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Minneapolis: Black Lives have to Matter to Blacks folks first before anyone else will care

It’s all about the sad deferment of Black Lives Matter in north Minneapolis; because they don’t – just ask the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota Department of Transportation, Met Council, MNSure and the both the mayor and governor’s office. Putting money in the streets does not stop the streets you silly goose.

By Don Allen and Michelle Renee – Our Black News

Minneapolis, Minn. –By now you’ve heard the news; another black boy shot dead in north Minneapolis. The mayor of the city hasn’t a clue; nobody is talking to anyone outside of their DFL circles might have solid solutions. This is where the fail begins and where the headcount of dead black men and women will rise. It’s already happening in Chicago; over 100 people shot this week with over 20 dead…all black folks – this is in pace with Minneapolis, based on the population of Little Chicago (Mpls).

The sad, unfortunate truth with many Black people of whom are from poor, urban areas is that they fail to accept responsibility for their own actions and constantly blame the system for their oppression. Instead of blaming everybody else for your pitiful and pathetic social collapse, and using ‘race’ as your prime excuse, you should try to be more forthright in addressing the issues and problems that are disrupting and corrupting your communities.

Millions of Black men and women are being killed by other Black men and women every year…

1) Why is this not being protested against so profusely?

2) Why aren’t “BLM” taking to the streets to speak on the plenty unlawful murders of Black youths by other Black youths?

3) Why aren’t persistent, major steps being taken to prevent the devastating gun violence that affects the hundreds-of-thousands of Black neighborhoods across the country and has been doing so for decades?

4) Why isn’t this very same anger, rage and frustration they show to the police force being shown to the multitude of street gangs that plague Black inner cities and that are helping to destroy and obliterate your very own people who you so passionately claim need “justice” and need “protecting”?

5) Why isn’t Obama addressing this tragedy rather than inciting race wars? Where is Hillary if she profusely feels the “plight” of Black America?

This is why the overall Black American community will never progress into what it needs to be and why? In 2016, decades after the civil rights movement, the “White Male” is still being blamed for their social/political/economic/professional trials by the Liberals.

Ultimately, if one dresses like a thug and behaves like a thug and they choose to disobey the law, society has every right to treat you like the thug that you have made yourself out to be because this world owes you absolutely nothing in return.


KMOJ’s Calvin Quarles: What happened at KMOJ-FM; the Ron and Don Show

Join the team of Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen on Wednesday, August 17 at 8:30PM for what will be a telling experience about what’s happening at KMOJ-FM Radio. We are joined by Calvin Quarles, former station manager. To tune in Wednesday night, copy and paste this link into your favorite browser: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theronanddonshow/2016/08/18/kmojs-calvin-quarles-what-happened-at-kmoj-fm-the-ron-and-don-show

By Don Allen – for BlogTalkRadio and Our Black News

Minneapolis, Minn. – What’s happening at KMOJ is reflection on Minnesota’s black communities. We have folks who do not live with us, shop with us or co-mingle with us (except in nightclubs) making decisions they know nothing about. Join award-winning co-hosts Don Allen (Our Black News) and historian and civil rights icon Ronald A. Edwards (The Minneapolis Story) as we are joined by Mr. Calvin Quarles, former station manager of KMOJ-FM to find out his side of a gruesome tale of what we allege is an act of retaliation with the dismissal of due process.

We attest KMOJ-FM former station manager Calvin Quarles was dismissed by an illegal board. Both Mr. Edwards and I worked for CCD/KMOJ-FM; he as the boards chair and me as Economic Development Direct at a time when the station was in dire straits. In 1989-90, I was the economic development director for the Center of Communications and Development/KMOJ-FM. I wrote a 5, 10, and 20-year plan for the station while bringing in more than the station had seen months before. When I left, went to another job out of state, the station board members got greedy and the money was gone, the plans were cancelled and all of a sudden payroll where being missed.

Our team managed to engineer KMOJ back to a winning status. Upon Quarles arrival, the station was developed and made into a major player online and in the community.


