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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. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.

Jennifer DeMaster on Russia Today. (Screenshot | YouTube)

Assistant city attorney fired for Russia comments, not anti-Muslim background

By: - March 2, 2022

An assistant city attorney in Milwaukee whose tenure at the City Attorney’s Office generated controversy has been fired. After being hired in late 2021, Jennifer DeMaster was blasted for having worked for the Clarion Project, which Muslim groups have called an anti-Muslim organization. DeMaster worked for the Clarion Project from 2015-2017. The Clarion Project has […]

Dr. Rev. William Barber II (Screenshot | Poor People's Campaign Twiter livestream)

Poor People’s Campaign builds momentum for march on D.C.

By: - March 1, 2022

On March 28, the last Monday in March, the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) will march on Raleigh, North Carolina. As part of the mobilization, actions will also be held in Madison, Wisconsin. Part of an ongoing 12-stop national tour, the actions aim to build momentum for a mass poor people’s assembly and march on Washington, […]

In-person visits resume across corrections facilities

By: - February 28, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) announced Friday that in-person visitations at it’s facilities are back on. Starting March 1.  Visits will be reopened due to lower levels of COVID-related activity. Secretary Kevin Carr said, “We appreciate the patience and understanding of those in our care and their loved ones as we have navigated the […]

2nd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army are pictured during the preparation of armoured combat vehicles before deploying to Romania on February 09, 2022 in Vilseck, Germany.

Wisconsin National Guard soldiers in Poland haven’t received orders about Ukraine

By: - February 28, 2022

Tensions are high across the globe as Russia carries out an invasion of Ukraine by land, air, sea, and cyber attack. It’s a conventional military action the likes of which hasn’t been seen since World War II. The capital of Kyiv came under fire on Friday morning and ordinary Ukrainian citizens are now being asked […]

Hundreds march in Milwaukee for the Day Without Immigrants protest. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Immigrant activists denounce bill to recruit DACA Dreamers into law enforcement

By: - February 25, 2022

Immigrant rights groups are speaking out against a bill that passed the Assembly this week. AB-176 would allow law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin to hire people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, referred to as “aliens” in the bill text. DACA, which includes 6,540 young Wisconsinites, protects immigrants who were brought […]

Menominee River sign reading Clean Water Maters on a cut out fish

Natural Resources Board rejects scientists’ advice in setting PFAS limits

By: - February 24, 2022

Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted 6-1 Wednesday to impose limits for PFAS, PFOA, and PFOS chemicals in drinking water, set at 70 parts per trillion (ppt), far from the 20ppt recommended by the Department of Health Services. The lower limit was rejected by the board, with board members pointing to high costs associated with […]

A customer at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque. Recent mass shootings have reignited the debate over gun legislation, including red flag laws and expanded background checks. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Bloomberg, Getty Images)

Bill to protect firearm makers and sellers from lawsuits passes Assembly

By: - February 24, 2022

A bill that would limit liability for firearms dealers, manufacturers and trade associations was passed by a 61-35 vote in the Assembly Wednesday. The bill, SB-570, which already passed the Senate, protects gun-related entities from lawsuits and liability for how their firearms are used. Democrats objected that it was bad policy as gun violence continues […]

Senate Chamber of the Wisconsin State Capitol

Republican Black History Month resolution passes Senate

By: - February 24, 2022

A Republican-backed resolution to recognize Black History Month passed the Senate Tuesday on a 21-12 party line vote. The resolution was the product of  a significant divide in the Legislature over whether and how to recognize Black History Month and arose independently of the Legislative Black Caucus (LBC), which traditionally circulates annual Black History Month […]

Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. (Screenshot | WisconsinEye)

State of the Tribes address takes bold stance on range of issues

By: - February 23, 2022

A message of peace, unity, ecological preservation and the acknowledgment of a painful  history was conveyed through the 2022 State of the Tribes address. Held in the Capitol prior to the Assembly floor session on Tuesday, the annual address began with an invocation and remarks by Sokagon Chippewa community Chairman Robert Van Zile. Speaking both […]

The court hearing into the lawsuit against Dr. Fredrick Prehn is held in Dane County Circuit Court (Screenshot | Isiah Holmes)

Court battle over Natural Resources Board continues

By: - February 22, 2022

A Dane County Circuit Court judge heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) to compel Dr. Frederick Prehn to surrender text messages, emails, and other communications related to his refusal to step down as chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) once his term expired. Prehn’s lawyers have filed […]

Sarah Weinstraub, a member of the Poor People’s Movement, speaks during the rally. A giant walking puppet of Rebecca Kleefisch stands in the background. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Voting rights protesters descend on Reagan Day Dinner

By: - February 21, 2022

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow a ban on ballot drop boxes during elections in April generated a backlash from voting rights advocates in the state. Organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign, Souls to the Polls, Voces de la Frontera, Fight for $15, and other activist groups showed up to raise their voices […]

Ag Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff talks with farmers in Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties (Photos submitted by county farm bureaus with letter to senators and Gov. Evers support Pfaff.)

Climate resilience, clean water pushed by Farmers Union

By: - February 18, 2022

Clean drinking water was a cornerstone priority during the Wisconsin Farmers Union lobby day on Thursday. A package of two bills on the lobbying agenda touched on a number of areas including well water compensation, and nitrate pollution in groundwater. Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), the bills’ author, noted that the legislation was shaped largely […]