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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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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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TODAY IS “VOICE OF SOLIDARITY BREAKTHROUGH DAY!”

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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!

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Nation Builders. Nation Building. Nationhood.

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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.

DEMOCRACY AT WORK! A SOLUTION FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE!

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DEMOCRACY AT WORK!

A SOLUTION FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE!

CLEVELAND, OHIO -SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

– BEGINNING AT 10:00 AM

– LOCATIONS:

LEE HARVARD PLAZA (Lee Road & Harvard Avenue)

CHURCH SQUARE (79TH STREET & EUCLID AVENUE)

THE PLAZA (40TH STREET & QUINCY AVENUE

The People have power at the ballot, through free speech, and the will to challenge symmetrical acts of oppression.

If you live in or near Cleveland, please make the appropriate arrangement to meet the Teams from The Midwest Minority Think Tank at one of the above locations.  Come prepared to sign the petition to Abolish Unlimited Immunity for the County Prosecutors and Their Staff.  This represents a vital step toward the reform of the Criminal Justice System and put in place the accountability that will devise an End to Police Brutality.

If you are not a registered voter, the Teams will have VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS at each site.

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Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director

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

OFFICE: 216.761.6707 or MOBILE: 216.389.4340

Email: markcarvenolds@themidwestthinktank.com

Blog: www.themidwestthinktank.com

Twitter: twitter.com/midwestminority

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarkColds

DEMOCRACY AT WORK! COLLECTING SIGNATURES – REGISTERING VOTERS

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A SOLUTION TO END POLICE BRUTALITY!
CLEVELAND, OHIO -SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
– BEGINNING AT 10:00 AM
– LOCATIONS:
LEE HARVARD PLAZA (Lee Road & Harvard Avenue)
CHURCH SQUARE (79TH STREET & EUCLID AVENUE)
THE PLAZA (40TH STREET & QUINCY AVENUE

WE ARE TAKING TO THE STREETS TO MAKE HISTORY! PROACTIVE MEASURES ARE A MUST!

TEAMS FROM THE MIDWEST MINORITY THINK TANK FOR PUBLIC POLICY, LEADERSHIP, AND SERVICE, LLC WILL BE SOLICITING 1,000 SIGNATURES FOR THE PETITION TO END POLICE BRUTALITY! WE MUST ILLUSTRATE A PROACTIVE AGENDA!

To people making history – history is now. To people determined to make history – insurmountable hurdles do not exist. To be people destined to make history – victory is incessantly in view. To people exercising faith – an end to police brutality, an abolishment to unlimited immunity for County Prosecutors, District Attorneys, State’s Attorneys, Solicitors, or whatever title, and a revision of the Criminal Justice System is A TIME TO MAKE HISTORY!

We need you join with us. Contact me if you would like to add a location or personally help gather signatures to help end police brutality.

Please join me at the Lee Harvard Plaza. Let us illustrate to the community Democracy At Work!

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

OFFICE: 216.7616707 or MOBILE: 216.389.4340
Email: markcarvenolds@midwestminoritythinktank.com or
mcolds49@gmail.com
Blog: www.themidwestthinktank.com
Twitter: twitter.com/midwestminority

THE ABOLISHMENT OF UNLIMITED IMMUNITY FOR COUNTY PROSECUTORS AND THEIR STAFF

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.

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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.

Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director

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

Web: www.midwestminoritythinktank.com

Email: markcarvenolds@midwestminoritythinktank.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MarkCOlds

Twitter: www.twitter.com/midwestminority

Phone: Office – 216.761.6707 or Mobile – 216.389.4340