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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.


Police want Confrontation With Black Gun Instructor

By Lucky Rosenbloom, Guest Columnist – Our Black News
Mr. Lucky Rosenbloom (photo: TPT - Fair Use).

Mr. Lucky Rosenbloom (photo: TPT – Fair Use).

Saint Paul, Minn. –  On the night of the Black Lives Matter protests on July 9, and into the early morning hours of July 10, two Anoka County Sheriff Deputies were assigned to block traffic between Central and St. Anthony on Dale Street.  Two Deputies (names unknown) stood directly in front of my family business located at 369 Dale St. N (known as Tiger Jack’s Business) remaining the epicenter of the old Rondo neighborhood.

I (Lucky Rosenbloom) owner of the family business, stood in front of my store (attached to the store and fence are signs reading Guns Permit to Carry) for hours talking to the two assigned Deputies having very good conversation.  As people would drive by, some taunting these Deputies, however, the Deputies did not respond back in negative, but responded very positive to people walking by saying hello, mam,sir and told me how kind people have been to them while at my location.  I wish I know who, these Deputies were, because they deserve recognition for that kine of professionalism.

The Ugly Challenge Happens.

Talking to the two Deputies, about 5-7 law enforcement officers (dressed in full riot gear, with long armed weapons etc) passed us walking pass my store and positioned themselves on the bridge located at St. Anthony and Dale St.  After about 10 minutes these riot dressed officers came back down the hill, stopped in front of me, while one of them appeared to be talking to one of the Anoka Deputies.  After these riot gear dressed officers went back to their position on the bridge, one of the Anoka Deputies told me that those riot gear dressed officers asked them if they had asked me it I had a gun and permit to carry.  The Deputy told me he told those officers he had not asked me and saw no reason to do so, because it is obvious I did due to the fact I was at my business moving in and out of my opened door.

Due to the shooting of Mr. Castile, the actions of these riot dressed officer seems suspect being the I am a Black Man with a Gun.  I, as a black man, a black instructor was profiled by these officers.  There was already hostility during the highway shutdown between BLM, protesters and Police during this unneeded inquiry and it is without any doubt, these riot gear dressed officers were looking for a confrontation.

On July 11, at 2pm. I will go to the Mayor’s Office (Mayor Coleman) of St. Paul, to make an official complaint to discover these officers identities and file a complaint with the State Department of Human Rights for this harassment.

Minnesota Murder: Black people are killed daily by “Like Enforcement”

It’s more powerful than a gang shooting; more violent that black-on-black crime. No police involved shooting can match the power of opportunity violence in Minnesota Nice and the obstructions and denial of economic, educational and life success.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

Killing a dream is a slow death – it takes many shapes and sizes and must be calculated by those who hold the power to do such. On Friday, July 8, 2016 in the early afternoon hours two babies where shot. Minneapolis police are investigating a shooting involving two toddlers, one of whom has died. A 15-month old was expected to live (Star Tribune, 2016). On July 6, Mr. Castile, a 32-year-old school cook from St. Paul, was killed by a St. Anthony police office during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights Wednesday night. His final minutes were live-streamed by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was a passenger in the car (with a child in the car) (Star Tribune, 2016).

While physical death is horrifying be it at the hands of police or black-on-black crime. At this point it’s hard to determine what could be worse – living knowing there are systems, people and political processes that do not want black people to be successful, or taking a bullet? I say both kill us and both must stop.

Opportunity Violence (OV), is a term used to describe a situation where a group of people, class or culture (in this case black men and women) are cast into the assumption complex, which is a predetermined set of parameters that lock away any chances for that group to achieve equity, justice or economic freedom. Examples of this can be seen in both the city of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the state of Minnesota, private sector businesses and many disciplines in human resources that will hire a Chinese or Hispanic person just to avoid that black man or woman; the murders continue.