The Center for Communications and Development/KMOJ-FM, per its bylaws is to have 13 community members on its board. A group of five (5) board members, not really associated with the black community, but who might identify as black made decisions, including what some sources say as the illegal termination of the station manager and a program manager.  This bad decision might cost Minnesota the Heart and Soul of the City…KMOJ-FM

The dismissal was led by the same person who was the executive director of the Minnesota Black History Museum (MAAM). That alone should send signals that something is seriously wrong. We still do not know what happened to over $3 million dollars in that situation (Prince is dead now people outside the black community will control archives filled with volumes of his historical legacy). As of today, the Center for Communications and Development/KMOJ-FM does not have a record of any board meeting where decisions were being made about the building, finance and plans for their current home.

Public inspection files are a requirement of the Federal Communications Commission. All existing TV and radio stations in the US, and all applicants for new broadcast stations, are required to keep certain documents relating to the station’s operation and ownership in a file, in a place where members of the public may have free access to it. These files may be maintained on a computer database accessible to the public, or as paper files, which are usually kept at the main studio of the station in question, or elsewhere in the community of license, such as the local public library (FCC, 2016).

I’ve asked and was granted permission to review KMOJ’s records (just as many time as I’ve been refused). They included board meetings that were over 10-years old and nothing past 2002. There was no record of board decisions, ongoing means, or any information that might make KMOJ seem like it’s board was trying to do the right thing.

Neither could I find copies of the following items:

  • FCC Authorizations
  • The Public and Broadcasting manual
  • Citizen agreements
  • Sponsorship Agreements
  • Donor lists for non-commercial educational channels
  • Lease/Rent Agreements
  • Financial Documents related to board
  • Deal between KMOJ-FM and the black Council (approval by board)
  • The board of directors for CCD/KMOJ-FM are responsible for these documents.

The station doesn’t even have the original documents of incorporation. The board that CCD/KMOJ seems to have, invisible, yet vocal is liable for the station accepting $250.00 for political campaign ads from a candidate for senate running against Al Franken. The candidate called the Independent Business News Network and leaked the fact that an employee in KMOJ’s sales force did get a Western Union wire of $250.00. The money was for ads on KMOJ, which by the way is illegal, pursuant to FCC rules and regulations on political advertising.

The challenge with KMOJ goes back when the developer started work on this new building. Nobody on the board knew anything about construction and KMOJ was supposed to show black Minnesotans what ownership looked like. Today they pay their rent to someone else versus owning the building.

The board that fired Calvin was/is illegal. The CCD/KMOJ board needs 13 (per bylaws) board members and a host of community navigators to make sure our culture is informed.

If KMOJ followed the plans, today they would be big as MPR with a television station and a newspaper. It’s too bad that some greedy board members continue to mess up the only broadcast outlet that might someday tell Black Minnesota the truth about the shape we are really in. Calvin must be reinstated immediately and an audit must be done.

Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen are in support of Mr. Quarles and what he broought to our community as the station manager at KMOJ.


#NeverTrump: The Extinction of the Republican Party as they want it

One of the many #NeverTrump websites posted the following: 54,303 people have signed their name to this pledge. We need to stand together and send a clear message that we reject Trump.” Are these the same group of people from the GOP establishment that have become accustomed to losing?

Don Allen, Publisher 

Please your ad here and reach thousands of local and global readers of Our Black News. Contact us at ibnnnews@icloud.com.

Please your ad here and reach thousands of local and global readers of Our Black News. Contact us at ibnnnews@icloud.com.

The inability to win support through persuasion is why #NeverTrump’s get so very frustrated and lash out. When people support the personality cult of Trump the #NeverTrump’s become abusive petty tyrants because of their low emotional intelligence and lack of behavioral choices when they don’t get their way; mind you, these folks are not Democrats, they’re the systemic reason why Republicans have a stigma attached to them to this day. Go ahead, before you ever heard of Trump running for president, say, “Republican.”

#NeverTrump supporters; no solutions besides Hillary Clinton.

#NeverTrump supporters; no solutions besides Hillary Clinton.

Donald J. Trump’s #NeverTrumpers and their supporters are deeply insecure and if any person does not agree with them, they are deeply threatened and have an emotional meltdown. They cut off their own nose to spite their face. Abuse us #NeverTrump voters all you wish; the feelings of adults are never hurt by childish insults. Some of America will never vote for the Democratic ticket and every act by a #NeverTrump supporter to attack me CONFIRMS that I am making the correct decision!

