Ferguson: Mistrust in criminal justice system formed by long history of discrimination

Should a state grand jury have indicted Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9? What’s publicly known, of course, suggests that there was probable cause to believe that a crime occurred. But we’re in no position to second-guess a group of citizens who have had access to much more information than we have had.

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Bits Atoms Cells

The Sweet Water Foundation’s There Grows the Neighborhood initiative brings resources from a global social learning and production network. These networked “partners” include Boomer Millennial Partnerships experimenting ways of harvesting multiple values from mindful configurations of Bits Atoms Cells.

Integral Urban Homes, Agroecology Work Learn Tours, and Community Farms? are three initiatives that will be explained at a Sweet Water/Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Hacking Hunger? conference in Spring/Summer 2015 at the Perry Avenue Community FarmThink Do House.

Since its 2010 incorporation, the Sweet Water Foundation has advanced in collaboration with Earth Renaissance”partners” across the waters, as well as some major institutions we are proud to be working with.

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Democracy Crumbles Before Our Eyes: Vote November 4, 2014

Sat. 11/22/14: Anti-Golden Rule Practitioners At Work: Hillary/Bill Clinton Deregulate Finance; Bush Backers Seal Fate of Middle Class — For Now:

Thurs. 11/20/14: More Anti-Golden-Rule-Practitioner Fiction Passes in US House:

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Georgia Pabst Sloppy Reporting Left Scar on Candidate Laura Manriquez Name

By Robert Miranda

The face-off between Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander and Georgia Pabst of the Pulitzer Prize winning for local reporting Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ignited a couple of weeks ago, when Supervisor Deanna Alexander accused reporter Georgia Pabst of publishing an article with a “misleading title and context”.

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Within Our Lifetime Network Twitter Town Hall

Thursday November 20th at 8pm ET

Featuring Rachel Godsil
Co-founder and Director of Research; The Perception Institute
#GotBias? Join an online conversation with national expert on implicit bias Rachel Godsil and the Within Our Lifetime Network.

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There Grows The Neighborhood

The Sweet Water Foundation will be updating our social learning and production networks “partners” at this wiki equipped web platform.

My first offering is a Heart Haus brainstorm potluck on Faith Communities
Hacking Hunger through There Grow The
Neighborhood Experiments, with a focus
on boomer milennial local economies
experiments in integral urban homes
and agroecology work learn tours.

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Webinar: Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace

Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace & Medicare Coverage for Mental Health Services

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 3 p.m. Eastern Time

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and SAMHSA invite you to join us for a webinar on Medicare and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Milwaukee County Adopts 2015 Budget

Yesterday the Milwaukee County Board adopted the 2015 budget – see below for a summary from the Board of the budget that was adopted. A few notes regarding vetoes:

  • $300,000 was restored for homeless shelters on a unanimous vote.

  • The GO pass amendment was approved.

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Our next big thing

will be the release of our Blueprint for 2015. We will start by a presentation to familiarize ourselves with the Blueprint. The Blueprint will give us all the pieces of the 11×15 Campaign. It will be a comprehensive picture of how Wisconsin’s broken criminal justice system can be fixed.

Wednesday, December 10 10:00 am
Room 411S of the State Capitol Building Madison, WI

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Andy Werlein Advocate of the Year Award

You are cordially invited to the 2014 Andy Werlein Advocate of the Year Award Presentation and Open House December 3, 2014

Mental Health America of Wisconsin will recognize the family of Dontre Hamilton for their mental health advocacy at the 2nd Annual Andy Werlein Advocate of the Year award ceremony

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: MHA Office, 600 W. Virginia St., Suite 502, Milwaukee WI located in the Tannery Business Center, Atlas Building)

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Highlights from 2014 so far: The Good News and Pivotal Facts

Wed., 11/19/14: Wisconsin Solution:

Fri. 11/14/14: Golden Rule Practitioner Adversaries On View:

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Urgent: Contact Your County Supervisor Regarding County Budget Vetoes

This afternoon, the County Executive released his veto message for the 2015 Milwaukee County budget. It is available online at http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyExecutive/Press_Releases/2013/VetoMessagesFINAL.pdf

The Milwaukee County Board will meet tomorrow, November 19th at 1:30 and to consider the vetoes and attempt to override them. Two amendments that we supported were vetoed and one was partially vetoed. Please call or email your supervisors now and ask them to support the following amendments and override the vetoes.

