Milwaukee Health Services Inc. is pleased to host its Fourth Annual Women’s Health Fair courtesy of Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and American Cancer Society® on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Free bus service provided by Miller Lite, Milwaukee County Transit System and Beer Capitol Distributing
Miller Lite Free Rides®, a part of Milwaukee’s St. Patrick’s Day tradition for 20 years, is back to encourage residents and visitors to plan ahead for a safe ride home from their celebration.
In partnership with Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and Beer Capitol Distributing, Miller Lite will provide free bus service Sunday, March 17, on all MCTS routes beginning at 6 p.m.
“Miller Lite Free Rides have become one of Milwaukee’s St. Patrick’s Day traditions, and we’re proud to have provided this important service for two decades,” said Diane Wagner, responsibility commerce manager for MillerCoors.
“We believe that with great beer comes great responsibility, and there’s no greater responsibility than planning ahead for a safe ride home for you and your clan. Planning ahead is free and easy, and we encourage everyone out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to take advantage of the free service.”
Miller Lite and MCTS have been providing safe, alternative transportation on St. Patrick’s Day in Milwaukee for 20 years. Miller Lite Free Rides will be available Sunday, March 17, beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until the end of normal service on all regularly scheduled routes. Detailed route and schedule information is available at www.millerlitefreerides.com or by calling 1-800-FREE-RIDES (1-800-373-3743) or texting “FREERIDES” to 90464.
“Taking a Milwaukee County Transit System bus is an excellent way to travel on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Jacqueline Janz, chief marketing officer for MCTS. “Thanks to Miller Lite Free Rides, it makes getting around Milwaukee County even easier, and still safe and convenient. We hope everyone enjoys their free ride.”
Miller Lite Free Rides is also celebrating 25 years of serving the Milwaukee area on key drinking holidays.
The program has gained the support of state and local law enforcement, including Milwaukee County Office of the Sheriff, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
by WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia
One hundred and fifty years ago, at the height of the Civil War, Ohio first allowed black men to enlist in its Army regiments. But as of three years ago, many of those men had gone unrecognized for their service. As WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports, that is about to change.
When the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Cleveland’s Public Square was undergoing a renovation three years ago, researcher Jerry Young felt the time was right to recognize Cuyahoga County’s black Civil War vets. The jovial Vietnam vet is a trustee of the monument. And he says they deserve to be remembered for their service, and for the greater risk they faced if captured.
“The best outcome they could possibly have was to be sold back into slavery, or, more than likely, executed on the spot. And that’s the reason why these men need to be honored, because they’re heroes. They knew that going in, that their life was in so much greater peril than their white counterparts. Abraham Lincoln said, ‘If it hadn’t been for these men of color, we’d have very easily lost that war.’”
Young is part of team that last month unveiled the names of 140 Cuyahoga County natives who will be inscribed on the monument. He says that 60 more black Civil War vets are very close to being verified; all that’s missing is a service record, discharge papers or perhaps one other piece of information. Another 100 men are being researched right now.
A spiritual connection
Young was at Full Gospel Evangelistic Center on Cleveland’s east side over the weekend, for one of many Black History Month presentations about the vets. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Otamus Howard, sees their Civil War sacrifice in a religious light.
“I believe it has a lot to do with their innate nature. Truly we were created in God’s own image. And we know that God sacrificed himself for the salvation of many. So to have these courageous men to sacrifice their own lives, it just lines up with who they are.”
Asked why it took so long for a project like this to get underway, Elder Callie Johnson also was spiritual in her outlook.
“You think about people in the Bible; it took years and years. You think about Noah, that it took almost 900 years to build the Ark. Sometimes it just takes patience and persistence — and in patience, persistence. God will prevail. It takes time and it takes someone who has the heart and desire to (correct and complete) history.”
