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Milwaukee grants $100,000 of funding to community groups in effort to help curb reckless driving

The City of Milwaukee will be distributing a total of $102,000 to 18 community groups to reduce reckless driving. The grants aim to reduce reckless driving behavior and decrease the number of traffic crashes by creating safer streets, fostering community involvement, and building awareness around the dangers and impacts of reckless driving. “Reckless Driving is a deadly danger on our streets. To improve safety, it is important that we bring together as many partners as possible to reduce the problem,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “The Milwaukee Police are stepping up their efforts, and the work of community groups will...

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Local philanthropists of color invest $2M to improve the longterm health of Milwaukee’s Black Community

African American philanthropists in the greater Milwaukee area have come together like never before through the ThriveOn Collaboration for a bold investment that will advance racial and health equity for years to come. In leading a $2 million fundraising effort to support a Black leader of national prominence in the field of healthy equity research, these community leaders have seized a generational opportunity to address the societal factors that impact health and to improve well-being in Milwaukee’s Black community and beyond. The investment will provide a permanent source of funds as Leonard Egede, MD, MS, professor of medicine, chief...

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Investment initiative aims to prioritizing the voices of people who live and work in Harambee Neighborhood

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Milwaukee announced the launch of the Harambee Quality of Life Plan Initiative on April 15, to be led by Riverworks Development Corporation located on the north side of Milwaukee. The initiative features a 12 to 18 month planning process that will emphasize the vision for the Harambee neighborhood’s future, created and owned by the community and serve as a guide for investments and actions. As Lead Agency, Riverworks will bring together residents, businesses, nonprofit agencies, resident groups, religious institutions and the City of Milwaukee. The Harambee Quality of Life Plan will result in...

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Leaders across Wisconsin react to Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict with a mix of jubilation and caution

Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on April 20 of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck. The case triggered worldwide protests, violence, and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the United States. Chauvin could be sent to prison for decades. The guilty as charged verdict on all counts was a complete victory for Floyd’s supporters. The news set off jubilation mixed with sorrow across the city and around the nation. State and local leaders across Wisconsin, along with community advocates, released statements immediately after...

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Milwaukee small businesses eligible for more state grants as “We’re All In” program gets $46M infusion

Governor Tony Evers, along with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Revenue (DOR), announced on April 6 that more than $46 million of financial support would go to an estimated 9,300 small businesses across Wisconsin. The $5,000 grants are part of the successful ‘We’re All In’ grant program. The effort came as the WEDC released a new report, Wisconsin Tomorrow: Building an Economy for All, outlining the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery. It calls for investments in the economic well-being of all Wisconsinites, including small business support. “Our small businesses have had to innovate to stay...

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Wisconsin NAACP condemns Senator Ron Johnson for behavior that disqualifies him to hold a public office

On March 27, Wendell J. Harris, President of the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference released a scathing statement about the state’s Republican senator. Founded in 1909 as a response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest civil rights organization in the nation. “Had the tables been turned and President Donald Trump won the election and those were thousands of Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters I would have been concerned,” Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated about the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol....

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