By TRIP GABRIEL Published: November 9, 2010 – New York Times
An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another.
But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known.
Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.
Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do just as well as African-American boys who do not live in poverty, measured by whether they qualify for subsidized school lunches.
The data was distilled from highly respected national math and reading tests, known as the National Assessment for Educational Progress, which are given to students in fourth and eighth grades, most recently in 2009. The report, “A Call for Change,” is to be released Tuesday by the Council of the Great City Schools, an advocacy group for urban public schools.
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WARNING: This video is very disturbing.
NAMC-UM – Civil Rights Director Camille Hazeur (USDOT) keynote speaker at National Association of Minority Contractors Upper Midwest Annual Dinner – December 4th
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has consistently failed at outreach and compliance for more than 17 years in Minnesota – national attention is needed to circumvent a process that keeps minority contractors on the outside looking in. MnDOT’s civil rights department has been presented several tools to build capacity for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, but continues to “spin their wheels.”
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS
Minnesota (IBNN NEWS/November 12, 2010)…In the shadows of the Minnesota’s transportation division’s rejection of minority contractors and compliance set fourth in regulations that are sometimes over-looked, obstructed and re-policed, there is an organizations stepping forward to bring national attention to the major disparity affecting contractors of color in Minnesota.
The National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) is a nonprofit minority business, trade, educational and advocacy association headquartered in Washington, DC. Established in 1969 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractors, NAMC’s membership consists of people of all races and ethnic backgrounds; the organization’s mandate, “Building Bridges – Crossing Barriers,” focuses on construction industry concerns common to African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.
On Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the Minnesota Chapter of the NAMC will have United States Department of Transportation’s Director of Civil Rights, Ms. Camille Hazeur as the keynote speaker of this years National Association of Minority Contractors Upper Midwest Annual Dinner.
The Black-Tie event will take place at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, located at 1313 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.
About Camille M. Hazeur:
An experienced professional with an impressive record of accomplishment regarding issues of equity and diversity, was appointed Director, Departmental Office of Civil Rights, Office of the Secretary, U. S. Department of Transportation in October 2009. In this capacity, Camille is the designated advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on civil rights matters. In addition, she provides leadership, policy, guidance, monitoring, and technical assistance to the Department’s Heads of Operating Administrations in implementing departmental civil rights responsibilities. Before returning to Washington in October 2009, Camille served for over a year as Director of Affirmative Action and Manager of Institutional Diversity Projects at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Prior to going to Bates, Camille served at George Mason University for five years as Assistant to the President and Director of Equity and Diversity Services. Since 2000, Camille has served as Consultant to the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) on the Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students (BEAMS) Project to provide support to more than 100 four-year Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribally-controlled institutions. She has spent the past three decades in the public and private sectors serving at two- and four-year colleges and universities.
“A lawsuit was filed today in United States Federal Court against Cargill’s John Dillon Board Chairman of CTSI and Correctional Transition Services Board of Directors. Kustermann tells IBNN NEWS that a cash surplus of over $180,000.00 has dwindled to less than $100,000.00 in under two-months.”
Minneapolis, MN (November 12, 2010)…Today in federal court a lawsuit has been filed against Correctional Transition Services, Inc and it’s board of directors. The lawsuit alleges Copyright Infringement; Unfair Competition Under the Lanham Act – 15 U.S.C § 1125(a) and Deceptive Trade Practices – Minn. State § 325D.44.
Paul Kustermann, Founder of CTSI was terminated as Executive Director by the board of directors on August 31, 2010 due to Kustermann attempting to replace the board because of a long-standing dispute. (The video below was filmed on September 1, 2010 right before Paul Kustermann was removed from his office without any documented evidence by the Minneapolis Police.)
Kustermann says, “I ran an honest program that helped people live better life’s. It’s unfortunate I have to take legal action against the current board, I have exhausted all other avenues of cordial and diplomatic negotiations.”
Paul Kustermann has asked the organization to discontinue the use of his copyrighted name of the organization and the program model, which was written prior to incorporation and still in use, the ‘Day One’ program.
