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Thursday, January 29, 2015

SATURDAY TALK - UW-M to Amani Ground Zero, New and Needed

City Center Milwaukee | Day 150| on Saturday, January 31, 2015, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC will kick-off the next addition of All Hands on Deck, WE CAN Initiative.  It is SATURDAY TALK in the Amani Neighborhood.  

SATURDAY TALK is the brainchild of Mary Glass, Chair/CEO/CVO of MPA LLC and Amani Works Think Tank. Amani Works Think Tank consist of Invited and vetted hidden talent - CORE CONSTITUENTS that are "Fellows".  The Amani Works Think Tank Fellows volunteer for 2 years to grow in peer-reviewed reporting, investigations and growth of district-to-district sharing for the city of Milwaukee.

Amani Works Think Tank launch candidates for office and promote the necessity of Oath of Office, meaningful legislation for the People of Milwaukee and VOTING to the People in Fellowship.

The meetings are held:

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015   - 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015     - 11:30am - 1:30pm
Place:  Center Street Library, 2727 W. Center, Milwaukee, WI  53210, large meeting room.

Targeted economics include:  Transportation (local, state, regional and federal), household Income-Employment, Emerging businesses-major employers, EB-5, Immigration, land use, safety prevention and safety intervention, lifestyles, affordable housing and education.

The theme Smart Growth looks at the SWOT analysis of the 15 districts with Amani (Nigerian, means "Peace and Security") being Ground Zero.

Smart Growth includes a regional partner:  SEWRPC - Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Facilitator:  C Terrence Anderson - Transportation Planner
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission 
The first quarter, JANUARY, FEBRUARY and MARCH are the months for key capacity building and oversight months to take-stock of the $$$Millions-on-top of Millions that come to the city of Milwaukee for various projects, buildings, projects and programs that have the thumbprint of everyone but the CORE CONSTITUENTS - even if there is a Milwaukeean and/or person of color with the promise of leadership.  

Stewardship, ownership, entrepreneurship, fellowship, citizenship, scholarship, apprenticeship, mentorship, partnership and leadership with CORE CONSTITUENTS of the city of Milwaukee DNA at the beginning-through outcomes are deliverables from the JUMP-OFF.  This means the collaborators for start-up, architects, developers, planners, lawyers, construction workers (union or otherwise), anchor tenants, boards of directors, steering committees, workforce and neighborhood stewards are African American, other People of Color, Caucasian and Work Challenged.

Glass has worked in the Amani Neighborhood for over 20 years and was commissioned by Project Respect (Doris Green - Executive Director) - OIC, Carl Gee Executive Director for the HUD/Community Block Grant city of Milwaukee neighborhood strategic planning for the NSP/Neighborhood Strategic Planning for Amani #9.

-- Pemba Mwepu - Senior, Human Resources Management and Finance, International student from Africa - UW-Milwaukee

-- Micala Queary - BA Mass Media Arts - Public Relations Graduate, Clark Atlanta University

-- Rick Banks - Political Science Major, Speaker of the Senate, UW-Milwaukee

-- Brandon Methu - Economics Major, Senate Chair - Diversity and Inclusion Council, UW-Milwaukee

-- James Methu - Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual Insurance.

Their focus/MISSION:  leadership-citzenship and their funding, partner-funding and philanthropic funding are at the top of the list.  The CORE CONSTITUENTS are the last one to know, when they should be the first and the ones creating the nuance and development of their 170 neighborhoods in Milwaukee - Enduring Concentrated Poverty problem solving.
The concept was first shared by CEO Glass in a pilot format with undergraduate students in the Union of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2200 W. Kenwood,  in 2011.  The group was a CASE LEARNING group of MPA LLC - Safety Matters Exploratory Team.   Click
"At the kick-off, January 31, 2015, MPA LLC has added SATURDAY TALK for a district-to-district look at a number of issues that affect quality of life and economic development in the city of Milwaukee - all 15 districts.   CORE CONSTITUENTS need to be good stewards and address strategically how their funding is being spent, for what, how long, and by what people.  This is myopically the focus for capacity building in UpSCALABILITY.  
                                                 Charter Fellows - Amani Works
L- R:  Elder Jacob Gatlin, Stephen Jansen and Jackie Ivy

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