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  1. Huffington Post Vote for Milwaukee’s Home Gr/OWN Bloomberg Grant
    1. 1.1  Milwaukee could win $5,000,000 or $1,000,000 for Urban Ag Vision
  2. Visions of Obama “Living” Library Design Charrette
  3. Democratic Member Control At Risk: Outpost Natural Foods
  4. Sweet Water Foundation IS the Aquaponics Center IBM Called For!
  5. A Veteran Named Blaze
  6. A United Nations Global Compact City Officer’s On Sweet Water
  7. Citizen Action of Wisconsin
  8. Toward National Design Charrettes for Obama South Side Presidential Library
  9. Libraries As Innovation Centers for Old City Green Renaissance
  10. The Green Renaissance of Chicago’s South Side.
  11. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013
  12. By George F. Sanders, Journalist and activist for human and civil rights
  13. Advocate for Quality Education Choices for Students with Disabilities
  14. By Rev. Willie E. Brisco, president, Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope
  15. by Craig Felix
  16. By Robert Miranda
  17. By Robert Miranda
  18. Join us for a 1-day mural project!
  19. Reg­is­tra­tion is Free — lunch included.
  20. By Robert Miranda
  21. Out of Desperation
  22. By Patricia Obletz, Editor
  23. Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
  24. Meeting set for Saturday, January 19, at Dretzka Park Clubhouse
  25. Opportunity to Voice Your Opinions
  26. By Robert Miranda
  27. ReciproCITY Economics: Transforming Foreclosed Into Hybrid Heartland Homestead Homes
  28. Deadline: December 26, 2012 before midnight ET
  29. Action Needed
  30. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  31. Thursday, December 20, 2012 Community Forum Planning Meeting
  32. Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25 MICAH Office is closed.
  33. Sunday, December 30, 2012 Prayer Vigil for Homicide Victims of 2012
  34. Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 MICAH Office is closed.
  35. BY REV. AL SHARPTON
  36. Four “Chats” set for this week include South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee, Greenfield and Greendale
  37. “Chats” set for Whitefish Bay, South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee, Greenfield, Greendale, Hales Corners and Bayside
  38. Treatment Instead of Prison HIA 11-28-12
  39. Wednesday, November 21. 1st Annual Heritage Day: Uniting Communities & Cultures by Breaking Barriers.
  40. Thursday, November 22, MICAH office closed for holiday
  41. Friday, November 23, 2012. Happy Thanksgiving!
  42. Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Working Together against Violence: The Contribution of Religious Communities to Social Harmony
  43. Vet Named Blaze UN Global Compact Cities Officer Named Julia
    1. 43.1  Blaze
    2. 43.2  Julia
  44. COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION ON THE PUBLIC TRANSIT CRISIS
    1. 44.1  Milwaukee Award Program Honors the Achievement
  45. Taking auditions for Worm Mon Show: The Play & The Movie.
  46. Women and Great Lakes Heartland “Public Intellectuals”
  47. Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update from DRW
  48. 1. Monday, November 5, 2012 - GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY, Hosted by MICAH.
  49. 2. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Breakfast and Prayer Service, Hosted by MICAH.
  50. 3. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Volunteering for GET OUT THE VOTE shifts, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable
  51. 4. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Election Night Party, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable and Wisconsin Jobs Now
  52. 5. Thursday, November 8, 2012 - MOVING FORWARD —Rally and Organizing Meeting
  53. Thurs. 11/01/12: More Sanity to the Rescue! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/congressional-research-service_n_2059156.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share
  54. Thurs., 11-1-12: Another Voice of Sanity Speaks: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/bloomberg-endorses-obama-saying-hurricane-sandy-affected-decision.html?nl=afternoonupdate&emc=edit_au_20121101
  55. TO: ALL MICAH LEADERS & SUPPORTERS
  56. FROM: Joseph Ellwanger & MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force
  57. One Percent of the Sweet Water Story
    1. 57.1  Sweet Water “One Percents”
  58. Advancing Text, Ecological, and Publishing Literacy
  59. Revision #3 to the 2013 CEX Budget Schedule - Monday, Oct 22 Meeting Cancelled
    1. 59.1  By Make It Work Milwaukee / Mental Health Task Force Update
  60. By Ed Pazicky, Artist and Activist
    1. 60.1  Emmanuel Oshun and Lakshmi Durga Goodenough: Early Family Origins in the Forests of Mali
    2. 60.2  Milwaukee County Seniors Your voices have been heard!
  61. The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America
  62. Monday, October 1, 2012 Task Force Leaders Meeting at 3:30 p.m.
  63. Monday, October 1, 2012 Executive Committee Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
  64. Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12 noon- 1:30 p.m. Religious Leaders Caucus.
  65. Please join us for a panel discussion about this important issue.
  66. Event to have Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist presenters
  67. By Patricia Obletz, Editor
  68. 5 in 5, 20 by 20…
  69. A gallery showing features stories on how people became homeless
  70. Using the Skills and Expertise of Peers to Maximize Recovery
  71. Change from the inside out
  72. Community Engagement
  73. Local Food Production
  74. Use of Foreclosed Properties and Vacant Lots
  75. Food Hubs
  76. Soil Building
  77. Art and Celebration
  78. Conclusion
  79. Marquette Presents
  80. Monday, Sept. 17
  81. By Sara Eskrich
    1. 81.1  Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
    2. 81.2  Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
  82. Monday, August 13, 2012 5:00pm-6:30pm
  83. Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:00am-11:30am
  84. October 18th to 20th
  85. Help your state make the best choices!
  86. Take Action Tuesday!
  87. by Laura Oliver
  88. By Reverend Willie E. Brisco
  89. By Patricia Obletz, Editor
    1. 89.1  Good read for a hot day…Emerson’s “The American Scholar.”
    2. 89.2  Sweet Water Foundation Ill Inst Tech(IIT) Boeing Scholars workshop July 6, 2012
  90. Advance Mini Farm Innovation Centers in Boomer/Millennial Partnership Experiments
  91. July 10, 2012, 10:00am – 11:30am
  92. By Patricia Obletz, Editor

Huffington Post Vote for Milwaukee’s Home Gr/OWN Bloomberg Grant

Milwaukee could win $5,000,000 or $1,000,000 for Urban Ag Vision

Mayor Barrett’s proposal is the nation’s most far reaching vision of urban agriculture as a response to health and foreclosure challenges. It captures the best of Milwaukee’s urban agriculture communities of
practice,from Growing Power, Walnut Way, Extension, MUG, Reservoir Park, Alice’s Garden, Sweet Water, etc., etc. Vote here! It’s an easy 25 seconds!

www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge

Check out the vision!

http://city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability/HOMEGR/OWN.htm

A note from Mayor Barrett, a good guy who can become a great mayor with this project morphing on to the presidential platforms as a substantial advance for ecological cities and a healing planet.

Dear Stakeholders:

I am excited to share with you the latest developments in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge and our submission, HOMEGR/OWN, the City’s innovative idea to transform foreclosed properties into community assets designed to improve public health and spark economic opportunity.

While we won’t know the grand prize winner of the Mayors Challenge until late Spring, we have a new contest to win. In partnership with Huffington Post, Bloomberg Philanthropies is hosting a “Fan Favorite” contest with all 20 finalists. Each city’s final video submission and an accompanying op-ed by their Mayor is posted at

www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge

and I am confident you’ll enjoy Milwaukee’s.

The Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite winner will receive a $50,000 services grant from IBM, featured coverage by the Huffington Post, a monthly front page column for the winning mayor and an interview with Arianna Huffington on Huff Post Live. Voting takes a few seconds and registration is not necessary.

I know you’re as convinced as I am that ours is a winning idea. Please take a minute to cast your vote for Milwaukee at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge and help us make HOMEGR/OWN a reality.

In addition, I have attached a fact sheet detailing the “Fan Favorite” contest and HOMEGR/OWN and more information is linked at the bottom of this email. Feel free to share this information.

Please also share this information about the competition with your networks locally and nationally and on Facebook and other social media platforms using the hash tag #VoteMKE and #MayorsChallenge.

Sincerely,

Tom Barrett
Mayor

www.facebook.com/mayorbarrett

www.twitter.com/mayorofmke

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Democratic Member Control At Risk: Outpost Natural Foods

A number of proposed changes to the Outpost by-laws, up for a vote SUNDAY, February 26, are boldly anti-democratic and violate co-op principles:

- The end of an open and accessible process for owners to become candidates in Board elections.
- Denial of equitable representation of Outpost workers on the Board.
- Voter suppression in Board elections.

2013 Annual Owner Meeting
Sunday, February 24
1:00pm - 2:30pm
American Serb Hall
5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.

1.) The end of an open and accessible process for owners to become candidates in Board elections.

This proposal will effectively deny any owner the ability to get on the ballot for Board of Director elections, and instead only allow candidates nominated directly by the Board to run for the Board.

How is this possible? The proposed change to the Outpost by-laws requires anyone wishing to run for election to the Board to collect over 500 signatures from Outpost members, rather than the current requirement of only 20 signatures.

The proposed change to Section 4.3 of the by-laws would require a candidate to collect signatures from “3% of owners who are eligible to vote as of May 1st of the election year,” a change from the current requirement of “petitions signed by twenty owners.”

With 18,000 plus owners, 3% is 540 signatures.

If an owner wants to collect these signatures, they wouldn’t be allowed to collect them in an Outpost store or on the property (longstanding Outpost policy), making it virtually impossible to meet the threshold.

The only other way to become a qualified candidate for the Board is to “be nominated by the Board or by a committee of directors.”

2.) Denial of equitable representation of Outpost workers on the Board.

Another proposed change, to Section 4.2 of the by-laws, would reduce the number of Outpost employees that may be elected to the Board from three to two.

Initially this seems harmless, but currently zero employees sit on the Board.

So what is the motivation for reducing the future potential for employee representation on the Board?

Unless major changes to the terms and conditions of employment that might generate a backlash among employees are in the works, and there is an expectation that employees would seek remedy through an increased voice on the Board, there is no known reason for reducing the number of employees on the Board.

Outpost recently hired a new corporate HR manager who last worked at Home Depot, a viciously anti-union company, and will renegotiate a multi-year union contract with their employees later this year. Should workers expect an effort to bust their union?

3.) Voter suppression in Board elections

Currently, the voting period for electing directors to the Board lasts for 21 days.

A proposed change to Section 3.8 of the by-laws would reduce the voting period to only 15 days.

Shouldn’t we be encouraging MORE owner participation in the election process, rather than restrict owner access to the vote?

It’s worth noting that in the most recent Board election in October 2012, only 780 owners cast ballots. If the voting period is shortened by 1/3, surely voter participation will drop.

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If you care about democracy, share this message with your friends who are owners of Outpost, and plan to attend this Sunday’s annual member meeting.

2013 Annual Owner Meeting
Sunday, February 24
1:00pm - 2:30pm
American Serb Hall
5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.

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Sweet Water Foundation IS the Aquaponics Center IBM Called For!

IBM Executives were inspired by a vision of contributing to the process of a city winning a Nobel Prize for its collective contribution to food security, ennobling work, earth, water, and atmospheric healing. They spent $400,000 in pro bono IBM genius labor power and came up with a vision for Milwaukee that was inspired by Sweet Water, and has been manifest these past 2 years by the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF).

Here is what IBM recommended to the City after evaluating Sweet Water.

