It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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1. New National Guard COVID-19 testing site
The National Guard opened a new COVID-19 testing site on the North Side. The site is located in the parking lot of Custer Stadium, 4300 W. Fairmount Ave., with the South Side location remaining at UMOS, 2710 S. Chase Ave. The sites are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
2. Youth organizers in need of safety supplies
Leaders Igniting Transformation, also known as LIT, needs safety supplies for protesters. There is a need for goggles, earplugs, masks, first aid kits, hair bands, milk, vinyl gloves and liquid antacid. If you can donate supplies, direct message Leaders Igniting Transformation.
3. “Black Women’s Rage: A conversation and pain fire”: Sunday, June 7
Venice Williams and Zakiya Courtney are hosting a ritual circle for black women from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. The event will take place at Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St. Participants are asked to wear a mask and bring a chair or blanket. Children are not allowed unless nursing. This is a time for black women to gather and have conversation.
4. Call to action: Panel of black organizers and activists: Friday, June 5
Ma’ruf Center for Youth Innovation is hosting a virtual call to action from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The call will feature a panel of black organizers and activists including Vaun Mayes, Sean Wilson, Markasa Tucker, Nazir Al-Mujaahid, Sumaiyah Clark and Will Perry. To watch the livestream, click here.
5. Layton West Boulevard Neighbors announces grants for small businesses
Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for grants through the Layton West Boulevard Neighbors. Priority funding will go toward minority and or women-owned businesses, recently established businesses and businesses operated by persons using ITIN. The business must be located in Silver City, Burnham Park or Layton Park. Initial deadlines to apply are Friday, June 12 and Friday, June 26. For questions, contact Celia Benton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-585-8536.
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