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Recognition for unsung heroes at upcoming MANDI gala

Winners for the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) will be announced at the annual gala on Wednesday, March 16, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Since 1999, LISC Milwaukee has hosted the MANDIs, which highlight the unsung heroes working hard to revitalize Milwaukee’s most distressed urban neighborhoods. This Oscar-style event is attended by 750 civic leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic, public and private sectors. The MANDIs have grown into the premier event for the community development world, and tell the much-needed story of what’s right with Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. The MANDI Selection Committee includes a panel of 40...

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World party of culture, music, and food comes to Milwaukee

The Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) held its 8th annual Carnival Milwaukee at the Zoofari Conference Center on February 27. The event celebrated all of Milwaukee’s ethnic and cultural heritages, and highlighted area businesses that contribute to the local economic vitality. Carnival refers to the festive period that happens before the Christian tradition of Lent in the liturgical year. And Milwaukee is already well known as a city of festivals. Held during the international Carnival season, Carnival Milwaukee joined with people from Brazil to New Orleans as they celebrate their own regional traditions of Carnival. “This fundraiser helps UEDA...

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Photo Essay: Carnival Milwaukee

Highlights from the Urban Economic Development Association’s 8th annual Carnival Milwaukee, a celebration of Milwaukee’s ethnic and cultural heritages. More than three hundred guests attended the charity party.

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Film festival shares diverse look at Muslim society

This year’s 2nd annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival will be taking place on Thursday March 3 through April 20. The event is dedicated to discovering and sharing some of the most exhilarating and thought provoking films from around the world. The objective is to use film as a way to converse on topics and issues that are relevant to matters occurring in the world today, generating important discussions regarding Muslims and the Muslim world. “We didn’t want to just bring fluff. We want people to know about the issues going on and to have an opportunity to discuss them,”...

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Janan Najeeb: On being Muslim in Milwaukee

A microbiologist by profession and mother of five, Janan Najeeb left her career to advocate for the understanding of Muslim culture in Milwaukee, and uses education to change public misperceptions. As founder of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and spokeswoman for Muslim issues in the city, she has been dedicated to social justice and positive change that touches all Milwaukee communities and people of faith. | Q&A Q: Experiences are different for each individual, but what is it like for Muslims in Milwaukee to practice their faith? A: In general, it is not difficult. However, the difficulty arises if...

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