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HeartLove Place was featured on Fox 6 News about the garden program and how it teaches children about healthy food choices and responsibility through gardening. Under the leadership of HeartLove resident, “Green Thumb” Dorothy McBride, the children grew and reaped the harvest of their labor this summer! Green beans, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes made for a great meal. The garden program is supported through a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Summer Grants for Kids.
On Wednesday, August 11, fifteen adults graduated from the ProStart Culinary & Job Readiness Program. 100% of the class passed the ServSafe examination, certifying them as food safety managers!For the first time, TWO ProStart classes are being offered in the fall – one at HeartLove Place and the other through a partnership with the Social Development Commission at their Teutonia Ave. site. Graduation for both classes takes place in December.
This ProStart program is funded through a generous donation from Bader Philanthropies and the Social Development Commission. Other partners include Word of Hope Ministries, City of Milwaukee, and ResCare.
More than 500 bookbags filled with school supplies were distributed to children on Saturday, August 20th. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters of the 16th Annual Back to School Family Rally!
Prep Time: 15 min
Serving Size: 4
Survive the August heat with this simple recipe. The salad takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
Parenting is challenging but having faith in your children will allow God to guide them in the right direction.
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By Angela Simmons
“What goes on in the house, stays in the house,” words read by Saturday’s Community Brainstorming Committee moderator Martha Love during the monthly forum’s focus on human trafficking at St. Matthew CME Church recently.
These are not Love’s words, but the words told to a middle school student by her mother. This middle school student is a victim of human trafficking who, in the same statement, said she just wants to be a kid.
Sadly, this child’s circumstances are not an anomaly, but part of the 79% of human trafficking cases reported in Milwaukee, human trafficking’s third largest hub in the nation. According to a 2015 report by The Guardian, Milwaukee has ranked consistently, over the last four years, among the top five cities in the U.S. for recovered adolescent victims of human trafficking. In 2011, Milwaukee was ranked number one. It is important to note that a large number of human trafficking cases go unreported,
Human trafficking is defined as the “illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” The average age for girls who become victims of sex trafficking is 13, though reports of children younger than 13 have been documented. Boys are also victims.
A CBC forum panel on Human Trafficking and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder advocates met with members of the community to share tough stories and to bring awareness. Panelists included Milwaukee Police Detective Dawn Jones, Fresh Start Learning, Inc. Executive Director Nancy Yarborough, Branch 21 Circuit Court Judge Cynthia M. Davis, Pastor Bobby Sinclair of Mount Hermon Baptist Church and local psychologist Dr. Ramel Smith.
Det. Jones, who has nine years with the MPD’s Sensitive Crimes Bureau, stressed the importance of a nonjudgmental approach when discussing her experiences with victims of human trafficking. “When it comes to trafficking, I think people want to see what is black and white as opposed to what the gray area is. So, I think what we need to do is show who’s actually being trafficked [and who the traffickers are] so we can keep our eyes out there; and that’s anybody and everybody,” said Det. Jones.
Jones also informed forum participants that trafficking reaches across all socioeconomic statuses, religions and ethnicities. “We go by the truth, not what the media shows us,” stated Det. Jones. “We need to treat others as God has treated us; show grace and show love. And, regardless of what we think we would have done in their shoes, we’ve not been in their shoes, so we need to get rid of any judgment at all.”
Yarborough approach is strictly “boots on the ground” or “consultation on wheels” as she described her organizations work; work that is largely built on establishing trust with victims of trafficking; those looking to get out and those in need of basic necessities.
“When you’re out there in trafficking, what happens is you build a wall of resistance … It’s a wall that they have to have to protect them out there on the streets,” said Yarborough. “But when you break down that wall of trust they have to start feeling again.”
During the week the Sherman Park neighborhood was hit with unrest after the police shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith, a woman Yarborough counseled in the same area was shot and killed. Her death garnered little news coverage along with several others that week as told by Yarborough—all victims of trafficking.
Yarborough explained that the fear and trauma victims of human trafficking experience are very real. According to Yarborough, a friend of one of the women killed, who is also a victim of trafficking, stopped Yarborough on the street days after, said she saw her friend’s life taken, then asked if Yarborough had any deodorant. “There’s no time to mourn,” said Yarborough. “They still have to work.”
Dr. Smith, spoke about the relationship between human trafficking and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how that differs from Complex PTSD.
