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Author: Lee Matz

Photo Essay: Protesting the politics of hate

Voces De La Frontera organized the 10th annual May Day protest, leading thousands of marchers from Milwaukee’s Southside over the 6th Street Viaduct to the Milwaukee County Courthouse steps downtown. Banners, signs, and flags all focused attention on the issues of immigration and workers rights, on the international day commemorating Labor. Elected officials from the city, County, and State joined the march and spoke in support of their cause. This Photo Essay documents the logistics of the march, from its preparation to conclusion, and the 1.7 mile distance in between. Two hundred images were selected from the 4,233 photos...

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Photo Essay: Inauguration day for Milwaukee and its future

The public inauguration for City of Milwaukee elected officials was held on April 19, 2016 at City Hall. Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council members, and other elected city officials were sworn in for the new term, which lasts until 2020. A charter meeting was held just before the ceremonies to select a Common Council President, and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton was elected by unanimous vote. The event was filled with optimism and hope, and much symbolism. This Photo Essay documented moments from the day, when our elected officials gathered with their families and members of the community to begin the...

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Building communities by expanding Milwaukee’s urban forest

Five communities grew closer together on April 16 as fruit and nut trees were added to the city’s arboricultural canopy. Part of the Victory Garden Initiative’s (VGI) annual Fruity Nutty 5 Contest, the day-long planting saw five new orchards added to the urban environment. Since its inception in 2012, the contest has now planted twenty-five orchards throughout Milwaukee County. Winners were announced in February at the Fruity Nutty Affair gala, which included the Hales Corners Environmental Committee, Centro Hispano, Urban Eden Community Garden, 5Points Neighborhood Association (5PNA), and Gordon Place. More than one hundred volunteers participated at the five locations, where they...

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Photo Essay: Fruity Nutty

“I thought that planing trees would make the community more cohesive.” – Markie Schmidt Select moments from the Fruity Nutty tree planting project on April 16, when the Victory Garden Initiative helped another five Milwaukee communities grow closer together. More that one hundred volunteers participated in building orchards and friendships around healthy food. “I was impressed with the age, gender and racial diversity of the volunteers, and the way they worked so hard all day as a team to get it all done.” – Kelly Moore Brands “We are hoping to help pioneer a grassroots movement around nutrition, health,...

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Annual summit engages sustainable action

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino hosted the 13th Annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition this year, bringing the event to the Menomonee Valley for the first time. “The Menominee Valley is a certainly a showcase for environmental sustainability,” said Tom Barrett, the 40th Mayor of Milwaukee. “We’ve turned polluted land back into an eco-industrial zone. We’ve been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of the environment success stories in our nation.” The two day event being held from April 13 to 14 highlights economic trends and business opportunities in energy, water, infrastructure, transportation, and workforce development, with their implementation in...

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Photo Essay: Eco Expo

The two-day Sustainability Summit and Exposition highlights economic trends and business opportunities in energy, water, infrastructure, transportation, and workforce development, with their implementation in Southeast Wisconsin.

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