On this page…

  1. Important early voting information
  2. Need a ride to vote? You can ride with us!
  3. Vote No on Transportation Amendment that Would Reduce Flexibility - and another perspective Craig Thompson: Vote YES on transportation amendment
  4. Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Announces Seniors and Persons with Disabilities to Ride the Bus Free
  5. Turn Out for 11/3 Milwaukee County Board Hearing
  6. Why the BadgerCare Referendum Matters
  7. Suicide Prevention Conference- Milwaukee November 14th
  8. Share Your Experience with Medicare Advantage Denials and Appeals
  9. Getting Ready to Enroll: Health Insurance Marketplace 101 Webinar
  10. Walker Snubs Local School Boards
    1. 10.1  Governor Walker’s Snub of the WASB and the Children They Represent
  11. October 20th County Budget Hearing
  12. Walker Stumbles Badly
  13. A Matter of Faith: Who sits at the Welcome Table?
  14. On the Culture of Racism with Barbara Becker, Esq.
  15. Gov. Walker says minimum wage laws “don’t serve a purpose”
  16. Open letter to our community
  17. Kevin Kane: Join Me At Tomorrows Debate on Badger Care At MU
  18. Workers mobilizing to defeat Scott Walker
  19. Sign the Faithful Citizenship Statement!
  20. JOIN US: Debate Watch Party
  21. UPDATE: Will Walker Raise the Wage?
  22. Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic’s October E-Newsletter: Special County Budget Edition!
  23. End the abuse of Solitary Confinement
  24. A Living Wage: It’s Wisconsin Law.
  25. MICAH Annual Public Meeting Thursday, October 30th 2014
  26. Mental Health Task Force Update
  27. End the abuse of Solitary Confinement!
  28. Say, shout, scream
    1. 28.1  Onward,
  29. Most Precious Poems
    1. 29.1  By Kavon Jones
    2. 29.2  “Frida Kahlo(Brown Iz Beautiful)”
  30. October 1 is huge for WISDOM!
    1. 30.1  1) Add your voice to those calling for an end to Solitary Confinement
    2. 30.2  2) Make poverty a key issue in the upcoming elections
  31. Educational Materials About Photo ID in Wisconsin
  32. Milwaukee Officials Still Don’t Get It
  33. FILM SCREENING: The Death of Corey Stingley @ The Milwaukee Film Festival
  34. Bus riders: 9/26 Training on the new fare card
  35. SPLC webinar with best-selling author Michelle Alexander
  36. Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee’s Third Quarterly Meeting of 2014
  37. Disability Rights Wisconsin Milwaukee Listening Session
    1. 37.1  Friday, September 19 – Please Attend and Share Your Priorities
  38. Free Training: Certified Peer Specialists
  39. Just In from DRW 9/16/14
    1. 39.1  Mental Health Board 9/23 Agenda and Inpatient Capacity Study
  40. Statement of the NAACP Milwaukee Branch Regarding the Seventh Circuit Decision on Voter ID
  41. Follow Up Budget Briefing and Questions Submitted
  42. Pass Throughs and Poverty Pimps part 2
    1. 42.1  By John Alan
  43. Important Updates from WISDOM Sept 10, 2014
  44. UWM: Stop Charters from Bribing Parents!!
  45. WE ENERGIES RATE CASE FORUM & Q&A
  46. My Letter to Mayor Barrett regarding Dontre Hamilton
    1. 46.1  By Mary Watkins
  47. Pass Throughs and Poverty Pimps
    1. 47.1  By John Alan
  48. Community Forum on Community-Based Treatment Approaches of Schizophrenia
  49. Dr. Michelle Alexander, September 26
  50. Invitation to World Day of Prayer September 11, 2014
  51. Are you one of the 2,395,469?
  52. DHHS UPDATES 08−21–14
    1. 52.1  Behavioral Health Division
    2. 52.2  Emergency Medical Services
  53. Say Yes to BadgerCare
  54. Stop MPD Racial Profiling, Sexual Assault, In-Humane Treatment, Excessive Force, Deaths in Custody, the Killing of Unarmed Black Boys & Men
  55. Crisis Resource Center North Opening
  56. 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing
  57. Transportation Press Conference and Bus Event
  58. Wisconsin Psychological Association: Community Solutions Forum
  59. 3 Quick Actions to Stop Abuse in Waupun
  60. County Executive Abele 2015 Budget Hearings *Updated August 4th*