With that said, in 2016 it’s hard to find the real Conservatives (Republicans), so this is how we are going to do it:

  1. If you’re a self-proclaimed GOPer but also a part of the ‪#‎NeverTrump movement, you are not a Conservative, nor Republican; you’re a Undecided train wrecked liberal.
  2. If you’re a black Republican (man or woman) who is telling folks you ain’t voting for Trump, Negro get your mind right, you voted for Obama in the first place. Your excuse was, “its historical.” Plus, your “Black Light” went dead a long time ago.
  3. If you’re a Republican and you want to gain access to the black vote, hire American blacks who have a connection with the black community. If you don’t, you’re a liberal Democrat dressed in GOP clown face.
  4. If you’re a Republican and you have a Facebook page that promotes Mr. Trump with authority, then tell him to call me. If not, you’re a Democrat.
  5. If you’re a Republican and you work for the Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR 91.9), and you refuse to challenge them on their one-sided, bias and non-objectivity in reporting, please surrender your “R” for a “D”; you’re a Democrat.
  6. If you work for the MNGOP, or any local GOP around the United States and you plan on screwing the local candidates out of resources, you too are a member of the Democrats know it.
  7. If you’re a local candidate running for local office as a Republican I would check out another party immediately.
  8. If Hillary Clinton is looking better to you than the GOP endorsed candidate, first go get some glasses, then join the Democratic Party of America.

I’m cool with you being a #NeverTrump supporter, but what you don’t know is that I know you’re afraid of change because the party you excluded many from is about to become extinct. Welcome to the New World Order of the Republican Party of America, #NeverTrump, forever changed.

(Don Allen is the co-host of the Black Republican | Black Democrat Podcast coming this fall on iHeart Radio. Comments can be emailed to ibnnnews@icloud.com.) 

The Ron and Don Show hosts Town Hall Meeting with MN SD-59 Candidates plus more

On the radio with Ron and Don.

On the radio with Ron and Don.

We don’t hear much about the investigation on the killing of the two-year-old child in north Minneapolis; it seems the attention is focused on the police shooting of a black man. When we ignore what’s happening to our children, we ignore the importance of liberty, justice and freedom. Local community “hacktivist” have their priorities all mixed up…Ron and Don are here to put them back on track. Tune to in, click here or copy and paste this link in your favorite browser: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theronanddonshow/2016/08/04/the-ron-and-don-show-hosts-town-hall-meeting-with-mn-sd-59-candidates-plus-more

(Note: Senator Bobby Joe Champion has not answered request to appear – much like the work he does in the community.) 

By Antonio Biggenerisique, Syndicated  

Tune in on Wednesday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. for the award-winning program The Ron and Don Show hosted by civil rights activist and historical Ronald A. Edwards and publisher and founder of the Independent Business News Networks Don Allen.

On Wednesday’s program the team bring you two of the three candidates running against incumbent Bobby Joe Champion for the senate seat in SD-59.

About Jennifer Carnahan

Jennifer Carnahan spent 15 years climbing the corporate ladder at some of the top Fortune 500 companies, including General Mills, McDonald’s and Ecolab. Despite her success, Carnahan said, she needed more style in her life. Last year, the business executive left the security of her office job to pursue a dream of opening a clothing boutique in northeast Minneapolis. Primrose Park debuted in October, and while Carnahan, 38, has achieved her long-held goal, it hasn’t been easy. On days when the cash register hardly opens, she is reminded of her personal motto, displayed on the walls of the cozy store: “Dream Big. Be Happy” (Blanchette, Star Tribune, 2015).  (Read more about Jennifer here.)

About Patwin Lawrence

Lawrence, 39, is a native of South Carolina who has lived in the Twin Cities for over 13 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in 1998. He was a co-founder and former director of TORCH Community, former Minneapolis Urban League board member, and he was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011 to the Council on Black Minnesotans’ board of directors where he served three years of his four-year term as board chair. “The residents of Senate District 59 can no longer afford to have leadership at any level focused on bringing benefits to a few nor continued failure to take substantive action on viable solutions which would effectively reduce disparities plaguing the district and the state.” (Read more about Patwin Lawrence here.)

