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SANDERS CALLS FOR RACIAL UNITY “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights,” sang New Power Generation before the candidate appeared. The rally was a bit raucous, resembling more a revival than a political event, with Sanders doing the preaching, New Power Generation leading the

to implement that progressive agenda that Paul spent his life fighting for,” he said. Across the street, a mix of Trump supporters and far right groups, including a conservative Christian group that shouted “Rebellion is the

“We are going to bring our people together around an agenda that works for us all, not just the one percent” singing, and the audience doing a bit of call and response. He even gave a nod to former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, promising to pick up where the deceased congressman left off. “We are going

product of witchcraft,” tried to get the attention of Sanders’ supporters as they waited to file into the auditorium after being hi-fived by passionate Sanders volunteers. ■ See SanderS on page 8

He and Rep. Omar ‘share a common link’ as children of immigrants his speech at a nearly packed house in Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus “He [Trump] is trying to divide us Sunday night, November 3. “What we are building is a multiup. We are going to bring our people together—Black and White and racial, multi-generational, workingLatino, Native American and Asian class movement,” Sanders told the American, gay and straight, native crowd. “We are all in this together, born and immigrant. We are going to and we must all be prepared to fight bring our people together around an for everyone who is struggling,” he agenda that works for us all, not just said. “We must be willing to fight for the one percent!” shouted Democrat- the 50% of American families who ic Party presidential candidate and live paycheck to paycheck.” The Vermont liberal touched on Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in By Mel Reeves and Micah McKinney Contributing writers

practically every progressive talking point, including student debt cancellation, ending homelessness, raising wages, taxing the rich, Medicare For All, and creating a less phobic and more tolerant America. “We are going to pass the most comprehensive housing bill in the history of this country,” Sanders said. “We will build up to 10 million new housing units. We will eliminate homelessness. We will fight gentrifi- Children of refugees: Senator Bernie Sanders (D) Vermont and US Rep MN cation. We will create a national rent District 5 (DFL) Omar Ilhan bask in the adoration of supporters as they exit control standard.” the stage of the Minneapolis rally on Sunday night Submitted photos

ImmIgrants’ fear of government could skew 2020 census At stake are vital federal resources

been considered a ‘sanctuary city.’ We hear this term in the national media and from the federal government.” Then she asked Michelle Rivero just what that is. Rivero responded, “[It’s] a municipality where law enforcement functions are decoupled from immigration enforcement. That is the essential definer. We’ve gone beyond that in decoupling and providing support to immigrant and refugee communities.” This includes OIRA serving as “a one-stop shop for community to access the City and understand what resources exist.” Andrea Jenkins By Dwight Hobbes Contributing writer If you think immigration concerns are only for immigrants and the census is moot, Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins’ weekly gathering of community voices, which convened last Friday, November 1, offered reasons to think again. “Afternoons with Andrea: Immigration and Census 2020 Update” illuminated the issue’s far-reaching impact and how keeping track of the country’s population can be exploited to target segments of that population. And what can be done about it. Jenkins was joined by City’s Complete Count Coordinator Alberder Gillespie; director of Immigrant Refugee Affairs (OIRA) Michelle Rivero; Black Immigrant Collective’s Julia Nekessa Opoti; and The City’s Creative City Making on the Census 2020 partners Rox Anderson and Anna Meyer. Jenkins is the lead member of the city council for census work. “Minneapolis,” she noted, “has

“Black immigrants are hyper-surveilled, just as any Black person in the U.S. is.” There are, of course, ways around the law, something of a common practice in this presidential administration. Gillespie commented, “[The census] is a federal operation. The City can’t prevent ICE pretending to be enumerators. That’s a very real concern.” For instance, while it’s illegal for a citizen to impersonate a census taker, ICE is allowed to do so. Accordingly, she noted the creation of “trusted spaces and places,” what amounts to a network of safe-houses. “We’re partnering with churches to have Census Sundays, partnering with mosques and [community] centers where people can come in and ■ See ImmIgrantS on page 8

(l-r) Council VP Jenkins, Nekessa Opoti, Rox Anderson, Anna Meyer, Michelle Rivero and Alberder Gillespie Photos by BFRESH Productions

Minneapolis expands renter protections New ordinance intended to remove needless barriers By Aleezeh Hasan Contributing writer Minneapolis Fifth Ward City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison spoke at a community information session on November 4 hosted by the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association on the newly passed rental ordinance authored by him and Ward 10 Councilmember Lisa Bender. While acknowl-

sure people weren’t being excluded unnecessarily,” said Ellison. “We have lots of evidence to show that renters in our community, low-income renters in our community and renters of color, are being exploited in our market,” said Councilmember Lisa Bender before the council passed the ordinance unanimously at a meeting in September.

Jeremiah Ellison at the November 4 community information session at the Heritage Park Neighborhood Association Photo by Aleezeh Hasan edging that affordable housing will likely continue to present challenges to tenants in Minneapolis, its supporters hope this ordinance will help bridge the gap in disparities. The ordinance aims to further protect tenant rights in the city. In the past, landlords have been able to turn away renters due to low credit scores, a history of evictions, or a criminal record. Some believe that this has led to the unjust exclusion of many from local neighborhoods. “We tried to make an ordinance that would make

The ordinance sought to eliminate some barriers to renting that are borderline discriminatory. The ordinance prevents landlords from turning away potential tenants who have a misdemeanor that is older than three years or a felony that is older than seven. For some more serious crimes, 10 or more years must have passed. The ordinance will also prevent landlords from denying applicants based on their eviction history. The intent is to prevent past ■ See renterS on page 8


NEWS Spotlights

Black Buffalo Wild Wings customers asked to move Two men said they were with a group celebrating a birthday last weekend at Buffalo Wild Wings in Naperville, Illinois when they were asked to move because another customer did not want to sit near Black people, reported the Chicago Tribune They said that multiple Wild Wings staff people tried to get them to move, and at one point they claimed that the tables had been reserved. The group left. Buffalo Wild Wings wrote an apology to the offended family and, according to a Washington Post article, fired some of the staff that were involved.

Jet Blue worker mocking homeless Puerto Ricans draws outrage from the island NBC news reported that a Jet Blue employee showed up to work on Halloween dressed as a homeless person from the Caribbean. “Not sure if they know, but thousands of people lost everything due to Hurricane Maria, and for this JetBlue employee to think it’s OK to joke about the epidemic of homelessness in Puerto Rico and the U.S. is sickening and completely unacceptable,” someone tweeted.

