URBAN MY DIALOGUE
Lincoln Hills, the Wisconsin Juvenile Prison is still open and will remain. That’s how it seems. Today, I
have learned that some law makers visited Lincoln Hills recently. Did these law makers believe they were going
to see anything out of the ordinary, besides an institution with a population of majority black children with all
white staff located four hours or more from the cities they reside?
I am guessing, to them that wouldn‘t be out of the ordinary. To them, that is the way the system has
been designed. They may have spoken with some of the children, but I know that those children are not going
to open up completely to strangers. These strangers are stating that they are there to help, but at the end of the
day leave the children behind to face constant humiliation and abuse.
“When myself and others visited Lincoln Hills,
I noticed that the buildings were very clean and well kept
but I also know that buildings don‘t abuse children… the staff do.”
When myself and others visited Lincoln Hills, I noticed that the buildings were very clean and well kept
but I also know that buildings don‘t abuse children, the staff do. Many of them who were under investigation for
these abuses were allowed to retire or leave without being criminally charged or convicted.
We are the defenders of our children’s rights and protectors of their lives but still continue to
fail them. We fail them to a point where I’ve heard some say, “As long as they are not here.” We sit around
tables discussing these issues over lunch and nothing has happened. Many of the solutions discussed have
been out of the planner’s control. That, in itself, ultimately helps no one. I thought we were in a state of
Then there is Ethan Allen. Some say it’s out dated and too large. Although millions of dollars were
spent within it before it was shut down the capacity can be controlled. I was in Ethan Allen. I must say that
today I am still in contact with the staff who helped me over the years.
Until we can build to prevent our youth being incarcerated, some will need to be placed somewhere for some of the offenses.
Ethan Allen is only forty minutes from Milwaukee. Many to this very day yell that it’s outdated, yet our children remain literally unsafe four hours away and our state leaves them there because it provides employment for those local residents. In other words, they’re employment means more than our childrens safety. Lincoln Hills has been investigated for abuse and yet all the staff that were investigated were allowed to retire, not one charged! When all this was happening our community stood against it but since then, we have quieted down.
We must build to prevent our youth being incarcerated, but until we accomplish that, some of our loved ones will need to be punished for their offenses. We should stop asking for these people to place them in the “Hilton” and work with what we have! It’s all about self-determination. Our Children are dying, crying and killing, while we do little to nothing. Peace.
Torre M. Johnson Sr.
President of XMENUNITED
NEWSONE NOW: GUEST HOST MICHELLE BERNARD SPEAKS WITH CIVIL RIGHTS LAW EXPERT
KRISTEN CLARK ON JEFF SESSIONS’ POLICE REFORM PLANS; DISCUSSES SUSAN RICE’S PUSH BACK ON
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SECURITY ACCUSATIONS
KRISTEN CLARK ON JEFF SESSIONS’ POLICE REFORM PLANS; DISCUSSES SUSAN RICE’S PUSH BACK ON
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SECURITY ACCUSATIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C.– APRIL 5, 2017 – This morning on NewsOne Now, guest host Michelle Bernard spoke with Kristen Clark, president of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law about the order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to have all law enforcement reform agreements with police departments reviewed. Reached during the Obama administration, these agreements helped create strong police reform, and affect several cities including Chicago, Cleveland, and Baltimore, where the police chief has come out in strong opposition of the decision.
“This administration is about law and order, we have seen that from day one,” said Clark. “Executive orders have been issued where they are pushing law enforcement and prosecutors to be more aggressive on fighting crime. All at the expense of people’s constitutional and civil rights. The reality is that there are 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country occupied by many officers who do their job faithfully, but the reality is that in places like Baltimore and Chicago and New Orleans, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to uproot that systemic bias that infects the system. And these consent decrees are vehicles to help put those police departments on a path to reform and that our attorney general would stand in the way and be an obstacle to the process is shameful.”
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Bernard also spoke with former NSA General Counsel Robert L. Deitz and Dr. Gregory Carr, associate professor and chair of the department of African American studies at Howard University, about the controversy surrounding former National Security Adviser Susan L. Rice. Rice has been accused of identifying Trump associates that have been linked to the collection of electronic surveillance of foreigners, and sharing the information with the press.