CTSI’s board and its legal counsel have been presented documentation verifying ownership, including affidavits from founding board members, and CTSI’s co-founder. An offer to settle letter, providing seven days to deliberate and respond, was sent to CTSI’s legal counsel on November 1, 2010, in an attempt to resolve this matter amicably.
About Correctional Transition Services Inc (CTSI):
CTSI is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. CTSI was incorporated in 2004 to offer researched based correctional/chemical health interventions to positively impact recidivism and drug use and its far-reaching effects. CTSI has served over 400 men & women in the North Minneapolis community since it opened in 2007.
Shubert Theater in downtown Minneapolis: No Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanic-Latinos or Asians on the construction site
“Culture can perform, culture can’t work. This defines the racist make up of the city of Minneapolis. Classical Music World Music Comedy Pop/Rock Broadway Musicals World Dance, Ballet, Children’s Entertainment, Jazz Latin Music/Dance Bluegrass/Country/Folk Urban Music/R&B/Gospel/Blues, Opera, Film, Modern Dance, Magic, Theater – its okay to perform for the master, but meaningful workforce engagement has exited, stage left.”
By Donald W.R. Allen, II – IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black
Downtown Minneapolis, MN. (Theater District/IBNN NEWS/November 10, 2010)…Another heinous obstruction and exclusion by the City of Minneapolis is the renovation of the Shubert Theater in downtown Minneapolis. After visiting the site for more than 16 days in a row, looking at workers and the ethnicity of the contracting firms tasked to do the renovation, our findings is that no minority-ethnic labor or sub-contractors are on site to assist with the re-hab of historic theater.
What does this mean?
First of all, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights has become ineffective in adapting enforcement – but there’s a catch 22. CPED, the mayor’s office and others don’t want enforcement. As one city attorney (Black) once said, “You don’t want to burn bridges.” An anonymous source that works for the City of Minneapolis tells IBNN NEWS, “CPED can walk in and guide dollars to whatever project they want. They consistently bypass the Civil Rights process on purpose.” Base on the current 2010 City of Minneapolis Disparity Report, it proves the City of Minneapolis does not enforce, nor do they care to look closely at the civil rights piece.
IBNN NEWS has received bogus and “made up” documents on the Twins Stadium compliance and minority workforce – but I bet if you call down and ask Civil Rights director Velma Korbel, or Johnny Burns, (Michael “Kip” Browne is unavailable do to the CM Don Samuels vs Al Flowers lawsuit in Federal Court), how many site checks have been done – you would get a variety of answers, all of them showing what we allege as collusion in contract compliance.
If you remember, the following information was posted on the City of Minneapolis website:
“Federal funds for transformed dance center means 100 jobs now“– (Right…) – Mayor R.T. Rybak today applauded the City Council for approving a proposal to use $2 million from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to rebuild the Shubert Theater. Construction to transform the nearly 100-year-old theater and the Hennepin Center for the Arts into a center for dance in Minnesota could begin as early as this fall. Mayor Rybak said that he will sign the Council’s action without delay.
“With this action today, we are helping to create more than 100 construction-related jobs and 48 permanent jobs,” Mayor Rybak said. “The Shubert Theater will help continue the revitalization of Hennepin Avenue with its theater district, Central Library and nearby Twins ballpark.” Once completed late next year, the Shubert will provide affordable space for more than 40 non-profit organizations that employ approximately 1,200 people.”
More than $36 million has been raised to date for the Shubert and this $2 million investment from the City will help fill the final funding gap needed to begin construction this year.
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The Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), “Obama money,” has guidelines and regulations that Minneapolis officials have ignored as it pertains to “compliance,” the city’s own SUBP goals and the inclusion of the Black, Hispanic-Latino, Asian and Native American workforce. Read the rest of this entry »
In the video below, City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Mike Christensen tells a lie at the National Association of Minority Contractors monthly meeting one year ago today (November 9, 2009). Based on the findings in the report done by NERA and introduced by the MDCR Velma Korbel, this blatant demagoguery of the facts has been the DFL mainstay in Minneapolis. Again Mike…Busted! If the Republicans do well at the state level, some Minneapolis voters will welcome them with open arms.
