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Jeremy Tardy reflects on First Stage roots and Milwaukee inspirations for “Dear White People”

Jeremy Tardy, First Stage alum and professional actor/director, recently returned home to Milwaukee from his current home on the West Coast for a visit with his family, First Stage family, and former teachers and friends. His homecoming was filled with moments of nostalgia, laughter and joy. During a sit-down conversation with Artistic Director Jeff Frank, Tardy reflected on his experience at First Stage during his youth. “I’ve had the privilege of being part of several Mainstage and Young Company productions at First Stage,” Tardy said. “I’ve even had the pleasure of being able to teach at the Academy.” Since...

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The reality of Milwaukee’s #MeToo era and the long path to recovery

I’ve never been accused of being at a loss for words. I deal in words for a living. But over the last week, I have found myself at a loss for what to say in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As more women have come forward, as we listened to every painful moment of testimony, as the news commentators and even our President have called these women — and any women who have defended them — liars, manipulators, attention-seekers, and con artists… I just… friends, I just can’t. I have trouble...

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Main ingredient of Monsanto’s heavily used herbicide found in popular breakfast cereals

A number of popular breakfast foods, including cereals, granola bars and instant oats, were tested and found to contain potentially dangerous amounts of cancer-linked glyphosate, the main ingredient in weed killer. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental advocacy organization that conducted the study, said Wednesday that glyphosate was found in all but five of 29 oat-based foods that were tested. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide in the United States. Every year, according to the EWG, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate is sprayed on American crops. The World Health...

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Standing ovation by Brewers fans for Josh Hader casts a shadow of acceptance for racist culture

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader made a public apology recently, after racist and homophobic tweets he sent as a 17-year-old surfaced on the Internet. He seemed genuinely contrite and fellow teammates supported his acknowledgement about making poor choices in his youth. However, upon Hader’s return to Miller Park for the July 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the predominantly white fans in the stadium gave him a lengthy standing ovation. Milwaukee Alderman Khalif Rainey released public statement addressing the “shameful” response from Milwaukee Brewers fans on July 23. Milwaukee has been blessed with a great sports legacy. As...

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From Paraguay to Milwaukee: Keeping families together when “zero tolerance” is racial intolerance

It’s not right. Infants are being taken from their mothers. Families are being separated, and parents charged as criminals for sheltering children from violence. These courageous parents are doing the right thing. They’re protecting their children the only way they can: by taking them out of harm’s way, and seeking refuge – they hope – from the persecutions they face in Mexico and Central America. And they’re following the law: when they reach the border, they’re voluntarily asking agents to consider their requests for asylum. The U.S., like every civilized nation, is required to do this by international law....

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Trinity Church releases statement about structural stability from devastating fire

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church building, located at 1046 North 9th Street in downtown Milwaukee, caught fire and burned. Many watched as the roof collapsed and flames licked the window sills and gables while the Milwaukee Fire Department worked hard to extinguish the flames. On the morning of Wednesday, May 16, 2018 some of our parish leaders were able to tour the sanctuary and identify items for salvage. A great deal of damage was done to the historic interior and the members of Trinity were heartbroken, but not without hope. Pierce Engineers Inc. (PE),...

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