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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.

The Poor People's Campaign gathers outside of the federal building where Sen. Ron Johnson's office is located. (Screenshot | Wisconsin Examiner)

Poor People’s Campaign comes to Ron Johnson’s office

By: - July 28, 2021

In Moral Mondays actions around the country, the Poor People’s Campaign continues to push for a $15 minimum wage, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, and doing away with the filibuster. In Milwaukee, activists staged a demonstration outside the office of Sen. Ron Johnson on Monday, which culminated in the delivery of an open letter […]

Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

Baldwin calls for rejecting Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy plan

By: - July 27, 2021

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has joined five Senate colleagues in requesting that the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York reject Purdue Pharma’s requests for executive and employee bonuses. Purdue’s requested $34.7 million in employee bonuses, including $5.4 million for its top executives, could amount to more than payouts for victims and […]

Protesters marked the ground outside the Wauwatosa City Hall with chalk displaying a variety of messages. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Baldwin and Moore call for civil rights probe of Wauwatosa PD

By: - July 23, 2021

Growing concerns over tactics used by the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) during the protests of 2020 have reached top officials in Wisconsin government. On Wednesday, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Sen. Tammy Baldwin requested a civil rights probe of WPD. The pair’s concerns were outlined in a brief letter which was sent to Assistant Attorney General […]

Needle, spoon pill bottles

Legalize fentanyl testing strips, says Milwaukee County official

By: - July 23, 2021

Milwaukee County Supv. Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is calling on the state of Wisconsin to legalize fentanyl testing strips. The strips would allow law enforcement, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and ordinary individuals to test for fentanyl in drugs they consume. In Milwaukee County, drug overdose deaths reached a new record high of 544 in 2020, with fentanyl […]

Activists hold a candle-light vigil for Roberto Zielinski, who was killed by a Milwaukee PD officer in late May. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Community mourns Milwaukee man killed during mental health crisis

By: - July 21, 2021

Activists and community members gathered in front of Milwaukee Police Department’s District 2 station over the weekend to demonstrate solidarity and respect for Roberto “Touch” Zielinski and his grieving family. The 49-year-old was killed on May 30 by an officer from the department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) after police were warned of a suicidal man […]

Sharp-tailed Grouse (Photo | Travis Bonovsky, DNR)

Sharp-tailed grouse hunting season will remain closed

By: - July 15, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that the fall 2021 sharp-tailed grouse hunting season will remain closed. Spring surveys have shown concerns over the future viability of the sharp-tailed grouse population. Therefore, permits and applications to hunt the bird will not be available this year. This will mark the third season in which […]

James MacGillis, Wauwatosa's new chief of police. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Rebuilding community trust is top priority for new Tosa police chief MacGillis

By: - July 15, 2021

On July 26, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) will officially welcome its new chief of police, James MacGillis. Until then, an optimistic MacGillis has focused on breaking the ice not only within the department, but also in the community. “I’m not the chief yet,” MacGillis told Wisconsin Examiner, “but in the coming weeks I’m not […]

Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall during 2020. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee reaches a tentative deal to keep Chief Morales from coming back

By: - July 14, 2021

Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has reportedly reached a $626,000 deal with the city and will not be re-assuming his old job. Details must be approved by Milwaukee’s city council, but it for now the chief won’t be coming back to work this week. Some elected officials and activists in Milwaukee were appalled when […]

Green violet, a species last documented in Wisconsin in 1958, was found this spring on a State Natural Area in west central Wisconsin by DNR Conservation Biologist Ryan O’Connor. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

Rare green violet re-discovered in Wisconsin

By: - July 13, 2021

A conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) located what the department is calling “the holy grail” of rare plants in Wisconsin. Green violets (Hybanthus concolor), which were thought to have disappeared from the state, were found growing by the hundreds in a west central state natural area. The last time green a […]

Wolf study raises questions about what’s going on in Wisconsin’s woods

By: - July 12, 2021

After contributing to an independent study to assess how many wolves were killed during the February wolf hunt, Professor Adrian Treves expected some criticism. “There’s just more controversy surrounding wolves, their protected status, and the conflict that some people experience with them that makes management very difficult and controversial,” Treves, a professor of environmental studies […]

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Milwaukee unarmed responder task force draws questions

By: - July 8, 2021

Milwaukee is exploring ways to send unarmed responders to certain calls rather than police. It’s an experiment that’s been on the minds of local elected officials and community organizers for some time — especially since protests of police violence started in 2020. Such responders would be particularly trained to respond to mental health crises. Ald. […]

KENOSHA, WI - AUGUST 25: Law enforcement hold a line on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As the city declared a state of emergency curfew, a third night of civil unrest occurred after the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, on August 23. Video shot of the incident appears to show Blake shot multiple times in the back by Wisconsin police officers while attempting to enter the drivers side of a vehicle. The 29-year-old Blake was undergoing surgery for a severed spinal cord, shattered vertebrae and severe damage to organs, according to the family attorneys in published accounts. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Texts show Kenosha officers called armed civilians ‘very friendly’ hours before Rittenhouse shooting

By: and - July 7, 2021

Around 10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2020, teenager Kyle Rittenhouse was standing outside a dealership in Kenosha with a group of other armed men who said they were protecting the business on 59th Street and Sheridan Road from protesters. The city was in the midst of a multi-day eruption of demonstrations against police violence following […]