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.

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 […]

Rep. Shelia Stubbs, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, leads a virtual 2021 celebration of Black History Month.

Legislative Black Caucus kicks off Black History Month

By: - February 3, 2021

Wisconsin’s Legislative Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month with song, speeches, prayers and hopes for a better future in 2021. It opened a meeting Monday with caucus chair Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison), who became the first African American to represent Dane County in Wisconsin’s Legislature. “I broke 170 years of history,” Stubbs said during […]

A line of officers in riot and militarized gear block a street in Wauwatosa during the October curfew. Tear gas was still thick in the air. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Why did Wauwatosa PD want the phone of Alvin Cole’s sister?

By: - February 1, 2021

On Oct. 8, 2020, family members of Alvin Cole joined the dozens who marched for justice in the streets of Wauwatosa. Protests flooded the suburb for months, as the 17-year-old had been the third person killed by former Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah. Cole’s mother Tracy, and older sister Taleavia, became central figures in the local […]

Protesters gather to march on Mayor Tom Barrett's house, to demand a freeze on evictions. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Federal eviction moratorium may not be enough for Wisconsin renters

By: - January 29, 2021

One the first actions of the Biden administration was the move by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend the federal moratorium on evictions, which was extended from last September to March 31, 2021. The moratorium is designed to protect tenants from being evicted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it may not […]

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

Activists disillusioned after approval of previously rejected COPS grant

By: - January 28, 2021

Some residents in the City of Milwaukee were left disillusioned after the Common Council reversed its December decision to reject the $9.7 million federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant. The three-year grant, now approved by the council, will add 30 new police officers to the ranks of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), allowing more […]

Officer Joseph Mensah (Photo | Wauwatosa PD)

ACLU of Wisconsin condemns Waukesha Sheriff’s Department for hiring Joseph Mensah

By: - January 27, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin has released a statement condemning the Waukesha County Sheriff Department for hiring former Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah. ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ott called the move “irresponsible, and disrespectful to the community.” Mensah was sworn in as a Waukesha County deputy Monday, according to Sheriff Eric […]

Officer Joseph Mensah (Photo | Wauwatosa PD)

After three fatal shootings in Wauwatosa, Joseph Mensah hired as a Waukesha County sheriff’s deputy

By: - January 26, 2021

Joseph Mensah, the officer who became the focus of protests in Wauwatosa after three fatal shootings and later resigned, has been hired by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and sworn in as a deputy. As a Wauwatosa police officer, Mensah shot and killed three people while on duty over a five-year period. Now, Mensah will […]

Marchers at Milwaukee's People's Climate March. Photo by: Isiah Holmes

Lt. Gov. Barnes takes the national stage on climate policy

By: - January 25, 2021

As the Biden administration takes power in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes sees hope for communities in Wisconsin and elsewhere that have suffered from climate-related flooding and natural disasters. Speaking at a Jan. 21 virtual meeting alongside climate resilience officials from Rhode Island and New Jersey, Barnes said he believes that a new […]

Community members gather in Milwaukee's southside to join the call to action. (Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee activists call on Biden to reverse Trump immigration policies

By: - January 21, 2021

Just one hour after Joe Biden was sworn in at his inauguration, a coalition of community groups gathered in Milwaukee to call for the new administration to reverse the outgoing Trump Administration’s hardline immigration policies. The action occurred as the new administration was releasing plans to create a path for citizenship for more than 11 […]

Protesters stand outside the Wauwatosa Police Department, dozens more were inside cramming into the tiny lobby area during the summer of 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa PD created “protester list” during crackdown on peaceful demonstrations

By: - January 19, 2021

The Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) began tracking activists and created a list of at least 40 protesters as early as July 14, 2020. The list was referenced in a set of emails obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner via open records requests. The internal messages also mention a “protest folder” created sometime during early days of […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Trump insurrection, through a Black historical lens

By: - January 18, 2021

Celebrations of one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders may be overshadowed by an aura of dread, as the nation continues to process the violent uprising that occurred in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is accompanied by further calls by pro-Trump groups for mass gatherings at state […]

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

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride named as ‘target’ by police

By: - January 13, 2021

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride was identified as a “higher value target” by his own police department, according to an internal PowerPoint presentation created by Wauwatosa police. The PowerPoint, sent in an email on Sep. 1, 2020, was forwarded by a member of the department’s Special Operations Group (SOG) to a supervisor in the department’s Investigative […]