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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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Saehee Chang: Thoughts on a peninsula at peace with a United Korea

I am a Korean American woman, a mother, a teaching artist, and a cultural consultant living in the Milwaukee area. I am proud of my Korean heritage and my country of birth. This year South and North Korea were highlighted numerous times in the American media, as well as in the international arena. I said to myself, finally something positive about Korea is on the news. I was overcome with joy to see the united Korean athletes competing together during the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics, as well as the recent coverage of the South Korean and North Korean leaders...

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New State tax credit law to help finance local affordable housing developments

Act 176 was signed into law on May 17, establishing a Wisconsin housing tax credit program that provides a tax incentive for private investment in the development or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing. As the sole administrator for federal housing tax credits in the state, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) was chosen to lead the new program, including certification of eligibility and monitoring compliance. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue will issue the state credits on the tax returns of the recipients. “This is tremendous news for the entire state,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston. “The...

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Trains of the Milwaukee Road immortalized in photos by Wallace Abbey

Veteran journalist Kevin P. Keefe and Scott Lothes, president of the Center for Railroad Photography &a Arts, compiled a photo book chronicling the life and photography of Wallace W. Abbey. The Milwaukee-based photographer and magazine editor captured this city’s bustling railroad scene at its peak before ultimately getting a job overseeing communications for the Milwaukee Road. The book, Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography (Railroads Past and Present), features more than 175 gorgeous photos from Abbey’s collection, as well as details about Abbey’s work ranging from his time at Trains magazine in Milwaukee to running public relations...

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