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Author: Wisconsin Examiner

An Inappropriate Arrest: Questions remain over why community activist Vaun Mayes was detained

Milwaukee residents, thousands of whom have marched in the city’s 32 straight days of protest against police violence, were reeling after the arrest of local activist and co-founder of the Community Task Force (COMM Force) Vaun Mayes. Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) pulled Mayes over as he livestreamed a protest on June 29, stating they had a warrant for his arrest. Mayes has since been released, although questions linger over why exactly he was detained. Activists in Milwaukee and around the country are increasingly uneasy about surveillance and arrest by law enforcement. Nevertheless, Milwaukee’s protesters continue marching....

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Milwaukee residents fall under increasing police surveillance in effort to choke Black activism

“There’s definitely something going on,” said 39-year-old Milwaukee activist Frank Sensabaugh, better known locally by the long-held nickname “Frank Nitty.” Most of his days recently have been spent either organizing or participating in Milwaukee’s slice of the nation’s re-invigorated Black Lives Matter movement. Nitty, and many others, also suspect the demonstrations have become the targets of electronic surveillance. For Nitty, it started with difficulty livestreaming the events from his Facebook page. “They do that a lot, live feeds will cut out,” he said. “It’ll start getting blurry … or sometimes I’ll be live and I’ll be talking, and my...

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A Message of Hate: Racial agitators use nooses to hang photos of murdered Black people in Milwaukee park

The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is investigating a chilling incident in Milwaukee’s Riverside Park, on the city’s east side. Nooses were placed in a tree in the park, near laminated cards depicting the photos of Black men and women who’ve been killed by police or citizens in recent years. In a press release, the MCSO noted that descriptions of each individual’s death was also on the cards. “This investigation is ongoing and has identified pertinent information.” The photos, which MCSO became aware of on June 20, depicted Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Botham Jean, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, and...

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Working while sick: Wisconsin employees fear being fired if absent due to an illness

In late May, Mike Jackson collapsed on the job at Briggs & Stratton’s factory on Milwaukee’s Northwest Side. A few days later, on May 28, the 45-year-old father of eight died of COVID-19 after having worked for days or possibly weeks while he was ill with the deadly virus. “Prior to that, he had been fighting to win protections against the spread of this pandemic in the workplace,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, director of Voces de la Frontera, the Milwaukee-based immigrant rights group, which conducted an online press conference on June 4 to draw attention to Jackson’s death. His story...

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Urban Milwaukee: Local news outlet gets back to work after devastating office fire

Urban Milwaukee continues to recover after a horrific June 7 fire damaged its entire downtown office space and secondary business. According to a report written by Urban Milwaukee president and co-founder Jeramey Jannene. More than 30 firefighters battled for hours to extinguish the flames. The renowned news outlet’s companion business, which sells Milwaukee-themed merchandise, was also damaged. However, it will take more than that to break the spirit of the 12-year-old city news source. “We must keep things in perspective,” Jannene wrote. “While there will be costs, both financial and of our limited time, the spotlight must remain on...

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COVID-19 disparities linked to broader toll of racism on African Americans in Wisconsin

The regular briefings state officials hold to update the media on Wisconsin’s battle with COVID-19 are usually a mix of earnest public health reminders and upbeat encouragement for state residents to keep up practices to help everyone stay safe and curb the spread of the viral illness that has put the world back on its heels for months. On Thursday, June 4, Governor Tony Evers took a different turn — pivoting to a list of statistics on health care and social conditions for which Wisconsin has the worst racial disparities in the nation, and tying that grim and unenviable...

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