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Author: Lee Matz

Presidential candidates Castro, Warren, Sanders, and O’Rourke visit Milwaukee for LULAC’s Town Hall

Four Democratic candidates for President spoke at a public forum in Milwaukee on July 11 at the Wisconsin Center, organized by the Hispanic Civil Rights organization, LULAC. The LULAC event was joined by former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), for a bilingual evening on a national stage. The League of United Latin American Citizens and Univision partnered to produce the nation’s first Campaign 2020 Presidential Town Hall for the Hispanic community, during the 90th Anniversary LULAC National Convention...

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Milwaukee’s Latino community welcomes LULAC 2019 National Convention with gala celebration

Potawatomi Hotel hosted the Wisconsin Celebration VIP reception on July 10 for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), kicking off the Civil Rights organization’s 90th Annual National Convention and Exposition in Milwaukee. LULAC is the oldest surviving Latino civil rights organization in the United States. It was established in 1929 by Hispanic veterans of World War I, who sought to end ethnic discrimination against Latinos in America. According to Pew Research, Hispanics will be for the first time the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate in the 2020 election, making their participation even more...

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Historic ribbon cutting at LULAC convention ushers in new chapter for local Hispanic population

Even though the Latino community is the fastest growing ethnic population in Wisconsin, the group has at times been considered northern cousins far removed from issues affecting border states. But the long overdue national affirmation was made official when the National President of LULAC, Domingo Garcia, cut the symbolic red ribbon to open the 90th Annual National Convention and Exposition for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on July 11 in Milwaukee. The convention organized a variety of free workshops for young Latino adults and professionals, and was highly anticipated for hosting a Presidential Town Hall with...

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Milwaukee’s Lakefront hosts annual celebration of Art

The Milwaukee Art Museum presented the 57th Annual Lakefront Festival of Art (LFoA) from June 21 to 23 along Lake Michigan, featuring almost 200 local and national artists. Organized by Friends of Art, the Lakefront Festival of Art is the longest-running volunteer supported program of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and a fundraising event for art exhibitions and the acquisition of works for the Museum’s Collection. Among the booths of featured artists and creative professionals in 2019 were jewelers, painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers. Items available for purchase included pottery, drawings, digital art and works made from wood, glass and...

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Save Me: New film shines light on growing suicide crisis within Milwaukee’s Hmong community

The Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts hosted a special red-carpet event on June 15 that premiered the screening of “Save Me,” a locally produced film created to bring attention to the need of mental health resources for Milwaukee’s Hmong community. The Hmong American Friendship Association and Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV, along with a number of local organizations, collaborated to translate the stage play into a film. “Save Me” features a young Hmong girl who loses her mother and falls into depression, until she meets a mysterious person who teaches her to...

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