Monthly Archives: September 2012

Police officers need to live among the people they serve

During one of my summer breaks from college, I was sitting outside enjoying the summer breeze. In one hand I held a mayonnaise jar full of red Kool-Aid and ice. In my other hand I held a book on Egyptian culture. While reading, the sounds of a car creeping by and indistinct chatter from a two-way radio dislodged my mind from Egypt. When I raised my eyes from the book, a police car was drifting by. Continue Reading →

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Chuck Wexler in town, security plan in place

While Democratic and DFL Party heavy hitters were in Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention, including Mayor R.T. Rybak, the legendary Chuck Wexler, executive director of the powerful Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) was in meetings in Minneapolis (see my September 5 column, “Status quo fixes won’t stop the frightening violence”). Mr. Wexler was here to evaluate and sign off on a new security plan to deal with Minneapolis African Americans (read “youth”). These are not my words. These are words that came out of a number of meetings with Mr. Wexler and his associates. This new security plan includes monitoring and evaluating security conditions within the Somali community that again gives Mr. Wexler the possibility of implementing in other cities around the United States what will be developed here in Minneapolis. As happened some years ago, “Wexler helped develop and implement a comprehensive anti-crime strategy [in Minneapolis] that is now a model for public-private cooperation” (as crime still continues unabated, grain is a more reliable export). Continue Reading →

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What has President Obama done for Blacks?

 
Affordable Care Act, HBCU investment top some advocates’ lists

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Since Barack Obama took office four years ago as the first Black president in U.S. history, he has been criticized by many Blacks for not doing enough for the Black community. The MSRspoke with an author and political leaders who say the political sound bites that list the president’s accomplishments are not being captured. “I think much of the criticism on the president is unfair, and I think part of my job is that we get the information out there in the community on what the president has done. He doesn’t get enough credit on things he has done, and [for things that] have directly benefited the African American community,” states Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who also is U.S. Conference of Mayors president. “This president has put more money in Historically Black Colleges than other presidents before him have,” says National Congress of Black Women, Inc. President E. Faye Williams on the Obama administration’s investment in HBCUs. Continue Reading →

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Back in the Day gathering celebrates S. Mpls

 

On Saturday, September 1 at Phelps Park on 39th and Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis, the Third Annual Back in the Day gathering was held to reunite people who grew up in the community with youth and elders. Approximately 400 people attended the event.  

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Marriage amendment divides Black Christians

 
Local Black clergy on opposite sides express their views

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

The issue of same-sex marriage has been a controversial one for Black people, especially after President Barack Obama expressed his opinion on it last spring. The MSRspoke with two local Black ministers, one feels that the amendment represents “the Bible’s way,” while the other says it defines the GLBT community as the “other.”

Rev. Jerry McAfee pastors New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He admits that the president’s announcement in May disturbed him, believing that it was ill-timed. “I’ve been quite vocal on what the president did, not because he made the statement but at the timing of the statement. What I did not like was [that] he made the statement without talking to his African American constituents first — at least we could have helped him couch this thing in such a way that it would have been palatable. Continue Reading →

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From Selma, Alabama to Minneapolis

 
MPS superintendent reflects on voting rights, proposed voter ID amendment
 

By Alleen Brown

Contributing Writer

 

At a recent anti-voter ID amendment rally, Minneapolis Public Schools Supt. Bernadeia Johnson spoke to the crowd about her family’s fight for voter rights in Selma, Alabama, in the 1960s. Although she can’t speak for the district, Johnson is decidedly anti-amendment, and her growing-up years in the heart of the voting rights movement in tiny Selma, Alabama, get the credit for her stance. The Twin Cities Daily Planet (DP) sat down with Johnson (BJ) to talk about growing up in Selma and about what she thinks about Minnesota’s proposed voter ID amendment.  To read more about this story, pick up a copy of the MSR newspaper:

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Lysistrata move: Sex strikes could stop violence against women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a page from the ancient Greek play Lysistrata, in which women figured out how to stop their men from waging war. Women across America start withholding sex and see how fast men in Congress get busy making domestic abuse and rape their number-one priority.  

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