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2011 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, 2011

December 28, 2011 Column #52: 2011: Preparing for the Election of 2012

December 21, 2011 Column #51: Some in Mpls City Hall are hostile to Blacks. Chief Alex Jackson is a target again.

December 14, 2011 Column #50: The three unforgivable sins of Herman Cain

December 07, 2011 Column #49:Blacks wait for jobs as White planners plan planning. Growing Anxiety about Jobs Plans. Where is Obamas  Jobs Legislation?

November 30, 2011 Column #48: Tell us something we didn’t already know: The corruption of disadvantaged business enterprise programs in Minneapolis.E

November 23, 2011 Column #47: 16 reasons why JoePa should have done the right thing.

November 16, 2011 Column #46: November 16, 2011 Column #46: U.S. African Command: the return of colonialism to Black Africa?

November 09, 2011 Column #45: Stop the punting of the Vikings! Minnesotans: Unite with a ‘Fan Response Movement’ to keep the team

November 02, 2011 Column #44: Can it happen: jobs legislation? Can the political parties come together? Can they all get along, despite race?

October 26, 2011 Column #43: Candidate Herman Cain: A Republican First, Long Overdue

October 19, 2011 Column #42: State’s only winning professional team brings joy to the faithfull

October 12, 2011 Column #41: Mayor Rybak, Minneapolis officials hear private Vikings stadium pitch in Portland, Oregon

October 05, 2011 Column #40: Who’s in charge of 807 West Broadway — soon to be 1200 West Broadway?

Quarter 3: July thru September, 2011

September 28, 2011 Column #39: Murderopolis continues to flourish. 16-year-old African American male the latest victim

September 21, 2011 Column #38: United States Commission on Civil Rights Was in Town. 
To examine racial disparity in unemployment in the Twin Cities

September 14, 2011 Column #37: Lt. Lee Edwards files against MPD. He won a $137,000 judgment against the City in 2009

September 07, 2011 Column #36: Minneapolis Streets are the Battle Ground for the Soul of the City. Violence Continues to Spiral Out of Control in Minneapolis

August 31, 2011 Column #35 :Fifteen shot. Seven stabbed. Three dead.  White media ignores six days of violence and death on Minneapolis streets

August 24, 2011 Column #34: Without MPD narcotics unit, drugs flow freely in Black community

August 17, 2011 Column #33: Violence flares again in our beloved Shangri La

August 10, 2011 Column #32: Chickens Come Home to Roost for the Violent Offenders Task Force (VOTF)

August 03, 2011 Column #31: The far right (or left?) strikes back with violence. Agonizing tragedy in Norway

July 27, 2011 Column #30: Marvin “Corky” Taylor: latest casualty in the purge of the Mpls Civil Rights Department

July 20, 2011 Column #29: The Cicchetti Plan returns

July 13, 2011 Column #28: Shutdowns and lockouts: disturbing signs in government and sports

July 06, 2011 Column #27: The departure of Captain Donald Banham, MPD. A legend in the police department retires with no respect from the City he served

Quarter 2: April thru June, 2011

June 29, 2011 Column #26: From Wirth’s Par 3 to Nordic Ski?
Now there’s a bad idea with negative consequences

June 22, 2011 Column #25: Missing files, undelivered letters, bogus lists add up to troubled times at the Minneapolis Civil Rights Dept.

June 15, 2011 Column #24: “Trial of the century” appeals stir muddy waters.
1992 Hoff and Harris murders resurface in court.

June 08, 2011 Column #23: When experience and knowledge truly mean something.
Real vs. Fake Ministry Responses to the North Minneapolis Tornado

June 01, 2011 Column #22: Disaster accelerates gentrification of North Minneapolis   
Reconstruction proceeds without Black workers

May 25, 2011 Column #21: Budget battle threatens Vikings’ future

May 18, 2011 Column #20: Stanek, Keefe, Delmonico, Arneson: four who strive to make a difference

May 11, 2011 Column #19: Peace in our time? I don’t think so.

May 04, 2011 Column #18: When Discipline is Broken and Integrity is Lost. Peculiar Conduct by VOTF Members

April 27, 2011 Column #17: It’s déjà vu with the MPD as history repeats itself.

April 20, 2011 Column #16: New lawsuit continues old MPD cover-up of White corruption

April 13, 2011 Column #15: Can Minnesota afford another stadium?
Difficult times force difficult choices

April 06, 2011 Column #14: Partitioning a nation and seizing its assets is serious business


Quarter 1: January thru March, 2011

March 30, 2011 Column #13:When corruption trumped justice:
In the matter of Glenda Telford and Sheila Haynes

March 23, 2011 Column #12: Minneapolis Civil Rights case backlog eliminated — by shredding: The matter of Ronald G. Brandon, ousted chief investigator of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department.

March 16, 2011 Column #11:3 Heroes of the Civil Rights Struggle Against Corruption
Lauren Marker, Eddie Calderon, Marvin Taylor

March 09, 2011 Column #10: “The Plan” revealed: no more jobs for Black Minnesotans in 2011 and beyond.

March 02, 2011 Column #9:Sensitivity and Compassion in Education
The commitment to educate 835,000 children in Minnesota

February 23, 2011 Column #8:Council on Black Minnesotans next to fall?
Resignations raise concerns over accountability

February 16, 2011 Column #7: In Mpls, Black History Month has become Black Mystery Month. Local censorship mirrors that of Egyptian autocrats.

February 09, 2011 Column #6: Governor proposes $1 billion jobs stimulus program for Whites. No Compliance Enforcement Plan for Including African Americans.

February 02, 2011 Column #5: Questions about Spokane after MLK Day.

January 26, 2011 Column #4: The Black Church and the Black Council square off

January 19, 2011 Column #3: Tucson Massacre Exposes Broader War Within America

January 12, 2011 Column #2: Collapse of local Black institutions continues. City, Inc.'s failures come at the expense of our children’s future.

January 05, 2011 Column #1: January 05, 2011 Column #1: Minneapolis proposes ordinance amendment redefining ‘small’ minority businesses For SUBP Ordinance (Small and Under Utilized Business Program). It’s not in the public interest, especially not that of African Americans.

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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