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Friday, May 30, 2014

Next Door Amani - Ground Zero - Founder uses SNS tool for in-the-Neighborhood urban organizing

City Center Milwaukee - Mary Glass, Founder of Next Door Amani - Ground Zero is taking the idea of  "urban strategic planning" at the census tract and neighborhood level and "neighborhood organizing" for a textbook tryout through the online SNS/social network site, Next Door.
L-R:  Sarah Leary and Nirav Tolia - Co-Founders
Network Social Network
Next Door is a neighborhood application company located in San Francisco, California.
The co-founded are Nirav Tolia and Sarah Leary.   Both are from the silicon and technical environment - Tolia from Epinions and Leary from Microsoft.  Tolia and Leary are of the "X" Generation and are in their early forties.

NEW level - "Solidarity for Upscalability".  
For over two months, Glass spoke with Next Door staff living in Milwaukee, reviewed the corporate website and reviewed opportunities for creating a strategy plan that would fit the infrastructure of the stakeholders in the Amani neighborhood in the city of Milwaukee.

One of the key factors for selecting Next Door was the fact that there was the flexibility of a "non-cookie-cutter" approach of Next Door Amani - Ground Zero.  In other words, Next Door Amani - Ground Zero could be constructed to fit the "needs" of the area stakeholders.

Amani is a densely populated, land-rich, culture-rich and multifaceted neighborhood
The drawn area has about 4,000 inhabitants to connect via residential and commercial property.

Amani has a severe housing stock issues (loss of homes - boarded homes) - they are durable for repairs and renovation, they are also "sore spots" and  potential properties of vandalism and fires.  Monitoring of the property stock - fires, vandalism, graffiti, razed and purchased homes, city inventory property is part of the Next Door Amani - Ground Zero customer care.

Amani stakeholders are guaranteed "due process" by our 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and subsequent privileges rights according to Wisconsin state statutes and local charter resolutions.  However, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC has identified discrimination, exploitation and disenfranchisement are culprits responsible for the disparities that have befallen the population of Amani.  We add to that dilemma the lack of awareness in a continuous fashion that helps to impart ownership, leadership and stewardship.

At this time, MPA LLC has a 4-Month invoked Atonement in place to ensure that the people of Amani are aware of rights, privileges that have been breached; but, to call for All Hands on Deck, WE CAN actions to engage in bringing the land, people, resources and lifestyle on par with quality of life and economic upscalability.  A customized SNS can help make the difference, if implemented correctly and supported.

The engagement of the SNS network of Next Door is right on time and based on Glass's vetting process it has the framework and potential support for making it an excellent tool for Amani and other urban neighborhoods who may have a myriad of issues that calls for a collaborative unit with leadership to establish stability in key areas of quality of life and economic development - i.e., affordable and updated housing, gainful employment of heads of household, education and technology attainment, safety issues (in-neighborhood, law enforcement and incarceration), health care population issues that include mental illness and infant care, and so on.

The Amani - Ground Zero model is designed to engage the people located in the geographic boundaries.  It is to empower the Amani stakeholders - residential, commercial, school, neighborhood groups and churches. 

It was only after assurance of flexibility of Next Door model from liaisons of Next Door social network that Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC focused on its use and have put in place the beginning components for successful use per the needs of the Amani neighborhood stakeholders.   We not only identify issues, we are about solving the issues that are depriving the stakeholders of quality of life and economic influence.  In other words, identifying a trouble spot is only as good as the process to remove and/or eliminate its beginning and help ensure that the issue does not go across the street, around the corner, in the neighborhood.

We are also working on getting impediments of Next Door framework in line with the "footprint" of the Amani Neighborhood implementation style and Code of Conduct; i.e., the role and responsibilities of the "Lead" in the format.  We do not need too many cooks in the kitchen with no idea of the menu, food chain and how to  prepare for those who will eat.

We have a number of opportunities of participation with names and responsibilities.  The positions that would cover "Leads" are Marketing Coordinator, VPs and senior Membership Coordinators.  

We also have asked Next Door about the lack of visibility of African Americans on their website and in urban areas such as Milwaukee to show that Next Door is sensitive to the neighborhood blueprint across American and part of their corporate social responsibility for due diligence.

Introduction of Next Door
On  May 17, 2014, the first formal introduction was presented to the neighborhood.  Christina Wright, Milwaukee Liaison was on hand to introduce and sign up interest stakeholders.  She is also schedule for the next 3 meetings of the Atonement assemblies.

