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On Contested Terrain: New exhibition in Milwaukee to highlight celebrated photographer An-My Lê

A new exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum will present the first comprehensive survey of the work of celebrated photographer An-My Lê. Opening December 3 in the Museum’s Baker/Rowland Galleries, “An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain” will be on view through March 27, 2022. It will provide unprecedented insight into Lê’s career and her subtle, evocative images, which draw on landscape traditions to explore the complexity of war and conflict. Born in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Lê was vividly impacted by the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in the middle of a warzone. As a teenager in...

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A Post-Pandemic Life: Why it is so sad that so many people are happy with a return to normal

In anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end, there was much talk about the “new normal” and what that would mean. The new normal, it turns out, feels like the old normal. And the old normal was rather terrible. The pandemic affected all Americans, but the impact and experiences were far from universal. Cities suffered the initial brunt of the health crisis with hundreds of thousands of people dying, while rural areas mostly unaffected protested about being inconvenienced by their urban neighbors. City populations were also the first to embrace the vaccination, and a future without the...

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Statewide strike demands Congress ratify path to citizenship for immigrant essential workers

Essential workers in Wisconsin held a statewide “Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants” strike on October 11, Indigenous People’s Day. Thousands of supporters marched, sometimes during periods of heavy rain, from Milwaukee’s Latinx-majority southside to the federal courthouse downtown for a closing rally. Others in the growing Latinx and immigrant workforce participated by refusing to work, go to school, or make any purchases the entire day. About 85% of the milk produced in the state of Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, is harvested by immigrants. The strike initiated a wave of actions in other states, including Washington state, Illinois, and Florida this...

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Pridetoberfest 2021: Milwaukee Pride shares details of fall event to celebrate local LGBTQ+ community

PrideFest, Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ+ event, announced the official line up for their fall event, “PridetoberFest” slated for October 8 and 9 at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Originally scheduled for its traditional early June dates, PrideFest had to be canceled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Organizing an event of this size with a tight time line, scheduling conflicts, ever changing COVID-19 protocols, and increased costs has proven to be quite the challenge,” said Wes Shaver, President of Milwaukee Pride. He added, owever, it’s been worth it. I am so excited to finally...

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DNC 2024: Mayor Tom Barrett tells Democratic Convention planners that Milwaukee is ready to host

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett formally responded to the Democratic National Committee’s invitation to compete for hosting its 2024 national convention. He said that Milwaukee was all in. As the economic engine for the state of Wisconsin, Milwaukee was selected in March 2019 to host the 2020 DNC, beating the larger cities of Miami and Houston. It marked the first time that Democrats would meet in a midwest city – other than Chicago – to nominate their candidate for president in more than a century. The 2020 DNC was expected to bring $200 million to Wisconsin’s economy. But the event...

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Healing and Unity: Dr. James Cameron’s birthday set as reopening date for America’s Black Holocaust Museum

After the coronavirus pandemic delayed plans by almost two years, America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) held a press conference on September 28 to announce when its doors would open to the public. The long-awaited date is set for February 25, 2022. That would be the 108th birthday of museum founder and lynching survivor Dr. James Cameron. Dr. Cameron passed away at the age of 92 in 2006. ABHM’s president and CEO, Dr. Robert “Bert” Davis, made the re-opening date announcement. The museum had expected to reopen in time for the Democratic National Convention in 2020, before COVID-19 upended those...

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