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Dasha Kelly Hamilton shares vision for a shared journey at inaugural reading as MPL’s Poet Laureate

The Central Library in downtown Milwaukee hosted the inaugural reading from the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, on November 10 in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room to a packed crowd. During the program, several local creative artists expressed their poetry in spoken word presentations. Combined with the social messages were their deep thanks and gratitude to Dasha, for her personal support and work across the community. Her husband, Kima Hamilton, also participated in one of the poetry sessions. “It was important to me to not just share my work, but to share what this...

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European masterworks from the Phillips Collection share a modern vision for art with Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosted a preview exhibit tour for the local media on November 13 for their blockbuster exhibit “A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection” which runs until March 22, 2020. “A Modern Vision” presents a selection of the most iconic works from The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, which opened in Washington DC, in 1921, in a gallery added to his family’s Georgian Revival home. The exhibition features 50 masterworks by towering figures of European modernism, including Edouard Manet, Gustave Caillebotte, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Edgar...

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Development moves forward with Gary G. Wetzel Center as a tiny home initiative for Milwaukee veterans

Alderwoman Chantia Lewis and Mayor Tom Barrett were joined by members of Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (VOW) on Veterans Day, November 11, in the historic rotunda of City Hall for a special signing ceremony to mark the formal development of a special tiny homes housing initiative for homeless veterans. A first-of-its-kind project in Milwaukee, the tiny homes initiative will bring nearly 50 Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin homes and a community center to a city-owned parcel located just west of N. 60th Street and south of W. Green Tree Road. “What we’re talking about is a homeless recovery program that...

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80% Coalition: The tug-of-war between truth and lies over meaningful gun reform in Wisconsin

Per the August 2019 Marquette Law School Poll, 80% of Wisconsin voters want the gun background check loopholes closed and 81% want to allow Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) to remove a firearm from an individual only if so ordered by a court, from an individual who is a risk to themselves or others. Before the November 8 special session took place in the Wisconsin State Capitol building, representatives spoke on behalf of dozens of advocacy, business, education, faith-based, professional and service organizations from across Wisconsin, to insist that Wisconsin legislative leaders allow the vote on lifesaving gun violence...

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Annual Veterans Day Ceremony honors hometown heroes in Oak Creek

Before Milwaukee County hosts its Veterans Day of Honor and Parade on November 16, the suburban city of Oak Creek held its Veterans Day Ceremony on November 9 to thank current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. The annual ceremony took place at Fire Station 3 in Oak Creek, with a participating crowd of a couple hundred area residents. The program to recognize and thank veterans was supported by VFW Post 8482, American Legion Post 434, and Local Scout packs. Part of the event included the presentation of colorful recognition banners. Oak Creek designed the...

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Veterans Day Parade fights to prevent apathy so Milwaukee’s retired soldiers are not forgotten

Milwaukee may hold its last Veterans Day Parade this year due to fading financial support and dwindling interest from the public. The 2019 Day of Honor for local veterans will take place on November 16 at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. The annual celebration recognizes all veterans, but this year features those who served in World War II. The men and women who fought in that global conflict are in their 80s and 90s, now involved with the battle of aging. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served...

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