Friday, December 30, 2011
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Hold up. WTF is going on? We'll tell you on Saturday!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I just want to stick with the facts: What’s missing from the story is Unemployment for Blacks is in the high teens and rising. Unemployment is down over last two years because the labor force shrank, not because of greater employment. Reading between the lines is very important on the "spin."
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Meet the Investment Wizard? Minneapolis Ward 5 City Councilman Don Samuels
Getting Rich in North Minneapolis – Ward 5 City Councilman Don Samuels, “Art of the Deal”
Monday, December 12, 2011
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Monday, December 5, 2011
KFAI-FM Radio without Boundaries The WAVE Project Presents “Black Men in America: The Untold Stories ”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 2, 2011
Another "crap" meeting by Velma Korbel and the City of Minneapolis.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
While some may say, Broadway Avenue doesn’t need the Prayer Center – actions by local neighborhood organizations (White) that received city funding are not willing to help anyone outside of their “game-plan.” Just down the street sits the Pohlad Foundation, Northside Achievement Zone and a host of other non-profits that still have not put funding to good use – but remain the keepers of the gates. But hey, we still have to remember, “If it’s Black, the red-necks want it back.” That’s the new Minnesota Nice.
As winter weather hits Minnesota, we still see over 50+ homes with blue tarps.
Something doesn’t add up. Wasn’t there a trailer on the corner of Penn and Broadway mobilizing “minority contractors” for what should have been one of the greatest public works projects in north Minneapolis history?
It’s happened again. The Gilligan’s Island Syndrome in north Minneapolis. They come; they gain; they leave and don’t send back any help.
Why are there still blue tarps and evictions?
Friday, November 25, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
|Learn? Use? Access?|
Working in partnership with National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) ISPs the FCC has arranged for poor families to get broadband Internet connections, without an installation/activation fee and no modem rental fees (with an option to purchase a $10 modem) for $9.95 a month. Eligibility for Connect to Compete will be limited to households that have a child enrolled in the national school lunch program and that are not current or recent broadband subscribers.
According to the NCTA, “Broadband is an increasingly integral part of getting a quality education, yet too few of the most needy kids have the service at home. Research shows the barriers to broadband adoption involve a complex mix of digital literacy, perceived relevance of online content, and access to low-cost computers and Internet service. Compete to Compete is the largest private sector initiative ever to address one key prong of the adoption problem: getting broadband Internet into the homes of students where the adoption problem is most acute. [It] can give millions more students the tools to do homework at home and to develop the skills they will need to find a job in the 21st Century economy.”
In a statement FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expanded on this theme, “There is a growing divide between the digital-haves and have-nots. No Less than one-third of the poorest Americans have adopted broadband, while 90%+ of the richest have adopted it. Low-income Americans, rural Americans, seniors, and minorities disproportionately find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide and excluded from the $8 trillion dollar global Internet economy.”
You’ll get no argument from me on that point. Tomorrow’s good jobs are technology jobs. Basic technology literacy is as important as reading, writing and arithmetic was to earlier generations. When I say “technology literacy,” I’m not talking about being able to program in C. I’m talking about simply know how to use a Web browser and how to send an e-mail.
As Genachowski points out, 80%+ of Fortune 500 companies require online job applications, including major employers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, and ExxonMobil. Increasingly, if you’re not on the net you can’t effectively apply to go to college or get a job.
How much of a difference does Internet access make? A lot. Genachowski cited a Federal Reserve study that “found that students with a PC and broadband at home have six to eight percentage point higher graduation rates than similar student who don’t have home access to the Internet.”
I expect that the gap between those with access to the Internet and technology and those without will only increase. For example, libraries are beginning to close their doors to patrons without e-readers. Oh, it’s early days still, but you can see the trend against physical books and the buildings that hold them starting from here. You may be OK with that… if you have a e-reader and an Internet connection.
