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Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, and other outlets.

A Wauwatosa police squad. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

New Wauwatosa social worker will work with police, fire, health departments

By: - November 30, 2021

The city of Wauwatosa is creating a new social worker position, which will be attached between Wauwatosa’s health, fire and police departments. The new social worker’s role will focus on providing residents with resources to help address mental health and substance abuse struggles. “Problems arising from mental health struggles or substance use disorders call for […]

A card made by a child of an immigrant in Mantiwoc (Photo | Voces de la Frontera)

‘No Thanksgiving without immigrants’

By: - November 25, 2021

Immigration activists and the families of undocumented workers showed up  in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee outside the offices of Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Their message, aimed to keep the pressure on Democrats to provide a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better plan that passed the House and now moves […]

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DNR releases figures on preliminary deer hunts

By: - November 25, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources has released the preliminary deer harvest and license sale totals for the opening weekend of the state’s 170th  gun deer season. The regular deer season will continue through Nov. 28, following the statewide muzzleloader season (Nov. 29-Dec. 8). The statewide antlerless-only season will last four days, (Dec. 9-12). A DNR […]

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$5 million bail set for man accused of Waukesha Christmas Parade killings

By: - November 24, 2021

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, the man arrested for driving his SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens, according to initial reports, made his first court appearance following the incident in Waukesha on Tuesday. During the appearance  prosecutors reported that a sixth death had occurred when a […]

Tents in the Street Angels warming room. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Report: despite improvements poverty is worsening for some in Wisconsin

By: - November 19, 2021

Poverty was under the microscope at a press conference in the Capitol on Thursday. Framed around a recent study tracking the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, food and housing, the gathering of elected officials and advocates highlighted the worsening struggles of low-income residents of the Badger State Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) was joined by […]

Bishop William J. Barber II in the crowd for voting rights rally on Nov. 17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (photo by LaMonique Hamilton)

Day of action in DC for voting rights protections, promised reforms

By: - November 17, 2021

Hundreds of people marched in Washington on Wednesday, singing songs of struggle and calling for the passage of a voting rights bill by the end of the year. Rev. William Barber II marched alongside other faith leaders, poor and working class Americans and allied elected officials, filling the streets around the White House and demanding […]

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Bipartisan bill to reduce cannabis fines introduced

By: - November 17, 2021

Wisconsin legislators are taking another crack at a bipartisan push to achieve cannabis reform in the state. A new piece of legislation, co-authored by Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Gibson), Rep. Sylvia Ortiz-Valez (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Kathleen Bernier (R- Chippewa Falls), reduces existing penalties for cannabis possession. Possession under current law can lead […]

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 02: Kyle Rittenhouse listens as his attorneys speak to the judge during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 2, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse shot three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while police attempted to arrest him in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Sean Krajacic -Pool/Getty Images)

Closing arguments and jury deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse trial

By: - November 16, 2021

In Monday’s closing arguments in the trial of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, the key question before the jury was whether Rittenhouse, who shot two people and wounded a third, was acting in self-defense. In Wisconsin, a person can’t use deadly force unless the person “reasonably believes he or she has exhausted every other reasonable means to […]

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Report: Civil rights law could be better path for reviewing police shootings

By: - November 16, 2021

A new policy analysis report from the Badger Institute asserts that changes in civil rights law in Wisconsin would lead to better ways of reviewing officer-involved-shootings. The report, authored by Steven Biskupic, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin who served under Attorneys General John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey, suggests […]

National Guard entering a checkpoint behind which are dozens of soldiers and officers. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Evers authorizes 500 National Guard soldiers ahead of Rittenhouse closing arguments

By: - November 12, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers has authorized the mobilization of 500 Wisconsin Army National Guard troops in Kenosha as trial of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse draws to a close. Closing arguments are expected Monday, after which the jury will begin deliberations. The Kenosha Police Department and sheriff’s office also announced on Nov. 11 that local and federal law […]

An image of the challenge coin which appeared on Reddit. (Screenshot | Reddit)

Milwaukee PD investigating ‘inappropriate’ civil unrest challenge coins

By: - November 12, 2021

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) is investigating whether an “inappropriate” civil unrest challenge coin was distributed within the department. Images of the coin have been distributed online, with the department confirming with Wisconsin Examiner the authenticity of the coins. Normally considered a military tradition, challenge coins are often custom-made medallions produced to commemorate a particular […]

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DNR accepting applications for diesel reduction projects

By: - November 12, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for projects that reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality and human health. The applications will be accepted through Jan. 7, 2022 with approximately $320,000 available to fund Wisconsin-based projects to reduce emissions. According to a DNR press release, funding for the projects will be supported […]