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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Ellen Gilligan, President & CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, reflects on the Sherman Park Phoenix, the model it creates and how philanthropy can support community-led developments.
Municipal Court Judge Derek Mosley reflects on the personal significance of his longstanding commitment to sharing history throughout Black History Month. NNS will share his facts on Facebook throughout the month.
Tia Powell, a graduate of Aurora University who is currently completing a term of service with AmeriCorps as a College Possible coach, explains why she chose to join AmeriCorps.
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.
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.
Brenda Wesley serves on the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board and also developed the first African-American mental health outreach program in Milwaukee. Brenda’s son, Omar, is currently living at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.
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.”
Venice Williams, director of Alice’s Garden and a lay minister, teacher, healer and facilitator, explains why she chose to vote today, on Election Day.