Real-time examples of OV: A black man applies for a position with the state to work on a board on behalf of the community; the board is mostly white career board members who do not want black-thought anywhere near the current process because reform and equity might be on the agenda.  A black woman is interviewed by a white male. It’s not her resume he’s looking at, but an opportunity to exercise is white-privilege and power over this black woman hoping that a sexual favor-for-favor is agreed upon. If that black woman is hired, she then becomes invisible “property” of this white-male who now has the power to pay her, or reject her, ergo, no job, no money.

From a political standpoint, Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges; Minnesota governor Mark Dayton and their continued mishandling of black people in Minnesota is substandard, inferior, unsatisfactory, inadequate, and deficient. Hodges campaigned using the slogan “equity.” After she was elected, there were a few town hall meetings, but mostly for show – there can be no equity in the city of Minneapolis with a broken civil rights department.

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton doesn’t get it. He is so far out of touch with the core of the black community that he single-handedly has promised, un-promised, and promised again an end to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MNDOT) generational fails in contract equity with black contractors that OV has become second nature by the agency. This can also be seen in the Metropolitan Council, the MN Department of Human Rights and the current elected lack of action and oversight be three state elected officials who ride the coattails of Dayton and his inept administration.

Opportunity Violence has murdered more black Minnesotans than any bullet from a police officer’s gun.  OV has been the cause of black-on-black crime and the main reason why black Minnesotans have been locked in a generational-hybrid of exclusion by skin color. This is not racist, this is reality!

Black Minnesota Men: It’s obvious, our Punk Black Leadership cannot protect us against police

Tonight another black man was killed in Falcon Heights by a police officer that does not need to be in law enforcement. The revolution starts NOW!

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minn. – Tonight at approximately 10:45 I was tagged via Facebook with a live video feed of a black man, who allegedly had a permit to carry and was stopped by the police for a broken headlight, then killed; shot four-times by a trigger-happy law enforcement racist. This could have been anyone of my friends, me or some I work with. The time to address this is now and we cannot depend on Minnesota’s black leadership, nonprofit agencies, nor the sellouts who currently are requesting money from Minneapolis and St. Paul police department to address youth violence.

We (Black Men), are at war with those who create and determine identity; a group of white males, the media and elected officials who have decided that “if” a black man does not look, act or talk like what they think, he is a threat to society.   Historically, the Twin Cities has seen multiple killings of unarmed black men executed by police. In 2010, David Cornelius Smith, an avid basketball fan and member of the downtown Minneapolis YMCA, was executed by stun gun on the sixth floor of the YMCA by Minneapolis police. The video is too gruesome to watch. Jamar Clark and the critical tampering of witnesses that set two Minneapolis police officers free of indictment. This is just a couple of example. Many murders by law enforcement happen to many unarmed black men in Minnesota.

So what’s the black leadership going to do? Well you have good black leadership who will be at the crime scene tonight and tomorrow looking for answers, then you have the black leadership that will be in the mayor’s office attempting to get a grant. The problem with that is not even the black president Barack Obama will deliver an executive order against police killing black men. 


In some Minnesota classroom settings, students read texts that describe the black body as “savage, angry, ignorant and dangerous,” with a vernacular far south of the assumed proper version of the King’s English. The historical description of justice for the black American, applied as “unofficial justice,” dates back further than Jim Crow. It continues to promote stereotypes that coexist in the denial of basic civil rights within America’s social, economic and educational constructs for black and brown Americans. With that said, the continual definitions of “true identities” and the mainstream media’s “creation of untrue identities” have birthed an ongoing social stratification characterized by historical devices that lend themselves to indicate the poor, and people of color will never have positive encounters or outcomes with law enforcement, the media or each other.

America’s law enforcement has always been the legal arm of the American sanitation of black and brown bodies. What takes place in Minnesota, and what continues to be the juggernaut of American normalcy past, present and future is the targeted and designed arresting, imprisoning or killing of black men by some type of law enforcement, be it the police, or a lynch mob. In the broad sense, these killings send a disturbing message on many fronts: 1. Self-destructive behaviors are not always black and white; and 2. The same reasons some white police kill black men is the same reason black men kill black men; they see no future or value in the black body.