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Mental Health Board to meet on 11/19 - will include opportunity for Public Comment

The next meeting of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:00am at Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services Administration Building, 5225 W. Vliet St. I have attached the agenda and it also available online at http://county.milwaukee.gov/BehavioralHealthDivi7762/Mental-Health-Board.htm

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Visit our solitary confinement cell replica

The solitary confinement cell that we had built for the WISDOM action on the Capitol steps on October 1st has been installed for viewing this week at Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison.
The church is open weekdays from 8–4.

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Performance of Pieces on November 23rd

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2015 Milwaukee County Budget Update

We wanted to update you on the 2015 Milwaukee County Budget process. The County Board of Supervisors has approved an amended 2015 budget. This included several amendments on issues that Make It Work Milwaukee supported – please see the attached amendments and be sure to thank your supervisor if they supported these amendments. These include an amendment reducing the $4 per ride paratransit increase for IRIS and Family Care by $.50 (Supervisor Haas was lead), restoring the $300,000 allocation for the homeless shelters (Supervisor Romo West lead) and the Transit Super Amendment which included the Go Pass and expanded routes (Chairwoman Dimitrijevic and Supervisor Bowen leads). We have asked the County Executive to protect (not to veto) these amendments – the Make It Work Milwaukee letter is attached for your reference.

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“Now she’s a real life angel, but it was too soon…”

Little Laylah Petersen was just a five-year-old child, sitting on her grandfather’s lap in their living room, when a bullet pierced through their house and killed her.

I keep returning to her aunt’s cry for justice:

“She was somebody’s granddaughter, she was a niece, she was like an angel and now she’s [a] real life angel, but it was too soon.”

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Bridging Cultures

Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando is currently on a US visit, with remaining states to include Wisconsin. She is one of this hemisphere’s leading documentarians of the African diaspora — the community of people of African descent who were forcibly shipped, or migrated, out of Africa to the Americas.

Please join the “Bridging Cultures” conversation with this dynamic filmmaker and others at MATC’s Downtown Campus, Monday, November 17. A flyer and a short bio on Gloria Rolando are attached for your convenience.

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Next Steps

Now that we have brought attention to three of the issues of the 11×15 campaign, we are planning another big event on December 10 in Madison. Mark your calendar and watch for details. The idea of that day will be to release the “11×15 Blueprint for Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin.”

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Wisdom, Heart and Theology: “Creative Sexuality: Memoirs of a Catholic Nun”

By Barbaralie Stiefermann, OSF

Excerpt from “Introduction

“I know all who read this book are wondering why a sister, a celibate, would dare write her memoirs in praise of human sexuality when so much of our Jansenistic and Catholic backgrounds have suppressed sexuality for centuries. Throughout Catholic history, the Church’s teaching on sexual morality was summarized in Canon Law: ‘the primary purpose of marriage is the procreation and education of children. The secondary purpose is mutual support and remedy for concupiscence.’

“Thank God for Vatican II, which deliberately rejected this priority of the procreative over the unitive end of marriage. The 1975 Vatican Declaration on sexual ethics went even further by identifying human sexuality in the unmarried as ‘the source of a person’s most fundamental characteristics and as a crucial element leading to personal maturity and integration into society.’ Wholesome human sexuality fosters creative growth toward integration…

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Introducing Ben Koller’s Heart Haus

The pages of the Milwaukee Renaissance have chronicled the people and the projects advancing some kind of renaissance in the venerable city where the waters gather, our Milwaukee. It is my honor and pleasure to share the story and the visions of a heavy lifter of this renaissance, Ben Koller, who while yet new to his 30s, has built layer upon layer of small accomplishments 20,000 leagues deep.

The Mecca Project

Here are some media links regarding Ben’s work to bless Milwaukee with a proper place for
Robert Indiana’s MECCA Floor.

Milwaukee Journal Front Page (Print & Online):

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/ready-to-be-floored-again-colorful-mecca-court-returns-for-one-night-b9980894z1-220602071.html

NY Times Article Front Sports/Business Page (Print & Online):

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/09/28/sports/basketball/Mecca-Court.html?_r=0

ESPN 30 for 30 “The Floor that Made Milwaukee Famous.”:

http://grantland.com/features/30-for-30-shorts-mecca-the-floor-that-made-milwaukee-famous/

Work 2 Do Music Video/PSA:

www.youtube.com/work2domilwaukee

More to come!