In short, we, the people of America, need Internet access for all and Connect to Compete is a step in that direction.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tune in Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
<a href="http://www.onlineschools.org/study-break/job-market-of-the-apes/"><img src="http://www.onlineschools.org/study-break/images/job-market-of-the-apes.jpg" alt="Job Market of The Apes" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />Via: <a href="http://www.onlineschools.org">Online Schools</a>
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
If 40 People Donate $10, Then Operation Warm Can Provide Winter Coats for 40 Children – Join the cause on Groupon.com
|Helping Children Stay Warm - Operation Warm!|
Part 1: Governor Dayton’s Council on Black Minnesotans Board and Staff in hot water. State Represetative Moran, Higgins aide: Clueless on the Black Situtation
Monday, October 24, 2011
When: October 25, 2011, 12 p.m. PT
- Detect when learners are not performing well to make the necessary changes before it's too late
- Respond to student needs by providing them with an adaptive, easy-to-use individualized program for future success
- Provide students with the skills necessary to benefit from classroom instruction
- Kathy Adams, instructional coach/teacher, McArthur Elementary School
- Stephanie Brown, teacher, Niagara Elementary School
- Dr. Marta Leon, director of instructional development, Headsprout (now part of DYMO/Mimio)
- Linda Briggs, contributing editor, T.H.E. Journal
T.H.E. Journal and Headsprout (now part of DYMO/Mimio)
Friday, October 21, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Bring your voice signs. Another missed opportunity with a Dog & Pony show
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
|Where are the reports from the NCRT?|
Starting today, dial (612) 672-3878 and ask for an explanation on how come not one victim or agency involved in the tornado relief have not received one penny. Also ask to see the reports generated by the Northside Tornado Response Team to show who did get money and why?
Join me also in contacting donors:
Saturday, September 3, 2011
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Friday, August 12, 2011
|Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak|
Monday, August 8, 2011
Dear Mr. Rutherford-Communications Chairman/NCRT; Chairman King; Rev. Coleman and members of the Northside Community Response Team,
I talked with Chairman King in late July and told him I would be a team player and assist the NCRT anyway I could from the large list of corporate services I have. At no time did I ask the NCRT for money, nor did I expect any. The most important thing in the recovery phase was making sure that the “victims” received green pieces of paper in their hands – not for an organization to hold open houses, parlor events and press conferences while people are still homeless, jobless and without any economic opportunities.
With that said, I am very concerned about an email I received from the director of communications for the Northside Community Response Team. In this slanderous, heinous untrue email it stated that, (unedited) “Mr. Allen now that you have made a open request for funds you have crossed over the line and have entered the realm of "Libel" and "Blackmail". Because I knew you couldn't resist crossing that line I independently (without the aid/instruction of NCRT or its affiliates) saved your email that I openly called threats copied some of your blogs/news reports and hold Anika's proposal in which you are listed one of the payees.”
1) I, Don Allen have never made any request for funds from the NCRT.
2) IBNN NEWS is a citizen’s investigative reporting website. We take no money from or for advertisers. I have not seen any documentation that says I’m a “payee.”
3) I don’t even know who Eric Rutherford is; his websites or his work – therefore I have no reason to criticize him publicly or privately – and never have, other than to tell him “he has bad information.”
4) Mr. Rutherford’s slanderous remarks about me and Ms. Anika Robbins are folly without merit or substance.
5) I demand full disclosure on how much money the NCRT core committee has “invested” in Mr. Rutherford and why Mr. Rutherford seems to have some kind of privileged status.
6) As far as legal threats – bring it on, according to my attorney, you have put the NCRT at risk of legal action due to your ill-advised rants that are slanderous, defamatory and hold no credence whatsoever.
7) At no time have I ever stated to corrupt the NCRT website or any other promotion tool to assist victims in north Minneapolis. Where Mr. Rutherford is getting this information is unknown.
8) At no time have I requested $4000 for media buys. I have never mailed a proposal to the core group or Chairman King.
9) If Mr. Rutherford does not comply with an apology to not only myself and others of the NCRT, I will publically post this story on the web using the key words and SEO to make it show up overtime NRCT is Google’d.
10) It’s truly upsetting that Communications in the Black community turn in to lies, deceit and contempt prior to investigation. I hold no ill-will to Mr. Rutherford, but an apology by him is in order.
In closing, I have copied and pasted the said email below. I demand an immediate apology to myself, Anika and other members of the Communications team who have not gotten one penny from the NCRT funds.
Until then, based on the communication from Mr. Rutherford submit a vote of no-confidence for Mr. Rutherford’s position due his invalidated rant below.
