The Greater Milwaukee 2020 Census Complete Count Committee announced today that the 2020 Census is just two weeks away and encouraged every household in the greater Milwaukee area to participate.
The U.S. Census, a count of the entire U.S. population, is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The tally must include people of ALL ages, races and ethnic groups regardless of their citizenship status.
On March 12, the U. S. Census Bureau will begin mailing letters inviting every household to participate. April 1, Census Day, is the deadline to complete the invitation. For the first time in history, the U. S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone. Households will also still have the ability to respond by mail if they wish.
“I want every household to participate and I want to engage as many residents as possible to make sure no one goes uncounted,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.
Census data will be used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds each year over the next 10 years to states and local communities to support education, housing, transportation, health services and more.
According to the Complete Count Committee, Wisconsin receives $12.6 billion annually based on census data and will lose $1,600 every year over the next 10 years for every resident that goes uncounted. Census data will decide how many seats Wisconsin gets in the U.S. Congress and election wards.
Mayor Barrett formed the Complete Count Committee to raise census awareness among historically undercounted populations, including people of color, people who speak English as a second language, the homeless, people of low-income, the elderly, the disabled, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. The Complete Count Committee is led by the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Administration in partnership with other government and community leaders.
The census is a simple survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete. Every household will be asked:
- The number of people living or staying at the home on April 1
- Whether the home is owned or rented
- About the sex, age and race of each person in the home
- About whether a person in the home is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin
- About the relationship of each person in the home
Households will NEVER be asked for social security numbers, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or bank or credit card information.
“Do not allow fear or false information to prevent you from completing your census questionnaire. Your information is safe and confidential, and it against the law for the Census Bureau to share census information with any person or government agency.
This includes ICE, the IRS and law enforcement,” said Sharon Robinson, Director of the Department Administration and Chair of the Complete Count Committee.
Wisconsin ranked #1 in responses in the 2010 Census. Filling out the survey and returning it on time will help maintain our state’s top standing and will reduce the need for door-to-door visits to non-responsive households by census workers.
To learn more about the census, please visit milwaukee.gov/2020Census. To apply for census jobs, please visit 2020census.gov/jobs. Salaries for Milwaukee area workers range from $20.00 to $24.00 per hour.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) on Wednesday applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation that would make lynching a federal crime for the first time in the history of the United States. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was introduced in the House by Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL).
Harris, along with her colleagues, Booker and Scott, led the Senate passage of anti-lynching legislation in 2018, marking the first time in American history that federal anti-lynching legislation had been passed by the Senate. Harris, Booker, and Scott’s anti-lynching legislation passed the Senate again last year.
“Lynchings were racially motivated acts of violence and terror that represent a dark and despicable chapter of our nation’s history,” said Sen. Harris.
“They were acts against people who should have received justice, but did not. With this bill, we are able to change that by explicitly criminalizing lynching under federal law. I applaud Congressman Rush and the House of Representatives for speaking truth about our past and making it clear that these acts must never happen again without serious and swift consequences and accountability. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support this bill’s passage.”
“Today brings us one step closer to finally reconciling a dark chapter in our nation’s history,” Sen. Booker said.
“Lynchings were used to terrorize, marginalize, and oppress black communities – to kill human beings in order to sow fear and keep black communities in a perpetual state of racial subjugation.
If we do not reckon with this dark past, we cannot move forward. But today we are moving forward. Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Rush, the House has sent a clear, indisputable message that lynching will not be tolerated. It has brought us closer to reckoning with our nation’s history of racialized violence. Now the Senate must again pass this bill to ensure that it finally becomes law.”
“Last year the Senate passed this important legislation, and I am pleased the House is following suit,” said Sen. Scott. “It is important we show that hate will not win.”
“Lynching, plain and simple, is an American evil. This atrocity is comparable to the French use of the guillotine, the Roman Empire’s use of crucifixion, and the British use of drawing and quartering as a tool of terrorism. And, for too long now, federal law against lynching has remained conspicuously silent,” said Rep. Rush. “Today, we will send a strong message that violence —and race-based violence, in particular — has no place in American society. I am immensely grateful to Senators Harris, Booker, and Scott for working with my office on this landmark piece of legislation, and I look forward to it being quickly passed in the Senate and immediately sent to the President to be signed into law.”