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C&G’s Smoking Barbeque By Dwight Hobbes Contributing writer



you can’t recall when you last had a delectable slice of homemade, sweet potato pie you will after stopping in at C & G’s Smoking Barbecue. It leaves you licking the last

few crumbs off your fork, wondering how seriously you want to watch your waistline as you consider ordering another piece. You can’t come by this kind of fare on a supermarket shelf, despite, as the slogan goes, “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee’s.” Owner-proprietor Greg Alford never spent a day in culinary school, but came by his skills at the stove the old fashioned way—in the family kitchen. Beginning at, remarkably enough, the tender age of 5, before the advent of electric stoves, when you struck a wooden match and had to be care-


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ful to not blow yourself up. “When I was a kindergartner,” he recalls, “my mom had something on the front [burner]. I was cooking grits on the back, standing on a chair, leaning over and my little jacket caught on fire.” Greg is a man of pleasant demeanor if few words in a rich baritone that previously graced the Detroit radio airwaves as “The Mighty G-Man.” He speaks in a matter of fact, easy-going manner. “I learned from different relatives,” he says. Not only the women but, he noted, that the men know what they’re doing when it comes to rustling up a meal. “All of my brothers, too. That’s just part of a family thing.” He’s been tantalizing taste buds and widening waists at the South Minneapolis eatery the past 10 years, satisfying clientele with just about everything smoked to a turn. A menu highlight is C&G’s Home Made Chili, eight or 16-ounce servings. Seafood lovers can dine on whiting, catfish, tilapia or ocean perch.

Along with a la carte dishes, there are 15 kinds of sandwiches, including, in honor of Greg’s hometown, Motor City Corned Beef, a choice of seven combos and three different-sized family packs, the largest being 18 ribs with a whole chicken. Monday through Wednesday the house special is a pound of rib tips. Along with C&G’s Home Made Chili, 90% of the meals are put together from scratch and nothing comes out of a can. The magic ingredient, of course, is the chef’s recipe, which isn’t just a matter of dashing the same special sauce in each dish. There is a whole different mix of seasonings for Smoked BBQ Beef Brisket, for example, than, say, Catfish and Black-eyed peas. “You have to cook each one differently. I want it all, not just one thing, to taste good. I like to see people eat food they really like,” he said. For the full list of selections, you can go online to Cornbread connoisseurs hereabouts are especially in luck, able to enjoy a not-so-routine eating experience. One of seven available sides is a serving of hot water cornbread with greens, a mix of collards, mustards, and turnips. Asked exactly what hot water cornbread is, Greg imparted, “It’s a Southern thing. You make it out of hot water and cornmeal flour. No eggs or baking powder. None of that stuff.” How does the taste compare to “regular” cornbread? “I think it’s better. If you make it right.” How does one come by Southern cooking by way of Detroit? “My family’s from Louisiana. “They brought everything they knew with them,” says Greg, which explains a lot. After all, when one thinks of dishes from down that way, the expression that “the cook put her— in this case, his— foot in it” comes to mind. Indeed, it’s a family affair. A few years back, he enlisted Greg, Jr., to help out since, when it comes to cooking, it is true that, like father like son. “He asked me and I wasn’t going to say no,” said Greg, Jr. “It makes the business stronger. It’s a lot of work for one person. My kids help us out, sometimes. Now and then friends will pitch in.” To the delight of folk who love good food. The best testimony comes from customers as Greg, Sr. attested. “They say, ‘If you haven’t tried C&G’s, you haven’t had barbecue.’”

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November 7-13, 2019


CANCER: What is it?


What can I do to prevent it or fight it if diagnosed?

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breast cancer in African American women. Lung and colon cancer are the secondand third-most common cancers in African Americans. Approximately 37,000 Black men and 36,000 Black women will die from cancer this year.

To de-stress, mediate, pray, or take long walks. Forgive those around you. Do whatever it takes to lower your stress levels. Remember: “Prevention is the cure!”

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Remember: “Prevention is the cure!”

By Alyse M. Hamilton, M.D. Guest contributor

After delivering those dreaded words “You have cancer,” physicians specialized in cancer treatment (oncologists) may offer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or immune system therapies. But, what should the person with cancer do? Many medical professionals believe there are many things we can all do to prevent cancer, and that we should do those same things if we are diagnosed with cancer. This is known as “Prevention is the cure.” What is cancer? Cancer happens when a few cells change and multiply out of control. Some cancers grow rapidly; others grow slowly. Many cancers have visible tumors. Others, like leukemia, are found in blood. • A newborn has 26 billion cells. An adult has 49 trillion cells. • Healthy cells are constantly created to do their jobs and then die in just days or months. • Cancer cells do no work and refuse to die.

What should I do? Don’t be a victim of cancer! Take charge of your health! Prevention is the cure: Listed below are 10 important things you can do to lower your risk and even help fight cancer if you’ve been diagnosed: 1. Stop the high fat meats (except fish): Eat less red meat, pork, whole milk and high milk dairy products (yogurts, ice cream and cheeses.) This the first critical step to reduce cancer risk. Choose a more plant-based diet. Eat grass-fed beef and butter or Ghee; hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, turkey or pork. Stop using margarine! 2. Eat more vegetable fiber to lose weight and get lean. Drink way more purified (not tap or spring) water! 3. Stop high sugar, bad carbs: Baked goods, candy, breads, pasta, pizza, French fries, white flour, and any product with high fructose corn syrup all cause inflammation and can lead to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 4. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Work up to 30-45 minutes of aerobics three to five times per week with some weight training. To start, walk 30-45 minutes after dinner and build from there. Photo courtesy of Unsplash/Madison Lavern

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A few cancers are genetic, but, 90% of cancers are now believed to be caused by our lifestyles—diet, toxins, stress levels, and even lack of exercise. The many causes of cancer may include social and economic factors and cultural differences that affect cancer risk. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death of all Americans. African Americans who have cancer have the highest death rate and shortest survival of all ethnic/racial groups in the U.S. Black men have the highest rate of cancer in the United States. Prostate cancer is the leading type of cancer in African American men and


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Until we are all free

A monthly column in which contributors from both sides of prison walls explore common ground for effecting change.

By Kevin Reese Contributing writer


ive years ago, in October 2014, I wrote the inaugural “Bridging the Gap” article for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. In this article, I spoke about the first ever BRIDGE workshop held inside of Lino Lakes correctional facility. That workshop was powerful because it was unprecedented for such an event to take place inside a prison led and organized by the incar-

cerated men. The spirit of that day propelled us forward, held us together, gave us hope that we can organize in the darkest place and we can bring light and love and build community. That was five years ago. Since then we have been organizing and strategizing all in the dream of what took place on October 26, 2019. “Until we are all free” was the manifestation of a thought that caused it all. During my six years of organizing I learned many lessons, and the chief lesson that I’ve learned is that none of our liberations is isolated, and to be in the movement is to be in community.