Both Carnahan and Lawrence are aware of the current deliberations to resolve disparities, there are some good solutions, but believes most are cosmetic. Lawrence states, “There is a systemic problem with our legislative operations. This is why certain segments of Minnesota sound like a broken record.” Carnahan replied, “Voters are tired of being asked to support incumbent’s election cycle after election cycle for nothing substantive in return. Issues are not being sufficiently addressed even though both the legislature and executive branches have been repeatedly advised on the matter.”

Both agree that solutions should be community driven, the community dictating to their public servants what the solutions should be, not dictated by the public servants and especially not from the “few” who expect to benefit monetarily.

Join us for this special program with updates on current events of last several weeks.


Donny Allen: Angry Black Guy on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130/FM 103.5

On Monday, Donny Allen makes a special apperance with host Mr. Andrew Lee and show producer Ms. Lump. (photo: Fair Use, Google search).

On Monday, Donny Allen makes a special appearance with host Mr. Andrew Lee and show producer Ms. Lump. We hear Jamar Nelson will be in too! (photo: Fair Use, Google search).

When an icon ascends to a higher conciseness of being, there is always another to icon to step in and continue important conversations the people need to hear.  Tune in on Monday, August 1 (6AM) to Twin Cities News Talk Radio’s “Up and At Em” AM 1130/FM 103.5 – (click here for live stream-iHeartRadio) as the “Angry Black Guy” Donny Allen joins Lump (Sam) and host, Mr. Andrew Lee for a program that be to say the least an euphony (the quality of being pleasing to the ear, especially through a harmonious combination of words) of dialog.

VIDEO: Message to the Minnesota GOP: GOP Funnies

By Elizabeth Montgomery and Darren Stevens – Bewitched Entertainment Editors, IBNN NEWS

“Dad, Husband, Veteran, Educator, Visionary and Social Reconstructionist – yes, that’s who I am,” said Donny Allen in an interview just before taping his second episode of “Justice by Any Means” for TV-ONE and the Discovery Channel due out Fall 2016.

The truth is Donny Allen is not angry; he loves his people (veterans and all people). He’s the type of person that looks at the world through a lens of “what if” possibilities; sometimes, he’s very vocal using his news network Our Black News, part of the mega-giant news agency, the Independent Business News Network (IBNN), founded by Allen in 2008.  Donny uses a loud bullhorn on social, racial, political and economic issues that get him labeled as a hothead as seen here in a message from state representative Rena Moran to a “friend” on Facebook:

State Representative Rena Moran wrote: “Thank you for reaching out to me and supporting me in my position as State Rep.  Don Allen is a hot head and has never supported me.  I don’t think he’s going to start now.”

The fact is Donny Allen is probably one of the smartest people we know. He is a social reconstructionist, which is a person that emphasizes the addressing of social questions and a quest to create a better society and worldwide democracy and as an educator (K-12 and adults), he focuses on curriculum that highlights social reform as the aim of education. “We need to start somewhere to literally address a society that will call wrong, right and right, wrong. There are very few men and women that will speak up about processes that have provided nothing but rhetoric to the lower one-third of the community and the mainstream; I’m always put in a box…I’ve grown comfortable yelling from it,” said Allen.

Donny worked in Corporate America for more than 15 years. He has been a critical political mover in roles as campaign manager, communications point-person, and damage control spin-doctor. Donny has written several nonprofits from competing the Articles of Incorporation to the IRS 1023’s (with programming narratives) for several nonprofits. In 2016 he presented a plan for a public-policy research think-tank to the Minnesota GOP Caucus. He’s written over 5000 stories for his news network every year since 2008. He’s also be published by several local and national publications (print/online). He started out his career in radio at WAYL/KMFY in Eagan, Minnesota in 1985 after being honorable discharged from the United States Army in 1981.

Currently, Donny is finishing his Master of Arts in Education MA-Ed at Hamline University is St. Paul, Minnesota. His capstone is about veterans and what makes a veteran-friendly campus.  Allen hopes to teach at a college level again like he did in the fall of 2015 and continue make education a better place for the millions of teachers, students and families who attend public and private schools in the United States.