Dr. Smith described PTSD as a traumatizing event that has made an individual fearful of certain situations, so the person disassociates and starts to move away from the trigger.
“The thing about complex trauma, is that it goes on repeatedly … when we see people who live in neighborhoods that look like third world countries or crime wards; this is when we talk about complex trauma, that you are [being] traumatized on a regular basis,” Dr. Smith stated. Dr. Smith pointed out that victims are often victimized by those in their household, or by others who are supposed to be protectors: parents, teachers, police officers.
Dr. Smith said Complex PTSD has the potential to manifest in different ways or to become “vicariously traumatizing,” stating that pimps have also sometimes been the victim; having to use how they were socialized to survive.
“I think we’re in the business of criminalizing poverty, and we don’t look at the affects that poverty has on the developing brain, on the developing child,” said Dr. Smith.
In one area the techniques and behaviors one repeatedly learns in their environment growing up is a protective feature that may provide confidence and security, but in another area the traits render punitive effects on the person’s life.
Here Dr. Smith pressed the “protective standpoint” and the “proactive standpoint.” He urged the audience to look at the cause whether than just penalizing the effect. This is actual rehabilitation, Dr. Smith said. He believes it’s an important piece to stopping human trafficking.
Judge Davis touched on her experiences as it relates to the challenges of prosecuting human trafficking cases. Like Det. Jones, Judge Davis believes “The John,” or person(s) obtaining the illegal acts, is part of the problem and must be prosecuted, too.
The challenges Davis encountered include: How many times the victim has to testify, retaliation against the victim, victims not identifying themselves as a victim, complexity of the investigation and blaming the victim.
“There’s such a stigma attached [to the victims of trafficking]; feelings of shame and guilt,” Davis stated. “Then once victims do get that strength to report and the case gets charged and we’re in trial, oftentimes what happens is … the defense is going to try to undermine that victims credibility.” Judge Davis said many defense attorneys label the victim a prostitute, and then ask the jury “how can you believe her?”
“And, unless you have a very well informed jury who is educated about all of the nuances of trafficking, there’s a chance the person doesn’t get convicted,” said Davis.
“The community’s willingness to talk about human trafficking is huge,” stated Assistant District Attorney Erin Karshen.
“Once [the victim] talks to that one trusted person then hopefully they can talk to law enforcement, hopefully they can talk to the District Attorney’s office.”
ALDERMEN CAVALIER JOHNSON AND JIM BOHL of the Milwaukee Common Council
invite the public to NORTHTOWN CHURCH from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 for a school supply giveaway and carnival event.
“This is a great back-to-school event sponsored by Northtown Church,
and is a perfect example of giving back to better our community,”
Alderman Johnson said.
Alderman Bohl said, “Northtown Church’s supply giveaway is an excellent
opportunity for families to get ready for the upcoming school year, and
I encourage everyone to stop by on Saturday.”
WHAT: SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY AND CARNIVAL
WHEN: 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M. SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
WHERE: NORTHTOWN CHURCH, 7000 N. 107TH ST.
Public Relations Supervisor
Milwaukee City Clerk & Common Council
City Hall — 200 E. Wells St. Room 301-K
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3570
Phone: 414.286.3881 — Cell: 414.708.9151
On Saturday, August 27, 2016 from noon to 4pm, Tabernacle Community
Baptist Church will host its annual City Reach community outreach
event. This event is designed to offer vital resources to our community
residents as well as members of Tabernacle.
As we know our zip code, 53206, is plagued with many challenges. This
event connects people with resources that can improve their quality of
life. This year along with our community resource fair we will feature
backpack and school supply giveaway, free haircuts, and music. Please
let me know if you have any further questions.
Amanda L. Brooks
After the riot
After the smoke clears Sherman Park neighborhood residents speak out on what happened the night before, the conditions in the community that led up to the violence, and what steps must be taken to rectify the problems that created the incidents
By Thomas E. Mtichell, Jr.–Part One
My wife Clarene and I didn’t go to church Sunday, the morning after the rioting of Saturday night in the Sherman Park neighborhood sparked by the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Sylville K. Smith by a Milwaukee police officer after fleeing from the scene of an earlier traffic stop.
Clarene and I decided to put Christ’s words into action by going to the neighborhood to provide water, snacks, support and encouragement to the residents of the Sherman Park area. We made the decision to do that as we watched the news reports Saturday night of the businesses—reportedly six in all—and cars that were set on fire. Seventeen people were reportedly arrested.
