 2011.
 
The view of New Orleans this past week was hundreds of thousands of poor Blacks in water full of squalor and human waste.

It seem as the Protestant rapture had come and gone leaving behind thousands of poor Blacks on rooftops waiting to be rescued from a non caring President and the rest of his non responsive back slapping department heads and agencies.

Rapture powered SUVs carried off Whites leaving New Orleans to poor Blacks to cope with Katrina and her aftermath.

What Katrina did was to uncover the filth and rot found around the block of one of the great vacation destinations of the world.

One only has to leave the beaten tourist path by walking around the block of Cancun to discover the blight of an undeveloped world.

Many of us have known about the plight of undeveloped countries but in the United States? Who would have believed the decay of the third world could be found in the richest country in the world.
The great vacation destination of Bourbon Street has for generations masked a condition found in third world countries where poor serve the rich that live and vacation in luxurious destinations.

This week, the undercarriage of one of America’s finest cities was laid bare as if a knife had slashed an abdomen with entrails gushing forth onto the ground.

One can only surmise on the flight to New Orleans aboard Air Force One, the President was more concerned about the welfare of his small lap dog.

The President scrambled down the stairs of Air Force One with his small dog protected in his arm to be briefed; a briefing that could have taken place in Washington or on board Air Force One but instead was a photo op for the President.

If this had been a caring President, he would have flown into New Orleans the day after Katrina came and left. He would have plowed through waist high water to see the disaster left behind by Katrina and seen first hand the dire need of hundreds of thousands of poor Blacks who could not evacuate New Orleans for lack of resources to find themselves homeless, waterless, foodless, lacking medical services and not one portable toilet for people to defecate.

Countless dead bodies lay everywhere on sidewalks covered by a blanket or sheet waiting days for someone to provide transportation to a more appropriate place.

Poor Blacks struggled to survive and provide for family became frustrated and converted these feelings to vent their anger of being members of the other America.

Michael Brown, the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA – a job he trained for by running the International Arabian Horse Association – admitted he didn’t know until Thursday there were 15,000 desperate, dehydrated, hungry, angry, dying victims of Katrina in the New Orleans Convention Center.

Was he sacked instantly? No, our President, holding his small Black dog, hailed him in Mobile, Ala.: “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

Representative Harold E. Ford Jr., Democrat of Tennessee, said in a statement he was struck by Mr. Bush’s “cavalier attitude toward the plight of poor people across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama” and added that “now is not the time in the face of pain, anguish and death to be weak and uncertain.”

Terry Ebbert, the head of homeland security in New Orleans, bitterly complained on Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency was not offering enough help.

“This is a national emergency,” Mr. Ebbert told The Associated Press. “This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can’t bail out the city of New Orleans.”

Other Democrats cast Mr. Bush’s first survey of the damage, from his window on Air Force One two days after the hurricane hit, as an imperial act removed from the suffering of the people below.
“It was not enough for the President to bank his plane and look at the window and say, ‘Oh, what a devastating site,’” Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, said in a statement on Thursday. “Instead of looking out the window of an airplane, he should have been on the ground giving hope to the people devastated by this hurricane.”

This week, White America visibly turned its back on Black America.

It was not the first time.

For countless generations, America has turned its back on poor Black Americans. The sad fact is Americans live in two separate worlds. One world has every creature comfort and caters to its social group members. The other world is where poor Blacks live as evidenced by 50% of the New Orleans children who live in poverty. Children in poverty in Mississippi is almost as deplorable. Black Americans are in dire need of the basic requirements of food, shelter, medical care, and education that are the foundation of living in human dignity.

But no one among the Washington power brokers care for poor Black Americans. Not the President nor the white dominated congress. Nor congressional representatives of Louisiana and Mississippi who carried off pork for projects in affluent areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.

As early as 2004, New Orleans anticipated a breach of the levee could occur with a category 3 hurricane. Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers asked for $105 million for hurricane and flood programs for New Orleans. The White House carved it down to about $40 million.

In June 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, stated, “It appears that the money has been moved in the President’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.”

Two months ago the Bush administration approved a $286.4 billion pork-filled highway bill with 6,000 pet projects, including a $231 million bridge for a small, uninhabited Alaskan island championed by Ted Stevens, the senior senator from Alaska and ranking Republican member of the powerful appropriations committee.

The 6,000 pet projects include insane non necessary projects whose only purpose is to serve the powerful congressional leaders as they provide “pork” barbeques to populations of voters back home.

The failure to appropriate $65 million to address levee maintenance in New Orleans will now have a $25 billion price tag. Rather than distribute federal funds where need is greatest, money buys votes: White votes.

Not only was the levee restoration money depleted by the Bush folly in Iraq; 30 percent of the National Guard and about half its equipment are in Iraq.

The crisis in New Orleans will have a ripple effect. The inevitable battery of official investigations into what went wrong could further erode support for the war in Iraq if it turned out that the deployment of National Guard units to Iraq had contributed to the slow response.

Bush keeps stating the US military will not leave Iraq until the Iraqis are trained to defend themselves.

The question I have: Who trained the insurgents? It appears the U.S. military trained Iraqi units are no match for the insurgents. The insurgents continue to kill American soldiers in Iraq. Our military fights heroically but our military will fight wherever and whomever the President of the United States tells them to.

The villain in this unjust war is President Bush. There never was a need to fight this war. For a moment, visualize no Iraq war but only a war on terrorism directed toward the capture of  Osama bin Laden and the end of Al-Qaeda.

The death and wounding of American soldiers in Iraq is morally wrong and inhumane. Not nearly the equal cost of a human life but never the less, another casualty of the war in Iraq is the lack of funding for schools, medical services, job training, social services and infrastructure not only lacking in New Orleans but across the length of America.

Beyond that, some Republicans said the perception among some Blacks that the White House had been slow to respond because so many victims were poor and African-American undercut what had been one of the primary initiatives of the new Republican chairman, Ken Mehlman: making an explicit appeal for support among Black voters, a constituency that has traditionally been overwhelmingly Democratic.
 
“Given the racial component of this, and given the current political environment, there certainly seems to be a high level of risk to this story,” said a Republican Party official, who, citing the concern among party officials about the criticism, would only discuss the question on the condition of not being identified.

But Mr. Bush, reflecting concern within the White House about the President’s standing among Blacks, notably said in his radio address “we have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters all along the Gulf Coast, and we will not rest until we get this right and the job is done.”

Someone should inform the President, brothers and sisters include poor Black Americans.

President Bush has boycotted the NAACP annual meeting every year he has been President of the United States.

You can bet the bank, the President will attend the 2006 Annual Convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on July 15, 2006 at the Washington, D.C. Washington Convention Center.

Hopefully, the NAACP membership will see the Trojan Horse’s true mission and will turn its back on White America.

Lastly, White America’s membership is made up of both Democrats and Republicans.
Poor Blacks need to bond with other poor people in need. A coalition of neglected people need to bond together to elect true advocates for poor people.

I advocate a new party arise from the disaster of New Orleans. Black Americans should join with American Hispanics to forge a new political party: One America.

Third parties in the United States have not fared with success. Maybe the time has come to turn this country around to forge: One America.

Jon Garrido
Hispanic News
www.Hispanic.cc
480 860 8600
JG@Hispanic.cc

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