From 1882 to 1986, Congress failed to pass anti-lynching legislation 200 times. Lynching was used as an instrument of terror and intimidation 4,084 times during the late 19th and 20th centuries, according to data from the Equal Justice Initiative.
Article originally posted on LinkedIn
Remember her name.
She is the leader of the pack, so to speak, of the Class of 2021 at the US Military Academy at West Point, and the first black woman to hold the position.
That Cadet Askew shattered West Point’s glass ceiling is no small measure — no small measure in the armed forces, for sure, and no small measure of 21st century America.
The military, like the world of business, has long been considered a man’s world.
And the telltale signs of war, peace and tribalism reflect where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed. Cadet Askew and her teammates are leading America across a new threshold.
For one, West Point is the oldest of our military academies. It was founded after President Thomas Jefferson, who had not served in the military but became commander in chief when he was sworn into office, signed the Military Peace Establishment Act in 1802. The act specified that the academy be established along the Hudson River in New York.
One of the largest footprints Cadet Askew is stepping into belongs to Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, West Point’s first black cadet captain and now commander of US Forces Korea.
“We are role models to a lot of young people, not just African-Americans and soldiers,” the now 58-year-old Gen. Brooks once said.
Indeed, America’s current state of affairs proves that America’s future leaders will have much with which to contend. Geneneral Brooks, who, like Cadet Askew, attended high school in Fairfax County, Virginia, is staring down the barrel of the North Korea nuclear threat.
On the home front, civil unrest and tensions among various cultural factions make the rounds of daily news and undistilled social media every day.
Remember Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch, the two soldiers who were captured in Iraq in 2003 during the “global war on terror”? The Marines rescued both, and both wrote successful biographies.
They, too, became role models even though their capture spawned anew the debate over whether women should even serve in combat areas.
Cadet Askew, 20, had barely entered grade school at the time.
Cadet Askew not only is making history, she is studying it as well. In fact, her major is international history, an ever-changing subject in this ever-changing world of ours.
She also loves volleyball and is on the West Point crew team — understanding, as too many of America’s political leaders and wannabe political leaders do not, that team sports give you a different perspective on leadership.
The media gave anyone interested a glimpse of Cadet Simone Askew in her new role as first captain of cadets at West Point, leading the Long Grey Line of cadets on a 12-mile basic training trek — smiling all the way.
Cadet Askew already sounds like she’s preparing the Army Class of 2021 for the history books.
“It’s humbling,” she said, “but also exciting as I step into this new opportunity to lead the corps to greatness with my teammates with me.”
As I said, remember the name Simone Askew.
By Khalil Abdullah
Initiated by Refuse Fascism, the speakers at today’s press conference will contend that Trump’s acquittal is not a “done deal” in the current highly volatile situation. John Bolton has now apparently corroborated the central charge of Article One, that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to advance his own electoral interests. Meanwhile Trump continues to blatantly obstruct Congress, even bragging that he “has all the evidence” and they have nothing, because his regime stonewalled the House investigation at every turn.
“While the pro-Trump shock troops for fascism are actively mobilizing in the streets – it’s urgent that our side manifest visibly and powerfully in DC and across the country,” said Lou Downey, Refuse Fascism Chicago Chapter. “We’re sending volunteers to DC where the eyes of the world will be focused, and we are mobilizing protests here in Chicago and other cities as well.”
People from around the country will pour into DC on Wednesday January 29 for a national day of protest declaring, “Trump/Pence #OUTNOW!” Refuse Fascism contends that, “If Trump is acquitted in a sham trial, a fascist regime will barrel ahead with disastrous consequences for humanity.”
Occurring just before the Senate votes on whether or not to allow witnesses and documents in Trump’s impeachment trial, these protests will demand that the voice of the people be heard. Their call says: “Demand witnesses, evidence, a real trial, conviction and most of all removal of the whole fascist regime for ALL their crimes against humanity and the planet.”
