by Taki S. Raton
In response to the sudden demise of radio station 1290 WMCS, a community forum has been planned for Monday, March 11 at the Brotherhood of Firefighters Hall, 7717 West Good Hope Rd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A special tribute to TJ, 1290’s operations manager, is included in the evening’s agenda.
A panel of community stakeholders has also been convened to share views, opinions and concerns as to what this loss means and the moving forward options available to fill the void of broadcasting much needed news, information, and issue analysis of particular interest to and for Black Milwaukeeans.
Confirmed panelists to date include Sherwin Hughes, Dr. William Rogers, Homer Blow, and Nathaniel J. Stampley, Sr.
“My goal for organizing this gathering is to offer an opportunity for our community to respond with gratitude for the voice that 1290 has provided for over 20 years,” says Carmen C. Ray, President and C.E.O. of Rays Consulting and Training and co-author of “Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy World.”
As reported in the Milwaukee Community Journal’s February 27, 2013 edition, 1290 AM, “The Talk of the Town” was closed down on Tuesday, February 26 at precisely 10 a.m. The reason reported, according to the MCJ account, was “business, pure and simple.”
Quoting MCJ Publisher Patricia O. Pattillo upon being notified of such an unfortunate circumstance, she positioned that, whether it is print, television or radio, “This is still a business; and to run a business, to keep the doors open, you must make money.”
It was further cited in the MCJ editorial that what happened to WMCS “should serve as a reminder to our community that we must support our institutions with our dollars through supporting the businesses that advertise with Black media (print and broadcast) or if you’re a business owner, buying advertising from the various Black media that have accepted the responsibility of speaking truth-to-power on our behalf.”
The editorial adds that as freedom is not free, “Communication is not free.
There is a cost,” and that we must learn that economics is “the stabilizing force of our community” and we must spend with each other to keep our institutions alive.
MCJ encourages all to read the MCJ in print and/or online and that its website if updated daily.
In a message on her facebook page, TJ expressed that, “It is with great sadness that I say that 1290 WMCS as we have know it for over 30 years has changed. The days of ‘Talk of the Town’ are over. Thank you all who have supported the station.”
According to a March 2 MetroMilwaukee.org posting, the WMCS call letters will be changed to WZTI-AM thereby launching its “Martini Radio” programming featuring the “Rat Pack” era maladies of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin , Tony Bennett and modern artists to include Adele, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble.
“1290 WMCS provided us information so that we could empower ourselves and move our community forwards,” cites the MCJ editorial in its closing. “Its silence on the airwaves will be deafening, will be sorely missed, and hard to replace.”
The scheduled Monday gathering is free and open to the public. For any additional information on this event, please email Ray at: [email protected].
A chance to meet business people and leaders
by C. Daniel Baker, BlackEnterprise.com
100 Black Men of Long Island Inc., part of the national organization, The 100 Black Men of America, is hosting a small business forum for minorities this weekend.
The organization, founded in 1974, serves the Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island, NY. Their mission is to educate and empower African American young people by providing positive role models and leaders of integrity and excellence.
Using community based initiatives and building relationships with local businesses and learning institutions, the 100 Black Men provide scholarships and mentorships to young people.
Past 100 Black Men of Long Island events included such keynote speakers as Susan Taylor, the driving force behind one of the most iconic black-owned businesses, Essence magazine.
This weekend’s event will be held at the African American Museum, located on 110 Franklin Street in Hempstead, New York. Here entrepreneurs will get a chance to meet with elected officials, corporate executives, and other decision makers, in person and via seminars.
Since 1984, 100 Black Men of Long Island has established and maintained an endowed fund for Black students majoring in Business Administration. They’ve also initiated ten Achievement Awards for black high school graduates in ten high schools on Long Island.
For more information on the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Mean Business Small Biz Forum, please visithere
by Taki S. Raton
Milwaukee’s Community Brainstorming will present its 23nd Annual Community Brainstorming Conference James Howard Baker Award Dinner Friday, November 16 at the Radisson Milwaukee North Shore, 7065 North Port Washington Road. The social hour will begin at 5:30 and the dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. Will Allen will be the 2012 Recipient of the annual James Howard Baker Award. The keynote speaker for this year’s celebrative event will be California’s 35th District Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Remembered by many as a person of quiet dignity, a hard worker and dedicated to the elevation of Black people, James Baker was one of the founders of the Brainstorming forum. An engineering graduate of the University of Cincinnati and an engineer with the City of Milwaukee, Baker also worked with the Community Journal where he organized and oversaw implementation of the newspaper’s Job Fair.
Prior to his passing in 1990, he was known in the community for his unending research and his advocacy for the inclusion of people of African descent in every aspect of political and economic life in Milwaukee.
He was revered as a one man urban research center and was also known as a solid intellectual yet maintaining that unique touch which resonated in every segment of his community.
Baker on his own time spent hours researching existing and proposed legislation, laws, regulations, policy and pertinent data that would have an impact on the lives of African Americans, particularly in Milwaukee.