Important early voting information

So don’t wait — cast your vote today, or any time before early voting ends at 5pm on Friday, October 31. All it takes is a visit to your municipal clerk’s office.

To find your early voting location, click the link and follow these simple steps: https://myvote.wi.gov/Home.aspx

1. Click “Regular Voter”

2. Click “Address Search”

3. Enter your address and scroll down to view your municipal clerk’s location information

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Need a ride to vote? You can ride with us!

It’s time to vote, Milwaukee!

Election 2014 is here, and Citizen Action of Wisconsin is here to help you get to the polls. If you need a ride to early vote or to vote on Election Day, please call or email us today!

Early Vote: Monday, 10/20/14 - Friday, 10/31/14, from 8am-7pm
Election Day: Tuesday, 11/4/2014

Our Milwaukee Ride-2-Vote hotline is 414–852–3245, or you can email us at ride2vote@citizenactionwi.org.

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Vote No on Transportation Amendment that Would Reduce Flexibility - and another perspective Craig Thompson: Vote YES on transportation amendment

The November 4th ballot will include a referendum question which would amend the state’s constitution to ensure that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system remain in a segregated Transportation Fund and cannot be transferred from this fund. Since funding for transit and paratransit has been a priority for our coalitions, many people have asked if this Amendment would be beneficial.

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Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Announces Seniors and Persons with Disabilities to Ride the Bus Free

Thanks to Chairwoman Dimitrijevic and Milwaukee County Board Finance Committee members for passing an amendment that will allow seniors and persons with disabilities to ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free starting April 1.

We will be sending out information to you shortly about Monday’s public hearing on the budget and hope some of you will attend and speak in support of this amendment and the new “GO” passes. It is also helpful if you call or email you supervisor to indicate your support.

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Turn Out for 11/3 Milwaukee County Board Hearing

Milwaukee County Board Annual Public Hearing: 2015 Recommended Budget for Milwaukee County
Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Windhover Hall 700 N. Art Museum Drive
Free public parking available at O’Donnell Park

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Why the BadgerCare Referendum Matters

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Suicide Prevention Conference- Milwaukee November 14th

Prevent Suicide Milwaukee is hosting the Second Annual Suicide Prevention Conference: Coming Together - Action, Hope Recovery. The conference is scheduled for Friday November 14th - please see the attached brochure for details and spread the word!

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Share Your Experience with Medicare Advantage Denials and Appeals

We recently released our first Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline, spotlighting Medicare Advantage (MA) plan denials of coverage and appeals issues as experienced by a typical caller to our national helpline.

In fact, over one-third of all callers to our helpline express difficulty managing coverage denials and appeals.

Will you take a minute to tell us your experience with the Medicare Advantage appeals process?

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Getting Ready to Enroll: Health Insurance Marketplace 101 Webinar

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Get ready to apply for health care coverage. Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 15, 2014, with coverage available as early as January 1, 2015. This presentation will discuss how to enroll in the Marketplace, key websites, and resources on the health care law, and will provide an overview of life events that could make you eligible for new health care coverage. We will also discuss how to host an enrollment event. Questions will be answered at the end of the webinar.

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Walker Snubs Local School Boards

Governor Walker’s Snub of the WASB and the Children They Represent

As a citizen school board member from South Milwaukee I am insulted and embarrassed—for my constituents and the children in my district—by the refusal of our incumbent Governor to talk about our shared core value of public education.