Also read: Study: Minneapolis metro has nation’s ‘worst relative disparity’ in employment based on race, from the Minnesota Independent.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/November 9, 2010)…The City of Minneapolis suffers from some of the nations worse disparities including having the largest or second to largest gap in employment, education and city contracts as it pertains to people of color.
On June 9, 2010, the Star Tribune story titled, “Twin Cities has widest jobless gap by race.” The story reported on a study from the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C., which is a think tank that focuses on conditions for working class Americans. The article states, “Unemployment among blacks was 20.4 percent, second highest in the United States behind Detroit, compared with 6.6 percent among whites, which ranked the Twin Cities 36th among the 50 areas surveyed.” It also goes on to say, “Even if blacks had the exact same educational profile as whites in Minneapolis, they would still have a much higher unemployment rate.”
Regardless of what city officials say, the Minneapolis DFL infrastructure has hit a dead end of giving themselves accolades for promoting Minneapolis Nice, when in fact, it’s Minneapolis Worse.
Another report, released on July 19, 2010 by the Center for Economic and Policy Research who is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives published a press release titled, “Alarming New Report: Pre-Recession Unemployment Rates May Not be reached for a Decade.”
The release stated, “Congress appears to have underestimated the profound effect of the current recession on the labor market. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), being released by the Jobs for America Now coalition, shows that with a job growth path comparable to the last recovery, the economy will not recover all of the jobs lost in the recession until March 2014. Assuming the trend rate of growth in the labor force, the unemployment rate will not fall back to the pre-recession level until April 2021.”
These reports were published in an effort to raise awareness about the direction the economy is headed, but more importantly reflect on the current ineffectiveness of city administrators who have again in the sprit of full disclosure have provided no answers, no solutions but continue to promote self-masturbation of some facts while ugliness of the reality is not addressed.
The final report, the 2010 City of Minneapolis Disparity Report. The report “State of Minority- and Women- Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from Minneapolis prepared for the City of Minneapolis” is a tell-tale of city corruption, racism and obstruction for not only Minneapolis’ Black population – but also the total disregard for the Native American (Indian) workforce is a heinous over site by the City of Minneapolis. (NERA 2010 City of Minneapolis Disparity Report)
In the report, introduced on November 4, 2010 at City Hall by the Minneapolis Department of Civil Right’s director Velma Korbel and presented by a representative from NERA Economic Consulting out of Austin, Texas shows more evidence of institutionalized racism; obstruction from the process and what we allege a violation of the R.I.C.O and Hobbs Act.
It also reported:
- Minority-owned firms were more likely to report that they did not apply for a loan over the preceding three years because they feared the loan would be denied.
- When minority-owned firms applied for a loan their loan requests were substantially more likely to be denied than non-minorities, even after accounting for differences like firm size and credit history.
- When minority-owned firms did receive a loan they were obligated to pay higher interest rates on the loans than comparable non-minority-owned firms.
The report also went on to say, “From 2003 to 2007, firms owned by women or minorities got just 5.5 percent of the dollar value of city purchasing contracts, while they make up nearly 22 percent of the available pool.”
The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights have no idea how to correct the issues that face the minority-ethnic population of Minneapolis – but truth be told, they don’t want to nor do they care.
Rather than finding an acceptable candidate to send to Harvard in 2010 for community organizing DFL city officials wrote letters of recommendations for a candidate that was below the bar and who now is back in Minneapolis because of the lack of educational history.
Secondly, sources tell IBNN NEWS the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights director Velma Korbel does not have the aptitude or a plan to affect the NERA report and the contract compliance unit, now led by Johnny Burns has not produced effective enforcement of compliance goals for city contracts. (That’s a whole other story where IBNN has obtained documents that will show the MDCR contract compliance unit is in (alleged) collusion when vetting out contracts and enforcement.)
- Ms. Korbel still has not scheduled a Town Hall meeting to address these disparities with the Black community and continues to run for cover.
