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THE EVOLUTION OF A MESSENGER

THE EVOLUTION OF A MESSENGER

By: Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director –

Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC

www.blacksforchange.com

Colin Kaepernick has arrived into the conversation of America and the world.  His name is now on the lips of people who are not football enthusiasts.  Many may not know his position on the field, or what a quarterback really does.  Colin Kaepernick is now a 28 year old male, who has viewed the reality of being Black in America.  His vision of this reality has ignited a growing movement among his peers.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 26, when the Montgomery Bus Boycott leadership mantle was thrust upon him.  We now recognize that beginning to be associated with the Civil Rights Movement.  The core values of the Civil Rights Movement all lead to justice.

Colin Kaepernick has emerged as a leader by simply following a process set before him.  He has come forth through a system that adored him as a:

  • Student Athlete loved,
  • Professional Athlete adored, and
  • Courageous Man of Integrity misunderstood.

As a student athlete, his potential was highly appreciated.  Colin began playing football at age 8. He went on to win several punt, pass, and kick contests.  Colin was nourished and nurtured through every level of competition both academically and athletically.  He graduated from John H. Pittman High School in Turlock, California with 4.0 GPA.  Colin was a dominate basketball player.  Colin was nominated as an All-State Baseball, Basketball, and Football Player.  He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of high school to be a professional baseball player; instead, he chose the path to become a student athlete.  He was applauded as a student athlete at the University of Nevada Reno.  He was trained for life after his collegiate career.  He was armed with an education both academically and athletically.   Colin was loved as a student athlete.

As a professional athlete, he was adored by fans as he led the San Francisco 49’ers to an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship Game in 2013, only his second and third years in the league.  He set multiple records during that span including the most rushing yards (181) eclipsing Michael Vick’s old mark of 173.  Colin Kaepernick was rewarded with a 126 million dollar contract with 54 million guaranteed.  His team and fans adored Colin as a professional athlete.

As a courageous man of integrity, Colin’s education and cultural experiences has taught him life learning beyond the classroom and the athletic field.  He has learned what it means to be a Black man in America.  He has learned his history.  He has been trained in the system’s halls of higher learning.  He has reached the system’s stage of visibility through its athletic arena.  On this stage, Colin Kaepernick has chosen to sit or kneel to show that he has learned the meaning of the United States Constitution.  He has chosen to be a Black man, a courageous Black man, rather than just a professional athlete.  For being a courageous Black man, Colin Kaepernick has received death threats.  For being a man, a courageous man of integrity, Colin Kaepernick has been misunderstood.

May Colin Kaepernick’s decision to become a courageous man of integrity challenge his peers and his generation to launch a Movement for Justice for Black People in America.

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Hello, I am Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director of the Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service. 

BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS TRANSCENDS GENERATIONAL DIVIDES!
BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS TRANSCENDS GENERATIONAL DIVIDES!

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THE EMERGENCE OF THE COLIN KAEPERNICK MESSAGE

  • A voice that expresses the sentiments of the people must not be silenced.
THE EMERGENCE OF THE COLIN KAEPERNICK MESSAGE

(A RESPONSE INDEPENDENT OF THE EUROCENTRIC CONTROLLED MEDIA)

By:  Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director, Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC

Beyond the personal support of the man, Colin Kaepernick.  I support the level of Black Consciousness that his actions have raised.  I have no personal knowledge of Colin Kaepernick’s faith commitment or any of his organizational allegiance.  What I do possess; however, is a keen awareness of the absence of justice in America and an astute recognition of the presence of injustice.  I have to act on the absence of justice and the presence of injustice far more than any personal action taken by Colin Kaepernick.  In essence, I appreciate Brother Colin’s courage to launch a personal protest that may involve into a movement.  What must be seen going forward is the meaning of why he started his personal sit down as opposed to what the flag does or does not stand for, or the National Anthem represents or does not represent.

