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2009 Columns

“Through My Eyes”

weekly column of Ron Edwards
from the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Continuing The Minneapolis Story,
Ron’s “Black Focus,” airs Sundays, 5-6 p.m.,
on Channel 17, MTN-TV

Quarter 4: October thru December

December 30, 2009 Column #51: Historic Success Story: Integration of the Minneapolis Fire Dept

December 23, 2009 Column #50: Urban League ‘Gateway’ passes the buck for leadership failure. What ‘stakeholders’ approved this assault on front-line workers?

December 16, 2009 Column #49: No justice yet for Quincy Smith. One year later, his family still awaits some resolution

December 9, 2009 Column #48: Local 'leaders' fail to confront decline in Black judges

December 2, 2009 Column #47: Police Chief Tim Dolan: The reappointment process begins. Also: Vikings: Asked to leave or asked to stay?

November 25, 2009 Column #46: Black bank proposed for the Northside community

November 19, 2009 Column #45: Tragedy at Ft. Hood includes evidence of ongoing bigotry on both sides — Ft Hood, Texas, Nov 5, 2009, Another American Tragedy

November 11, 2009 Column #44: Social agencies face deep financial cuts. Community tastes the bitter fruits of failed leadership.

November 4, 2009 Column #43: The stadiums are done. Where is the Inclusion Compliance Report?

October 28, 2009 Column #42: Mayor nominates his chief "partner" for another term. Black organizations cling to status quo

October 21, 2009 Column #41: From Hollman to Heritage Park: How well we remember. The Northside project is a model for displacing Blacks from American cities.

October 14, 2009 Column #40: This time one of the good guys won

October 7, 2009 Column #39: City violence spikes. Nellie Stone Johnson’s solutions (and ours): education, jobs, housing.

Quarter 3: July thru September

September 30, 2009 Column #38: Lost: one disparity study. Found: an approach to keep the racism and discrimination ongoing

September 23, 2009 Column #37: Carter gets it right: Racism fuels attacks on Obama's governance

September 16, 2009 Column #36: No Black voodoo, just presidential greatness. Since when can't the president talk to the nation's children?

September 9, 2009 Column #35: Cover-up of MPD abuses continues. There's only been one whistleblower, and it's not Sgt. Kelly O'Rourke

September 2, 2009 Column #34: The Metro Gang Strike Force; The Denial of Race As A Policy

August 26, 2009 Column #33: MPD's 'culture of violence' still prevails. Assault on Darryl Jenkins not the first or the last.

August 19, 2009 Column #32: Let's fix health care before the nation implodes.

August 12, 2009 Column #31: Harrison development project scrapped. Is Harrison targeted to host a new Vikings stadium?

August 5, 2009 Column #30: Minneapolis Urban League on shaky ground. Members have been disenfranchised, bylaws violated.

July 29, 2009 Column #29: Mid-Year Update

July 22, 2009 Column #28: The Fairway Foundation gets it done, Minnesota struts its stuff in Kansas City

July 15, 2009 Column #27: Mismanagement forced re-bid of Marquette and 2nd Avenue Project. Cover-up keeps city council in the dark.

July 8, 2009 Column #26: Investigation of Mineapolis skinhead cops comes too late. The damage has been done.

July 1, 2009 Column #25: The Withholding of Evidence in the matter of the wrongful death trial of Fong Lee

Quarter 2: April thru June

June 24, 2009 Column #24: City harassment campaign targets Somali cabdrivers

June 17, 2009 Column #23: New colonial masters fill our leadership vacuum.Foundation, Committee of 40 plan Black community changes

June 10, 2009 Column #22: Let's admit it: Some judges are bad. Conduct of Fong Lee trial is a case in point.

June 3, 2009 Column #21: Complaint to Minneapolis Civil Rights Department lands man in jail

May 27, 2009 Column #20: The passing of Cliff Burns, Sr. A Black bowling legend passes from the game and community.

May 20, 2009 Column #19: Commission is last line of defense for Mpls civil rights. A no-confidence vote could clear the air.

May 13, 2009 Column #18: Mutiny on the HMS Civil Rights Department

May 6, 2009 Column #17: Courageous witness may expose race-based MPD corruption

April 22, 2009 Column #16: Fong Lee case raises many troubling questions. Many concern what the grand jury may or may not have been told.

April 15, 2009 Column #15: Is the end near for the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department?

April 8, 2009 Column #14: Dominic, Fong and Quincy: the death of three men of color at the hands of the MPD

April 1, 2009 Column #13: Race card in the Fourth Ward

Quarter 1: January thru March

March 25, 2009 Column #12: Attempt to discredit Blacks for White MPD misdeeds has failed. Upcoming corruption trial of the century will expose the farce.

March 18, 2009 Column #11: B. Todd Jones is an excellent nominee for U.S. attorney

March 11, 2009 Column #10: Why not axe the whole Mpls Civil Rights Department? That would at least openly acknowledge its current impotence.

March 4, 2009 Column #9: So much for free speech, so much for the mercy of the court: Carl Eller denied justice, dignity

February 25, 2009 Column #8: With stimulus funds coming, where's the plan for inclusion?

February 18, 2009 Column #7: Where's the plan to ensure Blacks benefit from economic stimulus? Now's the time to ask your representatives.

February 11, 2009 Column #6: Star Tribune continues to carry water for City, MPD

February 4, 2009 Column #5: Homicide of Quincy Smith warrants federal inquiry

January 28, 2009 Column #4: The task begins: the Presidency of Barack Obama

January 21, 2009 Column #3: Is the MPD in service to a parallel government?

January 14, 2009 Column #2: No Black face on White corruption means no investigation. Strib's treatment of the MPD shows loss of journalistic integrity

January 7, 2009 Column #1: Nonprofits, foundations face funding crisis. Are contingency plans in place to safeguard communities of color?

Ron hosts “Black Focus” on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm. Formerly head of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his “watchdog” role for Minneapolis.

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