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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Owners of the BUCKS - Do you know? Have you met? Do you care to meet CORE CONSTITUENTS? Have they been introduced? Have they WELCOMED the owners?

Saturday Talk - Follow the Money
 City Center Milwaukee | DAY 241 | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC continues to follow the money that is disbursed from the city coffers. For the Month of May, we will look at the Milwaukee Bucks and the 3 NIDs - Neighborhood Investment Districts.

The Milwaukee Bucks owners, Wesley Edens, and Marc Lasry are seeking a NEW venue for their newly acquired team in the area between N.3rd, Juneau, N. 6th and McKinley.

Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens - Milwaukee Bucks Owners
The development is a tripod of initial government funding - city, county and state.  That means the PEOPLE - even though the people of the city of Milwaukee - CORE CONSTITUENTS the ELECTORATE have not met-talk and/or discussed anything.  

That's disrespectful.  That's not a GOOD NEIGHBOR.  That speaks to the "bad/negative" practices so well-known in this city as racism, discrimination, and disenfranchisement.  It perpetuates Enduring Concentrated Poverty.  It is the genesis of why the CORE CONSTITUENTS do not and have not done better-best with the amount of investment they put at the table - annual taxes; and, the mega funds and resources shared through the federal laws - federal government.


Since we have not gotten a call, we are making calls to Alex Lasry for discussion and the Milwaukee Bucks official support and WELCOME from the Core Constituents.  How can they, the Milwaukee BUCKS represent the city of Milwaukee - all 97 square miles with  social responsibility that incorporates the CORE CONSTITUENTS from the 170 neighborhoods.  The population that make up Milwaukee - African American, other People of Color and Caucasians - over half-million folk living in and welcoming those who live nearby and outside of the city of Milwaukee.

It is important that if the Bucks are to grow, the people must grow.  This starts right now.

It is important that if the Bucks are to set sail in a direction reflective and inclusive of Millennials, young adults, middle agers, seniors and our juniors, they can not be a downtown and Bucks' Arena only neighbor.  We must have dialog and discussions of their plans as well as strategic planning of the people for INCLUSION in a lifestyle that benefits ALL.  The STEWARDSHIP and LEADERSHIP ethos must be shared - in the same direction - respected.

Last year, the owner, Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers covered the media for weeks due to disgraceful and racial disclosures.  It was an "eye-opener" and testimony to high-stakes racism.  Click

Sterling failed to represent an ETHOS that is desirable for any team owner with African American players (any player).  His disclosures set-back the group of owners of the basketball teams, especially since he made racist comments relative to African Americans - on the floor playing, Magi Johnson, and his female African American escort. How he shared "trinkets" with the NAACP and felt that was true Social Responsibility.

MPA LLC seeks sea-change development that will change the Enduring Concentrated Poverty of the city of Milwaukee and tied to downtown development by the CORE CONSTITUENTS for Vision 2050.

MPA LLC seeks to make the city of Milwaukee an URBAN 1st Class city for all - not just the haves, cronies, monopoly-oligopoly and tourists.

MPA LLC seeks grand opportunities that affect infrastructure quality of life and economic development - from historic planning of design, CONSTRUCTION, thru day-to-day staffing and build-outs.  

Alex Lasry - Vice President of Strategy & Operations for the Milwaukee Bucks
MPA LLC seeks Alex Lasry visionary and innovative thinker of the Milwaukee Bucks that tells the People it is OK to support the NEW owners of the Bucks and the team because their strategic plan/business plan includes their families and families' families - NOT just the mayor, county executive, MMAC and the Governor; but the People.  Those are the short-and long-term investors, potential Buck's players, regular attendees to games - the real partners.  

Those individuals in ELECTED positions are only for a season and can and will be voted out. 

