Reflections on Native Americans

 

by Mustang

The American Indian story is heart-breaking, but one that neither you nor I can do much about.  Yes, we all have our problems; we all struggle with one thing or another.  Despite our individual problems, Americans are compassionate toward the less fortunate.  It is something we have in common with our British cousins.

I do write about the American Indian —mostly from a historical perspective.  It is an interesting story —for me, anyway.  Writing about contemporary problems, however, is more difficult. 

The story of the American Indian is only unique in terms of its “who” and “where.”  The how and why is also part of the story, but one shared by indigenous people living around the world —in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and in South and Central America.

In the 1850s Indian tribal councils had but two points of view.  Most tribal elders urged accommodation with the westward-moving foreigners, but there were more than a few who urged fighting the foreigner to the death.

Meanwhile, within the tribal council of the “great white fathers” in Washington, there were also two points of view: either eradicate the American Indian or move them to government-controlled reservations.

When the Indian realized that he must either die (i.e., be shot or starved to death) or move to a reservation, most opted for the latter.  If there is a tragedy to the story of American Indians, it is that the story appears never-ending.

It is a tragedy of the commons.

In the United States, 310 Indian reservations house a large portion of the 574 federally recognized Indian tribes.  Canada recognizes 610 separate tribes.  In both countries, the poorest citizens are reservation Indians.  It is a level of poverty that is nearly indescribable.  Let’s look at these conditions in two of the wealthiest countries in the world.

Progressive politicians argue that the problem with Indians is their alcoholism, the level of corruption among tribal leaders, and an extraordinarily high percentage of school dropouts.  These conditions do exist, but that isn’t the problem.  The problem is the reservation system.

Federal Indian reservations are communal lands.  Individual Indians are not permitted to own the land; they are only allowed to use it.  If anyone ever wondered why there are so many mobile homes on Indian reservations, communal land is the answer.

Federal and tribal laws deny the Indian access to the economy in a most insidious way.  Indians cannot improve property that they don’t own.  They cannot build permanent homes —hence mobile homes.  Since they don’t own the land, they cannot use it to establish credit or as collateral.  Without the ability to establish credit, they cannot access the economic middle class —so not only are Indians the poorest people in our country, they’re destined to remain so.

Prosperity comes from property rights.  Look at any federal reservation and you’ll find vast stretches of undeveloped land.  Well, most of this land isn’t suitable for agriculture anyway, but when reservation Indians have no way of developing the land, it does them no good except to house their remains.

The situation is not only depressing (which explains alcoholism, hopelessness, little to no interest in learning), it is also disgusting.  It is hard for me to imagine that we can’t do better than this, a situation that has existed now for the past 200 years.

When everyone owns the land, no one owns it.  Who in their right mind will make any effort to develop or improve land that they don’t own?  We can see the same conditions in America’s housing projects.  Who will exercise due care of a property that will never belong to them?

As stated earlier, America doesn’t stand alone in this embarrassing situation.  We find similar conditions in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, in South and Central America, and on the African continent.

Here’s the scary part: there are NO voices in the United States demanding an improvement to these deplorable conditions.  All we hear from state and federal politicians is their constant yammering about alcoholism and cultural lethargy.  Think about this.  Can there ever be a more insulting, disrespectful argument than to criticize American Indians for conditions forced on them by federal and tribal governments?

Have you ever been to an Indian reservation?  No?  Here’s a word to describe it: bleak.  Want a phrase?  The land resembles a moonscape.  On many US reservations, people are living in rat-infested homes without heat or reliable electricity.  Beyond these abominable conditions, Indian homes are an unhealthy environment.

Does anyone care if people are living in uninsulated garden sheds, that hundreds suffer from respiratory disease, or that there is nothing the American Indian can do to improve their condition?  Many of these Indians live 20 or more miles from the nearest stop n’ rob and have no reliable transportation.

Someone in Canada is trying to do better, though.  I read recently that a Canadian Indian named Manny Jules has been vocal about these issues.  Mr. Jules is a former Chief of the Kamloops tribe in British Columbia.  He explains the situation in this way:

“Markets haven’t been allowed to operate in reserve lands.  We’ve been legislated out of the economy.  When you don’t have individual property rights, you can’t build, you can’t be bonded, you can’t pass on wealth.  A lot of small businesses never get started because people can’t leverage property to raise funds.”

Mr. Jules and others appear successful in advancing property rights for Canadian Indians.  His interest is in the plight of  Canadian Indians, so I’m not sure how such a proposal would work for Indians living in the United States —but to these under-informed ears, Mr. Jules’ ideas seem sound.  In Canada, someone is finally doing something about the deplorable conditions on Indian reservations.  Why not here in the United States?

In the United States, Indian Reservations are managed directly by the federal government.  That’s probably the first problem to address.  Do we need a Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 21st Century?  Indian reservations are semi-sovereign entities.  State laws do not apply to Indian reservations —unless, or until tribal councils make reservation laws compatible to those of the state in which they are located.

Many federal agencies also have no jurisdiction on Indian reservations.  So, if Indian reservations are mostly controlled by federally recognized tribal councils, why haven’t these governing Indians improved the lives of their people?  Apparently, white politicians do not own a monopoly on corruption; this could help to explain both the deplorable conditions on Indian lands and a lack of interest in doing something about it.  Consider also:

  1. Land privatization would be the un-doing of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  2. Tribal councils aren’t enthusiastic about giving up their power of patronage.  Currently, tribal leaders are given around $2.5 billion annually to spend —as they see fit.  This is a powerful incentive do leave things the way they are.
  3. The word casino is just another way to spell corruption.
  4. There are as many opinions as there are tribal councils.  I expect that tribal council meetings are as interesting as school board meetings, a guarantee that few people attend them.  Fait accompli
  5. Tribal legal structures do not favor entrepreneurial investment.  If investors do not have the confidence that they’ll receive a fair hearing in any dispute, they won’t risk making investments.
  6. In 2020, there are few Indian traditions more revered and protected than dependency.  Every member of a federally recognized tribe receives money from the U. S. government.  According to one prominent Indian (a Crow), “We don’t understand business.  After 10-15 generations of not being involved in business, we don’t care about it.  Besides, capitalism threatens our identity, our traditions.  Successful Indians have “sold out” to the white eyes; we shun such people.  No, the thing for us to do is promote our culture of malaise … ‘the tribe will take care of us.’  We accept the myth of communalism.  We don’t value education … it’s a white trick, so we resist it.”

If it were up to me, I’d privatize these communal lands.  I would make it restrictive privatization, however.  Something on the order of Home Owners Associations and Over-55 communities because I would want this land to remain in the hands of persons who are registered members of a federally recognized tribe.

I would issue a clear title to the land where reservation Indians currently live.  I would give these people ten years of tax-free property; after that, they would be assessed a property tax to help pay for improvements to infrastructure, schools, hospitals/clinics, and police/rescue agencies.

This would encourage Indian-owned financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, to service the economic needs of land-owning Indians.  It would be a good thing for Indians to be able to borrow money for land improvements, such as building permanent homes, digging wells, agricultural pursuits.

I’ve learned that debt isn’t always a bad thing —particularly when it creates the impetus to leave the house each morning and work for a living … as opposed to staying home and remaining reliant on the government for your scrambled eggs and bottle of wine.

We taught the Indians how to become dependent and lazy.  Now we must teach them a different lesson; hard work puts food on the table, it’s preferred to starvation, it bolsters our sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.  Easy to say —I know.  We also must make it easier for small businesses to operate on Indian lands so that they in turn can offer jobs to their own people.

Well, I’m done rambling.  I admit that what I know about tribal law would fit inside a thimble, but what I do know is that whatever the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been doing for the past 150 years, whatever the tribal governments have been doing (beyond constructing casinos) —it isn’t working.  In any case, a good look inside the US Indian Reservation system tells us all we need to know about socialism and communism, doesn’t it?

Isn’t it time to bring this sad American Indian story to a close?

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

20,000 Fake driver’s licenses seized at Chicago airport so far this year

 

Am I the only one asking if it is so easy to get a fake driver’s license how difficult must it be to scam our election system? Looking back at the history of this enterprise, another gift from China that keeps on giving. Bet as well China is up to making fake ballots. Fake I.D’s have been flowing in for at least a decade. Bet China could put a lid on this if they wanted to.

