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MILWAUKEE — On August 29 about 660 Milwaukee elementary school students have new backpacks filled with school supplies for the new school year, thanks to a donation today from the Milwaukee area AT&T Pioneers.
The AT&T Pioneers visited the Milwaukee schools to donate the new backpacks and school supplies as part of their annual “Tools for Learning Project.”
Each year, the Pioneers work to raise money, purchase supplies, and stuff backpacks to help needy students start the school year fully supplied and ready to learn.
“Through our Tools for Learning Project, the AT&T …
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By Sen. Nikiya Harris
Without a doubt, becoming a homeowner is imbedded in every family’s American dream.
Home ownership has become a symbol of success and economic security in our society, but lately, it’s gotten harder and harder to turn that dream into reality.
The economic downturn in 2008 put many families into holes too deep to climb out.
Six years later, Milwaukee is one of the many cities in the country still feeling the impact of the crisis, as families across the city struggle to regain their footing.
Last year alone, despite 5,000 Milwaukee …
By Nikiya Harris
As an elected official, my first priority has always been on the health and safety of Wisconsin residents.
This past session, I worked diligently to introduce legislation to deter smoking among teenagers.
Teenagers, especially those in my district, are increasingly susceptible to beginning smoking at a very young age.
Many teens particularly, are beginning to participate in a popular new trend known as “vaping.” Vaping refers to inhaling the vapors from electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, a battery-powered device that delivers a dose of nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals.
Vaping started as an …
MADISON – This week, Senator Nikiya Harris’s (DMilwaukee) bill relating to the emergency detention pilot program in Milwaukee County was passed out of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on a unanimous vote.
Senate Bill 477 is a bipartisan measure that came from the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health and creates a pilot program in Milwaukee County allowing qualified mental health professionals to initiate emergency detentions to individuals who are in need of emergency psychiatric treatment.
In response to the Committee’s vote, Senator Harris released the following statement:
“This bill …
Event included an Affordable Care Act Community Forum & Awards Program
Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin (BHCW) reached an important milestone in the organizations history with the achievement of its 25th anniversary.
The organization was incorporated on October 8, 1988. A community celebration was held with a capacity crowd October 3rd at the BHCW’s location, 3020 W. Vliet Street.
Since its inception, BHCW has served as an ardent health advocacy champion. Patricia Mc- Manus, PhD, RN, has been the sole leader of this organization throughout BHCW’s 25 years.
“When I began this journey I …
Lawmakers stand with city leaders, urge passage of bipartisan legislation in Fall Session
State Senator Nikiya Harris and State Representatives Mandela Barnes, LaTonya Johnson, and Evan Goyke released the following statement Wednesday regarding the recent gun violence in the City of Milwaukee:
“As elected officials, we have an obligation to our constituency to take the necessary actions to ensure the public safety. We will work with city officials, and other lawmakers to address these unfortunate and senseless acts of violence in our communities over the past five days.
“Moving forward, we ask that …
By Lynda Jones, Editor
Back in May, hundreds of Milwaukee fast-food and retail workers rallied and marched a one-day protest to demand higher wages and better work conditions from these employers.
This week, three members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus including Wisconsin’s own Congresswoman Gwen Moore joined fast-food and retail workers to call for an end to wage theft and raising minimum wage.
Congressmen Keith Ellison of Minnesota, and Danny Davis of Illinois along with Moore joined the ‘Raise up Milwaukee’ campaign for a rally at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the …
MADISON – Three peer reviewed studies of the state taxpayer-funded school voucher program in Milwaukee have recently been released (The budget issue paper that discusses these studies are at: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/files/eis/pdf/vrsch.pdf). Using data from the legislatively mandated evaluation of the Milwaukee voucher program, the studies’ conclusions are illuminating in multiple regards:
1) The given reason for the creation of the voucher program was to give poorer, low-achieving students a chance at a better education. But the fact is that most of the children who leave voucher schools and return to public schools …
MADISON – Following this weeks State of the State address, State Senator Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
In Governor Walker’s state of the state address, he highlighted the continued need to prioritize job growth. But the governor is 212,000 jobs short of his promise, and Wisconsin ranks 42nd in the nation for job creation. I want to work with him to help him keep his promise, but we can’t do it on the backs of our neighbors or our environment. Ensuring that every Wisconsinite has a family-supporting job is …
Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Nikiya Harris was sworn in to serve in the seat of State Senator held for years by Spencer Coggs. Coggs vacated the seat following his successful bid for the first African American treasurer for the City of Milwaukee.
On Monday, Harris was sworn in as member of the member of the 2013-1014 Wisconsin Legislature. “I’m honored to represent the 6th district and eager to get to work on the pressing issues in Wisconsin, like increasing access to family-supporting jobs and quality public education, and reducing the foreclosure …