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SAVE the DATE: SDC’s Special Event December 6, 2014 (Saturday)*** NAMI’S “PIECES”(adolescent version) play and communuity awareness resource fair

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SUPERVISOR PATRICIA JURSIK CALLS SOUTHRIDGE BUS STOP DEAL A “COMPROMISE”

Says New Bus Stops Will Move People Closer to Mall; Indicates Former Bus Stop at Mall Entrance Stop Was Not Possible

Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik said today that a compromise agreement on the location of a new bus stop at Southridge Mall was “the best option that was possible” in resolving the issue.

The Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee approved the agreement on a 4–3-vote, and the full County Board approved it on a 14–3 vote.

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About 2014 Election

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Perfect Illustration of Majority 2014 Voters:

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11×15 Taskforce Meeting

Meeting will be held
Wednesday November 12th

Project RETURN 2821 N. 4th Street Suite 202, Meeting begins @5pm

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8 White Cops, 46 Bullets, 1 Black Man

8 White Cops, 46 Bullets, 1 Black Homeless Man [Video]

During the video, eight officers approached Hall and demanded that he drop the small knife, but he refused. After a span of about 10 seconds, the officers opened fire on Hall.

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Racism and Its Origins

Excerpt from “Stories From the Front Lines of Integration Toledo, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1965–1979” available @ Amazon.com and www.leemcmurrin.com .

By Lee R. McMurrin, Ph.D.

Abraham Lincoln said many times, in his speeches and debates on slavery, that if slavery is not wrong, nothing in this world is wrong. And I was quoted many times saying that segregation was the worst thing that ever happened to America’s children. Slavery of the “colored people” (the term commonly used in earlier times) in America is the backdrop to segregation in all of its forms. Slavery formed the attitudes upon which segregation was established. Slaveholders viewed the colored people in the same category as animals, which was the way the Supreme Court of the United States viewed them in some of their decisions. Lincoln, in his debates with Steven Douglas, stated that they were human beings and should be granted the rights and privileges that were granted to citizens of the United States in the documents of the founding fathers.

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Special meeting to consider Southridge Proposal: Committee on Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Special Meeting Agenda 11/06/14

The Milwaukee County Board Transportation Committee is holding a special meeting this Thursday at 8:30 AM in room 201B at the Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a proposal from Corporation Counsel, requesting authorization to enter into a Bus Service Agreement effective January 1, 2015, for an initial two-year term and for automatically renewing additional two-year terms, regarding transit and shelters at Southridge Shopping Center and to reroute bus routes accordingly. You can click on the link below to view the proposal. You may want to contact supervisors to share your perspective on the proposal.

Transportation, Public Works, and Transit 11/06/14 Agenda

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MHA in Partnership with Penfield Present Free Community Workshops

November 5: Importance of Play for Children
November 19: Managing Your Children’s Challenging Behaviors
December 3: Typical & Atypical Development of Children
December 17: Challenging Behaviors in Children

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Coalition for Justice: gathering today in Red Arrow Park

Mental Health Task Force Update

We are passing on an update from the Coalition for Justice. There will be a gathering today at 6 PM at Red Arrow Park, 1000 N. Water Street to honor the life of Dontre Hamilton and mark the 6th month anniversary of his death - Information is also available on the Coalition for Justice Facebook page.

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Emmanuel Pratt Notions

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Important early voting information

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

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

1. Click “Regular Voter”

2. Click “Address Search”

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

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

It’s time to vote, Milwaukee!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Turn Out for 11/3 Milwaukee County Board Hearing

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

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Why the BadgerCare Referendum Matters

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Suicide Prevention Conference- Milwaukee November 14th

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

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Core El Centro Menu For Milwaukee AgroEcology Healthy Living Tours

CORE/El Centro is located in a beautiful, radically green, accessible building. Tour elements could include:

  • tour of rooftop production garden, with honeybees, grey water systems and delicious fruits/vegetables/herbs

  • tour of Wisconsin ‘ s first urban Creamery - delicious cheese curds, goat cheese specialties and more

  • cooking class/lunch. We could discuss specific menu if you’d like to help prepare a meal, otherwise we can recommend local caterers/cafes from the neigborhood.

