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.
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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.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, finds the dire warning of “taco trucks on every corner” issued by a Latino Trump supporter no threat at all.
Writer and journalist Gregory Stanford, formerly on the staff of The Milwaukee Journal and then the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, questions Donald Trump’s strategy for appealing to African-American voters in Milwaukee.
Roy Evans, an attorney in private practice and an advocate on issues related to the rights and responsibilities of the African-American community, calls for an end to systemic racism and benign neglect in an open letter to Mayor Tom Barrett. Evans has been a resident of Sherman Park for more than 35 years.
Alex Runner, a Sherman Park resident who serves on the board of Historic Milwaukee, writes about the burning frustration building in young men of color who see prosperity in their neighborhood, but have been unable to attain it.
Denise Wooten, a community activist and resident of Borchert Field, writes about the fears shared by mothers of black youth and the grief of those whose sons and daughters have been killed by police and others.