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Juneteenth flag to fly for first time over State Capitol and City of Milwaukee building on June 19

A flag that celebrates Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, will fly over the Wisconsin Capitol for the first time in state history. It will also be displayed at a City of Milwaukee building for the first time. Governor Tony Evers announced the state’s decision on June 17. The Juneteenth flag will fly over the Capitol’s east wing on June 19, replacing the rainbow gay pride flag for one day. That flag has been up all month, flying for the first time in Wisconsin history last year. “As a state that sees...

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Almost 2,000 images from 12 Milwaukee protest events used to make photo mosaic honoring George Floyd

As community murals get installed in Milwaukee to honor Civil Rights leaders and people of color who have been killed by police, social media platforms have been flooded with livestream videos from protest marches and pictures documenting nearly a month of demonstrations. These moments from local street protests, chronicled in powerful still images, flow in a linear stream each day from numerous sources like an online river. The illustrated portrait of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police, has become the memorable and historic icon of a movement seeking reforms to law enforcement and racial justice for people...

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Beyond Casual Cruelty: Lawsuit accuses police of attacking journalists covering George Floyd Protests

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a class-action lawsuit, on behalf of journalists who were targeted and attacked by Minneapolis and Minnesota police while covering protests over the killing of George Floyd. The lawsuit was filed on June 3 against the city of Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Minneapolis police. “The power of the people is rooted in the ability of the free press to investigate and report news, especially at a time like this when police have brutally murdered one of our community members,” said Teresa Nelson, ACLU-MN Legal Director. “Police are using violence...

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Commemorating Freedom: Juneteenth officially recognized as a holiday in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson announced on June 15 that Milwaukee County employees will have a floating holiday on June 19 to mark Juneteenth Day and the end slavery in America. Executive Order #20-15 is part of Milwaukee County’s efforts to achieve racial equity and be the healthiest county in Wisconsin. The County has recognized that Milwaukee and the nation are presently facing two public health emergencies, one acute emergency caused by COVID-19 and one deep-rooted emergency caused by racism. “Beginning this year, Milwaukee County will officially recognize this important day in American...

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Comeback Cuisine: Box lunch program encourages employers to support neighborhood eateries

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 kicked off the Comeback Cuisine challenge on June 3 to encourage downtown companies to support nearby restaurants by purchasing box lunches for their returning employees. The effort was designed as a “welcome back” gesture to thank those workers who have remained on the frontlines during the pandemic. The goal of this gratitude campaign is 3,000 lunches in 30 days. As employers begin to staff return to their office space, downtown restaurants remain poised to serve the long absent workforce. “Our downtown restaurants have done a phenomenal job in serving downtown’s day and nighttime populations, but...

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Pandemic causes Underground Collaborative to permanently close community arts center

Milwaukee’s unique creative venue, art gallery, and rental space on the Lower Level of the Plankinton building in the Shops of Grand Avenue will close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Established in 2012, The The Underground Collaborative featured over 8,000 sq. ft of space including a 100+ seat theatre, art gallery, recording studio, dance studio, rehearsal and practice rooms, administrative offices and creative work spaces. Founder Matt Kemple issued a statement to theatre groups and artists about the decision on June 1. “The pandemic has affected all of us in big ways. The Underground Collaborative being an arts-based...

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