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Educational mobile app with walking tours about Milwaukee’s LGBTQ history to debut at PrideFest

While “Don’t Say Gay” legislation continues to circulate in 16 states, a group of local activists, educators and historians have taken action to connect Wisconsin with its diverse LGBTQ heritage. LGBT MilWALKee, a mobile app offering guided, interactive, and multimedia walking tours through generations of local LGBTQ history, will launch in June to celebrate National LGBTQ Pride Month. “Our history has been one of erasure,” said Dr. Brice Smith, project director. “It’s not taught in schools. It’s not passed down between generations. It’s not visible in our cityscape. In 2022, there are still no historical markers in Milwaukee about...

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Ukrainian designer proposes refugee memorial at site of iconic Irpin bridge destroyed to stop Russian attack

One of the most iconic images from the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine shows refugees huddled under a destroyed bridge next the Irpin River, at the edge of Milwaukee’s sister city Irpin. A Ukrainian designer recently presented plans to preserve the site as a memorial complex. In the early hours of the invasion, Ukrainian forces demolished the Irpin bridge, and a nearby railway bridge, in order to halt the Russian advance to Kyiv. At the same time, civilian evacuations continued for days through the same route. Residents of Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel waited in the bridge’s wreckage for...

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Multiple shootings after Milwaukee Bucks playoff game forces city to issue downtown curfew for youth

Downtown Milwaukee will be under a limited curfew for the rest of the weekend and a massive public watch party scheduled for May 15 has been cancelled, after 21 people were injured in three separate shootings near the Deer District where thousands had gathered for the Bucks NBA playoff game. Mayor Cavalier Johnson held a press conference at the corner of Water and Wells Streets at Red Arrow Park to announce the curfew. He was joined by Assistant Police Chief Nicole Waldner and other community leaders. Under the emergency plan, anyone under the age of 21 in the downtown...

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Gigantic mural honoring Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo unveiled at community celebration

Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 revealed the finished building-sized mural on May 12 by artist Mauricio Ramirez, created as a tribute to the legendary player Giannis Antetokounmpo for his commitment to the city as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. The towering 54’ by 56’ mural transformed the 600 East building on Wisconsin Avenue, highlighting community the pride of Bucks superstar. The event celebrating is completion was attended by a crowd of loyal fans and community leaders. “We want to congratulate Mauricio Ramirez, the artist who captured the essence of Giannis in this gigantic mural. This is really...

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Port Milwaukee expects more than 10,000 cruise ship passengers to visit the city for 2022 summer season

Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced that the Viking Octantis will be the first cruise ship to visit Port Milwaukee as part of the 2022 season. This Seawaymax vessel is scheduled to dock in Milwaukee’s Harbor on May 6. The Viking Octantis’ arrival in Milwaukee will begin a summer season where 33 port calls by various cruise ships are planned, bringing more than 10,000 passengers to the city. This is compared to the 10 stops made during the 2019 season, before Great Lakes cruising halted for two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Operated by Viking Cruises, the Viking...

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Memorial bench unveiled at Red Arrow Park to honor Dontre Hamilton and support care for mental health

The Dontre Hamilton Memorial Bench was unveiled to the public on “Dontre Day,” the annual event that honors him, at Red Arrow Park where it was installed at the site of his death. The Hamilton family joined with members of the public on April 30 to celebrate Dontre’s life and bring attention to issues of mental health within the local Black community. First Vice Chair Sequanna Taylor of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, and other elected officials attended the special event. “I want everybody to understand that this bench does not bring back...

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