“In the view of the IBM team, urban agriculture and aquaponics have the potential to address these issues and make Milwaukee more economically viable while engaging the community’s support. With clear measurable goals and objectives, these recommendations are attainable and affordable. In the report, specific steps are identified to foster the growth of aquaponics in Milwaukee: Establish an Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Council, based on the successful model of the Milwaukee Water Council to advance the science and business success of the industry through the collaboration and sharing of knowledge, innovation, and technology by for-profit, nonprofit and public sector stakeholders

Establish an Aquaponics Innovation Center to:

Build upon technology transfer and skills development by area universities and K-12 education

Evaluate new aquaponics technologies

Support aquaponics business development and maturity by analyzing and documenting best practices and economic impact using research methodologies and business metrics

Act as a virtual and physical incubator for new companies

Investigate operational impacts on aquaponics system sustainability

Perform public outreach to tell the story of the aquaponics industry

Develop a market analysis of aquaponics production, supply chain expansion and market opportunity to guide industry expansion

Expand the City’s Office of Environmental Sustainability to serve as the industry advocate for urban agriculture and aquaponics for all City endeavors.”

http://smartercitieschallenge.org/executive_reports/SmarterCities_Milwaukee.pdf

Some Personal Expressions From the Sweet Water Story

A Veteran Named Blaze

Blaze: “I was having one of those days where I didn’t want to get up, nothing was going right in the morning, but now I got to this part, it is very satisfying, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Me: “What is it about what you’ve done here today that made you feel better?”

Blaze: “Well, I’m starting to learn more about the chemistry of the thing. It’s starting to look more like Barrel-Ponics.”

Me: “That makes you feel good?”

Blaze: “It makes me feel really good. And the camaraderie of the team, also. I’m connected to everything.”

A United Nations Global Compact City Officer’s On Sweet Water

Julia Laidlaw of UN Global Compact Cities Programme
Project Officer
UN Global Compact Cities Programme

I’m definitely inspired, excited and so curious about all the work at sweet water but the other day I recognized something else.

The lovely parallel between the symbiotic, nourishing relationship between plants and fish in an aquaponics system and the relationship between Sweet Water’s Aquaponics and education. It’s like this…Just as the plants feed and grow and become strong from all the goodness the fish have left for them the curriculum in schools and the whole learning experience is enhanced and inspired and improved and nourished through work with aquaponics. And just as just as the fish stay healthy and grow from the fresh filtered water from the plants aquaponics continues to grow from the refreshing contribution the schools make to wards it development through their contribution towards creating better systems, research and the training of expert aquaponisists for the future.

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Take the Bus to Madison for the Budget Address

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Gov. Walker has announced that he is saying no to $12 billion in federal funding to expand BadgerCare to an additional 210,000 Wisconsinites and create 10,000 jobs. This is a slap in the face to those who need care, need jobs, and need security. His only excuse for saying no is to appease a right-wing ideology backed by his donors. All he had to do is say YES to BadgerCare.

Wednesday, Feb 20th
Bus Leaves at 12:45pm and will leave Madison by 6pm
Leaves from office of Wisconsin Jobs Now: 260 E Highland, Milwaukee WI

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Obama’s Presidential Library & Chicago’s South Side Green Renaissance

Our movement’s mainstreaming owes much to the First Lady, and the prospect of an Obama Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago could profoundly amplify her vision.

Toward National Design Charrettes for Obama South Side Presidential Library

Obama’s Living Library/South Side Chicago Renaissance Spark Transition to Ecological Cities

I am led to believe that many museums and libraries are re-visioning their missions with an eye toward more interaction with old city grass roots groups and enhanced global connectivity for applied scholarship and engaged art.

Would it not be a good things if the emerging Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC) would advance design charrettes, eye on the prize of providing the best possible visions for the Obama Library?

Libraries As Innovation Centers for Old City Green Renaissance

Christopher Alexander’s “Pattern Language” has inspired me to imagine the Obama Library accelerating the South Side Chicago Renaissance and other smaller “centers.” Would not the template such an experiment could provide diffuse the notion of every city’s libraries as resources not just for cognitive literacies but also for community engagement and ecological healing?

Any city planners up for a new kind of design studio that would connect
schools, community groups, small businesses, faith communities, and inspired citizens of the South Side of Chicago, i.e. the civil society, as co-creators, with the President and First Lady, of a Presidential Library that makes a major impact accelerating

The Green Renaissance of Chicago’s South Side.

Why not?

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REMEMBERING HISTORIC BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER

FELMERS O. CHANEY

THE MILWAUKEE COMMUNITY, MILWAUKEE BRANCH NAACP
St. MATTHEW CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
FAMILY & FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE AND YOU ARE INVITED

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013

HOLY REDEEMER INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST 3500 W. MOTHER DANIELS WAY, MILWAUKEE, WI 53209
BISHOP SEDGWICK DANIELS, PASTOR

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Sweet Water Foundation India Project Alumni, $1M Hult Prize Competition, & India’s e-Choupal

Wally Graeber and Travis Blomberg are part of a 5-member university team which has qualified for the $1M USD Hult Prize organized by President Clinton and Muhammad Yunus. They will compete in Boston in 2 weeks time on March 2nd against 46 teams from around the world. They hope to connect with ITC as a project support partner to strengthen their proposal of empowering farmers with techniques and technologies to improve growing, transportation, and value of their agricultural crops.

Wally Graeber and Travis Blomberg - members of the team selected as finalists for Hult Prize award were in the team that was in Kochi, India that set up the aquaponics demonstration site. Here’s a description of SWF India project: http://growingnetworks.weebly.com/ and http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/urban-farm-news/2012/08/10/sweet-water-foundation-makes-a-difference.aspx and

Here’s e-Choupal described by ITC of India.

With a judicious blend of click & mortar capabilities, village internet kiosks managed by farmers – called sanchalaks – themselves, enable the agricultural community access ready information in their local language on the weather & market prices, disseminate knowledge on scientific farm practices & risk management, facilitate the sale of farm inputs (now with embedded knowledge) and purchase farm produce from the farmers’ doorsteps (decision making is now information-based).

Real-time information and customised knowledge provided by ‘e-Choupal’ enhance the ability of farmers to take decisions and align their farm output with market demand and secure quality & productivity. The aggregation of the demand for farm inputs from individual farmers gives them access to high quality inputs from established and reputed manufacturers at fair prices. As a direct marketing channel, virtually linked to the ‘mandi’ system for price discovery, ‘e-Choupal’ eliminates wasteful intermediation and multiple handling. Thereby it significantly reduces transaction costs.

‘e-Choupal’ ensures world-class quality in delivering all these goods & services through several product / service specific partnerships with the leaders in the respective fields, in addition to ITC’s own expertise.

While the farmers benefit through enhanced farm productivity and higher farm gate prices, ITC benefits from the lower net cost of procurement (despite offering better prices to the farmer) having eliminated costs in the supply chain that do not add value.

The Status of Execution:

Launched in June 2000, ‘e-Choupal’, has already become the largest initiative among all Internet-based interventions in rural India. ‘e-Choupal’ services today reach out to over 4 million farmers growing a range of crops - soyabean, coffee, wheat, rice, pulses, shrimp - in over 40,000 villages through 6500 kiosks across ten states (Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerela and Tamil Nadu). From http://www.echoupal.com/, full description at e-Choupal

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Yesterday County Executive Chris Abele delivered his Second State of the County speech in Oak Creek and asked me to share the text and video of his speech with you.

I see a future Milwaukee County that is leaner. I see a future professional workforce that is the envy of not just other government agencies, but also the private sector. Most importantly, I see a Milwaukee County that focuses on offering critical services in a sustainable way. We won’t reach any of these goals easily and we won’t do it overnight, but I won’t slow down or stop trying until we get there.

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Save Lives, Join the Anti-Gun Violence Effort

My name is Amardeep Kaleka, and my father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was murdered at the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin alongside five other beautiful souls. My father was the leader of our temple, and during the shooting he did his best to stop the shooter and allow others to escape. I have no doubt that his actions saved lives, but he is gone, and my family misses him every day.

I’m in Washington, DC this week to tell my members of Congress about my father and ask them to act now to fix our broken gun laws and save the lives of other Americans.

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Lincoln’s Milwaukee Address Advancing USDA

No other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture. I know nothing so pleasant to the mind, as the discovery of anything which is at once new and valuable—nothing that so lightens and sweetens toil, as the hopeful pursuit of such discovery. And how vast, and how varied a field is agriculture, for such discovery. The mind, already trained to thought, in the country school, or higher school, cannot fail to find there an exhaustless source of enjoyment. Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure. And not grass alone; but soils, seeds, and seasons—hedges, ditches, and fences, draining, drouths, and irrigation—plowing, hoeing, and harrowing—reaping, mowing, and threshing—saving crops, pests of crops, diseases of crops, and what will prevent or cure them—implements, utensils, and machines, their relative merits, and to improve them—hogs, horses, and cattle—sheep, goats, and poultry—trees, shrubs, fruits, plants, and flowers- the thousand things of which these are specimens—each a world of study within itself.

In all this, book-learning is available. A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones. The rudiments of science, are available, and highly valuable. Some knowledge of botany assists in dealing with the vegetable world—with all growing crops. Chemistry assists in the analysis of soils, selection, and application of manures, and in numerous other ways. The mechanical branches of natural philosophy, are ready help in almost everything; but especially in reference to implements and machinery.

The thought recurs that education—cultivated thought—can best be combined with agricultural labor, or any labor, on the principle of thorough work—that careless, half-performed, slovenly work, makes no place for such combination. And thorough work, again renders sufficient, the smallest quantity of ground to each man. And this again, conforms to what must occur in a world less inclined to wars, and more devoted to the arts of peace than heretofore. Population must increase rapidly—more rapidly than in former times—and ere long the most valuable of all arts, will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art, can ever be the victim of oppression of any of its forms. Such community will be alike independent of crowned-kings, money-kings, and land-kings.

Here’s Lincoln’s Milwaukee speech that advanced the USDA.

Lincoln’s Entire Milwaukee Speech

An Address by Abraham Lincoln Before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 30, 1859

Members of the Agricultural Society and Citizens of Wisconsin:

http://www.nal.usda.gov/lincolns-milwaukee-speech

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Tell Walker to Have a Heart

The saga to strengthen BadgerCare is coming to a head. Recently the media have been buzzing about the pressure being put on Scott Walker to accept federal funds to expand BadgeCare, save the state millions, and create thousands of jobs. But, Walker’s responses to media inquiries suggest that he may decline the money!

Come out Thursday at 11am in Milwaukee & Tell Walker to Have a Heart

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Alabama Considers Exonerating The Scottsboro Boys

By George F. Sanders, Journalist and activist for human and civil rights

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 4:52 AM

WHAT!!??
Alabama Considers? Please! Absolutely NOT!

A better idea in the matter of exoneration of The Scottsboro Boys is for a million dollar ($100,000,000.00) payback price tag for each young boy (total: $900,000,000.00) who was falsely convicted, or for their families, and, if none are living, then to be paid to the NAACP, Urban League, MICAH, or to any organization that campaigns for Equal Rights, prison reform advocacy, or for funds needed to support legal issues to free innocent Blacks from prison.

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Special Needs Vouchers: Share Your Concerns with Gov. Walker Now

Advocate for Quality Education Choices for Students with Disabilities

Gov. Walker will introduce his 2013–2015 State Budget on Feb. 20. Contact the Governor now and advocate for a state budget that does not include special needs vouchers/scholarships for students with disabilities!

Special needs vouchers could negatively affect students with disabilities and harm small Wisconsin school districts. If special needs vouchers are included in the state budget, families and education experts will not have an opportunity to provide adequate input.

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Privatizing public services is hostile takeover

By Rev. Willie E. Brisco, president, Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope

I am not going to stand by and watch without protest the corporate machine steam roll into this city as if it were another Benton Harbor, Michigan (92 percent black city subjected to hostile take-over by GOP governor).

I am opposed to government taking away 85percent of the Milwaukee County supervisors’ budget and making the positions of the few remaining supervisors part-time. This plan would abolish the representatives of the people so that private corporations and the rich could take over city and county services.

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Investing in Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Announces Mental Health Funding in Upcoming Budget

Today, Governor Scott Walker announced a near $30 million investment in state taxpayer funds for mental health programs to enhance and expand services provided by state and local governments to individuals living with mental illness. The initiatives being funded in the budget will build on proven, evidence-based strategies, expand successful programs, and address the most urgent needs identified by patients and families receiving care, providers, and advocates throughout the state.

