Two largely white activist groups staged a demonstration to support the Black Lives Matter movement and express solidarity with the family of Jay Anderson, a black man shot by a Wauwatosa police officer in June.
The county’s Office on African American Affairs brought community members together to speak about police-community relations in the wake of a week that saw police killings of two black men and the shooting deaths of five officers.
A Safe Zones Initiative that began in Garden Homes last year with the goal of preventing and de-escalating violence is receiving increased attention as Milwaukee attempts to ratchet up anti-violence efforts.
Milwaukee community members expressed frustration at officials during a recent community forum, saying that addressing poverty and a lack of opportunities for black youth are necessary to prevent incarceration.
A group of 12 aldermen unveiled a multi-pronged plan to fight violence. The initiative, which prioritizes community engagement, will launch with a June 17 event for fathers at Moody Park in Amani.
Local politicians renewed their call for better enforcement of laws that dictate gun ownership, restrictions on assault rifle sales and universal background checks.
The Safe and Sound Youth Council at Carmen High School of Science and Technology recently completed a mural project, transforming a blighted nuisance property into a message of hope for the neighborhood.
Members of Dontre Hamilton’s family say they have forgiven the police officer who shot and killed him in 2014 in Red Arrow Park.
The YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin hosted a discussion on human trafficking as part of its Stand Against Racism campaign.
New York University Professor Patrick Sharkey told an audience of local leaders that police should focus on trouble spots when needed, but spend the bulk of their time building trust and relationships in the community.