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Calls For Reform Put Minneapolis Police Union Leader In Hot Seat

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Protesters in Minneapolis called for the removal of police union leader Bob Kroll on Friday.

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City councils and state legislatures around the country are considering dramatic changes to policing, but a big obstacle to police reform is often police officers themselves and the unions that represent them.

That’s especially true in Minneapolis, where many residents are calling for the controversial head of the police union there to resign while some officers appear to be breaking ranks.

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 has sparked daily protests across the country against police brutality and racial inequities. Those marches and demonstrations demand broad changes to policing, but protesters in Minneapolis often focus on one cop in particular, chanting “Bob Kroll Must Go!” and “Fire Bob Kroll!”

Lt. Bob Kroll is the controversial head of the Minneapolis Police Federation, the union representing the more than 800 police officers in this city. On Friday evening, more than a thousand people protested outside the union headquarters, one of several protests in recent weeks that has targeted the police union.

“Bob Kroll is as racist as they come!” shouted Minneapolis civil rights attorney and activist Nekima Levy Armstrong to the cheering crowd Friday. “And his evil has been allowed to fester inside the Minneapolis Police Department!”

When people here talk about a rotten police culture and the community’s lack of trust in police, many point to the union and the veteran cop that leads it as a major reason.

“Bob Kroll is the president of this union, but he’s also a cartoon character, frankly,” said Michelle Gross, president of the group Communities United Against Police Brutality. “He utters racist garbage constantly … and he’s been a brutal cop.”

Gross points to Kroll’s many comments over the years that she and others view as racist. He was named in a 2007 racial discrimination lawsuit against the police department filed by five black officers, including the current chief, Medaria Arradondo, who alleged he called then Rep. Keith Ellison, who is black and Muslim, a “terrorist,” and that he allegedly wore a white supremacist group’s patch on his motorcycle jacket. Over his 31 years on the force, there have been 30 complaints filed against Kroll, who has been suspended and demoted by the department, and sued several times for use of excessive force.

“People are very, very sick and tired of the way that he vilifies victims of police and defends killer cops,” Gross added.

In a letter to the rank and file a week after the killing of George Floyd, Kroll vowed to fight the firing of the four officers criminally charged in Floyd’s death. He made no mention of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes but he did mention Floyd’s “violent criminal history.”

He called the protests a “terrorist movement,” and Kroll criticized political leaders’ response as “despicable behavior,” saying police officers were being made “scapegoats.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo this week announced he is pulling out of contract talks with the union and looking for ways to restructure the contract to include greater transparency and accountability as part of a broader push to reform policing.

When a reporter asked if negotiations would be helped if Kroll stepped down, the chief sidestepped the question. Asked if he thought Kroll could change, Arradondo said, “We have to look into our hearts, what’s in our best interests, so I hope he will do the same.”

Kroll did not return calls seeking comment. The police federation’s phones are disconnected; its website, Facebook page and other social media accounts have been taken down. Kroll even called police on a Washington Post reporter who went to his suburban home seeking comment.

Despite the silence, Kroll’s presence looms large.

The president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, Lt. Bob Kroll, speaks at a news conference on Feb. 17 in St. Paul. Protesters are calling for his resignation. Steve Karnowski/AP hide caption

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The president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, Lt. Bob Kroll, speaks at a news conference on Feb. 17 in St. Paul. Protesters are calling for his resignation.

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In a video conference call with reporters this week on efforts to revamp policing, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said the union stands in the way.

“The Police Federation is a clear barrier to change,” she said. “And that is the crux of any short-term changes within our department that they have opposed for years.”

But now some officers are breaking ranks with Kroll and the union. Fourteen signed an open letter to the city saying, “We wholeheartedly condemn Derek Chauvin,” the officer charged with Floyd’s murder. The officers say they represent the vast majority of the Minneapolis police force, and wrote that they “stand ready to listen and embrace the calls for change, reform and rebuilding.”

“The fact of the matter is these officers are heroes and more need to follow,” said former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who is now president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on racial, social and economic equity, among other community improvement efforts.

Rybak, who served as mayor from 2002 through 2013, knows some of the officers signing the letter well; two of them served in his security detail.

“What was so important about [14] cops putting out a letter and speaking as human beings to the human beings they serve,” said Rybak, “is that finally we’re reaching across the lines that I think for too long have held the police away from the people they’re supposed to protect and serve.”

But others here are skeptical.

Community leaders and protesters point out that Bob Kroll was elected and reelected police union president by wide margins. Last year, he didn’t even have an opponent in winning his third two-year term, suggesting his support inside the department runs deep.

“I want you to understand that Bob Kroll did not come out of thin air,” said Jaylani Hussein, head of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations at a rally this week. “Bob Kroll was voted in by the people who are supposed to protect us.”

Regardless of where police officers stand, “reform is going to take place in policing whether police choose to participate or not,” Rybak said. “They need to dramatically change their leadership and acknowledge how wrong some of these things are. If not, this change will happen, whether police choose to be part of it or not.”

Across the country, Bob Kroll is not an anomaly in police unions. There are similar controversial leaders of police unions in Chicago, Philadelphia and several other cities. And that’s why, so many reform advocates say, this time, police departments cannot simply be changed. Cities need to dismantle them and start over.

