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Black Minnesotans: Is Unity a Weakness?

By Don Allen, Publisher 

Unity is not a social cabal. (photo: Family Quotes | ... Love Family Wisdom Quote - Fair Use)

Unity is not a social cabal. (photo: Family Quotes | … Love Family Wisdom Quote – Fair Use)

I’ve been to the East Coast, West Coast, down south and Canada. The black communities I engaged with wanted me to see the unique and intentional diversity, collaborations and success they had when working as a solid collaborative. Despite of looking in from the outside, I was able to see the most marginalized blacks in those communities who were thought of as radical, non-filtered, Republicans and unpredictable have a position within the community that believe it or not, was the main driver in getting things done on behalf of the community. After careful observation of these others, I reflected on Minnesota’s black community; it’s leadership, businesses, politicians and stakeholders. It seemed like something is been missing from the social and political construct. If Black Minnesotans working together in unity is a weakness, then how does that reflect what the mainstream sees in everyday news about black people and the generational gaps from education to wealth?

In James E. Blackwell’s (1975) “The Black Community: Diversity and Unity,” he writes about his journal, “The black community is defined as a diversified set of interrelated structures and aggregates of people who are held together by the forces of racism.” One could argue that with the evolution of Jim Crow; lynching to the miseducation of black youth (and adults), the black community is trapped inside of significant construct that puts barriers up against unity, collaborations and success when black Minnesotans come together, or in this case, if they come together.

Black Minnesotans have been looked at in the eye by local and state political leaders and told that “glory was coming from that-there mountain top” to save the cold Negro of Minnesota and his counterparts that make up the lower one-third of the community. However, when “glory fell,” it did not touch the treetops of black Minnesotans in need of a reset for high expectations.

Devoted Black author and speaker, Dr. Umar Johnson explains in simple clarity what’s happening to black people and how the system works:

“We are systematically denied access to wealth. We can’t build that hospital they built, we can’t open up 10 supermarkets, I can’t get ten gas stations in three-weeks because you’re going to routinely deny me access to wealth. Because if I finance your empowerment, that disrupts my system of extermination and genocide. You cannot kill a people who you are financially empowering. So we are kept without access to wealth. America has a policy where you do not empower black people for their own benefit.”

Dr. Johnson goes on to explain, “The Chinese, Arab, East Indian — They come to America. They can walk into any bank and get a loan. Not all of them, but many of them. In fact, some of them don’t even have to go to Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, or Bank of America and get a loan and I’m just using this to make the point. They show up in America with a line of credit from their native country. They come into the ghetto and open 10 stores, five-supermarkets, three-hotels. Blacks folks are still struggling. And then people look at us and say: You know why you’re still struggling? Because you’re lazy.”

Both James E. Blackwell and Dr. Umar Johnson seem to explain that you cannot be what you do not see; this means if Black Minnesotans cannot see how it’s done, it cannot be obtained because the people (generationally) who should have shown the way have opted to be cloaked (black community specific).  Furthermore, there are hidden constructs within the black community, especially in Minnesota that prevent unity, collaboration and success simply because the outer-designed-complex needs separation to operate inside the Black Minnesotan construct.

To answer the question if unity is a weakness in Minnesota’s black community, we need to look and recognizable those in the hierarchy of the Twin Cities black social clusters who most suffer insufferably from having individual agendas, silo thinking, lack of trust and the all too common vagueness about what it is they are doing, or achieve. Central negatives are discouraged from engaging these groups and are marginalized, excluded and considered non-helpful to black Minnesotans.

In short, unity should never be a weakness; but some make it so.

Don Allen to co-host AM1130 Twin Cities News Talk Radio 6-9AM on Wednesday

Did Donald Trump cause a scandal in Minneapolis without even being in town? Tune in tomorrow at 6AM to help us shake this one out, laugh and have a conversation about why the Star Tribune dances around many issues.

Screen Shot of threat to local reporter covering the story. You cannot make this stuff up.

Screen Shot of threat to local reporter covering the story. You cannot make this stuff up.

Donald Allen joins host Andrew Lee and producer #Lump (Samantha) to talk Trump, Milwaukee and the scandal brewing with Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis. Set your alarms, call your friends, family and co-workers – it’s on!

