Milwaukee Brewer First Baseman Corey Hart took some time out before a recent Brewer game at Miller Park to pose with Milwaukee Public Library’s Super Readers, youths who read the most books during the summer.
(Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Ralph Hollmon, president and ceo of the Milwaukee Urban League (standing in rear center) joined MUL officials in helping area children get a leg up on the school year by supplying them with back packs and school supplies at the 30th annual Health and Resource Fair held recently at the Fitzsimmonds Boys & Girls Club, 3400 W. North Ave. Many families took advantage of free health screenings for their children which included immunizations, blood pressure and vision tests. The free back packs were made possible by funding raised at the Urban League’s 30th Black and White Ball. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
County Supervisor Russell Stamper II has been very busy since his recent election to office. In addition to not having missed a single roll call, he has held regular town hall meetings in the fifth supervisory district called “Speak with Stamper Sessions,” where constituents are able to voice their concerns on a variety of county issues. Turnouts for these sessions have been successful.
Stamper has also collaborated with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office in an effort to shore up a community policing effort that will address crime issues in the district.
Recently, Stamper spearheaded what he called his first annual Fifth District Community Clean-up (pictured above). Stamper has collaborated with local businesses such as Pic-N-Save, Central Marketing, Inc., L.A.N.D., the Hmong American Friendship Association, Operation Dream, Washington Park Partners, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, The Urban Ecology Center, and others in an annual effort to give his district a much-needed face-lift.
This year’s effort was a tremendous success. As a reward to the youths who assisted in the clean up, Stamper held a cookout at the Washington Urban Ecology Center.
He hosts weekly concerts in Washington Park at the band shell with various music bands. The new development in Washington park is making it a more family friendly environment.
He is proud of key legislation he helped to sponsor such as
• Downtown Transit Center redevelopment ensuring 4,400 jobs with newly required DBE participation ensuring minority participation and millions of dollars of tax revenue generated for Milwaukee County.
• Supported the ready to work initiative which is a $1 million investment that will put people to work on construction jobs and provide training sponsored by former supervisor Eyon Biddle and County Supervisor Theordore Lipscomb.
Stamper also conducted a well-attended Jobs Fair at the Washington Park Senior Citizen Center last week co-sponsored by the Social Development Center. Many attendees left the event optimistic about their prospects for employment.
Constituents are encouraged to contact the supervisor at Russell.firstname.lastname@example.org, 4142784201.
First Lady Michelle Obama ventured to Milwaukee to speak to grassroots supporters. Outlining what’s at stake during this election, Mrs. Obama encouraged rally attendees to help organize voters between now and November and asked every supporter to help grow Obama for America’s national grassroots network. Attendees left the rally, held at Bradley Tech High School, inspired. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
African American insiders weigh-in on Artur Davis defection
April Ryan, AURN White House Correspondent (www.aurn.com)
The guest of honor has made it to his own party and conventioneers are prepared for what some Republicans hope will be invigorating speeches, laying out the case for Mitt Romney to become the 45th President of the United States of America. Republicans are hopeful they can now gain some political momentum even as Isaac threatens the Gulf Coast region, seven years after Hurricane Katrina. Pivotal for the convention are the speeches that are expected to rally the cause of the GOP. There is anticipation for keynote speech topics. Critics have long since compared politics to football as they both have a lot of armchair quarterbacks. In this case, there are many who are expressing what they want to hear out of the convention. Actor, humanitarian, and businessman, Wendell Pierce, a staunch Obama supporter and fundraiser, wants the Republican convention to focus on issues of hurt in minority America. Pierce was on the phone in his car evacuating his parents from New Orleans to Alabama when he made the comments Monday night.
Pierce says, “People need to make those delegates aware in Tampa, the same thing I am going to challenge my own party [to do],.. We have to be aware of the object poverty in our country. We have to do something about the violence that is happening with our youth that comes out of that object poverty because of the lack of opportunity.”