A prolific writer, this community stakeholder would fashion papers on his findings and provide an analysis of the information that would assist people in the understanding of how his data could affect their daily lives.
“He shared his findings at Community Brainstorming,” says Community Brainstorming Conference chairperson Russell W. Stamper, Sr. He adds that “his research was accurate and his analysis impeccable. If a policy maker came to Brainstorming and was foolish enough to tell only one side of the story, Jim Baker in his soft spoken non-confrontational voice would fill in the blanks. His efforts helped shape public policy so that it worked for people.”
Reflecting many of these same qualities, Will Allen has been recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. He is considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. According to his website, a primary focus of Growing Power is to provide equal access to healthy, high quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. This initiative provides hands-on-training, on-the-ground demonstrations, and outreach and technical assistance through the development of community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.
The son of a sharecropper, a former professional basketball player, an ex-corporate sales leader, and now farmer, Allen was awarded a Ford Foundation leadership grant on behalf of his urban farming in 2005.
I 2008, he was recognized by the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for his work in urban farming and sustainable food production. In 2009, the Kellogg Foundation awarded Allen a grant to create jobs in urban agriculture.
He appears in the film documentary “Fresh” where he is referred to as “one of the most influential leaders of the food security and urban farming movement.”
Allen is co-author with Charles Wilson of the book “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities.”
In 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program designed to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America.
Time Magazine further name Allen in 2010 as one of the 100 Most Influential Persons in the World.
On May 20, 2012, Allen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Agriculture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. She was elected in November 2010 to her eleven term in the House of Representatives with almost 80 percent of the vote in the 35th District of Columbia. She represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles, the communities of Westchester and Playa Del Rey, and the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.
Congresswoman Waters is a senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises. She additionally serves on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and on the House Committee on the Judiciary, where she sits on the Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee and the Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee.
Tickets for this 23rd Annual James Howard Baker Award dinner can be purchased through November 9 from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Veterans Issues, 315 West Court Street. Ticket price is $20 or $200 for a table of 10. Interested parties after November 9 are urged to call (414) 507-2123 after 4 p.m. to ticket purchase.
A non-partisan community forum hosted by Advancement Project and local leaders will examine the voting experience for African Americans on Wednesday, Oct. 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the COA Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh St. Moderated by Eric Von, host of “Morning Magazine” on Milwaukee’s 1290 WMCS, the panel includes Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Milwaukee Alderwoman Melele Coggs along with several local community activists.
The forum will provide a context and history of voting within the African American community, as well as the effort to make it more difficult for African Americans to cast their ballots.
New report cards will show more work must be done across state – but MPS is implementing tools, including the Common Core, to succeed in that work
Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds and Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton will hold a forum on Saturday to discuss the internationally-competitive Common Core State Standards and how they will help MPS meet the new higher standards the district is embracing as the state releases new school report cards.
The forum is set for Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at MPS’ School of Career and Technical Education, 5075 N. Sherman Boulevard, Milwaukee 53209.
In early October, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is set to release new school report cards that raise the bar for success. Under the new report cards, which rely upon definitions of success that come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), schools across the state will see declines in the percentage of students who are considered on track for career and college success. The results do not mean students are achieving less; they mean MPS and schools across Wisconsin are recognizing that more work needs to be done.
“We embrace those higher standards,” Bonds said. “And we know that we continue to take the action that will truly prepare our children for college and career success.”
That action includes the district’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan and Comprehensive Math/Science Plan, which are aligned with the rigorous and internationally-competitive Common Core State Standards. Those standards mark a radical shift in K12 education – moving students toward mastery of critical topics and preparing them to compete against students from across the U.S. and around the world. Other steps MPS is taking to meet higher standards include expanding use of Response to Intervention to make better use of data; expanding use of the Danielson model to help identify and improve quality instruction; and developing 10 GE Demonstration schools with model classrooms from which all schools can all learn.
Bonds, who represents the Board’s third district, invites parents, families, neighbors and the community at large to attend this important event.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for the class of 2000.
The monthly Community Brainstorming Conference forum will present the timely topic “Our Schools – Public, Choice or Charter: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Saturday, September 22 at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, 2944 North 9th Street. Doors will open for breakfast at 8 a.m. with the scheduled panel discussion from 9 to 11 a.m.
Moderated by the Hon. Russell W. Stamper, Sr., Brainstorming has invited what is noted in a promotional descriptor as a cadre of “highly qualified experts” to address this theme.
Panelist include Milwaukee Public School Board President and UW-M Associate Professor Michael Bonds, Milwaukee Community Journal Associate Publisher and President of Malik Productions Public Relations Company Michael Holt, Springfield College Adjunct Professor, writer, and African Centered Instructional Model school consultant Taki S. Raton, and Leon Todd, retired Milwaukee School Board director, activist, mentor, corporate media watchdog, and business consultant.