School board members across Wisconsin rely on the nonpartisan Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to bring us up to date on information about current issues through our magazine, Wisconsin School News. The October issue in an election year includes a section comparing and contrasting the views of the gubernatorial candidates.

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October 20th County Budget Hearing

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee is holding a public hearing on the budget on Monday October 20th. Please consider attending and speaking about our budget priorities. Also save the date for the November 3rd 6:30 PM Milwaukee County Board Public Hearing on the Budget to be held at the Art Museum.

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Walker Stumbles Badly

We review a bad week for Scott Walker, including: Walker stumbling badly in a TV interview trying to explain away insurance industry’s influence on his BadgerCare Decision; Walker saying he doesn’t believe the minimum wage “serves a purpose”; and a tied Marquette poll. We also discuss last week’s Supreme Court decision to block voter ID, Judge Randa’s latest disastrous decision on campaign coordination, and new revelations that Wisconsin taxpayers have paid millions to private schools that were later barred from the state’s voucher system.
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A Matter of Faith: Who sits at the Welcome Table?

Rev. Juianne Lepp, Religious Leader Caucus member of JONAH, has a fine reflection in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegraph. She writes, “when talking about a large subject like poverty and homelessness, it is easy to become overwhelmed and feel helpless to change anything”. But then she reminds us that when we work with interfaith groups like JONAH, we can make a difference.

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On the Culture of Racism with Barbara Becker, Esq.

Barbara Becker, Esq., might best be known for her elder law practice, for which she’s received a wall of award plaques. Two of them are for the Marquette Law School Journal 2008 Achievement Recognition Award and the 2009 Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Activist of the Year Award. She recently retired from practicing law, but has no plans to retire from her lifelong passion to help improve life for people endangered by reckless pursuits of profit at the expense of the environment, and by savage pursuits of minority groups at the expense of human and civil rights.

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Gov. Walker says minimum wage laws “don’t serve a purpose”

“I don’t think it serves a purpose” – Gov. Scott Walker on Minimum Wage Laws

Scott Walker doesn’t care about people who work for a living. Today, Gov. Walker further showed his hostility towards laws that protect workers from abuse on the job. When asked about the minimum wage at a panel discussion with members of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Scott Walker said, “I don’t think it serves a purpose.” Watch the video here.

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Open letter to our community

We Energies wants us to pay $16 each month before we even turn on a light. That means this unfair billing proposal will force our families to pay close to $100 dollars more each year in fixed fees, this is not acceptable.

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Kevin Kane: Join Me At Tomorrows Debate on Badger Care At MU

I hope you can join me tomorrow afternoon at Marquette University as I debate the question of BadgerCare and referendums in the Nursing School against Professor John McAdams, and it will be moderated by Bruce Murphy, editor of Urban Milwaukee!

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Workers mobilizing to defeat Scott Walker

VOTER ID UPDATE: On Thursday, Oct. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Scott Walker’s photo ID law from going into effect. The decision means that voters WILL NOT have to show photo ID when voting

Join our efforts! Canvass and phone bank volunteer locations are rocking around the state. We can provide a short training and all the materials you need to go door-to-door and make phone calls.

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Sign the Faithful Citizenship Statement!

We want everyone to make one more big push to get people to add their names to the “Faithful Citizenship” statement. They can do it very easily by following this link: Sign the Faithful Citizenship Statement.

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JOIN US: Debate Watch Party

Join the Milwaukee Area Labor Council for a Gubernatorial Debate Watch Party this Friday, October 10. The debate will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10 and will be the first of only two gubernatorial debates. Join union brothers and sisters and community members as we watch Mary Burke bring the heat on Scott Walker’s failed promises to Wisconsin workers.

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UPDATE: Will Walker Raise the Wage?

We’re still waiting to hear from Governor Walker about the 100 minimum wage complaints that we left at his office on September 24th. Once the complaints were filed, the Governor was given 20 days to respond, yet his office remains silent.