“U.S. persons are, from time to time, incidentally picked up in conversations. Everybody knows that. When the NSA or FBI analyzes these intercepts, there’s an obligation under federal rules that U.S. person identities be minimized. That means their names, their positions, and so forth – identifying information – is kept out of the report. However, senior officials who think that they need the names of those folks can obtain that information under two circumstances: one, if you need to know the identity in order to make sense of the intelligence; and second, if there’s evidence that a crime has been committed. The fact that she asked for it in no sense, on its face, suggests wrongdoing. Senior officials do this all the time and the question is simply, can you make sense of this intelligence
without knowing the identity of the U.S. person,” said Deitz.
Added Carr, “She can only make a request, and under the Bush administrations and the Obama administrations, they have been frequently denied these requests. As for Trump, they’ve got to continue to play this shell game because increasingly as this investigation unfolds it’s going to be more and more difficult for them to hide.”
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Madison — As an organization that that advocates for public policies that promote the health, wellbeing, and economic security of women and girls in Wisconsin, the(WAWH) is calling on Wisconsin’s state and federal elected officials to protect funding for civil legal services. WAWH was greatly disappointed and alarmed by reports that President Trump intends to adopt a budget plan that calls for the full elimination of funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides thousands of low-income women in Wisconsin with access to the legal services they need for their economic security and often times for their personal safety.
President Trump’s budget plan eliminates funding that provides thousands of low-income women with access to legal services
“Reports that the Trump administration intends to fully eliminate a program that directly aids vulnerable, low-income women, such as victims of domestic violence, in communities across the country is appalling,” said Sara Finger, WAWH Executive Director. “If LSC services were to disappear or be diminished in Wisconsin, many of these women would have nowhere to turn for legal representation. There are no other agencies in Wisconsin that could feasibly fill the critical role played by LSC grantees in our civil legal system. What this means in reality is that there will be low-income women and their children who find themselves in incredibly vulnerable and even dangerous situations who are left to fend for themselves in complex and overwhelming legal proceedings.”
The LSC is the largest single provider of legal aid for low-income citizens in this country, providing as much as 50% of the funding for programs like Legal Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Judicare. Low-income women in communities across Wisconsin rely on LSC-funded services when seeking employment, resolving housing issues, or advocating for their children in the family law system. The importance of having access to affordable legal aid services to navigate these often complicated legal issues is only further magnified in cases involving domestic violence.
President Trump’s proposal, which is yet to be officially introduced and would need to pass in both houses of Congress before becoming law, would reverse decades of progress toward providing legal services that save lives and empower marginalized groups all across the country.
The vision of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) is an environment in which all Wisconsin women, at every stage and every stage of their life, can realize their optimal health, safety and economic security. Visit www.supportwomenshealth.org.
- They’ve been in existence for more than 1,000 years affecting both warfare and society.
The historical timeline of guns date all the way back to the 1300’s. Although this weapon ofdisaster has played a major historical role in our past, it still manages to be the controversialtopic of our present day and future. Should the government put in place gun control laws? Keepreading to find out the surprising thoughts on gun control from our young adults.It is very rare that we turn on the news and see breaking news that doesn’t contain gunsand shootings.Most recently it’s been policemen shooting unarmed civilians, and on otheroccasions it’s been gang violence, and unstable individuals who wish to annihilate innocentmembers in churches. No matter where you turn someone is dying from the use of concealedweapons.
