Thursday, May 14, 2009


One of our relative’s is getting treatment for cancer in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He has a site on CaringBridge. One of the journal entries told us about how in between treatments last month, he and his wife took in a Twin’s game (the Twin’s won). They took the city bus to the game. A group called, “Mad dads” was on the bus, protecting everyone from violence. That prompted me to do a little research.

MADDADS is an Acronym: Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder.

MAD DADS, Inc. was founded in May 1989 by a group of concerned Omaha Nebraska African-American men and parents who were fed up with gang violence and the flow of illegal drugs in their community. These men understood that they could not hold any one responsible for this but themselves, because they had allowed this to happen. They presented themselves as positive role models and concerned loving parents who were a visible presence in communities against the negative forces destroying children, families and neighborhoods.

The Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS was created in 1998 and adopted the goals of its National Chapter. MAD DADS has, at the request of law enforcement representatives, expanded services to some suburban areas.

A key ingredient to the program’s success is visible and vocal presence in neighborhoods and area schools. MAD DADS is an agency that enlists other community-based assets, including law enforcement representatives; judicial members and others who want to provide a positive environment for children, families and cities.


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