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One Million Free Masks: Local company offers to help residents comply with proposed MKE Cares ordinance

Rebel Converting has offered the materials to make 1 million more masks to be distributed to residents in need if the city passes a mandatory mask ordinance. The Milwaukee-area company has already given away millions of masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. In a letter to the Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor Tom Barrett, Rebel Converting owner Michael Kryshak offered to provide the materials for free to produce one million disposable masks and help the city find volunteers to assemble them. “We fully support Milwaukee legislation to mandate face coverings in public places,” Kryshak wrote. “We want...

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ACLU issues stinging criticism of Milwaukee police for aggressive actions toward peaceful protestors

The ACLU of Wisconsin criticized Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales on June 10 for the Milwaukee Police Department’s failure to fulfill its legal obligation to implement community policing measures, as well as for overly aggressive policing tactics in the recent protests. The organization demanded immediate action be taken to comply with court-ordered reform measures and halt the use of force against demonstrators. In comments submitted to the Fire and Police Commission in advance of the FPC’s review of the Chief’s performance, the ACLU stated that the MPD has fallen short of meeting the requirements of the 2018 Settlement Agreement...

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Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission denounces extrajudicial killings by police

Head of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission (MCHRC) released a statement on June 9 condemning recent actions by police, and the behavior of local law enforcement in the violent repression of protestors. Dr. Robert Smith called upon Milwaukee County officials to go beyond the symbolic language of the recently passed Racial Equity Ordinance, and to utilize every resource at their disposal. He challenged them to take actions so that the wellbeing, the safety, dignity, and the human rights of all of citizens could be fully realized. As the entity charged with, among other roles, “… advising the appropriate...

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Days of Outrage: ACLU of Wisconsin condemns excessive force by police against protesters

The ACLU of Wisconsin issued the following statement on June 1, pertaining to the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers against citizens participating in protests following the murders of George Floyd in Minnesota and Joel Acevedo in Milwaukee. ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ott said: “This past weekend, state and local law enforcement deployed violent and militant tactics against demonstrators, most of whom were peacefully exercising their First Amendment right to protest. Protesters already grieving the murders of Floyd and Acevedo, and the systematic murder of people of color at the hands of police, should not...

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Fare collection will resume for all Milwaukee County Transit System buses on June 1

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced on May 26 that it will resume fare collection, and front door boarding on all buses and on paratransit vehicles providing Transit Plus rides starting at 4:00 a.m. on June 1, 2020. MCTS is recommending that riders who are medically able wear a face mask or face covering over their nose and mouth while on board. To help maintain social distancing, MCTS will continue to limit riders to 10 per bus. In an effort to be respectful to bus drivers and other passengers, riders are asked to remember the following: Health officials...

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Milwaukee Public Schools to honor 2020 graduates with a weeklong celebration of virtual ceremonies

Due to the pandemic this year, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will recognize seniors with a weeklong celebration of virtual graduation ceremonies beginning June 1. Graduates and their families will be able to watch their school’s class president, valedictorian, salutatorian, commencement speakers, and principal, and view photos of their classmates during the full-length virtual programs. “We salute the class of 2020 for handling this unexpected situation with maturity and responsibility in a safe manner,” said Dr. Keith P. Posley, Superintendent of MPS. “We are proud of the entire MPS class of 2020 and their families.” Graduations will be released on...

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