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What I experienced working for the City of Minneapolis

By Theodis A. Ray

Guest Commentator

I had been working with the City of Minneapolis for six years and 11 months before I was discharged on July 3, 2014. I started in solid waste in 2007, then went to utility billing in February 2008. I was a customer service rep 1 before finally going to the Business License and Consumer Services Department in January 2011, where I was also customer services rep 1. I was a target when I walked through the doors of the Business License and Consumer Services Department. They did a three-month review on me, though that is not their [usual] process on an employee in that department. Continue Reading →

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The violence just won’t go away

Mpls, Indianapolis and Chicago at the crossroad
 

“Murderapolis continues to flourish” was our column headline, September 26, 2011. We, as Chicago, Indianapolis, and other cities, are at a crossroads: Choose between the protection and prosperity for the “helping” bureaucracies or protection and prosperity for those they were established to help?  

More trillions for bureaus or for those the bureaus were created to help? “Murderapolis?” Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis and other cities, or not Murderapolis?  

 

As the nation’s attention turns to violence involving guns in Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis, among other cities, proportionality is seen: Each city is on par with the level of gun violence per capita. Why won’t the violence go away?  

 

Common threads:

(1) illegal drugs, especially heroin, an evil driving terrorism in cities like Minneapolis;

(2) a disturbing number of African American males confined to wheelchairs due to shootings and assaults;

(3) attacks on police officers (Indianapolis police officers have been shot at 18 times this year by gunmen firing from ambush);

(4) a reduction in the number of police officers and sheriffs needed;

(5) continue spending of trillions to support the bureaucracies established to help people rather than spending it on helping people excel in education, jobs, and housing; and

(6) all contributing to what seem like policies reflecting a calculated and intentional genocide. Continue Reading →

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Heroin Town Hall July 31

By Rich Stanek
Guest Commentator

Dear Residents,

On July 31, at 6:30 pm, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Bishop Richard D. Howell Jr. and Minneapolis faith leaders, will host a town hall meeting at Shiloh Temple International Ministries to have a discussion on heroin abuse. I want to thank Bishop Howell and the community of faith leaders for drawing attention a tough subject and for urging people to attend this meeting. We have organized this meeting because we have a crisis on our hands. There are too many people dying, or coming within inches of death, due to overdose of heroin. In 2008, there were six heroin deaths in Hennepin County. Continue Reading →

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Mpls pursues a Racial Equity Action Plan

By Brandi Phillips
Contributing Writer

 

Led by 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, a Racial Equity Action Plan for the City is in the planning and formation stages. It is expected to be implemented by a Racial Equity Action Plan Committee that Glidden hopes will be comprised of community members, city council members,and various city departments such as the police and fire department. The Racial Equity Action Plan is intended as a well-thought-out approach to the goal of racial equity. The Racial Equity Action Plan Committee will be defining the term “racial equity” as well as setting goals based on the definition. In 2012, the City of Minneapolis initiated a Climate Action Plan that, according to the City’s website, provides a roadmap to guide Minneapolis towards greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

Rock the Garden 2014
Featuring De La Soul, Lizzo, Best Coast, Dessa, Valerie June, and more. Sat.-Sun., June 21-22, 3-10 pm

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Go to http://rockthegarden2014.com or call 612-375-7600 for more information

 

Ordway Summer Dance Series: R&B/Soul
Featuring music by Ray Covington and the Maxx Band. Thu., Jun. 19, 5:30 pm

Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul

Go to www.ordway.org/summerdance for more information. Continue Reading →

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Family, community mourn loss of 17-year-old shooting victim

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

Using a bullhorn brought by K.G. Wilson of Hope Ministries, 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson’s stepmother Nekisha Bowman pleaded to the gathering outside their North Minneapolis home Monday, “If you know something, you need to go to the police and do what’s right. My kids are suffering.”

Steverson, an Edison High School junior, died Sunday at a local hospital. He was shot and found lying on a Northside street around 1 am Sunday morning, said Minneapolis Police Inspector Mike Kjos, who told the MSR Monday evening that the case remains under investigation. “There hasn’t been anything put out publicly,” said Kjos. Bowman said during Monday’s one-hour street vigil organized by Wilson that Steverson “didn’t deserve what he went through. Continue Reading →

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South West Light Rail advocates see gains for communities of color

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

As Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council prepare to hear the public’s thoughts on the proposed South West Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), the effort to secure it has created some strange bedfellows. The Met Council has been cheerleading its passing, along with community advocacy groups who see the new rail line as an opportunity for more shared equity. Even the Star Tribune in a recent editorial called out Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for failing to take leadership, as well as those who have been beating the equity drum. And some of the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) opposition to the SWLRT claim that the proposed light rail system will not be equitable but rather “trickle down transit.”

The SWLRT is a $1.68 billion (feds will pay half) proposed light rail project that will stretch 16 miles and run through Minneapolis, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Continue Reading →

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MSR’s ‘Only One’ at the NCAA softball regionals

After a long winter, our “Only One” reporter finally got out and spent last weekend as the only Black media member in the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium press box at the NCAA Minneapolis Regional softball tournament at the University of Minnesota. Again I seemingly wore my invisible suit as the passing-out-stats people passed me by on a couple of occasions. Before last weekend’s four-team double elimination tournament, I promised Gophers’ Tyler Walker and Madie Eckstrom that I would attend. The two previously were featured a couple of weeks ago in our Gopher 100 series.  

“We are going to see a whole lot of each other,” exclaimed Walker. Continue Reading →

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