A number of Milwaukee Police squad cars were also damaged and several officers were injured after being reportedly hit with rocks or bricks while in their squads or on the street trying to restore order.
We watched individuals at the scene of the rioting talking to reporters, expressing their rage, anger, and frustration with what they view as an oppressive system they don’t trust nor respect…because it doesn’t respect them.
We watched as family, friends and residents of–and who knew Smith–angrily confront Milwaukee police officers as they investigated the “officer involved shooting,” pushing, shoving and threatening each other; the residents not trusting the police or their efforts to find out what happened and why.
They had seen too many such investigations of police shootings—locally (the Dontre Hamilton case) and nationally—result in the officers being “justified” in their actions.
Clarene and I weren’t alone in our mission as we arrived Sunday morning with our cooler of water, juice packs, chips and cookies (for the children mostly).
Aside from us and the Wisconsin Job’s Now organization—which my wife works for as their community/public relations director—there were other community groups, individuals and families who also brought food and water, as well as gloves, garbage bags and muscle to help residents clean up the area after Saturday night’s rioting.
Up and down Sherman Boulevard vehicles slowly moved as its occupants gawked at the sites of where the unrest and took place and at protestors and residents who had gathered.
Residents, protestors and cleaning crews of men, women, and children were gathered around the burned remains of the BP gas station and on a small island of green space next to the charred station.
They were strategizing, decompressing from the night before, expressing their frustration, anger and pain in words in front of television cameras and to reporters from various local and national television and print news organizations present to record the aftermath that had already gone national, international on the airwaves, in print, and viral on the Internet.
After helping my wife unload the SUV, I walked over to the gathering of journalists and residents near the burned down gas station.
The station—which also contained a convenience store—was reportedly burned down because of a history of mistreatment and disrespect shown towards neighborhood patrons by its employees.
Weeks earlier it was the site of protest by residents angered by an incident involving the store’s employees and youth. One of the employees fired his gun in the air to scatter protestors who had confronted the station’s workers demanding respectful treatment.
As I approached the gathering, I could see reporters and their cameramen surrounding and listening to a man dressed in black and upset.
I learned later he was Patrick Smith, the father of Sylville. He was telling those gathered his son was the victim of a trap set-up by “the system” as part of an overall plan to keep Black people oppressed.
He admitted the part he played in that trap, of being in and out of jail, upset with himself for setting a bad example for his children to follow.
“When kids see the wrong role model, this is what you get,” said the elder Smith, fighting back tears, trying to hold his composure. “They have us killing each other. “(It’s) ridiculous to be able to open carry…targeting the community and Black youth…we playing a part in their plan…they trying to destroy us.”
Sylville’s father walked away, finally succumbing to his emotions, unable to continue, comforted by family members.
Rev. Jeffery Hawkins, pastor of Church of the Living God, 3649 N. Teutonia, agreed with Patrick Sylville’s statement about fathers being role models, noting his dad was his role model. “He loved family,” Rev. Hawkins recalled, adding the burning down of the BP gas station and other destruction that took place Saturday night is not the answer.
Rev. Hawkins had been a mailman in the Sherman Park area for 10 years. It was his last route before he retired.
He asked when is government going to “meet the needs of the needy and not the greedy.” As a result, he added, we are lashing out.
Rev. Hawkins lamented the loss of the grandmother, “Big Mama,” in the home and the community that would keep their grandchildren on the straight and narrow, in church and their pants up.
The reverend said Big Mama and “Church Mothers” don’t exist anymore. Older women of the church no longer tell girls how to dress, look for a husband, or cook.
“We need to bring back traditional values in the community,” said Rev. Hawkins, adding while there are a large number of mothers raising families and doing positive things, they won’t make the news unless one of the mothers kills another.
“I’m angry at the plight of my people,” he said.
I overheard people express their outrage at what took place the night before and at a political and economic system that fueled the rioters anger.
Police presence was heavy around the remains of the gas station that was encircled by yellow crime scene tape. Police squad cars and vans were present and circling the scene.
Officers were standing near the gas pumps that thankfully did not explode, which would have devastated several surrounding blocks.
“At the end of the day it’s going to be up to us,” I overheard one Black man say to another. “Oppression and racism has been here (in Milwaukee and Sherman park), breaking up families. The problem of drugs…everything organized for our down fall.”
They lament that too many in our community are only interested in getting “from point A to point B without putting in the work to get there.”