Fr. Eric Rutherford-Communications Director NCRT (see signature block at end)
FIRST LET ME MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT ALTHOUGH MY NAME WAS ON ANIKA'S (GREEDY BLOOD SUCKING) PROPOSAL I WAS IN NO PART OF IT, AS A MATTER OF FACT THEIR WHOLE MEETING TOOK PLACE WITHOUT ME; AND HAVING MY NAME PUBLISHED ON SOMETHING I AM STRONGLY OPPOSED TO IS THE LAST STRAW FOR ME!!! CHAIRMAN KING I WILL NOW TAKE PERMISSION FOR ME TO SPEAK FREELY. IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY I WILL FORMALLY ADDRESS/CC EVERYONE THAT I AM SPEAKING ABOUT (I AM AN EX-MARINE SO I AM A FAITHFUL, UNAPOLOGETIC, MAN OF HONOR AND NO FEAR WHO MEANS EVERY WORD HE SPEAKS SO DO NOT TAKE MY WORDS LIKELY).
LOUIS KING & NCRT CORE TEAM
Chairman King as a man whom I respect I believe that it is only right that I inform you when there are snakes in the bushes and there are plenty here. The only part of Anika's meeting notes that is factual is when she stated that I said that "I would go around her to get what I need". I did say it and meant every word, but allow me to tell you what else has transgressed/conspired at this meeting and previous engagements. Anika has canceled the fundraiser that the NCRT has approved and paid for, she has also gone out of her way to go to the MOA and have them pull the NCRT from that event. She has clearly stated that she will not work with the Graphic Designer that the NCRT/Conexions has paid for and approved. Mr. Allen has openly spoken out against the NCRT and plans to ruin any events they have and attempt to undermine their website if he doesn't get the MONEY he wants. Anika has openly spoken and stated that she will take the money for the website and create a blog page and facebook for the NCRT instead. Anika has removed me from the communications team, and will not allow me to get what's needed for us to table our events at the Midway Stadium in conjunction with the St. Paul Saints. Anika attempted yesterday to get rid of the camera company I hired and paid for; for the express usage of the NCRT. I have informed Anika and now informing the NCRT committee as a whole that I REFUSE TO WORK FOR ANIKA BUT AM WILLING TO WORK WITH ANYONE. As it stands the fundraiser event @ MOA and Midway Stadium has been canceled per Anika (she even states it on her meeting notes under "events" 3rd bullet point down), the Professional Graphic Designer Company is awaiting instructions from NCRT, and Carmera Crew ready and awaiting orders to start filming TV commercials for NCRT. Also and this is very important I refuse to work under Anika (will work with her), and the NCRT should be forewarned that they do plan to run off with the NCRT's money.
My message to you is much shorter and simpler but you should take this as my "Official Letter of Intent". This is an official letter of intent directed towards Don Allen his company IBNN News and its affiliates. Mr. Allen now that you have made a open request for funds you have crossed over the line and have entered the realm of "Libel" and "Blackmail". Because I knew you couldn't resist crossing that line I independently (without the aid/instruction of NCRT or its affiliates) saved your email that I openly called threats copied some of your blogs/news reports and hold Anika's proposal in which you are listed one of the payees. I have also obtained legal counsel in the forms of Attorney John Harker and Attorney K. Bullock and will file a formal suit against on the behalf of Conexions Enterprises and NCRT if even 1 slanderous, untrue statement is so much as blogged about. Also since you mention the capability and willingness to destroy/distraught/sabotage the website and/or local events of the NCRT and/or Conexions Enterprises. I am officially informing you that if the appearance/attempt to do these things is taken by yourself, your company or its affiliates I will seek legal action against you. Lastly now that you have become a member of the NCRT, requested funds, and your business has news in its title. You are required by LAW to write retractions on every and any story that could be considered "Libel" against the NCRT, it members/affiliates, or myself. Before you attempt to stick out your chest at I suggest you speak to legal counsel, google my attorneys and my affiliations with the city and its political figures, and google the terms "libel" and "blackmail" and what it means for yourself and your company since you've now requested $4000.00 under "media buys". You see Mr. Allen unlike yourself I deal within the realm of the law and DO NOT MAKE THREATS BUT MAKE PROMISES AND I PROMISE TO PROSECUTE YOU UNDER THE FULL ARM OF THE LAW IF YOU DO NOT CEASE YOUR CURRENT ACTIONS (note that I have not filed yet but that this is simply to be viewed as an official letter of intent if your actions are not remedied).