We cannot think that our freedom is free—there is a cost, and we must all pay it forward until we are all free. When I was looking for a statement that embodied that sentiment, I was inspired by a quote from James Baldwin in his book “The Fire Next Time.” In it, he tells his nephew that no one, none of us, is free until we are all free. This statement is the intersection of all of my work. I now organize as director of criminal justice for Voic-

es for Racial Justice, but that position is not isolated. It can only be effective if it’s connected to others. The amazing community came out on October 26 to celebrate the BRIDGE, honor its history, and collectively support the future. It was a fundraiser in an effort to accrue as many resources as possible. The very existence of criminal

justice abolition work is vulnerable work. The criminal justice advocates are going up against a wellresourced, well organized, and influential institution. So the community support for the organizing of the BRIDGE in itself is revolutionary. It’s a step towards community sustainability, independence, and revolutionary organizers. Now it is time to pay it forward. I am looking forward to connecting my role with the rest of the movement and being a servant for the people. The people I know cannot afford to wait. They are under constant attack. They are still being pushed into cells and away from our hearts. We must remember them. We must remember that there is no liberation without them. We cannot think that our freedom is free— there is a cost, and we must all pay it forward until we are all free. The fundraiser embodied that spirit, so as we proceed let’s remember to proceed together. Thanks to everyone who supported the work, all of the volunteers, community sponsors, individual sponsors, and all of the amazing bleeding hearts who showed up and showed out. Kevin Reese is director of criminal justice reform at Voices for Racial Justice. Reader responses are welcome to To learn more about the organization’s work, visit www.voicesforracialjustice. org.

Deliberate on the dignity of all people

America can’t fix poverty until it stops hating poor people. — john a. powell and Arthur Brooks Unwarranted assumptions about the quality of the character of the poor, or lack thereof, are part of the longstanding war on the poor. In general society has created imagery to villainize the poor…and, many times, this imagery is reinforced with overt racial themes and substantiated by more subtle overtones. — Sean Breeze In the summer of 2017, I used this column to embark on a six-part series inspired by a single quote. That quote came from noted historian Rutger C. Bregman, who, during a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk declared, “Poverty isn’t a lack of character. It’s a lack of cash.” Others, before and since, have used similar language to talk about what poverty is, and for that matter, what it isn’t. For instance, one of the more common refrains that has arisen, and that speaks directly to Bregman’s declaration, is that poverty is, in fact, “a math problem.” Just a few months ago, Bloomberg opinion columnist Noah Smith took this same tact in an essay titled, “Stop Blaming America’s Poor for Their Poverty.” Arguing in favor of a “strong social safety net,” Smith wrote: “Too many people fall through the cracks in the capitalist system because of unemployment, sickness, injury or other forms of back luck.

And the market, on its own, simply doesn’t create enough well-paying jobs for everyone to be able to afford a comfortable lifestyle.” The very next day—writing in the National Review— Kevin D. Williamson not only attempts to debunk Smith’s piece (claiming that “almost none of his key claims are exactly true), but castigates Smith’s mental fortitude and writing skills for good measure. Now, in all fairness to Williamson, he makes some insightful points about America’s past failures to deal with issues of poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, and mental health. Moreover, he talks of nuance and different variables that render people

why we must continue to fight back against this hatred of the poor. We must change the blanket narrative that those in poverty are to blame for their own plight. I’m particularly taken by a quote from powell and Brooks who, when reflecting on the questions of character and morality (not to mention differences of opinion in ideology), state, “A competition of ideas is healthy. But it requires a deep moral consensus: a shared belief in the dignity of all people.” The dignity of all people. Just deliberate on that for a moment. The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau tells us that there are approximately 38 million Americans liv-

some may not have the time to volunteer. Even if every one of us could help in one of these ways, I’m doubtful that would be enough to solve poverty. But that doesn’t keep us from trying. As we set about solving the math problem that is poverty, we also must continue to

proclaim with the utmost vigor and veracity that poverty is not a character flaw. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” And, if all one can do for another is treat them with dignity, then maybe, just maybe, that’s a good start.

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“Americans, it seems, have a uniquely low opinion of poor people.” “poor for all sorts of reasons.” Still, there is a strain of mean-spiritedness (as reflected in the personal shots he takes at Smith) that harkens back to the words of Margaret Thatcher, who more than four decades ago famously referred to what she saw as character and personality defects in in the poor. That kind of thinking continues to permeate the social and political landscape of our world, but no place more than right here in the United States. Researchers john a. powell and Arthur Brooks have cited a multitude of studies that demonstrate this, including one survey where the general consensus was that poor people were both unfriendly and incompetent. According to powell and Brooks, “Americans, it seems, have a uniquely low opinion of poor people: We offer them neither our empathy nor our respect.” This is precisely why two years ago I dedicated a sixpart series to this subject and

ing below the federal poverty line. However, as we have noted many times before that “line” is flawed. There are tens of millions among us, including those who toil in two or three jobs and still can’t make ends meet at the end of the work week. As scholars, economists and others have revealed, roughly one-half of America’s 327 million people can be classified as economically insecure. This means they are one minor crisis from joining the “official” ranks of the poor. Now, a little more than a decade ago, GiveMN was established to support Minnesota nonprofit organization and schools, fuelled by its mission to “ignite generosity and grow giving.” Its annual Give to the Max Day is this coming Thursday, November 14, 2019. Charitable contributions are without question one of the ways that we reduce poverty. Volunteerism is yet another. That said, not everyone has the means to give. And,

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John Conyers' death signals the end of an era By Glen Ford Contributing commentator

Ethiopians/ Indonesians sacrificed for Boeing profits MELLANEOUS By Mel Reeves Contributing commentator Boeing executives were grilled before the U.S. Congress last week as a result of the corporate crime they committed earlier this year, when Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610 crashed last October and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 fell out of the sky five months later, resulting in the deaths of 346 human beings. Like anyone who commits a crime causing the deaths of human beings, whether purposely or accidentally through negligence, the heads of Boeing Corporation should be charged and duly convicted of murder and/or manslaughter. Don’t just take my word for it; U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said Boeing’s design approach implied “a disturbing level of casualness and flippancy,” while calling both crashes “entirely avoidable.” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Boeing sold what he categorized as a “flying coffin.”

Congress that the bill “would not be in the best interest of safety.”’ The NY Times revealed a rather prescient warning from a labor group representing agency inspectors saying that “the rules would turn the FAA into a ‘rubber stamp’ that would only be able to intervene after a plane crashed and people are killed.” Representative Peter DeFazio, the Oregon Democrat who is the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, was quoted in the NY Times saying he celebrated the bill’s changes last year. “It would maintain safety and will help our manufacturers become much more competitive in the world market and introduce their products more quickly.” DeFazio is now trying to have it both ways. Both he and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) are now trying to appear as the paragons of public safety. “One thing is crystal clear,” Cantwell said recently. “If you want to be the leader in aviation manufacturing, you have to be the leader in aviation safety.”

