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On Saturday, September 21, students, parents, educators and friends of public schools from around Milwaukee and across Wisconsin will assemble at Milwaukee High School of the Arts at 10:30 a.m., then march across the 16th Street Bridge to Forest Home Avenue School, where a rally will commence at 1:00 p.m. to proclaim the civil right of every child to a world class public education.
Students, parents, active & retired educators and school administrators, clergy, civil rights groups and community leaders are organizing the “Public Education is a Civil Right” event as …
Residents who believe Milwaukee Police officers have violated their rights have an outlet for their concerns starting this week, with the announcement by U.S. Attorney James Santelle that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has set up a toll-free tip line and email address. The information gathered through these sources will be used to help determine whether Mr. Santelle and the Civil Rights Division should conduct a formal “pattern and practice” investigation of the Milwaukee Police Department.
Anyone interested in providing information can contact the Department of …
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It has been a busy couple of weeks for Milwaukee’s police department, the office of the medical examiner and the Mayor, beginning with the release of a video showing the death of Derek Williams who died last year in police custody.
On Tuesday, Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn held a joint press conference announcing illegal strip search charges being filed against four Milwaukee Police Officers, all from the 5th Police District, located on the northside of Milwaukee, a predominately African American area.
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Determined to build a movement to protect the gains of the Civil Rights Movement from states’ rights forces in motion throughout the country, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is set to host its national conference in Chicago, July 11-14, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.
Hosted by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., the 41st annual conference of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund, titled “A More Perfect Union: Closing the Gap and Expanding the Tent”, will once again bring influential thought leaders together in a …
On Tuesday, June 19 in coordination with the State of Wisconsin’s celebration of emancipation of slavery in the United States of America, the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP filed a complaint with the United States Department of Justice against the City of Milwaukee for its continuous noncompliance with civil rights and equal opportunity laws, policies and rules germane to its contract procurement system and economic development approach.
NAACP president James Hall stated:
“The NAACP’s 102-year mission aims to ensure that the fundamental rights of all Americans are protected and advanced. Our request …
By Macy L. Freeman and Lauren McEwen
Special to the NNPA from the Afro- American Newspaper
New findings show that several factors have widened the achievement gap for students of color in the United States.
“Our work is all geared toward ensuring that the achievement gap closes, but without more information about where it exists, where opportunity is provided, how resources are being distributed, getting to our common goal is all the more difficult,” said Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for Civil Rights during a March 6 press conference in Founders Library on …
BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
by Lynda Jones
On the snowy evening of Friday, Feb. 10, 2112 the legendary Harry Belafonte made his annual Black History Month visit to speak at Chicago’s Faith Community of St. Sabina Church, pastored by Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, a longtime friend of Belafonte’s. Before he spoke to the congregation and guests, he so graciously sat down for conversation with a select group, members of the Chicago-Midwest ANC Centenary Committee, students, and myself (a member of the Black Press).
Belafonte, who is quickly approaching his 85th birthday (March 1) sat …
Milwaukeeans will march Saturday, June 4, in recognition of the more than 80,000 Milwaukee Public School students who will lose math and reading programs, small-class sizes, nurses, arts programming, librarians and classroom teachers this September, when Gov. Scott Walker’s $1.6 billion cut to Wisconsin public schools takes effect.
Activists, parents, teachers and students begin the “Our Kids Count” march and rally at 11 a.m. at MacDowell Montessori, 17th and Highland Streets. The 2.5-mile march crosses the 16th Street Bridge. It ends with a rally at Forest Home Elementary, Forest Home and …
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By State Representative Leon Young
This coming Saturday marks the 145th anniversary of Juneteenth Day. As in years past, countless Black Milwaukeeans will again take to the streets in observance of this historic event. But, what is the real significance of Juneteenth Day?
Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas , which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Texas, for the most part, remained resistant to the …