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Annika Leonard: Healing the trauma of sexual assault that society ignores

Growing up in a society that continues to normalize sexual violence and blames victims for the crimes committed against them, there was a time when Annika Leonard did not believe that her personal healing would ever be possible. Now she facilitates curriculum to help survivors not only work through their traumatic experiences, but also assists them in their journey to find peace. Her courage continues to be a gift to the community by giving women an example and safe space to share their truth, in an effort to help everyone understand the role they each play in ending sexual...

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City maps now reflect permanent place for Vel Phillips as 4th Street renamed in her honor

History was made on August 7 as Vel R. Phillips, Milwaukee’s first African-American and first female Alderperson, had a public street officially named to memorialize her life and work. Signs for North 4th Street, from West Saint Paul Avenue to West Capitol Drive, were replace with the new designation of North Vel R. Phillips Avenue. The street’s renaming serves as a memorial to her advocacy for social justice, fair housing and civil rights, and the groundbreaking career of Vel R. Phillips and her lasting legacy in the Milwaukee community. “It is interesting that we are naming a street after...

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Dragon Boat race along city’s lakefront shows value of local water resources

The 6th Annual Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival charged across the lagoon waters of Lakeshore State Park on August 11, showcasing Chinese culture with the traditional boat race. A total of 55 teams registered this year to compete in the lakefront festival. The 43-foot-long dragon-painted watercraft is sometimes referred to as a canoe on steroids. The international sport was revived in Hong Kong in 1976, based on the traditional paddle-driven long boats found in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province. Along the shore of Lake Michigan, teams of up to 21 men and women rowed their...

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Historical designation for George Marshall Clark’s lynching site moves forward after public hearing

The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) hosted a public hearing on August 8 to discuss three nominations for historically significant landmarks, with the 1861 lynching of George Marshall Clark attracting a lot attention and passionate support from the attending crowd. The editorial board of the Milwaukee Independent nominated the George Marshall Clark lynching site in May, for consideration in the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s annual designation of significant landmarks. Award winning columnist Reggie Jackson has previously written about the Clark incident and other related subjects. He also has a special connection to America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Bronzeville and...

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Surf @Water expands community bonds for Milwaukee’s freshwater surfing scene

As a celebration of the Great Lakes surf culture and the primary drive for supporting the Surfrider Foundation-Milwaukee, the 6th annual Surf @Water fundraiser was held on August 4 along Shorewood’s Atwater Beach. Milwaukee is not the first location that comes to mind when talking about catching waves and hanging ten, but it had become an increasingly popular surf destination in the Midwest. Organized by the Surfrider Foundation, Milwaukee’s vibrant freshwater surf community attracted a growing number of interested participants this year for the full day event on the shores of Lake Michigan. Since 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has...

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NEWaukee celebrates 8th annual Urban Island Beach Party with floating lanterns

NEWaukee hosted the 8th annual Urban Island Beach Party at Lakeshore State Park on August 3, with the addition of a floating lantern celebration to support Friends of Lakeshore State Park. At dusk, guests lit and launched floating lanterns into the Lakeshore State Park inlet, along with a wish that suited their desires. For close to a decade, the Urban Island Beach Party has been a free event for the Milwaukee public. All proceeds from food and beverage sales have gone to benefit the Sustain and Maintain campaign for the Friends of Lakeshore State Park, helping the organization preserve...

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