MACV to Hold 2016 Metro StandDown August 2 – 3

StandDown 2016

StandDown 2016


  Media Contact: Nathaniel Saltz, Interim Executive Director, MACV

(651) 224-0290 Office

(612) 743-2891 Cell


Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) will be holding the 24th annual Metro Area Veterans’ StandDown August 2 – 3, at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling. Free, on-site assistance for homeless and underserved Veterans will include VA medical clinic, hot meals, clothing, VA benefit information, hygiene kits, legal assistance (including court, federal and state tax assistance), housing and employment assistance, mental health resources, DMV, haircuts, chaplaincy, public benefits information, and more. There will be a free shuttle to and from the Fort Snelling Light Rail Station. Shuttles will also be picking up Veterans from local shelters. Efforts to end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota remain a priority; the Federal government, Governor Dayton’s Administration, Mayor Hodges, and Mayor Coleman, along with more than eight Mayors from around the state, have committed to end Veteran homelessness.

The first Veterans StandDown event was held in San Diego during the summer of 1988. Since then, the popularity of the event has steadily grown. Today, StandDown events are held in nearly 100 locations nationwide each year. It is estimated that more than 100,000 homeless Veterans have received assistance at StandDown events. In 2015, the Minneapolis StandDown drew over 1,000 Veterans seeking services from the 70 agencies present at the event. Veterans attending have access to a wide range of resources. A team dedicated to creating housing plans for every homeless Veteran will be available to assist Veterans throughout the event. StandDown Court will also be held at the event. For more information visit www.mac-v.org.

WHO: MACV representatives, service providers, and Veterans.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  *Welcome Ceremony will take place Aug. 2, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Boy Scout Base Camp, 201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, Minn. 55111


Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has been assisting veterans for over 26 years. Each year MACV receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries, and requests from veterans across the state. In 2015, MACV comprehensively served over 1,950 veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness – and the need for services continues to rise.The mission of MACV is to provide assistance throughout Minnesota to positively motivated veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crisis. It is estimated that 1% of the veterans in this state, or close to 4,100, will experience an episode of homelessness this year. MACV is there to assist. Many homeless and veterans’ organizations recognize MACV’s transitional and permanent housing programs as a model for the nation. We have a passion for serving those in Minnesota who first served us.

Permalink: http://mn.gov/mdva/news/pressroom/index.jsp?id=1066-249422

November 2016: Donald J. Trump is elected as President of the United States

The day after Election 2016: Celebrities, actors and actresses have packed up and made arrangements to move to Canada.

Update, July 1, 2017. It’s been over a year and the economy didn’t crash, everyone has affordable health care, the car, mining and technology industries have seen a 70 percent rise and more people, especially people of color are working in the United States than in any recorded year in the last 16-years. No, the earth didn’t collapse, we’re not at war with China and the Middle East are peaceful (except for what they’ve been doing for over 200-years. The important thing: Our soldiers are home and war money (billions) is now money for education, teachers and neighborhoods.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

New York City…It’s Wednesday, November 9. The world is on edge today as It was announced at 12:01AM CST that based on the votes counted, it looks like Donald Trump is the new president of the United States. Of course the mainstream media declared Trump president based on skewed exit polls. It was also strange and wonderful that the American people who supported Bernie Sanders wrote his name in on their ballots, which now at 12:05AM lead the votes for Hillary Clinton by 1.2 million; in reality, Bernie beat Hillary in 2016, but both lost to the “Trump” machine of public relations and communications.

The mainstream media, especially the left-wing side: MSNBC, CNN, Fox News (Minnesota), ABC, NBC, CBS and the Huffington Post have all denied the vote counting procedure and are demanding a recount be done declaring the Hillary Clinton is the president and somehow Donald J. Trump paid people at the polls to vote for him.

Celebrities, actors and actresses have packed up and made arrangements to move to Canada. Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Justin Bieber and a host of other multimillion dollar high end stars are set to exit the United States of American to become Canadian citizens. Rosie O’Donnell’s passport was rejected due to a deal cut by the Canadian government and the television program “The View,” citing Rosie is too valuable to the program. Updates on Rosie have her confined to a local rehab center repeating, “how did he win?”

Oprah Winfrey has rushed to the side of Donald J. Trump as a supporter (like any fellow billionaire),  and convinced the Congressional Black Caucus to support Trump during his transition to president. The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) releases and announcement saying, “We are happy that democracy still works in the United States. We look forward to talking to President Trump about our pending needs.” In short, the CBC has traditionally received large sums of cash, which they use to send their friends and relatives children to top colleges and universities bypassing the lower one-third of the black community. Fact Note: The Congressional Black Caucus has another scandal on its hands relating to the use of their charitable scholarships and nepotism.  After the exposure of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s awards to her grandchildren and other family members and her attempts to mislead people about her actions, the CBC promised to audit the program and the use their members make of it (Morrissey, 2010).

