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.

Protesters gather for the listening session at Hart Park. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Listening session on race and equity in Tosa is mass catharsis for residents

By: - July 23, 2020

Over four hours of catharsis followed the 6:30 p.m. kick-off of a public listening session on race and equity issues in Wauwatosa (Tosa), held on July 21. Hundreds of residents from Tosa, Milwaukee County and even from other areas of the state flowed into the football stadiums at Hart Park, chosen for the session to […]

Black Lives Matter protesters gather and march to the Milwaukee City Hall during 2020. Many called for the removal of Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee Police Chief Morales meeting draws protesters from both sides of the debate

By: - July 23, 2020

A Fire and Police Commission (FPC) meeting in Milwaukee Monday night culminated in 11 directives being handed down to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales as part of a six-month performance evaluation. Outside city hall, protesters from both the city’s revitalized Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and a pro-police Back the Badge crowd gathered to show […]

A screen shot of Joseph Mensah's Go Fund Me page. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa Officer’s Go Fund Me shows large donations from local police organizations

By: - July 22, 2020

A Go Fund Me page has been established by the brother of a Wauwatosa police officer at the center of recent protests by citizens demanding he be fired after shooting three young African American residents in five years. Established nearly a week ago, the page has raised more than $44,000 toward a goal of $50,000. […]

Vice President Mike Pence participates in a roundtable with executives in the State Dining Room of the White House Wednesday, April 29, 2020, to discuss a plan to reopen America. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Recent Pence visit doesn’t reflect the perceptions of climate change in Wisconsin

By: - July 22, 2020

Wisconsin has received a lot of attention from Vice President Mike Pence, with his repeated visits to the Badger State in recent months. At a campaign rally held on July 17 in Ripon Wisconsin the vice president’s speech touched on a few key concerns for his conservative base. Among those was climate change, something the […]

Leon Elijah Prioleau (Photo provided by Forum For Understanding Prisons)

Incarcerated in the pandemic

By: - July 21, 2020

Update: On Monday, the Department of Corrections (DOC) announced it had “completed comprehensive testing of persons in our care and staff members at 37 institutions,” according to spokesman John Beard. “Total tests administered is now above 24,500, and active cases among persons in our care is currently at nine, and the positive test rate for […]

Protesters march on the second day of demonstrations. The Miller Park baseball stadium can be seen in the background. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

DOJ records request on protests denied due to “ongoing” investigations

By: - July 20, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied the Wisconsin Examiner’s request for public records pertaining to police action against protesters in Milwaukee. The requests, made on June 26, were denied because the records “concern an investigation that is continuing at this time,” according to the DOJ’s July 15 letter in response. The Examiner first […]

Protesters gather at Wauwatosa's City Hall. They called for the firing of Officer Joseph Mensah, but also for the implementation of body cameras at the police department. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Tosa officer’s suspension is just one chapter in an ongoing saga

By: - July 17, 2020

By order of the Wauwatosa (Tosa) Police and Fire Commission (PFC), Officer Joseph Mensah has been placed on administrative suspension with pay. For the three families of those who died in police shootings involving Mensah, the move represents a big step forward. Still, the pressure continues to mount from the near daily protests and demonstrations […]

Cows graze on the Tranel Family Farm, Organic Valley farmer-member (photo courtesy of Organic Valley)

Manure spill enters Little Suamico River in Oconto County

By: - July 16, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assisting in the clean-up of a manure spill near the village of Pulaski in Oconto County. After spreading over land last weekend, the manure has entered the Little Suamico River. “DNR staff has been on-site since Sunday and is assisting with cleanup efforts being led by the farm,” […]

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)

Protesters decry Tosa Police and Fire meeting moving to Zoom

By: - July 14, 2020

As anticipation builds in Wauwatosa (Tosa) leading up to the July 15 Police and Fire Commission (PFC) meeting where the main item on the agenda is a complaint against police officer Joseph Mensah, many questions weigh heavily on the minds of activists and their allies within Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement. They wonder why […]

Tosa Ald. Heather Kuhl (District 5) (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa alderwoman becomes first to call for firing of Officer Mensah

By: - July 12, 2020

Wauwatosa (Tosa) Ald. Heather Kuhl (Dist. 5) has become one of the first Tosa city officials to call for the removal of Officer Joseph Mensah from the police department. Mensah has been the focal point of Black Lives Matter protests in the mostly white Milwaukee County suburb, having been responsible for three fatal shootings over […]

A Black Lives Matter protester attending a Wauwatosa City Council meeting. Protestes had been marching to get officer Joseph Mensah fired for killing three people over just five years. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

The People’s Revolution issues letter to Wauwatosa demanding change

By: - July 10, 2020

A faction of Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter movement calling itself “The People’s Revolution” has issued a six-page letter, addressed to Wauwatosa (Tosa) Mayor Dennis McBride, and all the suburb’s alders. It decries the police department’s escalating tactics of arrest and intimidation against marchers and provides a list of 10 demands to be honored by the […]

Wauwatosa officers form a line in front of May Fair Mall’s Cheesecake Factory. A few protesters had just been arrested. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Pressure mounts on Tosa PD, including from Jay-Z

By: - July 9, 2020

Pressure continues to mount on the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD), and the city as a whole, to fire an officer who has fatally shot three people since 2015. Officer Joseph Mensah has been off the street, but still on the payroll, since shooting 17-year-old Alvin Cole in February. As protests triggered by the death of […]