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Light the Hoan receives $50K challenge grant to help energize fundraising

“Lighting the bridge will not only enhance our skyline, but also show the world how Milwaukeeans can come together to achieve change.” – Light the Hoan Just weeks after successfully launching a campaign to illuminate the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, Light the Hoan is pleased to announce a $50,000 grant from the We Energies Foundation to help energize fundraising efforts. Earlier this year, a collective of business and civic leaders formed Light the Hoan as a committee of the Daniel Hoan Foundation. The group has launched a public crowdsourcing campaign to raise more than $1.5 million to install LED...

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Yielding to a Tyrant: Senator John McCain’s assessment of the Helsinki summit

On July 16, Donald Trump met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, just days after indictments were announced against 12 Russian nationals, accusing them of interference in the 2016 election. Senator John McCain issued a public statement in reaction to the behavior by America’s leader in Finland. His message was directed at fellow Republican leaders and every American. “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the...

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Advocates form rapid response network as Waukesha Sheriffs become surrogates of ICE

Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were certified under the federal government’s anti-immigrant 287g program, to interrogate community members concerning their immigration status and detain people for deportation. Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson secretly applied for 287g in 2017. Voces de la Frontera’s Waukesha chapter held a Family Defenders Organizing Training on July 14 to prepare Waukesha immigrant community members to respond to arrests and deportations under 287g, incidents of racial profiling, and human rights abuses. “The main way that 287g will affect us is through the separation of families,” said Veronica Esquivel of Voces de la Frontera’s Waukesha Chapter. “For...

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Darryl Morin: Why I left the Party that abandoned the principles of Lincoln

As a proud American of Hispanic descent, for years I have faced criticism by many, applause from a few, and held at arm’s length by yet others as my party affiliation was Republican. While I have always believed in the need to make sure our men and women of the United States Armed Forces are the best trained and best equipped in the world, in the benefits of a free market system that operates within guidelines, in the need for fiscal responsibility, individual responsibility and religious freedom, it now has become apparent that none of these are the priority...

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Website collects and archives oral histories from 191 Milwaukee neighborhoods

For the past 20 years, over 100 volunteer anthropologists and anthropology interns have been collecting oral histories of Milwaukee neighborhoods. Studies on 104 neighborhoods have been completed or are in progress. The oral histories include historical information on population migrations, institutions, leaders, and leisure time activities. During the past three years, Urban Anthropology Inc. (UrbAn) has included these studies in a website entitled 191 Milwaukee neighborhoods. Incorporating work from others The website includes the following information on all 191 neighborhoods: neighborhood description, brief population-centered history, residents of the past (at times celebrities), business corridors of previous eras, interesting neighborhood...

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Common Council approves historic settlement with ACLU over unconstitutional traffic stops

The Common Council of the city of Milwaukee voted on July 10 to approve a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought against the city by a group of Black and Latinx Milwaukee residents. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, Collins v. City of Milwaukee challenged the Milwaukee Pоlіcе Department’s vast and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program. “In this agreement, the city would agree to rigorous monitoring of officers’ stops and frisks by an independent entity that will publish its findings for the public,” said Chris Ott, executive...

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