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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.
3229 N. Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
www.heartloveplace.org | 414-372-1550
9/1/16 – Milwaukee, WI – To give voice to and reflect what is happening in Milwaukee, CBS 58 will air a primetime special report ‘Milwaukee at a Crossroads,’ Tuesday, September 6 at 7 PM. The one-hour, commercial-free program takes an in depth look at the gun violence and unrest plaguing the Milwaukee inner-city and explores the steps being taken by law enforcement and the community to make positive changes.
The highlight of the special is a candid roundtable discussion with five families – who, prior to this interview, had not met each other – who have lost loved ones through senseless gun violence. They talk about the pain of losing a child to violence, how they coped after their tragedy and how they want local leaders to help the city build a better future for their families.
The special will include interviews from leaders in law enforcement, the court system and government, including Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Also featured in the special are Reggie Moore, City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Director, Hon. Chief Judge Maxine White, John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner and Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Captain Shunta Boston-Smith.
‘Milwaukee at a Crossroads’ will air Tuesday, September 6 at 7 PM and is anchored by Amanda Porterfield, Mike Strehlow, Michele McCormack.
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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.”
September 1, 2016
Ald. Milele A. Coggs (414) 286-2994
Today Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs introduced a Common Council communications file to allow public discussion of details in the case of Sylville Smith, the man who was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer during an August 13 incident near N. 44th and W. Auer.
The death of Mr. Smith, 23, sparked civil unrest and prompted an emergency curfew order for those under age 18. The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the state Department of Justice, whose findings will be turned over to the office of the Milwaukee County District Attorney.
Alderwoman Coggs, chair of the Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee, said open public discussion of the case is important going forward. “My goal is to allow for dialog and open discussion about the case, which has family and community members looking for information, looking for answers,” she said.
“My communication file can help spur public discussion about the case once facts are flushed out upon completion of the investigation,” Alderwoman Coggs said.
The file, introduced during today’s regular meeting of the full Common Council at City Hall, is expected to be assigned to the Public Safety Committee.
Public Information Manager/City of Milwaukee/Public Information Division/Office of the City Clerk/Phone: (414)286.3285/ [email protected]
200 E. Wells St. Room 301-K
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3570
Alderman Cavalier Johnson, along with Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Mayor Tom Barrett unveil a new program intended to help address the achievements gap by making books available to kids at their neighborhood barbershop.
“Wisconsin is, sadly, home to the largest achievement gap in the nation between black students and white students,” Alderman Johnson said. “Making books available in a familiar venue like the barbershop sends the message that you don’t have to read scholarly articles to improve your reading comprehension. You can read mystery novels, sports stories or comic books, as long as you’re reading something.”
The program is a partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee Public Schools, Sharp Literacy and Northcott Neighborhood House, utilizing participants in Northcott’s programs to build bookshelves that will be installed in barbershops throughout the city.
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs is again seeking properties in the 6th Aldermanic District which deserve special recognition for outstanding garden or landscaping efforts, and invites residents to nominate a neighbor or themselves for a property that has been well-landscaped or is especially eye-catching.
Alderwoman Coggs is committed to consistently supporting and encouraging the beautification and improvement of neighborhoods. The landscape award is a part of Alderwoman Coggs’s Clean City Project.
“Property owners who consistently work hard to keep their properties looking great help make our district a beautiful place to live, and they deserve recognition,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “When a neighborhood has that visual beauty and appeal, I believe it helps to boost the quality of life for residents.”
Nominees’ names and addresses can be emailed to [email protected] for consideration. Supporting digital photos are also recommended.
Nominations are due by the close of business on Monday, September 26.
Alderwoman Coggs said she will announce landscape award winners at the next 6th District Town Hall meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Siloah Lutheran School, 3730 N. 21st St.
Two Milwaukee police officers will be honored at City Hall THURSDAY
(SEPTEMBER 1) for their actions to help save a boy from the Menomonee
River in July while they were attending a tailgate party in a Miller
Park parking lot.
DETECTIVE ALEXANDER AYALA and OFFICER JOSE ACEVEDO – both assigned to
MPD’s District Two on the near south side – will be honored prior to the
start of the full meeting of the Common Council at 9 A.M. THURSDAY in
the third floor Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
Detective Ayala, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the National
Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), and Officer Acevedo, the
community liaison officer for District Two and vice president of the
Milwaukee chapter of the NLPOA, were off-duty on July 26 and attending a
tailgate at Miller Park when a woman yelled that a six-year-old boy with
autism had wandered away from his father and was in the Menomonee River
near a pedestrian bridge. The officers rushed to the scene and saw the
boy struggling to stay above the water. They brought the boy to safely
on shore, where he was reunited with his parents and no medical
attention was required.
