Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, writes that the recent action by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to expand the fair housing law builds community and counters chaos on the national level.
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Jarrett English, senior field organizer of ACLU Wisconsin, writes that as wonderful as the 49th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration is, it’s clear, as the 50th anniversary approaches, that black Milwaukee has many more chains from which to free itself.
Antonio Ramirez, assistant professor of History & Political Science at Elgin Community College, writes that Anselmo Villarreal should resign from Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that is incarcerating undocumented children in U.S. custody.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, recalls her long association with MPS’ Milwaukee French Immersion School as it celebrates a milestone anniversary.
Dr. Robert S. Smith, Harry G. John Professor of History and the director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University, discusses how policing today is reminiscent of the Jim Crow Era.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, decries the Trump administration policy of separating parents and children crossing the Mexican border into the U.S.
Antonio Ramirez, assistant professor of History & Political Science at Elgin Community College, writes about his own experience being tased by a Milwaukee police officer, and states that Milwaukee is an apartheid city where innocent people can become victims of the police.
Adam Carr is a member of March On Milwaukee 50th, the group convening the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches. He writes this reflection in advance of the finale of 200 Nights of Freedom, on Saturday, May 19. Carr is also on staff at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
Yanna Lambrinidou is affiliate faculty in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech and founding member of the Campaign for Lead Free Water. Paul A. Biedrzycki formerly served as director of Disease Control and Environmental Health at the City of Milwaukee Health Department.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore represents Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District. In this piece she remembers Vel Phillips, who chaired her campaign for U.S. Congress.