PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
Community Arts and Culture Engagement Coordinator
Riverworks Development Corporation
526 East Concordia Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
Riverworks Development Corporation will commission the new public art project “Milwaukee Superheroes” by Milwaukee-based artist Jasmine West. “Milwaukee Superhero ” mural consist of 18 dedicated cultural leaders that have contributed to the Milwaukee community to make our city great. Cultural leaders featured on the mural include Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Civil Rights Activist Vel Phillips, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Senator Lena Taylor, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and various community activist such as Andre Ellis, Maria Hamilton, Ajamou Butler, Steve Jerbi, Reuben Harpole, Steve Jerbi, Torre Johnson, Tamara Johnson, Darryl Johnson and more! The (8) 8 ft by 4 ft panels captures these cultural leaders for the superhero they are. Press/media are invited to the unveiling and celebration of artwork on Sunday, November 1st, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the tot lot of Palmer and Keefe Ave
Artist Jasmine West says, “This mural is designed to inspire, influence and teach our neighborhoods and youth the essence of a superhero. We wish to highlight these Milwaukee cultural leaders to expose our children the many shapes, shades and creeds of those who give back to the Black community.” She continues on to say, “They are OUR role model superheroes through their deeds, careers and actions towards humanity”
This project stems from our Keefe Avenue Safety Task Force wanting to activate a park on Palmer and Keefe in the Harambee Neighborhood as a crime prevention method. The CarMax foundation has been investing in this park as well as the city to help continue to program and enhance this space. The initial investment was a Kaboom tot lot build, followed by a superhero themed park enhancement project and now the installation of a superhero mural. Our goal was to feature cultural leaders from the Milwaukee area that have been a great contribution to community in many different ways.
“This art project is a catalyst to our ongoing community development relationship with The CarMax Foundation, working together to make this neighborhood better.” said Darryl Johnson, Executive Director. “It creates social connections, impacts the neighborhood aesthetics and celebrates art and culture in the Harambee community. The project aligns with RDC’s mission to engage stakeholders, businesses and residents in the Harambee community while improving the physical conditions of the neighborhood.”
In celebration of this new art work, the “Milwaukee Superhero” mural unveiling includes an artist talk from Jasmine West, Inspiring words from our superheroes, arts and crafts done by Harambee Resident Tressie Sneed, I Am Milwaukee to do Splash! free food and more!
This project would not be possible without the support of The CarMax Foundation and Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation.
WHAT: Unveiling and Celebration – 117 E Keefe Avenue
WHEN: Sunday, November 1st, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: 117 E Keefe Avenue (Palmer and Keefe Ave tot lot)
WHO: Riverworks Development Corp, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Civil Rights Activist Vel Phillips, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Senator Lena Taylor, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and various community activist such as Andre Ellis, Maria Hamilton, Ajamou Butler, Steve Jerbi, Reuben Harpole, Steve Jerbi, Torre Johnson, Tamara Johnson, Thelma Sias, Jay Allen Stokes, Jimmy Banks and Walnut Way
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan
October 22, 2015
There is no way of knowing for sure, but the tragic death of a two-year-old Milwaukee girl who was pulled from a burning house early Tuesday might have been prevented if we’d use a different approach to Fire Department staffing.
The girl and three other children were in a dwelling that became engulfed in fire early Tuesday on N. 36th St. near W. Silver Spring Dr. A brownout of MFD Engine Co. 37 – located very nearby at N. Teutonia and W. Custer – sadly caused a two- to three-minute delay before a crew arrived. The ladder company that was first on the scene did not have water to pour on the fire (ladder rigs are not equipped with a supply of water), and firefighters put their lives on the line getting into the home (to search for people trapped) under very dangerous circumstances.
The term “brownout” refers to eliminating a shift of a ladder company or engine company from a fire house that houses more than one company. The cost-saving practice, I believe, has consequences as seconds count in any structure fire where people – in many cases children – are trapped.
When I asked former Fire Chief William Wentlandt (during a meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee) about 10 years ago whether brownouts and MFD cuts jeopardized public safety, he said “yes.” His courage and candor on the subject likely cost him his job, as he was not reappointed by the Barrett Administration.
I still believe that we are playing Russian roulette with the safety of our citizens by employing brownouts.
The question for me is simple: Why are we taking risks (with brownouts) with the public safety of our city – risks that we most certainly wouldn’t take with the safety of our own families?
