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New study details why the Black Lives Matter Protests did not contribute to the surge of COVID-19 cases

The Black Lives Matter Protests protests are an issue brought up by many people who supported the reopening of businesses and the return of large gatherings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. If there was not an outcry about the spread of the novel coronavirus during the Black Lives Matter protests in late May and early June, why was there one when people returned to restaurants, nail salons, bars, and beaches? Were the protests a potential “super spreader” of COVID-19? It was a concern public health officials initially raised. “I do think there was potential for this to...

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New report details how Senator Ron Johnson betrayed Wisconsin to make millions in personal profit

When Ron Johnson ran for the Senate, he pledged to put his fortune into a blind trust to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. Johnson broke that promise — and has advanced numerous policies that have helped him grow his wealth by as much as 100% since taking office, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Congressional Integrity Project challenged the Wisconsin Senator on July 30 to put his money in a blind trust and disclose all tax returns from his decade in office. “Senator Johnson was sent to Washington to serve the public, but...

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2020 was supposed to be the “Year of Milwaukee” and then the pandemic upended everything

DNC host committee finance chair and Bucks SVP Alex Lasry believes his adopted city is on its way up despite the scaled-down presidential nominating convention. For Alex Lasry, 2020 was supposed to be the “Year of Milwaukee.” The 33-year-old had high hopes for his adopted city, scheduled to host the Democratic National Convention — the bid for which he chaired — beginning August 17. On top of that, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the playoffs in February, giving hometown pride to Milwaukeeans who have not celebrated a basketball championship since 1971. Lasry, who serves as the Bucks’ senior vice president,...

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COVID-19 cannot be so safe for schools to reopen but so dangerous as to delay a national election

“As Trump may or may not know, the date of the election is set by law, and would require an act of Congress to be overturned. Trump cannot postpone the election, the bedrock of American democracy, but the greater danger is that he can destroy its legitimacy.” – David A. Graham Lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on July 30 President Donald Trump floated the startling idea of delaying the November 3 presidential election. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT...

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Interactive map documents extensive incidents of police violence against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Amnesty International recently launched an interactive map highlighting incidents of police violence that included Milwaukee and Wisconsin as part of a new campaign calling for systemic changes in policing. Police forces across the United States committed widespread and egregious human rights violations against people protesting the unlawful killings of Black people and calling for police reform. Amnesty International documented 125 separate examples of police violence against protesters in 40 states and the District of Columbia between 26 May and 5 June 2020. After the May 25 death of George Floyd, hundreds of thousands of people in America and other...

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Retiring Mississippi’s state flag is not erasing history, it is ending a celebration of traitors as heroes

After decades of dispute and dialogue, Mississippi legislators finally voted to replace their state’s flag, which included what is known as the battle flag of northern Virginia. This was the flag flown by those defending white supremacy, and for some, it still is. The vote to remove the confederate iconography from the state flag raises important questions: Why was Mississippi the last state to remove such images from its flag — and why is this so significant? If you asked Americans which state has the most racist history, many would likely say Mississippi. This ugly reputation is well deserved....

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