It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please submit your news by clicking here at least two weeks in advance.
1. Near West Side Week: all week
The Near West Side Partners hosts a week of events highlighting gems on the Near West Side. Among the festivities is the Rev-Up MKE pitch competition, where entrepreneurs compete for support in opening their business. A full list of the week’s events can be found here. More information on the pitch competition here. In case you missed it: Business class is in session: Catching up with previous Rev-Up MKE winners and finalists
2. “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” documentary: Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15
Using archival footage, new interviews and excerpts from her writings, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” is a documentary on the civil rights icon that goes beyond her famous refusal to yield her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Oriental Theatre, located at 2230 N. Farwell Ave.
3. Discussion on public safety and “participatory budgeting”: Thursday, Sept. 15
The African American Roundtable continues to host monthly phone banking events to talk with residents about public safety and the power of “participatory budgeting,” referring to the process of residents taking an active role in crafting local government budgets. This event starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Register here.
4. Learn about Muslim astronomers: Thursday, Sept. 15
Learn about the history of Muslim astronomers at this event organized by the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and Muslim student organizations at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a food reception, while the program begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the UWM Manfred Olsen Planetarium, located at 1900 E. Kenwood Blvd. Students can register here for $10; general public $15.
5. “Empowering the disability vote” webinar: Thursday, Sept. 15
Learn about current challenges to voting for people with disabilities and how those challenges can be addressed in this webinar hosted by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition. The virtual event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Register for free here. In case you missed it: Advocates for voters with disabilities express angst over case that’s before Wisconsin Supreme Court