“One thing is crystal clear, if you want to be the leader in aviation manufacturing, you have to be the leader in aviation safety.’” But it was Cantwell, DeFazio and other Democrats and Republicans who led the passage of the 2018 law that gave more power to Boeing, while limiting the role of the FAA. Cantwell staffer Nick Sutter admitted that Boeing had been in close contact with the senator, saying that the senator is responsive to the needs of Washington State business,” adding, “Boeing people were in and out of the office all the time.” The NY Times reported that “in conversations with a top aide for the senator, Matt McCarthy, Boeing lobbyists pushed for language that would compel the FAA to rely more on manufacturers, according to two people directly involved in the discussions.” Incredibly (you can’t make this up) McCarthy now works as a lobbyist for Boeing. The Boeing scandal not only exposed what most folks already know, that companies are primarily concerned with their bottom line. It also reveals Washington as a cesspool of opportunists whose last concern is the well-being of their constituents. But as the hearings demonstrate, they put on a good show of moral outrage on cue. The controversy also exposes just how misguided the flag-wavers are who say America is right or wrong and who really believe that the big people, the Rich White Folks, have their best interest in mind. When profit is the motivating factor, neither the young, old, or working stiff is safe. This has been proven over and over. The Big Pharma decision to push addictive medicines onto the U.S. market, wreaking havoc on the lives of the nation’s young people, is yet another example of what can happen in a society in which the needs of profit supersede the needs of human beings. What kind of people would design a system like this? And just as importantly, what kind of people would put up with a system Plenty of hypocrisy to go around Ironically, some in Congress who were like this? Justice, then peace. guilty of pushing forward decreased FAA oversight in favor of increasing Boeing’s Mel Reeves welcomes reader responses to profitability, have now changed their tune. Congress overwhelmingly passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which made it more difficult for the government to review manufacturers’ work. The FAA warned

Boeing apparently knew there were flaws in its new airliner but overlooked them in an effort to cut corners and save money. It appears that in its efforts to compete with Airbus, which had recently designed a jet with more range, a bigger payload, and more fuel efficiency, Boeing misled regulators about its new airliner. The aircraft builder promoted its new plane as simply an improved version of its 737 and called it the Max 737, in effect claiming it had just recast the design of its older best-selling model. By casting its new plane as just an upgraded version of its older 737, Boeing avoided what would have been a much more rigorous and expensive reclassification and retraining process. However, the Max 737 is a new airliner with new design features, including the problematic anti-stall software that was significantly different from the 737. The new aircraft had a hitch in its new anti-stall system that apparently the company tried to hide: It sometimes went into a dive to compensate for an imaginary problem. “The messages [from the chief technical pilot], which were made public this month, raise serious new questions about what Boeing knew about the new system, known as MCAS, which played a role in both crashes,” reported the NY Times. When asked when he learned of the messages from Forkner, Muilenburg reportedly said: “I believe it was prior to the second crash.” Amazingly, it has been revealed that the FAA had been delegating regulatory authority to Boeing, allowing the company to supervise itself, in an effort to save money. Other reports reveal that Boeing had a say in FAA inspectors’ salary and bonuses.

John Conyers’ long career is a window on the decline of Black politics in the two generations since the demise of the mass Black movement. Conyers passed away at age 90 this week. He was the sixth longest-serving U.S. representative in history—having spent more than half a century representing Detroit— and the longest-serving Black congressperson, by far. As a standard-bearer of the progressive Black petite-bourgeoisie, attorney Conyers was the best of the early Congressional Black Caucus, which he helped found in 1971 along with 12 other lawmakers. Conyers was already on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list, a distinction he shared with fellow Black Congressman Ron Dellums of California. Immediately upon entering office in 1965, after a hairsbreadth election victory, Conyers hired campaign worker Rosa Parks, the exiled and jobless heroine of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. “If it wasn’t for Rosa Parks, I never would have gotten elected,” Conyers told a Parks biographer. Conyers was one of only seven lawmakers to vote against funding the Vietnam War in 1965, the year of the first massive U.S. troop buildup under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1972, he introduced a resolution to remove Nixon from office for his conduct of the war. When Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Conyers quickly put forward a bill to make the martyred leader’s birthday a national holiday, which finally became law in 1983. The mass movement of the previous decade was not yet fully dead in the mid-70s. It was not considered scandalous— certainly, not in Black America—that Conyers and Dellums (who died in 2018) were openly socialist members of Congress. Both lawmakers would later become active in the socialist-lite DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America. On a train ride with Conyers from Washington to New York in early 1977, I asked him why he didn’t run on a socialist ticket, since he was winning as much as 86% of the vote in his district. His mouth fell open in horror. “But…the Party would destroy me,” he replied—as if that was as obvious as daylight. The Black Caucus was almost uniformly “progressive” back then, by today’s tepid standards. The Caucus was prolabor, with virtually all of its members heavily dependent on union contributions to ward off primary election challenges. The Democrats lurched rightward in the ’80s, when for the first time General Motors’ financial arm registered bigger profits than its manufacturing division—signaling the triumph, and soon hegemony, of financial capital. Black electoral politics in general, and Black congressional representatives, in particular, embraced a politics of symbolism over substance. Conyers racked up the biggest symbolic victory of all, when his MLK Birthday bill became law in 1983. But he was useful to movement politics, as well, holding hearings in localities across the country on criminal justice system abuses, South African apartheid, and a host of other issues. The Black Caucus was in the legislative vanguard in the ultimately successful fight to divest from South African apartheid, a great defeat for the Reagan administration.

And Conyers will always be known for introducing H.R.40, his Black reparations study bill, in 1989, and reintroducing it (almost) every year later until his death. The rot was palpable, however. By 1994, a majority of the Black Caucus was hunting for young Black “predators,” in sync with their Democratic Leadership Council-founding president, Bill Clinton, as detailed by Michelle Alexander a generation later. Only 11 Black Caucus members voted against the crime bill that led to an exponential increase in the incarceration of African Americans. The year after the crime bill debacle, Conyers became the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. When the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe hit in 2005, forcing over 100,000 Blacks into exile from New Or-

tion in 2003, when there was no chance that the Republican Congress would pass it or that George Bush would sign it. Presidential candidate Barack Obama deceptively deployed buzz words like “universal” health care to cause the public to believe that he, too, favored single-payer. But when Obama launched his meticulously choreographed health care offensive in 2009, the doors to the White House were shut to Conyers and other singlepayer advocates. Inside the executive mansion, lobbyists for Big Pharma and the insurance industry crafted a bill designed to forestall single-payer for another generation, while boosting corporate profits to new heights. In the end, the single payers caved to the first Black president.

