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

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BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS TRANSCENDS GENERATIONAL DIVIDES!

 I recommend www.blacksforchange.com as the most comprehensive website to raise Black Consciousness to a level unmatched in the annals of American history, since the Reconstruction Era.  WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM presents an interactive key to help build a reservoir of Black Consciousness.

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“THE RENEWAL OF A VOICE FOR A CONTINUOUS SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!”

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“THE RENEWAL OF A VOICE FOR A CONTINUOUS 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.com invites you to help empower the Black People in America by registering as a member on this site.  Membership on www.blacksforchange.com is non-invasive into your privacy.  It will; however, present a display of potential as a powerful unified effort. 

                  WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall present an opportunity for Brothers and Sisters to interact with a common thread to raise Black Consciousness.  You will be asked to give up far less personal data than a number of people freely give away daily on Facebook as well as a number of other web sites or social media hybrids.

                WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM is an endeavor owned and operated by Blacks.  It has been created by Blacks to advance solutions for Blacks as part of the ongoing “Solution Strategy” of the Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC.  This unique pioneering tool has been designed to further the awareness of Black Consciousness, while presenting a unified voice of solidarity among Blacks in America. 

                It serves well to reiterate at this point that “the call to register” on www.blacksforchange.com should never be confused as a voter registration drive associated with any local, state, national primary or general election.  When you have registered on www.blacksforchange.com, you will have proactively acted upon a precision call to become a functional part of an ongoing campaign to set forth solutions that shall elevate all Blacks.  WWW.BLACKSFORCHANGE.COM shall directly impact the African-American community by opening access to a platform to every member in more than a symbolic gesture.  Each voice of descendants of African slaves living in America can now be heard.

                Once you, your family, your friends as well as your acquaintances, your associates, and your colleagues have registered on www.blacksforchange.com, you will have in essence released a preemptive measure to help build a solidarity voice for the people.  This solidarity voice campaign has a realistically obtainable goal of One Million Strong by Black History Month (February) 2017.

                Black people should not and do not have to fear change.  Change, positive change for Blacks in America, – when congealed through solidarity – is inevitable.  We, African-Americans/Blacks in America, must unpretentiously become the engineers, who will determine what the positive change will engulf and represent.  The outcome of this social/theoretical engineering shall reveal itself as a watchword to be etched into Black Consciousness.  This positive change shall impact Black lives for generations to come.  A Change Is Coming!

                I have over 1100 friends on Facebook as well as followers of my blog and other social media venues, I make an earnest and urgent appeal to each and every one of you (if you have not already done so, as many already have) – please register today on www.blacksforchange.com.  In addition, I am urging you to lift up the watchword to join this Black Consciousness movement by uniting with www.blacksforchange.com.  Join with me and countless others who have determined to make this a catch phrase going forward: “make today and every day – THE RENEWAL OF A  VOICE FOR A CONTINUOUS SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY.”

                I strongly implore you to invite ten (10) others from your formal and informal list collaborators, coworkers, partners, and teammates to register on www.blacksforchange.com.  Join with www.blacksforchange.com and be a part of this history making venture.

                Our strategy at www.blacksforchange.com represents an easily launched and clearly defined initiative that will make each and every day: THE RENEWAL OF A VOICE FOR A CONTINUOUS SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!

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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?

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Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director

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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.

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.

PREAMBLE TO: THE ABOLISHMENT OF UNLIMITED IMMUNITY FOR COUNTY PROSECUTORS AND THEIR STAFF

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PREAMBLE TO:

THE ABOLISHMENT OF UNLIMITED IMMUNITY FOR COUNTY PROSECUTORS AND THEIR STAFF

 

We, the people of the State of Ohio, must act as a beckon that will lead the way for a unified nation in order that all citizens of Ohio and indeed all Americans are safe.  We must further act to stem the divisive spirit that would shatter the hope of so many and re-set the battle for equality based on ethnicity or skin hue, economic acumen or zip code, or culture or social status.  The peace loving citizenry of Ohio and America cannot observe with an idle mindset and concede that a public tool has gone awry without offering a corrective measure.  When some members of a public tool (the Police Departments) have strayed from the established mission, it would be criminal for the people, private citizens with the power of the ballot, to not intervene.  We, the general populace, cannot a monumental institution and a pillar of society to remain off course due to party affiliations, lobbyists influence, or political correctness.

A solution to end police brutality is deserving of crucial backing by all law-abiding and compassionate Ohioans and Americans.  The contemporary discontentment, which has raised a potentially poisonous venom of racial and class divide to dangerously high levels.  This clash prone attitude has emerged as the antagonist to the protagonist of the peaceful coexistence preferred by the multitudes.  Throughout our beloved State of Ohio and this great nation, America, the citizenry is deserving of a solution rather than an appeasement.  The preponderance of violence by those sworn to uphold the Constitution, to serve, and to protect cannot become a political football with no end to the proclivity for more fatalities in sight.

A solution to end police brutality is a common sense approach to halt a potential further militarization of the local police departments.  We must halt any effort that would lead the police departments into becoming local militias, or each precinct becoming a fort.  Such a path would indeed create even more resent and fear from an institution that strives best when respected and trusted.  A bond of peace has to prevail.  This connection can only exist when all people are included, not merely the economic favored or solely the members of a majority nationality.  Collective, we, citizens of Ohio, can help rid our nation of this mean-spirited advent and replace it with a harmonious spirit best suited for peaceful coexistence.

A FLAWED VISIONARY: DEFINED

A FLAWED VISIONARY

My name is Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director of the Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC.

Today, I would like to present to you how I define “A Flawed Visionary” and the purpose that role serves.  “A Flawed Visionary” may be defined by seven distinct characteristics.  Today, we will examine the first definition rendered as – One having a fault who still has the audacity to predict future events or developments.

I have fully embraced the role of “A Flawed Visionary.”  On various occasions, my life’s sojourn has left me wounded.  Wherefore, I have experienced incidents that have created the opportunity for the eventual emergence of deep scars.  Scars can only become visible at the healing process’ conclusion.  My vita should have RESILIENCE in all caps.  If you were to make my life the subject of a documentary, you could easily conclude that I have failed more than most of my peers.  Wherefore, you would also discover that I probably have enjoyed more successful outcomes than most of my peers.  A numerical evaluation alone would not sufficiently cover my experiences.   The reason for these end results as related to my failures has a two-fold explanation:  1) I have attempted more diverse things than others, and 2) I have an active faith toward God.

I have the practical knowledge of the Biblical doctrine of suffering.  By experience, I know that weeping may endure for a night, but joy does come in the morning.

DEFINED

A Flawed Visionary is defined as:

  1. One having a fault who still has the audacity to predict future events or developments:

This definition must be divided into two parts.  Today, we see why audacity must be at the forefront of “A Flawed Visionary’s”

Success story.  “A Flawed Visionary” cannot be overly sensitive to the words or deeds of the distractors, who will be quick to point out the faults of “A Flawed Visionary.”

The word fault, when used as a verb, can deliver a consistent and none fading message.  This is most often the use by people who wish to lodge a criticism at another individual.  Using fault as a verb, the opposition can express one’s unfavorable opinion of the worth and quality of someone else – criticize.

When the word fault is used as a noun, it usually is cited to point out a defect in character, a weakness – imperfection.  Those, who wish to see you fail or never rise up, are quick to point out your imperfections.

In the recognition of the pronounced faults real or imagined of substance or enhanced, “A Flawed Visionary” must exercise three significant gifts that emerge from the spirit in order to achieve success.  When these three gifts are applied by “A Flawed Visionary,” neither the past nor present, can deny an onward march to success:

1) a prophetic spirit – the utterance of divinely inspired revelations to foretell future events. “A Flawed Visionary” knows the course that has to be taken.

2) an idealist spirit – the ability to set a standard of excellence and live under the influence thereof.  “A Flawed Visionary” forgets those which are behind and has instituted a made up mind to press toward a higher mark in the future.

And 3) a dreamer spirit – the capacity to embrace a series of thoughts, images, or emotions to become part of the human condition.  “A Flawed Visionary” has adorned the mantle of RESILIENCE, determined to stop at nothing until the goal in view has been attained.

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BOOK REVIEW: “REFUSAL of PERSONA NON GRATA STATUS”

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“REFUSAL OF PERSONA NON GRATA STATUS”

Inside the Heart and Soul of a Convicted Felon:

The Struggle to Retain Personhood

Available: Kindle, AmazonEurope & Amazon.com

I wish to take this time to tell you about my latest publication, “Refusal of Persona Non Grata Status.  Inside the Heart and Soul of a Convicted Felon: the Struggle to Retain Personhood.”

This volume will take you inside not merely a physical prison, but the spiritual battle to stay focused as a valued human being.  This work captures my personal experience to be a person and not become a number.  In this exertion, I reflect on the twelve stages of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional warfare that I encountered daily.  These skirmishes are not written in any manual, but they are real in the heart and soul of anyone who has been incarcerated.  So many of those incarcerated become the victim of failure to the spiritual and psychological warfare that greets an individual upon the loss of freedom.

Unbroken Anguish, Relentless Battles, Shaping Destiny or Impacting History, as well as Humility and Wisdom are among the twelve stages of warfare that must be fought and won in order to retain personhood.  The Refusal of Persona Non Grata Status represents a vital key that will unlock the door of hope for a positive future.  The Refusal of Persona Non Grata Status assures the individual that in spite of the opposing odds, giving up and succumbing to failure or a lower class designation is not an option, nor an alternative.

Allow me to interject, all prisons are not constructed with concrete and steel.  There are many emotional, financial, mental, and spiritual prisons that have higher numerical populations than all the global criminal justice systems combined.

In this exertion, the foundation has been laid to help anyone through any dilemma that would threaten their personhood.  This is a clarion call to anyone who may have felt victimized or demeaned in character.  The Refusal of Persona Non Grata Status will help you to reach a victorious plateau over the twelve battle stages of spiritual warfare that seek to destroy your personhood.