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.
1. Milwaukee County Transit System virtual job fair: Tuesday, May 25
The Milwaukee County Transit System is hosting a virtual job fair for bus drivers and mechanics. The job fair will take place on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25. Advanced registration is required. During the job fair, attendees will hear from current MCTS employees, learn about company benefits and more.
2. America’s Black Holocaust Museum book club: Ongoing
America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s book club is reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “A Long Walk to Freedom.” (The book club is running in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela exhibition currently on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St.) Due to the length of the book, the club will meet twice. Parts one through six will be discussed on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. Parts seven through 11 will be discussed on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 1. All are welcome to join the discussion.
3. Pete’s Pops fundraiser for Washington Park Wednesdays: Wednesday, May 26
Pete’s Pops is hosting a fundraiser to help support Washington Park Wednesdays. People are encouraged to stop by Pete’s Pops, 3809 W. Vliet St., and purchase a popsicle from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. The pop shop plans to give 25% of all sales to Washington Park Wednesdays.
4. Public hearing on American Rescue Plan Act funding: Wednesday, May 26
The Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee is hosting a virtual public meeting regarding funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The City of Milwaukee is receiving $394 million in funding. The public is invited to provide input on how the city should spend the money. To provide testimony, you must register by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26. Testimonies can be delivered by phone or internet. Written comments can be made through the eComment feature on the city’s website. The meeting will take place virtually at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.
5. “Systems of Racial Violence”: A discussion series: Thursday, May 27
America’s Black Holocaust Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum are hosting a free panel discussion on the policy and racial justice movements in South Africa and the United States. Dr. Robert Smith, the resident historian of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, will moderate. The discussion, “Evil Twins: Histories of Apartheid and Jim Crow,” will take place on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. After the panel, there will be an optional conversation facilitated by Ambrose Wilson-Brown, a wellness coach. To register for both, click here.
There will be a second panel discussion titled, “The Long Struggle: Resistance Movements Against Apartheid and Jim Crow,” from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.
Bonus: WestCare Wisconsin free gun locks: Ongoing
WestCare Wisconsin’s campaign, “Love Up, Lock Down Gun Lock,” offers free gun locks to the community. Gun owners can schedule an appointment to receive a gun lock by contacting Kevin Brown at 414-374-2300. The gun locks can be picked up in-person at 335 W. Wright St.