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06-26-09, Blog #6: The Role of Black Organizations in the Minneapolis Story...

The Role of Black Organizations in the Minneapolis Story...NAACP, Urban League, Civil Rights Commission...Now Part of the Problem Rather Than the Solution, From Chapter 14 of The Minneapolis Story, Through My Eyes. Purchase book here (and get all 18 chapters and 15 Interludes).

THE SUMMARY (Chapter 17) of the solutions found throughout my book (good for any planning and plans): The Positive Future Possibilities for Minneapolis. Buy The Minneapolis Story, Through My Eyes, here. [Ed 8-28-09]

— Solution plans for the future: See our Solution Papers, NAACP (#12 & #29); (community table with a seat for everyone building blocks (#14, #22 & #23); Reconciliation, restoration, youth, positive possibilities, jobs, and losing sight of the prize of freedom (#13, #18, #19 & #20, #33, #39, and #34 ).

Plans must include ending discrimination in economic development, meaning the City must stop breaking its own compliance laws.

See: On the Journalism SILENCE of the major Twin Cities white Dailies, List of Columns, blog entrees (including scoops over the white dailies), handed out at theNational Conference on Media Reform, Minneapolis, June 6-8, 2009.

See examples of columns following one subject, City sanctioned MPD and Civil Rights Department Coverups of Discrimination (also given out at the NCMR-National Convention on Media Reform, June 6-8, 2008.

— Examples of Black weeklies ahead of white dailies: TO BE POSTED SOON.

Posted June 26, 2009, 3:55 a.m. Additions 7:05 p.m.

06-06-09, Blog #5: Welcome NNPA (National Convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association)

When we attended the National Conference on Media Reform last June, in Minneapolis, we were struck by (1) how few Blacks were included in the NCMR program, (2) how helpless Blacks from other cities felt in their struggle to get the word out, to use the words of John B. Smith, "to give voice for issues of concern that affect the ongoing development and success within the African American community," and (3) how very impressed they were by the channels that get the word out in Minneapolis (Black) newspapers' news and columns, TV show, web pages and blogs.

Read this:

Return here throughout the weekend for our comments live and archive, on providing how Minneapolis provides "journalistic leadership and devotion to efficiently promote community progress…to empower minorities through the Black Press."

Congratulations to Tracey L. Williams, beloved publisher of our Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and Co-Host for the NNPA, and to her Co-Host, Al McFarlane, publisher of the Insight News. To quote John Smith again, may they continue their "impressive records as advocates to empower the minority community."

Posted June 25, 2009, 9:22 p.m.

06-06-09, Blog #4: Thanks for thrilling us

Michael Jackson, 12:21 p.m. PDT, call to 911
3:15 p.m., PDT: Michael Jackson rests in peace.

Our condolences to Michael's family, friends, and fans. He was more than the King of Pop, more than one of greatest artists and entertainers on the planet. He was a pioneer in the movement to achieve African American acceptability in America (over 700 millions albums sold bears witness to this), before Tiger, before Oprah, before Obama. Michael Jackson led the way for African Americans in the hearts of American and people world wide. From the Appollo to Neverland to London to Asia, he will be missed but not forgotten.

Posted June 25, 2009, 7:56 p.m.

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. Order his book, hear his voice, read his solution papers, and read his between columns “web log” at

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