Archives for February 2012
There was a time when neighbors knew neighbors, the children, where everyone worked…or did not work. The blue-collar worker lived next to the teacher or social worker. Neighborhoods were diverse. Yet location and residing side by side presented more healthy commonalities than differences.
Children were known and neighbors would correct the problem child, or certainly report their misbehavior to parent/s. Concern about keeping up the neighborhood was as much a part of daily culture as was getting the kids off to school, completing homework and being home before dark. Milwaukee is known as a city of neighborhoods with strong ethnic identifications, even today. This explains the success of the ethnic festivals on the Summerfest grounds, throughout the summer. And, it supports Milwaukee’s acclaim as one of the most segregated cities in the country.
With financial stability many middle class families vacated old neighborhoods, and new residents took their places. Rapid turnover of neighbors often changed the culture of neighborhoods and earlier values began to unravel. Concerns about yard care, home up-keep, attention to new neighbors, admonishment of inappropriate behavior were often replaced by strategies for “moving on up.” As a result families became increasingly isolated and concern about one’s neighbors was often replaced by a “take care of our own business” attitude. These were precursors to the changes witnessed in early neighborhoods.
Soon neighborhood organizations began to formalize by-laws, objectives, mission statements and prospectus’ to energize solid neighborhoods. Federal funds, county and city grants have further supported services to re-energize neighborhoods, their residents and objectives of solidarity.
The Milwaukee Community Journal will highlight some of those Neighborhoods Organizations…their leaders, their unique demographic make-up; their objectives and how this works to better the lives of residents; and the city of Milwaukee.
This yearlong focus will culminate with the newspaper’s annual Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Italian Conference Center. The accomplishments of the organizations identified will be the substance on which the newspaper will focus.
MCJ readers will also be invited to participate by recommending their ”neighbor” who should be spotlighted. These tenets, deemed honor-worthy, will be publicized, encouraging others to emulate or introduce other residents who make their neighborhood a better place in which to live and grow.
A Neighbor of the Year, Neighborhood Organization of the Year, Corporate Neighbor and Neighborhood Partner will be the ultimate winners determined by MCJ readers’ votes, via the newspaper and the MCJ website.
We seek the partnering support of neighborhood and community organizations as we identify who they are and profile what they do. These event sponsors will be the focus of the MCJ Anniversary Gala, which will include a table of eight (8); skirted table for passing out literature, a VIP Reception, music by Christopher’s Project and a keynote speaker who embodies progress and mobilizing neighborhoods. The event partners’ logos and descriptions will appear on the MCJ website throughout the year. And, the
representatives will be highlighted in the Anniversary special edition and souvenir booklet with photos, profiles, and video at the celebration.
An integral component of the year-long Neighborhood Initiative will be highlighting neighbors, along with clean-up – fix-up campaigns, mentoring, youth clubs and other collaborative efforts the organizations will bring to the newspaper, for coverage.
Perhaps, after focusing on our neighbors, what we do, jointly, to promote cohesive neighborhoods; and applauding those who devote their energies to improving neighborhoods, we will all see that “Putting the Neighbor Back into the Hood” positively builds community. Can we count on you?
Proceeds from the Anniversary Celebration support the sustaining students of the Dr. Terence N. Thomas Scholarship Fund. Over $ 400,000 has been awarded to these Milwaukee academic giants. Now having graduated over 36 students who became doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, social workers, certified accountants, mass communication specialist and marketing professionals, currently sixteen recipients await our continued support. You bring “neighbor” back into the hood.
Read us weekly as we highlight who our neighbors are. Share your suggestions of who the Neighbor of the Year should be. Vote for your Neighborhood Organization of the Year; the Corporate Neighbor of the Year. Remember” “Good Neighbors Build Good Neighborhoods.”
Tuesday was primary election day for a number of local offices and judicial positions throughout the state. Additionally, it marked the start of a new era in Wisconsin voting, as the photo id law was enforced.
Milwaukee saw many highly contested races, particularly in the Milwaukee County 5th Supervisory District. Seven contenders vied for the post, which will be vacated by the retiring County Board Chairman Lee Holloway.
Candidates in the running included: Peter Blewett, former Milwaukee School Board member; Roy Evans, noted attorney and activist; Afro-Fest founder Michael Brox; Chevy Johnson, who ran for County Supervisor in the 10th District last spring; Russell Stamper II, community activists and son of Milwaukee Reserve Judge Russell Stamper; Muhammad Mahdi, a volunteer at the Clara Mohammad School; and Priscilla Coggs-Jones, daughter of Rep. Elizabeth Coggs.
After Tuesday’s primaries, Stamper and Coggs-Jones emerged the victors, garnering 29 and 27 percent of the total votes cast respectively. The two now move onto the April 3 general election.
In other Supervisory Districts: Deanna Alexander, Tracey Corder and A.T. Bufurd went up against each other for the 18th district, with Alexander and Corder advancing.
Two candidates challenged Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his seat as chief executive of the city. Edward C. McDonald and Ieshuh Griffin added their names to Tuesday’s ballots. Griffin fell short so the April general election will pit McDonald against the incumbent Barrett.
Also a highly contested was the race for city treasurer. State Senator Spencer Coggs, Tim Carpenter, Dawn Marie Sass and Rick Kissell all vied for the position with Coggs and Carpenter advancing.
