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September 24: When the Milwaukee Fourteen burned draft files in protest against the Vietnam War

On September 24, 1968, 14 people removed 10,000 draft files from the Milwaukee draft board and burned them with home-made napalm near a memorial to veterans, in front of what was then known as the Brumder Building, now renamed as the Germania Building, on West Wells Street. Before the cards were stolen, a graduate student named Nicholas Riddell caused a diversion. On September 22, 1968, Riddell led a takeover of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist while services were in progress. The takeover caused a police response that overwhelmed the resources of the Milwaukee Police Department. The church...

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Mural inspired by Jim Crow era “Negro Motorist Green Book” to be installed overlooking Lake Michigan

A newly commissioned large-scale wall mural and sculptural installation will be unveiled October 29 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Created by Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams, Our Time Together will be a 93-foot work that reframes historical Black narratives. “In Our Time Together, I highlight Milwaukee by representing commercial and social spaces known within the Black community,” said Derrick Adams. “These dwellings, and those who occupy them, are essential to the cultural, political and creative growth of American society, which is then spread out to a global audience. The installation reflects my respect and admiration for the perseverance of Black...

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Outpost and Walnut Way partner on a sustainable urban agriculture program for Milwaukee youth

Outpost Natural Foods named the Walnut Way Conservation as its 2021 Sustainable Agriculture Partner on September 1. As part of the partnership, Outpost will feature Walnut Way produce in its stores, support Walnut Way teen interns, and contribute and help raise funds for the Walnut Workshed Project. Since 2019, Outpost has annually partnered with a deserving local nonprofit that shares Outpost’s mission to create a healthy, diverse and sustainable community. The Sustainable Agriculture Partnership is part of the co-op’s Outpost Gives Back community giving program. “Showcasing the efforts of Walnut Way and their Growing Youth Leadership program, and past...

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Stage play to explore the trauma soldiers experienced at the infamous Confederate prison in Andersonville

An original stage production about the trauma faced by a Civil War veteran, “The Last Depot: A Civil War Sketch” will be performed in front of a live audience on October 8 and 9 at Inspiration Studios. Set in 1895, the one-man production explores the relationship between two soldiers who endure the nightmare journey of America’s fight over slavery. Written, produced, and performed by Mark L. Gormican of Wauwatosa, his fascination with the American Civil War started in the 5th grade with a diary written about conditions in Andersonville. “I have been absorbed by this subject matter for several...

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Economic Straitjacket: Milwaukee not allowed to raise revenue while Wisconsin benefits from $319M windfall

A whopping $319 million. That is the amount of unanticipated revenue the State of Wisconsin projects to bring in during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, according to a memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. That is money the State wasn’t even expecting to come in. That number comes as part of the $19.6 billion in revenue the State expects to bring in during this time — nearly 12% higher than the previous period. The recently figures are based on preliminary data made public by the state Department of Revenue, and final data will be released in October. This isn’t the...

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Philanthropic grant allows MKE Urban Stables to offer equine therapy programs to local community

MKE Urban Stables announced on July 27 that it was the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies to help fund operations in their new facility, which is a unique stable that brings together equine therapy, community engagement, and a permanent home for the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) Mounted Patrol Unit. This is the first facility in the nation to co-locate police horses with therapy horses for use by the larger community. This summer, Bader Philanthropies awarded almost $1.8 million in grants. “Through MKE Urban Stables we have an opportunity to achieve three goals at once – a...

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