To understand the meaning of the civil war that will begin in Minnesota, we must be clear on how flat characters fit into a thick plot charged with white privilege, race-baiting, and racism.  We must begin by defining the meaning of normalcy in a manipulated society within a dominant-white patriarchal construct that cannot rescue nor redirect itself from historical assumptions of the black body. For example, saying a black male is “angry” has a far different meaning from saying a non-black student is “angry.” If a black person can identify a flaw-in-process to find a better way to complete a task, he’s trying to pull a fast one. If a non-black man sees the same flaw and works in an attempt to fix it, the response is: This guy is great! We should get him a job in the boss’s office. In the one case, a single consciousness rewards privilege. In the other case, the student is damned by double consciousness in which he becomes the normative historical target of assumptions.

The revolution starts today, without the usual suspects!


Community Action Programs (CAP) board of directors must be indicted

Fat wallet; big paycheck - board members didn't say a word. (photo-fair use)

Fat wallet; big paycheck – board members didn’t say a word. (photo-fair use)

How many more times will the black community find out one of its self-appointed DFL placeholders have fucked us?

He looked at me like I was supposed to give him some pussy for keeping my utilities on.” ~Anonymous Female

By Don Allen – Publisher, Our Black News

Star Tribune veteran reporter Jon Tevlin is right, “Numerous board members from both the public and private sector were either oblivious to rampant misspending or tacitly complicit.”

In his story, “Tevlin: Nonprofit’s demise didn’t happen in a vacuum,” tells of the deceit and corruption by the board towards the community. Those of us in the black community who have followed select self-appointed leaders and the money trail know the Davis’ are not the only ones out there who need to be shook down for ill-advised spending and a board that looks the other way.

Many community members know of Davis and his tenure with the Minneapolis NAACP, where not surprisingly monies were shuffled around like hookers at military base. Many of us know that those who tried to sound the alarm on many nonprofit leadership misdealings were threatened, marginalized or publicly ousted as agents who work for the FBI and CIA to disrupt the black community in the Twin Cities. This marginalization became worse if the leader of an agency was a black woman; then you were accused of being an Uncle Tom and bashing your own black people.

Today, I attest that Bill Davis and CAP is just the tip of the iceberg. My compelling evidence would be to look at the over 200 nonprofits in north Minneapolis alone and ask with so many agencies, why does the community outside a few developments look nor feel no different than in 2008? What really happened to the Empowerment Zone money; who was empowered? Certainly not the community of 60,000 plus who consistently sit through nights of gunfire, youth violence and murders, which are mostly relationship based black-on-black crime.

Mr. Tevlin’s story is great, but he cannot say what I can. There are many unanswered questions about the board and Bill Davis that I personally need answers to:

  1. Why were the Davis’ able to operate under the radar for so long?
  2. What was the involvement of the board? Did they function or were they a stratified social cabal
  3. Don’t you think board members are complicit and should be charged accordingly?
  4. What members of the DFL knew about Davis dealings? (He was an important placeholder in the MN DFL.)
  5. Why didn’t legislative auditor James Noble raise red flags earlier?
  6. Where are the other political bodies buried?
  7. How did senator Jeff Hayden get to lie under oath with no penalties?
  8. When is a full-scale investigation going to be launched?

The CAP board, fully responsible, sat by and let Bill Davis, his son and many more unmentioned people and agencies eat out of the pot meant for keeping utilities running for poor and unfortunate residents of Minneapolis. It’s time we start getting some answers from the stratified Negroes and white folks who sit on these board in poor communities. While the mission is to assist those who need it; their personal mission seems to be no more than social club, sorority or fraternity that caters to the black bougie.

The board members from CAP must be investigate, indicted, fined and jailed, if necessary.



Alert! KMOJ-FM Board Members Missing – the shocking details

No matter how you look at it, Calvin Quarles must be re-instated to avoid another embarrassment to the black community.

Video: The real KMOJ-FM #BigD #QBear #MichaelShannon #HeatherMurphy #ChicoEdner #Bobby #C-Millionaire #RayS #Gatsby’s

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News

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.

I attest KMOJ-FM former station manager Calvin Quarles was dismissed by an illegal board. 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.

Background: 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.

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.