COMMON COUNCIL PRESIDENT MICHAEL J. MURPHY invites residents to attend the 2015 MILWAUKEE FINANCIAL PLANNING DAY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, to receive free financial counseling from professional Certified Financial Planners ™.
THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 10:00 A.M. (AND END AT 5:00 P.M.) AT DESTINY YOUTH PLAZA, 7210 N. 76TH ST. (N. 76TH AND W. GOOD HOPE). THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
President Murphy, former longtime chair of the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee (and also a longtime member and chair of the city’s Annuity and Pension Board), said the opportunity to receive free advice from Certified Financial Planners ™ should not be missed.
“Residents will be able to get free advice and counseling about important financial issues including: getting out of debt, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, mortgages and foreclosures, among many issues,” said President Murphy, who last year sponsored legislation authorizing the city’s role as a sponsor/partner in Milwaukee Financial Planning Day.
The day will provide free, no strings attached one-on-one financial counseling and informative presentations, and credit reports will be made available to anyone who attends. Workshop sessions will cover budgeting, credit and debt, planning for retirement, mortgage savings, saving for college and more.
The event is sponsored by THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE and the FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN WI, with local partners WISCONSIN WOMEN’S BUSINESS INITIATIVE CORP. (WWBIC), AARP WISCONSIN and MAKE A DIFFERENCE WISCONSIN.
Attendees can register at WWW.FINANCIALPLANNINGDAYS.ORG/MILWAUKEE or by
Statement from Alderman Mark A. Borkowski
October 21, 2015
Milwaukee has seen an epidemic in 2015 of juveniles committing vehicle thefts, and then taking those vehicles for joyrides with sometimes fatal results.
The epidemic is out of control, and it needs to be stopped.
However, this cause would not be helped by a new bill, SB280/AB378, which is being introduced by state Sen. Jerry Petrowski and Rep. Ron Hutton. It would direct 17-year-olds accused of first-offense, non-violent crimes into juvenile court no matter what.
I believe their legislation is short-sighted and sends the wrong message. In fact, I believe a much harsher punishment is needed for juveniles 17 and under who are convicted of auto theft: automatic adult court.
Recently in Milwaukee, a 16-year-old girl driving a stolen vehicle ran a red light and crashed into two cars. The girl is expected to go before a judge soon for a plea hearing in adult court, where plea bargaining will surely take place.
Over the summer, a driver in a stolen van raced through a stop sign and killed a couple close to their South Side home. The summer and fall have been filled with news of juveniles stealing vehicles and joyriding—and in the worst cases, causing fatalities.
What’s needed in these cases is an automatic transfer to adult court regardless of age, and for judges to start handing down severe punishments. This type of crime simply must stop.
If the reason given to keep kids out of adult court is that their brains are not “fully developed,” well, maybe offering severe ramifications for their actions will help some of them to “mentally mature.”
You can’t have it both ways—actions have consequences, and ignorance is not an acceptable or justifiable excuse.
Tony Tagliavia, Media Manager –MilwaukeeMPS
MILWAUKEE – Hundreds of students at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Roosevelt Creative Arts Middle School have taken a pledge not to bully, to help the bullied and to stand up to bullying.
On Wednesday, October 21, those students came together to “Stomp Out Bullying,” a run/walk. More than 200 students participated in the half-mile event in a park behind the school.
The event is one component of a larger effort to promote healthy choices for Roosevelt students.
Click here for full post and photos.
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ANDRE’ LEE ELLIS (414) 779-2476
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2015
Deontay Farr is a 13 year old Boy that lives with Autism. August 31st, 2015 he and his Mother were shopping at the Save-A-Lot store located in the Silver Mill Mall. After checking out and preparing to leave the store they were approached by security. Deontay was accused of shoplifting. It was very humiliating and after showing the security what was under his shirt was a medical bag and explaining that her son was autistic the security guard showed no remorse and never apologized. After trying to meet and talk with store owners Ms. Farr was met with opposition. She left very mad and posted on facebook her encounter. The community, ready to protest, began to respond and mobilize. Community activist Andre’ Lee Ellis contacted Ms. Farr and together, along with Deontay’s father, Mykel Farr, they began to pursue action. Save-A-Lot owner Dave Hoalth contacted the Farr’s and a meeting was held. The results of this meeting are exactly what we need to display in our community. To make a long story short this has turned into something really beautiful for our community.STEPPIN 4AUTISM
On Friday, October 23 2015 at 10:00 AM, Deontay and his parents, along with Mr. Ellis will present a community press conference to announce the results of the meeting and how this situation has changed the whole way Save-A-Lot and it’s employee’s will deal with people with special needs and the general public and issues of shoplifting and good customer service practices. Save-A-Lot will make a public donation to ”STEPPIN’ 4 AUTISM”, the non-profit organization the Farr’s operate in honor of their son.
