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Documentary of cross country trek by two local vets premieres at Film Fest

“This moving documentary has a compelling urgency.” – The Hollywood Reporter Two Milwaukee friends, both Iraq veterans, began a journey that will come full circle next week when Almost Sunrise, a new documentary film featuring their spiritual odyssey, screens as the Centerpiece film in front of packed audiences at the city’s Landmark Oriental Theater on October 1, and again on Oct 2, as part of the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival. It was a scorching summer day in 2013 when the Mayor of Milwaukee, a gaggle of press, family and friends of Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson gathered to mark...

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Overdue book fines forgiven with visit to any Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee Public Library welcomes back library patrons of all ages who may have been blocked from using the library due to fines and fees associated with having long overdue materials. Adults and children are encouraged to visit their local branch of Milwaukee Public Library between Monday, September 26 and Sunday, October 9, 2016 when Library staff will help patrons get reconnected to the wealth of resources that the library has to offer. Those interested in participating in the Welcome Back campaign should visit, in-person, one of the thirteen Milwaukee Public Library locations where they may return any overdue books,...

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Black Lens lineup announced for 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival

The Black Lens Program returns to the Milwaukee Film Festival for the third year with bigger motion pictures. Featuring fiction and documentary films from both emerging and established African-American filmmakers, the Black Lens Program explore stories and topics rooted in the black community and relevant to all. A great way to support Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens program is to join the Black Lens Council, designed to generate support for Black Lens and Milwaukee Film. The Black Lens Council provides ongoing access to films by African American filmmakers and instills a direct link between the Milwaukee community and the Black...

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Upholding the legacy of those we lost on September 11th

President Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders, and those who have served our country. The President said that although a lot has changed over the past 15 years, the core values that define us as Americans have remained the same. As Americans we are resilient, we will never give into fear, and we will always look out for one another. Our strength is in our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, and our fair treatment of everyone – no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith....

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Community leaders reject WEDC’s jobs claim for Sherman Park area

Neighborhoods in economic distress need job creation strategies at the scale of the problem. At a news event in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Neighborhood on August 23, elected officials and community leaders spoke out about revelations that the jobs agency created by Governor Walker, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), misrepresented its impact on jobs in the area. Speakers at the event included elected officials such as State Representative LaTonya Johnson, State Representative Evan Goyke, State Representative David Bowen, and Alderman Chevy Johnson. The event also included community leaders such as Reverend Willie Brisco, President of WISDOM, and Martha De La...

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Bucks break ground on new downtown Arena

The new multi-purpose facility is scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 NBA season, the 714,000-square-foot arena is the centerpiece of a new sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Bucks joined with an estimated 20,000 fans, elected officials and community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in the heart of downtown Milwaukee on June 18. The day-long celebration marked the culmination of a multi-year effort to build this historic public-private partnership between the state, county, city and the Milwaukee Bucks. Scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 NBA...

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