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.

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Drug disposal part of clean water effort

By: - October 28, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is uniting with allies to tackle the growing issue of prescription pill contamination in water. As part of this new initiative, officials are promoting the use of drop boxes for unused medications, and debuting new boxes in Milwaukee. This new effort comes in the wake of the Oct. 23 […]

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New rule-making push on PFAS water contamination

By: - October 24, 2019

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday moved to establish a rule making process for PFAS levels in water sources for Wisconsinites. The unanimous vote represents another step in addressing water contamination issues statewide. PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals used in products like non-stick cooking supplies, fast food […]

Public urged to weigh in on water quality

By: - October 24, 2019

Safe drinking water is receiving significant attention this year, from proposed rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to creating new incentives for companies to clean up and reduce pollution. But advocates pushing for safer drinking water are still looking for more. “It’s about time EPA takes the crisis seriously by putting forth much […]

Animal rights activists at the city hall meeting on the Strauss Brands slaughterhouse. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee rejects slaughterhouse after citizens object

By: - October 23, 2019

Plans for a proposed slaughterhouse in Milwaukee, owned by Franklin-based Strauss Brands, have been withdrawn by the company. Animal rights activists and community members who opposed the project declared a victory, saying the city has moved a step closer to bringing quality jobs to a blighted neighborhood. Balaji Venkatesan, a lead organizer with Direct Action […]

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DNR investigating manure spill in Marathon County

By: - October 17, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently responding to a manure spill in Marathon County. The DNR is working with the Marathon County Land and Water Conservation District to assess the full impact of the spill. First reported to the DNR on October 7, the spill near Huckleberry Road in northeast Colby has […]

Animal rights activists and community members pose for pictures in front of the common council chamber. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Neighbors and activists call for transparency with proposed slaughterhouse

By: - October 17, 2019

Activists and community members filled the Common Council chambers at Milwaukee’s City Hall Tuesday morning, voicing discontent at a proposed slaughterhouse in a predominantly African American district on the north side of Milwaukee in the Century City Business Park. Holding signs reading, “stop the slaughter,” organizers pressed the council to suspend a vote on the […]

Rev. William Barber (Center) and Poverty Summit Director Abra Fortson (Right) (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Rev. Barber brings his campaign for justice to Milwaukee

By: - October 14, 2019

“Wisconsin is one of those states that’s critical for talking about poverty,” Rev. William Barber told Wisconsin Examiner, shortly before taking the stage at the 2019 Summit On Poverty and SWIM (Scaling Wellness In Milwaukee) Conference last Tuesday. “Normally we racialize poverty,” Barber explained. In Wisconsin, where there are more poor whites than poor African […]

Mayor Tom Barrett (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Community outpouring over Milwaukee budget

By: - October 11, 2019

Dozens of Milwaukee residents gathered at City Hall on October 7, criticizing Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposed 2020 budget plans for nearly four hours. Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton remarked during the meeting, “This has probably been the most people that we have had show up to a community hearing on the budget,” and said he […]

Animal rights activists march in Milwaukee (Photo courtesy of Direct Action Everywhere)

Animal rights activists focus on Wisconsin

By: - October 11, 2019

Animal rights activists are promoting the idea of an animal bill of rights with protests in 26 cities worldwide, which launched last weekend. Milwaukee was the only city in the Midwest targeted by  demonstrators, who assembled outside Gov. Tony Evers’ Cream City office on Saturday, October 4. The demonstration was part of a Global Lockdown […]

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Wisconsin DHS testing of vapes underway

By: - October 8, 2019

Investigations continue into an outbreak of hospitalizations for lung damage nationwide, likely related to vaping products. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently tracking 69 probable cases of vaping-related lung disease, though a single cause remains elusive. Dr. Jonathan Meiman, a DHS chief medical officer, told Wisconsin Examiner, “a big part of this […]

Activists flood the Fire and Police Commission (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Immigration activists push Milwaukee to clarify policy

By: - October 7, 2019

Momentum continued to build in Milwaukee as immigration activists flooded City Hall on Thursday for a third time in two consecutive weeks. Dozens of community members marched and chanted through the halls before entering a Fire and Police Commission meeting, calling on officials to protect immigrant families. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission’s scheduled vote […]

Black and Latino Round Table (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Black and Latino Roundtable focuses on immigration, incarceration reform

By: - October 4, 2019

The negative fallout from decades of mass incarceration was a major topic of discussion during the second annual State of Wisconsin Black and Latino Caucus Roundtable held at the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 3. Eleven state representatives hosted the event, alongside two dozen participants from various criminal-justice and community-advocacy backgrounds. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. […]