  • yoga

  • Tai Chi

  • Seated exercise/dance

  • chair massage

  • acupuncture

Depending on what kind of tour/activities you are interested in, we could negotiate a price, but typically we ask $30–50/hr. We have both indoor and outdoor options, but considering a late spring/early summer visit would increase the chances for some delicious products from the roof.

I welcome other thoughts/additions to the tour visit

Stephanie Callaway

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Share Your Experience with Medicare Advantage Denials and Appeals

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

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

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

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The Story Of a Song Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs’ “The Next American Revolution”

Shared With India and Tibet

quiet rEVOLution – a song by Jess Vega Gonzalez with KT Rusch, inspired by Grace Lee Boggs’ book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century.

Jessica’s Story of the Song

I came to this book on my first visit to Detroit for the ReImagine Work conference in 2011. It was the first, but not the last time, I would meet Grace. Not that Grace remembers who I am, but that is no matter. Grace Lee Boggs is connected to quite a few friends important to me, and that’s really good enough for me.

The book sat unread for a couple more years on my shelf until winter 2013, when I found myself taking the bus to my problematic jobs and wanting something to read. The ReImagine Work conference had changed the way I understood the jobs system and its uselessness, and I thought it was about time to read the book. Good thinking, finally. And like all good thinking, I figured writing a song would help the message spread.

So the song manifested itself, and I passed the song and the book along to my friend and musician-partner-in-crime KT. She added a second ukulele part and encouraged that we play it out at Universal Love Band shows. So we did – January 2014 was the song’s debut, and we’ve played it around the world since.

Yes, literally around the world. In March, KT and I traveled to India to visit Venerable Kungchok Chopel, an elder Tibetan Buddhist monk and friend of KT’s for many years at Drepung Loseling Monastery in exile in Mudgod, Karnataka, India.

Deep history here. Definitely a place where people are devoted to growing their souls, a seat of the quiet revolution. Drepung Loseling Monestary is dedicated to the study of preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. A center for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding, and global healing. And we found ourselves there, without words, to visit our friend.

Venerable Kungchok is in his late 80’s. He escaped Tibet during the 1959 uprisings. The Chinese army pursued him with dogs and bullets. He suffered four bullet wounds, still clearly visible, through each forearm and each buttock, but managed to survive and cross the Himalayas into Buxa, India. He recovered for five years in a Christian missionary hospital. India donated land in Karnataka state to the budding Tibetan refugee community and Ven. Kungchok was one of the founders of Drepung Monastery in exile. He was the only member of his Gyapa of Tibetan monks to survive. He cooked for everyone for years and was known for his happiness and great food. He was able to re-establish his home chapel, Gyapa Kangsten, at Drepung. He is currently one of the oldest living monks and still teaches. We have heard other lamas call him the Buddha.

This version of quiet rEVOLution was recorded in Ven Kungcok’s room on the first day we reunited with him in March 2014, on the first rain of the season. It was joyous and emotional. We laughed, we cried, we drank butter tea!

If I could speak to the beauty of that moment, I would dare not say a word. But that is the depth of music – it does much more. I hope you will find in it some happiness.

To the quiet revolution. To growing our souls.

The Song Sung!

http://www.driveplayer.com/#fileIds=0BzQgN2ezcWYPZ2tPOHdIdjFzd3FlNnROMmIzYUxCcmlHaGc4&userId=103485499393040319321

The Lyrics

Having a quiet revolution over here

Growing my soul

The have-nots are not trying to get what the have’s have got [x4]

We don’t want your privilege, your suburbs, your schools

Not your whiteness, not your straightness, not your patriarchal rules

Not your chemicals in your vegetables, or even your Whole Foods

We are building, we are building something new.

My bridges are gardens, my streets lined with fruit trees

My food is your prayers, the soft sound of bees

Clean water form great lakes and rivers and streams

Reminded of my Mother in all that I see

CHORUS

Young people and elders come back to the center

Remind us how to play and tell stories together

Forgive me my sins against the ancestors

Commodifying everything, less meaning and surrender

Listen to the womyn, the queers, the dark-skinned ones

Give the gift back its joy, and its freedom to love

I tell the time by the sunshine, the month by the moon

More music, better life. Now, not a moment too soon

CHORUS​

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Getting Ready to Enroll: Health Insurance Marketplace 101 Webinar

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

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

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Walker Snubs Local School Boards

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

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

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

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October 20th County Budget Hearing

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

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Pink House Benefit

Lil Rev has had to cancel, yet other special surprise guests are stepping to the fore.
A great time will be had by all!

