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Protestors demand justice as Milwaukee Police officer charged for killing Joel Acevedo has first court date

Following the death of George Floyd, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump joined the legal team representing the Acevedo’s family in Milwaukee to seek justice for the strangulation murder of Joel Acevedo by an off-duty Milwaukee police officer. Facing a charge of first-degree reckless homicide, Mattioli appeared for the first time in a Milwaukee County courtroom on June 24 for his cash bond hearing, which was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 13. Outside the Milwaukee County Courthouse, protesters holding a “Black and Brown Lives Matter” banner called for the removal of Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso...

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“We Care Crew” initiative uses parks for distribution of vital resources to Milwaukee’s Communities of Color

Milwaukee County currently faces two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism. County, City, and local community partners announced the launch of the We Care Crew on June 16, a community resourcing initiative, to support communities of color during this challenging time. The We Care Crew, whose name acknowledges the historic distrust of government among communities of color, includes partners from Milwaukee County’s Office on African American Affairs (OAAA), Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), City of Milwaukee Health Department & Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), 414Life, Safe &...

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Milwaukee’s Harbor District awarded first-ever “Trash Free Waters” grant for Kinnickinnic River clean up

At a press conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the selection of the first-ever Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Trash Free Waters grant. Harbor District, Inc. was selected to receive a $492,300 grant to construct and install a trash collector on the Kinnickinnic River just south of W. Becher St., about a mile south of the conjunction of the Kinnickinnic and Milwaukee Rivers. “After years of neglect and decline, the Kinnickinnic River is experiencing a rebirth as local and federal partners remove concrete channel, restore its...

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Focus Finder: Milwaukee Film awarded grant for accelerator program to elevate diverse voices in film

Milwaukee Film was recently awarded a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to assist with the rollout of the organization’s new Focus Finder accelerator program. As part of Milwaukee Film’s mission to elevate diverse voices in film, Focus Finder is a storytelling accelerator designed to build a small cohort of emerging local filmmakers from underrepresented communities. The program will combine the best parts of mentorship and fellowship in order to strengthen emerging voices in Milwaukee’s film industry pipeline. “The NEA’s support will allow us to continue to amplify the voices and strengthen the...

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Ongoing COVID-19 crisis moves Milwaukee’s “Storm the Bastille” run into a virtual space for 2020

Because of the lingering impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Town Association has transformed the annual “Storm the Bastille” run on July 9 into a virtual event, allowing for mass participation while protecting public safety. The non-profit organization spent weeks considering health conditions around the summer season, and what measures were necessary to mitigate any concerns and challenges for hosting large gatherings of people. With guidance from elected officials, its Board of Directors, and community leaders, it made the difficult decision not to host events in June and July for all of its annual events including: Thursday night...

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Siri shortcut helps Black drivers safely record their encounters with police during traffic stops

When VHS video cameras became affordable consumer products, the public was able to actively document actions by law enforcement officers as a tool to demand accountability. The iPhone and services like iCloud have made the recording and distribution pipeline for those recordings far more instantaneous. For all the filmed incidents of extrajudicial executions like Philando Castile and George Floyd, far too many other tragic interactions have not been. With the availability of video cameras within mobile phones, people of color have been able to record their encounters with police during traffic stops. The point of contact has consistently shown...

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