Activists and former inmates said incarceration is part of a “systematic design” that destroys families and traumatizes communities of color.
Residents expressed a desire for a better future, yet doubt that a system which hasn’t worked for them in the past will change. Rick Banks, a community organizer and central city native, hopes to bring that perspective to the Wisconsin legislature.
Vaun Mayes — recently indicted for plotting to firebomb a police station in 2016 — was released from federal custody last week after a judge struck down an appeal from the United States Attorney’s Office that sought to keep him in custody during the trial.
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.
The 20-week campaign seeks to connect and support residents in five Milwaukee neighborhoods.
The yearly festival, which celebrates the freeing of the last slaves, attracts thousands with quality local music, food and business.
Sister MacCanon Brown’s vision of a sustainable homeless community center in one of Milwaukee’s most distressed areas is becoming a reality, but more support is needed.
Cellist Peter Thomas and music club owner Evan Christian are bringing classical music to the masses through a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra residency.
By supporting each other, and creating deeper relationships, we can heal the wounds that divide us.
Though political prospects to fully legalize marijuana on the state level remain grim, local efforts in Milwaukee could send a message to legislators.