We have scheduled Campaign Next Door Amani - Ground Zero, to  sign up Amani members from June 1, 2014 thru August 31, 2014.  One of our engagements is a Membership meeting of the Friendship Club on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 5:00pm.

Amani has a large population of middle age and senior adults that we will engage.  This will call for a lot of face-to-face engagements that will take time.  The majority of the population of Amani are without "at-will" use of the internet - lack personal PC, training, laptop and/or other apparatuses for internet access - a key of the growth and success of the SNS network.

CAMPAIGN NEXT DOOR AMANI - GROUND ZERO has taken into consideration the intricate details of the access, training and comfort of use in getting the Amanians to sign up.  We  know that we will have to "deputize" Born Frees/Millennials and those in Generation X to help from the Amani Neighborhood for on-patrol and sign up of our neighbors at their respective sites - front porch, neighborhood block party, church, school, day care, library, business and organizations.

The excitement is there, we will provide the level of  partnership to the neighborhood for transition to SNS as a form of neighborhood engagement, state-of-the art access to today's market place and the valuable fruit that can come from being linked to the SNS as a neighborhood member.

There are 10 guideposts for the model created by Mary Glass, Founder, to build hope, set in motion standards of operation, provide expectations-goal setting, transparency (sharing ideas), and best practices by all for a PRIDEFUL renewal of hope and TRUST.   They are: 

  1. leadership
  2. citizenship
  3. fellowship
  4. entrepreneurship
  5. apprenticeship
  6. scholarship
  7. mentorship
  8. ownership
  9. partnership
  10. stewardship

Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Next Door Amani - Ground Zero - Hidden Talent QUAN CASTON

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City Center Milwaukee |  Amani Neighborhood is an Urban neighborhood located in Midwest America, in the city of Milwaukee and state of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC recently launched Next Door Amani - Ground Zero to assist with the fellowship, citizenship, scholarship, apprenticeship, entrepreneurship, partnership, ownership, mentorship, leadership and STEWARDSHIP.

Stewardship is working in a collaboration with residential, commercial, neighborhood organizations, schools, churches, public and government entities for the overall aggrandizement of "Amanians" - the people in Amani.

"We seek to abate FRAGMENTATION and institute SOLIDARITY.

Step one
Since collaboration and networking is one of the assets of Next Door social network, it is an excellent opportunity to bring together "hidden talent and vetted businesses" in the Amani and contiguous neighborhoods.  It is an excellent opportunity for residential and commercial stakeholders to bond, share strengths, evaluate changes, create and implement opportunities that can and will grow the positives available at the census tract and neighborhood level.

X and BFM
The X Generation are the post world war babies - 60-80's and BF & M stands for Born Frees and Millennials.  They are the age group from the 1980's to year 2000.  They are age for "mentorship" - the leaders into the next generation.

They are progressive, thoughtful, innovative, prideful and IT savvy professionals with a committed agenda to raise the awareness of Amanians and other stakeholders that are key to the self-sustainability of the area of Amani and the city of Milwaukee.

One such hidden talent is:  Quan Caston.

Quan Caston, a former U.S. Air Force reconnaissance photographer.
Quan is known in the neighborhood as an artist, author and noted chess educator-teacher with a specific vision in sharing protocols for success with our younger minds - allowing mentor-ship and hands-on project for creativity, art form and patience.  Three examples of Quan's mentorship is his teaching the art of chess, outreach in activism and creativity in painting. 

He has for years instituted the knowledge of "learning how to play Chess".  He has worked with Milwaukee Public Schools students and other after schools assisting in providing "safe haven" environments that promote positive thinking and awareness for problem solving.

This past weekend, Quan Caston,  was found at the vigil of 10-year-old Sierra Guyton - Metcalfe Park residents and others from around the city came together on Memorial Day to support the family of 10-year-old Sierra Guyton, who was shot last week while on her playground.

On May 27, 2014, he accepted the position of Program Chairman - Events at the newly renovated Calvin C. Moody Park, 2200 W. Burleigh.  

Quan recently attended the 4-Month Atonement Meeting #2 for the Amani Neighborhood at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  He was the guest of Mary Glass, producer of the event.

He immediately signed-up for the Next Door Amani - Ground Zero social network.