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Great Opportunity for Middle and High School Teens

ARE YOU…

  • A middle or high school student looking for a unique summer internship with an opportunity to live and study on a college campus?
  • A high school student looking to improve your resume for college?
  • A teacher looking for opportunities to expand your students’ view of agriculture?
  • A parent looking for learning opportunities for your teen?

Look no further…

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Call Your Senators and Ask Them to Co-Sponsor the Fix Gun Checks Act

The single most important thing Congress can do to end gun violence and save lives is to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people by requiring criminal background checks for ALL gun sales. Recent studies show that the vast majority of Americans agree — INCLUDING gun owners and NRA members.

Call your Senators TODAY: Tell them to co-sponsor the Fix Gun Checks Act and save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

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Growing Art

by Craig Felix

Craig Felix was born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He lived there with his family until age 19 when he started studying at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, USA. He completed a BA in economics, and a year later married his wife Michelle. They have two children, Olivia and Nicholas. Craig’s love of photography motivated him to turn his hobby into a career. Now, Craig works full-time as a photographer for Kohl’s Department Stores Inc.

Growing up on the island of St. Lucia, I was not exposed to much art as a young child. When you had very limited opportunities even for a high school education, the last thing your parents wanted you to do was to spend time drawing. Reading, yes, writing poetry, sure, but just plain doodling was a sure waste of time. Every ounce of your being in school had to be focused on reading, writing and mathematics. And so that is what I did. I spent most of my time getting ready to sit a major exam at the age of eleven that would literally determine my future; if I passed the exam, I could go to high school.

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MICAH’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform

MICAH For a Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform

MICAH welcomes the determination of President Obama and the effort of a bipartisan group of US senators to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

This reform must be humane and just not only for immigrants but for all citizens.

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Irresponsible Sheriff promotes wild west tactics

By Robert Miranda

A public service announcement (PSA) voiced by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says, “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there.”

In response, Mayor Barrett referred to the PSA as “fear mongering.”

“What was most disturbing to me is, if there’s an emergency, I want people to call 911. And to have the Sheriff just put out what I consider to be a public disservice announcement, discouraging people from calling 911, it’s just wrong,” said Barrett.

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Advocacy Resource: Special Needs School Vouchers Fact Sheet

Use this fact sheet to educate yourself and your legislators!

Special needs school vouchers are likely to be part of the 2013–2015 state budget discussions.

A new fact sheet about school vouchers is available. School Vouchers: Ensuring Quality Education Choices for Wisconsin Families of Children with Disabilities: Concerns About Special Needs “Scholarships” provides important information that will help disability advocates educate themselves and their legislators about how this issue could affect students with disabilities in Wisconsin.

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A Corporate Government is a Wasteful Government

By Robert Miranda

“The Law doth punish man or woman who steals the goose from off the common, but lets the greater felon loose who steals the common from the goose.”
--Anti-enclosure saying, 18th Century England

Privatization is not simply a change of ownership. It is a change in the role, responsibilities, priorities and authority of the county.

As governments around the nation look to privatization as the model for saving taxpayer money, those governments that have chosen this path have shown that privatization and deregulation have been the cause for bankruptcies, scandals, and ineffective and inefficient government.

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Milwaukee School of Engineering Crowd Funding Undergraduate Solar Thermal Energy System

I want to call to your attention to an exciting project led by a team of MSOE undergraduates I am mentoring. This team is performing advanced research to measure temperature profiles created within receiver tubes for concentrated solar combined-heat-and-power systems. Results from this work will lower the cost of solar-thermal energy systems by improving receiver tube design and raising energy collection efficiency. Information about this project is posted on microryza.com, a Web site that coordinates crowd-funding research projects.

Please check out the following URL: https://www.microryza.com/projects/parabolic-solar-trough

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Mural Project

Are you an artist? Do you want your art­work pub­licly dis­played for every­body to see?

Join us for a 1-day mural project!

Your work will be per­ma­nently dis­played on the out­side wall of the Peace Action Center.

Sat­ur­day, Feb. 23, 12:00–4:00 pm Peace Action (1001 E. Keefe Ave.)

Reg­is­tra­tion is Free — lunch included.

To reg­is­ter, please call 414–964–5158. Ques­tion? Email info@peaceactionwi.org or call 414–964–5158.

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Educational Justice Coalition!

The Educational Justice Coalition is an opportunity to learn and work with student leaders and adults from across the state on things that affect our communities.

When: Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Where: Milwaukee (Location TBD)

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Privatization of County for savings unrealistic

By Robert Miranda

Imagine waking up one morning to find Milwaukee County government as you knew it gone. After years of reported corruption and mismanagement by the local media, the blue-collar county of southeastern Wisconsin fired almost all of its employees, dismantled the sheriff’s department and contracted with a giant corporation to manage county tasks.

Let’s further imagine that after a referendum, officials announced that Milwaukee County will become the state’s first county to be fully outsourced.

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Out of Desperation

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/HomePage

Out of desperation, there comes a way. For a growing number of Wisconsin men, that way out is with the Table of the Saints, an interfaith outreach organization that helps people who have trouble with addiction. The Table of Saints originated in 2010 and at first concentrated on helping former prisoners return to society and become productive, tax-paying citizens; today they offer help to all men who struggle with addiction. The Table’s way out of the hell that is addiction isn’t the only way out, which is why The Table partners with organizations that provide housing, educational, vocational and medical services, and more.

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Washington Park Neighborhood Renewal Project

http://www.milwaukeenns.org/2012/12/24/washington-park-partners-offers-doorbuster-on-foreclosed-homes/?pcat=211

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Protecting Children from Gun Violence - Faith Community Resources

The Children’s Defense Fund is partnering with a wide spectrum of faith communities to protect children from gun violence. During the weekend of January 18 – 20, we are encouraged to focus in our prayers, service, education programs, and advocacy activities on ending gun violence and keeping children safe.

Please visit their website for Faith Community Resources that will help you plan activities for this coming weekend or a later time, including:

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Black Church Week of Prayer 2013

Dear Faith Leader/Community Partner:

From March 3rd −9th, 2013thousands churches across our nation will use the power of the Black pulpit to educate their communities about HIV/AIDS and to heal hearts and minds of denial, silence and the stigma that continues to block effective interventions for the prevention, treatment, and testing of HIV in the Black communities.

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THURSDAY: Press Conference on Mental Health & BadgerCare

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Thanks to Kevin Kane of Citizen Action for sharing the attached flyer regarding a press conference to be held this Thursday, encouraging Governor Walker to move forward with expanding Medicaid, which will increase access to mental health and substance abuse services. Advocates are invited to turn out for the Thursday press conference which will be held at 11 AM at the War Memorial.

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Supervisor Alexander to Host Event on Government Reform

Meeting set for Saturday, January 19, at Dretzka Park Clubhouse

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U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner to Host Town Hall Meetings

Opportunity to Voice Your Opinions

On January 19, January 26, and January 27, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will host town hall meetings in his district. Congress will be making critical budget decisions about programs and services for people with disabilities over the next few weeks. As a senior member of Congress and fiscal conservative, Rep. Sensenbrenner has influence in the House of Representatives. He also has sponsored legislation signed into law to strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Sanfelippo’s Assassination of the Wisconsin Idea

By Robert Miranda

Newly elected state representative Sanfelippo says that his resolution to create part-time positions on the county board of supervisors is motivated by his desire to have “good government.”

I have no reason not to believe that that is what Representative Sanfelippo is trying to achieve with his campaign.

However, Sanfelippo’s “good government” campaign is not about a government that is dedicated to the Wisconsin Idea of government. His notion of good government is a government that practices the business model of governance. His is a government model that turns away from spending in areas that present a risk, such as poverty and shying away from political matters, such as inequality.

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Reflections Inspired by First Sweet Water ReciproCITY Event

ReciproCITY@Sweet Water, S(o)ul, and Art Squats

At my 100th birthday party,
And quite likely my wedding with eternity
My first formal Sweet Water ReciproCity moment
Week Two of the Myan Age of Transition,
Will flash through my mind’s eye,
Bring on a smile, peace, and expectation.

It was so cold inside that mammoth icon!
But the people were warm, the ideas hot.

Raoul Deal, Michael Carriere, Nikolas Lampert,
Lane Hall, Sara Daleiden, and Alan Moore
Brought 25 or 30 of us a glimpse of great possibilities awaiting
Our coupling of art, architecture, & aquaponics for self with community,
Magic Art Shows, art gangs, distributing and indigenous avant guard artists.

ReciproCITY Economics: Transforming Foreclosed Into Hybrid Heartland Homestead Homes

The evening inspired visions of artist coops partnering with “families”
To transform foreclosed duplexes into hybrid Heartland Homes through:

The Washington Park Neighborhood Renewal Project
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#search/washington+park/13bce4e2448025fc

And Milwaukee City’s Home GR/OWN Bloomberg’s Challenge Vision
http://city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability/HOMEGR/OWN.htm

Expectant,

Godsil

ReciproCITY

Communiqué #1

Start off 2013 with radical art history and practice.

Panel discussion with:

Alan W. Moore, “Art Squats”

Sara Daleiden, “MKE↔LAX”

Wednesday, January 2nd, 7:00pm
ReciproCITY: an experimental art space inside Sweet Water Organics
2151 South Robinson Avenue
Bay View, Milwaukee

Alan W. Moore is an art historian and activist whose work addresses cultural economies and groups and the politics of collectivity. Moore helped to found ABC No Rio after participating in Colab’s Real Estate Show (1979), one of the best-known artist squat actions in New York history. He is the author of Art Gangs: Protest & Counterculture in New York City (2011), which explores the work of artist groups formed after 1968, such as the Art Workers Coalition and Group Material, collectives that greatly informed today’s international art world. He is also the co-editor of the book ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery (1985).
Moore earned a PhD in art history from the City University of New York and his writings have appeared in such publications as Julie Ault’s “Alternative Art NY” and Blake Stimson and Gregory Sholette “Collectivism After Modernism.” His upcoming book “Art Squats” focuses on social centers in Europe.

Under the auspices of s(o)ul, Sara Daleiden directs the MKE↔LAX initiative. s(o)ul focuses on culture production and exchange through the creation of social interactions in developing landscapes. With a relationship to the arts, education and advocacy, s(o)ul consults with nonprofit and for-profit entities, as well as cultural workers of many disciplines, from emerging to established levels. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, the agency offers support for empathetic, structural development of individual, organizational and community identity,
embracing various scales of experimentation, connection and production.

ReciproCITY

Sweet Water Organics is excited to announce the birth of ReciproCITY, an experimental cultural and independent media center inside Sweet Water Organics - a space for artists, designers, architects, scholars, filmmakers, scientists (natural and social), urban farmers, and others to meet, present work, collaborate on new work, and stage exhibitions. This space would be a hub space for art, ecology, and
community engagement, and it would mirror the goals of the Sweet Water Foundation in teaching and exposing the ideas of urban sustainability, aquaponics, and the visionary idea of re-imagining Milwaukee as organic city – transforming the rust belt into a green belt.

Why Sweet Water? Sweet Water is an epicenter for creativity and is a visionary project that inspires people throughout the world. Sweet Water transforms the city and it transforms lives. Sweet Water is already a hub space for those interested in ecology and urban agriculture. It is not necessarily a destination site for artists, musicians, writers, historians, scholars, and others in the arts and humanities.

This is a lost opportunity.

An experimental art space that focuses on social practices inside Sweet Water would change this and would bring local, national, and international artists and scholars to Sweet Water. It would allow artists and scholars to network with the Sweet Water staff, to contribute their talents, and to tell the world about the work going on at Sweet Water and the urban agriculture movement in Milwaukee and the region. It
would signify that Sweet Water supports artists and scholars, and it would signify that artists and scholars support Sweet Water.

The positive ripple effect of this type of collaboration and relationship are easy to imagine. First and foremost, collaboration and the sharing of ideas would take place between artists and urban farmers. Second, artists and scholars would spread the gospel of Sweet Water and aquaponics to the world through their networks and through cultural work (i.e. writing about, visualizing, and filming this type of work). In essence, artists would be the creative PR (public relations) people for aquaponics. Artists would provide the independent media, the cultural analysis, and the creativity to imagine new possibilities.

