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Author of Protestant Reformation invoked by Lutheran activists at local immigration protest

More than 500 delegates and visitors to the United Church of Christ General Synod took to the streets of Milwaukee on August 7, joining more than 100 local activists in a rally calling for a change in policies that separate immigrant families. Delegates first voted that morning to delay the start time of the afternoon session to allow all Synod-goers to participate in the mile-long march from the Wisconsin Center to the local office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. UCC advocates, chanting, “Don’t be a hater; Love your neighbor,” “Classrooms, not cages,” and “UCC is loud and clear;...

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Save the Soldiers Home Project gets $100K grant in support of housing for veterans

The nonprofit National Center for Housing Management (NCHM) organization announced on June 25 a $100,000 grant in support of the Save the Soldiers Home project, on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center overlooking Miller Park. When completed, the project will restore six historic buildings, some dating back to the 1860s, and create 101 supportive housing units for veterans and their families who are either homeless or at risk of being homeless. The donation was announced by NCHM Chair Wendy Burke at its first-ever Veterans for Housing Initiative (VHI) Summit held in Washington, D.C. last week....

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New Studies focus on how to improve food access for diabetic African Americans in Milwaukee

One quarter of people with diabetes in the United States suffer from food insecurity, an inability to or limitation in accessing nutritionally adequate food, and African Americans overall are three times more likely than whites to be food insecure. In many cases, this poor access to nutrition among Type 2 diabetics leads to worse control over their chronic illness and more difficulty following a healthy diet compared to non-food insecure diabetics. Two new studies led by scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will focus specifically on food insecurity among African Americans with Type 2 diabetes in central-city...

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Teens Grow Greens partners with Outpost Natural Foods to launch MyPlant for Kids program

Milwaukee-based nonprofit Teens Grow Greens recently partnered with Outpost Natural Foods to create the MyPlant program for kids. On Saturday mornings until mid-July, parents can bring their children to Weber’s Greenhouse at 4215 N. Green Bay Avenue where they pot a plant of their own to take home. Outpost Natural Foods is supporting the MyPlant program with a grant, operational support, and supplies. Interns from Teens Grow Greens will lead children through the production process, first decorating a terra cotta pot, planting a seedling with soil and compost, watering their new plant, then enjoying a healthy vegetable-based snack to...

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Retaining talent in Milwaukee’s workplace more about community connections than generational allure

Our team is frequently asked to talk on the topic of “what millennials want at work.” It is a fair ask, and part of a broader conversation employers have been having with us even before we launched our first Young Professionals Week event in 2012: How can we attract and retain young talent? Since 2012, our YPWeek has grown every year. Last month, in its eighth iteration, thousands attended the grassroots conference in over 20 communities across Wisconsin as well as Chicago, Atlanta and Salt Lake City. Altogether, our partner communities presented over 150 diverse events to empower young...

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Making our festival grounds Smoke-Free Is good business for Milwaukee

As a cancer doctor, I have dedicated my life to taking care of patients with cancer. While we are working tirelessly to find new treatments for our patients, we know that the best way to cure cancer is to prevent it. Approximately 30% of cancer deaths, impacting almost 350,000 people in the United States each year, are attributed to smoking. Smoking is directly linked to some of the most difficult cancers to cure including those that arise from the lung, pancreas, and esophagus. The societal costs associated with smoking are staggering: in Wisconsin, smoking costs us $2.66 billion in...

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