Conyers managed to preserve some shred of dignity years longer than the Black Caucus as a whole. leans, the entirety of the Congressional Black Caucus—except for Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney—slavishly obeyed House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s dictate that there be no Democratic hearings on Katrina-related crimes against the people. Pelosi feared that Katrina hearings would taint the party as too pro-Black, endangering Democrats’ chances to retake control of the House in 2006. Conyers also rolled over for his party leader, knowing his chairmanship depended on Democratic victory and Pelosi’s favor. From then on, he would be far less useful to progressive causes, despite heading one of the most important committees from 2007 to 2011. By now, the Black Caucus had lost all political coherence and was home to a gaggle of right-wingers—a faction that had not existed in the previous decade. Black elected officials have no fear of voting against the interests of their constituents. Conyers did tentatively take action on the impeachment of President Bush for invading Iraq. He filed a resolution to consider impeachment, in 2005, when he was still ranking Judiciary Democrat. John Conyers Jr’s last big stand was in 2009. This time he was put in his place by a Black man: Barack Obama. Conyers had introduced single-payer health care legisla-

Conyers would have to look to the past for his Last Hurrah. The “Dean of the Caucus’s” political end came with awful ignominy. But Conyers managed to preserve some shred of dignity years longer than the Black Caucus as a whole, which collapsed into incoherence and rank opportunism at the first intrusion of big corporate capital at the turn of the 21st century. In 2014, 80% of the Black Caucus voted to continue the infamous 1033 program that funnels billions in military weapons and gear to local police, and in 2018, 75% of Black lawmakers voted to make the cops a protected class, with assaults against police punishable as hate crimes. The Caucus had passed from pitifully useless to actively evil. But, until his forced exit, John Conyers voted right almost every time, earning a 100 percent rating from the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign, and a 90% legislative score from Americans for Democratic Action. Black Agenda Report’s CBC Report Card gave Conyers a 90% score for his votes in 2017, his last year in office. Glen Ford is the executive editor of

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John Witherspoon ‘sho’ did make us laugh

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ny time the late, great John Witherspoon appeared in a movie, or in a music video, you knew you were going to laugh before he opened his mouth—some people are just downright funny and he was one of those people. You’ve got to “coooordinaate” Witherspoon told Eddie Murphy’s character in “Boomerang” as he proceeded to upstage the main star with his famous “bang bang bang bang bang” line referring to his sex life with his wife. And he went on to steal the dinner scene when he gave his onscreen son, David

Allen Grier, absolutely hilarious bedroom advice. Witherspoon was the annoying neighbor in “House Party” and the comical dad in the “Friday” franchise: “Friday,” Next Friday” and “Friday after Next.” The actor/comedian was affectionately referred to as “Pops” by his friends, primarily because of his role as John “Pops” Williams on the “The Wayans Bros” sitcom for five seasons. He was well-known of late as the voice of Robert “Granddad” Freeman on “The Boondocks,” which ran for over nine seasons. Witherspoon provided one of the laugh tracks for the lives of many Black

ples are those actors and comedians whom Black folks adore, but the mainstream might only have a passing interest in, like ‘Oh, that’s that guy from that one thing.’ John Witherspoon was a shining example of our peoples,” wrote Dustin Seibert of “He was your favorite uncle who always had a funny story to tell and, when you were younger, let you take a sip of whatever was in his red cup as long as you didn’t tell your mama,” is how Justin Tinsley of The Undefeated described the comedy legend. In a New York Times opinion piece titled “John Witherspoon made every scene better,” Rembert Browne wrote: “So, was every movie and television show a classic? Absolutely not. Some What the Black press had to say about were outright bad. But his presence in any project ensured a moment so the comedian “When it comes to Black Hollywood, memorable and singular, it routinely there are actors who belong to every- became ‘That movie with John Withone, and there are our peoples. Will erspoon.’ “There are films that feature him in Smith, Denzel Washington and the like belong to everyone. But our peo- a small role that, in my mind, he was a

folks over age 30. However, his scene in the first “Friday” movie was one of the most memorable and potent. His character tells his son, played by Ice Cube, that “kids today are nothing but punks, so sissified … scared to take an a—whipping.” He related that in his day, men fought with their fists. “You win some and you lose some,” he advised, “but you lived to fight another day.” The line was social commentary on the gang violence that had begun to plague inner-city USA, which was exacerbated by easy access to guns. Living not dying should be the priority is what the scriptwriter was saying through Witherspoon.

star of—because his parts were the only ones I remembered. And there are episodes of television in which he’d cameo, and the only way to describe that episode going forward was ‘The John Witherspoon episode.’ He was both a scene-stealer and saver.” Friends and fellow actors Ice Cube tweeted, “I’m devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon. Life won’t be as funny without him.” Regina King tweeted, “My dad, my grandpa, my comedic inspiration! I love you Spoons! Rest in Paradise, King.” “I’m sad. Broken. Hurt. Yet extremely grateful to God that I got to spend five years of my life working with one of the funniest, sweetest, wisest, humblest loving [men]. You were my TV dad and my mentor and my friend. I miss you dearly,” wrote his fellow costar Marlon Wayans on Instagram. Witherspoon gone, but clearly not forgotten.


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rom soothing body butters and savory oils and lotions to on-site massages, hand-made greeting cards, paintings, food and more, the offerings at Sister Spokesman’s “Small Business Showcase & Shopping Extravaganza” ran the gamut. The November 2 event, held at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Conference Center in North Mpls. was centered on a panel discussion about small business resources and information. The conversation was moderated by Shawntera Hardy, former commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and current founder of PolicyGrounds Consulting. Rounding out the panel were Yeshi G. Galata and Simon Sikulu of Wells Fargo and Renay Dossman of the Neighborhood Development Center. Wells Fargo also served as the sponsor for the gathering. “In business, there will be

Photos by Paige Elliott mountains and valleys, but we have to make sure that we set ourselves up for success to get through,” Hardy said, summing up the conversation. “Make sure you have a plan, and make sure that plan is living. Don’t write it down on a document…and not go back to it. “The other thing I heard today that I loved was to stay curious. When you stay curious, the creativity and innovation are amazing.” Hardy went on to applaud the 20-plus Black women vendors around the room for creating useful products and businesses that are “stand-

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problems from interfering with a tenant’s current ability to obtain housing. It also addresses the issue of credit. The ordinance seeks to prevent people being turned away for bad credit. A poor credit score can be caused by falling behind on school loans or medical bills, and it can follow people for decades.

hoods of Minneapolis, noted on their website that “the updated draft [of the ordinance] continues to prohibit consideration of dozens of serious, violent criminal offenses during the rental screening process.” In actuality, the ordinance does not ignore criminal convictions. It does attempt to prevent people from being continually barred from renting years after their conviction. In response to critics of the new ordinance, Ellison stated that their objections

