Rick Deines is a conversation facilitator with The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, and a founder and board member of Serenity Inn, a residential recovery program for men who are addicted.
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Sheri Williams Pannell is a playwright, director and actor, and is First Stage’s dramaturg and education department lead teacher.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, calls attention to the Milwaukee Public Library as a place for diverse Milwaukeeans to come together to learn and build community.
Charles Robinson Sr., a mediator, college professor, former administrative law judge and member of Pastors United, shares his observations about officer training at the Milwaukee Police Academy.
Mark Rice, a Wisconsin statewide EXPO organizer, writes about a new Health Impact Assessment that documents the human and financial impact of incarcerating people for violating supervision rules.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, recommends two art exhibits now on display to bring light to the dark days of December.
Caroline Wittenberg, a Milwaukee writer and young professional, reflects on the city’s mental health system by sharing her own personal experiences, and pointing out the obstacles those suffering from mental health face in receiving adequate care.
Denise Wooten, a community activist for the 53206 area, praises Bader Philanthropies for its move into the Harambee community, noting that it can be a catalyst for neighborhood improvement.
Freesia McKee, a Milwaukee poet and writer, wrote this poem in response to the solidarity march at Red Arrow Park on Thursday, Nov. 10, two days after the presidential election.
Rosa Veloz shares the moving story of how she came to the United States. She originally shared this story at “Sueño Americano / American Dream,” a bilingual StorySlam held in March 2016. The Slam, which was presented as part of the Puente Project, was the first bilingual StorySlam in the United States.