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Milwaukee ICE Office shut down for a day by Jewish-led #NeverAgain civil disobedience

Twenty-two Jewish leaders from across the Milwaukee area gathered outside the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to block the building’s garage doors on August 1. The act of civil disobedience began shortly after 9:00 am, in an effort to stop ICE agents from leaving to carry out raids and detentions. Hundreds of community members joined latest in a wave of Jewish-led #NeverAgain actions. The movement has called for the closure of the Trump Administration’s concentration camps at the border, and permanent protection for undocumented immigrants and people seeking asylum. “So many people from the Jewish community came...

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Sundeep Morrison: On performing a powerful American story in the one-woman show “Rag Head”

As a Punjabi Sikh writer, actor, director, author, and activist Sundeep Morrison’s work focuses on social justice, cultural friction, inter-ethnic family dynamics, and feminism. Morrison is a child of Sikh immigrant parents, who are deeply connected to the Wisconsin Sikh community and were affected by the Oak Creek tragedy. She performed her celebrated one-woman play “Rag Head: An American Story” in Milwaukee at the Broadway Theatre Center on August 3 and 4, as a way to shed light on the often misunderstood and misrepresented Sikh community. Produced by Deanna Singh in partnership with the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee,...

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Wisconsin native performs aerobatic maneuvers in F-16 above Milwaukee skyline with Thunderbirds team

The skies over Milwaukee were clear of storms but still echoed the sounds of thunder on the July 21 and 22 weekend, with the return of “The Thunderbirds,” the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, as headliner of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. The Thunderbirds, “America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” headlined past years of Air & Water Show, and have been a popular attraction for the annual event. The team of six demonstration pilots flew their F-16 Fighting Falcons over Milwaukee’s lakefront, performing a series of maneuvers for the tens of thousands of spectators watching along the city’s freshwater...

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Harbor View Plaza brings new community space to Milwaukee’s waterfront

A new public space in Milwaukee’s Harbor District officially opened for the south side community on July 29, at a ribbon cutting ceremony that was attended by a crowd of more than two hundred local residents. Located on the inner harbor at the eastern end of Greenfield Avenue, the Harbor View Plaza includes a lookout tower, a handicapped-accessible kayak and canoe launch, and seating areas to watch the ships at Port Milwaukee and the unique view of the Milwaukee skyline. A water circulation and filtration system in the plaza captures stormwater, and also provides a unique children’s play area...

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Joel Brennan honored at Discovery World’s 2019 Ignite the Spark fundraising gala

Discovery World celebrated 13 years along the lakefront with its 2019 Ignite the Spark Gala fundraising benefit on July 27, and gave a special tribute to the late restaurateur and philanthropist Joe Bartolotta. Former CEO of Discover World, Joel Brennan, was honored for his years of service in making the museum into the vibrant and nationally recognized institution it is today. Brennan left his position late last year to accept the position to work with the Governor Tony Evers administration as Secretary of the Department of Administration for State of Wisconsin. It was the first time for the public...

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