The personal action demand has been launched by injustice and oppression aimed at Blacks and other people of color in this nation.  Since Colin Kaepernick has taken the systemic acts of oppression against the less fortunate personally, each individual must not look solely to Colin Kaepernick for a next course of action.  The question now becomes, what will you do as an individual?  What will be your individual protest or proactive response to the current plight of injustice?  Kaepernick has risked his career and his earning capacity on the line.  Will you stand or sit at the next high school football game?  Do you feel strong enough about the injustice to risk your son or nephew an opportunity to get a scholarship to college?  Or, do you feel the struggle should be left to others on a bigger stage?

Let us not allow “the Colin Kaepernick Experience” to become only a star-studded, trendy event. Should that become the course of action, then there will be the risk that entire effort will quickly fade.  This significant moment and opportunity should not be tabled until the next hottest thing appears.

  • In the comfort of your own home, what do you plan to do when the Nation Anthem is played?
  • In the confines of your own heart, what will you be thinking?
  • In the inner chambers of your heart, what action will be prompted within you when the Black National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing) is played?

Some have suggested America (as far back as “the Ray Charles Rendition”) should be the Nation Anthem.

As related to the National Anthem controversy, I have a suggestion in the midst of the calls for dialogue and discussion.  I hereby suggest, “A’INT NO STOPPIN’ US NOW” by Whitehead and McFadden.  Colin Kaepernick has reminded us as well inspired us to move from merely standing to doing.  Whitehead and McFadden have reminded us and Colin Kaepernick and other professional athletes have shown us that we are on the move – A CHANGE IS COMING!

Rather than the continuous reliance on the Eurocentric controlled media for dialogue, discussion, and direction, www.blacksforchange.com proffers a platform of inclusion, proactive engagement, solution deployment.

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AN URGENT PLEA FOR BLACKS TO SUPPORT A BLACK INITIATIVE

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(Comments, Questions, Statements, or Inquiries for Answers)

If you are an African-American, Black, or a Person of Color and you are already a member of Facebook, then you have no qualms about being a part of contributing to and supporting the success of Mark Zuckerberg.  Right?

If you are an African-American, Black, or a Person of Color and you are not a member of www.blacksforchange.com, then you should have no qualms about being a vital part of contributing to and supporting the success of a Black owned initiative. Right?

If you are an African-American, Black, or a Person of Color and you have already helped Facebook to become over a Billion Members, then you would have no problem helping www.blacksforchange.com to become One Million Strong by Black History Month (February) 2017.  Right?

If you are an African-American, Black, or a Person of Color and you have created a page on Facebook and visit the site more than three times a year, then you should have no problem creating a membership page on www.blacksforchange.com and visit at least once to learn of the Black Consciousness information.  Right?

If you are an African-American, Black, or a Person of Color and have created a profile on Facebook and regularly post about your activities, your family, friends, personal philosophical views as well as photos, then you should have no problem with creating a profile on www.blacksforchange.com to help build an advocacy block and lobbyist group that will benefit you, your family, friends as well as develop solutions for the issues that concern our people.  Right?

If you are an African-American, Black, or a Person of Color and have accounts with one or more of the following: Facebook, Flicker, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn, Meetup, Periscope, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumbler, Twitter, Youtube, Vine or any other social media web site, then you should have no problem starting an account with www.blacksforchange.com. Right?

Finally, if you have a comment, question, statement, or an inquiry for answers related to Facebook, could you pick up your phone and dial Mark Zuckerberg direct?  If you have a comment, question, statement, or an inquiry for answers related to www.blacksforchange.com, you can pick up your phone and dial Mark Carven Olds direct at 216.785.0757.

Love, Peace, and Unity for Solutions,

Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director

Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy Leadership, and Service, LLC

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BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS – PART 1.

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BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS – PART 1.