Here is a video statement by one young man from Chicago about why he is going to DC.
In Chicago people who can’t make it to DC will rally Wednesday January 29 at 5pm at Federal Plaza and then march to Trump Tower with these same demands.
They are calling on people: “Stop being a spectator. Show up now–when it counts! The people can change this dynamic if they stop passively sitting back. If masses of people converge on DC outside the Senate, where the eyes of world will be focused on the outrageous cover up and sham trail, this has the potential to light a political fire that not only swings the impeachment trial to admit evidence and witnesses and move toward removal, but can move even more people into sustained non-violent action that refuses to stop until the whole regime is removed. Everyone around the world who had been wondering what’s wrong with the people in the US for going along with fascism would take heart and build even more pressure for our demand.”
- Lou Downey—-Refuse Fascism, Vietnam Era Vet
- Lucha Bright—Member of Revolution Club, Chicago; National Get Organized for an Actual Revolution Tour
- Bishop Gregg Greer
- Tio Hardiman, Executive Director, Violence Interrupters
- Friends Who March
- Edward Ward, Activist/Minister
- Sharon Sanders, United for Democracy Now
By Stacy M. Brown,
NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent
Rev. Dr. William Barber II believes that everyone has a right to live.
Through his Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. Barber is continuing to build a movement to overcome systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, militarism of the budget and the false moral narrative of white religious nationalism.
In an exclusive telephone conference with the Black Press of America, Dr. Barber and his Poor People’s Campaign Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharris, said America has a moral crisis.
“Democrats run from poverty and Republicans racialize poverty,” Dr. Barber stated during the more than one-hour discussion.
“We have invited both sides of the political fence. We’ve invited the White House to come and talk with us. They’ve refused,” stated Dr. Barber, the founder of Repairers of the Breach, a national leadership development organization, which expands upon his Moral Monday movement.
“This administration has been virtually silent on the issue of poverty. The president talked about unemployment being down, but underemployment is up. The number of people that have dropped out of the workforce is up,” said Dr. Barber, who, along with Dr. Theoharris, and others launched the Poor People’s Campaign, spearheaded initially by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Campaign conducted what it said was a 50-year audit of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy in the U.S.
They said the findings have already helped to inform and build state and local, nonpartisan fusion movements that are committed to challenging laws and policies that are antithetical to the broad tenets of social justice.
Dr. Barbara and Theoharris, who is a pastor from New York, told the Black Press that the ranks of the Poor People’s Campaign would increase as they broaden their efforts.
They noted figures that show 140 million poor and low-wealth people live in the United States – from every race, creed, sexuality, and place.
“We aim to make sure these individuals are no longer ignored, dismissed, or pushed to the margins of our political and social agenda,” Dr. Theoharris stated.
With 2020 counting as a pivotal election year, Dr. Barber pointed out that voter suppression laws in many states have only contributed to poverty.
The Poor People’s Campaign has noted that, since 2010, 23 states have passed racist voter suppression laws, including racist gerrymandering and redistricting statutes that make it harder to register.
Because of this, early voting days and hours have reduced, officials have purged voter rolls, and there have been more restrictive voter ID laws.
Following the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court case, which gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, 14 states had new voting restrictions in place before the 2016 Presidential election, and there were 868 fewer polling places across the country, according to the Campaign.
While these laws have disproportionately targeted Black people, at least 17 states saw voter suppression cases targeting American Indian and Alaskan Native voters in 2016, Dr. Barber stated.
“Thirteen states that passed voter suppression laws also opted not to accept expanded Medicaid benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act,” he added.
“These attacks follow a broader pattern of restricting and curtailing democratic processes by drawing on legacies of racism to undermine local efforts to organize for better conditions,” Dr. Barber stated.
As of July 2017, 25 states have passed laws that preempt cities from adopting their own local minimum wage laws.
Most of these are in response to city councils passing or wanting to pass minimum wage increases.