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Walker Stumbles Badly

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

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

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On the Culture of Racism with Barbara Becker, Esq.

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

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

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

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

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Open letter to our community

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

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

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

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Workers mobilizing to defeat Scott Walker

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

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

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Sharing Images Inspired By Grace Lee Boggs

Hoping to draw upon our own work and ask others to provide some images manifesting Grace’s visions and concepts.

Here are some of my favorite from Grace’s and Scott’s “The Next American Revolution”
chapters on “A Paradigm Shift in Our Concept of Education” and “We Are the Leaders We’ve Been Looking For.”

I would very much appreciate learning of some of your favorite Grace vision concepts
and permission to share them at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GraceLeeBoggs/HomePage

  • We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for

  • Freedom schooling America

  • Grass roots transformative energies

  • Ground up change we can believe in

  • Faith in human possibilities

  • Healing and redeeming from shameful legacies

  • Energies from renewed hope and a commitment to a just cause

  • Steps to a more responsible and self-governing community

  • Project notion of a “more human” human being

  • Replace command and control factory education model

  • Address outrage of prison industrial complex

  • The Young are the creators of knowledge and social change

  • John Dewey’s notion of education through active work in the process

of living, manifesting “the social spirit,” beyond mere cognitive training,
harnessing human impulse to make, active listening, and schools
embed in life

  • Gandhi’s intellectual development through socially useful labor, which

handles all of the little things of village life

  • Gandhi’s insistence of learning through the Heart Hand and Head,

drawing upon the resources of community, nature, and the world

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Sign the Faithful Citizenship Statement!

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

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JOIN US: Debate Watch Party

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

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UPDATE: Will Walker Raise the Wage?

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

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

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

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

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End the abuse of Solitary Confinement

WISDOM calls the Governor on Solitary Confinement

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

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A Living Wage: It’s Wisconsin Law.

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

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

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

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MICAH Annual Public Meeting Thursday, October 30th 2014

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

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

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Mental Health Task Force Update

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

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

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

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End the abuse of Solitary Confinement!

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

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

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

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Say, shout, scream

Onward,

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

Our society stands at a crossroads.

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

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

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Most Precious Poems

By Kavon Jones

“Frida Kahlo(Brown Iz Beautiful)”

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

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Earth Dance Farms and An Ignatian Response To The Ferguson Tragedies

For all who are hearing about EarthDance for the first time, we are an organic farm school, operating our programming on Missouri’s oldest organic farm, located in Ferguson, MO.

As you can imagine, the recent notoriety of our home base has come as a shock. Though you may be seeing images Ferguson on the news, trust me, they do not capture the diversity and true character of our town. We invite you to learn more about how EarthDance is working with partners all over St. Louis to develop our farm as an oasis of peace, a thriving ecosystem, a hub for agricultural education, and a space for community celebration. As Program Director at EarthDance, I would love to be in touch with you if have advice to offer us, or would like to collaborate.

If you are local, please join us for a free event coming up Sunday, October 5th, 2–4pm, at the farm.

Rachel Levi
Program Director, EarthDance
www.earthdancefarms.org

office 314.521.1006
cell 773–398–6515
rachel@earthdancefarms.org

Our Mission:
EarthDance sustainably grows food, farmers, and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences.

Become a fan of EarthDance on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/earthdancefarms

See what we’re all about here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BezN90K3ik

Make a donation here:
http://www.earthdancefarms.org/get-involved/donate/

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October 1 is huge for WISDOM!

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

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

2) Make poverty a key issue in the upcoming elections

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Educational Materials About Photo ID in Wisconsin

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

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Emmanuel Pratt’s Think-Do Aquapaonics Lab Demo for the HIVE

​Chicago Learning Network
​Mozilla Foundation Festival Maker Party competition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Winner goes to The Maker Party in London!

Here are the contestants:

Names

  • AQUAPONS - A Think-Do Lab Demo by SweetWater Foundation
  • Mini Mass Action Day by Mikva Challenge + Free Spirit Media
  • Vinyl Cutter Extravaganza! by YOUmedia @ CPL
  • Cardboard Moving Challenge by CodeCreate
  • Yesterday I Was, Today I Am: Narrative GIF Workshop by NVAM
  • Get Into Art! by The Art Institute
  • Birds of Hope by Intuit: Center for Outsider Art

​Here’s a note regarding last year’s event.

