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Harpole Building: Bader Philanthropies names its Harambee HQ in honor of Reuben and Mildred Harpole

At a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on October 12, Bader Philanthropies announced the name of the newly renovated Harambee neighborhood building located at 3338 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. To be known as the Harpole Building, the name was selected in honor of Reuben and Mildred Harpole. The Harpoles have been community advocates, pioneers, and leaders that created a lasting impact on the Harambee community and the Milwaukee area. The couple fought for justice in Milwaukee for decades, and were known as the Black Mayor and First Lady to many. “Reuben and Mildred spent the...

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Lack of Dignity: Advocates detail how Racine Lutheran allowed a toxic environment for students of color

A group of southeast Wisconsin community and civil rights organizations have called on Racine Lutheran High School to take action, following reports of students being harassed based on their race, incidents of hateful language and vandalism, and what they say is the school administration’s failure to fix an ongoing racially hostile environment. During the recent homecoming week, several students wore “Trump’s Wall” T-shirts and allegedly harassed Latino students. The community organization Forward Latino also received photos of a bathroom stall that had a swastika and a racial slur carved across the entire width of the door. “At the end...

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AmeriCorps programs that serve Milwaukee receive $2.4M in funding to expand community assistance

Serve Wisconsin announced on September 20 that Wisconsin had received nearly $8.1 million in grant funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. Included within those funds are $2,417,154 in AmeriCorps funding for ten AmeriCorps programs specifically centered in the Milwaukee area, with several other statewide programs also having members serving in Milwaukee. “This funding will put 888 AmeriCorps members on the ground, including over 300 members in the Milwaukee area, to help our local communities as our state continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19,” said Jeanne Duffy, Executive Director of Serve Wisconsin....

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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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