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.

Judge decides not to shut down Line 5 over shoreline erosion concerns

By: - May 19, 2023

A federal judge ruled against conducting an emergency shutdown of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline Thursday, sections of which operate on Bad River tribal lands. The Bad River Band argued in U.S. District Court in Madison that Line 5 has become an imminent danger due to recent post-storm erosion, which has carved away large sections […]

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At Milwaukee County Reintegration Center new vision collides with mass incarceration

By: - May 17, 2023

Milwaukee County has big plans for its Community Reintegration Center (CRC), an incarceration facility formerly known as the House of Corrections. By creating a diversified network of programs and services and avoiding overcrowding, officials hope to repurpose the facility to better reintegrate its residents back into the community. It’s an ambitious goal, though one which […]

A few hundred people gathered on the shore of Gichi-gami (Lake Superior) to protest the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline, Sept. 27, 2019, Duluth, Minn. | Fibonacci Blue, Flickr

Bad River tribe and allies call for emergency Line 5 shutdown

By: - May 12, 2023

Next week a court filing by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will  be brought before a U.S. district court judge in Madison who is presiding over a legal battle between the tribe and the Canadian energy company Enbridge, over the company’s Line 5 pipeline. Since 2019, the tribe has argued that Enbridge […]

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Republicans propose to restrict books, prosecute school staff

By: - May 11, 2023

Republican lawmakers are proposing to remove certain books from schools and prosecute school staff who allow students to access materials deemed inappropriate. A co-sponsorship memo entitled “Protect Childhood Innocence” authored by Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) and Sen. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) began circulating Tuesday. One proposed bill removes protections of schools and their staff against prosecution […]

Evers signs bills targeting reckless driving and carjacking into law

By: - May 11, 2023

In Milwaukee, Gov. Tony Evers signed two bills into law Wednesday targeting reckless driving and carjacking. Assembly Bill 55 increase penalties for reckless driving while Senate Bill 76 creates a new section of the criminal code for carjackings. Joined by legislators from both sides of the aisle and locals who has  lost loved ones to […]

Protesters gather in Wauwatosa to speak out against the protester list made in 2020 by Wauwatosa PD, and new policies on the horizon for Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Protesters march in Wauwatosa after federal jury exonerates police

By: - May 9, 2023

“So whose side are you on, my people, whose side are you on?” Mariah Smith, one of many who marched with The People’s Revolution (TPR) in 2020 after the killing of George Floyd, sang to a group of fellow protesters. “We’re on the freedom side,” the marchers responded loudly. Standing in Wauwatosa’s Hart Park, the […]

Protesters with The People's Revolution stand outside Wauwatosa City Hall. The words "long live the revolution" was chalked on the ground. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa protester list testimony wraps up

By: - May 5, 2023

Update:  A federal jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin cleared Wauwatosa police officers after two hours of deliberation Friday in a lawsuit concerning the “protester list” they created in what plaintiffs’ attorneys called “an extraordinarily important case.” The list compiled personal information including names, addresses, dates of birth, height, weight, eye color, social media […]

Attorney Kimberly Motley stands before a line of suburban riot police in August 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Emotional testimony quashed during Day 3 of protester list trial

By: - May 4, 2023

A third, emotion-filled day in a federal court case on Wauwatosa police surveillance of protesters   began with testimony from Lt. Joseph Roy, who oversees WPD’s open records requests. Both Roy and Dominick Ratkowski, the department’s only crime analyst, are defendants in the lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that both men violated the Drivers License Protection […]

Protesters gather to march in Wauwatosa in response to the deaths of Alvin Cole, Jay Anderson Jr., and Antonio Gonzalez. All were killed by the same Wauwatosa officer, Joseph Mensah. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa protester ‘target list’ trial enters second day

By: - May 3, 2023

A federal lawsuit against the city of Wauwatosa over  a list of people associated with protests created by the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) entered its second day Tuesday. Capt. Luke Vetter, one of the police department’s highest ranking officers both during the protests took the stand along with  WPD crime analyst Dominick Ratkowski who testified […]

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)

Wauwatosa protester ‘target list’ trial begins 

By: - May 2, 2023

“This case is not about politics, it’s about privacy,” said attorney Kimberley Motley during opening statements Monday on the first day of a federal trial over measures the City of Wauwatosa and its police department took against protesters who were part of a nationwide movement beginning in 2020 against police brutality. Curfews were enacted as […]

Voces de la Frontera and allied organizations hold a lobby day at the Capitol. This was part of a two day call to action. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Activists call for immigration reform on May Day

By: - May 1, 2023

On the first day of May, activists from the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera and allied organizations are taking to the streets for two days of marches in Milwaukee and Madison. The actions focus on continued efforts to restore driver’s licenses to undocumented Wisconsin residents and tuition equity for students from immigrant families. […]

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

Advocate has lukewarm reaction to report on legal aid for tenants facing eviction

By: - April 25, 2023

Although a program in Milwaukee County that helped tenants facing eviction find legal representation saw major successes, local housing advocates feel that far more is needed. “It’s still kind of a drip in the bucket,” Joshua Taylor, an organizer with the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU) told Wisconsin Examiner. “It’s a positive reform, but we […]