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Mayor Cavalier Johnson signs ordinance establishing Juneteenth Day as an official city holiday

Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed Common Council File number 220475 on September 26 that formally established Juneteenth Day as an official holiday for the City of Milwaukee. With the ordinance, Milwaukee joined the federal government and about half the states in formally marking June 19 as a holiday honoring of the end of slavery in the United States. “As Americans, we have a dark history. The original sin of this country was slavery. And so many people, their families, and their community, have endured the pains and the traumas for generations of that vile institution of slavery,” said Mayor Johnson....

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Mahsa Amini: Milwaukee’s Iranian community holds vigil for woman who died in police custody in Iran

Milwaukee’s Iranian community held a candlelight vigil in memory of Mahsa Amini on September 23 to show support for the people of Iran who are protesting the Iranian regime. Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman from the Kurdish minority, was with her brother in Tehran when she was arrested on September 13 by the so-called “morality police” for what was perceived to be an “improper” hijab. She fell into a coma shortly after collapsing at Vozara Detention Centre. Amini, who also goes by the Kurdish name Jhina, died three days later. Iranian authorities have claimed she died of a...

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Santiago Calatrava Day: Architect of Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion honored on 20th Anniversary

The Milwaukee Art Museum welcomed the legendary architect Santiago Calatrava back to Milwaukee for the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Quadracci Pavilion, during a press conference on September 14. Completed in 2001 and considered the largest piece of art in Milwaukee, the Quadracci Pavilion was the Spanish architect’s first project in the United States. His visit marked the culmination of a year-long celebration of the building’s anniversary. During his remarks, Mayor Cavalier Johnson surprised Calatrava by proclaiming Friday, September 16, 2022, as Santiago Calatrava Day throughout the city. The commemorative day was in recognition of Calatrava’s influence...

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A Gallery of Heroes: War Memorial Center opens Wisconsin’s first Medal of Honor exhibit

The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center’s new Wisconsin Medal of Honor exhibit opens to the public on August 17. The world-class display was designed to honor the 64 Wisconsin residents who received the highest and most prestigious military decoration in the United States. Wisconsin still has three living Medal of Honor recipients, Harold A. Fritz, Robert J. Modrzejewski, and Gary G. Wetzel. Kenneth E. Stumpf passed away in April before the exhibit began final production. Members of the local media were invited the War Memorial Center on August 16 for a preview of the exhibit before the official ribbon...

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Six months of suffering: Ukrainian community in Milwaukee holds rally against Russia’s ongoing war

Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on August 24, in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of 1991. It also marks six months since the unprovoked full-scale invasion by Russia began on February 24. Milwaukee’s Ukrainian community held a rally downtown on August 14, by the orange sunburst near the lakefront. Dozens gathered to remind the local public that Russia’s brutal war against their homeland continues, and each day brings more destroyed cities and the death of innocent civilians. “We understand that as people are enjoying their summer, and getting ready to send their children back to school, the war...

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