Remember, the person who spearheaded the changes at KMOJ was the executive director of the Black History Museum and we still don’t know where that $3 million dollars went.

BREXIT shakes the world, but what is it and what does it mean?

Editor Notes: Many people of color in the in the United States do not have access to the back story about what’s happening in the UK. I have asked one of the most important people in my social network to explain in simple clarity the implications of the exit to include her own viewpoint that is better than most United States mainstream media accounts of the situation in the UK. Thank you Ms. Steel. 

By Tracy Steel, Columnist - London Correspondent for Our Black News (International Edition-2016)

By Tracy Steel, Columnist – London Correspondent for Our Black News (International Edition-2016)

United Kingdom – The EU referendum is on everyone’s lips, but what was it all about? There were huge arguments for Leave and Remain, and pros and cons for both, along with way too much information that I can’t include here without writing a book. It started with an agreement that the public had no say in.

1973 saw our unelected entry into the Common Market/European Communities, led by Edward Heath, Conservative Party leader.  Then, 1975 there was a referendum to gauge support for remaining which would then be the European Economic Communities (EEC) and this was favoured by 67pc of the UK.

Part of the EU membership means complying to EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which has reformed over recent years. It emerged after WWII due to on-going food shortages, paying subsidies to farmers.  For example, Tate and Lyle, one of the UK’s oldest and largest food manufacturers, Tate and Lyle still buy sugar cane from overseas such as India, processing and distributing via 6 plants throughout the UK. Their operations reduced to a single plant and the loss of hundreds of jobs due to EU restrictions and tariffs designed to protect European sugar beet competitors, yet receives CAP subsidies (top receiver of them). This makes no economic sense to most.

The CAP has proved to be hard on many businesses while others have benefitted from the EU, such as larger companies getting cheap labour.

If you look at the British Steel industry – that was destroyed by the UK Government blocking an EU agreement to put stronger tariffs on steel imports. Had this gone through, the EU would have actually helped our Steel industry. But then, surely the UK Government should have proposed that anyway as they pledged to do everything they can to save British steel, not so apparently.

The NHS, the only institute of its kind in Europe;  Europeans can visit the UK and use the NHS but if I go to Spain and break a leg, yes I get emergency treatment but Spain bills that back to the NHS. There are EU terms that have failed to be negotiated.

Negotiating out of the single currency and keeping the GBP was a wise move.

Our exit from the EU was a close call, and shrouded with fear mongering, unfair mainstream media coverage and misinformation from both the Leave and Remain camps, followed by an overwhelming bad feeling from the public and still, more misinformation and fear mongering.

The Remain Campaign basically told people that the economy would crash, the pound will fall, our IMF rating will drop, and we will be taxed more (which has to happen anyway because of the so called deficit).

The Leave campaign mainstream media coverage was all exposure for the far-right and portrayed racism, and xenophobia. They also made a lot of people think that the money we don’t pay to the EU will go into the NHS but there was never going to be all of that money back as most of it will go into farming and food manufacturing subsidies, it just won’t go via the EU.

As a result, the Leave voters are being classed as racist bigoted xenophobes. Many of us are understandably upset by this. We all tried to make an informed decision among huge swathes of information. Myself, like many people I know, switched off to the MSM and campaigns, and made an informed decision, as did many of the Remain voters.

Leave voters were from all classes, and all cultures. And hardly any that I know of, did it for immigration reasons, it was mainly economic. And a distaste for the neoliberalist elite running our lives. Britain always traded well for hundreds of years and with every country of the world, an exit from the EU means a chance to build better individual trade agreements. It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden, we want to kick out EU citizens, on the contrary, they will remain and immigration will continue.

Unfortunate for Labour,  as their leader switched from Leave to Remain, when majority Labour supporters are in the North of England and they have suffered native neglect of economy for far  too long, plus they do see economic immigration as a threat – although we receive low numbers of these compared to other countries. They also see 350 million pounds a week going the EU as money that should stay in the UK. In reality, as I previously mentioned, we won’t see all of that money back as we will still have to pay subsidies but will handle it ourselves. Who knows what will be done with the remaining amount. Everything is speculation.

