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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Lisa Clemons: A Dose of Common Sense

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Lisa Clemons: A Dose of Common Sense

Check a solution at the door...please? By Lisa Clemons – Guest Columnist (Unedited-Facebook, with permission) SO I TOOK MY "WOO-SAH" MOMENT BEFORE I DECIDED TO POST...HERE GOES: Today I listened to an elected official, who I do have a lot of respect for, on the radio this morning speaking on the Jamar Clark shooting and the police. I [...]

Kryptonite, the Cross and Silver Bullets: Can Minnesota governor Mark Dayton find the right solution?

Kryptonite, the Cross and Silver Bullets: Can Minnesota governor Mark Dayton find the right solution?

Dayton is requesting $100 million push to begin addressing racial economic disparities; is there a policy in place so Minnesota's minority-ethnic community does not repeat in 2017? By Don Allen, Publisher  If you’ve ever played the game “Heads or Tails” with a big silver dollar, you know your chances of winning are around [...]

Former Minnesota State Council on Black Minnesotans Board Chairperson Patwin Lawrence to challenge the seat and integrity of incumbent Bobby Joe Champion in 2016.

Former Minnesota State Council on Black Minnesotans Board Chairperson Patwin Lawrence to challenge the seat and integrity of incumbent Bobby Joe Champion in 2016.

Senate District 59 is anyone’s call at this point. Go Patwin! Campaign Press Release Candidate Patwin Lawrence . (photo: Google search - Fair Use) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 21, 2016) – Patwin Lawrence, former board chair of the Minnesota State Council on Black Minnesotans, a policy advisory organization, now known as the Council for [...]

Part 1: What’s going on at the Center for Communications and Development and it’s subsidiary KMOJ-FM

Part 1: What’s going on at the Center for Communications and Development and it’s subsidiary KMOJ-FM

Does an ad-hoc board that has never announced their meetings have the authority to suspend and release a manager without due process? Ever 15-years or so, KMOJ has an uprising by a few folks who see dollar signs (It is never successful). By Don Allen, former Economic Development Director of the Center for Communications and Development [...]

MCTC’s Student Life: Being Colorblind won’t help the majority

MCTC’s Student Life: Being Colorblind won’t help the majority

I wrote this many years ago. It was originally posted on February 2, 2012 by City College News in Letters to the Editor. With the hiring of Sharon Pierce, President of Minneapolis Community and Technical, there is a need for an immediate change in the politics which reject the success of the black body. President Pierce must reconfigure the [...]

Why Are Black Girls And Women Dying In Police Custody?

Why Are Black Girls And Women Dying In Police Custody?

By Tasasha Henderson, www.truth-out.org, Guest Contributor for Our Black News Gynna McMillen was brought into the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on January 10, 2016, after police were called to her mother’s house about a “domestic incident.” The next morning she was found unresponsive in a [...]

How America’s criminal justice system became the country’s mental health system

How America’s criminal justice system became the country’s mental health system

by German Lopez, Guest Contributor - Our Black News Kevin Earley of Fairfax County, Virginia, knows too well what it's like to be on the bad side of a police officer as a person with bipolar disorder — scared you're about to die. Prior to the encounter, Kevin's father, Pete, called police when Kevin, now 36, acted violently on a [...]