Various methodologies of educating African American children will be closely examined, compared and critiqued towards the objective, citing informational accounts, of “rescuing our young people from miseducation and the so-called education gap.”
“Those selected as panelist for our September forum are probably among Milwaukee’s most informed participants on this subject given over the years their consistent qualitative media visibility and highly regarded published accounts on the education of our children,” says Stamper.
He adds that a range of methodologies impacting the positive and progressive education and development of African American children will be closely examined, compared and critiqued by this September panel.
“Instructional design and approaches, be it system or private sponsorship, will be addressed and predictably challenged by these intensely committed proponents,” he adds.
Stamper recalls that the August 2012 elections “in more than one instance” asked the critical question that in his mind greatly affected the election outcome: “What is the best educational approach for the metropolitan Milwaukee child?”
“It is our vision that this month’s panel,” the moderator asserts, “will come to terms with a constructive response to this most challenged social inquiry.”
Presently headed by Chairwoman Dr. Pamela Malone, Brainstorming began twenty-six years ago on February 8, 1986 in the conference center of Saint Matthews Church.
This invitational meeting was convened at 9 a.m. By Samuel Johnson and Reuben Harpole for the purpose of “brainstorming” on a multitude of problems, issues, and concerns regarding Milwaukee’s African American community.
The twelve invitees to this inaugural meeting list O.J. Johnson, Judge Stanley Miller, Marvin Hannah, Loren Willis, Judge Louis Butler, Mildred Harpole, Anthony Fikes, Winston Van Horne, Monroe Swan, Stanley Miller, Judge Russell Stamper, Sr. and Malone. The group elected O.J. Johnson to facilitate the meeting.
He would additionally later be named head of the Executive Committee of the Community Brainstorming Conference (CBC) and succeeded in this position by successive chairpersons leading to the current chair.
It would be at this initial discussion that the “Fourth Saturday Breakfast Forum” sponsored by the CBC was born. The schedule as of August 2012 proudly records 318 consecutive breakfast forums since its 1986 inauguration numbering over 50,000 participants.
Standing upon a tradition of program integrity, the CBC, according to their website, “has been able to realize one of its fundamental purposes, namely a continuous drawing together of the visible and voiced and the invisible and voiceless in the community for the sake of advancing the interest and good of African Americans in particular and the city in general.”
CBC also takes pride in its annual James Howard Baker Award. Prior to his untimely death in 1990, Baker was known in the community for his unending research and constant advocacy for the inclusion of people of African descent in every aspect of political and economic life in Milwaukee. He was known as a “one man urban research center” and as a solid intellectual with a sensitive touch that resonated throughout every segment of the Black community.
Noting his commitment and dedication to uplifting African Americans in Milwaukee with emphasis on the youth, MacArthur Weddle, long time president and CEO of the Northcott Neighborhood House, was chosen by the executive board of the CBC to be this past 2011 recipient of the Baker award.
Admission to the September 22 Brainstorming panel is free and open to the public. Parking is available on 8th Street off Chambers. Those interested in any additional information on CBC are welcomed to visit their website at: www.communitybrainstorming.org.
Health care, human trafficking advocacy and education will be the topic of the Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum Saturday, Aug. 25 at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, 2944 N. 9th Street (parking on 8th Street, off Chambers).
The panelists on this topic are: Gwen Moore, Wisconsin’s Fourth District Congresswoman; Bevan Baker, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner; Tracy M. Johnson, executive assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office; Claudine O’Leary, Rethink Resources; George Hinton, chief administrative officer-Aurora Sinai Medical Center; LaShawndra Vernon, chair of the Milwaukee County Human Trafficking Task Force; Michelle Bryant, African World Festival Women’s Wellness; Dr. Patricia McManus, executive director and CEO of Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin.
The moderators for the forum will be Martha Love and Khalif Rainey. Pam Malone is he chair.
Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The forum will start promptly at 9 a.m.
St. Mark A.M.E. Church’s Social Action Forum Committee will spearhead efforts to organize efforts with other clergy and their congregations along with residents of the Atkinson Avenue area, to take back its community from rising crime in the area. This combined effort was prompted by the rash of homicides in recent weeks along the Atkinson corridor.
The community is invited to attend a community forum at St. Mark, 1616 W. Atkinson Ave., on August 16 at 6 p.m. to discuss ways and means of addressing these concerns and helping elected officials reduce the violence in the neighborhood. For more information contact, Warner Jackson or Rev. Darryl Williams at 562-8030.
The world renowned Black all woman acapella singing group, “Sweet Honey in the Rock,” will be among the participants for the third annual UW-Whitewater Campus Diversity Forum on September 27 and 28. In keeping with the theme of student leadership and inclusive excellence, the forum will highlight the 1964 Freedom Summer Project as an historical example of successful coalition building and political participation. Speakers for the forum include: Chude Allen, Jim Kates, Michael Lipsky, Robert Moses, Charles Neblett and Wazir Peacock.
Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform in Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium. Tickets are available by calling 262-472-2222 or online at uww.edu/youngauditorium.