Join us at the State Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, October 14th at 5 pm for a mass rally to demand a living wage, or a Governor who will give us one.

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Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic’s October E-Newsletter: Special County Budget Edition!

Fall has arrived with its cooler temperatures and beautiful colors. With fall comes budget season at the County Board. We will be considering a $1.3 billion budget proposal from the County Executive with public hearings throughout October, with the Board’s annual public budget hearing at 6:30 on November 3 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The full Board will vote on a final budget on November 10.

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End the abuse of Solitary Confinement

WISDOM calls the Governor on Solitary Confinement

WISDOM faith leaders from across the state called Governor Walker to take 5 Actions Required to Reform Now. You can view photos of the October 1 event from coverage by The Cap Times, Madison.

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A Living Wage: It’s Wisconsin Law.

“Every wage paid by any employer to any employee shall not be less than a living wage.”

That’s the law in Wisconsin: a living wage for all workers.

Last week, our Raise Wisconsin campaign filed an official complaint under Wisconsin law stating that the minimum wage is not a living wage. Over 100 underpaid workers joined our official complaint with a statement describing how they make less than a living wage.

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MICAH Annual Public Meeting Thursday, October 30th 2014

Calvary Baptist Church 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue
7:00 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

On Thursday, October 30th MICAH will hold its Annual Public Meeting. This is the time that we share with the public the work we have done throughout the year.

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Mental Health Task Force Update

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force has developed recommendations to address our concerns regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Dontre Hamilton, as well the challenges Dontre and his family experienced navigating the mental health and housing service delivery system, and accessing medication and other services.

Here is an additional way for the MH Task Force to support the Justice for Dontre movement.

Red Arrow Park September 30, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.
Calling all Community Members, activists, friends, and family to stand with the Coalition for Justice against injustice on our streets and in our communities.

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End the abuse of Solitary Confinement!

Join us in Madison on October 1
Noon on the State Street Capitol Steps

If you can’t make it to Madison, watch our webite, www.prayforjusticeinwi.org, for media reports and next steps.

Don’t forget to sign the Faithful Citizenship Statement to help make poverty a key issue in the upcoming election!

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Say, shout, scream

Onward,

Here’s just a sampling of what Public Citizen will do in the next 12 months.

Our society stands at a crossroads.

If we — you and I — don’t do this work, we could see the American people, our democracy and our planet itself rendered irrevocably into mere grease for the churning machinery of greed.

Billionaire tycoons and corporate empires, whose already awesome fortunes have only left them desperate for ever greater power, think this is their moment. They’re wrong.

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Most Precious Poems

By Kavon Jones

“Frida Kahlo(Brown Iz Beautiful)”

Age eighteen after meandering around downtown Mexico City
a horrible bus accident to Coyoacan severed your reproductive anatomy
Left your Mayan caramelized shape in a full body cast
You became a mannequin cloth in precious time
When you attempted to have a kid he came out in bloody limbs
Hospital bed bound you painted a portrait of your decease son pickled in a jar
Your paintings were Sandra Cisnero’s poetry SPLATTERED on a canvas

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October 1 is huge for WISDOM!

WISDOM has two important actions on two different issues in two locations on October 1!
Be sure to plug into our work for justice!

1) Add your voice to those calling for an end to Solitary Confinement

2) Make poverty a key issue in the upcoming elections

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Educational Materials About Photo ID in Wisconsin

Photo ID is now required to vote in Wisconsin for most voters. The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition (WDVC) has created materials to help you to understand the law and how you can prepare yourself for the November 4th, General Election. Feel free to share this information with others and to call the Disability Voter Rights Hotline at 844/DIS-VOTE (347–8683) if you have questions.

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Milwaukee Officials Still Don’t Get It

Update Thursday, September 18, 2014: Dontre Hamilton’s family, friends and the Coalition of Justice activists marched from Red Arrow Park, where Hamilton was shot 14 times and died April 30, 2014, to today’s meeting of the Fire and Police Commissioners meeting. Police Chief Edward Flynn once again failed to respond to another mother who had to bury her son. Chief Flynn of course had no problem talking to reporters.