We are asking all media sources to join us and help spread this message of hope. What could have been a very ugly and discouraging situation has turned into something very beautiful. What is even greater is that Deontay, who on the day of the accusation was very scared to even go back in any store for fear that security would attack him again. Upon leaving the meeting Deontay and the store owner hugged and shook hands and Deontay’s final words said it all. He said “I was very embarrassed by what your security guard did to me the other day, but I hope today we can move forward from this. “Powerful words from a kid with autism.”
Joining us at the Press conference will be State Senator Lena Taylor, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, County Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, representatives from Milwaukee’s autistic society and other citywide leaders and people from the community that care and want to show support. The greatest thing is that what could have been a very bad situation has turned into something beautiful. A family and a business got together with the community and worked things out. We are in a real critical place in our city with race relations and negative statics plaguing and crushing our hope. This proves we are greater together.
Milwaukee Health Services Inc. is pleased to announce that guest will receive groceries and children’s winter coats while supplies last courtesy Children’s Community Health Plan, Tri City National Bank, Greater Birth and New Feeding America on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Together, Milwaukee Health Services Inc. (MHSI), Children’s Community Health Plan, Tri City National Bank, Greater New Birth, Spic and Span and New York Life will host a Harvest Health Fair on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive.
“The primary objective of the Harvest Health Fair is to provide access to health care services, supply nutritious groceries and warm winter coats for children,” says Pamela Clark, Corporate Communications Specialist for Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. “Community service has always been an important part of the mission of MHSI. The Harvest Health Fair provides an opportunity for our employees and collaborating partners to give back to the community we serve.”
Guest may receive flu shots, immunizations, health screening for memory, diabetes, high blood pressure, cervical cancer, and dental screening. While on site, shop the Farmer’s Market for healthy fruits and vegetables. Enjoy food, games and prizes.
Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center offers same day appointments. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, services are delivered regardless of ability to pay, offering a sliding fee scale for the uninsured according to household income. MHSI certified Benefit Counselors are available to answer insurance questions.
The mission of MHSI is to provide accessible, quality, primary and related health care services to Milwaukee residents, with the continuing emphasis on medically-underserved families and individuals. MHSI operates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Health Center at 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, the Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive.
School’s environmental implementer has earned Presidential Innovator Award; Hawley is one of 12 MPS schools with an aquaponics program
MILWAUKEE – Educators, school leaders and community members will come together Thursday to cut the ribbon on the new aquaponics lab at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Hawley Environmental School.
Aquaponics is a growing field that presents not only potential career options but helps students learn about fish and plant life, photosynthesis and life cycles. In an aquaponics system, fish and plants grow together. The systems convert waste produced by the fish into fertilizer for plants, which in turn filter water that enters the fish habitat. Hawley students and educators have been preparing the new system throughout the summer and early fall.
The ribbon-cutting event is set for Thursday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Hawley, 5610 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee 53213. Media are welcome and invited to attend.
Hawley is one of 12 MPS schools to offer an aquaponics program. The school’s program was designed and built by Imagine Aquaponics, which also provided donations to help facilitate the creation of the lab. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization and Community Learning Center program also contributed funds. Many of MPS’ other aquaponics programs were developed through a grant from AT&T and the NEA Foundation.
“It’s so exciting that we can add such an innovative approach to all the growing and gardening experiences that our students already have here at Hawley,” said teacher Casey McEvilly, who leads the lab and the school’s aquaponics club. “I am so proud to be able to have this for the school and our kids.”
Hawley environmental implementer Lesley Zylstra noted that the lab helps fulfill the school’s vision of preparing students to be environmentally-conscious leaders.
“Having this aquaponics lab to work in and learn from not only helps students understand critical science concepts but also gives our students an advantage in understanding the growing field of sustainable agriculture,” she said.
Zylstra’s work to provide well-rounded environmental education for Hawley students has earned her national recognition. This summer, she received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, an honor given to only two teahers in each of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 10 regions. Zylstra traveled to Washington this summer to be recognized in person by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver congratulates the Hawley community on its new lab and Ms. Zylstra on her national recognition.