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Grandson of Nelson Mandela to speak in Milwaukee on solidarity with the Palestinian people during U.S. tour

Milwaukee will host the grandson of Nelson Mandela today, May 15, as part of his tour in the United States promoting awareness of the Nakba and support for the Palestinian people. May 15 marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, or the 1948 expulsion of Palestinian people from their homeland. Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela, is an elected member of the South African National Assembly, tribal chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, and grandson of the late Nelson Mandela. Milwaukee is one of the six cities Chief Mandela will visit from May 15 to May 20, to speak in solidarity with...

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Milwaukee-based “Friends of Be an Angel” is saving lives and offering hope in war-damaged Ukraine

Entire cities in Ukraine have been destroyed, displacing more than 14 million residents from their homes, schools, and livelihoods for the past year. Since the early days of the war, Milwaukee-based nonprofit Friends of Be an Angel has made extraordinary efforts in assisting hospitals, daycare centers, Internally Displaced Persons’ centers, community centers, and religious establishments across Ukraine. Additionally, support services were offered to thousands of refugees who were forced to flee their homeland. “Together with other NGOs, creating strength through unity, we were able to join forces to fuel the initiative for a greater impact,” said Anya Verkhovskaya, Director...

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Local businesses receive $1.5M in grant funding from Milwaukee’s Commercial Revitalization program

In 2022, more than $1.5 million in grant funding was awarded to 50 local businesses for property renovations and improvements in Milwaukee. The Department of City Development (DCD) continued supporting local businesses in 2022 through the Commercial Revitalization Grant Program that provides financial assistance for building renovations and improvements in Milwaukee. DCD’s Commercial Revitalization Grant Program helps eliminate blight, enhance building aesthetics, and activate the public realm in Milwaukee by assisting businesses in creating higher quality storefronts that attract customers and support neighborhood development. “Our commercial corridors play a significant role in boosting economic activity and enhancing neighborhood development...

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World-renowned art duo HYBYCOZO brings “Lightfield” sculptures to Milwaukee for immersive experiences

Downtown Milwaukee will welcome a new geometric art installation to Cathedral Square Park. “Lightfield” by HYBYCOZO presented by Johnson Financial Group will transform the area into an immersive public art installation featuring the work of Ukrainian and Canadian artist duo HYBYCOZO. “Lightfield” by HYBYCOZO will be a free experience, open to the public January 19 to May 5, 2023. Coordinated by Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 as part of their public art initiatives, this multicolored, large-scale art display will feature eight ground sculptures and 16 hanging lanterns suspended from the park’s trees. The work invites the viewer to explore the...

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Komatsu partners with Habitat ReStore to salvage reusable items from historic National Avenue Campus

Komatsu has been transitioning core Milwaukee operations from its longtime base on National Avenue in West Milwaukee to its new campus on Greenfield Avenue in the Harbor District. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore partnered to help put reusable items the company no longer needed to good use. As Komatsu works to complete its transition out of the old location, the company is partnering with Habitat ReStore’s Deconstruction Services team to allow salvage of everything from office chairs to break room refrigerators. Teams of Habitat for Humanity volunteers have been hard at work in the West Milwaukee facility collecting hundreds of...

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Hoan Bridge illuminating as a menorah to “Shine a Light” on antisemitism this Hanukkah season

In response to the sharp rise in antisemitism in the United States, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has joined forces with the national Shine a Light initiative to raise awareness about modern antisemitism. The Federation will shine a light on antisemitism during Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with Hanukkah on the Hoan. Each night of the holiday, the Federation will share video messages of support from local civic and faith leaders and will light the Daniel W. Hoan Memorial Bridge to represent the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah. Shine a Light is a comprehensive initiative to spotlight the dangers...

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