Does the City of Minneapolis need another DFL led program to get jobs and city contracts to Black and Indian people? The short answer is no. The long answer is; the citizens of Minneapolis must look to a new political leadership, a political infrastructure that will take advantage of the weak-mayor, strong council system in Minneapolis to effectively fix the disparities that make Minneapolis the Arizona of the north.
So far, buying a bunch of water fountains is the only thing the city of Minneapolis can do right.
The video below shows youth from the Entrepreneur Workshops (GEW), participating in the myProduct™ Development Challenge.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black
The Twin Cities provides a melting pot of technology wizards that operate in circles unknown to the average person. After millions of grant dollars have been poured into the community to bring it’s lower one-third and underserved members up to speed on how technology can work for them, technology leaps ahead, without notice sometimes leaving the community, small businesses and community development organizations in a prehistoric era of technology.
The Business Technology Center (B-Tech) at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Outreach/Enrichment Center (UROC) has taken on a model similar in my view to Bill Gates “Banking the Unbanked” or “Meaningful Broadband.” With close attention to detail, the B-Tech Center at UROC has been the leader in commitment and blazing a trail for unique community engagement at all levels for all community members to participate in closing the digital divide.
On November 1, 2010 the B-Tech Center at UROC started a variety of Global Entrepreneur Workshops (GEW), focused and targeted on engaging the youth in the Minneapolis public school system. Workshops include, “Are you a Hip-Hop Mogul? Music Moguls – Step up your game, Clean Tech @ B-Tech – Helping small business “Go Green,” myProduct™ Development Challenge -Become a Creator of Value, Entrepreneurial Entrées -Creating young restaurateurs. Workshops are free and open to the public.
On November 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 12-noon, the B-Tech Center at UROC will feature one of the most comprehensive Internet Marketing Seminars and overviews followed by a Lab/Workshop (11/17) to assist small businesses, corporate communication staffs and community development leaders in using essential Internet Web 2.0 tools to promote their businesses and organizations.
For more information about UROC’s Business & Technology Center’s upcoming events, contact UROC at (612) 624-3478.
Editors note: “IBNN NEWS offers opinions from all sides of the political spectrum. In our ongoing series, IBNN NEWS will publish different opinions about the Obama presidency in an effort to hear all sides while maintaining that American politics, it pundits and the mainstream media will dismantle the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama.”
By Mo Carter – Guest Contributor IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black
National News (Source: Mo Carter/Facebook)…On November 2, 2010 President Barack Obama was re-elected as president of The United States of America.
The GOP believes they have won a major victory by re-taking the U.S. House of Representatives, however; the only victory my conservative friends and their pit bulls, the Tea Party only accomplish was to re-elect President Barack Obama.
Americans have been treated to a skeptical of a victory tour by a bunch of talking heads who have twisted reality to the point that people honestly believe that the Republican Party is on it way back to power, and that the Tea Party is somehow a force to be reckon with in American politics; garbage!
The best possible gift President Obama could have received from the American electorate is to have Republicans in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives. GOP obstruction, Tea Party delusional characterizations of reality, and a national media drunk on political dramatizing, will surely guarantee President Obama’s reelection.
Our conservative friends in the House now must govern. They have a history; these are the same people who in the past 9 years, lost millions of American jobs, fought one unjust war, and damn-near bankrupted the nation. These are the same people who over the last two years fought against every possible program that the Obama administration and the Democratic Party have offered, even as the evidence clearly shows that the President’s policies have and are working.
The perfect adversary for President Obama in 2012 is to run against the U.S. House of Representatives, the very people who have obstructed, delayed and created a climate of dissension. If any American believes that a controlled GOP House of Representatives will accomplish anything meaningful in the next 2 years, they must be a Tea Party supporter.
President Obama is one of the most talented and intelligent politician’s of our times. He will undoubtedly use the House of Representatives as his reasoning for his administration’s failures and/or our nation’s failure to rebound from the (depression).