For more information contact Nicolas Lampert (animaltrap@yahoo.com) or Michael Carriere (carriere@msoe.edu).

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COMMENT on proposed Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule

Deadline: December 26, 2012 before midnight ET

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=CMS-2012-0142

Action Needed

On November 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule for Essential Health Benefits (EHB)—the ten categories of care, including mental health and substance use disorder services—that will be required in individual and small group health plans and plans offered through health insurance “Exchanges.”

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Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling

Call 1–800–985–5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, continues to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1–800–985–5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from this tragedy.

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MICAH Important Dates Updated 12/17/12

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Community Forum Planning Meeting

2:00 p.m. MICAH Office.

Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25 MICAH Office is closed.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 Prayer Vigil for Homicide Victims of 2012

6:00 p.m. Ascension Lutheran Church.

Monday, December 31st and Tuesday, January 1, 2013 MICAH Office is closed.

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We Have a Right to Fight Back Against Right-to-Work Laws

BY REV. AL SHARPTON

www.HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a period in our history when workers in the United States were exploited and taken advantage of much like the way in which workers in developing nations are often unfortunately treated today. It was only after marches, sit-ins and collective organizing that American workers established unions so that they could then fight for better wages, hours, benefits, working conditions and many other labor rights that we simply take for granted now. But yesterday, in the most outlandish, brazen and unjust manner, Michigan’s Republican-controlled House passed two bills effectively ending the ability of labor unions to function (the state Senate already previously passed the bills). The so-called ‘Right to Work’ law is nothing more than a creative way to curb the power of unions, workers and their ability to jointly bargain. Michigan is the 24th state to pass such a law, pushing those of us who care about the future of this country to say that we have a fundamental right to fight back.

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CHAIRWOMAN DIMITRIJEVIC HOSTS FINAL LEG OF “CHAT WITH THE CHAIR” LISTENING SESSION TOUR OF MILWAUKEE COUNTY

Four “Chats” set for this week include South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee, Greenfield and Greendale

  • Chat with the Chair – South Milwaukee, with Supervisor Pat Jursik
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
South Milwaukee Grobschmidt Senior Center, 2424 15th Ave. 53172

  • Chat with the Chair – West Milwaukee
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
West Milwaukee Community Centre, 1345 South 47th St. 53214

  • Chat with the Chair – Greenfield, with Supervisors Mark A. Borkowski and Joe Sanfelippo
Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Greenfield Library, 5310 West Layton Ave. 53220

  • Chat with the Chair – Greendale, with Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo
Friday, December 14, 2012 from 11 a.m. to noon
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 6705 Northway 53129

  • Chat with the Chair – Hales Corners, with Supervisor Steve F. Taylor
Monday, December 17, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Hales Corners Library, 5885 South 116th St. 53130

  • Chat with the Chair – Bayside, with Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Bayside Village Hall, 9075 N. Regent Rd. 53217

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Upcoming Events in the Community

Monday, December 10. AFL-CIO invite you to join them around the state as they participate in a Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts to lobby our Congressperson to do what is right for the American people during the lame duck congressional session.
MILWAUKEE: 10:00 a.m. carnation vigil at Sen. Kohl’s office, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave. Followed by a march to Sen. Johnson’s office.

Tuesday, December 11. Discovery World Holiday Open House: An opportunity to showcase their educational programs in action and to thank our community partners.
LOCATION: 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
Times: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tour and light snacks – 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Tour, lunch and brief presentation.
RSVP Carolyn Swabek at 414–765–8776 or cswabek@discoveryworld.org

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MICAH’s 2013 Annual Prayer Breakfast and MLK Celebration

Theme: “Any time is the right time to do the right thing.” MLK

Please join us for our annual celebration on Saturday, January 12, 2013- 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Bayshore Lutheran Church 1200 East Hampton Rd., Whitefish Bay, WI.

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A Posada Celebration “ In solidarity with migrants”

Saturday, December 15, 2012 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Instructions:
Gather at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (4:00 p.m.)
Procession to Nativity Jesuit Middle School, 1515 S. 29th St.

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CHAIRWOMAN DIMITRIJEVIC ANNOUNCES SEVEN “CHAT WITH THE CHAIR” EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

“Chats” set for Whitefish Bay, South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee, Greenfield, Greendale, Hales Corners and Bayside

Milwaukee – Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic is announcing the final leg of her “Chat with the Chair” listening session tour, which is set for the month of December. Residents are invited to meet the Chairwoman, to ask questions about County government and to explore ways for Milwaukee County and municipalities to work together.

“We are making a sincere effort to unify Milwaukee County, and a key part of this effort is holding listening sessions in all 19 cities and villages,” said Chairwoman Dimitrijevic.

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Fiscal Cliff Briefing - Tuesday, Dec 4

Join Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Jobs Now and our coalition partners for a “train the trainer” fiscal cliff partners briefing on Tuesday, Dec 4 at MICAH (1927 N.4th Street, 4th and Brown) from 12:00–1:30 pm.

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CHAIRWOMAN DIMITRIJEVIC HOSTS THREE “CHAT WITH THE CHAIR” EVENTS THIS WEEK

“Chats” set for Cudahy, Shorewood and River Hills

  • Chat with the Chair - Cudahy, with Supervisor Patricia Jursik
Monday, November 26, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Cudahy Family Library, 3500 Library Drive, 53110

  • Chat with the Chair - Shorewood, with Supervisor Gerry P. Broderick
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library, 3920 North Murray Avenue, 53211

  • Chat with the Chair - River Hills, with Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
River Hills Village Hall, 7650 North Pheasant Lane, 53217

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Public transit Crisis Community Listening Event

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Law School to host discussion on the effects of mass incarceration on families and communities

Treatment Instead of Prison HIA 11–28–12

The Law School will host “The Collateral Consequences of Incarceration,” given by Traci Burch, assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

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White house inauguration

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Employment education workshop

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MICAH Important Dates Updated 11/20/12

Wednesday, November 21. 1st Annual Heritage Day: Uniting Communities & Cultures by Breaking Barriers.

Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7502 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek at 5:30 p.m. Speakers from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

Thursday, November 22, MICAH office closed for holiday

Friday, November 23, 2012. Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a safe and blessed celebration.

Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Working Together against Violence: The Contribution of Religious Communities to Social Harmony

Moderated by: Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Michel, S.J. (Wade Chair/Theology). Marquette University: Katherine Reed Cudahy Hall, 001 Religious Leaders from many faiths will participate.

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Sweet Water Reflections

Vet Named Blaze UN Global Compact Cities Officer Named Julia

Blaze

Blaze: “I was having one of those days where I didn’t want to get up, nothing was going right in the morning, but now I got to this part, it is very satisfying, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Me: “What is it about what you’ve done here today that made you feel better?”

Blaze: “Well, I’m starting to learn more about the chemistry of the thing. It’s starting to look more like Barrel-Ponics.”

Me: “That makes you feel good?”

Blaze: “It makes me feel really good. And the camaraderie of the team, also. I’m connected to everything.”

Julia

Julia Laidlaw
Project Officer
UN Global Compact Cities Programme

I’m definitely inspired, excited and so curious about all the work at sweet water but the other day I recognized something else.

The lovely parallel between the symbiotic, nourishing relationship between plants and fish in an aquaponics system and the relationship between Sweet Water’s Aquaponics and education. It’s like this…Just as the plants feed and grow and become strong from all the goodness the fish have left for them the curriculum in schools and the whole learning experience is enhanced and inspired and improved and nourished through work with aquaponics. And just as just as the fish stay healthy and grow from the fresh filtered water from the plants aquaponics continues to grow from the refreshing contribution the schools make to wards it development through their contribution towards creating better systems, research and the training of expert aquaponisists for the future.

More testimonials sharing a myriad of Sweet Water stories at

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetWaterOrganicsSweetWaterFoundation/SweetWaterTestimonials


12/3 Forum on Crisis in Public Transit

COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION ON THE PUBLIC TRANSIT CRISIS

Monday, December 3, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Washington Park Senior Center 4420 W. Vliet St. (on the 31 & 33 bus lines)

COME TELL YOUR STORY TO ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THE COMMUNITY!

They need to hear from YOU what the bus system means to you and your family and why you need them to make it work better!

The facility is accessible and sign language interpreters will be provided. Please refrain from wearing scented products. For more information, or if you have other accommodation needs, contact:
Mike Wilder (mike.wilder@citizenactionwisconsin.org, 414–339–3290)

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MICAH Receives 2012 Best of Milwaukee Award

Milwaukee Award Program Honors the Achievement

MILWAUKEE November 7, 2012 — MICAH has been selected for the 2012 Best of Milwaukee Award in the Social Service Organizations category by the Milwaukee Award Program.

Each year, the Milwaukee Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Milwaukee area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Milwaukee Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Milwaukee Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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“The Worm Mon Show: The Play & The Movie”

Taking auditions for Worm Mon Show: The Play & The Movie.

I hope for your blessing to co-create “The Worm Mon Show: Movie and Play,” and to have brainstorming, designing, auditioning, shooting, and presenting at, God willing, A Great Farm Premier, or a South Side Chicago one, some day over the rainbow.

I hope to co-write the script, with my contribution coming from my practical experience as “Worm Mon, but also from the following texts I plan to draw upon for inspiration:

(l) Ursula Goodenough, “The Sacred Depths of Nature”

(2) Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry, “The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era: A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos,” and

(3) James Nardi, “Life In The Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners.”

I don’t know how long this will take. I don’t know with whom I will wind up doing it. But I hope you will host some gatherings at the Chicago State or the Shedd Aquarium, or some schools, or …..(?) to explore this concept.

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Women and Great Lakes Heartland “Public Intellectuals”

I googled “top 100 public intellectuals” in hopes of connecting some from the Great Lakes Heartland with Chicago Milwaukee urban ag/aqua experiments.
Walked into a great controversy around gender, with mosts lists predominantly male. Wonder if there is a serious under representation of Great Lakes Heartland folks as well. Here’s an essay piece that identifies female public intellectuals.
Anybody know if any of them from our region?

http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2005/02/22/a_different_take_on_the_female_public_intellectual_problem

Danielle Allen, Jean Bethke, Elshtain Melissa, Harris-Lacewell, Martha Nussbaum, Saskia Sassen, Iris Marion Young

Hey, I did that without breaking a sweat!! If Allen — who co-edits (???) Inkwell, the blog of the Independent Women’s Forum — wants to claim that female public intellectuals are hostage to doctrinnaire feminism, I’ll concede that she doesn’t have to search that far to find examples to support her hypothesis. However, she appears not to have searched at all for any cases that contradict her hypothesis. And that doesn’t make her a very good public intellectual at all. [You only searched within the confines of your ivory tower. Maybe your university is atypical—ed. I’d agree, but beyond the U of C, it’s still not that difficult to think of counterexamples to Charlotte Allen’s hypothesis —

Deborah Dickerson, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Jessica Tuchman Matthews, Peggy Noonan, Virginia Postrel, Diane Ravitch, Claudia Rossett, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Theda Skocpol, etc.

(UPDATE: Other excellent suggestions from the comments thread — Anne Applebaum, Amy Guttman, Samantha Power, Elaine Scarry, etc.)]

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You’re invited! Join Covering Kids & Families and UW-Extension for an Affordable Care Act Webinar, Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Disabilities Services Waiting List Eliminated After 35 Years

Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update from DRW

http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0d938fc7f541ceeb576488f48&id=5f3f29e903&e=064ac67b26

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Urban Ministries and Arts… Enriching Lives through Congregation, Classroom, and Community Collaboration

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012 6:00 p.m. Cardinal Stritch , 6801 N. Yates Rd. President Brisco will participate in the Brother Booker Ashe November 2012 Program

Topic: Urban Ministries and Arts… Enriching Lives through Congregation, Classroom, and Community Collaboration
Purpose: Examine the efforts of various local urban ministry programs to build community through the arts from a faith-based perspective.

This event is scheduled 6–9:00 p.m. Rev. Brisco will open and close.