They blamed the social system for destroying Black people’s zeal, noting that institutional racism was at the heart—the instrument—of that zeal’s destruction.
Whatever remnants of hope and dreams we have they say has been misdirected. “You can’t smoke (weed I assumed) and play video games forever,” one of the two men said. “You need a purpose in life. We’re born with a purpose in life.”
I approached the two men and tell them I’m a reporter with the Community Journal and overheard what they said and if I can use it and anything else they tell me for a story, promising I would keep them anonymous.
They agreed to be interviewed directly. One of them said he’s angry about the conditions in the community and institutional racism. “But that’s no reason to destroy our community.”
He said the gas station (which is owned by Indian immigrants) represented foreigners coming into the community to take Black dollars out of the community. “People feel they (the foreigners) are exploiting our community. But it’s still in our community. I gotta’ wake up in the morning and see the burnt husk of a gas station.”
One of the six businesses burned down was an auto supply store. “People have now lost jobs,” one of the men say. “(But) I’m not surprised this happened (the rioting). I see it and go ‘wow’…but it’s time for things to change. It will get worse before it get’s better.”
One of the two men leave and the remaining brotha’ and I continue talking.
He tells me the media (mainstream media) needs to start telling the story of institutional racism—white supremacy—noting what took place Saturday night is part of a deeper issue, and until that issue is addressed, what we saw the night before will continue happening.
“Our community is unconscious,” he said. “We need to be woken. We’re walking zombies, unconscious. Insanity is setting a gas station on fire and watching it burn.”
After our conversation, Clarene came up to me to tell me about a woman who lives in the neighborhood with her husband and is willing to talk.
Felesia Martin and her husband Terrell have lived with their family in the Sherman Park neighborhood for 19 years. Felesia has lived in the neighborhood since 1970.
She has seen it at its best with its manufacturing jobs, Black owned businesses, gas stations and corner stores.
“It was a thriving community and diverse,” Martin said, adding at one time, Sherman Park had one of the largest Jewish communities in the state.
She remembers when the boulevards themselves were well maintained and Sherman Park itself was thriving with activity.
“Our doctor and pediatrician lived in the neighborhood,” Martin remembered. “We walked to appointments.”
But things changed in the late 80s and early 90s. The rise in crime, drugs, and gangs that plagued less affluent neighborhoods began to take its toll on Sherman Park. The changing dynamics forced the professionals to leave.
“Things started changing in ’85,” Martin said. “There was a shift with the growth gangs. In ’95 to ’96 it (the neighborhood) really went down.
Martin saw more rentals of single-family homes. “We stopped valuing property. There is a lack of community…connectiveness.”
When at one time there was a sense of family within the neighborhood (“we knew we were in it together”), there is now a disconnect and ambivalence toward one another.
“We don’t take time to know and understand one another,” Martin lamented. “We’re quick to deny the pain of others.”
Martin said what happened Saturday “grieves my spirit.” She said the burned down gas station was once owned by Black people. But when they sold it to foreigners it created tension in the neighborhood.
“They don’t respect us,” Martin said of the station’s owners—and other business owners who live outside the neighborhood. “But we don’t respect ourselves. We should spend our dollars where we are respected.
“The owners of the businesses don’t live here, but they darn well make their living here.”
Aside from the plague of drugs and gangs, Martin pointed to the problem of education (and its devalue in the Black community), lack of employment opportunities and outlets for youth such as movie theaters and other activities to expend energy.
Martin also pointed to the break down of the family structure. “When we have a strong family nucleus—where you have the mom and dad engaged with their children, working together—things are better. It just makes sense!”
Though she and her husband don’t have children, Martin does have strong connections with her nieces and nephews, and is involved in their daily lives.
“I pull on their coat tails and check on them; call them and ask how they doing, and what they plan to accomplish this week and the next and what I can do to help them do that.”
Coupled with a strong spiritual base, Martin believes the community would be in much better shape.
Martin questioned the absence of social service agencies in the neighborhood to over aide and counseling to the residents. “People have been traumatized by this (the riot).”
But social services should have been in the community a long time ago, Martin said. “This has been years in the making.”
(Continued next week)…
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, the state of Wisconsin remains the absolute worst place for black people to live. Yes, good old Wisconsin, the “cheese capital of the world,” surrounded by two Great Lakes and full of forests and farms.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, nearly 90 percent of Wisconsin’s black population lives in six Wisconsin counties: Milwaukee, Dane, Racine, Kenosha, Rock and Waukesha. So why is this state the worst for them?