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 (Most) Blacks, living in America, must learn to love themselves (their brothers and sisters) more than they love the Democratic Party.  This segment of the populace who have joined this marriage to the Democratic Party must learn to display the same loyalty to other Blacks as they give unconditionally to the Democratic Party.  This love and loyalty demonstrated to the Democratic Party is blind, even more so than their religious faith.

The above statement should not be misconstrued as a blanket endorsement of the Republican Party (GOP).  Black voters get absolutely nothing (above some symbolic streets named after a brother or a sister), while all other ethnic groups get economic empowerment tools.  The fortification of the Black vote to the Democratic Party has been taken for granted.  Each election cycle produces a scenario where Blacks get less and less as they vote more and more for the Democratic Party.

Police Brutality, Poverty, Prison Population (Black Mass Incarceration), and Non-Investment Opportunities (Entrepreneurship Startup Capital) are not mentioned with solutions.

We, as Black People, must develop and then present the solutions to our issues to whatever political party, bureaucratic institution, or individual candidate, who will champion our solution as presented without attempting to dilute it with political rhetoric.  We, Black People, must demand from any political machine the loyalty that they seek from us with each election cycle.

As an individual of faith, I must thrust forth the words as penned by the Prophet Isaiah, “And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.” [Isaiah 58:12 NASB]  When these words of the prophet have been internalized, we, as Black people, will be able to practice love among one another, exercise loyalty toward one another, and implement trust in one another.  Then we will be able to accept solutions that shall arise from within our own ranks to determine the path to eliminate any conundrum, which shall attempt to plaque our people.

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Only then, should we, as Black people, decide to get on board a certain political train, we shall purchase our own ticket and choose our own destination.  The proffer of a free one way ticket will not guarantee a return trip home.

TODAY IS “VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!”

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WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM is the vehicle that will raise Black Consciousness to levels unseen since the Reconstruction Era. Register today. It is FREE – BE FREE. People get ready – A CHANGE IS COMING!
Remember, One Million Strong by Black History Month 2017!

“VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!”

The whole of society is clamoring for change.  Change, which shall improve the lot of the imperfect people and the impoverished people, will not come as a result of a political election.  Positive change for the oppressed people, the disadvantaged people can only emerge by a united front of those who have been designated as second class citizens and relegated to a suppressed populace state.

Today, www.blacksforchange invites you to help empower the Black people in America by registering as a member.  The membership on www.blacksforchange is not invasive into your privacy.  It does; however, present a display of potential as a powerful unified effort.  WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM does present an opportunity to interact with other Black people in an effort to raise Black Consciousness.  You will be asked to give up for less personal data that most people give away daily on Facebook and a number of other sites.

WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM is owned and operated by Blacks.  It has been created by Blacks.  It has been design to pioneer as a tool to further Black Consciousness and present a unified voice of solidarity.  The call to register on www.blacksforchange should never be confused as a voter registration drive associated with any primary or general election.  When you will have registered on www.blacksforchange.com, you will have acted on a precise call to become part of a campaign to set forth solutions.  WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall directly impact the African-American community by opening a platform to every individual.  Once you, your family, and your friends have successfully registered on www.blacksforchange.com, you will have taken a proactive measure to help build a solidarity voice for the people.  This solidarity voice campaign has a realistic goal to become One Million Strong by Black History Month (February) 2017.

Black people do not have to fear change.  Change, positive change for us is inevitable.  We simply must become the engineers in what this positive will look like and how it shall impact our lives.  A Change Is Coming.  I have over 1100 friends on Facebook, I am asking you (if you have not already done so) to register today on www.blacksforchange.com.  I urge you to register today on www.blacksforchange.com.  In addition, I am also asking you to join with www.blacksforchange.com for VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY – FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016.  I am also asking you to invite ten (10) other people from your list of acquaintances, associates, family, and friends to register on www.blacksforchange.com.  Join with www.blacksforchange.com and be a part of this history making venture.  Our strategy is easy to launch and clearly defined – VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!

“VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!”

BE READY! A CHANGE IS COMING!

