Matthew Desmond’s ‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’ has become a cultural phenomenon, but the eviction crisis persists with no solution in sight. Continue reading High ticket prices for ‘Evicted’ keynote exclude most vulnerable
A youth- and Latinx-led group of about 15,000 marched through downtown Waukesha to demonstrate solidarity with local Hispanics and undocumented immigrants, as Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson moves forward with a plan to train deputies as immigration agents. Continue reading Voces director to Waukesha Latinxs: ‘you are not alone’
Harambee residents expressed distrust of a city process to solicit feedback about a potential expansion of the downtown streetcar and development of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive after city employees did not answer questions about the project’s timeline, and who is being engaged. Continue reading No guarantee of streetcar expansion fuels resident suspicions
As a new sheriff unveils reforms at the Milwaukee County Jail, community leaders are calling on the county to do more to decrease incarceration and invest in communities. Continue reading Formerly incarcerated must drive criminal justice reform, activists say
Following a rash of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers, in Milwaukee and across the nation, members of Milwaukee’s Jewish Voice for Peace chapter said Jews need to do more to support marginalized groups. Continue reading JVP: Jews need to better support vulnerable populations
A day of boycott and protest organized by Milwaukee’s Latino and immigrant communities demonstrated united local opposition to recent federal actions. Continue reading Dia sin Latinos, Inmigrantes y Refugiados draws massive crowd
Milwaukeeans gathered at City Hall to voice opposition to a recent Trump Administration executive order that suspended the entry of refugees into the country, denies entry to anyone traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries and indefinitely bans Syrian refugees. Continue reading Milwaukeeans unite to reject Muslim ban, affirm American values
In response to the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States a diverse crowd of demonstrators gathered to promote equality and inclusivity, and protest what attendees said are exclusive policies of the new administration. Continue reading Hundreds march in Milwaukee to support equal rights
An unofficial civilian council has called on the City of Milwaukee to remove all remaining lead lateral service lines, of which at least 70,000 still exist in Milwaukee homes. The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), comprised of community members including Milwaukee NAACP President Fred Royal and MICAH President Willie Brisco, said high levels of lead disproportionately affect poor and minority children, and have for years.
“Milwaukee … has been in an undeclared state of emergency,” Brisco said at a recent town hall meeting.
Continue reading “Civilian water council: Milwaukee in ‘undeclared state of emergency’”
Verona Swanigan speaks to reporters in front of the Federal Courthouse in August 2014. (Photo by Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Verona Swanigan, a Democratic candidate for Milwaukee County district attorney, has received personal support from right-wing political activists and has appealed to Republican voters in her bid to unseat current District Attorney John Chisholm, also a Democrat.
A number of speculative pieces have been written by local media tying Swanigan to Eric O’Keefe, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, and Craig Peterson, a local political operative with well-documented ties to O’Keefe and a growing interest in local politics. O’Keefe and his organization are key players in an ongoing battle over a secret John Doe investigation launched by Chisholm in 2012.
Continue reading “Democratic district attorney candidate finds support on the right”