The Milwaukee Urban League recently recognized students in grades three to 12 for their stellar achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and social leadership. The students received their honors at the MUL’s annual “Doing The Right Thing Awards ceremony, held at Destiny High School, 7210 N. 76th Street. The Urban League believes when students are supported, encouraged and recognized for their efforts, they are more likely to achieve their goals. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee) will be hosting a Community Forum at the Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee, WI (2300 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Rooms 140 & 141) on Thursday, February 7, from 5-7 p.m.
“It is my hope that you will join me for this event where you will have the opportunity to offer your input and gain insight on some of our state’s current issues. The topics for discussion include: gun violence prevention legislation, altering the structure of Milwaukee’s County Board, and the new state mining legislation.
Please feel free to bring any others ideas and topics for discussion.”
A panel presentation on the acclaimed film “Hidden Colors 2” is scheduled for this Saturday, February 9, at the African American Women’s Center, 3020 West Vliet Street beginning at 1 p.m. Doors will open at 12:30.
“Hidden II” vividly explores such topics rarely discussed openly such as the origins of the ancient Olmecs and Mayans, the cultural, spiritual and medical warfare against peoples of color, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the truth about the prison industrial complex, and the untold American history.
Released in December, 2012, “Hidden II” features such presenters as author Dr. Claud Anderson, ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) scholar Tony Browder, Dr. Booker T. Coleman, Dr. Umar A. Johnson, KRS-One, “The New Jim Crow” author Michelle Alexander, “Hidden II” director Tariq Nasheed, professor James Small, researcher and early global Black presence scholar Runoko Rashidi, and Dr. Phil Valentine. “Hidden 2” follows last year’s “Hidden Colors I – The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent”.
Panelist this Saturday include Oshi Adelabu, President of the Milwaukee Chapter of NBUF (National Black United Front), UW-M Africology Professor, Dr. William Rogers, UW-M doctorial student, Modupe Liston, MPS teacher Diamond Suggs, and Springfield College Adjunct Professor Taki S. Raton.
For additional information on the Milwaukee “Hidden Colors 2” panel, please contact Oshi Adelabu at (414) 324-5796 or the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center at 933-1652.
The MillerCoors African American Employee Network (AAEN) will honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington by welcoming Ambassador Andrew Young to its annual celebration of Black History Month. Young will share his personal perspective and insight on the future of the movement during this commemorative event.
Young confronted segregation alongside Dr. King and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through non-violence. He continues to work toward equality for all people and motivates others to do the same.
United State Ambassador to the United Nations (1977-1979)
United States Congressman (1973-1977)
Mayor of Atlanta (1982-1990)
Co-founding principle and chairman of GoodWorks International
AAEN Black History Month Celebration will be held Friday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the MillerCoors Milwaukee Brewery Stables, 4000 West State Street.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Program and March will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, the national holiday – at 1:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1927 N. 4th St.
The commemorative program will be followed at 2:30 pm by a three block march to Dr. King’s statue on M. L. King Drive, just north of Walnut St., where there will be an open microphone to reflect on Dr. King’s work.
The event will focus on the message of Dr. King toward the end of his life when he confronted not only racism, but also poverty, militarism and economic injustice. The program will honor the memory and work of Felmers Chaney, former Milwaukee police officer and director of the local NAACP and include singers Dorothy Jackson, Fred Reed and Milwaukee actor Andre Lee Ellis.
The event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Justice Coalition. The coalition has come together annually for this event for the past 11 years and includes grassroots groups working on issues of poverty, homelessness, economic justice and peace.
This year’s coalition includes St. Francis Church, Peace Action Wis., Repairers of the Breach, Casa Maria Catholic Worker, Veterans for Peace, Welfare Warriors, Greater Milwaukee Green Party, Welfare Warriors, Injured Workers Center, Greater Milwaukee Human Rights Network, Voces de la Frontera, Benedict Center, Summer of Peace, Milwaukee Branch Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Urban Underground, Progressive Democrats of America – Milw. County, and Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.
On Monday, January 21, City Year Milwaukee will lead over 350 volunteers for a full day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at North Division High School. City Year, a national organization that unites teams of young people for a year of service in high-need urban schools, mobilizes its 2,500 corps members nationwide and thousands more volunteers each Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for service in the community. City Year considers the holiday a day on, not a day off, for its staff and corps members.
City Year Milwaukee will have 90 corps members and staff working with over 350 local community and business leaders to help beautify North Division High School. Volunteers will beautify the school by painting murals, painting quotes, and doing some light carpentry work.
WHAT: City Year Milwaukee will mobilize volunteers for a Day of Service
in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: North Division High School
1011 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
WHO: Jason M. Holton, Executive Director and Vice President, City Year Milwaukee
Sandy Pasch, State Representative, 10th Assembly District joining luncheon
90 City Year staff and corps members
350 community volunteers, including 150 UW-Madison students
St. Mark A.M.E. Church
Rev. Darryl R. Williams, Pastor
St. Mark A.M.E. Church’s 31st Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration on Sunday, January 20th includes an exhibit owned by Mount Mary College, highlighting African American Women Moving Us Forward. The exhibit, entitled “S_i_s_t_e_r_s_ _o_f_ _F_r_e_e_d_o_m_” _will be on display at St. Mark, 1616 W. Atkinson Ave., January 20, 2013, with extended dates. The exhibit is free to the public.
