- 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
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.
MILWAUKEE – April 1, 2017 – The deadline to file taxes, Tuesday, April 18, is rapidly approaching. As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Milwaukee County residents that earned a household income of $56,000 or less in 2016 are eligible for free state and federal tax preparation and filing by the Social Development Commission (SDC).
SDC is hosting Super Saturday on April 2 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at 1730 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee.
In addition to free tax preparation for qualifying residents, free workshops will take place to increase and enhance financial literacy. Associated Bank will present Business Account Benefits, Merchant Services and Personal Banking at 9:00 AM. At 11:00 AM, Guaranty Bank will provide the banker’s perspective on Creating Your Financial Freedom by Increasing Income and Building Credit. An Intro to Building a Solid Foundation for Entrepreneurship will be presented at 1:00 PM by C Renee Consulting & Management.
SDC’s financial coach Coretta Herring will hold a number of workshops to increase financial literacy.
From 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM free credit reports will be pulled. Participants must arrive prior to 9:30 AM and 2:00PM, respectively, to receive their free report. In addition to receiving a free credit report with their FICO Score, action plans will be created for each person.
The one-hour Credit Builds Wealth workshop is at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM.
Those interested in making their dreams of homeownership a reality can attend the one-hour Homeownership 101 at 10:30 AM or 3:00 PM.
An information session from SDC’s Education & Training division will explain educational and job training opportunities with a focus on the GED (General Equivalency Diploma), HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma), and Absolute Advantage (construction job-training program).
Resource information for programs including PARS (Prescription Advocacy Research Service) that assists low-income individuals in obtaining no or low-cost prescriptions; the Senior Benefits Enrollment program for Medicare premium reimbursement; and the Senior Companion program that pairs volunteers age 55 and over with homebound seniors needing light assistance. The Milwaukee Health Department will share information on smoking cessation.
Free tax preparation and filing for qualified taxpayers will continue through April 18.
For more than 50 years, the Social Development Commission has operated as the Community Action Agency for Milwaukee County.
SDC serves as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families residing in Milwaukee County. The agency is an intergovernmental commission and is governed by a board of 18 citizens from Milwaukee County, each of whom hold the title of “Commissioner.”
For more information on SDC’s programs and services, visit cr-sdc.org.
By: Torre Johnson The man of color must stand up and man up. We must start accepting responsibility for our community and everyone living in it. The time has come in which we must stop looking the other way. We, as black men, owe it to ourselves to stand up and protect, educate, encourage and discipline our families. Oh, yes! we must police ourselves. Nowhere on earth can you live civilized without laws and rules.
Being knowledgeable is not enough. Action has been known to speak in higher volumes than words. We must shake this divide and conquer the curse.
Look around black men and all men of color. Are you proud of a world in which most are accomplishing little to nothing compared to others? Now I am not saying you as an individual haven’t accomplished anything but I am asking those with a conscience to stand up and man up. Think about those that share your mankind genetics. I know some who have separated themselves from the others often because they are either unwilling to accept the fact there’s a serious problem or unwilling to help. The sad part is a lot of people will not allow the people to successfully connect, as if they are against a positive change.
The blame game is deep. Often when it’s being played or being delivered towards me I have to ask what have you done lately to help? Many of us quote every scripture in the bible and black history, as if you’ve lived through the times, just to be heard. All of this is going on while at the same time the bible is ignored and the negative of black history repeatedly goes on.
Being knowledgeable is not enough. Action has been known to speak in higher volumes than words. We must shake this divide and conquer the curse. Together we must sit and draft our own constitution in it. We must remind individuals that we are all human beings and are not to be enslaved. We must demonstrate that we can build and not just clique up. We must stop the poisonous gossip that limits us.
We have the answers and most of the solutions. We have recognized the problems in areas in our lives for years. Why aren’t we in action mode? We must repave and build new roads so that we will stop falling into sink holes while traveling towards our goals. Everyone in life has their roles young and old. Stand up black men and all men of color. Time waits on no one.
Note: April 15, 2017 we are having a Stand Up- Man Up meeting with all Men of color at the Running Rebels Community Organization 225 West Capital 10am-2pm.
To ALL Our Brothers #ClapForEm
Up to 100 Tax-Foreclosed Homes Will Be Renovated in the Greater Sherman Park Area and Up to 100 Unemployed or Underemployed People will Get a Job.
A competitive selection process has ended with six organizations selected to take part in the Milwaukee Employment/Renovation Initiative (ME/RI). The selected firms will renovate a total of up to 100 tax-foreclosed homes in an area south of Capitol Drive, north of Lloyd Street, west of 20th Street, and east of 60th Street. That geographic area includes the Sherman Park neighborhood.
Grants, funded with money from the State of Wisconsin, will provide up to $10,000 toward the rehab cost of each home. Selected firms are committed to hire at least one unemployed or underemployed Milwaukee resident to work on each property. The homes will be sold to the selected organizations for one dollar plus the real estate closing costs.
