As poverty and lead poisoning continue to afflict Milwaukee’s central city communities of color, downtown boosters are setting out on a campaign to raise $1.5 million in the next year to cover the Hoan Bridge in lights.
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.
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.
Torre Johnson talks about growing up on Milwaukee’s North Side, the importance of building Black ownership and spaces in Milwaukee and what it will take for people to come together around that goal.
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.
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.
Lonnie Hughes stand just off the curb in front of his home in Sherman Park. He talks with a friend as he leans on the handle of a broom, his right hand covered by a tattered work glove. “When I moved to this neighborhood, it was a fantastic—well, it’s still a great neighborhood,” he says. “People agree, neighbors get along great.”
Norma Wheeler sits on the front port of her home in Williamsburg Heights. Wheeler raised all of her children in the house, located on a one-way strip of 2nd Street, where she’s lived for more than 50 years. “I’ve been livin’ in Milwaukee all of my adult life. I raised all of my kids here, in this particular house, and I get along with my neighbors pretty good,” she says.
Brandi Elam walks down a quiet, sunlit stretch of West McKinley Boulevard in Cold Spring Park, earbuds in, music playing. Elam, who was born in Milwaukee, grew up near 76th and Hampton. “It was kind of dangerous. Every now and again, my grandma would get robbed in the alley or something,” she says.