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Milwaukee installs more 24-hour drop boxes for absentee ballots to ensure a safe November election

City of Milwaukee officials highlighted the addition of 15 new absentee ballot drop boxes with 24-hour access located throughout the city in advance of the 2020 presidential election, during an installation ceremony at the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building on September 10. The City of Milwaukee estimates that close to 290,000 area residents will vote in the upcoming November 3 presidential election. Over 52% of voters, or 150,000 people, are expected to cast their ballots absentee by mail. Mayor Tom Barrett was joined by Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg, and Milwaukee Public Library Director Joan Johnson for the...

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Peaceful protesters in Kenosha march with Jacob Blake’s family demanding an end to police brutality

The family of Jacob Blake marched with thousands of community leaders and elected officials on Saturday, August 29 in Kenosha to demand justice nearly a week after he was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer. With chants of “One person, one vote!” and “No justice, No peace!” a crowd of demonstrators gathered in the Civic Center Park across from the Kenosha courthouse to denounce police violence and share messages of change, a week after an officer shot Blake in the back and left the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed. The diverse group of protesters also chanted “Seven bullets,...

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Civil Rights groups offer words of healing to Kenosha until Mayor John Antarmian upends the effort

Civil rights groups led by Forward Latino gathered in Kenosha on August 24 to offer words of support and healing to a traumatized community with a unified press conference, until altered plans by Kenosha Mayor John Antarmian threw the effort into turmoil. Social tensions became inflamed after a news conference with Kenosha Mayor John Antarmian, originally to be held in a park, was moved inside the city’s public safety building. Hundreds of protesters rushed to the building and a door was snapped off its hinges before police in riot gear pepper-sprayed the crowd, which included a photojournalist. Civil rights...

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March on the DNC: Local protestors call for action from Democrats on eve of Joe Biden’s nomination

The Coalition to March on the DNC held a peaceful rally on the final night of the mostly virtual Democratic National Convention on August 20, then marched behind the slogan “We Can’t Breathe” to demand that political leaders do more to stop the killing of Black people by police. The “We Can’t Breathe” event was led by members of the Coalition to March on the DNC, and began at Red Arrow Park where Milwaukee native Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed in 2014 by a member of the city’s law enforcement. Maria Hamilton, Dontre’s mother, spoke to the large...

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