Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) Declares “Holy Ground” on Westlawn Redevelopment site, a place of renewal, a recommitment to livable neighborhoods, a vow to be just in employment, and a vow to decrease the unemployment statistics amongst minorities in the City of Milwaukee.
MICAH, along with allied partners will continue it’s series of prayer vigils on behalf of unjust hiring practices at the Westlawn Housing Redevelopment.
In a “Call for Moral Accountability” MICAH and its collaborating allies are calling for a workforce on the $200 million Westlawn Redevelopment Project that is made up of at least 40 per cent from the unemployed and underemployed residents of the Westlawn area and the City of Milwaukee. It is also calling for 25 per cent minority contractors/subcontractors.
The series of vigils follow a press conference held on July 12 and a meeting with Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie Hines, and staff persons from the Housing Authority of the city of Milwaukee (HACM) on July 13, regarding community benefits from the massive construction project, especially hiring at least 40 per cent of the work force from the unemployed and underemployed of the community and the city of Milwaukee and engaging at least 25 percent minority contractors.
MICAH (Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope) is a justice organization comprised of 34 congregations from 11 denominational/faith traditions. Founded in 1988, MICAH has worked to build community and to bring about a greater degree of justice and equality in the areas of housing, jobs, public school education, incarceration policies, AODA treatment accessibility, health care reform, predatory lending regulation, and civil rights of immigrants.
Organizations working with MICAH in a collaborative capacity include Voces de la Frontera, SEIU, Wisconsin Citizen Action, League of Young Voters, Good Jobs Livable Neighborhoods, African American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Labor Council, and The Nat’l Association of Minority Contractors (Wisconsin Chapte