In the Hillary Clinton camp, candidate Clinton has fired DNC rejected campaign chairwoman Debbie Wasserman telling reporters at a press conference that Wasserman Schultz was a mole for the Trump campaign. As of 9AM today, Clinton has refused to concede to Trump and has asked her husband Bill to stay away from the campaign headquarters. It’s been reported that Bill Clinton was seen boarding an airplane to Panama with Marvel series movie star, model and hotness Scarlett Johansson. When asked for a comment, Johansson and Clinton declined any relationship and told reporters this was an “exploratory trip.”

Currently Donald J. Trump is preparing for a press conference, which he will name Monica Lewinsky his press secretary and put forward Ben Carson as the Surgeon General and Bernie Sanders as U. S. Secretary of Education. This includes an announcement to the American people that all undocumented people will have amnesty and will not be deported or jailed. The terms are that within six-months, all undocumented persons living in the U.S. must apply for identification and whatever they need to become a citizen; as always, “the wall” that Donald J. Trump talked about was always metaphorical. The people here will help American be great.

The black community was in shock when Donald J. Trump announced he would immediately look into reparations as he was concerned about a conversation with friend and supporter Dennis Rodman. Trump said, “The Blacks and Native Americans have been treated badly by a system run by the left and democrats who didn’t bother to take care of their local cities, districts and states. Look at Michigan (water); Minnesota (state agencies not hiring POC, wealth/education gaps) and Chicago (murders). That ends today.”

Trump also announced a team he is organizing from Veterans all over the United States. This team will not be connected in any way to the Veterans Administration and will be under the leadership of Allen West, who Trump is naming as head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. West said of his appointment, “I am honored to serve the men and women who have fought and died for our freedoms.”

In closing the 2016 presidential election was both wild and crazy. The election cycle and voters in the U.S. got to see up close and personal how shamefully corrupt both sides: Democrats and Republicans really are – from the hacked emails of the DNC staffers to put more than $800,000.00 into Cleveland, Ohio to have agent provocateurs to disrupt the RNC convention, to leaked emails to show that candidate Bernie Sanders was railroaded by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC, what’s wrong in America is a two-party structure that uses its voters like boxing gloves and spit-buckets.

Trump 2016?

Senate District 59 incumbent: Not the People’s Champion

Editor’s Note: We once again are right in the middle of an election year. Many incumbent candidates in the Twin Cities who represent a large portion of the minority-ethnic and mainstream communities have failed as law makers. Senator Bobby Joe Champion is one who needs to be replaced.

Bartholomew Gotleib – Political Correspondent, Our Black News (#OBNElection16)

Mr. Patwin Lawrence: A much needed change for an area of Minneapolis used for it's assets of poverty, wealth and murder.

Mr. Patwin Lawrence: A much needed change for an area of Minneapolis used for it’s assets of poverty, wealth and murder.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Sen. Champion has denied his constituency an opportunity to participate in the political process in the upcoming August 9th primary. Patwin Lawrence who is challenging Sen. Champion in the August primary requested several times this week to have a debate/candidate forum with the incumbent.

On Wednesday, SD59 Chair Jeff Strand, in an email communication with Mr. Lawrence, declined the idea of a debate/candidate forum. Lawrence gave Champion till 5pm on Friday, July 22 to make a decision whether he would support or deny his constituents the opportunity to have a debate/forum.
This type of behavior is not surprising, but typical of Sen. Champion. In May, Sen. Champion agreed to have a community meeting with North Minneapolis constituents questioning the $35 million appropriated to various non-profits in the recent legislative session. The meeting has not been scheduled.
An important piece of Lawrence’s platform is if he is elected to the state senate, he will have town hall meetings around the district before each legislative session to collate constituency ideas and craft a community driven legislative agenda to take to St. Paul. He would also regularly meet with constituency, especially at their request.
For more on Patwin Lawrence’s campaign platform/ideas, visit patwinlawrence.org/the_issues
About Patwin Lawrence:
Patwin Lawrence (DFL) - the best thing for the North Loop, North Minneapolis and Bryn Mawr (a neighborhood within the Calhoun-Isles community in Minneapolis. It is located directly west of downtown Minneapolis.)