“This is an investment in Sherman Park and nearby neighborhoods. It will return foreclosed houses to productive use, and it will help many people reenter the workforce,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “It is a step forward for this area and for the entire city.”
“I’m focused on the future, and the Milwaukee Employment/Renovation Initiative is an important part of a positive future for neighborhoods facing housing and economic challenges,” Alderman Khalif Rainey. “We have reviewed a number of partnership proposals, and I am pleased the City is moving forward with several different organizations on this effort.”
The City received twelve responsive applications from organizations wanting to participate in the ME/RI program. A review panel that included representatives from City government and from the community evaluated the proposals, and the six highest-ranking applicants were selected. They are Advance Investors, CUBE Development/FIT Investment Group, Ezekiel Community Development Corp., Gorman & Co., Strong Blocks Real Estate, and T.E. X LLC.
“We are working to make sure the greater Sherman Park area has stronger neighborhoods and more employment opportunities,” Alderman Michael Murphy said. “The City’s decision to engage six different construction and development firms is an important step forward.”
“I support the Milwaukee Employment/Renovation Initiative because it will have a positive impact on the neighborhoods I represent,” Alderman Russell Stamper, II said. “There is lots of work to do, and this portion of our efforts will clear blight, rehab housing, and create jobs.”
A resolution will be presented to the Milwaukee Common Council that, if approved, will authorize the Department of City Development to sell properties and enter into grant agreements with the selected applicants. Council action could come as soon as mid-April.
Statement of Alderman, Terry L. Witkowski
March 23, 2017
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz, a City of Milwaukee building inspector who was shot in the course of performing his duties yesterday.
As someone who’s been part of this city’s government for 45 years, I know that the pain and grief of Greg’s murder is being felt across all city departments by fellow city staff members. I share in that pain, but it is nothing compared to what Greg’s loved ones must be feeling right now. His loss is a terrible tragedy for them, and for the community at large.
If you ask his friends and colleagues in the Department of Neighborhood Services, they will tell you that Greg’s love for his job was surpassed only by his dedication to it. Greg’s sort of attitude and work ethic represent the best that our City of Milwaukee family has to offer to our citizens.
Greg’s love for his job was surpassed only by his dedication to it
As civil servants, thousands of city employees like Greg strive to serve the best interests and well-being of every citizen of Milwaukee. An attack on one of our city employees is an attack on the general welfare of the city.
I would urge anyone who has information about this cowardly crime to contact police immediately so that we can pursue justice for Greg and his family.
Our hearts go out to Greg’s family and friends. RIP
Pedestrian awareness and safety should be a priority for every person in the city. Its seriousness is equally as important as any other traffic-related crash. Personal injury law firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C. is partnering with the MiWALKee Walks coalition in an effort to spread awareness and prevent pedestrian-vehicle incidents. Attorney Michael Hupy is an active member of MilWALKee Walks committee.
According to a report, the city of Milwaukee has 10.4 percent of Wisconsin’s population and 29.1 percent of state crashes. People of color in Wisconsin are almost twice as likely to be a victim of a crash while crossing the street, the 10th highest disparity in the United States. In Wisconsin, people walking in marked and unmarked crosswalks have the right of way. All motorists should look for and yield to pedestrians.
Attorney Michael Hupy has been a champion of pedestrian awareness for years, voted Milwaukee’s Top Activist, he has been behind Hupy and Abraham’s “Save a Life, Yield to Pedestrians” public service announcements that have aired thousands of times in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. He was personally responsible for the creation of this project, and hopes to continue spreading his message that drivers yield the right of way to pedestrians at all corners and crosswalks. Attorney Hupy has appeared on local news stations and writes letters to all local police chiefs regarding this initiative.
At a recent meeting, the pedestrian coalition met with Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn to discuss what measures could be created to decrease crashes. Milwaukee Police reported about 500 tickets are written for traffic enforcement and they are actively trying to contain this constantly escalating statistic.
While grappling with the issue of Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods and income differences, the coalition has started a public dialogue with law enforcement to create meaningful solutions. MilWALKee Walks is preparing to create educational resources and a call to action for the public to be vigilant on roads.
Hupy and Abraham and Attorney Hupy are consistently working to help the community. The firm’s mantra of “doing well by doing good” is always at the forefront of every conversation. For ways to support the pedestrian awareness movement, you can get a FREE Hupy and Abraham, S.C. “Yield to Pedestrians” bumper sticker here, or contact Jessica Wineberg, MilWALKee Walks’ Program Director at [email protected].
Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
Founded in 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, personal injury law firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has a proven record of success with large settlements in serious cases, collecting over a billion dollars for more than 70,000 satisfied clients. The firm has a long-established reputation of providing sound legal representation to accident victims, securing fair compensation for its clients and giving back to the community.
With 11 offices located in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, the law firm handles personal injury cases including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, pharmaceutical and medical device class actions and nursing home neglect and abuse cases.