​This year, Mozilla Festival hosted a Maker Party on Oct. 26 in London, England. The party was modeled as a mini-MozFest, featuring hands-on activities for young creators. Visitors joined makers and educators from across the globe to code LED displays, animate stories, design games, build robots, remix videos and much more. Here are all the stations that were present for the event. They represent many organiztations from NYC, Chicago USA, Toronto CA, Indonesia, San Fransisco USA, India. Many participants produced a “Teaching Kit” via Webmaker Thimble, which share the “how-tos” of each maker station (linked to below). Upon creating a teaching kit participants were awarded this Maker Party Teaching Kit Badge:​

https://juliavallera.makes.org/thimble/mozfest-maker-party-at-a-glance-hacked

to be continued…

Godsil​

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Milwaukee Officials Still Don’t Get It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPLC webinar with best-selling author Michelle Alexander

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

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

Click here to register for the webinar.

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Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee’s Third Quarterly Meeting of 2014

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

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Disability Rights Wisconsin Milwaukee Listening Session

Friday, September 19 – Please Attend and Share Your Priorities

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

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Free Training: Certified Peer Specialists

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

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

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Just In from DRW 9/16/14

Mental Health Board 9/23 Agenda and Inpatient Capacity Study

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

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Boomer Millennial Old House Transformation Experiment

I call 325 E. Euclid The House With a Thousand Names, inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With A Thousand Names.” Millennial heavy lifters Ben Koller and Miguel Castro call it the Heart Haus.

At the beginning of summer 2014

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Ben Koller’s team transformed the inside floors of what was a homely house

Heart Haus located in a “Euro American” hamlet that is gracefully receiving Ben’s “Northside Friends” in a city needing racial healing

In Boomer Millennial IntegralUrban Home transformations the families of the “partners” chip in. Ben’s Mom Judie and sister Anne helped with the planting and the painting, which includes a white board for the breaking bread/brainstorm room

Olde boomers get new lease on life and make new friends!

Miguel’s “Green Room” sprouts tour

Sweet Water Aquaponics Demo Room

The start of front yard food garden as art aspiration

Backyard micro farm August 4, 2014

Costa Rica Earth U. Prof, Sweet Water Foundation Milwaukee Director, Wisconsin’s top soil producer with Ben & Miguel at brainstorm/bread braking room

Eco Tourism destination, with ex-Milwaukee Bucs Rich Neiman and friend John O’Brien

Anne Koller giving first digital conference presentation

With Ryan Scaife of Project Hope in Tanzania

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

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

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Follow Up Budget Briefing and Questions Submitted

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

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Pass Throughs and Poverty Pimps part 2

By John Alan

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

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From Sweet Water To Earth Nation Eco Tours: Centering In Milwaukee Chicago

I am beginning coordinate Sweet Water/Sweet Soil Eco Tours with a number of Milwaukee Chicago, regional, national, and global trailblazers. Some kind of emerging “Earth Nation!”

Might you share some of your story so I can provide you with the most appropriate menu of tours? I will be developing this service over the seasons and years, with new partners representing different kinds of adaptation genius. You can follow this elevating menu of Earth Nation Eco Tours at

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

Earth Nation Eco Tours

They can range from commercial scale aquaponics and composting, to school and family digitally enhanced and connected aquaponics demos, linking up with Shanhai and Mumbai, to Chicago repurposed factories or the 2 acre Perry Avenue Farm of the Sweet Water Foundation, the Victory Garden Concordia Gardens or one of their hundreds of family victory gardens, and many more, in Chicago, Reedsberg’s Worm Farm Institute and Fermentation Fest partners, and on and on and on.

Here’s a bit of my story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0x6xI7wAE

http://hbr.org/product/Milwaukee—B5---James-God/an/313064-PDF-ENG

If the latter document interests you let me know.

Godsil

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Important Updates from WISDOM Sept 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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UWM: Stop Charters from Bribing Parents!!

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

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

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WE ENERGIES RATE CASE FORUM & Q&A

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My Letter to Mayor Barrett regarding Dontre Hamilton

By Mary Watkins

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

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Pass Throughs and Poverty Pimps

By John Alan

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

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Community Forum on Community-Based Treatment Approaches of Schizophrenia

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

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

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Dr. Michelle Alexander, September 26

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Invitation to World Day of Prayer September 11, 2014

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Are you one of the 2,395,469?