It is NOT OK Mr. President and Madam Mayor

Mayor Stephanie Blake and President Barack Obama
Today is Thursday, April 30, 2015
Words can hurt you. In the larger world, it frames how people think about you, and it can hurt you in lots of little, subtle ways.   Nathan Myhrvold
Words are really powerful. I don't believe that axiom at all - words can absolutely hurt you. Words can wound. They can do a lot of damage. I think they can do way more damage than sticks and stones. I'll take sticks and stones.  Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
As a way to promote self-esteem, many have adopted the position of thinking that "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."  It is a nice rhyme but if one follows evolved thinking, incidents affecting those individuals  known and personal examples, "words hurt".   What is said by family members, friends, those you interact with everyday and those in position of power can make or break one's self-worth, self-confidence and self-achievement. Words matter.
Words are from perception, right or wrong - as is seen in those given special privileges due to income, family position, education attainment, positions of power, and race.   Implicit and explicit thinking allows individuals to think positive and negative about an event, individual or group.  We see in the marketplace where youth and adults are bullied, bashed, discriminated against, brutalized, disenfranchised and treated less-than creates short- and long-term impact distinctions.  Perception connects to the way we treat one another and definitely what we may say to one another.
Speaking specifically of the negative statements of "thugs", "idiots", "criminals" related to the recent outcry of African American middle and high school students in Baltimore is damaging to discussions and building solutions.  It creates and promote implicit and explicit biases.  The heat-of-the moment explosion should not and can not be diminished to negative terms of demonizing and simplistic determination.  The words "thug", "idiot" and "criminal" speaks to conditions of time and overtime behavior.  That is not why there was an eruption.  The eruption came as a result of neglect by those with power - not addressing, not caring, not showing care, discriminating, disingenuous statements, use and misuse of massive funding planned for, given for to erase Enduring Concentrated Poverty, but given to the haves (Caucasians) with NO CHANGE.  
Are these people called "THUGS", "IDIOTS" and most of all, "CRIMINALS"?  You certainly could make case-after-case, we have actors that daily promote thuggish, idiotic and criminal behavior in our highest offices of government, business and cleric positions.  They have been given a wrongful pass.  Let's get it right.  Let's correct that behavior.  It is NOT OK.
Therefore, for me and mine, "It is NOT OK for  President Barack Hussein Obama,the 44th President of the United States and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, Maryland OR anyone in authority and/or journalists reporting the news to call the students involved in the melee on Monday in Baltimore thugs, idiots, andcriminals."  NO ONE IS EXEMPT.
By-the-way, the collateral damage from displaced aggression, is a negative result of the boiling over, and perception of helplessness from harm.  It is a cause and effect that one sees when an individual or group of individuals are threatened.  It is also the collateral damage Americans and others justify the killings of war.  The good news, the GREAT news, luckily NO one died as a result of the melee unlike the murder-after-murder of African American males in America. The deep perception and reality in African American neighborhoods.
For African Americans, words have over-and-over prevented us from our true calling, positioning, quality of life and economic development.  

Morning Squawk - Matthew Belvedere and Peter Schacknow

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› More Pre-Markets Data
Another busy morning for earnings includes numbers from Dow componentExxon Mobil (XOM). Dow component Visa (V), as well as AIG (AIG), lead this afternoon's after-the-bell reports. (CNBC)
U.S. stock futures were lower in early trading, with traders quickly shifting focus from the Fed meeting to the upcoming April jobs report, as the next possible source of clues on the timing of interest rate hikes. (CNBC)

In the policy statement after its April meeting, the Fed removed all calendar references to a possible move, while downplaying soft first-quarter economic growth. (CNBC)

U.S. oil prices hit a five-month high this morning, after adding 3 percent in New York trading Wednesday. Meanwhile, the euro rose today for a third session against the dollar. (Reuters)

Shares of Yelp (YELP) fell sharply in premarket trading, after reporting an unexpected quarterly loss, disappointing revenue numbers, and weak forward guidance. (Reuters)

Apple (AAPL) reportedly found defects in the wrist-tapping component of itsrecently released Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Apple Watch early-adopters are complaining that many key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. (WSJ & Reuters)

Apple could face "material" financial penalties from the European Commission's investigation into its tax deals with Ireland-the first time the tech giant has disclosed potential consequences. (FT)

Microsoft (MSFT) is targeting a tripling of annual revenue from its cloud-computing businesses to $20 billion in three years. Meanwhile, the software giant is helping developers transfer apps to run on Windows Phones that were originally written for Android devices or iPhones. (Reuters)

In its usual grand fashion, Tesla (TSLA) is hosting a big media announcementtonight that's expected to focus on home and industrial storage batteries. (USA Today)

General Motors (GM) is expected to announce today a multibillion-dollar, multiyear investment in several U.S. manufacturing plants, in a move to boost production and vehicle quality. (Reuters)

Goldman Sachs (GS) is becoming the first major bank to make a significant investment in a Bitcoin-focused company, giving a vote of confidence to the embattled virtual currency. (NY Times)

The value of Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer's pay package surged last year, mostly due to gains in the Internet company's stock price. Mayer's 2014 compensation increased 69 percent to $42.1 million. (AP)

