Transcript of Don Allen’s speech of support for Minneapolis Civil Rights director Velma Korbel

Velma Korbel, Director of Minneapolis' civil rights department should get the nod with no challenges. (photo: Fair Use)
Don Allen and Ron Edwards ready for another great program tonight.

Don Allen and Ron Edwards ready for another great program tonight.

Tune in tonight to the Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio (8:30 p.m. CST), as we talk about the numb-nuts who had nothing to say at today’s city council public hearing. You cannot make this stuff up! Click here to listen at 8:30 p.m. (SHOWTIME).

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

Minneapolis, Minn. – Today at Minneapolis City Hall, a public hearing was held to get comments from community members about the re-appointments of MDCR director Velma Korbel, MPD chief Jeanee Harteau and the fire chief.

The following is what I said:

The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights needs a disciplined, data-driven approach for eliminating its defects. The internal and external organizational design lacks integrity and has moved far away from simple perfection.

         I’m not here today to say Ms. Korbel does not need to be re-appointed – but I am here to say a different approach to the process of civil rights needs to be downloaded.

         Using a time-management system pinned with a list of objectives should be designed, publicized and expanded upon. For the city’s sake, the TMS must be put in place to demand the highest performance from this agency.

         As some of you already know, data tables about unemployment in regards to the population of Minneapolis show in some cases an excess of 40 percent for certain zip codes. I maintain the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and its neglect to contract compliance are partly to blame for this unacceptable and seruptious promotion of structural violence.

         For me, the solution or fundamental objective would be to remove the maleficence-of-process from the daily operations of the department and replace it with user friendly, results driven community and city engagement. This would build a framework for implementing and enforcing good-faith efforts in contract compliance, self-initiated civil rights investigations and for sure addressing the list of solutions from the 2010 City of Minneapolis Disparity Report. (Ad Lib)

         There are no self-updates or bug fixes; Ms. Korbel must be re-appointed because she now needs to be a problem-solver that fixes Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Thank you.


Also, The Independent Business News Networks, including Our Black News, Black Politics in Minneapolis, Black Focus, The Ron and Don Show and The Minneapolis Story all support the re-appointment of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau immediately in 2016.

Thank you both for your service to this community.


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