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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, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award.

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 […]

An example of a challenge coin distributed within the Kenosha Police Department following the unrest in August, 2020. (Photo | Kenosha Police Department)

How Kenosha PD and the FBI received Wisconsin’s BLM protester list

By: - November 10, 2021

New details have emerged regarding a list of people law enforcement believed to be involved in Black Lives Matter protests last year. Documents recently obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner show that, despite earlier statements, the list was indeed shared with members of the Kenosha Police Department (KPD). The revelations raise questions about the extensive surveillance […]

A Milwaukee County Sheriff vehicle parked below a bridge being crossed my protesters. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County passes budget, some express discontent

By: - November 9, 2021

After the Milwaukee County Board passed a $1.28 billion budget Monday by a vote of 11-6, several county supervisors expressed dismay  with  the end result. While the budget made investments in the county park system, as well as other initiatives, it also increased funding to the sheriff’s office. Ahead of Monday’s vote, Supv. Ryan Clancy […]

Ald. Cavalier Johnson speak during the Newsmaker luncheon. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Cavalier Johnson on rehabbing Milwaukee’s relationship with the state

By: - November 9, 2021

As Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson peers into the city’s future, he is sure of one thing: For that future to be a good one, the city is going to need additional revenue. And to get the revenue, Milwaukee will need to find a way to repair its fractured relationship with the state Legislature. “Certainly […]

A Wauwatosa police squad. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Two Tosa officers wounded during shots fired incident

By: - November 9, 2021

Two Wauwatosa police officers were wounded in the line of duty after responding to a shots-fired call at the Radisson Hotel in Wauwatosa Saturday evening. Officers who responded to the hotel on Mayfair Road were directed to the second floor. A statement by the department says that as officers checked rooms for injuries and witnesses, […]

Unease and frustration grow during first week of Rittenhouse trial

By: - November 8, 2021

In its opening week, the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen who shot three people, killing two of them, during protests of police violence in Kenosha, has stirred questions, angst and frustration among some of the city’s Black residents. Kyle Johnson, a Kenosha native and organizer with Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC), says the […]

Milwaukee City Attorney Tearman Spencer (Photo | City of Milwaukee)

Milwaukee City Attorney catches heat on controversial hire

By: - November 4, 2021

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is calling on Milwaukee’s City Attorney Tearman Spencer to fire an attorney who worked as a legal analyst for what CAIR calls an anti-Muslim organization. Jennifer DeMaster, an attorney for the city of Milwaukee, once worked for the Clarion Project from 2015-2017. The Clarion Project has been linked to […]

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New bill would grant more access to police records for journalists and the public

By: - November 3, 2021

A new bill introduced by Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) and backed by other Assembly Democrats aims to put more power in the hands of journalists and the public to obtain police records. If it were to become law, the bill would expand public and media access to internal investigation records, particularly those involving police misconduct […]

Voces de la Frontera and their allies hold an action outside the Milwaukee office of Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Democrats pressured to keep their promises to immigrant voters

By: - October 29, 2021

Organizations allied with Latino and immigrant communities are keeping up the pressure on the Biden administration and Democrats to deliver on immigration reform. On Oct. 28, the immigrant workers’ rights group Voces de la Frontera organized a rally outside the office of Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Milwaukee, shutting down the street. Participants, including Voces de […]

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Activists concerned about Cavalier Johnson’s calls for more police near schools

By: - October 27, 2021

Recent comments made by Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson sent a wave of concern through parts of the city’s activist community. Johnson proposed increasing the police presence around schools in the hope of curbing reckless driving incidents. As the city hashes out its proposed budget, Johnson is poised to succeed Mayor Tom Barrett. Some […]