Here are 6 reasons why:
#1 – Highest unemployment rate: Wisconsin has the highest national unemployment rate among all black Americans – the black unemployment rate is 11.1 percent, compared to 4.1 percent for white residents. Compared to other states, Blacks in Wisconsin are twice as likely to be unemployed.
#2 – Lowest education rate: Wisconsin has one of the lowest education rates for blacks – only 12.8 percent of black adults in Wisconsin have completed college, compared to 29.9 percent of white adults in Wisconsin, and 19.7 percent of black adults nationwide.
#3 – Lowest income rate: Wisconsin has one of the lowest income rates for blacks – median income for blacks in Wisconsin is less than half of that for whites — $26,053 compared to $56,083 for whites.
#4 – More poverty: Blacks in Wisconsin are 3 times more likely to live in poverty
#5 – Less home ownership: Blacks in Wisconsin are less likely to own their own home
#6 – Higher incarceration rates: Blacks in Wisconsin have a 5 times greater chance of going to prison
But Wisconsin is not the only state that is not so good for African Americans. Minnesota comes in at #2, Illinois comes in at #5, and the state of Iowa comes in at #10.
Police and neighbors will get together for an evening of
family-friendly fun, activities and food in the Milwaukee Police
Department’s 7th District NATIONAL NIGHT OUT event THURSDAY NIGHT,
AUGUST 4 IN KOPS PARK, ALDERMAN JIM BOHL said.
THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 5:30 TO 8:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY NIGHT,
AUGUST 4, AT KOPS PARK (CORNER OF W. CONCORDIA AVENUE AND N. 86TH
STREET). A short program will take place at 6:15 p.m., featuring remarks
from Alderman Bohl, MAYOR TOM BARRETT and other participants.
“Every day, Milwaukee’s police officers and firefighters put themselves
in harm’s way to protect the public,” Alderman Bohl said. “National
Night Out is a great way to interact with our city’s finest, spend time
with neighbors and make our community a safer place in which to live.”
National Night Out began in 1984 to promote safe neighborhoods, and now
includes more than 35 million people across all 50 states. The local
event is sponsored by the Kops Park and Cooper Park neighborhood groups,
with the participation of officers from Milwaukee Police District Seven.
Public Relations Supervisor
Milwaukee City Clerk & Common Council
City Hall — 200 E. Wells St. Room 301-K
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3570
Phone: 414.286.3881 — Cell: 414.708.9151
What: Stop the Violence Event honoring Angelo Young
When: Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30
Where: St. Marcus Lutheran School, 2215 N. Palmer St.
The 14TH ANNUAL SUMMER OF PEACE YOUTH RALLY will take place at 11 A.M.
TOMORROW (FRIDAY, JULY 29) at Martin Luther King Peace Place, located at
N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and W. Ring St., ALDERWOMAN MILELE A.
COGGS said today.
THE EVENT – WITH THE THEME “PROMOTE THE POSITIVE – WILL KICK OFF AT 10
A.M. FRIDAY WITH COMMUNITY PARADES GATHERING AT N. 5TH AND W. LOCUST
(PEACE PARK & GARDEN) AND AT N. 9TH AND W. RING (WE GOT THIS GARDEN).
PARADE PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING POSTERS, FAMILY TRIBUTES,
SIGNS (INCLUDING SIGNS FOR ORGANIZATIONS) AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. THE
POSITIVE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT WILL GO UNTIL 4 P.M. AND WILL ALSO
INCLUDE FUN ACTIVITIES, VENDORS, GAMES, SPEAKERS, PERFORMANCES,
INFORMATION/RESOURCE TABLES AND DANCING.
Alderwoman Coggs praised the rally’s organizers and encouraged public
support and participation in Friday’s event. “I commend our young people
for their efforts toward peace, and the rally is a positive outlet for
them and for the community,” she said.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the SOP community parades will depart from
5th and Locust and 9th and Ring and will march to Martin Luther King
For the past 14 years the Summer of Peace Initiative has provided a
platform for young people to explore and express solutions to quality of
life issues, especially the levels of violence in their communities.
Groups can pre-register (for free food while supplies last) by email at
[email protected] Please visit WWW.SUMMEROFPEACE.US for more
Alderwoman Coggs expressed thanks to the SOP’s sponsors for this year’s
event: Heartlove Place, We Got This, Promote the Positive, Running
Rebels, TRUE Skool, and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield.