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Forward Latino joins civil rights complaint against harmful workplace polices by meatpacking industry

Milwaukee-based Forward Latino joined with meat workers and allies nationwide to file a racial discrimination complaint on July 8 to challenge the harmful actions by meat processing corporations, alleging that their lack of COVID-19 protections have caused the needless suffering of workers. A nationwide coalition of organizations that advocate for meat processing workers, and allied groups, filed an administrative civil rights complaint on July 8 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging that in addition to being disastrous for the wellbeing of workers and for public health, two major meat processing corporations’ have engaged in racial discrimination prohibited by...

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Common Council passes resolution requiring its approval before Police can buy military-grade gear

During the Milwaukee Common Council meeting on July 7, a resolution was adopted by all members that directs the Milwaukee Police Department to seek approval by the Common Council before any type of crowd-response, crowd-control, military-grade, and militaristic equipment can be purchased. The resolution stated that the Police Department shall obtain approval by resolution from the Common Council before seeking to purchase, requisition or otherwise procure military-grade equipment from the city purchasing director using budgeted funds. “This legislation was birthed out of community conversations and a desire for the public to know more about militaristic equipment and ensure greater...

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“Love Your Parks” campaign aims to rally funding to maintain parks amid COVID-19 impact on County budget

With parks and trails in high-demand during the summer, a new “Love Your Parks” campaign launched on July 3 with the aim to rally community support around much-needed funding for Milwaukee County’s parks. Access to parks, trails and open spaces have become more important than ever during this time as Milwaukee County struggles from the impacts of COVID-19, racial inequities, and the impacts of years of budget cuts. The new Love Your Parks Campaign launched as a way to provide new ways for the community to help the parks they love through volunteering, donating, and sharing stories of why...

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Two Milwaukee workforce organizations join Midwest coalition to advance racial equity in manufacturing

Menomonee Valley Partners and WRTP/BIG STEP joined a new coalition that launched on June 24 by The Century Foundation (TCF), the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA), and seven other urban workforce development organizations to develop training programs that forge a more racially inclusive future for manufacturing. Concentrated in the Midwest, the partnership plans to strategize solutions for the U.S. manufacturing sector’s national recruitment challenges, while deepening relationships between employers and communities. The coalition, selected through a competitive process and funded by Lumina Foundation, launches this effort at a pivotal time for U.S. manufacturing and the nation as a whole. As...

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Fred Kaems to paint children’s literacy mural in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights Neighborhood

Milwaukee’s Washington Heights Neighborhood will feature a new mural aimed at promoting both adult and children’s literacy, support neighborhood involvement and provide a connection to libraries. The Heights Dream Library is a mural featuring imaginary books on shelves that will be painted this summer by Fred Kaems on the east-facing wall of 5700 W. Vliet St. The project is sponsored by the Washington Heights Neighborhood Association and is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board. “The Heights Dream Library is intended to be a visual reminder that ideas sparked by dreams can change the person,...

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Milwaukee Art Museum begins phased reopening with expanded procedures for health safety

The Milwaukee Art Museum announced that it will reopen to the public on July 16, with free admission for all visitors for one month. Museum Members will have the opportunity to visit beginning one week earlier, on July 9. Thanks to a gift from the Krei Family in Memory of Melinda, Museum admission will be free through August 16 to welcome back the community, especially first responders and essential workers. The Museum is also modifying its hours, including opening a half hour earlier, which will be reserved for high-risk visitors. “The Milwaukee Art Museum has been an institution that...

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