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Author: Joe Brusky

Marchers condemn Briggs & Stratton for giving millions to executives as Mike Jackson worked to death

While Briggs & Stratton executives were working from the safety of their homes during the pandemic, negotiating millions of dollars in bonuses for themselves, and finalizing plans to move hundreds of jobs out of the Milwaukee area, Mike Jackson was being worked to death in the company’s Wauwatosa plant to make products that consumers could not buy for months. Mike Jackson was a Briggs & Stratton worker, union member, and husband who died of coronavirus after fighting for safety on the job. To protest the injustice of his premature death and the corporate system of greed that caused it,...

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Milwaukee’s latest Civil Rights mural honors local leaders and community organizers

Another social justice inspired mural was installed on June 13 in the alley of Locust and Holton Streets. Artists from around Milwaukee painted a collage of murals on the walls of a building in the Riverwest neighborhood. The beautification project featured local leaders involved with the Civil Rights Movement, including Vel Philips. A special remembrance to the life of Breonna Taylor was installed days earlier on another side of the structure. “These murals will be beacons for Black Lives and the continued fight for justice in Milwaukee for a long time,” said organizers on social media. The murals were...

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Milwaukee students participate in art build to support “March for Our Lives”

“We are demanding action. It is our time as youth in the community to make a difference. It is our time to stand up and speak out to our state and local politicians.” – MARVELL REED, Sophomore at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education Members from the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) attended a press conference on February 28 organized by a group of students from around Southeastern Wisconsin, that included Marvell Reed explaining about a March 24 march entitled the “March for Our Lives – Milwaukee.” The students announced that they would be joining the nationwide...

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MPS introduces “Year of the Arts” program across school system

Superintendent Darienne Driver, Summerfest CEO Don Smiley, and Milwaukee Alderman and Chair of the Milwaukee Arts Board Michael Murphy spoke at the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) kickoff event at Red Arrow Park on September 21. Superintendent Driver acknowledged the painful past of Red Arrow Park, inviting and recognizing Dontre Hamilton’s brothers Nate Hamilton and Dameion Perkins, before she presented her vision for the MPS Year of the Arts. “We have big plans for this year, plans to bring our students to arts and arts to our students,” said Superintendent Driver. “In coming together to support and celebrate the Year...

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Joe Brusky: DAPL and the future of clean water

In early September, the following question appeared in our message box on the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB) Facebook page: “Do you have any plans of going out to North Dakota to support NO DAPL? It would be so awesome if you do.” We were already watching closely, and frequently posting on our social media accounts about the growing indigenous movement centered on the Standing Rock Sioux’s stance against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We knew the fight there was reminiscent to fights we had supported here in Wisconsin, including a recent battle against an iron mine in the Penokee Hills....

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