By Karen Stokes
On the corner of 9th and Ring Streets, residents are adjusting to some positive changes in their neighborhood.
Instead of looking at a vacant lot, they can see fresh, green vegetables growing in the community garden where neighbors meet and can grow their own produce.
Instead of trash in the streets, groups of young men are hard at work, keeping the area’s streets clean on Saturday mornings.
The Borchert Field neighborhood is cleaner and the neighbors are getting more involved.
Community activist, Andre Lee Ellis started the grassroots initiative “We Got This” …
By Tiffany Crouse
The Bucks have announced their plan for the new one billion dollar arena.
Peter Feigin, the Bucks president, talked with the public about the new arena on April 13th.
“Not only do we want to create a championship caliber team on the court and a championship caliber team off the court; we want to invest in the future of the state and specifically the city,” said Feigin. According to Feigin, the new stadium will cost around 500 million with a 500 million dollar “urban community” sounding it The “urban community” …
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By Graham Kilmer
A motion calling for the State of Wisconsin to intervene on behalf of Murray Energy Corporation in a lawsuit being taken against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was granted on Wednesday, April 8.
Murray Energy Corp. is the largest privately owned coal mining company in the United States. It operates 13 active coal mines in six states.
According to the March 25 motion, the State of Wisconsin is intervening on behalf of Murray Energy Corp. because of “the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to impose requirements upon the states …
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By Srijan Sen
Throughout the month of April, Planned Parenthood will be providing free STD testing as a part of their ‘Get Yourself Tested’ campaign.
Primarily geared towards youth and raising awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, this national campaign is designed to promote sexual health and address the disproportionately high rates of STDs — including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
According to the national health care provider, one in two sexually active young people are prone to some kind of STD, most of which are curable when detected at an early stage.
Half of the …
By Srijan Sen
Cancer Treatment Centers of American is commemorating this week as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. According to the American Cancer Society, African-Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer than any other ethnic group.
The mortality rate among African-American men is 27 percent higher than Caucasian men and 11 percent higher for African- American women in comparison to Caucasian women.
The Hispanic ethnic group also encounters higher rates of cervical, liver and stomach cancers than non-Hispanics.
The American Cancer Society is actively fighting cancer disparities on many fronts while …
MADISON – Dozens of communities across the state will celebrate Money Smart Week® Wisconsin starting Saturday and extending through April 25 with hundreds of events focused on improving the personal financial awareness of Wisconsin citizens.
Money Smart Week® Wisconsin is the highlight of April being national financial literacy awareness month, a joint effort by state and federal government agencies and private-sector organizations to raise awareness of the importance and value of financial literacy.
The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is spearheading Money Smart …
By Eelisa Jones
Riverwest’s People’s Book Cooperative, 804 E. Center St., hosted a complimentary viewing of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” last Saturday, April 11.
Twenty people gathered in the bookstore’s cozy space to view the 82- minute documentary about the Chinese-American civil rights activist who – in the words of a laughing Angela Davis – “did more for the black movement than most black people did.”
Grace Lee Boggs is a philosopher, author, civil rights activist, and youth advocate.
She is currently 99 years old. Boggs launched her activist career …
By Eelisa Jones
About a dozen Milwaukee residents braved ominous weather last Thursday, April 9, to participate in a reggae-themed fundraiser for the Milwaukee Transit Riders Union (MTRU) at Riverwest Public House Cooperative, 815 E. Locust St., from 7 p.m. to about 10 p.m.
“Get Up Stand Up: A FUNdraiser” featured a multi-hour reggae set list, MTRU-themed t-shirt sales, two crockpots filled with warm, spicy soup, and ample conversation about the past and current status of Milwaukee’s public transit system.
The event also offered attendees a chance to sign up for membership and …
On Thursday, a suspect in the homicide of teenager and a man who hit a child with a van killed himself in a Chicago suburb.
According to an April 16 report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ricky Ricardo Chiles III shot himself in a hotel room as officers closed in to apprehend him.
Earlier that morning, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) had acquired a warrant for the 27-year-old’s arrest.
The series of deaths that lead up to Chiles suicide took place in Milwaukee on Sunday.
While driving down 48th St., Archie Brown Jr., 40, …
By Srijan Sen
Five seats on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors were up for general election on April 7, 2015. Last night, challenger Wendell Harris Sr., 66, defeated incumbent Jeff Spence, 54, by a significant margin. The two contenders last met eight years ago, but Spence has been has been on the School Board since 1999.
Retired after 30 years at A.O. Smith where he held various positions including crane operator, Mr. Harris has been active member of the NAACP since.
His top priority is to maintain local control of Milwaukee Public …