Caston said in an Update Amani Post, "I pledge to take the responsibility of bringing quality culturally significant edu-tainment to our community very serious if for no other reason than the tremendous affect media and entertainment has on the minds of our children. Thanks to all my comrades at AMANI UNITED for your continual support. Looking forward to a tremendously successful year as well as years to come. Here's to serving our residents effectively and our continual success!!! Peace!!!!"

We wish this young man nothing but the best.  Go for it Quan!

Next Door Amani - Ground Zero Gear-up for Leaders to Move Forward

Next Door AMANI - Ground Zero
32 Coordinator positions
May 28, 2014
City Center Milwaukee |  Today, Mary Glass - Founder of Next Door Amani - Ground Zero call for "Leader-Coordinators" to help guide the stability and branding of Next Door Amani - Ground Zero social network.

To start, there are 32 opportunities for our SWOT - strength, weakness, opportunities, threats, assessment.  They are:
  1. arrest and incarceration coordinators
  2. arts and entertainment coordinators
  3. BF & M (Born Frees and Millennials)
  4. beat reporters
  5. beautification coordinators
  6. block analysts
  7. block captains
  8. block watches
  9. board-commission-authority volunteers
  10. neighborhood Image coordinators
  11. neighborhood relations coordinators
  12. education coordinators
  13. employment coordinators
  14. foundation and fund development coordinators
  15. gardener coordinators
  16. graffiti-tag coordinators
  17. group leaders
  18. health care coordinators (chronic illnesses)*
  19. historic coordinators
  20. hospitality coordinators
  21. housing coordinators
  22. IT/Information Technology coordinators
  23. legal and mediator coordinators
  24. outreach coordinators
  25. public relations coordinators
  26. real estate coordinators
  27. safety matters coordinators
  28. seniors coordinators
  29. speaker coordinators
  30. voting coordinators
  31. voting volunteers - poll workers
  32. youth mentor coordinators

*        practitioners, health care providers (hospital and extended care), pharmaceuticals, suppliers, insurers (government and private), academic networks

Glass said, "I am excited about the potential engagement of the 3,000 plus potential membership of the Next Door Amani - Ground Zero social network, located in the heart of city center Milwaukee - urban Milwaukee.  Over the summer, our plans of Stewardship will implement the foundation for:

  • Ownership
  • Citizenship
  • Fellowship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Partnership
  • Apprenticeship
  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
Are you a residential, commercial, church, school, neighborhood-based organization?
Join us.  Sign up today.  

Visit nextdoor.com, enter your email address, street address*, and zip code,

After joining Next Door AMANI - Ground Zero, a team member is asked to select his/her choice of footprint for 1 year.  CLICK

We Remember Ms. Maya - She has risen at 86 years

"Ms. Maya"
Born: April 4, 1928 (age 86), St. Louis, MO
Died: May 28, 2014
Winston Salem, USA | MAYA ANGELOU, beloved writer and gifted queen of the assembly of words ascended in the morning of Wednesday, May 28, 2014.  So gentle in the morning she leaves us to remember her gift of words as we assemble our thoughts about her passing.  She has left us a basket full of thoughts to conceive, thoughts of love, thoughts to wonder, thoughts to wonder why and then to take action.

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson; a scholar with over 50 honorary degrees - a mother.

She experienced many trials and tribulations.

Ms. Maya - Dr. Maya Angelou, was a drum major for justice as well as an acclaimed phenomenal woman of prose and poetry.  She stood for greatness and being human - she made us "think" - so many precious and fascinating moments she reminded us of - she had an eloquence about her whenever you heard her speak or read her writings - if you listen closely as you read or as she spoke, you were blessed with words of wisdom.  

Today, Still she is - we have the wealth of her words and exclusive body of work - she has risen!
Luv you Ms. Maya.

President Barack Obama released a statement on her passing:

When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.” 

Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.
Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MPA LLC Call for Neighborhood Referrals for City of Milwaukee Commissions & Board (PART I)

Call for Citizenry of Milwaukee's Neighborhoods
 to sign up for Referral to City of Milwaukee Commissions & Boards

The People have continually received Bait-n-Switch and proxy representation from elected-appointed-hired representation of government that allowed "outsourcing" of resources to every Tom, Dick, Harry, Sue Sally and Jane while denying neighborhood stakeholders access in planning and development of their resources.  That's not due process.

That is disenfranchisement and "by-design" perpetuated Enduring Concentrated Poverty.


City Center Milwaukee | It is Day 52 of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC Invoked 4-Month Atonement - Assessment and Requested Moratorium regarding "wrongdoing" by the city officers of Milwaukee - a wrong against the People - Amanians and nearby contiguous neighborhoods.
There are several Commissions and Boards for referral.  We start with the ten(10) below.  They are:

  • 4th of July Committee
  • Administrative Review Board
  • Board of Zoning and Appeals
  • Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
  • City of Milwaukee Arts Board
  • City Planning Commission
  • Ethics Committee – city of Milwaukee
  • HACM – Housing Authority of the city of Milwaukee
  • MEDC – Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation
  • RACM – Redevelopment Authority of the city of Milwaukee

Stewardship - AHOD
In order for the People of Milwaukee, taxpayers and stakeholders who "live" in Milwaukee, those who are "literal representatives" of the population (594,833) and are Milwaukeeans, to advance from Enduring Concentrated Poverty; they must know how their municipal government works on behalf of and adversely to their will.

The People must know about, be an intricate part of; and, monitor the efforts that take place at City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI  53202.  

They are to create and maintain the "OPTICS", especially what is done on the 2nd Floor on the South end - Mayor Tom Barrett's office and 2nd Floor on the North end - Common Council President Michael Murphy, 14 other alderpersons that represent the people and the office of the City Clerk.

So, we started the 4-Month Atonement assessment on Saturday, May 17, 2014 with the Office of the City Clerk - Ground Zero for the Common Council - the collective body that represents one of the districts (15) for due process.  The City Clerk's office is the brain center and "clearinghouse" for files, legislation, resolutions, statutes, and the day-to-day running of government in a pre- and post-decision making state.

Who better to serve on the committees, boards and authorities than "literal representatives", those who live, work, build business, raise a family, go to school and invest in the city's coffers than stakeholders at the census tract and neighborhood level?  They would put a Milwaukee inclusive face on city government boards, authorities and commissions.

If interested, complete the form.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CNBC's SQuawk Box - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Apple (AAPL) plans to release next week a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems, and other household appliances. (FT)
U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer (PFE) has decided abandon its takeover attempts of AstraZeneca (AZN), after its U.K. rival rejected a revised $116 billion offer last week. (CNBC)
Siemens of Germany is said to be readying a formal offer for the power assets of France’s Alstom, which are also being sought by General Electric (GE) of the U.S. (Reuters)
The difficult future for Ukraine was laid bare today, after a relatively smooth weekend presidential election, with Russian stocks tumbling as fierce fighting in the east escalated. (CNBC)
John Herbst, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, joins CNBC's "Squawk Box" at 7:15 a.m. ET to look at how the new president there plans to restore law and order.
China said Vietnam is taking "dangerous actions" at sea, after the two countries traded accusations over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters near a Chinese oil rig. (Reuters)
Newly released satellite data from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight has provided further evidence that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean after running out of fuel. (NY Times)
The Obama administration plans to unveil next week a climate-change proposal that would allow states to use a variety of measures to meet goals for reducing carbon emissions by existing power plants. (WSJ)
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (backed by Twenty-First Century Fox) has become the eighth straight No. 1 at the box office for Marvel Studios, with $111 million in ticket sales over the holiday weekend. (USA Today)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

N E I G H B O R S Page - Borchert C.A.R.E.S - Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 24, 2014 - Borchert Field C.A.R.E.S. Block Club
 - Community Advocating for Residential Empowerment & Stability
City Center Milwaukee | Borchert Field C.A.R.E.S. - Next Door Borchert Field is today's focus for N E I G H B O R S.  Our NEIGHBORS page started as a result of a visit by Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee City Clerk, guest speaker for Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC 4-Month Invoked Atonement Assembly #2, May 17, 2014.

The assembly was part of a 5 sessions assessment of People, Land, Resources and Lifestyle. Owczarski told of the well-like section of the Journal Sentinel that he was a part of during his work experience with the Journal Sentinel.  It was selected as part of the Atonement for the White Paper and an edition to share human interest stories - events, alerts, and engagements in Stewardship of infrastructure growth.

Next Door Network
Next Door Network was formally introduced with Christina Wright, liaison of Next Door Network on May 17, 2014 - same assembly meeting.  This is a new national neighborhood social network that is forming start-up in Milwaukee.  Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is the Founder of Next Door Amani - GROUND ZERO.

Immediately after sending out the "We are Open for Neighborly Sharing", a neighbor to the north of Amani, Denise Wooten, Chair, C.A.R.E.S - Community Advocating for Residential Empowerment & Stability and a member of the Next Door Network sent a guest invitation to Mary Glass, Chair/CEO,  MPA LLC to visit Borchert Community Garden and their monthly meeting.
Ali - Artists Working in Education & Chef Owen McGonegle
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Saturday, May 24, 2014 - N E I G H BO R S
Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC "N E  I G H B O R S" Page is a snapshot of neighbors working to improve their neighborhood in an organized group effort as well as an individual and/or family effort.
L-R:  Denise Wooten and Jarvis West
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Chair, Denise Wooten and members of the C.A.R.E.S. board (Charles Robinson, Sr., Shadeed Shareef, and the neighborhood architect) - block club, were busy brainstorming regarding recruitment, 2 tables were available with printed information to share, 15 raised beds for vegetables were available with some being tilled for planting - their second year of planting.  Members from DMZ Community (Dawn Powell, President), Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network (Mars Powell - Outreach Advocate), A.W.E/Artists Working in Education (Ali - Summer Satellite Studio), Safe & Sound (Talibah Mateen-Hooper - Community Partner),  and Black Health Coalition (Jarvis West - Navigator).

It is clear that the members of the Borchert C.A.R.E.S. Block Club is a committed group for neighborhood quality of life and economic development.

Borchert C.A.R.E.S Block Club
May 24, 2014

Memorial Day - Crossing the Globe with thanks - May 25, 2014

Bolivia, South America | Today is Memorial Day - We remember our people who have died in service to the USA.

Today, we share what a Bolivian said about American soldiers.

Even those of us who live abroad have got someone to thank for our freedom... to cross borders, to live and work overseas, to return to the US when we want or need to. Thanks to my Bolivian dad for reminding me to show gratitude to the American soldiers who give me this freedom.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"N-E-I-G-H-B-O-R-S" - Meet Jim Owczarski - Milwaukee's City Clerk for the People

Milwaukee City Clerk - Jim Owczarski
May 21, 2014
City Center Milwaukee |  It is Day 45 of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC Invoked Atonement.  The Editor's Note - We launch our NEW "N-E-I-G-H-B-O-R-S" page.

Thank you
MPA LLC thanks each of the participants in the last two 2 Saturday (Kick-off April 19, 2014 & May 17, 2014) engagements of MPA LLC Invoked Atonement assemblies held 9-10:30am at Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum, 2620 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206.

We especially highlight the geniune demeanor and informative remarks of the City Clerk Jim Owczarski, who is a well-spoken leader and customer-friendly advocate for his office of city clerk.  We have already shared an open Invitation to return and share his role as a city officer for the city government of Milwaukee.

We were proud to see that he could juggle his speaking and meeting with the International Institute of Municipal Clerk (IIMC) this weekend and the 4-Month Atonement assembly.  After visitng with our meeting and networking - He was off to his duties with the visitors to the city and to share a plaque.

He shared that he had sworn in the newly elected Alderman Russell Stamper, 15th District - May 5, 2010. 

Open - Receptive
What is most important to share is that Jim's office was open and receptive to a visit to share his "day job responsibilities" - that are very demanding - on a Saturday Morning with the People of Amani and others.  Secondly, he came "prepared" and "addressed" what was asked - no canned presentation for this city officer - that's appreciated.

He was also not "in-a-huff" to leave or "pretentious".  He remained for photos and networking afterwards.  So, for the professionalism and well-given presentation for the People, we have added the "Neighbors" section for the 4-Month Atonement White Page report and to our website coverage (starting today with his article) in honor of him.

Jim came to the city of Milwaukee by way of the Journal Sentinel.  While there, he fondly remembers the section reporting he was involved with that was so liked-by-the-People; it was the Neighbors section.

MPA LLC will market the philosophy of sharing "human stories" in our NEW Next Door network that was shared at the May 17, 2014 agenda by partner and speaker Christina Wright, Next Door liaison.

Additionally, we will seek him for contact with the Milwaukee Youth Council and as a Juried panelist for our art and musician event later this summer focused on Born Frees and Millennials.  This will tap into his experience as an actor - Bristol Renaissance Faire and having a "badge" for the office of City clerk.

Yahoo Jim.  See what can happen when people engage - see what can happen when we choose to share.  Thanks Jim Owczarski - Our Milwaukee City Clerk.

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Missing from the bottom photo are:
Steve Adams and Kevin Muhs - SEWRPC

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC scores ENERGY of Excitement, May 17, 2014, Atonement Meeting #2

Top Left down:  Eric Lynde - SEWRPC, Jim Owczarski - Milwaukee City Clerk, Steve Adams - SEWRPC, L-R:  Mary Glass - MPA LLC, Clayborn Benson - Wisconsin Black Historic Society & Museum, and Christina Wright - Next Door Network
Discussionists - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC 4-Month Atonement Me
City Center Milwaukee |  Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is pleased to report that this Saturday's 4-Month Atonement Meeting #2 sparked NEW energy by the 15 people that were present.  Each participant brought synergy to the group.

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L-R Top:  Steve Adams - SEWRPC, Clayborn Benson - Wisconsin Black Historic Society & Museum, Michael Ewing - SPAA, Michael Robinson - Mike & Woody, Christina Wright - NextDoor, Jim Owczarski - City Clerk Milwaukee, Vera DeSilvia, - Atonement Evaluator, Johnson Smith "Smitty" - VP Friendship Club, Christiana DeSilva - Atonement Assistant Evaluator, Quan Castor - Outreach Community Advocate & Teacher, Mary Glass, MPA LLC, Sunshine Bradley - Community Resident, Auriea Mosley - Community Outreach Advocate - Harambee - West Care Wisconsin; L-Down:  third down, Kevin Muhs - SEWRPC
Not shown:  Craig Jackson - Project Photographer
Each of the five (5) meetings, April 19, May 17June 21, July 19 and August 16, 2014 will address People, Land, Resources and Lifestyle for re-designing, re-branding and Un-trapping hidden talent and vetted businesses at the census tract and neighborhood level.

The 123 days engagement center on INFRASTRUCTURE, using 19 principles for guiding outreach and growth; as well as the guidepost for self-discipline and maintenance.

April 19, 2014
May 17, 2014
June 21, 2014
July19, 2014
 August 16, 2014

TIME:  9:00AM - 10:30AM

Wisconsin Black Historical Society
2620 W. Center Street

SEWRPC - Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is the regional strategic planning partner for the 5-meeting project. 

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Steve Adams, Outreach Manager - SEWRPC
Clayborn Benson - Resident Historian and Project Partner
Christiana DeSilva is the Neighborhood Assistant Evaluator
Vera DeSilva is the Neighborhood Evaluator
Craig Jackson - Project Photographer
Auriea Mosley - Harambee West Care is a Charter Atonement Fellow

The guidelines came from the six (6) focus of Atonement by MPA LLC and 13 guidelines adopted from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.   CLICK - Go to Pages 11-14.

May 17, 2014 Agenda
MPA LLC moves forward to honor the guidelines and guideposts for best practices and principle-centered leadership.  

Information shared at the May 17, 2014 meetings included  5 speakers.  They were:
  • Jim Owczarski sharing the role of the City Clerk of Milwaukee.
  • Steve Adams and Kevin Muhs - Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission sharing a grid of the public transportation services regions, public transit comparison chart of similar size regions across the USA and bicycle awareness.
  • Clayborn Benson - Wisconsin Black Historic Society & Muse
    um provided the Welcome and his Spring 2014 Edition Newsletter with a freedom Summer Exhibit for Children.
  • Christina Wright was very busy signing answering questions and signing up members for the Next Door Network - Next Door Amani, Ground Zero (Founder - Mary Glass, Next Door Amani - Ground Zero neighborhood network).  
Each of the Invoked Atonement meetings will have sign-up for Next Door Amani to keep the messages and communication more consistent.  You can also JOIN today online.  www.nextdoor.com
After the formal meeting, "NETWORKING" was "Right-On" from one person to another.
'Now that we have completed the vetting of Next Door and officially introduced the neighborhood network at the May 17, 2014 Atonement Meeting #2, we will now pursue members," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.

The networking and engagement of the people is expected to be a great tool for empowering the targeted area of over 1, 000 potential members. There are guideposts for strict adherence. They are: 
  • citizenship
  • scholarship
  • apprenticeship
  • fellowship
  • entrepreneurship
  • partnership
  • leadership
  • ownership
  • stewardship
NEXT Atonement Meeting:  Saturday, June 21, 2014
LAND      - Sisters of Assisi St. Ann Center
RESOURCES - SEWRPC Census Data - Employment - STUDIES
LIFESTYLE - Art galleries, boutiques, suites, Bicycle ROUTES