The Massachusetts connection
An estimated 400,000 black men served as soldiers in the Civil War, and monument trustee Jerry Young says enlistment rolls show nearly 400 men came from Cuyahoga County. Those who tried to enlist before 1863 had to go to Massachusetts, where several units were made up largely of Buckeye transplants. Faced with tracking down these men and their histories, Young considers it a calling.
“I don’t believe in coincidence and I firmly believe God puts us where he wants us. And I think that because of my love for history, Almighty God said, ‘OK, Jerry, check this out. It’s time.’ I really believe that.”
This summer, Young is hoping to host Civil War history tours of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Woodland Cemetery. That’s where 63 black Civil War vets are known to be buried. Jerry Young and Michelle Day, from the Woodland Cemetery Foundation, will present more information on Cleveland’s Civil War history this weekend at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Speech pathologist Wendy Weir, called a ‘hero’ by 1st Sgt. Ginger Macdonald,
to receive award Friday at 12:30 p.m. at MPS Central Services
A Milwaukee Public Schools speech pathologist will receive the U.S. Department of Defense’s Patriot Award Friday, an honor bestowed on individuals who provide extraordinary support to the citizen warriors of the National Guard and Reserve.
Wendy Weir was nominated by Wisconsin National Guard 1st Sgt. Ginger Macdonald. Macdonald calls Weir one of my heroes.
Weir served as the program support teacher and mentor for Macdonald, a fellow MPS speech pathologist, for eight years. That support included helping Macdonald before and after her National Guard deployments totaling nearly four years of service over those eight years. Her service included a tour in Iraq in 2009-10.
Wendy has been a friend to me while deployed and a lifesaver as a Milwaukee Public Schools speech pathologist, MacDonald said. Without her, my experiences would have been much more difficult. She is a true patriot!
Macdonald relocated to another part of the state with her family in December, but she will return to Milwaukee present the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot award to Weir with Wisconsin National Guard Brigade State Sgt. Maj. Robert Burgette.
The presentation is set for Friday, February 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208. Media are invited to attend. Those interested should contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675. Superintendent Gregory Thornton is expected to attend.
We’re honored to have a Patriot in our midst. Dr. Thornton said. Our thanks to 1st Sgt. MacDonald for her service to us and to this country and our thanks to Ms. Weir for supporting her.²
This news is available online at: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/dept/superintendent/2013/02/mps-employee-to-receive-u-s-department-of-defenses-patriot-award-for-supporting-citizen-warrior-colleague/
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving more than 78,000 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 2000.
On Monday, January 21, City Year Milwaukee will lead over 350 volunteers for a full day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at North Division High School. City Year, a national organization that unites teams of young people for a year of service in high-need urban schools, mobilizes its 2,500 corps members nationwide and thousands more volunteers each Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for service in the community. City Year considers the holiday a day on, not a day off, for its staff and corps members.
City Year Milwaukee will have 90 corps members and staff working with over 350 local community and business leaders to help beautify North Division High School. Volunteers will beautify the school by painting murals, painting quotes, and doing some light carpentry work.
WHAT: City Year Milwaukee will mobilize volunteers for a Day of Service
in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: North Division High School
1011 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
WHO: Jason M. Holton, Executive Director and Vice President, City Year Milwaukee
Sandy Pasch, State Representative, 10th Assembly District joining luncheon
90 City Year staff and corps members
350 community volunteers, including 150 UW-Madison students
A program that provides free assistance with state and federal tax forms is preparing for a new tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program of the Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition will begin filling out and filing taxes on Tuesday, January 22. This free service will be offered at locations across Milwaukee County including offices for the Social Development Commission and MATC’s Downtown Campus. For a complete list of sites, dates they are open and their hours, visit the SDC website at http://www.cr-sdc.org/Programs/VITA.htm.
George Zimmerman sits in court at the Seminole County courthouse for a hearing, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman must remain under 24-hour GPS monitoring while awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and must stay in the county despite the defense’s concerns about his safety, a judge ruled Tuesday. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
by Orrin Hudson
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is a cry for help across our entire country. President Obama during a memorial service, said, “I’ll use whatever power I have to prevent the type of tragedy that occurred… We all need to contribute in some way, shape or form to the betterment of our nation and communities.” And he was right!
