The ruins of what used to stand at an intersection near the Minneapolis Police Department Fifth Precinct. Macklin Caruso/Minnesota Reformer

Tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on — especially during the coronavirus pandemic

This story was originally published by ProPublica. When Amira Chowdhury joined a protest in Philadelphia against police violence on Monday, she wore a mask to protect herself and others against the coronavirus. But when officers...
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01: Demonstrators stand in front law enforcement who are holding a perimeter during protest in downtown Washington, DC. Protests and riots continue in cities across America following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin, 44, was charged with second-degree murder. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rejecting Trump’s American carnage

Remember Donald Trump’s “American carnage” speech? In in his inaugural address — an opportunity most presidents use to unite and inspire the nation — Trump presented a vision of America so dark and violent it...
workers protest unsafe conditions

Before the COVID-19 crash, state’s job picture was mixed

 Newly available data on Wisconsin jobs in the last quarter of 2019 paints a mixed picture, with growth in the state’s stronger regions and declines in parts that have long been struggling. The quarterly numbers...
Natalia Fajardo and her husband Gabriel in Milwaukee. (Photo provided.)

You are only as healthy as I am

March was three months ago. It was also a lifetime ago. In mid-March, both my husband and I had jobs. We were able to travel occasionally to our home country of Colombia to visit our families...
County supervisor Ryan Clancy, District 4 (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

County Supv. Clancy describes his arrest, consequences of curfew

As Sunday’s 9 p.m. curfew drew closer in the city of Milwaukee the County Supv. Ryan Clancy, of Dist. 4, prepared for what that could mean for residents. The police brutality protests had been...
Madison Police Protest

Could Floyd’s killing lead to long-delayed reform in state law?

Gov. Tony Evers issued a video call-to-action on Tuesday as protests continued in municipalities throughout Wisconsin.  Evers began his message with a request that the Legislature take up a bill that has been introduced for...
Fire and Police Commission meeting (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

To Zoom or not to Zoom

When the COVID-19 pandemic’s ramifications truly began to set in for Wisconsin, it made sense for government bodies to hold their public meetings virtually. In fact, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Open...
Riot police block the freeway access for protesters during the second day of protests. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Law and order won’t save us

The angry, blaring buzzes came first, interrupting my radio oldies. The nearby City of Kenosha was telling me one recent evening of a state of emergency that required residents there to stay in their...
Light house shore, Lake Michigan (photo by Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay)

A new federal agency to revive the Great Lakes region? 

WASHINGTON — The Great Lakes region took a beating last decade with the collapse of its manufacturing sector.  The region’s economy has been in recovery — but the pandemic threatens to deal another devastating blow. Unemployment...
Madison Police Protest

Tears, anger, joy as protesters hold John Nolen intersection for nearly 8 hours

The cycle of the traffic light at the intersection of John Nolen and North Shore drives in Madison lasts about 20 seconds. So, for the seven hours and 40 minutes that protesters occupied the...
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