Now that the GOP has con their way back into power, it now must do something it hasn’t done in its history, that’s to govern and unite the American people… good-luck!
Editors note: Minneapolis Police Sgt. William Palmer said he will never forget the night he and another officer shot and killed Barbara Schneider, a social justice activist with bipolar disorder who had armed herself with a knife in her Uptown apartment.
Sergeant William Palmer, the Minneapolis Police Department Spokesman, is under investigation for assaulting Joel Rosenberg, a local self-defense activist, in the waiting room of the office of Timothy Dolan, Minneapolis Police Chief, this afternoon, at approximately 1:30 p.m.
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Minneapolis, MN. (Source: Kitten for Sheriff/November 6, 2010)…Rosenberg and his wife, Felicia Herman, had arrived at the office by previous arrangement with the suspect, Palmer, to examine the first of several Minnesota Government Data Practices Act responses that Rosenberg has submitted to the MPD and the City of Minneapolis. In addition to his responsibilities as police spokesman, Palmer is also the MPD’s Data Practices Officer.
When Rosenberg removed his jacket, revealing one of the two lawfully-carried handguns on his person, Palmer leaped at him, laid hands on him without lawful authority or Rosenberg’s consent, and removed one of Rosenberg’s pistols, “sweeping”, or momentarily pointing it, at Rosenberg as he moved to unload it. ”Palmer did not commit a further assault by patting me down,” Rosenberg said. “If he did, he probably would have found the snubnose revolver in my right pocket, and threatened me with that, too.”
Rosenberg smiled. “He took one of my knives, too, but missed two others.” Palmer admitted, in front of Rosenberg, two witnesses, and a video camera, that he had done so out of a belief that it was somehow unlawful for Rosenberg, a permit holder, firearms instructor and the author of Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Minnesota to carry in Minneapolis City Hall, and threatened Rosenberg with the loss of his carry permit — something that Palmer has neither the authority to threaten nor to do — and with arrest.
Rosenberg responded, “I will not resist arrest, sir,” and attempted to advise Palmer that Minnesota Statute 624.714 not only permits Rosenberg to carry his firearm there, but that Subd. 23 of that statute says (emphasis added):
No sheriff, police chief, governmental unit, government official, government employee, or other person or body acting under color of law or governmental authority may change, modify, or supplement these criteria or procedures, or limit the exercise of a permit to carry.
“It’s really very simple,” Rosenberg explained. “Bill had no right to touch me at all, much less grab my gun, much less point it at me, even momentarily. I expect that the HennCo Sheriff’s Office will investigate, and act according to both the facts and the law. ”And that’s not the only crime Bill committed today, in that act. He really needs to obey the law that he is sworn to enforce and uphold. Whatever that was today, it wasn’t not ‘To Protect’ nor ‘To Serve.’ It’s not for him to make up the law as he goes along.” Rosenberg immediately proceeded to the office of the Hennepin County Sheriff, where he filed a criminal complaint with Detective Bill Gottwaldt, who has promised Rosenberg a fair and impartial investigation. ”I’d expect nothing less, and nothing more, from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department,” Rosenberg said. “As the public documents on the MPD that I’ve received show, though, as well as today’s incident, I have to expect a lot less from the MPD.”
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by Cranmer Danzig – The National Research Institute
On Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. (CST) – tune into Twin Cities radio station KFAI-FM (90.3) to hear two different point of views about a two party system that has brought Black America to it’s knees, say’s Donny Allen, Editor and Chief of IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black – who happens to be a Republican, or as he put’s it “Conservative Independent.”
Lennie Chism, founder of Springboard Economic Development Corporation has invited some of the most political opinionated people to have a conversation on KFAI-FM about local politics with a few surprise announcements on the issues that face Black America and what we need to do to reset a political process that has obstructed, denied and excluded people of color – in spite of who you voted for in 2008.
- Northside Transportation Network
- Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
- Minneapolis Urban League
- The Republican Party of Minnesota
- The DFL Trap
- Government Programs
Tune in Sunday to hear one of the most controversial shows on the radio, “Soul Food Conversations with a Side of Politics.”