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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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Lazy Day Sail: S/V Denis Sullivan stars as key attraction of Port Washington’s Pirate Festival

The S/V Denis Sullivan, the world’s only re-creation of a 19th Century Great Lakes Schooner, set sail for a Lazy Day Sail adventure weekend in Port Washington as a featured attraction of the Pirate Family Daze festival from June 7 to 9. The Pirate Festival returned for its fourth year, organized by the local Port Washington Tourism group and the Main Street organization. The event was reconfigured to focus more on family participation, and the S/V Denis Sullivan has became a major interest with visitors of all ages. The tall ship anchored in the harbor of Coal Dock Park,...

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Milwaukee celebrates Flag Day with recognition of veteran struggles to find a place in the community

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts hosted the 10th annual Flag Day celebration for residents of Milwaukee on June 14, with a mix of educational materials from a community resource fair for veterans and patriotic festivities to honor the nation’s red, white, and blue symbol. New for the 2019 event was a resource fair along the RiverWalk, that included informational stations hosted by WaterStone Bank, Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, and other community nonprofits that serve local military heroes and their families. Keynote speaker for this year was Saul Newton, the executive director for the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce....

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Mother-daughter duo paint swing bridge mural inspired by nearby river ecology

The Brady Area Foundation for Arts and Education (BAFAE), represented by the Brady Street Business Improvement District (BID #11), recently commissioned a new mural in the spirit of the city’s growing public art culture. Located under the iconic Holton Street Bridge across from the Swing Park, artist Stacey Williams-Ng was hired to produce a mural that would brighten the underpass. BAFAE sought proposals for incorporating more art into the area, including the McCormack-Vervis Park and the ramp going up the hill to Brady Street. Williams-Ng was selected in part because of her work leading Black Cat Alley and pioneering...

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A Vintage Spring Cleaning: Preview of the Historic Pabst Mansion’s Outdoor Estate Sale

The historic Pabst Mansion cleaned out its attic, basement, and kitchen for a first-ever outdoor estate sale and cookout on June 8, and the Milwaukee Independent got a preview look at the items for sale. The event will be held rain or shine immediately across the street from the Pabst Mansion at 2000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, in the Pabst Mansion parking lot. The public can expect to find unique items for purchase, including architectural fragments parceled from lost Milwaukee buildings, antique furniture, framed artworks, decorative objects, Christmas décor, glassware, and breweriana. Avid antique collectors, Milwaukee history buffs, and fans...

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PrideFest Preview: Milwaukee’s inclusive 2019 LGBTQ celebration set to break attendance record

The 32nd Annual PrideFest Milwaukee officially kicks off on June 7 at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park, joining the National LGBTQ Pride Month celebration. PrideFest 2019 held a short preview tour of the festival grounds for local media on June 5, joined by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. PrideFest Milwaukee is the world’s largest LGBTQ pride festival staffed entirely by volunteers, and the only national festival to have its own dedicated event grounds. One of the new features this year is the Red Light District, an indoor, 18+ area focused on LGBTQ sex, alternative lifestyles, consent, and education....

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