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Milwaukee protestors march peacefully through downtown streets in response to Rittenhouse Verdict

“From the moment Rittenhouse was charged with killing two men and injuring another with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle during a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, the case has been about sending a message. This time, it was from the far rightwing to young White people who support the Black Lives Matter movement. Don’t get involved with social justice reform. Don’t protest senseless police killings. Just sit back and enjoy your White privilege. If you take to the streets with the Black Lives Matter crowd, you might end up dead. And we’re going to...

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Vigilante Trial Ends: Milwaukee leaders react to non-guilty decision in Kenosha shootings

Milwaukee leaders and racial justice advocates reacted with outrage and a complete lack of surprise on November 19, after a Kenosha jury found Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges for killing two men and wounding a third. The crime occurred during a 2020 protest against the police shooting of Jacob Blake, with some observers asserting that the verdict encourages vigilante attacks on protestors. Rejecting the prosecution’s assertion that “you cannot claim self-defense against a danger you create,” the nearly all-White jury acquitted Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old when he shot and killed Anthony Huber and...

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On Contested Terrain: New exhibition in Milwaukee to highlight celebrated photographer An-My Lê

A new exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum will present the first comprehensive survey of the work of celebrated photographer An-My Lê. Opening December 3 in the Museum’s Baker/Rowland Galleries, “An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain” will be on view through March 27, 2022. It will provide unprecedented insight into Lê’s career and her subtle, evocative images, which draw on landscape traditions to explore the complexity of war and conflict. Born in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Lê was vividly impacted by the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in the middle of a warzone. As a teenager in...

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A Post-Pandemic Life: Why it is so sad that so many people are happy with a return to normal

In anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end, there was much talk about the “new normal” and what that would mean. The new normal, it turns out, feels like the old normal. And the old normal was rather terrible. The pandemic affected all Americans, but the impact and experiences were far from universal. Cities suffered the initial brunt of the health crisis with hundreds of thousands of people dying, while rural areas mostly unaffected protested about being inconvenienced by their urban neighbors. City populations were also the first to embrace the vaccination, and a future without the...

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Statewide strike demands Congress ratify path to citizenship for immigrant essential workers

Essential workers in Wisconsin held a statewide “Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants” strike on October 11, Indigenous People’s Day. Thousands of supporters marched, sometimes during periods of heavy rain, from Milwaukee’s Latinx-majority southside to the federal courthouse downtown for a closing rally. Others in the growing Latinx and immigrant workforce participated by refusing to work, go to school, or make any purchases the entire day. About 85% of the milk produced in the state of Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, is harvested by immigrants. The strike initiated a wave of actions in other states, including Washington state, Illinois, and Florida this...

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Pridetoberfest 2021: Milwaukee Pride shares details of fall event to celebrate local LGBTQ+ community

PrideFest, Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ+ event, announced the official line up for their fall event, “PridetoberFest” slated for October 8 and 9 at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Originally scheduled for its traditional early June dates, PrideFest had to be canceled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Organizing an event of this size with a tight time line, scheduling conflicts, ever changing COVID-19 protocols, and increased costs has proven to be quite the challenge,” said Wes Shaver, President of Milwaukee Pride. He added, owever, it’s been worth it. I am so excited to finally...

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