“We found that people can work a minimum wage job and can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment,” Dr. Barber said. “We found out that there are 2 million people who work every day for less than the living wage. Some of them live in their cars, and they go to work every day.”
Dr. Theoharris spoke of Maria, a woman they met in El Paso, Texas, separated from her family because of immigration issues.
“We waded into the Rio Grande River – the river that separates the U.S. from Mexico – with an action called “Hugs, not Walls.” Maria got to see her son for the first time in 16 years.
And for those couple of minutes that Maria had with her husband and her son were the first and only two minutes that she got to see her family members because of unjust immigration policy,” Dr. Theohoarris stated.
The Poor People’s Campaign is organizing the Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, June 20th, during which Dr. Barber said they would rise as “a powerful moral fusion movement to demand the implementation of our moral agenda.”
“The fact that there are 140 million poor and low-wealth people in a country this rich is morally indefensible, constitutionally inconsistent and economically insane,” Dr. Barber added.
During the march, Dr. Barber said some of those living in poverty would attend and speak for themselves. He stated that it was essential to know that poverty comes in “all colors” and that it’s more than just African Americans who are struggling.
He noted that the City of Flint was under emergency management when it decided to switch its water source from the Detroit Water System to the Flint River.
That move poisoned a community of almost 99,000, with a 42 percent poverty rate and in which 56 percent of residents are Black, and 37 percent are White.
Also, Dr. Barber noted that 6.1 million people had been disenfranchised because of felony convictions, including one in 13 Black adults.
During the call, Dr. Barber continued to lash out at the current administration’s controversial immigration policies. The Poor People’s Campaign has found that undocumented immigrants contributed $5 trillion to the U.S. economy over the last ten years.
They paid $13 billion in Social Security in 2010, but only received $1 billion in benefits.
They also pay eight percent of their income in state and local taxes, while the wealthiest one percent pay just 5.4 percent.
Yet undocumented immigrants and most lawfully residing immigrants are barred from receiving assistance under the major public welfare programs, causing hardship for many poor immigrant families.
In fact, among the 43.7 million immigrants in the U.S., there are 19.7 million – undocumented and lawfully residing – who cannot vote, Dr. Barber noted.
“So, we have to understand the history of systemic racism. And we have to see how systemic racism is impacting not just people of color, but also white people today,” Dr. Barber stated.
“When Reverend Barber says that repressed voter suppression can create and further poverty amongst White people, amongst Black people, amongst Latinos, amongst young people and old people.”
By Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day takes place on January 20, 2020, and we encourage every household in the greater Milwaukee area to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by devoting the day to volunteering to better our community. One of the best ways to do that is to commit to taking part in one of the most important equality and civil rights issues of today – the upcoming 2020 Census.
Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census – or count – of our entire U. S. population. That means every adult and child in your household has the right to be counted.
Why is the 2020 Census important?
- Let’s start with the $675 billion the federal government distributes to local communities each year for health, education, housing services and more. Wisconsin receives $12.6 billion alone based on census data. For every resident that goes uncounted, we will risk losing $1,600 every year for each resident over the next 10 years.
- Census data is also used to determine how many seats each state gets in the U. S. Congress and in deciding voting wards. This process is referred to as redistricting and in the City of Milwaukee will be overseen by the Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee. Final election wards and aldermanic districts will be considered and adopted by the Common Council.
The next census will begin in mid-March 2020 when the U. S. Census Bureau mails letters to every household about completing a brief census questionnaire by April 1, 2020, Census Day. The census is simple and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. The 2020 Census will ask:
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether your home is owned or rented.
- About the sex, age and race of each person in your home.
- About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.
- About the relationship of each person in your home.
For the first time in history households will be able to complete the census online, but can still respond by mail or phone. So when you receive your letter, please respond right away and tell your family members, friends, colleagues at work and everyone you know to do the same.
Do not allow fear or false information to prevent you from completing your census questionnaire. The census is private and confidential, meaning the information you provide is between you and the U. S. Census Bureau. It is used only for statistical purposes and cannot be shared with any other person or government agency. This includes ICE, the IRS and law enforcement.
