The community is deeply disturbed by your decision to rule the shooting of Jerry Smith Jr., by Milwaukee Police Officers Adam Stahl and Melvin Finkley, justified. Officers Stahl and Finkley should be held accountable for their actions.
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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.”
Rick Deines, a conversation facilitator with The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, writes that the Milwaukee Film Festival provided an opportunity for Milwaukeeans to be around one another and interact as they reflected on films that teach about the challenges and opportunities of life.
Bethany Sanchez, director of the Fair Lending Program at the nonprofit Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, urges Milwaukee residents and organizations to take action to oppose changes that would weaken the Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA has resulted in billions of dollars of loans and investments in low- and moderate-income communities.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, writes that many participants in community discussions about Richard Rothstein’s “The Color of Law” have been shocked to learn of the government’s pervasive role in creating segregation.