Piece is not sure if he will attend the Democratic Convention in Charlotte next week, but is also urging the GOP to stop its efforts to suppress the black vote with voter ID laws.
Pierce also feels there is irony of the Republican National Convention and its rousing speeches with Isaac threatening landfall on the Katrina anniversary. He says, “It feels like deja vu!…It is kind of profound irony that is happening with the Republican National Convention because it makes me think of George W. Bush and his abandonment of an American city in its time of need.” African-American former HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson eagerly awaited the address by Ann Romney, the wife of Governor Mitt Romney. “I have a great deal of respect and admiration for her, all that she has endured,” Jackson said. Mrs. Romney has multiple sclerosis and is a breast cancer survivor. Jackson asserts Mrs. Romney “has been a very, very strong advocate for women’s rights and women’s issues.” The former Hud Secretary is not in Tampa, but plans to watch the speeches of some of the higher profile RNC speakers. “I also expect Governor Christie will give a very entertaining speech…I think the key to all this is the speech that Congressman Ryan gives and Governor Romney gives. It must be a speech deep in substance, telling the American people what they want to do for our country….it is going to have to be a speech of substance.” But there is one speaker the former Bush Administration official was not particularly eager to hear. Jackson is confounded with Former Democratic Alabama Congressman Artur Davis. Jackson says, “I am a little surprised with some of the speakers there…clearly some people last term around were very critical of the Republican Party, yet they are there now and they are basically Republicans.” Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, a native of Alabama, like Artur Davis, reflects on what he thought of as a bright, political career, saying the former congressman’s party switch is “sad.” The Congressional Black Caucus, a group of black, mostly Democratic congressional leaders wrote a scathing open letter for the newly-minted Republican Artur Davis, stating, “your actions are the result of a nakedly personal and political calculation or simmering anguish after failing to secure the Democratic nomination for governor of the State of Alabama in 2010.” When Davis represented Alabama in Congress, he was a member of the CBC. Head of the Democratic Party, Debbie Wasserman Shultz says, “I agree with my CBC colleagues”, calling it “naked ambition” and “naked opportunism” on the part of Artur Davis to speak at the RNC. There is at least one more speech the chairwoman is interested in hearing. Meanwhile, Wasserman Shultz believes the speech will be “the biggest Etch-A-Sketch event in history” for the Romney-Ryan campaign. In her mind, a perfect Romney speech would include his words to “embrace the notion we should all work together…that the, ‘my way or the highway’ extremism will be put aside. I would like to hear Mitt Romney say he will release his taxes and be transparent.”
Community members recently gathered to participate in “Ask The Experts” Community Strategy Session. The session, held in celebration of Women’s Equality Day and sponsored by 9to5 Milwaukee members and partner organizations, featured roundtable discussions where experts, on poverty and working without benefits, shared their work experiences.Community members, elected officials, and other leaders came to discuss: the meaning of a ‘good job,’ working without paid sick days and the difficulties of working at minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Countless stories were shared at each table as the elected officials listened. “We agreed that (we need) not just any job, (but a) good job,” said Jennifer Epps Addison as she shared her group’s discussion on the meaning of a ‘good job.’ “A good job allows you have time with family, decent quality of life, afford school supplies, a little fairness because there is more than enough to go around. We need more economic security for our families. We need not just any job, a good job.”
As the evening progressed, the roundtable discussions switched focus to talking more about what different levels of government can do to raise standards at work.
“Milwaukee’s workforce have seen some of the worst rollbacks of rights and standards in the nation with equal pay and paid sick days being repealed. We are not going to give up on low-wage workers because the state administration has turned their backs to us; we are going to fight for action at every level of government,” said Dana Schultz, encouraged by the community’s push for local campaigns to amend the living wage ordinances. “No jobs created by taxpayers, like janitors at schools, healthcare workers, or people who serve food at the VA, should be poverty wage jobs. Local government clearly has a role in the quality of these jobs.”
Congresswoman Gwen Moore spoke about the importance of voting, noting that there are real issues facing women and families that must be addressed by voting.