Too often now, we are hearing about such massacres in different parts in the country. Sometimes, they occur at schools, malls and even workplaces. Sometimes, the shooter is a child, sometimes he or she is an adult. Regardless, we as a national community must start pushing the message to “THINK IT OUT, DON’T SHOOT IT OUT”.
The problem is that many of us think we are separate from others; But we are universally one. One song. We normally realize this when a tragedy strikes, but really we should realize this all along. Instead, we are walking in fear, not walking in love. We should be walking in love. We must move away from anger and fear towards each other.
We must embrace and promote life lessons, communication skills, and coping skills. We must teach to each other how to deal with life challenges, and solve problems peacefully. We must adapt slogans such as “Brain Before Bullets”, and as mentioned before, “Think It Out, Don’t Shoot It Out”.We must do more than talk; we must act and the time to act is now.
Talk to your children regularly and address their emotional needs. Learn how to identify the signs of depression and mental illness. Be on alert for signs that show mental instability, uncontrolled anger, and even unreasonableness. If needed, take action to get them the medical attention they need.
Also, take caution with the movies, video games, and music that your children are involved with. Garbage in, garbage stays! Take caution when buying toy guns and such for your kids. Such activities can stimulate violent desires and fantasies in your children. Teach them to walk in love.
Pay attention to your students. Don’t teach at them, teach to them. Inspire them.
Challenge them, but don’t discourage them. Don’t overwhelm them. Don’t create unnecessary stress for them that they can’t handle. Always remember that, in addition to school, students have a life at home. They are people, they are real. Be a friend, be a counselor. Teach them to walk in love.
Embrace each other. Pay attention to each other’s needs. Eat meals together, and talk to each other – in person. If there is a problem or disagreement, settle it. And if someone has mental challenges, assist them. Don’t allow problems to go on unsettled. Also, don’t be abusive in your speech towards each. Words cut like knives, and some wounds never heal. Be effective. Be compassionate. Be the solution.
Teach each other to walk in love.
This isn’t where it ends, but it is definitely where it starts. So, let’s start here, right here, right now!
Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is an award-winning author and master motivational speaker who has inspired many to “make the right move” and solve problems peacefully.
The Edith Norman Finlayson Award for Volunteerism to Youth was awarded to community youth advocate Mavis McCallum (pictured above, second from left). She was presented the award by the Milwaukee Chapter of the Links, Inc. during its recent celebration of the organization’s 50 years of providing leadership, excellence and service to the community.The event was held at
McCallum’s volunteer work on behalf of Milwaukee’s youth is unparalleled. She is the past board chair of New Concepts Self Development Center, former board president of the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association, founder and past president of the Milwaukee Youth Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, and a board member of the National Youth Law Enforcement Association.
Her philosophy is: “When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow.”
Professionally, she is the retired Deputy Superintendent of the Milwaukee County Detention Center (first African American female).
McCallum continues to be a community activist and resource for those involved with the juvenile judicial system. She has been married to Tom McCallum for 44 years. They have one son Garret.
During the ceremony, McCallum was presented with a monetary award for a community group of her choice that was presented by Links Chapter President JoAnne Williamson, UWM Vice-Chancellor and U.N. Delegate Dr. Joan Prince, Dr. William Finlayson.
A non-profit international women’s civic organization, are, the Milwaukee Chapter of The Links focuses on services to youth, the arts, national trends, international trends, and Health. Over the past fifty years, The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of The Links Incorporated has been of service in the Community.
The chapter has gifted over $300,000 in educational scholarships, provided ACT/SAT prep courses for high school students, sent laptops in partnership with Jamaica and Africa for students and literacy, and adopted two Milwaukee elementary schools concentrating on social, academic, and cultural programming. It is active in community voter registration initiatives.