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Six Triple Eight: Anna Mae Robertson reflects on WWII service in black postal battalion

By Caroline White • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Anna Mae Robertson once spent her time evading Nazi U-boats in war-torn Europe. Now, perched on her living room recliner with photos of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren covering the walls, some may find it difficult to believe. A longtime Milwaukee resident, Robertson was a member of the only Women’s Army Corps all-African American battalion that served overseas in World War II. The Women’s Army Corps 6888th Central Directory Postal Battalion, or the “Six Triple Eight” as it is otherwise known, was sent to Europe in 1945 to sort a backlog...

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How gallery owners can avoid erasing the ethnic narratives of Milwaukee’s artists of color

By Katie Avila Loughmiller • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service We are used to being left out. The lack of Latinx representation is evident from the entertainment industry, to roles in leadership, and even here in Milwaukee where you will be hard pressed to find us being represented in the arts community. Through hard work, however, we are seeing the tide change in all these areas. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez not only worked and fought her way into a Congress seat but also rightly earned a spot on the cover of Time magazine. Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for best actress at the...

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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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