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Mayor Tom Barrett kicks off Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge for a healthier 2019

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s sixth annual summer health initiate launched on June 3 from the City Hall Rotunda for a one-mile walk that combined excise, community, and a photo op with the Bucks mascot, Bango. The Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge kick off event began with a group led stretch, followed by a motivational pep talk from Mayor Barrett, and a raffle for prizes. The first 200 participants received a free Summerfest ticket and a 26 oz. aluminum sports bottle. “I have the honor of going to just about every neighborhood in the city during these walks,”...

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Carlos Rolón: Sharing culture and identity in Sculpture Milwaukee’s largest artwork

Incremental weather throughout the month of May delayed or slowed the weeks of effort by Sculpture Milwaukee to transform the city’s main thoroughfare of Wisconsin Avenue into a outdoor art showcase. One of the signature exhibits for the 2019 collection includes a building-sized installation by Midwest native Carlos Rolón. The glass atrium of the Chase Bank, on the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue, stands as the largest sculpture of the project’s three year history, and the first of its kind to be installed on a building. The two-story windows of the space were sheathed in 160 vinyl...

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Threads of Remembrance: Milwaukee hosts touring exhibit of the 9/11 Memorial Quilts

As part of a national tour, the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Quilt Project visited Milwaukee during the week leading up to Memorial Day. Hosted by the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the exhibit represented a time when people across America from diverse backgrounds came together for the purpose of paying tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11. The exhibit featured over 300 quilts as part of the “Sew” We Never Forget: 9/11 Memorial Quilt Project. The name of each one of the 2,977 people who died on September 11, 2001 is displayed on the quilts. Immediately following the...

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Episodes of John McGivern’s “Around the Corner” offer preview of Milwaukee for 2020 DNC visitors

“The spotlight is going to be on Milwaukee like it’s never been before. In one way that’s great, because that’s going to allow us to showcase what we love about the city of Milwaukee and our strengths, why we live here, why it’s great. At the same time, we all know that journalism isn’t always about making people, or institutions, or cities look good. So they are going to be here to look at some of our challenges as well. We’ve never had an opportunity like this and never been challenged like this before either. So we need our...

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MPS partners with Educators Credit Union for new program to teach students financial literacy

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) hosted a special celebration at Victory Italian Immersion School on May 8, where its entire class of fifth-grade students had completed the EVERFI program sponsored by Educators Credit Union (ECU). EVERFI is a financial literacy tool that teaches students about saving money, planning for college, and protecting personal information. The program aligns with the State of Wisconsin’s requirement for financial literacy education. “Financial literacy is a skill that everyone needs regardless of their future plans,” said Linda Hoover, CEO and President of ECU. “Since most people are not learning it at home, we believe it’s...

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Dr. Malika Siker: A search for joy and meaning as an inspiration to repair the world

Beyond her expanding medical role as a radiation oncologist and associate professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Malika Siker is an advocate for healing the human spirit. From the experience of finding her own identity in a multiracial family, striving to overcome social stereotypes of ethnicity during her youth, and a search for meaning in order to fulfill her purpose to assist people, Dr. Siker has dedicated her life to help others with transformative care. She continues building bridges to overcome health care disparities for disadvantaged communities, in an effort to repair the world – or “tikkun...

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