ALDERMAN JOSÉ G. PÉREZ, whose 12th Aldermanic District includes
District Two, said he looks forward to presenting the officers with
commendatory resolutions from the Common Council.
“The selfless actions of Detective Ayala and Officer Acevedo speak
volumes about their sense of duty and their caring about the wellbeing
of their fellow citizens,” Alderman Pérez said.
“They helped to prevent a potentially dangerous situation and
demonstrated that even when off-duty, Milwaukee’s law enforcement
officers are always there to serve and protect the community,” the
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
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
By Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr.
MCJ editor interviews more residents about what happened…and why…the day after the officer involved shooting of Sylville Smith and the unrest that followed
(Editor’s note: In the first installment of our “First Person” report on the day after the unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood, we incorrectly identified Clarene Mitchell as the “Community/Public Relations director” for Wisconsin Jobs Now. Mitchell is the “Communications/Public Relations” director for the community-based organization. We apologize to Mrs. Mitchell for the error.)
Preface: On Sunday, August 14, the day after the police involved shooting of Sylville K. Smith that sparked rioting in the Sherman Park neighborhood and saw six businesses looted, burned and destroyed, including the BP gas station on the corner of Sherman and Burleigh, MCJ Editor Thomas Mitchell, Jr. and his wife Clarene went to the area to offer water, snacks and support to the residents.
It also gave Thomas Mitchell the opportunity to interview several residents about what happened and what needs to be done for the neighborhood, and the city’s Black community as a whole.
The following is the continuation of his interviews and observations of that day after the “riot”—a word many thought was inappropriate given the small area in which the “disturbance” (which many believe is more appropriate to describe what happened) occurred.
After thanking Martin for her time and comments, I notice a large group of adults, teenagers and younger children gathered on a side street between what’s left of the BP gas station and a Red’s Snapper Seafood restaurant that miraculously was untouched by the fire and smoke.
I approach two young men leaning against the wall of the Red’s Snapper talking to other individuals about what happened Saturday night and what might happen that evening.
After introducing myself and telling them I wouldn’t use their names in my story, both men begin talking. One of the men said he didn’t agree with the riot (or unrest…or disturbance as some call it) and the burning down of the businesses (especially the gas station), but what occurred “will get greater.”
I took his use of the word “greater” to mean there would be more and larger disturbances if nothing is done to focus attention, action and dollars on the Sherman Park neighborhood and the Black community in general.
“If we had more jobs, better health care…we don’t have it (because) their putting money in downtown, but not in the community,” said one of the two “brothas.”
“It’s more about frustration,” continued the other man who was taller than his friend and who grew up in the Sherman Park neighborhood. “The cops have been harassing us since we were kids.
“This is minor (what occurred Saturday night),” the first man interjected. “We could be downtown tearing their stuff up.”
“It’s a cry for attention…and a warning,” he continued. “What happened here is no different from other cities. When it’s us against the cops…it’s frustration.”
The taller man said he was speaking on behalf of the people who live in the neighborhood like him. “It’s my neighborhood. I’m out here cleaning up (after the night before), keeping my neighborhood clean and to instruct the youth.”
He took exception to the criticism from some observers who have said “some” Sherman Park residents were “burning down their own neighborhood.”
“Red’s Snapper and the pasty shop are Black-owned,” he notes, adding they and other Black owned establishment weren’t touched. “The Arabs and Koreans suck all the money out of the community.”
(Editor’s note: It was later revealed that one of the burned businesses—a beauty supply store—was Black owned, as reported by one of the local television news stations.)
Saying he won’t miss the gas station, the taller man stressed they didn’t burn down their neighborhood. “We burned down our “temptations” in the neighborhood: The liquor store, the hair store and the gas station.”
The man said he and his peers watched their parents “bust their butts” struggling and working to provide for them, only to have nothing at the end of their working days.
As a result, he added, the youth don’t see anything to gain doing things the way their parents did; it’s part of the frustration he noted earlier.
“There’s no hope over here. They (the youth) only know drugs, gangs, poverty and the police brutality of the Seventh District (police station).
