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United by loss: Milwaukee veterans and first responders commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11

“Milwaukee County Remembers 9/11” memorial ceremony was held at the War Memorial Center, featuring a “Never Forget 9/11” exhibit and a commemorative ride with Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel. Members of the Milwaukee community attended the somber event in-person, after COVID-19 forced the event to take place virtually in 2020.

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Milwaukee’s Black educators pledge to teach the truth in resistance to lies mandated by lawmakers

Members of the Milwaukee community gathered at Cathedral Square near the historical marker honoring Joshua Glover on September 5, as part of the national awareness program “Day of Action: Educators Pledge to Teach the Truth” developed by the Zinn Education Project. Black Educators Caucus Milwaukee (BEC), Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), and Equitable Systems Consultants partnered for the event in solidarity with educators across the United States who have signed a pledge to teach truth in their classrooms. Lawmakers in at least 28 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students...

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A Pet Friendly City: Downtown Milwaukee’s first dog park gets support with public fundraising campaign

Fundraising efforts for what will be downtown Milwaukee’s first public dog park kicked off in late August with the launch of a new website and fundraising portal, mkedogpark.com. Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, Historic Third Ward BID #2, Downtown Neighbors Association (DNA) and other partners are working to build the new dog amenity on a centrally located site under I-794, between the Milwaukee River and Plankinton Avenue, along Clybourn Street. The Downtown Neighbors Association (DNA) jump-started the fundraising effort by committing the first pledge. “Bringing downtown its first dog park has been a priority for the Downtown Neighbors Association since...

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Governor Tony Evers invests $19.7M in transit services for Milwaukee after state lawmakers deprive funding

Governor Tony Evers announced on August 30 a $25 million investment in transit services for the city of Madison and Milwaukee County, supported by the state’s American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Madison will get more than $5.2 million of the funds, and more than $19.7 million will go to Milwaukee County. The news follows the governor’s recent announcement of $250 million in funds for two new competitive grant programs. His plan is to help communities across Wisconsin rebound and recover from the coronavirus pandemic with a $200 million Neighborhood Investment Fund, as well as a $50 million Healthcare Infrastructure...

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Community Portraits: Faces from Milwaukee join a 16-city public art tour for the Inside Out project

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 ended its Jumpst(ART) Downtown summer campaign with a visit from the largest global participatory art project on August 27. The “Inside Out 11M” project, a partnership between French artist JR and Emerson Collective, parked at Chase Tower on the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The visit by the “Citizenship for U.S.” photo booth truck marked the second stop of a 16-city tour across the United States, aimed at creating a portrait of America that highlights both our diversity and unity. Other U.S. tour stops include Madison, Las Vegas, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC....

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Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off for 16th year as a bright spot in the pandemic’s gloom

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 teamed up with downtown businesses and community leaders again to welcome back downtown employees during the 16th annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, August 30 to September 3, 2021. The weeklong celebration features free lunches, Office Challenge Games, and after-hours socials. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music, and prize opportunities were held at Red Arrow Park on August 30, kicking off the festivities. Lunch for 1,000 employees was provided by Tatay’s Truck and Davians. Three local caricaturists were also onsite, creating free caricatures for downtown employees. As part of the Art in the Park series, Dave Watkins...

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