Ten million people are opening the Whisper app every month. The announcement came on the same day competitor Secret, a similar confessional app, said it's shutting down. (Re/code)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, eheh
Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, oh oh oh
Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Ah, what's going on
In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on brother
Right on babe
Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply 'cause our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh oh oh
Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
C'mon talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on, ooh ooo ooo ooo
Right on baby
Right on baby
What's happening brother?
We want to know.
Listen to Sir Marvin Gaye for the REAL DEAL.
He wrote these lyrics back in 1971 - they are just as if they are today.
Love - peace - brutality - trigger happy policemen - save the babies - picket signs - lack of employment - tightness of money - and on and on.
Too many ailments not being addressed and reaching a BOILING POINT.

He speaks to many of the ailments of today in the public square.

Text4Baby - ZERO TO THREE, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families (ZTT)

April 28, 2015

Dear MARY,
We want to let you know about some big changes ahead for Text4baby. On May 4, our operations will move to ZERO TO THREE, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families (ZTT).  ZTT is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. ZTT will continue to operate Text4baby and ensure that this vital service continues uninterrupted in partnership with Voxiva, Inc. and our broad public-private partnership. 

We have been able to make great strides with Text4baby during our past five years as an initiative of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB). Through innovation and unprecedented public-private partnerships, the free Text4baby service has reached nearly 900,000 pregnant women and new moms since 2010, providing customized information and tips they need to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

For more than 33 years, HMHB has been a leading voice for maternal and child health and safety, building and leveraging partnerships as a catalyst for change. In order to more effectively further its mission, the HMHB Board of Directors has decided to move many of its programs and initiatives to other organizations.

Our future is in good hands. Text4baby's knowledgeable staff and focus on health combined with ZERO TO THREE's emphasis and leadership in social and emotional well-being will create a powerful voice for babies and mothers.


The Text4baby Team:
Kathleen Murphy, Jessica Bushar, Lindsay Handelsman, Anna Hoff,
Luisa Soaterna-Castañeda, Rachael Salley & Danielle Garfinkel 

Madam U. S. Attorney General - Loretta Elizabeth Lynch

L-R:   Vice President Joe Biden, Rev. Lorenzo Lynch, husband Stephen Hargrove and U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Loretta Elizabeth Lynch (born May 21, 1959) is the 83rd and current Attorney General of the United States. She is 55 years old and recently served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

She was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on April 27, 2015 in the presence of her husband, father and brother from her family.  She was also before an audience of Justice Department staff and well-wishers.

Vice President Joe Biden opening statement, "Ladies and gentlemen, it's about time — it's about time this woman is being sworn in.

His remarks reference over 5 months of wait.  She was nominated by President Barack Obama on November 4, 2014.

She is the 1st African American female U. S. Attorney General.

Loretta Lynch was born on May 21, 1959 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Her mother was a school librarian and her father was a Baptist minister.  As a child, she spent hours with her father, watching court proceedings in the courthouse of Durham, North Carolina. Her early interest in court proceedings was compounded by stories of her grandfather, a sharecropper and pastor, who in the 1930s helped people move to the north to escape prosecutions under the racist Jim Crow laws of the time.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from Harvard College in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1984.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a chartering member of the Xi Tau chapter of the sorority while at Harvard.   Wikipedia


"We are proud of and for her."  "We wish her a successful reign with connection-after-connection of successes that are domestic and international for our embroiled country," said Mary Glass, MPA LLC.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

13 Reasons for BLACK MALE Incarceration Matters in Milwaukee - April 26, 2015

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC - SATURDAY TALK FORUMS
April 26, 2015
City Center Milwaukee | DAY 237 |  Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums allows Milwaukeeans to LOOK at, discover conclusions for actions of Building Solutions and working to RE-define, RE-brand and UN-trap hidden talent and vetted citizens.  Your neighbor.  Your family member. Your fellow Milwaukeean.

It is the People, taxpayers, stakeholders, and citizens of the city of Milwaukee providing leadership, citizenship and stewardship for quality of life before-during and after incarceration.

13 reasons for Milwaukeeans to participate.  They are:

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to raise awareness of an issue that affects the present and future quality of life and economic development of our brothers, fathers, sons, uncles, cousins, grandfathers as well as the city they live in. 

