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Milwaukee critical care doctor details the atmosphere of anguish unvaccinated patients create at hospital

Eric Siegal, a critical care physician in Milwaukee, published his thoughts on social media related to experiences from the ongoing surge of COVID-19 infections. The post was made on September 19, and rather quickly went viral from the public reaction to his insight, sincerity, and helplessness in watching the unvaccinated of Milwaukee perish so needlessly. After a brief summer respite, our 24-bed COVID ICU is once again full. Unlike previous waves, which largely affected the elderly and infirm, most “delta” ICU patients are young and generally healthy. Nearly all of them are unvaccinated. The vast majority of those who...

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Elle Halo: Remembering LGBT heroes like Josie Carter and the trail blazed for future generations

The Cooper Do-Nuts Riot of May 1959. The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of August 1966. The Black Cat Protests of February 1967. Few of these early LGBTQ uprisings ever made news headlines, and few if any factual police records exist from those incidents. As the greatest generation continues to leave us, the actual course of these events has been slowly evaporating into a hidden history. As a result, many people today believe that LGBTQ history began with New York’s Stonewall Riots of 1969. But eight years before Stonewall, Milwaukee was the scene of an early uprising unlike anything local police...

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Local media coverage of NBA finals reflects lack of Black journalists in Milwaukee sports broadcasting

It has been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks have won an NBA championship, making this arguably the biggest sports moment in the history of the city of Milwaukee. As the city celebrated the win, TV stations in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin shared in the excitement through their coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals. For this reason, we, at the Wisconsin Black Media Association (WBMA), believe it is important to not only focus on what was happening on the basketball court, but to bring attention to who was not in the picture, as far as coverage of...

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Angela Lang: The bittersweetness of Juneteenth’s recognition as a Federal holiday

Juneteenth has been the day we commemorate the end of slavery. As long as I can remember, my friends and family referred to it as “our 4th of July.” It’s always a day of fun, community, and celebration. But Juneteenth feels different lately. Last year started our traumatic journey through not only a global pandemic, but also the largest civil rights movement in history. This year we’re still dealing with racism and police violence. How far have we really come? We just saw the Wisconsin Legislature take up bills on criminal justice reform. BLOC and our partners have been...

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Vote by Wisconsin GOP shows their utter contempt for unemployed workers impacted by the pandemic

Unemployed Wisconsinites will now have one more barrier to overcome if they hope to collect Unemployment Insurance, owing to the ill-advised votes of Republican members of the Joint Committee on the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR). It is yet another example of Republicans abusing the rule-making process to make policy detrimental to their own constituents, and reveals what many who have been paying close attention have long known – Wisconsin Republicans want to make it as hard as possible for unemployed Wisconsinites to receive benefits. We should be doing more to build up our neighbors who are struggling the...

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