Christopher Lipscomb, Sr. and Carolina Stark challenged incumbent Nelson Phillips III for his Milwaukee County Judge Branch 17 post. In a very tight race, Stark and Phillips emerged the victors. Stark garnered 35.3% of the total votes cast, while Phillips received 34%. The two will face off on April 3.
Ushering in a new era in Wisconsin voting, the photo id law was enforced in voting sites throughout the state. While election officials noted minor glitches with the system, they were generally satisfied with the outcome of process. General election day and the Presidential Primary will be held on April 3, when election officials project to have glitches resolved.
Boys & Girls Club youth join Housing Authority Commissioner Sherri Daniels, National DollarWise Manager Javier Arvelo and Mayor Barrett in celebrating a grant of $15,000 to expand a financial education program.
Mayor Barrett accepts award to expand financial education for low-income families.
Question of the week: “Do you think President Barack Obama will be re-elected?”
Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp
Rodney Bourrage, Sr.: “Yes, I feel President Obama will be re-elected because he is strong, intelligent and has shown that leadership demands the ability to make the tough decisions.”
Charles Henry: “Yes, I think he is the right man for the job. He is responsible for the growth in the economy and the increase of jobs.”
Louise C. Kidd: “Yes, President Obama will be re-elected. Why? Because the American people are not stupid they see what’s happening and they will support him and what he represents.”
Martha Love: “Yes. The economy and the jobs have improved. The president put the automotive industry back on its feet. These are a few things he has done. He should be re-elected.”
As the movie “Red Tail” was being edited before its premier opening weekend, Tuskegee University, the historically famous black college was planning and finalizing the First Annual Bioethics Institute Conference, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, January 18-20, 2012.
Trailers of the Tuskegee Airmen, the subject of the “Red Tail” film, looped continuously on television screens strategically located throughout the Kellogg Center, but in the Ballroom a bevy of intellectual giants, physicians, doctors of philosophy, practitioners and professors took dais microphones and shared expertise on the subject of “Cancer Health Disparities Research.”
Driven by the many of the ethical issues revealed in the two-year top ten selling non-fiction, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, by Rebecca Skloot, this cadre of medical researchers shared pertinent information about disparities, philosophical issues, debate and rebuttal on the equality of the playing field, after 150 years, since the Abolition of Slavery. The consensus overwhelmingly supported the need to work toward the identification of disparities, and creation of programs, initiatives and advanced training for medical personnel.
Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health, the partnership of Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama, affirmed the professional response that analyzing, updating and critiquing on-going research with an annual think tank is opportunistic toward promoting equity and eliminating disparities in health care outcomes.
And the Biomedical Center, on Tuskegee University’s campus, could to be a natural site for future training. Built after the official apology by former President Bill Clinton for the travesties of the Tuskegee experiments on syphilitic black men, the Center continues to expand its offerings.
The Tuskegee clinical studies affected over 600 rural men from Macon County, Alabama who thought they were being given free health care. They were actually being studied in various stages of the devastating disease, without knowledge or research consent.
This was the premiere bio-ethical catastrophe that continued from 1932 until 1972 and was only disclosed after a leak to the Press. Most of the men were recruited and never given medicine to eliminate syphilis, though penicillin had become the standard treatment for the disease in 1947.
Promised free meals, health care and burial insurance, some were returnees of World War II, and others in the throes of the Great Depression. Many deaths, leaving wives who were infected, and the resultant birth of children with congenital syphilis, were the outgrowth of these experiments funded by U.S Public Health Services.
Dr. Tim Turner, Dr. Stephen Olafemi Sodeke, Dr.RobertaTroy, and Dr. Vivian Carter, of Tuskegee, with cooperating support from each of the grant partners, led this inspiring program. An estimated 300 attendees were involved over the three days.
President Gilbert L. Rochon, of Tuskegee greeted the opening session attendees and shared the many new partnerships coming to the campus. Dr. Roland Pattillo, Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, reflected upon the history of Henrietta Lacks. The HELA Conference, the first two letters of Henrietta Lacks’ name, was established by Dr. Pattillo at Morehouse School of Medicine, sixteen years ago. His research with Dr. George Gey, the original scientist at Johns Hopkins, who established the HELA cell line, his mentor, was the impetus for enunciating the importance of understanding the “living history” of the Lacks family, and their agonies and sufferings. They have been primary concerns of Dr. Pattillo since coming to Atlanta. The Lacks family was isolated from information about the discoveries, advances and medical breakthroughs made using HELA cells.
Additionally, Dr. Pattillo is heading up CRIL-HELA, the Committee to Recognize the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, with fund-raising opportunities designed to make the home-place of Henrietta Lacks, in Clover, Virginia, a national historic site.
Chicago actress, Jamila Turner, a Tuskegee Master of Arts graduate, created a poignant theatrical play and led the performance about the life, from the human perspective, of Henrietta Lacks, at the Institute opening to continuous applause and curtain calls.
“Building Capacity for Bioethics Education Delivery in Research Partnerships: An Experiential National Train-the-Trainer Project at Tuskegee University is being developed, sponsored by the Bioethics Shared Resource Group of Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University; University of Alabama Cancer Consortium Committee Partnership. For more information contact: Dr. Stephen Sodeke @334-727-8220.