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Blue Star program offers military families free summer visits to Milwaukee Art Museum

The Art Museum will participate in the annual Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums in the United States. From Armed Forces Day on May 18 through Labor Day, September 2, active military and up to five family members can visit the Milwaukee Art Museum free of charge. Military veterans and one guest will also be able visit the Museum for free this summer. “We are proud to be this community’s art museum, welcoming everyone in it to explore, be inspired...

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Coastal flooding and shoreline erosion expected along Lake Michigan region until end of 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that record high water levels are forecasted on several of the Great Lakes over the next six months. Due to recent wet conditions, the six month water level forecast now predicts higher forecasted water level peaks this summer. The forecasted water levels on Lakes Superior, St. Clair and Erie are all expected to break records set in the early 1950s and middle 1980s. While new record highs are not currently forecasted for Lakes Michigan, Huron and Ontario, very high water levels are expected there as well. “Several months of wet...

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ACLU of Wisconsin files federal class-action lawsuit calling state’s parole system unconstitutional

The ACLU of Wisconsin and attorneys Issa Kohler-Hausmann and Avery Gilbert, with pro-bono assistance from Wisconsin law firms Quarles & Brady LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Madison on April 30. The effort seeks to halt unconstitutional refusals to release parole-eligible people sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes they committed while they were children. The United States Supreme Court has held that states must give most juveniles sentenced to life in prison a chance to earn parole release based on a standard of rehabilitation and reform. The suit reveals that the...

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Milwaukee County asks state leaders to make transformative changes to youth justice system

The Division of Youth and Family Services of the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services joined with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on May 6 to call for the State of Wisconsin to take a more transformative approach to youth justice reform. Milwaukee County submitted a proposal for $41.1 million of state funding in response to the grant’s March 31 deadline to support the construction of a new Secure Residential Care Center for Children and Youth (SRCCCY). This application was based on meeting the stipulations outlined in Act 185, the state mandate to close Lincoln Hills and...

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Annual art festival brings creative experiences to Milwaukee’s lakefront for the 57th year

Held on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakefront Festival of Art celebrates its 57th year from June 21 to 23. The weekend-long festival features 180 national artists, hands-on activities, food and live entertainment along the shore of Lake Michigan. Lakefront Festival of Art (LFoA) is organized by Friends of Art, the longest-running volunteer support organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum, as a fundraiser for art exhibitions and the acquisition of works for the Museum’s Collection. “We are so proud to support the Museum and working artists from all over the region with this wonderful festival,” said Annette...

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Wisconsin joins national push for Congressional legislation to undo tax hike on Gold Star Families

A bipartisan group of more than two dozen members of the U.S. Senate, including Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, introduced a bill on May 8 to lower taxes on Gold Star families. The Trump tax law made a change that resulted in children who lost a parent serving in the military paying more taxes on Survivor Benefit Plan benefits, an annuity administered by the Department of Defense. “Wisconsin’s Gold Star families have sacrificed so much for this nation and the freedoms we all cherish,” said Senator Baldwin. “This bipartisan legislation is a much-needed fix to the 2017 law that unfairly raised...

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