The current worrying situation is Britt’s being at loggerheads, social media has been a war zone!

Voters on both sides seem emotional, more so the Remain camp, as they are under the misconception that everyone who voted leave are akin to UKIP. Of course it would be highly upsetting to think that half of your country is full of xenophobic racists. What they fail to see is that Leavers were a very diverse bunch of all classes and background. The voters were not necessarily aligned to whichever politician was campaigning and that point seems to have been completely missed. As I write, I am watching Question Time – a TV programme where a politician is tarring all leavers with the anti-immigration brush. I take that as a personal insult, as do many people I know.

MnDOT says NO! to Minnesota’s Black Women Owned Businesses

The Whole of Zeroness.

The Whole of Zeroness.

In spite of governor Mark Dayton’s black hires, black women and their business cannot catch a break from the brothers and sister “overseers.” Hell, that’s how the plantation is run. See report below this post.

By Don Allen and Lennie Chism. Publisher and Guest Columnist

St. Paul, Minn. – In breaking news, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) awarded $221,420,826 of federally funded contracts from Oct 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 provided from collected $.184 cents per gasoline gallon (FHWA Funds). Black men (contractors) were awarded $451,772, whereas Black women contractors) were awarded zero (0). The billionaire governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton has made a far-reaching mistake in the hiring and supporting of current state point-persons who are perceived as leaders for economic outcomes in the black community.

Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith hired several high profile Blacks to head the effort to bolster diversity in Minnesota’s workforce and close long-standing racial disparities. These state employees are charged with helping increase the state’s share of minority and disabled workers, improving state contracting with diverse businesses and boosting outreach to communities of color. All were hired because they are BLACK first and foremost as their first qualification, right?

  • Shawntera Hardy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), while new in her position has not formally introduced any new processes to assist small businesses or communities with large populations of blacks who need a hand up to move forwards. DEED’s “Minn. Pathways to Prosperity” grant rejected proposals from north Minneapolis’ Education Explosion who has been instrumental in putting over 100 community members in college and facilitating a computer lab and GED courses.

Education Explosion’s executive director Angela Edwards told OBN, “Nola Speiser, Director Adult Career Pathways continued to send emails to me. This was all a big joke. DEED never intended to finance, support or collaborate with anything in the black community. I feel they have taken my data and proposal and used it to form new programming because they have run out of ideas.

  • Karen Francois, Assistant Commissioner, Career and Business Opportunity, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – silence is golden.
  • Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights –doesn’t have the staff or the support of the black, Hispanic or Asian community. Lindsey, responsible for changing the requirements of workforce goals in Minnesota to 32 percent, still has not provided any compelling evidence the new US Bank Stadium met or exceeded its goals. If you look at workforce by zip code, (City Data), you will see that zip codes 55411 and 55405, a mostly black community has unemployment levels in the double-digits.
  • Kim Collins, Civil Rights Director, Minnesota Department of Civil Rights (MnDOT), this is a tough one. While we hoped Ms. Collins would be the great replacement for Mary Prescott, Kim’s continued failure to answer emails inquiring about pilot programs and ways to assist MnDOT in reaching expected goals is the norm.
  • Alice Roberts-Davis, Assistant Commissioner, Property and Purchasing, Minnesota Department of Administration, while it is hard to get in to the DFL social club, Ms. Davis has tried hard to change the process within the department.
  • James C. Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota. Burroughs, former Minneapolis Public Schools equity personnel is a safe bet to keep things the same way.
  • Louis Porter, Director, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, needs to become more aggressive. His position should enable him to bypass local politicians and go straight to Dayton.

With the end of the legislative session and governor Dayton hoodwinking the black community…you remember: $100 million; then $75 million, then $35 million, when in reality, the agency called EMERGE received funding of $4.2 (est.) million for communities of color in a deal cut by senator’s Champion and Hayden, Minnesota’s black community has been abandoned. It is now time for the type of revolution that Paulo Freire talks about – a revolution that brings better minds to the table to circumvent the chaos currently in charge.

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