By Don Allen – Publisher

You cannot blame Donald J. Trump if something goes wrong with your campaign, especially since he really doesn’t care about a senate district in Minnesota.

The Star Tribune posted a story, “Marriage discrepancy clouds Ilhan Omar’s historic primary victory,” citing that a “website” claims candidate is married to two men, including her brother.  On Wednesday’s program we will be joined by AlphaNews reporter Preya Samsundar to talk about her story, “MN Candidate Faces Scandal in Wake of Primary Victory,” and why legitimate questions are not being answered.

Don,  Andrew and Sam (#Lump) will also cover what’s happening in Milwaukee; the upcoming Trump visit with special narrative by Don on the division and lack of organization here in Minnesota.

Look forward to a great program that starts at 6AM on Twin Cities News Talk Radio AM1130/FM103.5 and online at iHeart Radio (download the app).


Is there a Political Scandal in Minneapolis the Star Tribune will not touch?

From elected officials having children out of wedlock to the current question surrounding the martial status of a local Minneapolis primary winner, the Star Tribune and other Twin Cities media have shown their true colors. Remember, it’s not until the big white fourth estate publishes the story to make it a real thing.

By Don Allen – Publisher

This morning I was attacked on social media from posting a story about the young woman who unseated state representative Phyllis Kahn in the primary. Her supporters made comments like (unedited), “What in the hell are you talking about Don!?!? I have known yhis women for a very long time and no such thing has ever happened. Stop slandering her. That is just the lowest of the low…” – although I didn’t write the story, I’m clear that Facebook, especially my page was made for sharing whatever I wanted to post…right? No so.

Later in the day, I was challenged about why I would post “such a lie,” – but I fired back and asked these people – my Facebook friends suffering from a severe case of pluralistic ignorance to give me something; facts to combat this story about a marriage that usually only takes place in the movies, down south (and Canada). But of course, as usual, nobody made any sense and it was easier to attack me than go to the website that originally posted the story and send an email to the journalist responsible for posting it.

Being me, I did this. I asked the journalist was this story true? Her reply: “I totally understand. I just wanted you to know that what I wrote is truth. I made sure to verify via multiple outlets. Plus powerlineblog.com is written by lawyers. I am hoping to get some more physical copies of info in the coming days to provide an update. Thanks for the support!”

Now can anyone provide some facts?

AlphaNews reported that Ilhan Omar emerged victorious from her primary as a media darling, but a look into her past reveals possible marriage and immigration fraud. Omar defeated 21 term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination for state representative in House District 60B.  It is historic because Kahn is the longest serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, having held her seat since 1974.  Omar will make history, if elected in November, as the first Somali-American elected to the Minnesota House.

On Friday, Powerlineblog ran a story that could severely damage Omar’s chances of making history. A reader tipped Powerlineblog to a post from a Somali community forum website post that suggests Omar may be directly involved in marriage and immigration fraud. A Somali Spot user posted information last week alleging Omar married her brother in order for him to immigrate to the US, despite the fact she’s been married to the father of her three children for over a decade.

Powerline cached the original post from Somali Spot that is now removed.  It shows screen shots of marriage records from the Hennepin County website showing that Omar was married to Ahmed Hirsi in 2002.  Hirsi is the father of Omar’s three children and is pictured with Hirsi and their children on Omar’s campaign website.

There is another screenshot of a 2009 marriage record showing that Omar married a man named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009. Powerline alleges that Omar married her brother, according to the blog post on The Somali Spot. The Somali Spot user “Abdi Johnson” says Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is Ilhan’s brother and implies that the marriage to Elmi assisted his entry into the United States.  Omar’s brother was a British citizen.  The post said, “As soon as Ilhan Omar married him, he started university at her Alma mater North Dakota State University where he graduated in 2012.”  It then explains that Omar’s brother moved to Minneapolis where he lived in public housing and later was evicted.  Eventually, according to the post, Elmi moved back to the United Kingdom where he currently lives.

This story is important. Although the Star Tribune and other local Twin Cities media outlets have chosen to look the other way (facing the DFL). If this is the case and the refusal of fair and balanced news coverage is exchanged for political favors, the local mainstream media is complicit in withholding information to their many listeners and reader.

I’ve given the supporters of Ms. Omar an opportunity to provide Our Black News with some information to counter this story, unfortunately, the attack seems to be better.

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?

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