“This is something that will start humanizing people who rent homes.” Ellison pointed out that a bad credit score is not a good indication of whether tenants will pay their rent. He said that according to studies, over one-third of Americans have a bad mark on their credit. “Before they do anything else, people pay their rent, and they pay it on time,” noted Ellison. “Some people have no credit because they pay everything in cash.” Some landlords are vehemently opposed to the new law, saying it will open up their properties and neighborhoods to dangerous people. Minnesota Multi-Housing, the group behind Safe and Affordable Neighbor-

it’s not an option, so I think that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.” An attendee told the councilmember that he had recently acquired a license to become a landlord and, in his opinion, “It is just too easy to become a landlord and not enough information is provided about tenants and tenants’ rights.” Ellison noted during the meeting that there were two other issues they hoped to address that were not included in the ordinance. He said they were looking to find ways to make sure tenants who were displaced through no fault of their own were not penalized. He also wanted to add to the ordinance a provision that would force landlords to give tenants two weeks to move before they file an eviction so that they do not get Unlawful Detainers, which could further compromise their ability to find housing. The ordinance will go into effect in June 2020. “Enforcement is going to have some challenges,” Ellison said during the Monday night meeting. Within the next few months he plans to create an implementation team to ensure that the ordinance is fully effective.

are “incorrect” based on “the HUD data that we put and cited in the ordinance and the local data that we cited in the ordinance.” Ricardo Perez of the Alliance for Metrostability explained how the ordinance would create positive change. “I think that this is a step in the right direction. This is something that will start humanizing people who rent homes.” While Perez said that the ordinance could bring change and awareness to the Aleezeh Hasan welcomes topic of housing accessibility, he also said that more chang- reader responses to ahasan@ es are needed. “Affordability issues still exist. They might get in, but if rent is too high

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Bell Kicks True for Gophers


Raymond Blanks Jr. August 3, 1957 – October 24, 2019


ay’s life journey ended on October 24, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Theoda Blanks. Left behind to

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Affectionately known as Jimmy, Ray moved from Minneapolis to Virginia, MN in 2003. He loved mowing the lawn, working at the car wash, and his shiatsu dog Pepper. Ray’s favorite NFL team was the Green Bay Packers. A graveside service was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Thursday, October 31. Arrangements with Spielman Mortuary.

cluding three little five-year-old Black girls dressed in pink tutus and pink stockings with blue headscarves. Referring to Omar, Sanders pointed out that no member of Congress “has been subjected to more vitriolic, more hate-filled, more racist attacks from Donald Trump and some of his supporters than this extraordinarily brave congresswoman.” The candidate called for unity throughout his speech and reminded his audience that they have more in common than they think. The venue was decorated with signs declaring, “Not Me, Us.” He also acknowledged that he and the Minneapolis-based congresswoman share similar backgrounds though he is Jewish and she is Somali African and Black. “People say Ilhan and I make an odd political couple, but, in fact, there’s nothing odd about it,” said Sanders. “Ilhan and I share a common link as the descendants of families who fled violence and poverty and who came to this country as immigrants.” Sanders is the child of Jewish refugees. Omar’s family spent time in a refugee camp in Kenya before emigrating to the U.S. While Sanders stumbled when it came to the Black vote in 2016, he seems to have gained some popularity, especially among younger African Americans. According to a recent poll by Morning Consult, the 78-yearold candidate is the favorite of Black millennials.

Representative Ilhan Omar introduced the candidate to rousing cheers. Pushing back on the divisive rhetoric of the Trump campaign, she reminded the audience that “Here in our district, the Hmong community, the Black community, the Jewish community, the Muslim community, and every other live side by side.” Omar had come under criticism recently for sitting out a symbolic U.S. congressional vote that recognized genocide committed between 1915 and 1917 by Turkey against Armenians. But she answered her critics by saying she believes that there should be accountability for “all” genocides and ethnic cleansing, including the Atlantic slave trade and the genocide of Indians in the Americas. She characterized the vote as an effort at “punishing our political foes,” implying that the vote was simply a means to take a dig at Turkey for its invasion of Kurdish-held areas in Northern Syria. “Unlike Trump and his billionaire friends, we do not worship greed, selfishness and corruption,” Sanders said. He promised that through his progressive taxation plan, which he aims to use to fund his progressive policies, he will make sure that the corporate elite and the wealthy will “begin to pay their fair share.” Mel Reeves welcomes reader responses As the Senator listed Trump phobias, call- to Micah ing the president homophobic and xenopho- McKinney welcomes reader responses to bic among other things, the crowd booed. When he called Trump racist they booed louder yet, even the children in the crowd, in-


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mourn are his spouse, Rebecca Blanks, and step-son, John, both of Virginia, MN; his brother Leroy, his aunt Bernice and cousin Beverly Williams, all of St. Paul; also a host of relatives and friends. Raymond confessed his faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age and regularly attended church. He was a blessing to his family even as a child. He was always willing to help in any way he could. He always had a smile on his face and loved to laugh.

safely complete census forms.” Since you can list your address as wherever you filled out the form, ICE can’t find your door and come knocking, empowered to haul people off at large with no questions asked. Nekessa Opoti pointed out, “Anytime something happens, the whole country runs to California and the Texas border. Right here in Minnesota are centers holding folks, specifically a lot of Somalians, Liberians and other Africans, Caribbean folks, folks from Haiti.” She added, “Asians, especially Southeast Asians, face the same policing and profiling.” Opoti told MSR, “The census is happening, right? Immigrant folks, particularly those I work with, have fear of the government. So, they don’t trust to open their door for enumerators. “It’s important to address how people get counted. [Their] resources are important, whether they are documented or not.” She underscored the event’s value in confronting selective law enforcement. “Every time we talk about immigration, it’s also important to talk about police accountability and ICE, how they interact with communities. Black immigrants are hyper-surveilled, just as any Black person in the U.S. is. Those interactions impact whether people will engage with government agencies.” In the Q and A session, Beth, a Hennepin County Central Branch librarian, suggested the

public utilize the public library. “With [the concern] of having a safe place to go, gather, and access the internet, it would be the library.” There are 41 branches with banks of computers accessible, she noted, “even you don’t have a card or ID. Information is kept private. Jenkins responded, “That is an awesome opportunity.” Also from the floor came the idea of partying, having a good time doing some good. Gillespie agreed, citing an age-old grassroots institution, the house party, utilized to raise rent or bail money and a viable venue for getting together to go online. “Be creative as you want,” Gillespie said. “It’s about what is going to work for our communities. [They] determine how we do this.” She added that grants are available to do this work. The Department of Commerce Appropriations Act authorizes the U.S. Census Bureau to award cooperative agreements to appropriate entities to aid and promote statistical, research and methodology activities. Jenkins emphasized the importance of being counted. “The stakes are too high. The benefits of having a full count [of one’s community] is to ensure resources for our roads, schools, public housing, jobs, representation.” She brought to light a practice of misrepresentation that has all the earmarks of lawfully rigged, institutionalized racism. “One interesting thing about how the census impacts communities of color [is that] incarcerated people are counted where they live.

