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Gun safety advocates in Milwaukee demand Congress end paralysis of courage and enact red flag laws

Milwaukee joined cities across the nation on August 18 with a rally at Red Arrow Park to demand immediate legislative action from members of Congress, to protect the public from the epidemic of mass shootings and prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining military-grade weapons. Elected and faith leaders, survivors of gun violence, gun safety advocates, and area residents participated in the local Recess Rally, organized by the Milwaukee chapters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Students Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety. Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect...

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Hip-Hop Week MKE 2019 infuses music with health, civic engagement, and financial literacy

The opening ceremony for the second annual Hip-Hop Week MKE was held at City Hall on August 19, kicking off the only event of its kind in America sponsored by a city government. Since the 1982 release of “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Hip-Hop has been a powerful voice for the voiceless within urban communities. Hip-Hop represents and narrates the stories of those who have been crushed by the war on drugs, police brutality, subpar education, and economic hardship. Today, there are tens of millions of voting Hip-Hop fans of every race, gender and ethnicity...

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Next Avenue series connects conversations within Milwaukee’s booming 50+ community

The Milwaukee PBS show “Next Avenue Community Conversations” began production in April, under the direction of the creative team responsible for the nationally syndicated Emmy-award winning program “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” and recently broadcast its last episode for the 2019 season. As the first and only national journalism service for America’s booming 50+ population, this year’s shows were produced and directed by Lois Maurer, with John McGivern as host in a new talk-show format. McGivern moderated the panels of experts and facilitated the conversations with members of the public, who attended the live productions. Topics ranged across...

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Milwaukee ICE Office shut down for a day by Jewish-led #NeverAgain civil disobedience

Twenty-two Jewish leaders from across the Milwaukee area gathered outside the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to block the building’s garage doors on August 1. The act of civil disobedience began shortly after 9:00 am, in an effort to stop ICE agents from leaving to carry out raids and detentions. Hundreds of community members joined latest in a wave of Jewish-led #NeverAgain actions. The movement has called for the closure of the Trump Administration’s concentration camps at the border, and permanent protection for undocumented immigrants and people seeking asylum. “So many people from the Jewish community came...

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