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In Service to Our Country: Milwaukee honors wounded Veterans on Purple Heart Day 2021

August 7 was Purple Heart Day, and Milwaukee hosted a special commemoration at the War Memorial Center in honor of those wounded and killed in service to our country. The “Purple Heart Day of Honor 2021” was held on Friday, August 6 in the Veterans Courtyard. Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam veteran George Banda welcomed members of the community to the annual ceremony, and introduced keynote speaker, Purple Heart recipient and Iraq War veteran Dan Newberry. The Purple Heart Medal is awarded in the name of the President to members of the armed forces of the United States who...

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“Black Nite Brawl” Day: The birthplace of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ pride movement honored on 60th anniversary

“Black Night Brawl was instrumental in mobilizing Milwaukee’s gay community to resist homophobia, form activist organizations, demand liberation, equality and change…” – From the City of Milwaukee’s Proclamation, declaring August 5, 2021 as “Black Nite Brawl Day” in honor of the first recorded LGBTQ uprising in Wisconsin history On August 5, 1961, a young black transgender woman summoned the courage to fight back against homophobic violence that invaded one of her community’s only safe spaces, the Black Nite bar on 400 N. Plankinton Avenue. She knew her very existence was criminal, her actions could have extreme social and legal...

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Wisconsin grants $10M of aid to local investment projects in effort to boost state’s tourism industry

Governor Tony Evers visited the Riverwalk Commons Pickleball Courts in Milwaukee on August 3 to announce that $10 million of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds would be used to provide grants to bolster Wisconsin’s tourism industry. The grants would also support local governments and tourism-entity nonprofits for tourism-related investment projects that help promote, maintain, or have a substantial capital component. Up to $3.5 million will be awarded to regional entities through a competitive application process to eligible infrastructure projects such as convention centers, travel infrastructure, public or nonprofit attractions, and more. “Wisconsin’s tourism industry was one of...

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Milwaukee County formally establishes “Right to Counsel” for residents facing eviction or foreclosure

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley signed the “Right to Counsel” ordinance into law on July 19 outside the County Courthouse, in an effort to assist local residents facing eviction or foreclosure. Right to Counsel Milwaukee (RCTM) establishes a pilot program to provide no-cost legal representation for residents facing eviction or foreclosure. Since the onset of the global pandemic, Milwaukee County has allocated over $30 million through stimulus funding to provide eviction prevention, rental assistance, and mortgage assistance. The funds have supported Milwaukee County residents facing housing instability. “I’m proud to sign the Right to Counsel legislation into law and...

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