Patwin Lawrence (DFL) – the best thing for the North Loop, North Minneapolis and Bryn Mawr (a neighborhood within the Calhoun-Isles community in Minneapolis. It is located directly west of downtown Minneapolis.)

Patwin Lawrence is the former three-timed elected board chair of the Minnesota State Council on Black Minnesotans.  In 2011, Patwin was appointed to the council by Gov. Mark Dayton.  At the beginning of his four-year term with COBM, Patwin was elected to the council’s executive committee and has served in the capacity of board secretary and has chaired the council’s Legacy Fund and Economic Development committees.

     Patwin is a co-founder and former Director of TORCH Community, a major Twin Cities young professional non-profit organization, founded in the Spring of 2009, which connects young professionals from the workforce into eighteen partner young professional communities around the themes of Career & Leadership, Social Responsibility, Diversity and the Arts. Before becoming TORCH Director in May 2011, Patwin served as partnership director and co-director building TORCH’s partnerships to eighteen young professional communities as well as four corporate partners.

     Patwin has also served on the Minneapolis Urban League’s Board of Directors as President of the Minneapolis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP). Under his leadership, MULYP hosted Politics with a Purpose: How the 2010 gubernatorial election affects communities of color, a unique political forum, where community leaders, political candidates and young professionals came together to network and learn from a panel composed of legislators, judges, educators, and media personalities on how the average citizen can impact the political process.

Patwin has been a guest panelist on Conversations with Al McFarlane and American Media and Ken Stone’s Redesigning Minnesota series as well as the Minnesota Non-Profit Conference and served here years as a session facilitator for the Minnesota Rising UnConference. In Feb 2014, Patwin was honored by the Minnesota Timberwolves for Black History month.

Living in the Twin Cities since the fall of 2001, Patwin has worked for Target, Wells Fargo, Capella working in a project management capacity. While at Capella University in 2004, Patwin worked with team members to formulate a strategic to raise learner retention and at Target in 2007, he was awarded an Ambassador of Excellence award.

A native of Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, Patwin has always had a love for history and historic preservation. Patwin Lawrence holds a B.A. degree in History from the College of Charleston where he was the recipient of the Charleston Cultural and Scientific fund grant for his genealogical and historical research into the history of Charleston’s antebellum free African-American community. Patwin has been an amateur genealogist for over twenty years, tracing his family back to the early 1720’s. For leisure, Patwin enjoys reading, going to events, dancing, and having good times over food and drinks with friends.

Minnesota Panties: Fixing the Negro Problem

A penny for you black Minnesotans...(photo: Fair Use).

A penny for you black Minnesotans…(photo: Fair Use).

If your large panties are in a bunch it’s an uncomfortable feeling; tight, restrained, pulled. Black Minnesotans are thrusted three-shades to the wind when asking for a pullup versus a handout. The powers that be have racialized the police and prefer handouts; that’s the way they keep the sheep voting for empty promises.

By Don Allen – Publisher – Our Black News

There are three sides to every story; each story has a unique plot-twist that persuades listeners, watchers or readers to believe in it. Unfortunately, a story, fiction or non-fiction can be told from a perspective of deception that only the storyteller may have insights to why it is important for the public sphere to believe this version. Black Minnesotans have been made many promises to end generational disparities, but it seems the Negro problem is getting worse than ever. If there is such a thing as fixing an issue of culture, race, class and equity, then now is the time. How do we get to the point of cordial and diplomatic solutions before we implode?

Before I get into this, I will be the first to extend the olive branch by saying if I offended you, or anyone you know personally, politically or professionally…I apologize (but they probably deserved it).

Black Youth and Guns

This has become a critical epidemic in the Twin Cities, more specifically north Minneapolis. On a daily basis there are reports of residents hearing shots-fired at all times of the day. In some cases, other black people are shot and killed – including babies. These heinous events should have never happened with the county working hard inside the community. The African American Men’s Project –  now a useless waste as a referral agency should be shut down and resources moved to agencies like Education Explosion and Superior Training Facility for solid 16-21 youth engagement. The city, county and state must also increase its financial resources to Summit Academy OIC and provide dormitory-style housing close to the trade-school for up to 600 students. This alone would decrease crime in north Minneapolis.

