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Minneapolis NAACP branch officers obstruct EC investigation
Subj:     NAACP branch officers obstruct EC investigation
Date:     3/5/2005 3:50:41 PM Central Standard Time
From:     Socialist2001 (Doug Mann)

CC: Duane Reed, Jesse Overton, and other NAACP officers.
NAACP branch officers obstruct investigation by branch executive committee members.

There are not "complete and correct" records for the past 6 years as required by MN statute 317A.461 subdivision 1 at the registered office (310 E38th Street) of the Minneapolis NAACP branch. In the presence of 7 other executive committee members on March 4, 2005, Jesse Overton, the branch treasurer stated that he has NAACP Parent Information Center books and records for 2003 and 2004 in his personal possession, and that branch records prior to 2003 are at another site.

Eight members of the Minneapolis NAACP Branch Executive Committee instructed the branch president to see that NAACP PIC records be available for inspection by any member of the executive committee on March 4, 2005 at 7:00 PM. Branch Treasurer Jesse Overton offered a small selection of documents and led a discussion. That is not acceptable.

Branch president Duane Reed and Treasurer Overton are out of compliance with MN statute 317A.461, subdivisions 1-3. See MN statute 317A.461, pasted below my closing.

-Doug Mann, King Field
Minneapolis NAACP executive committee member-at-large

"Power doesn't take a step back in the face of a smile, or in the face of a prayer, or in the face of a loving nonviolent action.  Power only takes a step back in the face of greater power.  And power in defense of freedom is greater than power in defense of tyranny, because the power of a just cause is based on conviction, and leads to resolute and uncompromising action." --Malcolm X, "Prospects for Freedom," Militant Labor Forum, New York City, 7 January 1965
Nonprofit Corporations, Books & Records; financial statement

[MN statute] 317A.461 Books and records; financial statement.

    Subdivision 1.    Articles and bylaws; minutes.  A corporation shall keep at its registered office correct and complete copies of its articles and bylaws, accounting records, voting agreements, and minutes of meetings of members, board of directors, and committees having any of the authority of the board of directors for the last six years.

    Subd. 2.    Inspection.  A member or a director, or the agent or attorney of a member or a director, may inspect all  documents referred to in subdivision 1 or 3 for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.  A proper purpose is one reasonably related to the person's interest as a member or director of the corporation.

    Subd. 3.    Financial statement.  Upon request, a corporation shall give the member or the director a statement showing the financial result of all operations and transactions affecting income and surplus during its last annual accounting period and a balance sheet containing a summary of its assets and liabilities as of the closing date of the accounting period.

    Subd. 4.    Other use prohibited.  A member or director who has gained access under this section to any corporate record may not use or furnish to another for use the corporate record or a portion of the contents for any purpose other than a proper purpose.  Upon application of the corporation, a court may issue a protective order or order other relief as may be necessary to enforce the provisions of this subdivision.

    Subd. 5.    Cost of copies.  The corporation may charge the requesting party a reasonable fee to cover the expenses of providing copies of documents under this section.  

    Subd. 6.    Computerized records.  The records maintained by a corporation may use any information storage technique, even though the technique makes them illegible visually, if the records can be converted accurately and within a reasonable time into a form that is legible visually and whose contents are assembled by related subject matter to permit convenient use by people in the normal course of business.  A corporation shall convert any of the records referred to in subdivision 1 or 3 upon the request of a person entitled to inspect them, and the expense of the conversion must be borne by the person who bears the expense of copying under subdivision  5.  A copy of the conversion is admissible in evidence, and must be accepted for all other purposes, to the same extent as the existing or original records would be if they were legible visually.  

    Subd. 7.    Remedies.  A member or a director who is wrongfully denied access to or copies of documents under this section may bring an action for injunctive relief, damages, and costs and reasonable attorney fees.

    HIST: 1989 c 304 s 79; 1992 c 503 s 12

Copyright 2004 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.