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National spotlight will be on Milwaukee’s Latino community during LULAC National Convention

By Ana Martinez-Ortiz • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service In a year when issues such as immigration and a proposed wall at the Mexican border have become major political issues, the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic organization will hold its convention in Milwaukee in July. Hot-button issues will definitely be on the agenda at the convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, and several Democratic presidential candidates have been invited to speak. Here is a primer on the organization and the convention: What is LULAC? The League of United Latin American Citizens began 90 years ago....

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Community center teaches Mandarin and cultural identity to Chinese diaspora in Milwaukee

By Xiao Liu • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service About 25 years ago, on a Saturday night in the basement of a home in Milwaukee, a group of Chinese-American parents gathered to begin teaching Mandarin to their young children. The parents felt forgetting their native tongue was shameful, and they were afraid their children would lose their connections to a country 7,000 miles away. Led by their passion for Chinese cultural identity, this volunteer teaching group eventually formed the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center, a community-based nonprofit organization. The center serves as a platform to showcase Chinese culture while embracing Milwaukee’s...

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Policymakers rethinking ways to serve city’s aging population with alternatives to senior centers

By Analise Pruni • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service On any given day at Washington Park Senior Center, community members can be found piecing together a puzzle, dropping in for a quick Zumba exercise class or challenging others to a Wii video game. “I think people really find these places to be of great value,” said Lorrie Pardo, manager at the center. However, the days of large, more traditional senior centers may be dwindling. Officials estimate by 2022, the five county-owned senior center facilities in Milwaukee will need to be replaced for the combined costs of around $24 million. The...

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Communities of color prepare for business participation during Milwaukee’s national spotlight

By Andrea Waxman • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service It is more than a year away, but Milwaukee is preparing for perhaps the biggest party it has ever thrown. More than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the Democratic National Convention at the Fiserv Forum from July 13 to 16, 2020, bringing with them an estimated $200 million in convention dollars. And Milwaukee’s minority business leaders are making sure their communities will not be left out. Thirty community members attended a workshop this week sponsored jointly by the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce...

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Lindsay Heights residents who face employment barriers find rewarding profession in landscaping

By Andrea Waxman • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service When Henry Hopkins was released from prison in October 2017, he returned to his mother’s home on 14th Street in Lindsay Heights. Growing up in the neighborhood, he had been attracted to the fast life, he said. He ran in the streets and sold drugs, sometimes, out of the 17th Street house that would later become Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Now, thanks to Blue Skies Landscaping, a social enterprise initiated by Walnut Way co-founder Larry Adams, Hopkins is employed and has earned a steady income for the last year. Having a...

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Black Lives Black Lungs: How Big Tobacco used advertising to target communities of color

By Nelson Sederstrom • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service An estimated 45,000 African Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, according to the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network. While this number is in itself staggering, African American smokers are more than 10 times as likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than their white counterparts. Exploring this and other trends was the goal of the Black Lives / Black Lungs forum, lecture, and screening held on February 21, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union. “Menthol advertising is disproportionately directed at and placed in black communities,” Lincoln Mondy narrates during his...

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