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Milwaukee faces moral crisis as voices share the heartbreak of Trump’s immigration policy

The immigrant rights group Voces de la Fontera held a rally in Milwaukee on June 21 in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on family separation at the border with Mexico. The group believes that the President’s order does not go far enough or stop the currently abusive policy. In many cases, family members from countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are trying to reunite with their families in Wisconsin and flee the violence in their in their country. “This executive order does nothing to address the moral crisis that is happening right now., it actually continues...

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Rally at Homeland Security office seeks end to indefinite imprisonment of families

On June 21, hundreds of immigrant community members and supporters rallied outside the Milwaukee office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to protest President Trump’s Executive Order regarding the indefinite imprisonment of families in internment camps and to call for the abolition of ICE. “Right now, my family is suffering from the detention of my brother-in-law and nephew as they were coming to the United States,” Ondina Andino, a US Citizen from Honduras whose brother-in-law José Cornejo-Lopez and nephew Wueili Josue Cornejo Perez are being held in separate internment camps in Arizona. “They were arrested and separated over a...

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Wisconsin National Guard to participate in Federal actions to separate families at Mexican boarder

On June 18, the Wisconsin National Guard announced they had deployed troops to the US-Mexico border, in accordance with Governor Scott Walker’s April declaration to support a request by President Trump. The action comes as nationwide outcry grows against the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker cancelled his decision to send National Guard troops to the border because of Trump’s directive. The United Nations Human Rights Council recently called the Republican policy “government sanctioned child abuse.” The inhumane strategy creates toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) for...

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Democratic National Committee selects Milwaukee as finalist to host 2020 Convention

The Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention committee formally submitted its bid for the city of Milwaukee to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention on July 18 and was named as a finalist less than two days later. The DNC convention will be held in 2020 from July 13 to 16. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) named four finalists for the location of the 2020 Convention: Milwaukee, Denver, Houston and Miami Beach. Immediately after the DNC’s announcement, Denver withdrew their bid due to scheduling conflicts. In a statement reacting to the selection, lex Lasry, Chairman of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention...

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Danny Glover shares the truth about our past and how extreme poverty is a political choice

“We have taken the resources that need to go for human development and community development, and put those resources into the military for perpetual wars and support for the armament industry. So when we talk about extreme poverty, it is a political choice and not the result of some economic anomaly. It is a political choice to spend less than any other developed nation in the world on what I call public social spending, like education and job creation.” – Danny Glover Actor, film director, and political activist Danny Glover is best known for his Hollywood roles in the...

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Design project helps local creatives bedazzle MCTS bus shelters with art

On June 14, representatives from Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, and artist CK Ledesma unveiled the first piece from a new art program that turned the bus shelter at the northeast corner of Humboldt Boulevard and North Avenue into a canvas. The Bus Art Project MKE was developed to feature the designs of the local artists on bus shelters throughout Milwaukee County. Inspired by a similar project Lybra Ray started in Sheboygan, she approached MCTS with the idea and found support. “I grew up riding the bus in Milwaukee, so this project is part...

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