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FILM SCREENING: The Death of Corey Stingley @ The Milwaukee Film Festival

Please mark your calendars and spread the word. A special screening of this film will be happening on Monday, September 29th at the Oriental Theatre as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Milwaukee Show.

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Bus riders: 9/26 Training on the new fare card

Get ready for changes coming to the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Bus Fare System!

Friday, September 26th, 2014 at IndependenceFirst 540 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee

A FREE, safe and “no-rush” opportunity to try the new reloadable M-CARD (Smart Card) and learn about the Audible Voice Annunciation (AVA) Systems. We welcome all bus riders—those with and without disabilities!

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SPLC webinar with best-selling author Michelle Alexander

We’ll be having a live conversation with Michelle Alexander, author of the widely acclaimed book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. EDT for a free webinar with the highly acclaimed author and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander.

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Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee’s Third Quarterly Meeting of 2014

when: OCTOBER 17TH 8:45–10:30am
where: 700 W Virginia St suite 500

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Disability Rights Wisconsin Milwaukee Listening Session

Friday, September 19 – Please Attend and Share Your Priorities

The Board of Directors of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) will conduct a Listening Session on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Milwaukee from 4:30 – 6 PM at the Martin Luther King Jr Community Center.

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Free Training: Certified Peer Specialists

Please join Vital Voices on Friday, OCTOBER 17th to learn more about Certified Peer Specialists and their work in our Community.

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 from 8:30 - 10:00 am
Where: Highland Commons – 6700 W. Beloit Rd, West Allis
RSVP: by October 13th by calling Sue at 414–771–4368 Or email: vitalvoices@sbcglobal.net

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Just In from DRW 9/16/14

Mental Health Board 9/23 Agenda and Inpatient Capacity Study

The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board will meet on September 23rd at 10 AM for a presentation on the just released report on Milwaukee County Mental Health Inpatient Capacity.

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Statement of the NAACP Milwaukee Branch Regarding the Seventh Circuit Decision on Voter ID

Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Lynn Adelman’s decision and lifted the injunction on implementation of the State’s Voter ID law. This means that the law can be put into effect immediately and will apply to the November General Election.

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Follow Up Budget Briefing and Questions Submitted

In July, the Mental Health Task Force and Make It Work Milwaukee hosted a briefing on the 2015 Milwaukee County Budget department Requests. We had submitted questions about the DHHS/ BHD budgets in advance of the briefing. Please see the attached document which provides answers to many of the questions

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Pass Throughs and Poverty Pimps part 2

By John Alan

So what do you get when you have Jobless Economic Development? You get an industry based on the poverty of the people who don’t have jobs.

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Important Updates from WISDOM Sept 10, 2014

1) If you haven’t already done so, sign our Faithful Citizenship Statement to help make poverty a key issue of the upcoming election.

2) Mark your calendar for our next Action, on Solitary Confinement.

3) Watch Tim Coursen’s very professional 10 minute video of our August 20 Action Press Conference at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Center.

4) If you can, get to Milwaukee for author Michelle Alexander and a Discussion Panel of local experts on “Incarceration, Opportunity & the Future of Milwaukee”

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UWM: Stop Charters from Bribing Parents!!

WHEN: Thursday, September 11th 2014, 4:30pm
WHERE: UWM Enderis 25400 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Urban Day School, chartered by UWM, is paying people $100 per child if they have that student enroll and show up to school on September 19, the day the state counts students to see how much money each privately-run charter school should receive.

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WE ENERGIES RATE CASE FORUM & Q&A

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My Letter to Mayor Barrett regarding Dontre Hamilton

By Mary Watkins

Dear Mayor Barrett:
You have said that you want this to be a city where people respect and trust the police department. The obstructionism and abuse that occurred at the Fire and Police Commission Thursday, September 4th did little to advance this goal.

