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.
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Robert Miranda is a spokesperson for the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC). In this open letter to Mayor Tom Barrett, he calls for a moratorium on partial lead service line removal.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, recommends “The Royale” at the Milwaukee Rep, for its depiction of game-changing actions that can help inspire others to confront inequities.
Carmen Pitre, president and CEO of Sojourner Family Peace Center, writes that all individuals have the power to make lasting changes and to create peace in their own lives. Sojourner is Wisconsin’s largest service provider for families dealing with domestic violence.
Markasa Tucker, a Milwaukee community activist, organizer and a mother of one child, calls for the public to participate in listening sessions about the proposed Public Safety Action Plan.
Isiah Holmes, a writer and videographer, is calling for transparency in the Wauwatosa police shooting of Jay Anderson, as well as a federal review of the Wauwatosa Police Department. You can read more from Holmes about the case in The Fifth Column News, Cop Block and the Pontiac Tribune.
Margaret Rozga is a poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha. The opportunity to visit a Milwaukee home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright prompted her to contemplate how the model could be applied today.
Local artist Adam Stoner created a mural in Black Cat Alley on the city’s East Side that was intended to address “Milwaukee’s painful legacy of incarcerating a higher percentage of black men than any other city.” In this piece Stoner responds to critics who have called the work “dehumanizing.”
Raina Johnson, a Milwaukee writer, remembers broadcast journalist Eric Von, who passed away on Sept. 8 after a long and impressive career.
John Lunz is president of Preserve Our Parks, a nonprofit that works to keep all Milwaukee parks green and open, and to ensure that all county residents have access to well-maintained parks and recreational facilities.