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

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

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DHHS UPDATES 08−21–14

In this update:

Behavioral Health Division

New Crisis Center Open

Emergency Medical Services

EMS Hosting International Physicians

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Say Yes to BadgerCare

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

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

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

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

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

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Crisis Resource Center North Opening

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2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing

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

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

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Transportation Press Conference and Bus Event

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

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

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Wisconsin Psychological Association: Community Solutions Forum

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3 Quick Actions to Stop Abuse in Waupun

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

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

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

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Introducing Grass Roots American and Chinese Collaboration To Marry Urban Agriculture With Thinker Makers Agile Manufacturing

Yesterday Shanghai’s David Li introduced me to China’s Eric Pan to accelerate our shared commitment to “ecopreneur” collaborations across the waters, with a start up focus on urban agriculture and agile manufacturing. At the time I was with three of America’s top matchmakers of this union, Emmanuel Pratt, Franklyn Berry, and Jia Li Lok Pratt, who were delighted, as this picture suggests, by the prospect of teaming up with David and Eric. I asked David to send me some digital links to essays that would inform our work and share the good news. Here is the first article he sent, followed by some of my favorite quotes therein.

http://www.hackedmatter.com/news/2014/5/19/state-of-shanzhai

From “Made in China” to “Made With China”

As China’s DIY makers are coming together with manufacturers, they are spurring a shift in industrial production, from “made in China” to “made with China.”

Chinese and American Robin Hoods And Virtual Sherwood Forests

David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first “maker space” (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

From watches, bags and shoes to touchscreen tablets, fast food and electric cars — you can find thousands of knockoff brands in China. Large, highly coordinated networks of innovative companies take the products and services we love in the U.S., alter them relentlessly and make them … better. Then they speed them to one of the world’s largest consumer markets and sell them at devastatingly low margins.

Core Tenets of Shanzhai Business Model Worthy of American Attention

The problem with U.S. innovation? Our broken business models. American companies were built to be predictable, not adaptable. Trends like mobile, social and the cloud are major disruptive forces and businesses are struggling to keep up. Instead of fearing the Shanzhai, we can look at their 4 core tenets to reorganize the way we do business:

-Build nothing from scratch
-Innovate process at small scales
-Share as much as you can
-Act responsibly in the network

By adopting the philosophy of the Shanzhai “copycat culture,” companies can innovate faster and remain competitive.

But China’s rapid growth in open source hardware and maker communities challenges our assumptions. They show an alternative version of innovation, built on a home-grown version of open source that has developed in China’s small-scale factories over the last 20 years. Makers in China show that this history of open manufacturing will change not only what we understand by making, but also where we locate innovation.

San Francisco Chinese American CEO Highway 1 Accelerator Program

PCH a major manufacture based in Shenzhen has recently launch an accelerator program Highway1 in San Francisco and here is how the CEO’s take on Shanzhai:

WSJ: Why is Shenzhen still attractive for PCH?

Casey: The “shanzhai” culture is really important (Shanzhai literally means “mountain fortress.” Once a term used to suggest something cheap or inferior, shanzhai now suggests to many a certain Chinese cleverness and ingenuity.) It has this disruptive culture of wanting to be different, of wanting to be fast, wanting to show what’s possible.

The Economist Covering This Development

The Economist has also published several articles on how Shanzhai will be relevant to the innovation in China and the potential to change now new hardware are created.

What gives these young Chinese firms a potential edge is their close connections with the so-called shanzhai production networks centred on Shenzhen, China’s high-tech manufacturing hub. The term shanzhai is often used pejoratively to refer to Chinese copycat producers of mobile phones and other electronic devices, based on copied designs and knock-off brand names. But its literal meaning is “mountain village”, and it refers to bandits who opposed corrupt rulers and hid in the countryside—much like Robin Hood in English folklore. David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first “maker space” (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

Silvia Lindtner of U. of Cal. Irvine Shanghai Partnership

Silvia Lindtner of the University of California, Irvine, and Fudan University in Shanghai, who follows the startup scene in China, is not surprised. The two sides complement each other, she says. The founders of hardware start ups, often steeped in the open-source culture, partner with factories rooted in the Chinese culture of shanzhai, which translates as “mountain stronghold”. It used to mean pirated electronic goods but now stands for open-source manufacturing.

Much more to come!

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