During the session, dozens of individuals registered to vote and 49 people completed 9to5’s action pledge cards. Additionally, and community members and elected officials shared in solutions to increase standards by amending the living wage ordinances in our city, county, and school board.
The discussions indicate that community groups and activists are taking people’s issues. Some of the solutions that came up to form the next steps including a campaign planning session with the group that was there and ways to organize blocks and wards for the upcoming elections.
9to5, Citizen Action of WI, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Working America, and United Wisconsin and Community Action Now joined in putting the event together. Elected officials who will participate are Representative Gwen Moore, the offices of Tammy Baldwin, State Representatives Chris Sinicki, State Senator Chris Larson, State Senator-Elect Nikiya Harris, County Supervisors Deanna Alexander, David Bowen, Jason Haas, John Weishan, Michael Mayo, Staff from Senator Lena Taylor and Common Council President Willie Hines, and MPS School Board Directors Larry Miller and Meagan Holman.
For more almost 45 years, the Next Door Foundation has served the Milwaukee community by providing innovative programs and services to meet the changing needs of the central city community. Next Door began as a youth and young adult outreach program run by Our Saviors Lutheran Church in 1969. The agency was incorporated in 1971 and expanded its services to include children, opening its Cornerstone Children and Youth Center that same year.
Next Door is an education and social service center whose focus includes working with Milwaukee children and families to help build the educational and life skills they need to succeed. The agency’s mission is to support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.
The cornerstone of Next Door Foundation’s success is its ability to be on the cutting edge of developing new and innovative ways to meet the needs of the residents it serves. For example, in response to rising AODA issues in the community, in 1974 Next Door opened the Genesis Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment program. And, during the 80s launched several other initiatives including the New Frontiers Employment and summer youth employment program and the Adult Education (ABE/GED) program to address youth unemployment and underemployment. And, in 1987 the agency was given Hope Apartments, located on North 27th Street, which provided permanent housing for low-income residents.
As the agency’s programming and services grew, so too did its need for larger facilities and in 1992 Next Door moved into the newly renovated Helwig Family Community Center. Shortly after that move Next Door held its first classroom-based Head Start program, while simultaneously shifting its focus to children—from birth to 12 years of age. With funding from Milwaukee Public Schools Next Door began its four and five year old kindergarten programs and in 1998, through a collaboration with Children’s Medical Group, opened a full service pediatric clinic in the Community Center.
While maintaining its focus on children, in 1999 Cardinal Stritch University also began offering college classes at the Helwig Community Center and in 2004 Next Door broke ground on the Educare Center.
Today, Next Door Foundation continues to offer a variety of programs including Adult Education, Birth to Three, Books for Kids, Educare Enrollment, Fatherhood, Health, Home-based Services, Leaders of Tomorrow, Next Door Head Start Charter School and Special Education.
Next Door Foundation truly embraces the notion it touts that help is “just next door” and for that, we applaud the agency for being a great neighborhood in the hood.
Recently 3,000 people went to see First Lady Michelle Obama speak at Bradley Tech High School. Do you think President Barack Obama will win the 2012 Presidential Election? Why or why not?
Question and photos by Yvonne Kemp
James Lindsay: “I believe Barack Obama will be re-elected because most people understand that the economy is in its current state due to the last administration and that it will take at least two terms for it to be corrected.
Markel Johnson: “He will be elected because a lot of people who say they oppose him publicly will support him at the ballot box because he is looking out for their best interest.”
Laviena Davis: “The Lord had his hand on President Obama. My senior companions and I are praying that God will do a miracle.”
Beverly Brown: “I think he will be elected. People have to realize that he had a lot of housekeeping to do when he was elected and he (has done) a lot for the people (considering) the mess everything was in when he took office.”
To your right is a picture of Smidget, my last dog, enjoying a sugar free popsicle. Popsicles and popcorn were among his favorite treats. While I know that many animals are spoiled by the people who love them you would be hard pressed to find a family that could be more effective at making a dog rotten than ours!