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REMINDER: 5 VERY IMPORTANT Upcoming Events….FINAL PUSH

Hello All:
Just sending a friendly reminder of the upcoming events that are going to be coming up over the next week.

1. Monday, November 5, 2012 - GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY, Hosted by MICAH.

2. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Breakfast and Prayer Service, Hosted by MICAH.

3. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Volunteering for GET OUT THE VOTE shifts, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable

4. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Election Night Party, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable and Wisconsin Jobs Now!

5. Thursday, November 8, 2012 - MOVING FORWARD —Rally and Organizing Meeting

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A Start Up “DNA” for Transitions to Ecological Cities?

If you’d like to brainstorm this concept, it will be elaborated at

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetWaterOrganicsSweetWaterFoundation/HomePage

Biomimicry Informatics 1.0

Innovations inspired by nature
Information organizing architecture
Natural, social, cultural capital

Ecological & STEM Education 1.0

Art & Science
Science & Spirituality
Ego & Eco, Commerce and Community

Solidarity Economics 1.0

Earth Community Partnerships of All Living Forms
Open Source As Much As Possible
Hybrid Enterprise, e.g. Corporation, Cooperative, Non Profit
Multiple Bottom Lines, Multiple Value Streams
Boomer Millennial or Multigenerational Partnerships

Collaboration of Civilizations: India Start Up 1.0

Eco Change Work Learn Tours
Digital Information Exchange
Globally Minded Leadership Development

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Highlights from 2012 so far: The Good News

Thurs. 11/01/12: More Sanity to the Rescue! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/congressional-research-service_n_2059156.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

Thurs., 11–1−12: Another Voice of Sanity Speaks: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyregion/bloomberg-endorses-obama-saying-hurricane-sandy-affected-decision.html?nl=afternoonupdate&emc=edit_au_20121101

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MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force Action Alert: November 1, 2012

TO: ALL MICAH LEADERS & SUPPORTERS

FROM: Joseph Ellwanger & MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force

This is an action alert to MICAH leaders, asking you to contact your County Supervisor with the following message:

“When the County Board finalizes the 2013 County budget on Monday, November 5, please support Supervisor Nikiya Harris’s amendment to move the administration of the House of Corrections from the Sheriff and assign it to a superintendent who would be accountable to the County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors.”

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GOTV Rally

Monday, November 5, 2012 Press Conference at City Hall - Rev. Brisco will be one of the speakers on behalf of MICAH and our nonpartisan efforts. 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 5, 2012 Press Conference at Providence 3865 N. 82nd Street at 5:30 p.m. MICAH’s GOTV Rally at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Brother Booker Ashe Fall Event6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cardinal Stritch University Kliebban Conference Center

Purpose: Examining the efforts of urban ministry and arts

President Brisco will be speaking and participating on panel.

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County Budget Update and Call to Action – 11/1/12

COUNTY BOARD VOTES MONDAY ON BUDGET & COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING AMENDMENT

On Monday the County Board will vote on the 2013 Milwaukee County budget. This includes an amendment allocating $500,000 to fund an expansion of community mental health services. (see attached). Please contact your supervisor today and ask them to support the amendment which was sponsored by Supervisors Joe Sanfelippo and Nikkia Harris.

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Health care law delivers higher payments to primary care physicians

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the final rule implementing the part of the health care law that delivers higher payments to primary care physicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries. The new rule raises rates to ensure doctors are paid the same for treating Medicare and Medicaid patients and does not raise costs for states.

Read the Press Release.
Read other HHS Press Releases.

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One Percent of the Sweet Water Story

Sweet Water “One Percents”

Over the next year or two I hope to waft you the story of Sweet Water projects and “partners” that, in my mind, constitute 1% of the Sweet Water story that the print media does not have the resources to address. I will digitally store these “One Percents” and use them for raw material for my first major publication effort, not just about Sweet Water, but about “The Milwaukee Renaissance.” Here’s my first
offering.

Howard Hinterthuer – TEDxManhattan Challenge Winner!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObUoupoeJfw

Following a long and amazing career in Public Relations and Marketing Consulting, Howard Hinterthuer tried to retire in his 50’s but failed. Since then, Howard has embraced his youthful dreams of growing organic fruits and vegetables, creating music compulsively, writing whatever he wants, and caring for loved ones. He serves on the board of Wellspring, a thirty-year-old CSA located in Newburg, Wisconsin and is Executive Director Emeritus of the Sweet Water Foundation. “I helped launch Sweet Water Organics, a world leader in aquaponics, and the owners asked me to assist them in the creation of a foundation to teach others about aquaponics, vermiculture, and urban agriculture among other things.” Howard currently is Communications Coordinator, Center for Veterans Issues, Wisconsin’s largest community-based veteran’s service organization. He is also a peer-to-peer mentor in CVI’s Organic Therapy Program. Howard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (BA-General), and a Vietnam Veteran (’69 & ’70) where he served as a medic with the 101st Airborne Division.

Advancing Text, Ecological, and Publishing Literacy

So it’s my “theory” that we are equipping our students, young and old, with 3 major kinds of literacy:

  • text literacy, e.g. reading & writing

  • ecological literacy, e.g. aquaponics and vermiculture

  • publishing literacy, e.g. facebook,e-mails, and, my dream, WIKI!

I have been the elder of a wiki platform that gets about 800 hits per day and has been chronicling some great stories since about 2005. Here’s a story about it:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/ExchangeArticle/HomePage

I’m hoping to win the blessing of Sweet Water partners to inspire their teams to share their story at this site:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetWaterOrganicsSweetWaterHybrid/HomePage

I would help whoever wants to “wiki” to learn some of the very simple ways.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil


Youth Leadership Forum now taking applications

The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (WI YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities. It provides training in leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness to approximately 25 students with disabilities from throughout the state of Wisconsin.

WHERE: Edgewood College, Madison, WI
WHEN: June 16–21, 2013
COST: FREE*

Interested students should complete the attached application, collect 3 letters of recommendation, and complete the essay questions.

Applications are due April 15, 2013.

Mail completed applications to:
Cassandra Lokker
P.O. Box 313
Baldwin, WI 54002
(715)−307–2185
wisconsinylf@gmail.com
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How the Brookfield killer got his gun

Dear People:

There’s one thing you need to know about the man who murdered three people, including his wife, and wounded four more in Brookfield on Sunday.

He never should have been able to buy the gun he used in that spa shooting spree.

Just three days earlier, a Milwaukee court slapped him with a restraining order, legally barring him from having a gun. But just like people with serious mental illness or a criminal history, he had plenty of places to buy a gun without a background check.

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Attend The Project Milwaukee Help Wanted Forum October 30th

Why is there a disconnect between workers and jobs in Wisconsin? And, what can be done to solve this problem? Milwaukee Public Radio will address these questions in a community forum on October 30.

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin’s Skills Gap
Community Forum
Tuesday, October 30 - 4 to 6 p.m.
Milwaukee Area Technical College - Downtown Campus

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COUNTY BOARD PUBLIC HEARING

(On County Executive’s 2013 Recommended Budget, including amendments by the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee)
Monday, October 29, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Parking is free

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Scam Alert

Good Afternoon,

We’ve received two reports of a new scam taking place right now in the Milwaukee area. The victim is called and told that Social Security is going to give them a new card. They are asked for their bank account number so Social Security can take money from their bank account to pay for the card. In both of these reported instances, the senior was willing to give this information over the phone. In one case, a Senior Companion intervened after her client had given the information. The client’s bank has been notified. In the other incident a West Central Interfaith staff member who was visiting a client intervened before the scammer got another bank account number.

Both of these incidents took place today in the West Allis area, but may going on elsewhere as well.
Please be aware that this is taking place.

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MICAH, Inc. “Get out the Vote Rally”

When: Monday, November 5, 2012
Where: Providence Baptist Church 3865 N. 82nd Street, Milwaukee,
Rev. Games, Pastor

Time: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Purpose: To energize and promote our civic duty as Americans. We want to have you be mindful of what your vote means and represents for Milwaukee and the United States of America.

Rev. Willie E. Brisco, President

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This Just In from DRW October 21, 2012

Revision #3 to the 2013 CEX Budget Schedule - Monday, Oct 22 Meeting Cancelled

By Make It Work Milwaukee / Mental Health Task Force Update

Here is the updated county board budget schedule. A few things to note:

1. Calling all advocates: Turn out Monday, October 29, 2012 – 6:30 p.m. for the COUNTY BOARD PUBLIC HEARING on the County Executive’s 2013 Recommended Budget.

The hearing is at Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. We need folks to speak about our priorities: reinvesting the dollars saved from downsizing institutional services to fund community mental health services, and improving medical and mental health care at the jail and house of corrections. It appears that transit and paratransit services are adequately funded in the budget- it may be helpful to have a few speakers share the importance of these services and thank the board for their support. Please let me know if you plan to attend the October 29th Public Hearing.

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Final Days

By Ed Pazicky, Artist and Activist

Port Charlotte, Forida

We are now in the final days of making a decision that will affect all our lives. Have we carefully considered what has gone before us. Have we considered what might happen to this once proud country if we make the wrong decision?

Are you familiar with the Declaration of Independence? No, have you really read it? Do you remember why our founders wrote it? Of course, it was because they were living under the tyranny of a colonial ruler and it was time to separate themselves from a government that was oppressive and was not working well for the governed. Let me remind you what it says!

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Sculpting Universe Stories:The Goodenoughs of the Sweet Water Seas

Emmanuel Oshun and Lakshmi Durga Goodenough: Early Family Origins in the Forests of Mali

Now this is a rich and complex story involving many people and other life forms. It is hoped that this story will be created by many people, for many people, and with many people. It’s a fluid story with a myriad of twists and shouts and unexpected turns. It will entertain and enlighten, inspire and challenge, make us laugh and sometimes cry. It is about a great clan called “The Goodenoughs.” More specifically, it’s about the family of Emmanuel Oshun and Lakshmi Durga Goodenough, raising their children in the village Godshill of their ancestors of the past few hundred years,among the prosperous clans of the Sweet Water Seas. Prior to the Goodenough’s arrival in the heartland of the sweet water seas, they were scattered to the winds, some in Latin American countries, some European, some Asian, others Australian, and, finally, some from Africa, the Motherland of all Goodenoughs, specifically, from the forests of Mali. It is quite likely that your family too is kin to the Goodenoughs, some of whom left Mali about 50,000 years ago.

Study Guide

(1) What are the major life forms of the “Earth Community.” Go to google images
and enter “life forms,” then cut and paste images of 10 of your favorite “life partners.” Send them to 5 or 10 relatives and/or friends and ask them to tell you their favorite 5 “life partners.”

(2) Mention is made of a story made of the people, by the people, and for the
people. Have you ever heard of other things made of, by, and for the people. What
is the difference, if any, of a story or a , made of, by, and for the people.

(3) This story focuses on one family among the Goodenoughs, that of Emmanuel Oshun
and Lakshmi Durga Goodenough. Google each of these 5 names, spend 5 minutes
reading wikipedia entry for each name. Then google image each of these names.
Cut and paste your favorite 1 to 3 sentences about each of these names, e.g. Emmanuel, Oshun, Lakshmi, Durga, and Goodenough and place it as artfully as possible below your favorite image of Emmanuel, Oshun, Lakshmi, etc. Send that to one friend or school/learning partner and see if you can get them to offer you one of their favorite sentences.

(4) Google “Sweet Water Seas” and write one paragraph and select your favorite google images picture.

(5) The Goodenoughs are all from Africa. Why would the story teller call Africa “Mother.” Google “Mother Africa” and spend 5 minutes per day reading about Mother Africa items for the next 7 days. Then spend 10 minutes telling us why the author would call Africa “Mother.”

(6) Google “human family tree” and “human evolution” wikipedia. Spend an hour over the next week reading each of the entries. Take notes and write 10 bullet points about things people had learned to do in Africa or wherever 50,000 years ago.

(7) Google “Mansa Musa I of Mali “ and read what shows up for 30 minutes. Google
image Mansa Musa I of Mali and cut and paste a picture aside 3 sentences you write about what you learned from reading up on Mansa Musa.

to be continued.

