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Monday, October 13, 2014

Eboli heading north and Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Hannah Nicollet 10/15 by The Ron and Don Show | News Podcasts

Eboli heading north and Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Hannah Nicollet 10/15 by The Ron and Don Show | News Podcasts

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Case Study of Board Nonfeasance: Community Action of Minneapolis - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

A Case Study of Board Nonfeasance: Community Action of Minneapolis - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Last Friday, state officials showed up at Community Action of Minneapolis and seized financial records and computer hardware. By 11am, the agency had shut down, leaving programs closed and employees without jobs.
A little late to the party, two members of the board who were appointed by the Minneapolis City Council joined Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and a few other Community Action board members in tendering their resignations. How they think that their ex post facto resignations will alleviate them of responsibility for their fiduciary oversight or lack of it in the events that led to the devastating audit released by the Department of Human Services in August, we’re not sure.
A Community Action board member named Manuel Rubio acknowledged to the press, “There is so much that we did not know about.”

Monday, September 22, 2014

Star Tribune accurately reports on wasteful nonprofit spending and political bullying by state senators

Star Tribune accurately reports on wasteful nonprofit spending and political bullying by state senators

Remember, this is not about “bashing” black men and women who get caught with their hands too deep in the cookie jar. This is about accountability. Anyone who misdirects this fact is one of those involved in receiving gains from keeping black people in poverty. Remember, the poor minority community in the Twin Cities is a cash crop for a handful of nonprofit poverty pimps who for the most part don’t live within five-miles of north Minneapolis who take up residence in Woodbury, Edina, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Eagan, Apple Valley and Rosemount.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Black America and The Common Good | Change the Game

Black America and The Common Good | Change the Game
Political pundits love to claim the resistance to Barack Obama has to do with his race. If a black man hadn't been elected as President, the Tea Party wouldn't exist.  Al Gore is the reason the Tea Party exists, he created the internet and social media created the Tea Party.

The little people, with no government lobbyist, Super PACs, or mega donors, could insert themselves into the conversation. And with a few re-tweets, shares, and likes, they could change the game. The Tea Party knew they weren't going to win every fight but at least now they felt like they had a fighting chance.


Black America, we have a fighting chance.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”



Cornel West (Credit: Albert H. Teich via Shutterstock)

No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Black Man is Killed in the U.S. Every 28 Hours by Police

A Black Man is Killed in the U.S. Every 28 Hours by Police

Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012, according to a recent study. This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it's possible that the real number could be much higher.
The report, entitled "Operation Ghetto Storm," was conducted by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an antiracist grassroots activist organization. The organization has chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Worth-Dallas, Jackson, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. It has a history of organizing campaigns against police brutality and state repression in black and brown communities. Their study's sources included police and media reports along with other publicly available information. Last year, the organization published a similar study showing that a black person is killed by security forces every 36 hours. However, this study did not tell the whole story, as it only looked at shootings from January to June 2012. Their latest study is an update of this.
- See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/black-man-killed-us-every-28-hours-police#sthash.WTN4fECn.dpuf