A year ago today, 17 people lost their lives in the Parkland shooting in Florida. Despite calls to reform our gun laws, elected officials have exploited the issue. Now students in Milwaukee go to schools that resemble jails and criminalize students of color, a Milwaukee Public Schools student writes.
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Margaret Rozga is the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Wisconsin. Rozga, a poet, civil rights activist, professor emerita at UW-Waukesha and a regular contributor to the NNS Community Voices column, writes about the Milwaukee poetry community that inspires her.
Adam Carr and Wes Tank co-directed Three Neighborhoods: People, Place, Purpose, a short film exploring life in Milwaukee’s Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard West and Lindsay Heights neighborhoods. The film was created for the 10th anniversary of the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative and recently screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Paul Mozina, a retired IT professional and an activist who has opposed the War on Drugs since the early 1980s, calls out the Milwaukee City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force for failing to follow up on a DEA whistle-blower’s testimony that “physicians are pumping pills on the street.”