Prior to opening the exhibit, St. Mark will hold a service and program at the church (beginning at 11a.m. honoring individuals that exemplify this year’s theme: “Called to Make a Difference.” Those being honored have shown courage to act and persevere as they sought solutions to inequities. The honorees are:
Dr. Eve M. Hall, African American Chamber of Commerce. She is a leader and advocate, experienced in education, non-profit, and governmental sectors; has earned a reputation as a “builder” and one who inspires and demonstrates the power of strong programs and partnerships to create change and opportunities that positively impact the lives of others. She presently serves as the President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she is leading the renewal of the organization.
Michael L. Jones, Retired City of Milwaukee Fire Chief. Chief Jones began his service career with the Department, in October 1979. Over a 32 year span Chief Jones developed extensive experience working with federal, state, regional and local agencies. As a professional firefighter, Chief Jones recognized the increasing complexities to maintain and attract young men and women within the community to seek careers within the fire services. He worked with the City of Milwaukee Department of Employee Relations (DER) to ensure “no adverse impact” took place during the testing process, while cultivating and maintaining professional competence among fire recruits, firefighters and chief officers.
Captain Terrence T. Gordon, City of Milwaukee Police Department. Captain Gordon is a native of Milwaukee and proudly serves the community that shaped him. He has been a member of the Milwaukee Police Department since 1995. As captain of District 5 since 2010, he has stressed a community-involved and community oriented approach to solving problems and building the community block by block. Captain Gordon says he is extremely proud of the officers and supervisors at District 5 who have remained engaged in the community despite the obstacles and challenges they faced in 2012. He believes no recognition of his achievements would be complete without the acknowledgement of their hard work, day in and day out, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. His mottos, heard by anyone who has heard him speak are, “No one can do it along,” and “Faith without works is dead.”
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, founding Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. Ms. Neumann-Ortiz is recognized as a national leader in immigration reform, serving on the board of a national coalition of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and featured in national interviews on NPR, Democracy Now!, CNN, and a contributor to Huffington Post. Voces is part of the Interfaith Worker Justice Workers’ Center network and is affiliated with international networks National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities and the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM).
The African American Women’s Center will host King Fest 2013, We are the Dream on January 21 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The program begins at 2 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. The AAWC is located at 3020 W. Vliet St. for more information, contact Janette Herrera at 414-828-1410.
ACTS housing specialist Blia Cha calls out numbers as rehab specialist Fatima Benhaddou assists. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)
by Andrea Waxman, Milwaukee, Neighborhood News Service
As ACTS Housing Specialist Blia Cha drew a red ticket and called out the number, a small group of potential homeowners standing in front of her display table leaned forward expectantly and studied their tickets. At stake was their ranking on a list of hopeful buyers vying for the chance to purchase a $3,500 home in the Washington Park neighborhood.
To be eligible to buy one of the three foreclosed homes for sale at this low price, a buyer must agree to rehabilitate the house and live in it for more than five years after closing.
“There is significant rehab work needed and that’s part of the reason the sale price is so low,” said Michael Gosman, assistant director of Allied Churches Teaching Self-Empowerment (ACTS). ”Even taking into account the work that the family would need to do… it’s well worth the effort.”
ACTS’ partners, Sweet Water Foundation, Milwaukee Bicycle Works and Urban Ecology Center, will also contribute services to families who purchase homes through the Washington Park Renewal Project. Sweet Water will help new homeowners install indoor and outdoor vegetable gardens, enhancing the families’ ability to grow their own food. Milwaukee Bicycle Works will provide fully outfitted bikes, bike gear, tool kits, tire pumps, and instruction on bike maintenance and urban bike-riding skills to two members of each family. The Urban Ecology Center will provide family memberships and enrollment in the Young Scientists Club for children ages 7 to 12.
The drawing took place at the end of the Washington Park Partners annual meeting and celebration held recently at Our Next Generation, 3421 W. Lisbon Ave. After a buffet dinner to celebrate the season, the partnership’s seven committees reported on this year’s progress toward the goals of the WPP Sustainable Community Plan.
The housing sale was introduced by the housing committee and its member organization, Allied Churches Teaching Self-Empowerment (ACTS), which administers the housing portion of the Washington Park Neighborhood Renewal Project. ACTS is a nonprofit that promotes affordable homeownership. According to the group, owner-occupied homes also foster self-empowerment and reduce blight, neighborhood deterioration and poverty.
About 15 people signed up for each home, most of whom indicated an interest in all three opportunities, according to ACTS Housing’s Executive Director Carl Quindel. His staff started calling the first “ranked” family for each home right after the meeting, setting up one-on-one housing counseling sessions. “It generally takes 30 to 60 days to find the “highest-ranked” qualified family, finalize a rehab plan, and close,” Quindel said.
“Because these $3,500 houses are not move-in ready,” Gosman said, “we have our two rehab managers, who graduated from the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning, put together a detailed scope of work before the home is purchased. That gives the homeowner a really good idea of what it’s going to take to get the home to be a safe, code-compliant place to raise their families.” ACTS also helps homeowners with financial counseling and access to loans.
The next homes that will be offered for sale as part of the Washington Park Neighborhood Renewal Project will be at Winter Fest, Saturday, Jan. 26, noon to 4 p.m. at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center, 1859 N. 40th St.
ACTS maintains a relationship with owners well beyond the sale. “When families are having problems with a rehab and they need advice on how to do something, it’s very frequent that they call us in to provide help,” Gosman said. He added that homeowners even have called ACTS five or 10 years down the line.
Also at the annual meeting, committee chairs announced creation of the Washington Park Neighborhood Improvement District — the first for an existing neighborhood in Wisconsin; donation of new computers to Our Next Generation and United Methodist Children’s Services, 3939 W Lisbon Ave.; a grant for new community dental services; and production of a documentary about Washington Park.