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After inaction by legislature Attorney General Kaul files lawsuit to block Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion law

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on June 28 a new lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s criminal abortion ban. The lawsuit comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court released a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, upending nearly 50 years of a constitutional right to abortion that Wisconsinites and Americans have relied upon for almost five decades. “In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court overturned Roe and ruled that the U.S. Constitution confers no right to an abortion, effectively stripping Wisconsinites...

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Juneteenth 2022: Milwaukee commemorates Federal holiday for Emancipation with 51st annual parade

Two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed enslaved persons in the Confederates states in 1865, Union major general Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, and delivered the news. As Blacks migrated across America, they carried Juneteenth with them, helping to turn an event once recognized only in Black communities into a national holiday. Juneteenth officially became the 12th national holiday on June 17, 2021 after President Joe Biden signed a bill to recognize the day that has commemorated the end of chattel slavery. Milwaukee is home to one of the longest held Juneteenth Day...

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Milwaukee Independent honored with 8 top awards from Milwaukee Press Club for 2021 journalism work

The Milwaukee Independent earned eight distinctions on May 6 from the Milwaukee Press Club for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, during the virtual ceremony of its 2022 Gridiron Awards. The journalism honors follow four consecutive years of double digit recognition for the daily news magazine – two during a pandemic, in competition against all major media outlets in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. The 8 awards for Milwaukee Independent were split over 3 main categories this year, Writing, Visual Journalism, and Online. The work...

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Uplifting veterans of color: County Executive David Crowley volunteers as guardian for 61st Honor Flight

County Executive David Crowley joined 112 local veterans taking part in the “We Energies Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” that took off on April 23. County Executive Crowley served as a guardian assigned to U.S. Navy veteran Walter Triplett, and ensure that he had a memorable trip visiting the memorials built honor all veterans in Washington DC. Triplett was the only Navy veteran on the Alpha flight, the other 25 were assigned to the Bravo flight. “The Honor Flight program is an important tradition for veterans around the country. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to spend time...

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Marcelia Nicholson unanimously re-elected as Chairwoman of Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson was unanimously re-elected to lead the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors for the 2022-2024 term on April 18. During a hybrid session, where some Supervisors attended in-person and others were sworn in virtually, Chairwoman Nicholson thanked her colleagues for their support and expressed optimism about the future. “I thank my colleagues for giving me the privilege of serving as Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors for another term,” said Chairwoman Nicholson. “As I was raised in the 53206 ZIP code, my values are rooted in Milwaukee County’s vision for becoming the healthiest county in...

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