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.
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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.
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.