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Common Council passes resolution requiring its approval before Police can buy military-grade gear

During the Milwaukee Common Council meeting on July 7, a resolution was adopted by all members that directs the Milwaukee Police Department to seek approval by the Common Council before any type of...
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A “Forever War” at Home: Why a militarized police force sees American citizens as enemy combatants

Uniformed U.S. soldiers occupied the center of the city, where an armored personnel carrier was stationed at a major intersection. Was it Kabul or Atlanta? A U.S. military helicopter hovered over...
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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...
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White Silence: Why most parents fail to talk about racism with their children

By David Chae, Human Sciences Associate Professor & Director, Society, Health, and Racial Equity Lab, Auburn University; Leoandra Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Northwestern...
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Vigil for Vanessa Guillen: Latino community calls for further investigation into soldier killed on Army base

A candlelight vigil was held July 6 at Kosciuszko Park on Milwaukee’s south side to remember U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen, who was subjected to sexual harassment, then murdered and...
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Swastika Bumper Stickers: Why Americans reject Nazi symbols but display Confederate ones with pride

Last month, amid America’s confrontation with its racist legacy – which has seen monuments to Jefferson Davis toppled, the Mississippi state flag lowered, Gone With the Wind pulled from HBO’s...
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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...
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Podcast: Voices in Union – Episode 070920

Voices in Union: with Reggie Jackson and Maria Hamilton – is a weekly podcast that focuses on the African American Diaspora in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It connects local concerns to national...
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Vintage photos from John and Etta Jones highlights the life of a middle-class Black family in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) has hundreds of thousands of photos in its massive archive. Along with copies of the “Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin” from the...
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A Confederate Mount Rushmore: Options for removing Stone Mountain’s controversial carving

The largest celebration of the Confederacy should be obscured by vegetation and the park outside Atlanta repurposed away from white supremacy. The current national attention to the interrelated...
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America’s COVID-19 Denial: To have a second wave of coronavirus the first wave needs to end

By Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University After sustained declines in the number of COVID-19 cases over recent months,...
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You’ll get used to it: Trump supporters embrace an alternate reality on his failed response to COVID-19

It is becoming clearer that there are currently two different versions of America. The White House and Trump supporters are trying to pretend that the world Trump continually tweets about is real,...
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Podcast: Voices in Union – Episode 063020

Voices in Union: with Reggie Jackson and Maria Hamilton – is a weekly podcast that focuses on the African American Diaspora in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It connects local concerns to national trends on social justice, and educates the general population on the...