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Pass Throughs and Poverty Pimps

By John Alan

Have you ever heard the phrase “Pass Through” or “Poverty Pimp”? If not you should become familiar with the terms because those are the main reasons that Black entrepreneurship stagnates in Milwaukee and Black Milwaukeeans have not progressed since the 1960s.

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Community Forum on Community-Based Treatment Approaches of Schizophrenia

September is Recovery month and in honor of this, the WPA will be hosting its second forum in the Community Solutions Series.

On Wednesday, September 24th at the Wauwatosa Library’s Firefly Room- the WPA will be hosting a public education event on emerging models of community-based treatment of schizophrenia.

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Dr. Michelle Alexander, September 26

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Invitation to World Day of Prayer September 11, 2014

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Are you one of the 2,395,469?

Thanks to the efforts of Raise Wisconsin activists and volunteers, over two million people will have the opportunity to vote on whether the state should increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. Jurisdictions with 2,395,469 residents, or 41.7% of the state, will be voting on the referendum on November 4th!

Will minimum wage be on your ballot? Find out here.

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DHHS UPDATES 08−21–14

In this update:

Behavioral Health Division

New Crisis Center Open

Emergency Medical Services

EMS Hosting International Physicians

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Say Yes to BadgerCare

Accepting new federal health care reform dollars will expand health care freedom, create jobs, and save money

The Issue: One of the most important ways the new health care reform law expands coverage is filling the gaping holes in state Medicaid programs (BadgerCare in Wisconsin) guaranteeing coverage to low income adults. Currently, there are over 84,000 low income Wisconsinites who could be covered by BadgerCare if available federal funds were accepted. Governor Walker’s decision to reject these funds is not final and Wisconsin can accept the money at any time.

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Stop MPD Racial Profiling, Sexual Assault, In-Humane Treatment, Excessive Force, Deaths in Custody, the Killing of Unarmed Black Boys & Men

Monday, August 18, 2014, Brenda Bell-White writes:

Dear Mayor Barrett and all City of Milwaukee Common Council Members:
This is yet another appeal requesting that you change the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) policies, procedures and practices that create, encourage and reinforce the negative attitudes and treatment of black and brown people. Additional training is not the answer. MPD’s policies, procedures and practices are the root cause of disparate and inhumane treatment of black and brown boys, men and all people. Coupled with the other contributing factor for the indifference and inhumane treatment of black and brown people is this fact: MPD’s police chief makes public disparaging comments and commentary regarding black and brown people and the community. MPD’s officers take their cues from the chief; he has no respect for the black and brown community, hence his police force does not.

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Crisis Resource Center North Opening

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2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2015 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community. Mayor Tom Barrett, Finance and Personnel Committee Chair, Alderman Nik Kovac, Budget Director Mark Nicolini and budget staff will provide information regarding the budget planning process and give attendees an opportunity to share input on City services. City residents are encouraged to attend.

2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:00 p.m. −7:30 p.m. Zeidler Municipal Building 841 North Broadway, Rm. 102

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Transportation Press Conference and Bus Event

Friday, August 15th 2014 At 10:00 am
Buses will be leaving at 11 am

MICAH Parking Lot 1927 N 4th Street Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Wisconsin Psychological Association: Community Solutions Forum

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3 Quick Actions to Stop Abuse in Waupun

1) Sign this on-line petition: Peg Swan, our colleague in Western Wisconsin and the woman behind the recent investigative articles about the abuses in the Waupun prison, started a petition on MoveOn.org.

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County Executive Abele 2015 Budget Hearings *Updated August 4th*

County Executive Abele will hold 2015 Milwaukee County Budget Hearings on August 13th and 14th. RSVP is required . It is very important to have a strong turnout and participation from the disability and aging community – we encourage you to attend and register to speak about your priorities for the 2015 Milwaukee County budget!!

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