Godsil

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Talking About VOTING: Protecting the VOTE An inter-generational dialogue.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6–8:00 p.m.
COA Goldin Center 2320 W. Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, WI. 53206

Featuring: Congresswoman Gwen Moore
Moderated by: Eric Von, Morning Magazine 1290 wmcs
Sponsored by: The advancement project, League of Young Voters COA Goldin Center

Spread the Word!

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Have You or A Family Member Been Victims of Police Crimes in Milwaukee?

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LogistiCare Hearing on October 18

This is a reminder that the State Senate Committee on Health, Revenue, Tax Fairness and Insurance is holding a hearing This Thursday October 18th in Milwaukee where members of the public can share their experiences with transportation provided by Logisticare. The hearing begins at 3 PM at Washington Park Senior Center - please see the message below for details. Concerns have been raised about the quality of services proivded by Logisticare. If you have used Logisticare for non-emergency medical transportation, or have clients who have used this service, this is an important opportunity to share your experience with members of the legislature and staff from the Department of Health Services who may also be in attendance.

Please let me know if you have questions or need assistance with your testimony, and spread the word. It is important to have a good turnout from those with lived experienced who can speak first hand about these concerns.

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
888 758–6049 TTY
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org

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City Wide Forum on Protecting the Vote October 17th

You’re invited to participate in a city wide forum, “Talking About Voting: Protecting our Vote” The event is sponsored by the Advancement Project (501c3), and is strictly non partisan. The forum will provide a context and history of voting and suppression in the African American community. The purpose of the event is to educate voters to be prepared to vote in the November election and to convey our rich heritage in voting.

The event is planned for Wednesday, October 17th COA Goldin Center 2320 W Burleigh St. Milwaukee, WI 53206

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Voter Rights Workshop and Voter Registration; Sunday, October 14

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Please Join US! Invitation to a Public Hearing, “Harvesting Your Feedback”

Milwaukee County Seniors Your voices have been heard!

You are invited to a public hearing, “Harvesting Your Feedback”. Two public hearings will be hosted and sponsored by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) in partnership with AARP.

We would like for you to enjoy some wonderful fall refreshments and be our guest at one of the two, “Harvesting Your Feedback” Public Hearings:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 9:00 am until 11:00 am Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 West Howard Avenue, Milwaukee, Main Hall

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Main Hall

RSVPs Are NOT Required. You only need to attend “one” of the public hearings. Again, the purpose of attending one of the public hearings is for MCDA to present the goals and strategies of the Area Plan and receive final feedback from the community.

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Fear, Inc.

The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

Date: Friday, October 19th, 2012

Student Workshop 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rm. 191 UW-Milwaukee Union 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard

Public Lecture 7:00 pm
UWM Helene Zelazo Center 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Across the Street from the Union

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Please Join the Milwaukee Film Festival for the world premiere of BENDING TOWARD THE LIGHT, a film by BRAD PRUITT.

Bending Toward the Light explores the challenges and triumphs of educational systems in the United States through the lens of students, parents, teachers, reformers and activists in the country’s heartland - Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Click here to view trailer or buy tickets:
http://milwaukee.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/bendingtowardthelight_bradpruitt_milwaukee2012

Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the Oriental Theatre Box Office.

SHOWTIMES:

Sunday Oct 07, 2012 - 7:15 pm
LANDMARK ORIENTAL THEATRE 2230 N. Farwell, Milwaukee, WI

Monday Oct 08, 2012 - 5:00 pm
FOX BAY CINEMA 334 E. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI

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MICAH Important Dates Updated 10/01/12

Monday, October 1, 2012 Task Force Leaders Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

Monday, October 1, 2012 Executive Committee Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12 noon- 1:30 p.m. Religious Leaders Caucus.

This will be held at Milwaukee Friends, 3224 N. Gordon Pl. 414.263.2111.

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Are you concerned about gun violence in our communities?

Please join us for a panel discussion about this important issue.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 7:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church 1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI

Recent mass shootings in Oak Creek and Aurora are painful reminders of the cost of gun violence. Every single year in our country, 30,000 people are killed and an additional 70,000 people are injured with guns. We can and must do more to prevent these tragedies. Please bring your ideas and questions and add your voice to this discussion.

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EDUCATION COALITION OF MILWAUKEE UPCOMING MEETINGS

EDUCATION COALITION OF MILWAUKEE: Women Committed to an Informed Community, Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. Christian Community Caucus

Monday, October 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Council for Spanish Speaking
614 W. National Ave.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
City Hall, Room 301-B
Zoning, Neighborhoods, Dev. Comm.

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Riverside University High School Choir will be hosting their first annual “WORSHIP FEST”

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Milwaukee Public Schools looking for more in school Tutors

Interfaith-MPS Tutor Program needs more volunteer tutors.

Volunteers:

  • Tutor local students on reading or math in either a one-on-one or small group setting in the classroom.

  • Practice positive reinforcement.

  • Assure that students show respect for their peers, instructors, learning materials and equipment.

The Tutor Program is a partnership of Interfaith Older Adult Programs Inc. and Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Public showing of the Police video of the murder of Derek Williams, Jr.

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Muslim-Christian Student Dialogue; Cardinal Stritch University

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Know Your Neighbors: Exploring Our Diverse Faiths

Event to have Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist presenters

Greetings!

You are invited to a significant event this coming Monday evening, Sept. 24, to learn about the Sikh faith and four other faiths, and to mingle with members of some of those faiths.

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is offering an opportunity for people from every community to learn about the beliefs and customs of their fellow citizens at “Know Your Neighbors: Exploring Our Diverse Faiths” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church, 8675 S. 13th St., Oak Creek. Refreshments and informal conversation will follow.

Directions: Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church is at W. Puetz Road and S. 13th Street. People driving on I-94 from the north should exit at Rawson Avenue, head east and immediately turn right (south) onto 13th Street. The church is about two miles ahead. People driving on I-94 from the south should exit at Ryan Road, head east and immediately turn left (north) onto 13th Street. The church is about one mile ahead.

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Milwaukee Officials Still Don’t Get It

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

What’s the difference between a community forum and a resource fair? Evidently the City of Milwaukee officials really don’t know the answer to this question, or they won’t give the time and respect due to the African American community to talk about how to improve relations between African Americans and city workers, in particular, the police.

People who report signs of violence to 911, and who wish to remain anonymous, have that wish violated every time the squad car parks in front of the 911 caller’s house who dared to report violence and crime. The police who commit these violations leave, and then the gangs return and damage the property, shoot up the house, hopefully don’t kill anyone.

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Godsil Opening Remarks to Chinese Delegation: “A New Deal for the Earth Community”

Welcome to the Sweet Water Milwaukee experiment and thank you for the honor of your visit. It is our great hope that the partnership of our State Department, the Chinese government, the organizations you each represent, and our Sweet Water partners advances aquaponics across the planet. Through the power of the internet we can collaborate in the democratization and globalization of this earth friendly, prolific eco-system approach to food production, eye on the prize of

5 in 5, 20 by 20…

that is, an aquaponics digital training or miniature demonstration in 5% of American and Chinese schools in 5 years, 20% of American and Chinese schools by 2010.

Shajan John is here to share the story of the Growing Networks and Sweet Water collaboration in India, Michael Carriere the story of the Heartland House and Great Lakes Aquaponics R&D Consortium, and Sweet Water staffers Emma Kraco and Scott the story of the Sweet Water aquaponics farm.

Wisconsin and Milwaukee played important roles incubating the programs that 30 years from their 1900 start were key to a “New Deal for America” during the Great Depression. It is our expectation that Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s Sweet Water and Sweet Soil bio-culture experiments, in collaboration with our partners in China, in India, in all of the great nations of the world, will be key to

A New Deal for Cooperating Nations, a New Deal for the Earth Community of all people and all life forms in this great adventure on our blue green planet Earth.

Let the mighty collaboration begin!

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The Third Annual Project Homeless Connect

A gallery showing features stories on how people became homeless

The Third Annual Project Homeless Connect Fundraiser will include stories of guests who tell how they became homeless, accompanied by artwork from others.

Bid on Items from Local Artists in our auction!
Admission is free!
Light Appetizers to be served!

Location: Community Advocates 728 N. James Lovell St.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22

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YMCA Milwaukee Northside partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin to host marrow, organ registration and blood drive.

YMCA Milwaukee Northside is partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin to host a marrow, organ registration and blood drive. Donating blood takes about an hour of your time, and registering for organ and marrow takes less than 15 minutes- a short commitment to give a life-saving gift.

Please join us for this event.

Date: September 29, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Ymca Milwaukee Northside

Make your appointment by calling Rayven Gordon at or visit this link.

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Parents for Public Schools event, September 26th

A newly formed chapter of Parents for Public Schools: Milwaukee is hosting an event for parents to preview the 2013–2015 state education budget, followed up by a Q&A. Please share this with anyone, especially our parents. If you have a school newsletter, consider posting this in the newsletter. There is a Facebook page up now, with an event’s page. https://www.facebook.com/PPSMKE

Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Mandel
Metro Region School Social Worker
Cell: 414–550–0352
mandeljb@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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Benefit for Abraham Assana family. Help us raise money for the memorial fund going toward a reward and to help his children and wife.

Saturday, September 29th: 2pm until ???
Club Timbuktu 520 E. Center St.

$10 suggested donation (more is always welcome) Kids 12 & under free. Hand stamps available so bring the kids during the day and come back later!

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“11×15 Campaign” Summit on September 13, 2012

Contact: Joseph Ellwanger, 414.736.2480 or www.prayforjusticeinwi.org

A diverse group of seven leaders in the Milwaukee area will express their support of a campaign aimed at reducing Wisconsin’s prison population to 11,000 (from 22,000) by 2015 for safer and healthier communities, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3114 N. 2nd St., on Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.

Each speaker will explain why they support the reduction of Wisconsin’s prison population and how they believe that the reduction can be accomplished.

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Effectively Employing Certified Peer Specialists

Using the Skills and Expertise of Peers to Maximize Recovery

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is hosting a training on effective use of professional peers in facilitating mental health recovery.

Mental health professionals and stakeholders are warmly invited, including peer specialists and their prospective and current supervisors and colleagues.

Friday, September 28, 2012 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wisconsin African American Women’s Center
3020 West Vliet Street Milwaukee, WI 53208

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The Family Support Program is looking to hire Family Support Specialists by Oct. 15, 2012.

The Family Support Program is an innovative program in which service provision to families involved in child welfare has been brought in house. The program works to provide consistency and service excellence to some of the most vulnerable families in the greater Milwaukee area. While the program is in its infancy, great strides have been made to make the program successful and beneficial to workers and clients alike.

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You are invited to a public hearing in Milwaukee

To share what you know about the challenges facing low income residents in southeastern Wisconsin when they need legal help with critical civil (not criminal) legal problems. The event is being organized by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission. We want to hear from you!

When: September 13, 2012, 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Marquette University Law School, Appellate Courtroom, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

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Two Friends Exhorted Jan to Submit
Two Friends Exhorted Jan to Submit

Re-Imagine Milwaukee

Change from the inside out

For real and lasting change in our city, we need to change NOT from the top down, not even from the bottom up, but from the inside out.

Our project is called “Re-Imagine Milwaukee.” It calls on “the big brain,” the collected imaginations of a wide range of citizens.

This approach was pioneered by the Grace Lee Boggs Center a decade ago in Detroit, and used extensively at the Detroit 2012 Conference in July of this year.

Re-Imagine Milwaukee has six major components: Community Engagement, Local Food Production, Use of Foreclosed Properties and Vacant Lots, Food Hubs, Soil Building, Art and Celebration.

Community Engagement

As we engage members of Milwaukee neighborhoods, we will help them move from consumerism to citizenship using a community organizing technique set forth in The Abundant Community by Peter Block and the legendary John McKnight, who gave Barack Obama his first organizing job.

We will gather information on gifts, skills and passions of individuals, as well as inventorying neighborhood assets like businesses, organizations and associations.

