It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
- African American Roundtable community meeting: Tuesday, May 11
The African American Roundtable is hosting monthly community meetings on the second Tuesday of every month. The first meeting will take place on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11. Click here to register. At the meeting, which is for members of the Black community, participants will learn about Liberate MKE and the African American Roundtable (and the people behind them). Read: ‘We keep leveling up’: Liberate MKE continues campaign to defund the police.
- “Making the Invisible Visible”: Virtual panel discussion with Asian American Pacific Islander artists: Tuesday, May 11
Milwaukee Repertory Theater is celebrating and honoring Asian American Pacific Islander culture, art and activism with its “Making the Invisible Visible” series. The theater is hosting a virtual panel discussion featuring Milwaukee Rep AAPI artists, including Rebecca Hirota, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Pornchanok Kanchanabanca and A. Rey Pamatmat. N’Jameh Russell-Camara, the associate director of engagement, will moderate the conversation, which will take place on Facebook Live and YouTube Live at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11.
- LIT hosts virtual town hall meeting on MPS budget: Wednesday, May 12
Leaders Igniting Transformation, or LIT, is hosting a virtual town hall meeting on the Milwaukee Public Schools’ proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year. Superintendent Keith Posley released the plan last month. LIT will break down the budget process and examine the MPS administration’s priorities. The town hall will take place on Zoom from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
- Conversations on gentrification: Thursday, May 13
Historic Milwaukee and the Zeidler Group are hosting small group discussions on gentrification and its effect on Milwaukee. The event will take place on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Reggie Jackson, the co-founder of Nurturing Diversity Partners, will begin the program with a lecture. The program is limited to 60 people. Click here to register.
- MICAH discusses truancy in Milwaukee Public Schools: Thursday, May 13
Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, also known as MICAH, is hosting an information session on Milwaukee Public Schools’ truancy policy. The meeting will take place on Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Click here to register. The presentation will be shown again on Monday, May 17.
Bonus: Milwaukee Recreation: Drive-in movie day: Saturday, May 15
Milwaukee Recreation is hosting a drive-in movie theater at the MPS Central Services Building, 5225 W. Vliet St., on Saturday, May 15. There will be three movies showing: “Despicable Me “at 2 p.m.; “The Secret life of Pets 2” at 4 p.m.; and “Big Hero 6” at 6 p.m. Registration is required, and it costs $20 per vehicle per movie. Popcorn and water will be available, but you can bring additional snacks.