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Lights for Liberty coalition holds vigil to shine a light on the darkness of detention camps

Local advocates, activists, and impacted individuals spoke out in public on the issue of human detention camps in the United States on July 12 outside Milwaukee City Hall. Organized as an awareness vigil to end human detention camps, hundreds of concerned residents of Milwaukee attended the Lights for Liberty event. They joined with thousands around the world in a protest of the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. “What the United States is doing at our southern border in these detention camps is an abomination and needs to end now,” said Lisa Lucas, a co-organizer of Lights for Liberty in...

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Governor Tony Evers visits Milwaukee to sign law expanding electric transportation options

Governor Tony Evers signed Senate Bill 152, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 11, on July 8 outside of the Milwaukee Public Market, expanding transportation options statewide and giving municipalities the ability to manage the right balance of safety and access of the right of way for all electric scooter users. The City of Milwaukee filed a lawsuit in July last year against Bird motorized scooters, with an injunction ordering their removal from streets and sidewalks in downtown and adjoining metropolitan areas. At the time, there was not a state-level regulatory policy. The city and the company reached a settlement that...

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Southside Bicycle Day brings hundreds of free bikes and health education to local children

The 8th Annual Sixteenth Street Bike Day was held at Kosciuszko Park on June 29, giving away hundreds of bicycles to south side children and promoting healthy and active lifestyles through safe family biking. The theme for the free 2019 event was “Community Health in Motion,” which also offered bike tune-ups, learn-to-ride clinics, bike safety education, Zumba and Salsa dancing, games for kids, and healthy food demonstrations from WIC nutritionists to a crowd of area families. “I’ve seen people come back year after year, sometimes bringing back a bike that they got here and outgrew to exchange for a...

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An Ode to Lost Joy: Facing a Mirror with Eyes Wide Shut

Each day we awake and look in the mirror, we do not say to ourselves, “today I will do evil.” It is not our mission to ruin the lives of strangers. So much in the world is bigger than ourselves, how could we affect the course of history from our innocuous way of life? As children, we did not aspire to cause harm as our profession. Our goal was to be astronauts, artists, dancers, dreamers. Yet every day we forge our future while blinded by the safety of routine and familiarity. We make choices for our gain from limited...

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For the Love of Milwaukee: Bradley Tech students build romantic centerpiece for Bastille Days

The theme of this year’s Bastille Days is “MKE, Mon Amour” or “Milwaukee, my love,” and in that spirit the four day french-themed celebration partnered with local artists and metalworkers to create an interactive Love Locks sculpture. A group of 10 students from Bradley Tech High School built the unique Love Locks sculptures, an ambitious art project in collaborated with the Reginald Baylor Studio and sponsored by the Milwaukee-based company Master Lock. “The project is inspired by the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine in Paris,” said Emily McElwee, executive director of East Town Association. “Visitors there, and...

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Interfaith leaders block access to Milwaukee ICE Office in protest of raids targeting families

A group of 31 ministers, rabbis, and religious leaders blocked the garage doors of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Milwaukee on June 24, to resist the latest threats by President Trump to hold immigration raids that targeted refugee families. The Administration’s continued policies of separating families at the border and imprisoning people seeking asylum has been routinely condemned as brutal, subjecting vulnerable children to inhumane conditions. At the Milwaukee protest, more than one thousand people rallied in the streets surrounding the ICE building, at times blocking traffic. Hundreds of delegates from the United Church of Christ...

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