Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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.

Gray wolf (photo from Pixabay)

Wisconsin wolf hunt called “unenforceable”

By: - February 23, 2021

Yesterday marked the start of the wolf hunting season, which will run Feb. 22-28. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the start of the hunt, which came after circuit court orders compelling the state to formulate a hunting season. But conservation organizations are condemning the decision, saying the decision to hunt the animals during […]

Glass of water being filled from a tap

Budget carves out place for addressing PFAS contamination

By: - February 22, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers put items into his biennial budget addresses to further address contamination by PFAS and other “forever chemicals” in Wisconsin’s water supplies. Remediating the various pockets of contamination across the state and providing clean drinking water to affected locales has been a challenge for Wisconsin’s state government, which has been the subject of […]

Waukesha County Sheriff Department (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Members of faith coalition question Waukesha Sheriff on Mensah hire

By: - February 18, 2021

Members of the Waukesha-based faith coalition SOPHIA are concerned about the Waukesha County sheriff’s decision to hire controversial former Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah as a deputy. As a Wauwatosa officer, Mensah shot and killed three people, sparking massive protests and calls for his firing. “The community has a fear and a lack of trust with […]

President Joe Biden walks along the Colonnade Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Milwaukee has the president’s ear

By: - February 16, 2021

As President Joe Biden arrives in Milwaukee for his first town hall visit, community organizers and elected officials don’t want a merely symbolic event. They plan to take the opportunity to bring their concerns to the new president’s attention. They want their voices to be heard, and to know what meaningful changes the administration is […]

Medical marijuana buds and prescription container

Shifting the narrative around legalizing Badger cannabis

By: - February 16, 2021

Ending Wisconsin’s cannabis prohibition is an effort being pushed across multiple fronts. While proposals are hashed out in the halls of government, and not likely to succeed while the GOP controls both Legislative branches, advocates also see the need to shift the narrative around cannabis. From Michigan to Minnesota, Illinois to even Iowa, cannabis is […]

A gray wolf (Getty Images). Endangered species hunting DNR

Wolf hunting season moving forward

By: - February 15, 2021

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board discussed an upcoming hunting season for Wisconsin’s gray wolves at a special meeting on Feb. 15.  The body debated several aspects of the season, which will run Feb. 22-28, setting a quota of 200 wolves. Beginning in March, potential hunters will be able to begin applying for the next wolf […]

To close, or not to close Waupun’s prison

By: - February 12, 2021

The state’s Assembly Committee on Corrections had an opportunity to review the progress of the Department of Corrections (DOC) under the leadership of Secretary Kevin Carr, who was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers in Jan. 2019. At a committee meeting on Feb. 10, members applauded the department for having endured the COVID-19 pandemic and expanding […]

A photo from the video of Gov. Tony Evers issuing a new executive order on masks within moments of the Legislature adjourning after eliminating his prior order.

Evers declares energy state of emergency

By: - February 11, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers has declared an energy state of emergency for Wisconsin, due to the state’s dwindling supplies of petroleum. In a document describing the executive order, Evers cited “extreme winter weather in February 2021” as being at the root of the shortage. “Approximately 250,000 Wisconsinites depend on propane for home heating,” the executive order […]

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Policing Wauwatosa after Chief Barry Weber

By: - February 10, 2021

Some people were surprised when Barry Weber announced on Feb. 1 that he is retiring as chief of the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) in June. After holding the post for more than 30 years, Weber’s departure confronts residents with the prospect of envisioning life in the post-Weber era, particularly as the police department and community […]

Person examining cannabis plants

Evers pushes for $165 million recreational cannabis market

By: - February 9, 2021

Cannabis is in Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed 2021-23 biennial budget, with the governor pushing legalization and regulation of the plant. If approved, Wisconsin would begin taxing cannabis similar to alcohol, joining 15 other states, including all of its neighbors, in legalizing a recreational market. “Legalizing and taxing marijuana in Wisconsin,” said Evers, “just like we […]

The Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union holds a picket outside of S2 Real Estate (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee rent activists call for rent cancellation

By: - February 8, 2021

On the evening of Feb. 1, as Marlene Peace, a Milwaukee resident and grandmother, stood outside the doors of S2 Realty in Milwaukee, her frustration rose as the temperature continued to drop. Peace had traveled to the building hoping to help her daughter pay her rent. “I’m here because my daughter has a special needs […]

A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

No-knock search warrants began in Wisconsin, Rep. Myers wants to end them here

By: and - February 3, 2021

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) has introduced a new bill to prevent the use of no-knock search warrants by Wisconsin law enforcement. The bill was named “Breonna’s Law” after Louisville, Kentucky EMT Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old who was killed during such a raid in March 2020. “It is most appropriate for us to begin Black History […]