Typically, unfortunately, most come from inner-city urban areas, but their census numbers are counted in rural communities where the prisons are. Consequently, Jenkins pointed out, resources that would come to urban areas go to rural communities instead, leaving urban Minnesota, already struggling for social progress, further disenfranchised. Since men, it stands to reason, have as much on the line as women, why was this an allfemale forum? Jenkins told the MSR, “These are the people who are doing the work. It is what it is.” Men weren’t left out. It’s simply that women stepped up, which doesn’t mean men can’t follow these leaders, plugging into activist organizations and networks. What practical difference does she expect this event to make? “Realistically speaking, this raises awareness of the importance of the census [and] creative ways to help immigrants better understand the census.” She referenced WeCount!, which empowers the immigrant communities through leadership development, community education, coalition building, and campaigns for social change. “I think [this event] will lead to some creative opportunities to have a complete census count.” Afternoons with Andrea is held Fridays at Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet Ave., noon to 1 pm. The public is welcome, free of charge. Dwight Hobbes welcomes reader responses to

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TO THE ABOVE-NAMED RESPONDENT: THIS SUMMONS IS AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT THAT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS. A copy of the paperwork regarding the lawsuit is served on you with this summons. Read this summons and attached petition carefully. If you do not understand it, contact an attorney for legal advice. 1.The Petitioner has filed a lawsuit asking the court to decide custody of the minor child listed above in the caption. At this time, the Petitioner is not asking for a ruling on Child Support. 2.You must serve upon Petitioner and file with the court a written Answer to the Petition. If Petitioner is requesting child support, you must file a Financial Affidavit along with your Answer. You must pay the required filing fee. If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee, you may qualify to have the filing fee waived by the court. You must file an In Forma Pauperis application with the court and a judge will decide whether you must pay the fee. All court forms are available from the Court Administrator’s office and on the Court’s website at forms. You must serve your Answer and Financial Affidavit upon Petitioner within twenty (20) days of the date you were served with this Summons, not counting the day of service. If you do not serve and file your Answer and Financial Affidavit, the court may grant Petitioner everything he or she is asking for in the attached Petition. NOTICE OF PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS Parenting education may be required in all custody or parenting proceedings. You may contact court administration for additional information regarding this requirement and the availability of parent education programs. Dated: October 15, 2019

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THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO the above-named Defendant: 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. The Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is attached to this summons. Do not throw these papers away. They are official papers that affect your rights. You must respond to this lawsuit even though it may not yet be filed with the Court and there may be no court file number on this summons. 2. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 20 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail to the person who signed this summons a written response called an Answer within 20 days of the date on which you received this Summons. You must send a copy of your Answer to the person who signed this summons located at: Brantingham Law Office 2200 E Franklin Avenue, Suite 202 Minneapolis, MN 55404 3. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 4. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT SEND A WRITTEN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO THE PERSON WHO SIGNED THIS SUMMONS. If you do not Answer within 20 days, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint. If you do not want to contest the claims stated in the complaint, you do not need to respond. A default judgment can then be entered against you for the relief requested in the complaint. 5. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, the Court Administrator may have information about places where you can get legal assistance. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still provide a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. 6. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint even if you expect to use alternative means of resolving this dispute.

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event in front of family and friends as the first grandchild to graduate from college in her family. Asked of her post-college plans, Hart said, “I’m not sure yet. I’m still figuring it out.” Possibly advertising, she pondered aloud. “I’m still looking. It’s crazy how fast [four years in college] has gone.”

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Back this season, the sixfooter from Carrollton, Texas thus far has shown none of the dreaded sophomore slump. Her first season she made the All-Big Ten Freshman team and secondteam All-Big Ten, and finished third on the Gophers in kills. “I don’t feel any pressure,” she told me. “I do feel like people know me more” after her surprising debut campaign. Her goal this season is to “add more value to my game…keeping what I had last year and amping it up a little bit.” “I think my blocking has been my biggest point [of improvement] from last year to this year,” Rollins continued. “I got the technique down and I’m getting more blocks per game.” Off the court, Rollins said she is doing fine as well: “I’m keeping it together. School’s good.”

Rollins says all is good Sophomore outside hitter Adanna Rollins was a summer road warrior of sorts. She and teammate Stephanie Samedy together competed for Team USA in the World University Games in Italy. Charles Hallman welcomes “It was good. I really liked it,” Rollins recalled. “It was cool be- reader responses to challman@ ing with girls from different col- lege teams. I was the youngest on the team.”

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“is that athletes need to be empowered with good information that they can advocate for themselves. “For anyone who has studied this issue, what we are arguing about is in terms of the rights of athletes to operate within a free market and to realize their value in that market,” Staurowsky pointed out. “That opportunity has been stripped away from athletes over the period of the 20th Century. The NCAA portraying themselves as forward-thinking is simply not true.” Next week: a historical look back at the issue of paying college athletes. Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to challman@



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NCAA still in ‘perpetual delay’ mode on student-athlete pay


ong before the Vikings and the NFL arrived in Minneapolis in 1961, I’m told this town belonged to the Gophers. They were in fact national champions in 1961, finishing 8-2, which included a trip to the Rose Bowl vs. Washington. That year, Sandy Stevens was the quarterback. He was a special player, the first Black All-American athlete to play quarterback in the United States. The head coach was Murray Warmath, who led the Gophers to 8-2 records three times. Fast forward to 2019: The Gophers of P.J. Fleck are 8-0, ranked 13th in the nation, and have won 10 games in a row dating back to 2018. Not since 1941 has a Gopher football team started 8-0. And not since 1961 has the team started 5-0 in the Big Ten. In 1941 the Gophers finished 8-0 and were undefeated, capturing the Associated Press National Championship.

of the nine undefeated teams remaining in the FBS. Also Saturday, November 9, number-one LSU will play number-two Alabama. It’s the first time in the AP top 25 poll era that two games will feature four 8-0 teams on the same day. This is a great opportunity for the Gophers. The program has risen slowly to a point where they are now in the mix for the college football playoff. This is the first time in my 40-plus years of covering sports in this town that the football program is in this position. Years ago, in 1992, while hosting a sports talk show on KFAN radio, I said that I would never cover a Gopher football team in the Rose Bowl in my lifetime. But Fleck has done a good job. His program is on the move. Florida State fired their head football coach, Willie Taggert, Monday. Florida State has won national titles before. The success that Fleck is now having puts him in the spotlight and could lead to him being considered for opportunities elsewhere. Four years ago Fleck finished 13-1 at Western Michigan, and the Gophers pursued him to replace Tracy Claeys. That’s how the business works. Pre-press update: According to a Nov. 5 U of M press release, Gophers Head Football Coach P.J. Fleck has agreed to a seven-year contract extension pending Board of Regents approval.

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday and Friday Saturday at 11 am at TCF Bank Sta- at 9:10 am, and at dium the Gophers will host undefeated He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Alnumber-five-ranked Penn State on ABC- manac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on TwitTV. It’s the second time in 40 years that ter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to or visit two 8-0 teams will face each other. The Gophers are leaders of the Big Ten West, while Penn State is tied at 5-0 with Ohio State for first in the Big Ten East. This showdown will be between two

Carlos McGee (l) and P.J. Fleck Photo courtesy of P.J. Fleck

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t’s been about a week since the NCAA announced that college athletes soon will be able to get paid. The NCAA Board of Governors on October 29 voted that all three divisions immediately come up with new rules to be in place by January 2021 that allows college players “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The news was met with both praise and skepticism.


schools to pay players. This fact still didn’t Charles stop the NCAA hallman from threatening some sort of legal action against the law, which doesn’t take effect until 2023. A group of NCAA officials began studying athletes’ compensation in May and set up a “working group,” co-led by Ohio State AD Gene Smith and Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman.

“It is an epic battle.” “They [the NCAA] is getting all kinds of credit for doing something when they’ve not done anything at all,” Drexel University Professor Ellen Staurowsky bluntly observed. Staurowsky teaches sport management and is a longtime advocate on social justice issues in sports, including paying college athletes. Last week’s NCAA decision comes nearly a month after California’s Fair Pay to Play Act was signed into law. The law, which the NCAA strongly opposed from the beginning, will allow California student-athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsors, but not requiring

Diversity growing in Big Ten Sports odds & volleyball

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The group last week presented their findings; the Governors unanimously voted for the new changes.



Kansas City native noted, having seen it grow since her freshman days in 2016. “Especially in the Big Ten I can see that in four years, a lot [more] diversity on each team.” “She was able to take some unbelievable swings,” Minnesota Coach Hugh McCutcheon said of Hart’s performance against Ohio State. “She hit some heavy balls. It was a great performance.” “I made good decisions and took my shots,” Hart said afterwards on her followup performance to her team-best 20 kills in an October 25 win at Michigan. A year ago this month Hart executed her 1,000th career kill. She is expected to come close to 1,400 before her Gopher career concludes. “School’s great. I’m just about done,” she said proudly. She will graduate in December with a business marketing education degree. She took part in last May’s commencement ■ See SOe on page 9

There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2019-20 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight many of these players. This week: Gopher volleyball players Alexis Hart and Adanna Rollins Nearly every Big Ten team this season has at least one sistah on the opposite side of the net, including the Gophers, who have four Black players. Senior Alexis Hart, soph Adanna Rollins, junior Stephanie Samedy and senior Taylor Morgan have all been instrumental in Minnesota’s success this season. With the hosts trailing 2-1, the 6-0 Hart had four kills in set four that tied the match and two more in the deciding fifth set for Minnesota’s 3-2 hard-fought win over visiting Ohio State last Wednesday. She finished with 15 kills, second to Samedy’s team-high 18 kills. Jenaisya Moore, the Buckeyes’ only Black player and team leader in kills, finished with 14. Temi Thomas-Ailara, the 6’-2” Glen-

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wood, Ill. freshman outside hitter, is one of three players of color on the Northwestern volleyball team this season. She had 12 kills against Minnesota October 18 and has posted 19 straight double-digit kill games.

“I don’t feel any pressure. I do feel like people know me more.” “There are so many things I have to work on,” Thomas-Ailara, the Wildcats’ leader in kills and service aces, admitted. Three times this season she was honored with the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. “I think it’s cool that volley- Adanna Rollins ball, in general, has diversity,” the Photos by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

During his scheduled visit to St. Paul last month, NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman jokingly told us, “They love working groups and they are hard at work.” Then, more seriously, he noted, “If they come up with some nonsensible ideas or things so watered down, the reformers will brush it off.” More importantly it’s consistent with the NCAA’s usual stonewalling ways in regards to the issue of paying college athletes. “There is nothing in the announcement that the NCAA has done anything at all,” Staukowsky reiterated. “It seems to be a part of the ongoing strategy…to be in a perpetual delay in dealing with these issues.” The NCAA over the years has mastered the art of misinformation, subscribing to an antiquated “amateurism” model while it rakes in millions from television deals. Colleges and universities rake in their huge share of big bucks, all on the backs of players, the nonparticipants in the revenue sharing system. “I’ve been really clear that college athletics is about college students playing other college students, not employees playing employees,” NCAA President Mark Emmert declared last spring at the Final Four in Minneapolis. “It is an epic battle,” Staurowsky said of the virtual tug of war between the NCAA and the players on opposite sides of the capitalist canyon called big-time college sports. For the record, athletic scholarships aren’t payments to college players, as some believe and the NCAA constantly purports. “The very essence of what we are talking about,” Staurowsky stressed, ■ See View on page 9

North makes it back to state side hitters Elsa BerMinneapogland and Faith lis North Football Johnson, Coach Charles Adalong ams and the Polars with setter Makaihave done it again. la Winward have With a 56-0 victoled St. Louis Park to ry over St. Agnes, its most memorable PreP Scene North punched its season ever. sixth-straight tickColey is also one Dr. Mitchell et to the Class 2A PalMer McDonalD of the state’s top basstate playoffs, winketball prospects ning the Section with interest from 4AA title. several Division l programs. North has made it to the state playoffs every year Suggs has SMB in position to since 2014. The Polars won repeat the Class A title in 2016. Jalen Suggs, one of the Led by quarterback Zach country’s most sought after Yeager, running back Ter- basketball prospects, has the rance Kamara, receiver Ma- St. Paul Academy/Minnerio Sanders, and defensive haha Academy/Blake (SMB) players Quientrail Jamison- football team in position to Travis, Devon Townley Jr., repeat as Class 4A champiDominic McMillan, Quix- ons after a thrilling 36-30 vicote Herron, Kelan Holcomb tory over Benilde-St. Margaand Mario Kuiah, the Polars ret. remained undefeated at 8-0 Running back Sanand enter the Class AA play- jay Redd and receiver Teroffs as the favorite to win it ry Lockett have made big all. contributions to the offense, They play Blue Earth in while Kaden Johnson, Kevthe quarterfinals Saturday, van Anderson, Trevon HowNovember 9, 5 pm at Kasson- ard, Harry Chugg and Cole Mantorville High School. McKinney have done likewise on the defensive end of St. Louis Park volleyball the ball. team makes it to state After defeating Bloom- Central takes third in state ington Jefferson 3-2 in the fi- soccer tournament nals of Section 6AAA play, St. Paul Central placed third St. Louis Park earned its first in the Class 2A state tournament trip ever to the Class 3A state last week. The Minutemen, who volleyball tournament to be had an outstanding tournament held at the Xcel Energy Cen- and qualified for the second year ter this weekend. in a row, were led by forwards The Orioles, 21-6 made it Assem Eslayad and Thomas to the tournament despite Bump. finishing third in the Metro West Conference behind Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonChaska and Bloomington Jef- ald welcomes reader responses ferson. to Middle hitters Kendall Coley, Reagan Alexander and Hannah Howell, out-

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