Milwaukee Community Journal Editor Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr. recently received the inaugural Darrell L. Turner Excellence Award from Brentwood Church of Christ’s Health Organization. The award was given to Mitchell for highlighting through the newspaper issues of health, youth development and community outreach. He was one of five individuals and organizations to be recognized. The award is named after Darrell Turner, one of the founders of the BHO, which was founded in 2003 to make health education essential and accessible to everyone throughout the entire community. Mitchell is pictured above with Sharon Chestnut, assist. executive director of BHO. (Kemp photo)
In the spirit of unity, collective work, responsibility, and cooperative economics. It is imperative that we come together at this moment in history to preserve the legacy of diversity in the city of Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Fire Fighters has a rich past of striving for justice and equality within the fire service and ensuring excellent customer service for our community as a whole. The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Fire Fighters will continue making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable, neglected, and less fortunate citizens through our outreach programs to foster a safe and healthy environment for all of our residents.
The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Fire Fighters believes lifting the residency requirement will be detrimental to the city’s goal and desire to have a diverse workforce, because frankly outside of Milwaukee there is very little if any diversity.
Trust and believe you won’t see an influx of people of color rushing in from out of town to apply for city of Milwaukee jobs, because the state of Wisconsin is hyper-segregated!!
This is one of our reasons we support Mayor Barrett’s view concerning Milwaukee’s residency requirement for all city employees .We strive to one day see a workforce that mirrors the residents it serves!
The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Fire Fighters find it ironic that many of the Fire Fighters who benefitted from 5 additional residency points on their entrance exam and who are now advocating lifting the residency requirement, would have never become Milwaukee Fire Fighters without receiving residency points!
The Milwaukee Fire Department has a motto,” COURAGE-INTEGRITY- HONOR” Those who want to lift the residency requirements don’t honor our city, don’t have the courage to live as part of our community, and don’t possess the integrity it takes to serve in our city!
In closing the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Fire Fighters are committed to all the residents of Milwaukee, City of Milwaukee government, The Milwaukee Fire department, and all who visit our beautiful city on a daily basis. Cases in point, if you don’t reside in the city of Milwaukee you are visitors and our guest. Please, if there is anything you need don’t hesitate to ask, because we pledge to go above and beyond to make your stay a memorable one.
Umoja – Ujima – Ujamaa, Milwaukee Brotherhood of Fire Fighters President Everett Lee Cocroft
Funeral services were held Monday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church for Nellie Florine Patterson, the wife of the late Cal Patterson, who for many years was the Community Journal’s sports and food editor. She was 71.
Mt. Zion is located at 2207 N. 2nd Street. Rev. Louis Sibley officiated.
Patterson met her husband Cal while both worked alongside each other at the Milwaukee Courier.
They were married in 1976 and cherished 26 years of marriage.
She was also a court stenographer for the late Atty. Clarence Parrish, and worked at Bank One (formerly known as Marine Bank), eventually retiring from the Milwaukee Department of Child Support Services.
Patterson was also politically active, working as a poll volunteer through the Election Commission.
She and her twin sister Corine were dedicated to serving organizations focused on Breast Cancer support and research.
Patterson was also a master quilt maker whose creations were not only given to her grandchildren, but were donated to Froedert Hospital Hospice and displayed at her church’s quilting exhibitions. She also had a mastery of the Milwaukee County Transit system, with the knowledge of bus schedules for every route she might need.
Born in Milwaukee in 1941 to Whit and Izola Harris who proceded her in death, Patterson attended Lee Street School, Roosevelt Junior High School, North Division High School and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Patterson is survived by her children Zachary Harris, Tonya Armstrong-Harris, Glen Harris, Anthony (Yvonne) Harris, Pamela Harris, Michael (Mary) Harris, Kelvin (Cheri) Cowan, Keith (victoria) Cowan, Terrence (Vanessa) Harris, Ronald Harris, and Nathanial Patterson. She is the beloved sister of McAlister (Billye) Hayes, Mary (Willie Jr.) Seals, Curtiss (Helen) Harris, twin Betty Corine (late David) Nevels and Alberta Bebe Bradley and a loving grandmother of 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.