National and Local News

Dr. Driver appoints MPS comptroller as chief of staff

August 14, 2014

Milwaukee Public Schools Acting Superintendent Darienne Driver has appointed MPS Comptroller Erbert Johnson to serve as Chief of Staff — and veteran administrator Ruth Maegli will serve as Acting Chief Innovation Officer, effective July 1. Johnson, who has more than 30 years of financial services and administrative experience in both the public and private sectors,… [Read More]

Efforts to break the cycle of poverty highlighted at Housing Authority annual meeting

August 14, 2014

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 9, at the Adult Learning Center, 1916 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. The meeting highlighted successful Housing Authority programs that help break the cycle of poverty, and featured remarks from community leaders, including Mayor Tom Barrett…. [Read More]

Gilbert Brown Foundation and AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers team up to offer 9th annual all-pro football camp

August 14, 2014

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the Gilbert Brown Foundation and the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers teamed up once again to hold a free football camp for Milwaukee youth at North Division High School from Tuesday, July 8 to Thursday, July 10. This is the ninth year that Gilbert Brown offered the All-Pro Football Camp in Wisconsin…. [Read More]

Fondy Farmers Market hosts ‘6th Annual Greens Throwdown’

August 14, 2014

The most meaningful foods speak to who we are, where we come from, and the ingenuity of our ancestors. Sausages were the outcome of efficient butchery, where an unnamed genius used intestines to house salted animal scraps, organs, and blood, and created a preserved source of protein, centuries before refrigerators were invented. Soul Food staples… [Read More]

Study: Little progress for African American men on racial equality since 1970 Rates of incarceration and unemployment remain high

August 14, 2014

By Justin Worland In recent years, the U.S. has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act and a number of other landmark accomplishments considered pivotal in making the U.S. a better place for African Americans. But despite a deep reverence for those accomplishments, a new study suggests that African… [Read More]

Design contest to tackle issue of segregation in Milwaukee

August 14, 2014

A Milwaukee design organization is spending the summer on its most complex composition yet: A plan for desegregation in the metro area. That’s the idea behind the Greater Together Challenge, a citywide contest launched by the local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, which will match Milwaukee designers with community groups that are… [Read More]

The first Black woman to win Olympic gold has died

August 14, 2014

Track and field star Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games, died in Georgia on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the age of 90. Coachman, who won her gold medal in the high jump at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, died at… [Read More]

WHEDA announces 2014 High Impact Project Reserve (HIPR) program Applications to be accepted beginning July 15; $1.2 million in tax credits available

August 14, 2014

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has announced the return of the High Impact Project Reserve (HIPR) program that was created in 2013. The HIPR program is a special round of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) held later than the normal selection round that was announced in April 2014. Approximately $1.2 million will… [Read More]

Mayor Barrett and All Peoples Church break ground on new sustainable orchard

August 14, 2014

On Monday, July 14, 2014 Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderwoman Milele Coggs and Pastor Steve Jerbi of All Peoples Church broke ground on a new sustainable orchard. The space for the orchard is currently vacant and the program is supported by Mayor Barrett’s HOME GROWN Initiative and Strong Neighborhoods Plan. The project was created for local… [Read More]

Congresswoman Moore and gubernatorial candidate Burke visit Grace Fellowship Church

August 14, 2014

Congresswoman Gwen Moore and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke addressed the Grace Fellowship congregation on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at their morning worship service. Moore and Burke shared their concerns about societal issues facing Wisconsin residents. Both ladies gave passionate speeches outlining their concerns and dedication to local voters. The congregation was encouraged to vote and… [Read More]