It is very rare that we turn on the news and see breaking news that doesn’t contain guns
and shootings.With so much agony like the situations mentioned previously, it would be natural forsomeone to think that stricter laws on gun possession would be put into place. With growingnumbers of deaths that involve unarmed teens, grown men and women, you would assume thatthere would be no such thing as a second amendment. You would think that someone somewherewould be more engaged in protecting people from getting injured or killed, well think again.What if I told you that the exact opposite may happen right here in Wisconsin?Just this past Tuesday Republicans backed a proposed Wisconsin bill that would allowindividuals to carry concealed firearms without a license. Yes, you read correctly. If this billpasses, not only will unlicensed individuals be able to carry, they will also be allowed to carryconcealed weapons into public places where they are currently barred, including school buildings(unless clearly prohibited.)In this chaos of a situation, I have learned from peers and much needed research that asscary as unlicensed carriers may sound, millennials don’t totally disagree with this new bill.Generations young and old hold different viewpoints about gun control. While older generationssupport gun laws and gun control, millennials revealed in a recent poll, that they’re less likely tosupport gun control, but do you know why?With shootings and deaths happening night and day, attitudes towards guns havetremendously changed overall. Most of us are more concerned with the right to self-defendourselves and our families. Millennials support any and every right given to us stated in theConstitution. They believe in protecting and they believe in fundamental rights.The question now is, how can one grant permission to unlicensed individuals andsimultaneously secure the fears from the public who wish to protect the public from danger?While a multitude of young adults are in favor of the second amendment, many young adults areagainst it as well. In recent interviews and research findings, millennials have clarified theirsupport for gun control laws to those who aren’t in favor of them.20-year-old Sarah Clements became a gun control activist when her mother survived ashooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In an interview with NBC news, Sarah said “Gun control isn’t about taking firearms from people, it’s about making surethe wrong people don’t have access to dangerous weapons through proposals such as increasing background checks, implementing waiting periods after purchasing guns, and a ban on semi-automatic guns…We as gun reform activists need to continuously say we support the SecondAmendment — we are not trying to do away with it or ‘take away all the guns.’ That said, I donot believe it gives us the right to own a gun anytime, by anyone, and to be taken anywhere.”As we look forward into the future we must always understand that our neighbor hasexperienced life in a different way than most of us can understand or grasp. While there aremillions of issues that are circulating around our society, millennials, we owe it to ourselvesand those that are a part of our generation, to find common ground. Much like Sarah, I believein protection and wish to never reprehend another of their God given rights. Ultimately, theideal thing to do would be to understand our counter partner and find a resolution that willallow us to be on one accord. Millennials, together we stand, but divided we fall.Paishance WelchMillennial Magic
If the Gap Were Closed, Wisconsin Women Could Afford Food for 1.5 More Years, Nearly Eight More Months of Mortgage Payments, 13.5 More Months of Rent or 13+ Additional Months of Child Care Annually
An analysis released for Equal Pay Day reveals the size of the gender wage gap and its detrimental effects on the spending power of Wisconsin women. Women employed full time, year-round in Wisconsin are paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,712. That means Wisconsin women lose a combined total of nearly $14 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and is especially significant for the more than 228,000 Wisconsin households headed by women, 27 percent of which are in poverty.
The new analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The full set of findings for Wisconsin, which has the 21st largest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, is available here. The National Partnership also analyzed the wage gap in Wisconsin’s congressional districts. All of these findings and similar findings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found at NationalPartnership.org/Gap.
“Equal Pay Day is a painful reminder that women in this country have had to work more than three months into this year just to catch up with what men were paid last year,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. “This analysis shows just how damaging that lost income can be for women and their families, as well as the economy and the businesses that depend on women’s purchasing power. Entire communities, states and our country suffer because lawmakers have not done nearly enough to end wage discrimination or to advance the fair and family friendly workplace policies that would help erase the wage gap.”
According to the analysis, if the gap between women’s and men’s wages in Wisconsin were eliminated, a woman in the state who holds a full-time, year-round job would have enough money for 1.5 more years of food, nearly eight more months of mortgage and utilities payments, 13.5 more months of rent, more than 13 additional months of child care, 1.2 additional years of tuition and fees at a four-year public university, or the full cost of tuition and fees for a two-year community college.
Nationally, women who hold full-time, year-round jobs in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. Black women are paid 63 cents and Latinas just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. White, non-Hispanic women are paid 75 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, although some ethnic subgroups of Asian women fare much worse. And mothers with full-time, year-round jobs are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.
Wisconsin is not the only state with a wage gap. In fact, every state and 94 percent of the country’s congressional districts have one. The National Partnership finds that the largest cents-on-the-dollar differences in the country are in Wyoming, Louisiana, West Virginia, Utah and North Dakota. The smallest cents-on-the-dollar differences are in New York, Delaware and Florida. A ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found here.