The firm’s 24 experienced attorneys are committed to going above and beyond the call of duty for their clients by tirelessly representing them to the best of their ability while being involved in the local community — from raising funds for local charities to participating in safety and accident prevention initiatives. In the past three years, the firm has donated more than $500,000 to more than 250 worthwhile causes.
Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has received top ratings from a number of national professional organizations for many years and was voted Best Personal Injury Lawyers in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and voted Best Personal Injury Law Firm in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 in another popular poll, and named Best Law Firm in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Choice Award in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the firm was named a Webby Award Honoree in the Best Law Website Category and was honored at the Legal Marketing Association’s “Your Honor Awards” for Best Website: Reboot.
Don’t miss our employer resource fair and learn veteran recruitment strategies
You are invited to attend:
Veterans in the Workforce
Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
If you’re looking to hire veterans to your business, you won’t want to miss Veterans in the Workforce on March 23 from 11:30-1:00pm at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West.
Learn how to recruit veteran applicants to your organization, and connect with organizations and resources to help you attract veteran employees to your organization. Registration is free and open to the public.
- Daniel Buttery, President & Owner- HVT Marketing
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
- Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Concordia University Wisconsin
- Cardinal Stritch University
- Kaplan University
Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West2303 North Mayfair Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Marchers Tell Sen. Johnson to Meet with Constituents and Defend Health Care for Elders
Senior citizens are holding a medical march in Milwaukee at Senator Ron Johnson’s office on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 am, one day before Congress votes on President Trump’s new plan. The League of Progressive Seniors is coordinating the march. Seniors are bringing two messages to Senator Johnson:
- The first is to vote against the Trumpcare plan designed by Cong. Paul Ryan.
- The second is to schedule a Town Hall meeting by May 1 to hear from his constituents.
According to League member Stephanie Stein, “Older Americans will be the big losers if the American Health Care Act proposed by President Trump passes in the Congress. This bill virtually pushes older people out of the health insurance system. People between 55 and 64 will be priced out of the insurance market unless they are wealthy. Frail elderly and those with disabilities could lose Medicaid funding for long term care. The tax cuts in this plan for corporations and the rich will bring Medicare to bankruptcy by 2024.”
This bill virtually pushes older people out of the health insurance system. This massive transfer of wealth to the wealthiest comes at the expense of people who already face major life challenges.
“Trumpcare is for the young, the wealthy and the healthy,” said Jack Norman, an expert on taxes and public sector services. “The big winners are corporations and the economic elites who will see a $600 billion dollar tax cut over the coming 10 years.”
Etty Wilberding of Whitewater, Wisconsin, says, “My brother Jordon just turned 64 years old. He has a cognitive disability and was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. If my brother loses his health care coverage, how will he get treatment to stay alive?”
“Senior citizens have worked all their lives, paid taxes and invested in America,” states League member Karen Royster. “Older people have the right to expect decent, affordable medical care now. Repealing the ACA will undermine that security. Trumpcare will put the entire healthcare system into freefall. Senior citizens are fighting back.”
WHEN: Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 am
WHERE: Senator Ron Johnson’s Office (517 East Wisconsin Avenue)
The League of Progressive Seniors is a network of older people committed to social and economic justice.
Employ Milwaukee, HACM and Blue 1647 to Kick Off TechHire
IT Training Program at the Milwaukee TechForce Training Center
On Monday, March 20, 2017, the first group of students will begin information technology (IT) training through
Employ Milwaukee’s TechHire IT training program. Classes will be held at the Milwaukee TechForce Training Center, located at 1916 N. 4th Street.
Employ Milwaukee, along with Blue 1647, will provide training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in
certain IT occupations. After completing the 10-week program, the students will have earned the industry
recognized CompTIA A Plus certification and gained additional IT skills making them job ready for an entry or
mid-level IT position. Several hundred students will participate in the training over the next several years.
The TechHire grant was awarded to Employ Milwaukee in 2016 as part of the Compete Midwest H-1B
TechHire Partnership, a regional collaboration with St. Louis and Cincinnati. The goal of TechHire is to connect
individuals to well-paying jobs, such as Web Developers and Database Administrators, in high growth sectors.
The Milwaukee TechForce Training Center is an innovative new home for education and workforce
development located on the campus of St. Francis of Assisi Church on Milwaukee’s near north side. TechForce
was developed by HACM in partnership with St. Francis Church, the Adult Learning Center, Employ
Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee Public Schools.
WHAT: First day of classes for a 10-week IT skills training course
WHEN: Monday, March 20, 2017
1:30 PM: Opportunity for b-roll footage of students in a classroom setting
2:00 PM: Press conference
WHERE: Milwaukee TechForce Training Center, 1916 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
WHO: Mayor Tom Barrett
Students beginning the path to good jobs in the IT industry
Earl Buford, Employ Milwaukee President & CEO
Hector Joseph, Froedtert Health System Chief Technology Officer
Tony Pérez, Housing Authority Secretary-Executive Director
Representatives of Blue 1647
WHY: TechHire offers a new opportunity for young adults to develop the skills to earn family-
supporting jobs in the IT industry.