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An invitation to care: New exhibit at Charles Allis Art Museum explores the “Ghosts of Segregation”

Beginning on July 28, Milwaukee’s Charles Allis Art Museum will host “Ghosts of Segregation: America’s Continuing Struggle,” a traveling photography exhibition that explores the lingering presence of segregation, slavery, and institutional racism hidden in everyday American architecture. Through his visual work, Washington state-based photographer Richard Allen Frishman demonstrates how the built environmental stand as a witness to history. From the New Orleans Slave Exchange to the abandoned Negro Nursing School in Houston, the shocking nature of Frishman’s images reveals insidious evidence of segregation and historic racism. “Jim Crow not only extended across America, but it also became part of...

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Cavalier Johnson reflects on the challenges and successes of his first 100 days as Mayor of Milwaukee

July 22 marked the 100th day since the inauguration of Cavalier Johnson as the first elected Black Mayor of Milwaukee. In recognition of that political milestone, Mayor Johnson held a press conference in his office at historic City Hall to release a report that detailed his efforts since April 13. The First 100 Days report highlighted the evidence of accomplishments by Mayor Johnson in the areas of public safety and economic success, as the forty-fifth elected Mayor of the City of Milwaukee. It also focused on his effort to build new relationships with the state government, a necessity required...

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After inaction by legislature Attorney General Kaul files lawsuit to block Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion law

Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on June 28 a new lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s criminal abortion ban. The lawsuit comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court released a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, upending nearly 50 years of a constitutional right to abortion that Wisconsinites and Americans have relied upon for almost five decades. “In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court overturned Roe and ruled that the U.S. Constitution confers no right to an abortion, effectively stripping Wisconsinites...

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Juneteenth 2022: Milwaukee commemorates Federal holiday for Emancipation with 51st annual parade

Two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed enslaved persons in the Confederates states in 1865, Union major general Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, and delivered the news. As Blacks migrated across America, they carried Juneteenth with them, helping to turn an event once recognized only in Black communities into a national holiday. Juneteenth officially became the 12th national holiday on June 17, 2021 after President Joe Biden signed a bill to recognize the day that has commemorated the end of chattel slavery. Milwaukee is home to one of the longest held Juneteenth Day...

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Milwaukee Independent honored with 8 top awards from Milwaukee Press Club for 2021 journalism work

The Milwaukee Independent earned eight distinctions on May 6 from the Milwaukee Press Club for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, during the virtual ceremony of its 2022 Gridiron Awards. The journalism honors follow four consecutive years of double digit recognition for the daily news magazine – two during a pandemic, in competition against all major media outlets in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. The 8 awards for Milwaukee Independent were split over 3 main categories this year, Writing, Visual Journalism, and Online. The work...

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