REGISTER TODAY!

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Nation Builders. Nation Building. Nationhood.

TOTAL LIBERATION – TOTAL FREEDOM

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REVISIT 2. – FELONS IN AMERICA – PART II – AN OPEN PASSAGE TO BREATHE

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REVISIT 2. – FELONS IN AMERICA

PART II – AN OPEN PASSAGE TO BREATHE

Why is it that no sales associates will inquire if an individual has a felony conviction before concluding a purchase?  By the same token, no one has ever been asked at the time of purchase whether or not that the possessor of the American currency has a criminal record?  Yet, the same business will deny the same person a chance to earn American currency honestly, if the request or of employment has recorded a felony conviction.

Let us begin to think and reason together.  What steps must be taken to give everyone who has the desire and skill set to make a decent living in this country?  If the intent of the Criminal Justice System is only to carry out a mandate from the Judicial Branch of Government, and the Legislative Branch of Government, and the Executive Branch of Government, then those who have suffered (directly and in-directly) must speak to the system to give their follow human beings equal access to the right to exist in a quality state of life.

No one is asking the government to come forth with more handouts, it is simply the matter of removing the foot from the neck of someone already struggling to recover an open passage to breathe.

The convicted felon has lost the right to protect his or her family with a firearm (NRA your help is needed) as well as the privilege to secure a decent wage.  The absence of these two critical components of responsible adulthood means the surrender of respect within the family structure.  The authority that came with adulthood and parenthood has been dismissed, when an individual lacks the means to provide food, shelter, and clothing for those he or she loves.  Respect for authority has been lost in the jungle of the denial of personhood status, whenever the laws expel a human being from the opportunity to be all that the Creator endowed an individual to accomplish.

SPECIAL EPILOGUE – Today, I was official refused a job by a janitorial service due sole to my past record.  Never mind that I have paid my debt to society.  Never mind that I have studied at the Doctoral Studies level.  Please do not put down every Black male who does not have a job.  I have tried unsuccessfully for two years to find a job.  What is a man (or woman) supposed to do?  Enough of this pull yourself up by your bootstraps and work hard message.  An ex-offender can be pushed to the brink with all the forgiveness talk and the reality of the antitheses action.

All ex-offenders, their families, and their friends should immediately register on www.blacksforchange.com.  We need you to register today on www.blacksforchange.com.  Join us for VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY – FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016.  We are asking each individual to invite ten (10) people from your acquaintances and associates (in addition to family members) to register on www.blacksforchange.com.  Together, let us make history.  We can start this historic strategy on – VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY.

 

REVISIT – FELONS IN AMERICA – THE BACKGROUND CHECK (A HIGH HURDLE)

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FELONS IN AMERICA – THE BACKGROUND CHECK
(A HIGH HURDLE)
In a nation, any nation, laws exist to protect the orderly function of that society. Without law and order there would be chaos and mayhem.
A felony conviction in America has turned into a life sentence and a living hell after prison release. This statement is not a misnomer. Even if the felony conviction has not resulted in a life sentence in an incarcerated state, upon release, freedom for an ex-offender comes with the inability to secure decent housing (background check), equal opportunity employment (Background check), and the right to vote (disenfranchisement in a number of states). Some perfect individual (out there somewhere in America), please explain to me, “how in the hell on earth does an ex-offender commandeer good credit (with no job or housing).
Paying the debt that society has imposed through the Judicial System has proven to be insufficient. The person, who has been convicted of a felony, has pay for the rest of his or her life. Many dood causes or organizations cannot permit well-meaning volunteers to participate in their structured programs (background check).
Too many people have suffered continuously (besides the victims or the victimizers), mothers-fathers, wives-husbands, and children-grand-children as a result of an individual’s felony conviction. All have experienced the loser’s pain in a nation that has appeared unwilling to forgive even after heavy penalties have been paid in full.
Has the tone of the nation bowed to life punishment for any error or wrong act?
How have the hypocrites formed such an alliance that the entire nation has suffered from the un-forgiveness syndrome?
If you are an ex-felon, have a family member who is an ex-felon, or have a friend who is an ex-felon, it is time to register immediately on www.blacksforchange.com. This is a Black Consciousness website that will give a positive voice to all ex-offenders and their families. This website, www.blacksforchange.com, will fill the role od advocate and lobbyist for the ex-offender population and all Black people and their concerns. WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall provide a positive direction that must open for those desirous of living a meaningful and productive life.
Who has the right to designate an individual to a permanent underclass status?
The call to register on www.blacksforchange.com should never be confused as a voter registration drive associated with any primary or general election. When you register on www.blacksforchange.com, you will have acted on a precise call to become part of campaign to set forth solutions. WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall directly impact the African-American community by opening a platform to every individual. Once you, your family, and your friends successfully register on www.blacksforchange.com, you will have taken a proactive measure to help build a solidarity voice. This solidarity voice has a realistic goal to become One Million Strong by Black History Month (February) 2017!

