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Operation Christmas bringing holiday cheer to Milwaukee military families

USO Wisconsin will be hosting the 4th annual Operation Christmas on December 9 at the Milwaukee County War Memorial in downtown Milwaukee. The nonprofit organization assists active military personnel throughout the state, and this event provides assistance to military families during the holidays. “Operation Christmas allows our community to share some holiday cheer with our local military families and thank them for all they do for our country throughout the year,” says Josh Sova, executive director of USO Wisconsin. Milwaukee’s 11th Annual Holiday Drive recently concluded, collecting items for families who signed up for the event. Mayor Tom Barrett...

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From Gurda to Takach: A book signing event with ten Milwaukee authors

The Milwaukee County Historical Society and Wisconsin History Press join to host Milwaukee Word, an inaugural multi-author book-signing event. The inaugural event will take place on December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and will feature ten authors and their Milwaukee-themed books. The authors will be on-hand to sign their books and to chat with visitors. Their books and other unique gift items will be available for sale. Milwaukee Word will take place at the Milwaukee County Historical Society, 910 N. Old World Third Street and is free and open to the public. Free admission to the Society’s Milwaukee...

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Navajo Nation criticizes “Pocahontas” comment by Trump as insult original Americans

Historical contribution of Native American Code Talkers is invaluable, cultural insensitivity is unfortunate. During an event at the White House on November 27 honoring Native American Code Talkers who used their indigenous languages to encode American military communications during World Wars I and II, President Donald Trump made reference to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.” The remark prompted immediate backlash. “First and foremost, we appreciate the honor and recognition that has been bestowed upon the Navajo Code Talkers, who truly are National Treasures and protectors of freedom,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “It was our Code Talkers...

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Video: Conversations about confronting mass incarceration

“We need to better understand the trend so we can undertake sensible, fiscally responsible reforms to reverse it.” – Michael Morgan “Confronting Mass Incarceration” was the focus of a series of discussions and presentations, sponsored by the Milwaukee Turners and other local partners. These video segments feature several of the public panels that took place from October 26 to November 5 around Milwaukee. Milwaukee Turners: Panel 1 A Community Conversation about Mass Incarceration Milwaukee Turners: Panel 2 A Community Conversation about Mass Incarceration Milwaukee Turners: Panel 3 A Community Conversation about Mass Incarceration Milwaukee Turners: Julilly Kohler-Hausmann A Community...

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The Boston Declaration: A prophetic appeal to Christians

Faith leaders put on sackcloth and ashes, to dramatize their grief over Christians who make excuses for racial hatred and sexual abuse rather than fighting oppression on November 20. Christian theologians symbolically grieved over the corruption of United States Christianity and called the country into a time of reflection and action to end oppression. The American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature met in Boston, Massachusetts, and launched the pronouncement at the Old South Church. Over 100 theologians, bishops, and leaders in Christian seminaries and denominations were signatories the Boston Declaration to protest the demise of...

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As Milwaukee suffers from food insecurity, potato chips arrive in holiday flavors

The Pringles Thanksgiving Dinner is a pilot taste test and has only limited availability. Generation-X (GenX) remembers not having parents at home to cook, and the thrill of the pre-microwave TV dinner. Even the overpriced Lunchables were preferred to a smashed PB&J sandwich with the companion sliced apple that had turned brown, or the over-ripe banana. For kids of the 1980s, pre-packaged meals were a realization of the future. But holidays were different, and usually involved real food. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, even though in Milwauke and around the country it takes the form of family...

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