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.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore on the Zoom call (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Gwen Moore attacked for voting after positive COVID test

By: - January 6, 2021

Congresswoman Gwen Moore has been under fire recently for traveling to Washington DC after having tested positive for COVID-19. Her trip to cast her vote for the Speaker of the House came after Moore isolated following her positive test. Republicans blasted Moore for her visit. On Jan 3, Moore announced on Twitter that she had […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha on Jan 4, leading up to the Blake decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Blake family plans to take struggle beyond charging decision

By: - January 5, 2021

For the family of Jacob Blake, the pursuit of justice will not end with the district attorney’s decision not to charge the officer who shot Blake in the back, during an interaction in August, 2020. “It’s a new day,” Justin Blake, Jacob’s uncle, reassured a crowd of press and supporters on the eve of the […]

The family of Joel Acevedo stand in from of Michael Mattioli's former home shortly before Christmas eve, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Acevedo family pledges new pushes for justice after their son’s killing

By: - December 28, 2020

For José and Maribel Acevedo, the holiday season will come and go without their son, Joel. The 25-year-old was killed in April after being put in a chokehold by former Milwaukee police officer Michael Mattioli, at a party the off-duty cop held at his home, flouting the state’s Safer at Home order which was in effect at […]

A wild bird photographed in Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin. (Photo uploaded by Laura Rowan on Flickr)

Attention birdwatchers: Winter finches are here in big numbers

By: - December 23, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reporting increased numbers of certain bird species this winter season. With the mild weather in some parts of the state, birdwatchers are getting out and seeing all kinds of feathered companions. Among the species are Pine siskins, evening grosbeaks and other so-called “winter finches.” These birds originate from […]

Police tape with red and blue lights blurred from behind it.

Madison has a new police chief while Milwaukee is still waiting

By: - December 22, 2020

The City of Madison’s Police and Fire Commission (PFC) has decided on Shon Barnes as it’s next chief of police. Barnes, who is the director of training and professional development for the Chicago Police Department’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, was offered the job after the PFC’s 3-2 vote. Barnes beat out three other finalists […]

What appear to be National Guard soldiers stand outside Wauwatosa City Hall on Oct. 7, watching protests march past a line of militarized police officers. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa’s emergency order left out Common Council

By: - December 22, 2020

Why wasn’t the Wauwatosa Common Council brought into the loop as the mayor and police department planned their emergency declaration order last October, and was this the proper procedure? It’s a question raised by council members ever since the curfew, which followed the decision not to charge officers involved in the shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole […]

Sen. Baldwin questions U.S. Marshals deployment to Wauwatosa

By: - December 18, 2020

Questions still loom over the Wauwatosa emergency declaration in October, and exactly which agencies were on the ground assisting local enforcement operations. Some of them are now coming from Sen. Tammy Baldwin, following the revelation that U.S. Marshals were on the ground during the suburb’s curfew order. Wisconsin’s largest city was on a short list […]

LT. Gov. Mandela Barnes in his office. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Industry and eco-advocates join forces on climate change

By: - December 17, 2020

Adapting to climate change in Wisconsin remains a uniting cause across the state. Climate change related issues have effects on everything from industry to the very cycles of nature. Particularly for states like Wisconsin, which depends economically on agriculture and natural spaces, matters are pressing and the clock is ticking. That’s why on the heels […]

DNR PFAS Graphic

PFAS action plan is first step

By: - December 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a statewide PFAS Action Plan on Wednesday, making Wisconsin one of only a handful of states to come up with such a plan. Nearly 20 state agencies and the University of Wisconsin System contributed to the action plan, as did months of public listening sessions on the […]

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

What’s next for Milwaukee after COPS Grant rejected?

By: - December 17, 2020

Milwaukee rejected the $9.7 million federal COPS Grant, which would have funded 30 new police officers. Mayor Tom Barrett expressed dismay at the city council’s decision to turn back the funds. Meanwhile, activists embraced the decision and continue to call for a divestment from police and a reinvestment in community needs. Vaun Mayes, a local […]

Protesters, activists, and residents gather to march on the DNC in Milwaukee Wisconsin, August 20th. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Activists see increased consciousness of race and class following 2020 election

By: - December 16, 2020

Following the 2020 presidential election, activists and organizers are planning how best to confront some of the tactics used by the Trump campaign to cast doubt on the election’s results. “The core insight that we really are working from here,” says Doran Schrantz, executive director of Faith in Minnesota, “is a recognition that the right-wing […]

National Guard soldiers during the curfew in Wauwatosa during 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Tosa ‘Special Operations Group’ worked alongside U.S. Marshals during curfew

By: - December 15, 2020

U.S. Marshals were on the ground in Wauwatosa during the city’s curfew and emergency declaration in October, according to Wauwatosa Police. The city’s emergency order brought numerous law enforcement agencies from across the state, as well as National Guard troops, to the suburban streets. The Marshals worked alongside the Special Operations Group (SOG), a small […]