To learn more about the census, please visit milwaukee.gov/2020census. To apply for job opportunities, please visit 2020census.gov/jobs. Starting salaries range from $20.00 to $22.00 per hour for both census office and census taker positions in Milwaukee County. Census workers also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable. To be eligible, you must be 18 years old, a U. S. citizen and have a valid driver’s license.
THANK YOU for honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making sure YOU are counted in the 2020 Census!
Minneapolis, MN — Monique Baugh, a 28-year old successful realtor and mother of two from Minnesota, was reportedly found dead in an alley after being abducted and then shot three times. Police have since arrested 41-year old Cedric Lamont Berry, who has an extensive criminal record, in connection to the horrible crime
According to reports, police officers responded to an alley in the Willard-Hay section of the city on December 31, 2019 when a gunshot detection system alerted them to three gunshots. There, Baugh was found with multiple gunshot wounds and her hands bound with tape.
An hour before that, police responded to a shooting in Baugh’s home that she shared with her boyfriend, an area rapper known as Momoh, and their 2 children. Berry, the alleged shooter, barged into the home while wearing a black mask with two eye holes and repeatedly shot Momoh before fleeing.
Momoh called the police, who later found him on the floor of his bedroom covered in blood, surrounded by his 1-year old and 3-year old daughters. Police said he is expected to survive from his injuries.
Moreover, an investigation revealed Baugh had a schedule to show a house to a prospective client on that day. Video footage from across the street of the house showed Baugh being forced into the back of a U-Haul vehicle. It was the same vehicle seen at the home where Momoh was shot.
The motive for the crime was still unclear, but police said Berry is a rival drug dealer of Momoh. Investigators also found that Momoh had recently signed a recording contract for rap music and had been displaying a lot of cash on social media.
Berry is charged with kidnapping and second-degree murder in Baugh’s death, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 40 years. He is also charged with second-degree murder for attempting to kill Momoh, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
Berry, who has past convictions for manslaughter, drug dealing, drug possession, aggravated robbery, illegal weapons possession, and fleeing police, is being held on a $2 million bond.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help support the future of Baugh’s children in the wake of her death. It has so far raised more than $30,000 and Baugh’s employer, Kris Lindahl Real Estate, has also donated $10,000, according to the fundraiser.
Parchman, MS — Terrandance Dobbins, Walter Gates, Gregory Emary, Roosevelt Holliman, and Denorris Howell – who were all Black men – have been killed in prisons across the Mississippi state. Activists say the suspicious deaths are caused by negligence and malpractices in the state’s prison system.
In the past week, several videos and pictures of deplorable conditions and scenes including fires and violence inside the prisons allegedly recorded by different inmates have surfaced on the Internet.
Until Freedom, an organization that advocates for prison reform, and Yandy Smith, a businesswoman and reality TV star, shared the videos on their social media and have since garnered thousands of views and comments.
The Mississipi Department of Correction addressed the incidents in a statement last Friday.
“Four inmates have died and several have been injured at two state prisons and one regional during major disturbances since Sunday,” the statement read. “One death occurred at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution, (SMCI) in Leakesville, two at the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) at Parchman, and one at the Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility (CCRF) in Houston, Miss. MDOC investigators have determined a fifth death and a minor fire, both at MSP, are unrelated to the major disturbances.”
State officials and authorities claim that an alleged drug war has caused the chaos and the death of some prisoners.
However, the prisoners and activists claim that the prison guards did not really protect them from the violence and that the conditions inside the prisons are unacceptable even before.
In fact, an inspection conducted by the Mississippi State Department of Health last year found that the MSP is still in a hazardous condition that repeatedly caused deaths to a number of inmates in the prison, despite numerous complaints and lawsuits over the years.
Moreover, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said that the inmates are the reason for the violence and the poor condition of the prison.
“The inmates are the ones that take each other’s lives, the inmates are the ones that fashion weapons out of metal. The inmates are the ones that do the damage to the very rooms they are living in,” Bryant told reporters in a video shared on Instagram by Until Freedom.