Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke greets a resident as she admires his horse before the start of the recent Juneteenth Parade. The MCSO Mounted Unit, with Sheriff Clarke, rode in the Juneteenth Day parade. Kids from the neighborhood stopped by the horse trailer after the parade to see the horses and speak with the deputies about the Mounted Unit. (Photo provided by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department)
The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, the Westlawn Resident Council,Humana Inc., KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,100 playgrounds) and volunteers will join forces on Saturday, Sept. 29 to build a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground in the Westlawn Neighborhood, 5480 N. 67th St., starting at 8:30 a.m. with a kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment.
The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana (a leading health and wellness company), was created with personal drawings and input from local community members – from children to seniors – and will be built in six hours!
Humana is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being. In addition to the traditional kid-friendly equipment, this unique area will feature senior-focused and adult elements, such as fitness stations and walking paths, to promote good posture, balance and flexibility, creating a truly multi-generational space. The project will also create an area to inspire family picnics and get-togethers for years to come.
Currently, the families of Westlawn do not have a playground to call their own, nor are there any publicly accessible playgrounds in the immediate area. A new playground and multi-generational exercise stations will effectively address these needs, providing the youth with an age-appropriate area to play, as well as opportunities for the seniors to interact further with each other and the community.
The playground is an important piece of an ongoing revitalization plan for the Westlawn neighborhood, Wisconsin’s largest public housing community. The eastern half of Westlawn is currently being rebuilt from the ground up with 250 new affordable housing units and plans for additional market rate homes to create a new mixed-income community with an emphasis on healthy living. The playground will be the first new construction on Westlawn’s western half, and it will set the stage for the continued transformation of the neighborhood.
Hundreds of volunteers and community members will roll up their sleeves to build the new, 2,500-sq.-ft., playground from start-to-finish in one day in a fun, old-fashioned barn raising – with a playful twist! The project is one of 18 playgrounds being built by Humana and KaBOOM! across the U.S. in 2012.
Mandela Barnes is a candidate for State Representative of the 11th Assembly District in the State of Wisconsin.
Mandela has a strong background in community organizing. He recently became the director of MICAH, an interfaith, social justice based community organization in Milwaukee.
MICAH is comprised of over 30 congregations mainly in the inner-city, but including surrounding areas. The focus of his work in the organization has been Jobs & Economic Development, Education, Immigration, and Treatment Instead of Prison.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a lifelong district resident, Mandela was born to a union auto worker and public school teacher.
He graduated from John Marshall High School, and went on to attend Alabama A&M University. In college, he became very active in organizations like the NAACP and Student Government Association, which gave him his first taste of political activity and community service.
Immediately after college, in 2008, Mandela got his first “real-world” experience in organizing with the Democratic Campaign Management Program, as a field organizer on a congressional race in Northwest Louisiana. In 2009, Mandela returned to Milwaukee inspired to serve.
He found himself in the office of Mayor Tom Barrett as an intern in constituent relations, and eventually staff. During this period, he became an active member in a number of organizations in the area, and a Board Member of the ACLU of Wisconsin.
When Governor Scott Walker, ‘dropped the bomb’ on our State, Mandela became very active in the labor movement.
It was a direct attack on the type of middle class/union household that reared him. He toured the State with Reverend Jesse Jackson on a statewide college tour, and worked with a number of influential individuals in attempts to curb the attacks.
Mandela has decided to pursue public office, as a State Representative in Wisconsin, because the time is now. He is ready to take his organizing to the next level. Earlier this year, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin named him the “Grassroots Organizer of the Year.”
“I am running for office because I have long felt that this district is in need of strong progressive leadership that residents can count on. The interests of district residents should unequivocal y be supported by their representative. People are disappointed; they don’t want to continue to see schools close, jobs lost, or payday lenders taking advantage of their neighbors. Unfortunately these three are major instances that continue to plague not only the 11th Assembly district, but the majority of inner-city Milwaukee.
“Jobs and education are the two issues at the forefront of this campaign. As a legislator I will fight for higher and more substantial local hiring requirements for minorities and unemployed residents in the city, as well as reverse the trend of school closings by working to refund cuts in public education by Governor Walker and his allies.
“I will also work to hold all schools accountable to a parallel set of standards, and make sure that our local leaders are accountable when local participation standards on public projects aren’t being met.”
In November of 2004, Jason M. Fields was elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature to represent the 11th Assembly District located on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Prior to being elected, Representative Fields held various positions in the financial and insurance industries.
He has been a banker, stockbroker, financial advisor, and portfolio manager helping to manage approximately $100 million in business and private assets. He is currently President of GlobalEx.LLC., and is a licensed securities broker and Insurance Advisor.
He was also honored to be selected by The Business Journal as one of 2007’s “Milwaukee’s 40 under 40.”
He is currently serving as the Midwest Regional Director for the National Technology Adoption Advisory Council. NTAAC was established by One Economy Corporation with a mission to convene, support and empower local and state governments in their efforts to leverage broadband to improve their communities and the lives of their constituents.
Representative Jason M. Fields is currently in his fourth term in the State Assembly. He hopes to continue the great traditions of his district and City, and serve his constituents for years to come. His current biennial committee assignments include:
• Financial Institutions, (ranking member)
•Jobs, Economy and Small Business
“Upon being one of the most productive Democrats in the State, I felt that there is more that needs to be done. I want to continue to help all our children, no matter where they are!
“I believe that we can succeed in the areas of minority contracting, and fostering equal opportunities for African-Americans in the Global economy, by focusing on quality education, access to financing for minority owned business I believe we can move Milwaukee to become an international and regional hub of the Midwest.