Source: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/13/876640607/calls-for-reform-put-minneapolis-police-union-leader-in-hot-seat?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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ALYI Highlights Next Steps

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Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE – Alternet Systems, Inc. (OTC PINK: ALYI) today announced plans to publish a comprehensive progress update next week targeting a Wednesday, October 28th release date.

Management indicates a number of major endeavors underway in important stages of development to include RevoltTOKEN financing partner’s efforts to finalize ICO details, next steps after finalizing the multiparty milestone agreement announced last week, and a new design path development for the company’s long-term plans for future electric vehicles in Africa.

Management anticipates wrapping up details on the above-mentioned endeavors by next Wednesday and being ready to release a comprehensive update.

For more information and to stay up to date on ALYI’s latest developments, please visit www.alternetsystemsinc.com.

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor: This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur.

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Source: https://otcprwire.com/alyi-highlights-next-steps/

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If You’re Not Using a CRM System for Your Small Business, You’re Wasting Time and Money

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If you run a business that sells anything—whether it’s home appliances, web design, hand-knit sweaters, pool cleaning, books, dance lessons, you name it—one of the most important things you have to do is generate leads, convert them into actual customers, and then keep them coming back for more. However, when you’re busy with all the other things your business requires, the last thing you need to be doing is manually entering customer information into a database, manually sending followup emails to leads and clients, manually recording customers sales and interactions, manually creating invoices, or manually booking appointments.

Luckily, we have technology to make all that easier. With a robust all-in-one CRM platform like Keap, you can automate all sorts of essential data management, sales, and marketing tasks, so you can grow your business without having to waste precious time on tedious data entry.

What is CRM?

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Customer relationship management, or CRM, is a system that businesses use to manage contacts, foster relationships with customers or potential customers, engage in successful marketing, and track leads through the sales pipeline.

The idea behind CRM has its origins in the 1970s and 1980s, when companies first started conducting surveys, collecting customer data, and analyzing it to help improve sales. By the early 1990s, software companies began developing dedicated CRM applications that automated the collection and sorting of customer data, as well as a number of other tasks. These applications became more advanced as technology improved. But because they required a lot of in-house computing power, they were only available to larger, more established businesses . 

Luckily, today those technological limitations no longer exist. Instead of buying copies of a program and installing it on an office full of computers, we buy subscriptions to powerful cloud-based apps that can run on a single laptop, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere. As a result, now even small businesses and startups can afford cutting edge CRM tools that can kickstart exponential growth. 

Today’s CRM platforms can do more than anyone had ever dreamed. And that brings us to Keap. 

Keap CRM, sales, and marketing automation.

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The Keap platform was designed to automate customer relationship management, sales, and marketing, so you can get more done in less time. 

With Keap, you can automatically add and update contacts, and automatically record every communication and interaction so you know exactly where customers or potential customers are in the sales pipeline. You can also see customer details and easily call up a history of all meetings, payment, quotes, conversations, and emails. Plus contact segmentation lets you apply tags to contacts so you can sort customers and create custom demographics. 

Keap also lets you automate sales and marketing communications so nothing slips through the cracks. By using Keap’s simple “when/then” templates, you can generate automatic responses when someone sends an email, fills out a form, or schedules an appointment. You can also create more complicated sequences of automatic email messages that get sent based on time triggers or client interactions. 

Need an easy way to create web forms or landing pages and generate automatic quotes and invoices? Looking for online appointment scheduling? Want to create an email marketing campaign to nurture new leads or drive clients to specific promotions, products, or services? Keap can do it all. They send over a billion marketing emails a month with a 20-percent open rate and 13-percent click rate, both of which surpass industry standards. Keap also integrates with other business tools, like social media marketing apps, so everything stays connected. And it comes with a phone line and SMS messaging, so you can connect with clients via text, too. 

Go ahead, take a test drive.

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Keap offers three different plans at three different price points. And right now, all three are 50-percent off for the first three months. And if you want, you can even try before you buy, because Keap offers a free 14-day trial.

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, your time is extremely valuable. Don’t spend it doing things that algorithms can do faster and more efficiently. So take a look at Keap today, and see how their CRM, sales, and marketing automation tools can help grow your business. Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357920

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It’s Time for You to Rise Up!

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The founder of the Wake Up Warrior movement discusses the obstacles men are facing and what they can do to overcome them.

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Garrett J. White is the founder of Wake Up Warrior, a series of self-help programs for men, including the Warrior Week boot camps. He is also the author of Warrior Book and the host of the podcasts Warrior on FireWarrior Wealth and Date Your Wife. These related projects aim to help men achieve success, balance and happiness physically, spiritually, in family and business. In this episode of Leaders Create Leaders, White discusses with host Gerard Adams how he has scaled his business to transform thousands of men’s lives and create a global movement. 

White talks about the current state of culture, the importance of certainty compared to information and generational leadership tools. He explains how to face facts, flip the script and play the “Impossible Game.” He also gives tips for becoming a successful speaker and teacher.

Related: How to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Online Business with BossBabe

Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/357952

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