Despite Health Department efforts to combat lead poisoning that date back decades, community leaders say a plan, and better communication, are necessary for the city to move forward on the issue.
Just days after the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida, school shooting, people packed the basement of the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch for a public discussion about gun violence.
An exhibit featuring art by middle and high school students focused on the dangers of human and sex trafficking of young people, in an effort to spread awareness about the issue in Milwaukee.
After years of traffic fatalities and injury accidents trending down, both are now on the rise and are soaring to levels not seen in recent years. As police regroup, city residents are grappling with the idea that a green light doesn’t mean it’s safe to go.
The Fire and Police Commission held a public forum to allow the two remaining finalists for the position of acting police chief to answer questions posed by community members, but residents said they did not get the answers they were looking for.
Residents and panelists at a recent community meeting indicated that they would like the next police chief to be someone from within the Milwaukee Police Department who will work well with others and rebuild trust with the community.
In the wake of revelations the Milwaukee Health Department may not have visited the homes of lead-poisoned children nor tested the water, aldermen and advocates are calling for an independent audit of the department.
In the wake of Milwaukee Police Department Chief Ed Flynn’s resignation, effective Feb. 16, community groups have put forth a vision for what they want to see in a new chief.
Street Angels Milwaukee Outreach, which runs an emergency shelter on frigid nights, has been working overtime during the brutal cold that’s hit Milwaukee over the last week and a half. The all-volunteer organization is eager to find more community members to help keep its shelter running throughout the winter.
A resolution passed unanimously by the Common Council and signed by Mayor Barrett at the beginning of December puts Milwaukee on the cutting edge of national lead-water policy, but the Health Department said it does not have immediate plans to implement the recommendations.