It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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1. Ko-Thi Dance Company’s SANKOFA Series: Friday, July 3
Ko-Thi Dance Company’s second installment of the SANKOFA Series is taking place at the studio, 1037 W. McKinley Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The second installment is called “Family Affair” and features Sonya Thompson, the associate artistic director, and her daughters, Ne’Veah Brown and Kiomara Thompson. Sonya Thompson will discuss how Ko-Thi shaped her idea of legacy and how she passes her legacy on to her children.
2. Voces de la Frontera census and voter registration caravan: Friday, July 3
Voces de la Frontera is leading a bike and car caravan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The caravan will meet at 6 p.m. and begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Voces de la Frontera office, 1027 S. 5th St. The goal of the caravan is to help residents living in the 53204 and 53215 ZIP codes fill out the census, register to voter and request an absentee ballot. Masks and gloves will be provided.
3. Public fireworks are illegal in Milwaukee County
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has issued a reminder that fireworks are illegal in Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee County Ordinance 47.05 (2) prohibits people from setting off fireworks in parks and parkways. Failure to adhere to the ordinance could result in a $200.50 citation.
4. Black LGBTQIA Womxn’s March: Sunday, July 5
Due to the weather, the Black LGBTQIA Womxn’s March was rescheduled to this weekend. The march itself will begin at Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 5 followed by a block party. There will also be time dedicated to making signs before the march. Face masks are highly recommended. Read: My transgender comrades and I are fighting for our lives and marching to be included.
5. Milwaukee County partners with county call centers for census
Earlier this week, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley announced that Milwaukee County is partnering with call center staff at the Milwaukee County Transit System, Department of Health and Human Service and Child Support Services. The partnership is part of Milwaukee’s effort to get a complete count for the 2020 census. Call center staff will be reminding residents to participate in the census and helping them fill it out in English or Spanish. Read: Why the 2020 census should continue to matter to you.
Bonus: “Independence” day protest and block party: Saturday, July 4
Youth organizers are hosting a Black Lives Matter protest and block party starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The protest will begin at Rufus King High School, 1801 W. Olive St., and continue to Riverside University High School, 1615 E. Locust St. A celebration will follow at Riverside University. There will be food and entertainment.
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