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The Father of South Africa: Immersive exhibit about the life of Nelson Mandela to make U.S. debut in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) offered a sneak preview of the new “Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition” on April 13, which will take visitors on a personal journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader. The museums will co-host the United States debut of the new global-touring exhibition for a limited engagement from April 23 to August. Through an immersive experience, visitors will discover Nelson Mandela as they have never known him before – beyond the human rights icon and advocate for social change. “When the Milwaukee...

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414 (New) Day 2021: Original poem by Dasha Kelly Hamilton invites Milwaukee to move 414WARD

Imagine MKE and Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 released an inspirational video set to a newly commissioned poem by city and state poet laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton, in celebration of 414 Day 2021. The video produced by Samer Ghani celebrates the city, and its arts and culture community. The visuals shared vignettes of the ways Milwaukee’s artists have continued to create, while being stuck at home during the pandemic. The efforts also point to the reemerge of performances on stages familiar and new in the coming months. “This past year brought staggering loss to our city and our world. As...

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Healthy MKE: Grassroots multimedia campaign aims to build local confidence in COVID-19 vaccination process

A broad coalition of local government, non-profit, health care, public health and community organizations is launching a comprehensive multi-media and grassroots campaign designed to help empower local residents to make informed choices when it comes to getting vaccinated. The data-driven campaign will especially target residents of Milwaukee County who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and are undecided about receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. It will be in market on Monday April 12 and continue into summer, supported by ongoing grassroots community mobilization work that will significantly expand in the next two weeks. “Getting vaccinated is a personal choice –...

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Bus capacity limit for MCTS riders increases from 15 to 20 as more Milwaukee residents get vaccinated

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will increase its capacity limit from 15 to 20 passengers per bus starting Monday, April 12, 2021. Riders will still be required to use masks, and will be encouraged to follow best health practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This adjustment, which comes as a growing number of people in Milwaukee County become vaccinated, aligns with phased reopening plans and relaxed restrictions from health officials. Permitting additional passengers on board enables MCTS to better serve those who need reliable, on-time transportation to work, school, medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other...

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds halt of election suppression effort to purge state voter rolls

In a victory for the rights of state voters, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin on April 9 ruled in a 5-2 decision that a purge of the state’s voter rolls could not proceed. The ruling prevents hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin voters from being removed. Writing for the majority, Justice Brian Hagedorn explained that the relevant purge statute “does not apply to the [Wisconsin Elections] Commission; there is no credible argument that it does.” Notably, the Court rejected the argument that the Commission’s previous removal of voters in the 2017-2018 period showed it had the power to remove voters...

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Legislated Barriers: Wisconsin lawmakers craft package of bills designed to limit voter participation

The ACLU of Wisconsin on March 17 denounced a package of bills introduced by a handful of state lawmakers aiming to make it more difficult to vote, calling the proposed legislation a direct attack on the voting rights of Wisconsinites. The bills would impose more restrictions on how voters can request and return absentee ballots and would increase barriers for voters around the state – including for many people of color, people with disabilities, and senior citizens. These proposals are based on misinformation and false or exaggerated claims about mail voting in Wisconsin. “Let’s just call this what it...

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