“Numerous studies show that the wage gap persists regardless of occupation, industry, education level or perceived personal choices,” Ness continued. “That is why we need a set of public policies that ensure women have access to good and decent-paying jobs, the support they need to stay and advance in their careers, and fair and nondiscriminatory treatment wherever they work and whatever jobs they hold. That means fair pay and practices, family friendly workplace standards, full funding for federal agencies that investigate and enforce fair pay, and comprehensive reproductive health care.”
Members of Congress are expected to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help break harmful patterns of pay discrimination and establish stronger workplace protections for women. National Partnership experts say the bill would help close the wage gap, along with policies like the Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee paid sick days; the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program; and measures that would increase the minimum wage and strengthen pregnant worker protections.
The National Partnership’s analysis of the wage gap was released in advance of Equal Pay Day, which is April 4 this year. Equal Pay Day marks how far into the new year women must work in order to catch up with what men were paid in the year before. The findings for all states are available in map form at NationalPartnership.org/Gap, in addition to analyses of the wage gap at the national level, in the 20 states with the largest numbers of Black women and Latinas who work full time, in more than 20 major metropolitan areas, and in all 435 congressional districts.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.
The Bartolotta Restaurant Group is hosting a job fair this Saturday, April 8 – from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St., according to Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II.
Alderman Stamper, chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee, said the fairs will feature jobs available at multiple Bartolotta locations and each location is accessible via MCTS bus line service.
the fairs will feature jobs available at multiple Bartolotta locations all accessible via MCTS bus line service
“If you are seeking employment or interested in looking for a new job, please make a point of attending one or both of these job fairs,” Alderman Stamper said.
The job openings include line cooks, banquet servers and bartenders, cashiers, hosts, and more.
(BlackNews.com) — Jamal Wilson, a 25 year old from Palm Beach, Florida, had a vision to change the technology world in the biggest way possible. He dropped out of college to pursue his dream of becoming a full time entrepreneur, but the path that got him to where he is today did not come without its roadblocks. In 2010, Jamal moved to Tallahassee, Florida, to play college basketball and to pursue a degree in Computer Technology. These plans did not transpire as intended. In 2012, Jamal realized that school was not for him and he started to skip class, which eventually led to him dropping out. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He started educating himself on the methods of computer programming, in an attempt to come up with ideas that would have a major impact in the tech world. Unfortunately, he did not have the funds to support these ideas, at that time. In 2014, Jamal started working at a call center, but quickly realized this was not enough money to support his ultimate goal. Two months later, he got hired at BMW and Mercedes as a salesman. Jamal worked harder than he ever did in his life by working 60+ hours a week. He was on a mission to make his dream a reality. Jamal worked at BMW and Mercedes for 3 years and became the number one sales person in the store for 2 out of 3 years. In addition to that, he achieved numerous awards and was one of the top ranked sales people in the region.
“dropping out turned out to be a blessing in disguise, he started educating himself”
After such perseverance, on January 28th, 2017, Selfie Radar was launched on the App Store. But the application idea came about in 2015 when Jamal approached his cousin, Alexander Logan, the CFO of Selfie Radar, about an idea that would give anyone in the world access to people based on activity and location. Alexander saw the vision of Selfie Radar and the huge potential it had to change the way we meet people. Growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, Alexander always had a passion for numbers. He attended Florida State University where he maintained a 4.0 GPA and a B.S. in Actuarial Science. Afterwards, he re-located to Chicago, Illinois to work for Willis Towers Watson, a Fortune 500 insurance consulting firm. From there, he gained experience with big data and modeling financials and insurance products for large corporations such as McDonalds, Caterpillar, AIG, and Nationwide, to name a few. His experience is not limited to just modeling and data manipulation for insurance companies; he has also gained expertise in analyzing data for litigation projects, for clients such as Reed Smith LLP and Lincoln Financial. Such attention to detail has proven to be crucial to Selfie Radar’s success. Between Jamal’s sales and marketing experience and Alexander’s financial and modeling expertise, Selfie Radar has the potential to be the next biggest tech company on the market.