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to bring attention to Ethnography of a citizen of the city of Milwaukee - a stakeholder, taxpayer, employee, entrepreneur, employer, neighbor and leader requiring our commitment of support.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to help dispel "IMPLICIT BIASES" by ALL.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to bring the 26,222 African American males from Milwaukee and 1.5 Million Missing Black Men data to the table for reporting and "human" loss to the city, state and country. 

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to shed a BRIGHT light on 53206 Incarceration population grid.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to speak to how profiling, stigmatization of Incarceration has disrupted the lives of those incarcerated and their “FAMILIES”.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to explain myths and truths regarding Black women "single parents". 

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to bring NEEDED RESOURCES and NEEDED PEOPLE to the table.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to petition legislators, Governor Scott Walker, Presidential Candidates and the U. S. Justice Department to call attention to, bring NEEDED RESOURCES and NEEDED PEOPLE to the table.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to “Follow the Money” and legislation as a result of Truth & Sentencing and Cannabis (Marijuana) related arrests and imprisonments.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to get-U-INVOLVED.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to provide first steps to be engaged - to  hear information and share information for decision making and changes that are appropriate as a citizen, significant other, family member, neighbor, elected official, clergy person, teacher, law enforcer, attorney, judge, stakeholder, taxpayer, employment counselor, temporary agency, returnee from incarceration and parole officer.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums #1-#2-#3 are to re-define, re-brand and UN-TRAP Black Males senselessly Incarcerated.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Text4Baby Tuesday - April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015

Dear MARY,
April is Alcohol Awareness Montha time to raise awareness of the health and safety risks associated with alcohol use, especially the risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) that can be caused by the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.

Text4baby shares key messages about FASDs and alcohol consumption during pregnancy. There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink while pregnant, and it can cause a baby to have behavior and learning problems, speech delays and more.

Thanks for raising awareness of risks of prenatal alcohol use during Alcohol Awareness Month and throughout the year.


Kathleen Murphy, Partner Outreach Director, Text4baby
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
Take Action
The annual Text4baby State Enrollment Contest will kick off in May! Check out highlightsand contest winners from last year to learn more about this contest that builds on the enthusiasm of Text4baby partners like you to promote the service as a valuable health resource for women and families.

Black Male Incarceration Matters Forum #1 - April 18, 2015

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 Speakers:  L-R
Solana Patterson-Ramos, La'Frisko Lewis, C Terrance Anderson and Brad Tenin

Participants - L-R
Andre Brown, Project Return and Desmond London, UW-Milwaukee

Brittany Gilbert - Emerging Entrepreneur

C Terrance Anderson - Transportation Planner - SEWRPC 

Dr. Linda Mistele - MATC & New Concept

L- R
St Daniel Sterling, Audience; Speaker, La'Frisko Lewis - Senior, UW-Milwaukee; Speaker, Brad Tenin, State Online Liaison, Bryant & Stratton; Speaker, C Terrance Anderson, Planner, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Publisher Lynda Jackson-Conyers, Milwaukee Times 

Political and Community Activist, ex-candidate for Milwaukee County Supervisor District 10 
Solana Patterson-Ramos, Dominique Smith and Andre Brown, Project Return

LA'FRISKO LEWIS - Senior, UW-Milwaukee
RUTH BOND - Hospitality Director, MPA LLC
VANESSA JOHNSON, Executive Director -  New Concept
Dawn Powell, Owner & Richard Kauper, Architect - DMZ Gardens
Publisher, Lynda Jackson-Conyers - Milwaukee Times 
BRITTANY GILBERT, Entrepreneur, MARY GLASS, Chair/CEO/CVO , Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC & DESMOND LONDON, UW-Milwaukee
All photos by:  Craig Jackson - Photographer

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC held the kick-off of the first of three Black Male Incarceration Matters Forums Saturday, April 18, 2015, Center Street Library, 2727 W. Center Street.  

Information was shared by four presenters.  They were:

  • Solana Patterson-Ramos,  Political and Community Advocate
  • La'Frisko Lewis, Senior, International Studies, UW-Milwaukee
  • C Terrance Anderson, Planner, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
  • Brad Tenin, State Online Liaison, Bryant Stratton College
Black Male Incarceration Matters Forum #2 is scheduled for the end-of-the 2nd Quarter sessions.  The dates and time:
  • June 26, 2015 - 12 Noon - 4 pm
  • June 27, 2015 - 10:30am - 3pm
Place:  Center Street Library, 2727 W. Center


The highly interactive and collaborative workshops will teach basics and not-so-basic steps for Building Solutions that will help before, during and post-entry of jail-house of correction-prison.