Neighborhoods will decide what institutions work for their individual cultures. This employs a decision-making process created by the Zeidler Center for Community Conversations, using three questions to examine issues and solutions: (1) What can we do for ourselves? (2) What do we need some help with? (3) What do we want our government or other institution to do for us?


Jan Ponders Central Concept

Local Food Production

We will help expand local food production as appropriate to neighborhood culture in several tiers: (1) private front and back yard gardens; (2) community gardens in vacant lots and public parks; (3) commercial food production by interns learning the trade of Urban Agriculture; (4) urban Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects; and (5) Urban Farmers engaged in Homesteading.

Some of these strategies are already in use, created by the UW Extension, Growing Power, Walnut Way, Alice’s Garden, Victory Garden Initiative, the YMCA, Groundwork Milwaukee, the Young Farmers Education Program and others.

Use of Foreclosed Properties and Vacant Lots

As appropriate to specific neighborhoods, we propose tying foreclosed properties to local food production. Some city policies will need to change to make these strategies possible.

Foreclosed properties can be used to house groups of interns as they create and maintain community gardens. Plots in these gardens will be available to local residents; other plots will be worked by the interns to raise food for sale.

Other foreclosed properties will become part of a Homesteading Program. Qualified Urban Farmers will be eligible to have a house and adjoining vacant lot, where they will raise food for sale. They will restore the house as a residence and/or a site to process food. After meeting specific requirements on a timeline, the Urban Farmer will own the property.


Moment of Crystalization!

Food Hubs

Depending on neighborhood culture, Food Hubs will vary in form and size.

A Farmers’ Cooperative will serve as a Central Food Hub to purchase food from urban farmers. Prices will be set by the Cooperative’s members – including both farmers and customers, called “patrons.” The Co-op will prepare food in a central facility for delivery to patrons – stores, food co-ops, restaurants and farmers markets.

Neighborhood Food Hubs will feature cooperative kitchens – convenient places for neighbors to process food using canning, freezing, pickling, fermenting, drying, and other preservation techniques. They will also provide storage so residents don’t have to store food if they lack adequate space in their homes. An exchange structure will be set up so residents who worked on preservation projects can reclaim food using Milwaukee Area Time Exchange credits.

Churches, community centers, or peoples’ homes will be drop-off points for CSA deliveries, serving as even more localized Food Hubs.

Soil Building

New urban food production start-ups require fertile soil and compost, available from sources like Growing Power, Sweet Water Organics Foundation and Purple Cow.

Residual reclamation – capturing food wastes for soil building – is vital to make the process more self-sufficient. Composting and vermiculture will be done at appropriate sites using best practices.

Art and Celebration

The arts build community. They re-link people with each other and with their neighborhoods. They introduce and reinforce the concepts of a new paradigm – the change that comes from the inside out.

The arts tell the story of social change. They serve as advertising and education. Publicly produced art presents the message twice – through those who create the art and those who enjoy the finished artwork.

Projects will include murals, music, theatre presentations like Playback Theatre and the All People’s Parade, spoken word poetry, philosophy slams, food celebrations and other community events.

Conclusion

Re-Imagine Milwaukee is an overall structure designed to create a paradigm shift. Its six components – Community Engagement, Local Food Production, Use of Foreclosed Properties, Food Hubs, Soil Building, Art and Celebration – will produce a new spirit to embody and enliven the vision of our Re-Imagined Milwaukee.

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SS Peter and Paul’s 2012 Block Party Saturday Sept 8, 2PM to 11PM Free Admission!

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DEPRESSION - The Intersection of Hope, Medicine and Research

Marquette Presents

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 10 percent of adults in the U.S. are affected by depression, the need to destigmatize this condition is long overdue. Marquette invites you to attend this complimentary breakfast forum - the first in a new research series the College of Health Sciences will host on issues of community health.

Monday, Sept. 17

7:15 a.m. Complimentary continental breakfast
7:45 a.m. Program begins; networking to follow
9:00 a.m. Event concludes

Alumni Memorial Union - Grand Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Marquette campus

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Top 10 Reasons to Use the Affordable Care Act to Fill the Gap in BadgerCare

By Sara Eskrich

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives Wisconsin an exciting opportunity to improve access to health care for a large segment of uninsured Wisconsinites – i.e., adults who aren’t custodial parents of a dependent child – using the proven and successful Medicaid program. Here are ten of the many reasons why Wisconsin should use this option to close the current gap in BadgerCare coverage.

1) It’s the right thing to do. Everyone is worthy of health care coverage, and using the Medicaid opportunity in the ACA would close the largest gap in Wisconsin’s health care system.

2) It will save lives. States that have extended Medicaid coverage to “childless adults” have seen fewer deaths - especially those caused by disease, accidents, injuries, and drug abuse.

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MICAH’s 11×15 Campaign Saturday, August 25th, 2012 NEW INFORMATION

Christian Fellowship Community Church: 2176 North 39th Street, Milwaukee
RSVP with sharon@micahempowers.org

  • 8:00 a.m. Fellowship

  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. Program

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY TO HOST 2nd ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Free event to showcase Milwaukee County Courthouse and the programs offered to residents

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is proud to sponsor the 2nd Annual Milwaukee County Open House on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

“We are inviting all Milwaukee County residents to visit the Courthouse for an eye-opening look into the many ways we touch the community,” said Supervisor Peggy A. Romo West, who is the lead coordinator for the event. “Milwaukee County government is transparent and accountable, and we look forward to showcasing the services we provide on behalf of Milwaukee County residents.”

The event provides a great opportunity for constituents to meet their County Supervisor, the County Executive, and other elected officials. Other highlights include fact-filled tours of the Courthouse and a County Department Resource Fair, with helpful information and special exhibits on the services Milwaukee County offers to protect, enhance and enrich the community. The event also features light refreshments and donated door prizes.

Milwaukee County Open House: Working for You
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Milwaukee County Courthouse, Second Floor
901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI

All Milwaukee County residents are invited to attend the free event throughout the day, as tours and information will be presented throughout the day. For more information, residents can contact 414–278–4222.

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

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Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits

Thursday, August 30th at 2:00pm Eastern

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

Boston 10 Point Coalition Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. registration
9:30 a.m. until 3:00pm

Lunch will be provided.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church 1345 West Burleigh Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206

RSVP to Paulina de Haan at the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention at phone: 414–286–3637 or email: paulina.dehaan@milwaukee.gov by Monday, August 27, 2012

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Janus College Preparatory & Art Academies, Inc. 08/15/2012 Fall Back to School Fundraiser.

JCPAA has started its fall back to school fundraiser; we would like to raise $2000, by collecting empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.

This is a simple fundraiser that helps subsidize JCPAA budget. Our none profit organization utilizes the FundingFactory Recycling Program to recycle collected cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops. The program features FREE prepaid shipping labels, online accounting, and a business component that enables companies and individuals to collect cartridges and cell phones in support of our efforts.

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Race For the Cure: Join the MMWC Team

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2013 Milwaukee County Budget Slides

Mental Health Task Force/Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Thanks to the County Exec’s office for sharing the Powerpoint from the Exec’s recent budget Town Halls. Some good information for your reference. see attached and we will also have this available soon on the Mental Health Task Force County Budget resources page.

Budget Presentation Slides PDF

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SEVENTH “CHAT WITH THE CHAIR” SET FOR GLENDALE

Chairwoman Dimitrijevic is riding the bus to listening sessions in all 19 municipalities

Chat with the Chair – Glendale
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. North Shore Public Library Community Room 6800 North Port Washington Road

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The City of Milwaukee is now accepting applications for the following position: LIBRARY YOUTH EDUCATOR (half-time).

http://city.milwaukee.gov/jobs/LYE

Applications must be submitted by SEPTEMBER 7, 2012.

Please complete the required application in full. A resume may not be substituted for the application. Do not write “see resume”
on the application, or it may be rejected.

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Associated contributes $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee - Revolving Loan Fund Program

MILWAUKEE - Aug. 9, 2012 - Associated contributed $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Greater Milwaukee Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF). The AACC Board, with seed funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has established a revolving loan fund to make capital accessible and provide quality technical assistance to the African American business community.

WEDC provided $100,000 seed money to the RLF that will be leveraged into a matching fund to help start the RLF Program with an initial total of $200,000 in capital. With Associated’s $25,000 donation, the RLF will be able to support eight start-up or expansion businesses to create positive and proactive business climate that will energize the local economic capability to create or retain up to 15 to 20 jobs, generate tax revenues and buildup wealth.

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August 9: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. to attend community meeting at Oak Creek High School

On Thursday, August 9, at 5:00 pm, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will attend the scheduled community meeting at Oak Creek High School. Rev. Jackson will make closing remarks at the meeting, and will be available for press after the meeting is concluded.

The previously planned Vigil Against Violence at Cathedral Square Park has been canceled due to inclement weather. We encourage all to attend the aforementioned community meeting in Oak Creek this evening.

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August 9: Vigil Against Violence with host Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Vigil is canceled due to inclement weather.

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August 12: Community Commemoration – A time for reflection, a time for action.

On Sunday, August 12, at 3:30 pm, in Pere Marquette Park, members of Wisconsin’s grassroots communities, including faith-based and other local organizations who have joined in coalition together, will commemorate the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple and discuss the needs of our diverse communities in looking to the future.

This hour-long program will focus on four points of unity, as drafted by the event’s various co-sponsors

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MICAH’s Hands Across the Via Duct rally and canvass August 10th - 12th.

Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street South)
Rev. Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 2215 N. 23rd Street
Rev. J. Anthony Phillips, Host Pastor

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Turn Out - 2013 Budget Town Hall Meetings August 13 and 14

Monday, August 13, 2012 5:00pm-6:30pm

McGovern Park Senior Center 4500 W Custer Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53218

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:00am-11:30am

West Allis City Hall Council Chambers 7525 W. Greenfield Ave. West Allis, WI 53214

RSVP required: countyexec@milwcnty.com

Accommodation services for people with disabilities can be requested from the Office for Person with Disabilities at 414–278–3932 (voice) or 414–278–3977 (TTY).

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SIXTH “CHAT WITH THE CHAIR” SET FOR WAUWATOSA

Chairwoman Dimitrijevic is riding the bus to listening sessions in all 19 municipalities

Chat with the Chair – Wauwatosa
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Wauwatosa Public Library 7635 W. North Avenue

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MICAH lawsuit challenges $1.7 expansion of Zoo Interchange at expense of pubic transit and minority jobs

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Big Will Allen at a preview celebration party of new Growing Power store on Martin Luther King Drive, with former board members James Godsil, Janine Arseneau, Dave Boucher, and Welford Sanders.

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Poll worker volunteers needed for August 14th Primary Election!

Hello All:

100 Black Women are in desperate need of at least 4 poll workers for next week Tuesday, August 14th’s Fall Primary Election.

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please have them contact Martha De La Rosa ASAP at 414–364–4700.

Sincerely,

Mike Wilder

African-American Voter Engagement Table Director
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund
414–339–3290

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Tired of candidates talking at you, but not answering questions? Us too.

I’m sure you’re familiar with this scenario: a typical candidate forum, candidates sitting side-by-side at a table, attacking each other instead of answering questions.

At the end, nobody has outlined a specific plan for success.

NOT this time. Tonight, the candidates who want to represent Assembly District 18 will be held accountable by you.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 7, 5:30pm
Location: Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd

Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Email to let us know if you will be attending.

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Career Tools from Transitional Jobs

Wednesday, August 22 2012
7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Doors Open at 7:00 am
Cousins Center, 3501 South Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53235

The courses are free and designed to help people in their search for work. Classes on practical things like how to recover your drivers license, one-on-one help on writting a resume and doing an interview.

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The Center for Church and Prison, Inc. Strategic National Conference on Mass Incarceration and Reentry

October 18th to 20th

http://www.conferenceonmassincarceration.com/donation.php

Please check out Dr Alexanders book The New Jim Crow… short read but a must for any social justice advocate. She is the keynote at this conference.

