From entrepreneurs to ex-cons, from teachers to artists, Milwaukee’s 20-somethings are contributing to their community. This multimedia series was produced by students in Professor Herbert Lowe’s spring 2016 digital journalism class at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication.
Heroin addiction plagues Milwaukee and the nation. Understanding the cause requires understanding the victims.
The Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee educates people about the problem plaguing the community and searches for solutions.
The commercial sex trade industry works like any other market, with supply and demand. Experts say that a stronger emphasis on deterring people from purchasing sex in Milwaukee would address a root cause of the problem.
While financial experts warn against the dangers of payday lending, cash-strapped Milwaukeeans take out payday loans because they have no other choice.
Most defendants in Municipal Court don’t have a lawyer because they say legal representation is too expensive. Those who are represented by counsel fare much better. Between 2011 and 2014, only 8 percent of cases without an attorney were dismissed, while 57 percent involving an attorney were successfully defended.
The Milwaukee Police Department writes a disproportionate number of citations in the poorest areas of the city, where many residents do not have the means to ever pay their fines.
With the combined resources of MPS, Teach for America, Schools That Can and City Year, an MPS K-8 school that was nearly closed in 2011 is working to improve student achievement, grow attendance and reduce suspensions.
Despite easier access to inexpensive processed foods, Hunger Task Force and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin are increasing the amount of fresh produce rescued from retailers and sourcing directly from area farms.
Cuts to federal aid programs coupled with high poverty rates are putting pressure on Milwaukee’s network of food banks, food pantries and hot meal programs.