If the county and city are really interested to get weapons off the streets, they need to provide several career-track compensated work therapy programs. There is Hennepin County Medical Center; University Fairview and several private sector employers that can take on 50-100 men and women 18-21 who were engaged in a pre-job program teaching the fundamentals of having employment and the responsibilities of a job. Food services, housekeeping and grounds keeping could be possible positions to consider until places like the Minneapolis Urban League can start an entry-level clerical training program (if Summit Academy OIC doesn’t beat them to it).

Those who promote racism and tensions

Milquetoast racist: a person who is timid or submissive but promotes racist ideology surreptitiously. Caucasians in Minnesota that promote the idea that somehow black Americans should have a lower standard of adherence to the rule of law are condescending racists. Their ACTIONS reflect a belief that Blacks are inferior and incapable of adhering to common social standards–and they are standing up for the inferior blacks. This is why white liberals cater to the delusions of persecution and perpetual demands for money they did not earn! The flip side of that is why won’t the state hire great black Minnesotans – especially veterans of color.

Minnesota governor Dayton came out and assassinated the character of two police officers without any evidence. He publically convicted them of a human rights violation without trial or due process.

Dayton put the lives of officers at risk.  Furthermore, his White Guilt and the black people who work on Dayton’s plantation told him their stories about race and interactions with police. He then proceeded to jump in front of a microphone in the public sphere and spew generalizations, political rhetoric and put all law enforcement in a racial box.

How sad Minnesota has a governor that does not have any relationship with culture, race, class or community. Governor Mark Dayton’s celebratory Negroes have no connections with Minnesota’s black community. Until Dayton realizes he’s been hacked, the downward spiral of inner circle fables will continue to cripple Minnesota.

The problem has never been the police, it’s the mayors, governors and political leaders that give the orders.



Minnesota Lynx: Did a Black-Owned company print those murder victim T-Shirts worn at the press conference?

This is not a race-baiting question. This is asking to prove the Minnesota Lynx’s at all levels walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk. I think will already know the answers. Where does the team do business in the black community (excluding the nonprofit game)? Please hang tight with me; I have an opinion. It is my opinion –  that the black men in Minnesota and down south were murdered – but that’s not my point and being pro-police, please don’t judge me on my personal statement. This is what I’m getting to…now, we have organizations including news agencies, sports teams, celebrities and large corporations using images, names and connections to the two “killings” (you see, I changed the wording to a different meaning) to assist in spinning their brand-cycle further out into the mainstream (as if they give a damn). The funny thing is, let’s start at home. Did the Minnesota Lynx feel so bad for the black community they hired a black vendor to print the t-shirts worn at a recent press conference?

By Don Allen – Publisher, Our Black News

Minneapolis, Minn. – Asking a rhetorical question in Minnesota has become a challenging but also a fun and insightful game. First of all, we know the WNBA has licenses, rights, brand commitments and vendor contracts that do not necessarily meet the Minnesota Department of Human Rights fantasy inclusion number of 32 percent; that’s just how it works in the big league. The Minnesota Lynx’s, like Hillary Clinton are money makers and above any petty rules and laws for the common folk.

The press conference held by a select group of Minnesota Lynx players is problematic to say the least. First of all, in a society that needs to heal police-community relationships, you do not enter the room blasting the police, especially your local cops. Remember, if you get beat, robbed, mugged or insulted, as Minnesota Lynx players (and I’m sure the police will give you special treatment) you will be treated great (not only for being the only professional winning team in the state)…well maybe not anymore.

My main question in all this “show biz” behind the unfortunate and tragic deaths of two black men is, where were the t-shirts worn by members of the team’s organization designed, printed or made by black people?  Yes, there were black people’s names on the shirt – but they’re dead; no economic development after death.

At some point, folks in Minnesota who run these drippy-liberal run institutions that cater to race-baiting need to look for example and see how many black, Native Americans, or Asians are working in the marketing department, front office and make critical decisions (this excludes the people who clean up the office; we already know they exist).

But I’m very interested to know where the t-shirts come from; who printed them up and did the team use a black business since they are promoting black justice. Remember, economic justice, is the best kind of justice – press conferences are promotional tools for the agency who called it.


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