“When you’re so frustrated and don’t know what to do, a person will blow their brains out ‘cause they don’t know what to do.”
“Jobs with low pay…work 40 hours and still have to decide if you’re going to pay rent or buy food!” the taller man continued.
As a result many youth and older residents will turn to the streets to make ends meet, only to wind up in jail or dead. “The youth don’t fear anything,” the tall brotha said. “These are real street n—– over here…this is a gang neighborhood. They’re not trying to hear about turning the other cheek.”
I thank both men for talking to me and proceed to simply take in the scene around me. There are young and old, male and female, children with their parents milling around talking to each other, trying to short out what happened the previous night and what to do next.
The brother and mother of Dontre Hamilton are in the crowd with other members of the organization ‘Coalition for Justice.’ They’re talking to youth and slightly older adults trying to make a connection with them and their shared pain and anger at what happened the night before.
I run into state Rep. David Bowen and one of his staffers. During a brief conversation, he says the police officers of the nearby Seventh District station are “disconnected from the reality of life in the Sherman Park neighborhood.
As we talk, an older Black woman is holding up her Bible and walking through the mass of people, encouraging them to get right with Jesus, to heed His holy word and be saved. Few, if anyone is paying any attention to her. As the tall brotha I interviewed earlier said, no one is trying to hear about “turning the other cheek.”
I talk to a few other people I know about what happened and what might happen that Sunday evening. There is mention of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke calling Gov. Scott Walker and requesting he send in the state National Guard to assist the Milwaukee police and County Sheriff deputies.
Though the Guard is put on stand-by status, they are not used. The MPD and Sheriff’s department work in concert (much to the chagrin of the sheriff no doubt) in keeping things quiet and relatively peaceful, though there were numerous arrests made that Sunday evening.
But there is no more burning of businesses. No shots fired by either side. A curfew is put in place for the Sherman Park neighborhood starting at 10 p.m. and Sherman Park, starting at 6 p.m. Though the curfew for the neighborhood is lifted, the park curfew, as of this writing, is still in affect…compliments of the sheriff.
An older, angry Black man is exhorting the crowd to “get mad!” to not be afraid of the police watching over the remains of the gas station (actually, they were guarding the safe that was among the rubble. The gas station owner and his sons retrieved it on Monday, loading it in a van…with the help of a reporter and cameraman from one of the local television stations).
Said the angry elder: “It’s said they put (Native American) Indians on reservations ‘cause they didn’t get mad!”
The elder was also critical of individuals who gathered in a prayer circle to pray for peace and the neighborhood’s residents.
“Get up off your knees and start doing something,” he shouted in the direction of the prayer circle. “It makes no sense trying to be quiet and nice.”
I note a sizable contingence of White people in attendance. Some were there individually, others with their families. They talk with Black residents they seem to know about what happened. Some are with their children.
I introduce myself to a young White male (who I will identify only as “D.W.”) who is a member of a prayer ministry team for a community-based ministry located on 30th and Chambers.
D.W. said he’s been in the community doing outreach since 2012 trying to fulfill the spiritual and physical needs of the community.
He stressed he didn’t come with any agenda, but only to listen to what members of the community had to say. He had been invited by a friend in a Bible study group to the Sherman park area to see what was going on.
D.W. said his mother’s side of the family grew up in the Sherman Park area. For a while his parents lived in the area of 50th and Burleigh before his dad moved the family further northwest to Wauwatosa.
D.W. said he’s overheard Black people in the crowd mumbling that the White folks will go back to the suburbs later that evening. “But I’m here every week. I’m not afraid. This (outreach) is what I do as an individual.”
D.W. was cautious with his words, wanting to know what I thought of the incident that lead to Saturday night’s “unrest” and what was going on around us that moment.
He admitted there is fear in the White community and that a lot of people (Black and White I assume) want reconciliation.
When I questioned him further on his thoughts, he would only say it was wrong to judge an entire group (of people I assumed) over one individual.
(Perhaps he was referring to some White people’s prejudicial views of Black people; that they judge the behavior of many by the actions of the few.)
“The policemen didn’t know his motivation,” D.W. said.
I assume he was talking about Sylville Smith and his “motivation” to be in the situation he found himself in before being shot by a Milwaukee police officer (who is Black).
“Good thing about America is you’re innocent until proven guilty.”
Was D.W. talking about the officer when he said that, or Smith? I don’t know and didn’t ask. I simply thanked D.W. for his time and walked away.
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