This is huge:

“These fraudulent identity documents can lead to identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking,” CBP said in a news release, adding that, “these documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.”

 

The front of a fake Michigan driver’s license seized in a shipment at Chicago O’Hare Airport. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

 

The federal customs officers have seized 1,513 shipments from overseas containing fraudulent documents—19,888 counterfeit U.S. driver’s licenses—just at Chicago O’Hare International Airport this year through the end of June.

Most of the shipments came from Hong Kong and mainland China, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Other shipments came from South Korea and the U.K.

CBP said most of the fake IDs were for college-age students. Many had the same photo but different names. But one alarming discovery was that the barcode on the fake Michigan licenses actually worked, CBP said.

 

The back of a fake driver’s license seized from a shipment at Chicago O’Hare Airport. Authorities said the barcode worked correctly. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

 

Piccirilli, the acting area port director in Chicago, called the counterfeits “very realistic” and praised the officers for being able to scope out the fake documents and stop them from getting to the buyers.

In April, CBP said that customs officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport were seeing an increase in shipments of fake documents. Officers inspecting international shipments had found about 2,000 fake IDs in the prior year and a half.

H/T: Fox 5

These have been flooding the Untied States for years. Here is a story made back in

Sep 22, 2014
Other than that all is well in the swamp.

The Police: Warriors or Peacekeepers?

Good Copping

by Mustang

As a general notion, I think it is healthy when our society examines “the way things are,” and imagines how “things might improve.” Were this not true, then we would probably not have the Food and Drug Administration and still suffer from the poor state of food processing industries in the early 1900s.

On the other hand, not everything about our society is broken or needs fixing. As a case in point, writing for the Wall Street Journal, Karl Marlantes suggests that our problem with police is that they tend to view themselves as warriors, rather than peacekeepers, and see criminals as “the enemy,” rather than as mis-directed citizens. For the present time, I’ll ignore the illogical conclusion that a person who is trying to kill you, or do you harm, isn’t an enemy.

Marlantes argues that police officers who see themselves as warriors incorporate three behaviors that are inappropriate in community policing: (a) choosing a side, (b) dehumanizing the enemy, and (c) reacting rather than thinking when threatened.

Well, what to say?

Norman Rockwell: The Runaway

Police officers do choose sides. They do that when they take their oath of office. They swear to uphold the Constitution and laws of the state and municipality whom they serve. As for dehumanizing citizens and “reacting when threatened,” we should make a few assumptions. We should:

Assume that police departments select the best candidates for police positions, rather than striving to meet affirmative action mandates that gives precedence for employment to people grouped according to skin color, ethnic or religious preferences, or gender. It would be interesting (and helpful) to know, of the officers indicted or fired for egregious behaviors, the percentage having no business wearing a badge to begin with.

It is not likely we will ever know this because municipalities always hide information that places them in a poor light, or which may subject them to high dollar lawsuits.

Presume that police academies and agencies, which undergo recurring formal evaluations for agency certification, adequately train their officers to deal with a myriad of confrontations (understanding that there is no one solution to every conceivable problem), and how to relate to a wide range of individuals, from the drug-induced moron wielding a knife to the obnoxious judge who was pulled over for driving erratically.

Assume that police agencies promote experienced officers to supervise and guide younger, less experienced officers in the performance of their duties.

Assume that since police officers are human beings, they will occasionally make errors in judgment, no matter how well academies and departments train them, and that police errors will continue receiving scrutiny in the press, in the courts, and by citizen review boards.

Mr. Marlantes argues that the “warrior mentality” is emphasized when police departments incorporate combat-style clothing and equipment. He cites “military style vehicles” and weapons used in Ferguson, Missouri. He attributes this to a Pentagon program.

I’m not arguing with his point (with caveat), but this wasn’t a Pentagon program; it was an Obama initiative. On the other hand, the caveat, we do no favors for our communities when criminals show up better armed and better protected than our frontline police officers. In mentioning Ferguson, Mr. Marlantes failed to note that in Michael Brown’s death, the police officer (dressed in normal clothing and armed with a standard sidearm) was fighting for his life with a 300-pound man.

If we are going to have this conversation, it needs to be an honest discussion.

Mr. Marlantes is a former (highly decorated) combat arms officer. I cannot speak to his experiences in the Vietnam War, but I can say that while an infantryman will occasionally “get spooked,” the American infantry emphasizes fire discipline. Combat isn’t for Neanderthals. Success in combat requires men and leaders who can think through the problem, remain calm, and impose their will on a determined enemy.

When Mr. Marlantes suggests that our warriors are trigger-happy, unthinking reactionaries, he unacceptably diminishes our military men and women, their NCOs, and their combat leaders —and he also paints with too broad a brush our thousands of fine police officers, all of whom place their lives on the line every single day, and thousands of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Are our police officers at war with the people they serve? The answer must depend on where they serve. I cannot imagine any Chicago cop who reports for work at the start of watch who realistically thinks that he’ll be able to retire someday. Who in their right mind would want to be a cop in Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, or any of a dozen or so other American cities?

This is an important conversation to have—and have had in the past. That such a topic has garnered our attention in the past is why we no longer have Texas Rangers extra-judicially hanging horse thieves.

But if we intend to have this conversation, let’s be honest with one another in the discussion. I wasn’t present, but it is possible that the young fellow who died while in police custody in Minneapolis shouldn’t have been placed in dire straits for such an extended period. The truth of what happened will be revealed to us from court proceedings. But in all honesty, the young man was no community hero. For starters, let’s stop creating unwarranted perceptions.

Yes, we do need good policing; we also need good citizenship. If a police officer tells you that he’s placing you into custody, the best possible advice is to submit to his authority. You’ll have your day in court. That’s the time and place to argue, not before. Meanwhile, let’s stop bashing police who probably don’t deserve it.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Seattle charges on to create its Marxist Utopia – New taxes that exempt Gov. workers

 

Seattle Just Passed a New Tax on Jobs in the Middle of an Economic Crisis—But Exempted Government Workers.

So reads the headline. But we have seen this play before. Tax the rich and when they are gone, the rung of the ladder decreases finding lesser souls to tax. Government employees are exempt with this one. How quaint.

More concerning is that we are seeing a parade of characters winning elections in city councils across America with the avowed notion that the utopian dream is just a vote or two away. Before they hid their agenda and like a sheep in wolf’s clothes hid their wares of destruction. So here we go and take a look at this once upon a time jewel of a city, Seattle and its rush to the bottom:

 

Seattle saw the biggest spike in unemployment of any city in the country. The city’s economy continues to flounder amid the pandemic.

On top of all this, Seattle descended into chaos and controversy on June 8 when Antifa and other radical left-wing activists seized control of a neighborhood and declared themselves the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” Like so many before it throughout history, this utopian social experiment sadly turned deadly and ended 24 days later after multiple shootings.

Nonetheless, the Seattle City Council has decided that now is the right time to impose a new tax burden on its residents. On July 6, the council passed the so-called “JumpStart” tax, which specifically targets middle-class jobs.

It’s not surprising to see Sawant leading this class-warfare charge. She’s an avowed socialist—and isn’t shy about it.

The city official recently railed against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a widely shared video where she promised that she and her supporters are “coming to dismantle the deeply racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism” and replace it with “a socialist world.” Sawant has also promised to “take into public ownership the top 500 corporations and banks that dominate the US economy.”

According to OpenTheBooks.com, 601 city employees in Seattle earned $195,000 or more. Analysts found that “tree trimmers lopped off $160,604; the chief librarian made $197,704; electricians earned $271,070; electrical lineworkers made $307,387; and police officers earned up to $414,543.”

The new payroll tax will not apply to any of these government employees or their peers otherwise drowning in taxpayer cash.

So, no, the city council’s new tax is most certainly not a “victory for working people.” It’s a tax imposed on working people by politicians who made sure to spare the government class from sharing any of the burden.

 

Here is the above mentioned rant.

 

For a good read the full thing is at Foundation for Economic Education

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

For a refresher on how these councils are working out check an earlier post:

Meet the members of the Minneapolis City Council

What do you want America? Solution or Division?

 

What do you want?

by Mustang

There are essentially two models for achieving social progress: a cooperative model, suggesting that social progress is only possible when opposing sides (of an argument) are able to lay aside their differences and find ways to cooperate with one another … and a conflict model, suggesting that true progress is only achieved through clashes with opposing points of view, one of which will (in time) become dominant.  

Which of these is correct?  Or, are they both correct, with the only real difference being in the speed of achieving consensus?

A large part of our problem in modern society is our inability, or our unwillingness, to engage with one another in meaningful dialogue.  Before we reach the stage of dialogue, we must first achieve a generally acceptable view of the “problem,” and its origins.  If we do not know what the problem is, or how it evolved, then we cannot hope to solve it.  Cooperation, for its own sake, demands that people relinquish their principles; that they compromise with others at the cost of their core beliefs.  

There is no benefit to society in this, unless the goal of social engineering is to produce human drones incapable of rational individualism.  Likewise, conflict as a demonstration of anger or frustration produces angrier people and levels of frustration that easily lead to violence.  There is no permanent solution to social issues through violent behavior.

Our founding fathers realized that the likely result of authoritarianism would be a “pressure-cooker society,” so they provided ways in which people could demonstrate their dissatisfactions without having to resort to extremism.  One may recall the aftermath of the French Revolution, whose carnage is today memorialized and celebrated by the French nation as Bastille Day.  

American founders wisely acknowledged our inalienable right to have and express an opinion, especially unpopular opinions.  They provided for the right to associate with whomever we choose.  We have a right to peacefully assemble, emphasis on the word “peacefully.”  

Is it enough to express an opinion or demonstrate?  My answer is, “Not unless you have your facts right about the nature of the problem, its origins, and have identified common sense solutions.”  Otherwise, you’re part of the problem.

So, a cop with a spotty record behaves in such a way that he’s taken the life of a citizen.  Good citizen or not, this is not the kind of behavior we want from our public servants.  Obviously, the police department or city that hired this cop used poor judgment by keeping him on the payroll.  This is a matter for the citizens of that city to address, and while it may be appropriate for people on the opposite coast to demonstrate, there is nothing they can do to solve the problem within that city.

Fact: there are about 850,000 lawmen in the USA … federal, state, and local.  If only ten percent of these people are bad apples, then we do have a police problem in our country.  My guess is that the percentage of bad cops is around one percent, but even if the number is higher, it pales in comparison with the number of bad citizens who violently assault members of their own communities, including police officers.  What are we (as a society) doing about bad citizens?

Fact: we did have a civil war in this country.  The top tier issues were constitutional in nature: the right of states to govern themselves beyond the enumerated powers of the federal government, and the right of men to live free of shackles.  How shall we address this history?  

We cannot change what happened.  The issue of states’ rights remains an open issue, as we have seen federal encroachment into the affairs of states.  We struggle with this today through the courts, which is an appropriate venue.  We resolved the issue of human bondage in 1863, at a great cost in human lives.

Those who endured slavery are now dead.  The number of those who remember anyone who endured slavery is miniscule.  There can be no atonement for the dead; justice was denied to them.  What we can do, and have done, is to recognize that every citizen is free to choose for themselves a pathway through life.  Whether every citizen chooses wisely is another matter.  I am not responsible for someone who unwisely pursues a dark, unfulfilling lifestyle and no amount of public demonstration will convince me otherwise.

If we are to solve problems in society, no matter whether we cooperate or conflict with one another, then we must do so within the framework of mainstream society.  If we choose not to address them from within the body of society, then we have no reasonable expectation of resolving our problems at all.  

The question remains: what do you want, America?  Do you truly want solutions, or are you content with noisy, destructive, hateful rhetoric or behavior that solves nothing more than to divide our fragile society further?

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

Lawyer for Atlanta cop disputes prosecutor’s account of Brooks’ death

 

Lance Lorusso, attorney for Garrett Rolfe, weighs in on murder charge against his client. He appeared on the Laura Ingraham show last night.

Then we have the the D.A. Paul Howard and his rush to wringing out all the emotion he can from the situation. Not waiting for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conclude their investigation. But he too has his problems.

In recent months, three women have leveled sexual harassment and discrimination allegations against the 68-year-old DA, who is seeking his seventh term.

And to make things worse — for him — the GBI is investigating whether Howard was padding his six-figure salary with $170,000 in Atlanta funds that passed through a nonprofit that was set up to reduce youth violence.

The GBI probe and the ethics complaint followed a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News about discrepancies between financial disclosures Howard filed with the state and tax filings submitted to the IRS by the nonprofit he heads as CEO.

He also faces ethics charges on failing to document those payments in state financial disclosure forms. To be sure, it’s never good to be investigated by the GBI or ethics probers when an election is just a couple of weeks away.

…..Noah Pines, a former prosecutor who is supporting Willis, told me, “If there’s ever a time that Paul Howard is in trouble, it’s now. The only question is whether the public is paying attention.” More at AJc

There is plenty of information about this fine fellow Paul Howard out there and clearly he has his own agenda. Anyone who was watching T.V. yesterday as this played out knows we are very deep in the swamp on this one.

 

San Francisco mayor says police will stop responding to non-criminal calls

How fast and who can win the race to the bottom? The bottom of living in a civilized society. Poof…..before our eyes our society continues to collapse. If anyone thinks that what is happening in Seattle will not expand to further anarchy think again. Yes, as the mayor of Seattle states “Perhaps we are going to have a summer of love.” Yes indeed.

Mayor Breed of San Fransisco said in a news release that for calls that don’t involve a threat to public safety, police would be replaced by trained, unarmed professionals to limit unnecessary confrontation between the police department and the community.

The non-criminal calls will include neighbor disputes, reports on homeless people and school discipline interventions, among other activities.

London Breed

As part of police reforms, San Francisco will also strengthen accountability policies, ban the use of military-grade weapons and divert funding to the African-American community, Breed said.

The city will develop its plan over the next year and follow models like the Cahoots program in Eugene, Ore., Breed said. That community-based crisis program employs social workers and mental health workers to respond to disturbances where crimes are not being committed.

“We understand that it’s necessary for law enforcement to listen to African-American communities and embrace courageous changes to address disparate policing practices, and we recognize it will take sacrifice on our part to fulfill the promise of reform,” Scott said. 

Check out her roadmap below.

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

George Floyd Resisting Arrest For 3 Minutes. Footage the MSM won’t show you Update

Update added with additional clip

Just something to add to the story.

This whole thing could have been avoided. Does not justify what happened.

Meet the members of the Minneapolis City Council

Let’s meet the members of the Minneapolis city council who think that doing away with the police force would be just swell. Here is the story of three, more later.

The Minneapolis City Council is the legislative branch of the City of Minneapolis. It consists of 13 members, elected from separate wards to four-year terms. The Council is dominated by members of the DFL (the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party), with a total of 12 members. The Green Party of Minnesota has one member, Cam Gordon.

Let’s first start with our two transgendered.

Phillipe Cunningham (born July 7, 1987) is the city councilperson for Minneapolis Ward 4 and one of the first openly transgender men to be elected to public office in the United States.[2][3][4] In the Minneapolis City Council election, 2017, Cunningham won over 20-year incumbent Barb Johnson by 157 votes.[5][6] Cunningham identifies as black, queer, and transgender.[7]

Early life and education

Cunningham was born in Streator, Illinois, where he lived until he was 18.[8] His father worked as a unionized tractor mechanic/builder for more than forty years, while his mother was a dry cleaner employee; he is their only child.[9] He studied at Mills College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale before transferring to DePaul University,[8] where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese studies.[10] He transitioned during his junior year at DePaul,[8] inspired by the life and work of Lou Sullivan.[11]

Career

Prior to his election to public office, Cunningham worked as a special education teacher in the South Side of Chicago[5] and for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. He also worked as Senior Policy Aide and Advisor for Education, Youth Success, Racial Equity, and LGBTQ Rights for the Office of the Mayor of Minneapolis.[10]

On July 10, 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized, Cunningham married Lane Cunningham, who is an IT professional at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities .[12] They met at the Victory 44, a popular restaurant until its closing in 2017.[13]

Here he is out campainging on the “stump.”

Here he is.

Next

Andrea Jenkins (born 1961) is an American policy aide, politician, writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is known for being the first black openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States,[1] serving since January 2018 on the Minneapolis City Council.

Personal life

Jenkins is a performance artist, poet, and writer who identifies as bisexual and queer.[18][19] She is a grandmother. Her own mother now lives in Ward 8. She has a partner of eight years. Jenkins was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2018.[20]

She has participated in the Trans Lives Matter movement and chaired the board of Intermedia Arts.[3] In 2015, Jenkins was grand marshal of the Twin Cities Pride Parade.[18] Jenkins has cited Barack ObamaHarold Washington, the Black Panther PartyJeremiah Wright, and Jesse Jackson as having influenced her to be involved with politics.[21]

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota‘s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Born in 1961, Andrea Jenkins was raised in North Lawndale, Chicago.[2][3] She has said she grew up in “a low-income, working-class community” and “lived in some pretty rough places.” She was raised by a single mother, Shirley Green, who was “very loving and very much concerned that we get a good education.”[4]

When she was young and still presenting as male, she participated in the Cub Scouts and played football at Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy before moving to Minneapolis in 1979 to attend the University of Minnesota.[2][3][5]

In her 20s, Jenkins came out as gay, married a woman, became a parent, and divorced.[5] At 30, she began to outwardly present as female and returned to college to finish her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, which she followed by earning two master’s degrees–an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University and an MS in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.[2][5][6] During which, Jenkins worked as a vocational counselor for the Hennepin County government.[5]

Career

Jenkins worked for a decade as a vocational counselor with Hennepin County.[2][5] In 2001, Robert Lilligren, who was running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council, asked Jenkins to be a part of his campaign.[5] After his election, Jenkins joined Lilligren’s staff where she worked as an aide for four years.[7]

Abdi Warsame

Abdi Warsame (SomaliCabdi WarsameArabic: عبدي وارسام‎) (born 1978) is a Somali-American politician in Minnesota’s Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party. After moving to London as an asylum-seeker, he immigrated to Minnesota in 2006. In November 2013, he was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first Somali official to be elected to the position.[1] Warsame was reelected for a second term in 2017. Some information indicates he resigned in March of 2020 to take a position in Housing however he is listed as voting later in the year,

Early life and education

Warsame was born on March 5, 1978 in MogadishuSomalia.[1][2] In the late-1980s, and his family sought asylum in London.[1] Warsame earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Middlesex University. He also holds a master’s degree in International Business from the University of Greenwich.[3] In 2006, Warsame immigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota.[3]

Warsame first entered politics in 2011, while working on Mohamud Noor‘s campaign for a state Senate seat on a DFL ticket.[1]

Warsame was the founder and spokesperson for the Citizen’s Committee for Fair Redistricting, which took part in the Minneapolis redistricting process. The group lobbied the Minneapolis Charter Commission to redraw the municipality’s political districts so as to maximize the East African community’s vote.[1] The commission concurred and established a number of new precincts in Ward 6.[4][5]

2013 Election

Warsame ran in the 2013 Minneapolis municipal elections to represent Ward 6 on the Minneapolis City Council.[1]

Somali-American professionals contributed significantly to Warsame’s election campaign. 

Personal life

Warsame is married and has four children.[3] He is a resident of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, which is home to the largest concentration of Somalis outside of East Africa.[1]

Move the clip to 2:15 to miss the Somali talk.

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Thats about all for today. More of the interesting members of the council later.

This is the best of the swamp for today.

Who are these Democrats that rule and allow cities to be destroyed?

 

What in the world have the democrats done to our cities and our government? These immature characters that are clueless? Abandoning a police station?

And who are these people doing all of this destruction? We have governors who are a disgrace. Mayors who are a disgrace. Letting a city burn and know it is those who live there who will not have the Target and Auto Zone and a hundred or more buildings. Where is the outrage. Don’t know what more to add.

Yes..time to arrest the cop too.

Claps back? He abandoned a police station and has over 170 buildings damaged or on fire. Jason, adults do use claps back.

Following intense protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death during an arrest with police, Mayor Jacob Frey says the non-black community must understand “400 years of anger and sadness” that is the “truth” of the black community.

 

Doing everything he says.

All is well in the swamp.

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