Do not mention my name, my companies name, nor my affiliates without our permission or under false pretenses EVER AGAIN!!!!! I am not in support of your budget, and believe it embarrassing and shameful that you would attempt to take funds from a cause and a people (your people) for your own gain. You may think that we are alike because I requested funds also, but we are not. I requested funds only after I have exhausted every free resource, worked the NCRT system and put up my own time and money. I unlike yourself have put my money where my mouth is. I have matched the NCRT for every dime they have put in, I have attended every meeting, I have shown to have media connections, and shown my marketing/promotional skills. I have never gone behind your back and said anything that I have not said to you first. I do want you to know that at the next meeting with the permission of Chairman King I will make a motion to have you either step down as Communications Chair or have a Co Chair appointed, and I will use your own proposal as my ammo for doing so. I do want to thank you though because it was your greed that will be your downfall, and I will also press the "Accountability and Transparency", and "Core Team" that you be removed as Chair.
LISSA, AL AND ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY COMMITTEE
The Bible teaches that you can "Judge a man by the Fruits of his labor". I just want it to be openly known that I will come with a separate proposal similar to the one given by Anika. But I will not attempt to rob such a great cause as the NCRT. I will match the NCRT in funds, work and time as I have done so far. Also I will follow the direction of Chairman King, NCRT, and the Northside Community.
Lastly to all those listed in this email I want it to be known that everything stated was done so under my direction/conscience, and not be construed as the conscience/direction of the NCRT. ATTCHED YOU WILL SEE ANIKA'S PROPOSAL THAT LISTED MY NAME AND THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMELS BACK.
President & CEO
Northside Community Response Team (NCRT)
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Critics Wanted: When did it become the rule that it’s okay for Black kids to be dumber than White kids – specifically in the Minneapolis Public Schools?
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
You might own some tools that you never use, or perhaps you have a backyard that you just don't have the time to do anything interesting with. Until recently, those pieces of property mostly served as nagging reminders that you didn't have enough time to do everything you wanted to do. Today, they can look like revenue streams, not wastes of money.
Using goods only when needed is a fundamental cultural change.
Ideas about ownership of property are slowly starting to change in this country. The success of Zip Car and of bike sharing programs in a few major cities are the vanguard of a host of different "collaborative consumption" services and businesses that allow people to monetize their own unused resources, or to find ways to get goods and services without purchasing them. This infographic shows some of the stuff that might be lying around your house that are just profits waiting to happen -- and all the start-ups trying to help you along:
This infographic was made by the venture fund Collaborative--which invests in collaborative consumption businesses--and the Startup America Partnership in order to help illustrate the economic benefits of this idea. (Full disclosure: I used to work with the founder of Collaborative.)
Your house, it turns out, is full of things that could be making you some cash. Your car can be shared with your neighbors via RelayRides. Your driveway itself can be rented out as a parking spot through Park At My House. Your tools, video games, sports equipment, even clothes, are all monetizeable. How much can you get?
That's right, the average New York-based user of Airbnb (a site which lets users rent out their house like a hotel) makes $21,000 annually. That's a nice supplement to any income. You can also make $200 a month just by renting your video games out. And you thought that was a useless habit. Even if all you have is time, you can monetize that, too.
TaskRabbit lets you do small jobs for your neighbors. Most of those small jobs involve assembling Ikea furniture. So, if you're good with wordless instructions and a hex wrench, you could rack up $15,000 in earnings doing odd jobs.
But all this talk about the money you could make is just part to grab your attention. What's truly important about collaborative consumption is much more world-altering than just supplementing people's incomes. We own far too much stuff, a symptom of our aggressive consumer culture. If you don't need to buy a circular saw or a leaf blower just to use them once a year, but can use one when you need it, it could fundamentally impact how we consume. So, while making money on your unused stuff sounds great, imagine not having to buy the stuff in the first place.
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