BATHROOMS VERSUS THE DEATH OF UNARMED MEN

At the mere mention of the first term Nation Building, the thought of nationhood for the imperfect people and the impoverished people can strike apprehension in the hearts of the people who are most in need of the benefits that a new nation would proffer. Nation Building will reveal itself as a riddle, awaiting to be resolved by both the recipients of nationhood status and those who will vehemently oppose its mission.

BATHROOMS VERSUS THE DEATH OF UNARMED MEN

The NBA has taken the initiative to remove their All-Star Game Festivities over who may or may not use a bathroom.  I am not writing this particular piece to support or condemn any sexually oriented lifestyle; nor am I about to launch into my personal theological position.  I do; however, have a very sincere position on the NBA’s recent action.

To the Commissioner of the NBA, you do have the right to move your product.  Since the bathrooms/locker rooms seem to be of paramount importance to you, please consider the following for the move of your NBA All-Star Game Festivities.  Please think of avoiding the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and all other cities or states where the NBA has a franchise, which has seen the death of unarmed Black men at the hands of the police department using lethal force.

Mr. Commissioner, Alvin Silver, I am sure you have a good understanding of Black males, since your product is primarily generating funds because of their skills and talents.  I am sure that the lives of unarmed men has more importance to you than who can use whatever bathroom.

Mr. Commissioner, Alvin Silver, I am sure that in your fairness that you will take an activist position on behalf of your Black players, coaches, executives and fans.

CONFERENCE CALL: 712.775.7031 ACCESS CODE 103-381- WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 20TH, 8:00PM EDT

 

WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall offer a comprehensive element to research, organize, and present the issues of the African-American community on the far side of a one political party agenda, over and above a single voice messenger, and more than racial solidarity based concern.
WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall offer a comprehensive element to research, organize, and present the issues of the African-American community on the far side of a one political party agenda, over and above a single voice messenger, and more than racial solidarity based concern.

Please join me tonight (July 20th), Wednesday evening, 8:00PM EDT, for a very special conference call to discuss and clarify any and all questions related to www.blacksforchange.com and the upcoming virtual event:
“VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!”
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016.
The conference call number is: 712.775.7031 – Access Code: 103-381.

The conference call is tonight (July 20th), Wednesday evening, 8:00 PM EDT.

We are asking each individual to invite ten (10) people from your acquaintances, associates, family, and friends to register onwww.blacksforchange.com. Let us make history. Let us start with our strategy – “VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY. ”
BE READY! A CHANGE IS COMING!
REGISTER TODAY!
ONE MILLION STRONG BY BLACK HISTORY (FEBRUARY) MONTH 2017!
IT IS FREE – BE FREE!
Nation Builders. Nation Building. Nationhood.
TOTAL LIBERATION – TOTAL FREEDOM
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Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director
Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership and Service, LLC