The application, Selfie Radar
Selfie Radar is an application that gives people the ability to connect with the world through selfies, based on an array of activities and location. Users have the ability to take a selfie and upload it with a category (or what Jamal and Alexander call “Radar Rank”) that describes their activity and displays their current location, by city and state. The application houses many different Radar Ranks to choose from, such as Campus Selfie, Exercise Selfie, Game Time Selfie, Landmark Selfie, Party Selfie, and many more. The application also allows people to filter their dashboard to view any activity they want to see, at any specified location. For example, if a user attends a Miami Heat NBA game, they can choose to see everyone that posted a selfie in the arena by filtering on the “Game Time Selfie” Radar Rank and filtering on “Miami, Florida.”
The application inherently encourages interaction between users. Users have the ability to like selfies, search other users, send private messages to other users, follow other users, and view another user’s gallery. In addition to the aforementioned features, Jamal and Alexander wanted to reward users for their participation within the application. Selfie Radar contains a page called “Featured Selfie” that gives users the opportunity to have their selfie displayed for an entire day, for every other user across the application to see. To be featured on this page, a user must have the most activity within a 24 hour period. These activities include liking other people’s selfies, following the most people, and posting the most selfies across different Radar Ranks. The promotion opportunities through this page are endless.
Why is it a safe alternative in the social media world?
One element in which Selfie Radar prides itself is being an extremely safe and positive form of social media. Jamal and Alexander decided to eliminate the ability to comment on other user’s selfies.
With bullying being such a widespread act in the social media world, they wanted to provide a safe and positive alternative to the unforgiving nature that accompanies the option to comment on people’s photos. Another epidemic surrounding the social media world is a phenomenon called “catfishing”. Catfishing is a deceptive tactic involving people creating fake profiles to construct a false identity. Selfie Radar effectively eliminates this kind of activity. In order to post selfies on Selfie Radar, a user must have their locations turned on and can only use the camera built within the application, which only allows for usage of the front camera. With these elements in mind, Selfie Radar has become a safe application for people of all ages to enjoy.
What is next for Selfie Radar?
Jamal and Alexander acknowledge that without user participation, Selfie Radar cannot live up to its full potential. Their main focus is and will always be on gaining the maximum amount of participating users possible. They have been off to a promising start. Selfie Radar has not only reached people all over the United States, in states such as Florida, Illinois, and Georgia, but it has also reached people overseas in countries such as Slovakia, the Netherlands, and Germany, to name a few. Selfie Radar is currently only available on the Apple Market, but Jamal and Alexander plan to launch Selfie Radar to the Android Market very soon. Jamal and Alex have been participating in interviews about Selfie Radar across the United States and will continue to do so, with the hopes of leading the next biggest social media technology company.
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On Wednesday March 29th, 2017 at the Al McGuire Center, Marquette University 770 North 12th Street, Milwaukee – Dr. Angela Davis gave lecture on behalf of the Ethnic Alumni Association and the Marquette Forum. She spoke to a full house of Students and citizens of Milwaukee Wisconsin; some of the topics she touched on was the 53206 zip code, Police in America, the shooting of Dontre Hamilton, and many more cases like him around the United States and aboard. She echo the words of why in Milwaukee so many Black males are convicted and so many Black females are being evicted. She talked about how she was treated as a young activist and being locked up; how it made her more socially conscious. She entertained questions from the audience and received a standing ovation.
Dr. Angela Davis emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
She was a professor (now retired) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in its History of Consciousness Department and a former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. Her research interests are feminism, African-American studies, critical theory, Marxism, popular music, social consciousness, and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons. She co-founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex.
Marquette University has launched a yearlong series of inclusive conversations, bringing experts of national renown together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. Inspired by visions of inclusion and a better world emerging from Black freedom struggles, we hope to look with new eyes at the challenges that inequality presents at the national level and within Milwaukee. As a Catholic, Jesuit university committed to social justice, we seek to energize our campus and engage all Milwaukee’s communities by asking, “What is your freedom dream now?” from the Marquette website.