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Children’s Long Term Support Autism Coordinator Position Opening

The Department of Health Services in Dane County is looking for a Children’s Long Term Support Autism Coordinator.

See Here for the job posting.

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August 16, 2012 is Issues Night

St. Martin de Porres
128 W. Burleigh Street (Enter off 2nd street through parking lot)

Fellowship is at 5:30 p.m.
Issues 6–8:00 p.m.

Spread the WORD!

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New Guide to States’ Opportunities to Expand Medicaid

Help your state make the best choices!

July 18, 2012 — The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a new guide to help advocates, providers and state leaders improve health coverage and mental health services in the states. Now is the time to help state leaders understand the benefits of expanding Medicaid eligibility. States that do opt for the Medicaid expansion will also have to make other critical decisions to ensure people with mental illness have access to the services they need. The guide addresses these and related issues in depth.

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Stand Up for a Reasonable Minimum Wage

Take Action Tuesday!

Dear Friends,
Over the last few years we’ve stood together on a number of important issues. Today, I am hoping we can come together once again and change the course for thousands of low-wage workers in Milwaukee. You may have heard that there is national legislation that seeks to increase the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $10.57/hour. This increase could mean almost $500 per month more in real income for minimum wage workers across the country.

The event kicks off Tuesday, July 24th, at the McDonald’s on North Ave & I-43 at 12pm.

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Might Chinese Students and Professors Help Stop Elephant Slaughter in Africa?

I am mostly concerned about how to influence the rising demand for ivory that is causing much misery in Congo. At the extreme, ivory is being used like blood diamonds to fuel militia who wreak sporadic and deadly havoc on rural people – not to mention the other result, the inevitable extinction of elephants from forests that need these gigantic earth moving machines in order to regenerate. While ivory poaching has always been a problem in elephant countries, it is reaching unprecedented levels since the arrival of the Chinese and southeast Asians into DRC and central Africa. China has offered these countries a blessed means to develop their countries and provide the much needed infrastructure (roads, railways, building construction). On the other hand, the proximity of Chinese business has strengthened access to and for demand ivory. When I learned that Chinese law forbids the killing of elephants (an act in China punishable by death), I thought that this fact alone gives a window for conservationists, business economists and the like to talk. They could be instrumental in curbing demand and join efforts to enforce laws. This is when my friend Godsil entered the room!

Yours, Gay

Gay Edwards Reinartz, PhD
Director, Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative
Conservation Coordinator
Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Send note to CongoBioDiversity@milwaukeerenaissance.com if you want to help.

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Extreme heat, medication combine to create extreme health risks

by Laura Oliver

The mercury’s rising across the country, and with the rising temperature comes increased risk of a potentially fatal illness: heat stroke.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office released reports Monday which show five deaths last week could be heat related. Heat-related deaths were also reported in La Crosse, Lone Rock and Janesville, and the death of an Onalaska man is also being investigated as possibly related to the heat.

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Resolution

By Reverend Willie E. Brisco

I have been struggling to put the events of that night (at the special meeting at Rufus King High School regarding the Darius Simmons homicide) into some sort of perspective that would give me a sense of closure. Whenever an event or situation leaves me with a restless spirit, I become determined to listen to what God is trying to tell me. I approached this meeting with the expectations that the police chief and the mayor would address the public in a sincere and forthright manner in regards to their concerns about the police department’s actions at the scene of the crime.

I had no intentions of speaking at this event, because I was satisfied with the gestures of both the offices of the mayor and police chief. They had shown that they can reach out to religious and community leaders to give assurances that justice would be done, and to give their account of the conduct of the first responders to the murder scene. I then looked forward to them giving to the general public the same courtesy that they had accorded to the NAACP, MICAH and a representative from Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition in Chicago.

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Institutionalized racism talks, then walks July 12, 2012

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn painted a stark, living portrait of institutional racism in Milwaukee at the Rufus King High School auditorium on Thursday night, July 12, 2012. After the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners adjourned their meeting, they took a break before turning the meeting over to the mayor, the police chief and the audience of about 100 people to talk about the way the police handled the May 31, 2012, Darius Simmons murder case.

It was hard to hear the mayor, since he stood at the podium with his back turned to the audience as he spoke to the Commissioners, not to us. The mayor said something about being a father, he could imagine how Patricia Larry, mother of Darius Simmons, was feeling and expressed his condolences.

Then the police chief and another policeman bypassed the podium by walking onto the stage and taking seats at a table right-angled to the one at which the Commissioners sat facing us. Flynn looked occasionally at the Commissioners, but not at the audience, as he spun his story of how and why the cops handled the murder of Darius Simmons the way they did.

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The band “The Treatment” is playing at The Riverwest Public House (a great spot) next friday 7/20.

They start around 8:30.
$5 cover.

Spread the word.
Hope to see you there.

-Max Hellermann

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Hafiz Manifest in Milwaukee

Karen Kolberg is putting on a wonderful program this coming Tuesday, July 10. She has memorized sooooo many Hafiz poems. When you arrive, you are asked to silently think of a question you’d like an answer to, then you pick from a bowl the first line (or title) of a Hafiz poem then take your seat.

Once the program begins, you give Karen your poem, and she recites (read “performs”) it for you. Personally, I’m not a poetry person. But when Karen does them, I am! You never have to tell your question—unless you’d like to. Often the poem provides an interesting contemplation in relation to your question.

This coming Tues. night is the only Hafiz program for another year. The only PR for this program is word of mouth. If you are thinking of coming please call or this program will not be offered again at the Center. And I’d hate to see Hafiz and his insights spoken only to the trees.

Where: Schlitz Audubon Center
When: July 10th (Tues. night) from 7–8pm.
Price is $12 for non-members $10 for members.
Reservations are requested at
414–352–2880 ext. 0. Thanks. Please spread the word.

Warmly,
Barb

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New Brief Provides a Guide to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Decision

A new policy brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains the key issues in the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. The brief examines the Court’s affirmation that the individual mandate is constitutional and explains the justices’ more complex decision to limit the law’s enforcement mechanism for the Medicaid expansion while allowing the overall expansion of that program to go forward. It also looks ahead to the implementation of health reform now that questions about the constitutionality of the law have been resolved.

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Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee 2013 County Budget Update

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force web site now has a page dedicated to the 2013 Milwaukee County budget process. Materials currently posted on this page include 2013 budget requests submitted by a number of departments to the County Executive - including the Behavioral Health Division, Health and Human Services, Sheriff, and Transit among others.

This is good background for Tuesday’s budget briefing so check it out - fun reading for a summer weekend! This is the link to our page on the 2013 budget:
http://www.milwaukeemhtf.org/2012/07/06/2013-milwaukee-county-budget-materials.html

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Good read for a hot day…Emerson’s “The American Scholar.”

The American scholar is most engaged by the spectacle of Nature, this “web of God,” this
“circular power returning into itself.”

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Sweet Water Foundation Ill Inst Tech(IIT) Boeing Scholars workshop July 6, 2012

The main objectives of our one-day workshop with the IIT Boeing Scholars are:

  • Give scholars a basic understanding of aquaponics technology (how biology informs design)
  • Explore the significance of aquaponics technology in industry development and in community development
  • Learn through hands-on experience the component parts and functionality of a small-scale aquaponics system
  • Generate creative ideas and applications for a unique aquaponics design

Our morning session (10:45am-1pm) will be an introduction to aquaponics, or “Aquaponics 101”. A short introductory lecture will be followed by a tour of Sweet Water Organics farm, including indoor and outdoor commercial aquaponics systems, small scale demonstration aquaponics systems, raised bed soil farming, honey production, and composting as a waste management technique. The morning will conclude with a brief reflection on the role of urban farms in the post-industrial urban environment.

After a 30-minute lunch, the afternoon session will concentrate on the technical design and construction of small-scale aquaponics systems. 3 separate small groups will examine 3 different small-scale aquaponics designs, and then physically construct 3 separate aquaponics model systems. The main components of the systems will be pre-fabricated, but students will explore the design of the systems while putting together the component parts. By the middle of the afternoon, we will have these 3 systems completed and operational, with circulating water. The workshop will conclude with a creative reflection activity, utilizing the knowledge gained during the day to sketch drawings of their own aquaponics design.

Jay Anderson Quintet Jazz Jam At Sweet Water Monday Potlucks and Soap Box Moments

Jay Anderson sweet sounds!

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Rethinking Home Coops

Advance Mini Farm Innovation Centers in Boomer/Millennial Partnership Experiments

Re-Thinking Homes Co-ops to advance mini farms in our suburbs and old cities? Millennial way to move out of parents homes and save $100,000 college loans? Boomers way to afford the family home and co-create second adult lives? Why not?

Full story at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/TransitionsFromIndustrialToOrganicCities/HomePage

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Student Voice in Improving Teacher Practice and Student Engagement

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation:

July 10, 2012, 10:00am – 11:30am

Admission is free.
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Watch Live Online

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Upholds Justice June 28, 2012

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

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You know that people in general around the world are divided into two groups: those who practice The Golden Rule and those who do not, those who respect the rights of others, and those who do not. Perhaps US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts preferred to do the right thing for posterity rather than to gratify his party’s leaders. The man is sane. One of the few among the GOP/Blue Dog Democrats, and oh boy, do we need sanity to continue to preside over America.

The Federal Reserve’s Consumer Finances is the only government survey of wealth in America, and it is conducted every three years. The statistics below come from the 2010 survey is the first one to expose the effects of Wall Street’s 2008 destruction of financial security for so many Americans and businesses:

--- The median wealth of American families (meaning half above and half below) dropped from $126,400 in 2007 all the way down to $77,300 in 2010. That’s a 39% slide. It puts the median net worth of American families at its lowest level since 1995, fifteen years earlier.

--- About 12% of American families have a negative net worth. Meaning that they’re broke.

--- Among Americans with no high school diploma (15 percent of the adult population), median wealth plunged from $34,800 in 2007 to $16,100 in 2010, a 54% drop. That is the lowest level since at least the Fed’s 1983 survey, maybe earlier. So three decades of progress have been wiped out.

--- Among minorities, median wealth plunged from $29,700 to $20,400. That is the lowest level since 1992. White median wealth is now 540% higher than minority median wealth.

--- The median value of American homes dove from $209,500 in 2007 to $170,000 in 2010. But the median mortgage was almost completely unchanged: $74,700 in 2007, $74,100 in 2010. So debt payments increased from 7% of income to 11% of income.

--- In 2007, the bottom 25% had a net worth of $14,800 or less. In 2010, the bottom 25% had a net worth of $8,300 or less, a 44% decline.

--- In 2007, the top 10% had a net worth of $955,600 or more. In 2010, the top 10% had a net worth of $952,500, a decline of less than 1%.

Today’s Supreme Court’s decision gives more Americans than ever in history the opportunity to experience and keep a better quality of life now that our President Barack Obama’s first huge move to moderate outrageous healthcare costs and insurance profits has SCOTUS judging its constitutionality is legal. We the People won! Pre-existing conditions cannot count against us anymore. Neither can catastrophic illnesses. Kids are insured till they’re 26. Women will receive reproductive healthcare prevention and treatment. Another highlight of first healthcare reform law with teeth is the stipulation that healthcare insurance companies must use 80 percent of profit on coverage benefits for the people they insure; the profiteers get only 20 percent of their take, a redistribution of wealth modeled on The Golden Rule. President Obama has extended the arm of social justice one giant step forward.

Who knew that a conservative Republican would cast the deciding vote in favor of We the People.

You know that people in general around the world are divided into two groups: those who practice The Golden Rule and those who do not, those who respect the rights of others, and those who do not. Perhaps US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts preferred to do the right thing for posterity rather than to gratify his party’s leaders. The man is sane. One of the few in the GOP/Blue Dog Democrats, and oh boy, do we need sanity to continue to preside over America.

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June 26th: Healthcare Community Discussion

This discussion is being hosted by the Black Healthcare Coalition of Wisconsin and NAACP Milwaukee to keep the community informed about health care systems and services.

The Topic will be: “How Health Care Systems meet their Community Benefits Obligations: Do they meet Community needs?”

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