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COVID-19 Funerals: Grieving families can receive sizable financial aid if they can navigate FEMA’s bureaucracy

Shenora Staten-Jordan felt lost when her father, Gary Lee Staten, died of COVID-19 in May. She had not expected to lose him so soon at age 61, or for a contagious disease to hinder her goodbye. All...
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Breakthrough Infection: Growing circulation of delta variant prompts Wisconsin to update health guidance

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommendations that were issued on July 27. The Delta variant of...
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A Culture of Unaccountability: Republicans turned away from personal responsibility long before COVID

“It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions,” declared Ronald Reagan at the 1968 Republican National Convention. By the time he became president...
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Racial Battle Fatigue: The exhaustion of reproving what has already been proven

When I was in tenth grade I took a math class on geometry. I did not enjoy the class, the teacher or the concepts. It seemed very disconnected to the real world to me at the time. Since then I have...
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Milwaukee Notebook: The 1879 scandal over rotten food and abuse at Milwaukee’s House of Corrections

In 1879, Milwaukeeans were shocked to learn of abusive treatment at the county-operated House of Corrections. Inmates, they learned, were routinely fed rotting meat, physically and verbally abused...
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How the Capitol attack inquiry reveals the depths of White Supremacist ideology in Trump’s supporters

As the Capitol attack inquiry began with emotional testimony by police officers who came face-to-face with Trump’s racist and proto-fascist mob, one cannot help but draw the conclusion that...
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Suffering that sells: When society would rather pay to bury us than support a life in which we are thriving

They say that sex sells, but more and more, it seems like trauma has taken its place. As a Black femme, I was taught from an early age that I shouldn’t ask for help until I absolutely, positively...
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A Mismatched Workforce: Wisconsin’s jobless struggle to find lost jobs after COVID-19

Ideally, the 65-year-old would return to her old job of digitizing government documents for Data Dimensions in Janesville, Wisconsin. But she can’t. The company laid her off in March 2020,...
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Twelve years of stagnation: Wisconsin’s essential workers continue fighting for $15 minimum-wage

Years ago when he was working for the discount retailer Kmart, Gary Lemke saw the cost of low wages: high employee turnover. Lemke estimates as many as half the workers would leave in a year. That...
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Police officers deliver emotional testimony about the day Trump sent domestic terrorists to attempt a coup

In early July, the Bullock Texas State History Museum cancelled a book event three and a half hours before it was supposed to start. After Representatives Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney...
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Avoiding mob rule: Why the Second Amendment does not protect vigilantes who masquerade as militia

By Eliga Gould, Professor of History, University of New Hampshire When a federal judge in California struck down the state’s 32-year-old ban on assault weapons in early June 2021, he added a...
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A well regulated White Militia: America’s obsession with guns remains rooted in the subjugation of Blacks

A series of slave revolts terrified White residents and helped fuel the rationale for gun ownership. Bodies are piling up all over the second amendment as two of America’s pandemics converge. The...
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