Last week I shared the story of the little white dog that my mother found on her way home. I excitedly shared that we had to wait seven days to give his owner time to claim him, and then if unclaimed, we would be able to bring him home and spoil him as we had our other dogs.
As the dog waited in ‘doggy detention,’ he had no idea that a great situation was already worked out on his behalf.
Last week’s article reminded us that while we are going through difficult times, God has already prepared us for victory and provision. God loves us so much that he has placed “popcorn and popsicle” situations just other side of our storms. Last week, I would have said, “all we have to do is hold on and wait for the manifestation” however, this week I need to add an ingredient to the recipe for success: Act right!
The little white dog, which is smaller than an old school phone book, proceeded to go to doggy jail and act a fool with the employees. Perhaps he was trying to act tough to impress and keep away the other much larger dogs on the cellblock. His strategy backfired.
He ‘talked crazy’ to the vet to the point that the vet couldn’t finish the medical exam because he was growling and trying to bite him. Then the staff tried to give him the required heartworm medicine and he acted like he had no home training and was naughty through that as well.
He misbehaved so badly in fact, that although our application was accepted and his adoption was initially approved, his behavior made them decide not to adopt him out and he remains in doggy detention.
Right now he is lying in a cold cage instead of a warm bed simply because he is making bad choices and showing his teeth unnecessarily to the very people who are trying to help him. He cut off his own blessing through misbehavior during a difficult time.
The truth is that a crisis does not make you behave a certain way, it simply puts on display what was already inside of you before the crisis showed up. Our little furry friend has some stress management issues he needs to resolve before he walks into his blessing!
How many times have you and I delayed a good thing by not behaving in the way that was best? How many relationships have ended because someone’s pride would not allow them to apologize or seek peace? How many degrees have gone unfinished because someone allowed discouragement to set in?
Many times our stressors simply show what resides in our spirits and exposes the areas that need to be ministered to by the Spirit of God. There are blessings waiting for us if we simply line up to the will of God and behave like we want a home beyond where we are right now.
This week, examine your response to stress and ask yourself – am I behaving the way God would want me to or am I delaying my rewards through bad behavior. Don’t delay your popcorn and popsicles – act right!
Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church has called the Rev. Christopher R. Boston as its third pastor in 56 years of ministry. His installation service will be held at the church on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. following his official first service as pastor-elect on Sunday, September 2. Boston will replace the church’s dedicated pastor, Lawrence E. Presley, who resigned in July 2011 after 30 years of service.
“Reverend Boston is an ideal match for our congregation’s needs,” said Leonard Cratic, chairman of the pastoral search committee. “He is humble, compassionate and a gifted preacher with a passion for people and community transformation. He is an equally gifted administrator and leader which are essential qualities for building an effective, cross-generational congregation.” Lamb of God, located on Milwaukee’s northwest side, is a growing congregation of more than 300 members that recently assumed a name change from St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church to better reflect its culture.
Boston is currently serving in ministry at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a congregation he has belonged to since early childhood. “I am honored and humbled to be called as Pastor-elect of Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church,” he said. “This church is well positioned to serve the Greater Milwaukee community and we will strive to build on the foundation laid by pastors Lawrence Presley and James Lathan.”
Reverend Boston has been an associate minister at New Hope MBC, in his hometown of Milwaukee, since 2000. Concurrently, he has served the community in professional roles such as the current Director of Sustainable Communities for the Milwaukee office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and earlier as Lead Organizer/Director of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH).
A dedicated community organizer, Reverend Boston has led workshops for organizations across the country helping them to develop strategies that foster community transformation and presented at the Aspen Roundtable’s Community Change Seminar on Racial Equity and Society. Boston studied International Management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is ordained through the Wisconsin General Baptist State Convention (WGBSC) Inc.
A man fiercely dedicated to his family, Reverend Boston is married to Tonnie Boston and they are proud parents of twin boys, Terak Christopher and Caius Torrie.