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.

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 […]

Several types of vaping products associated with lung disease

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. […]

Student loan debt graduating IOU college cost

The teacher’s life: K-12 teachers plagued with high college debt, low wages

By: - October 4, 2019

Young teachers attempting to start their careers with K-12 students are burdened by high college debt, which might be one more factor behind the teacher shortage. According to the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), Wisconsin ranks in the nation’s top ten states for students leaving college with loan debt. In 2018, graduates with loans […]

marijuana plants

Medical cannabis bill is ‘an issue of compassion’ for suffering patients

By: - October 3, 2019

Wisconsin legislators pushing a bipartisan bill to legalize medical cannabis hope that the Republican majority will consider it, for the sake of patients suffering debilitating conditions with few treatment options. “It’s an issue of compassion,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) told Wisconsin Examiner. “It’s an issue of making sure people have access to something that […]

Kristine de la Cruz and her children (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Family left “haunted” after father was taken by ICE

By: - September 30, 2019

Milwaukee’s City Hall was charged with raw emotion last week as community members packed in, shoulder-to-shoulder, to support a family whose loved one had been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Holding signs reading, “following orders is not an excuse,” “never again is now” and “close the camps, shut down ICE,” they demanded action […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin DNR pledges to treat climate change as major issue

By: - September 30, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Tony Evers has pledged to address climate change as a major state-wide issue. Secretary-designee Preston Cole called climate change, “one of the defining issues of our time,” and made it clear that his agency will back pro-climate policies. “The DNR is entrusted to protect the people’s resources, […]

The de la Cruz family

Arrest video fuels outrage over Milwaukee Police helping ICE

By: - September 26, 2019

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has become embroiled in controversy after its officers were filmed assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the arrest of a local man. While getting ready to go to school outside their home, Jose Alejandro (Alex) de la Cruz-Espinosa was removed from his car and arrested as his wife […]

Sup. Sequanna Taylor (2nd district) Photo from Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee voting rights bill backed by County Board

By: - September 25, 2019

Resolution to restore voting rights to people on probation and parole is being backed unanimously by Milwaukee County, supporting a state bill in draft.

Drugs. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Milwaukee holds hope in face of record number of drug overdoses

By: - September 24, 2019

Milwaukee is on it’s way to having a record number of drug overdose deaths this year. The Medical examiner’s office documented 127 probable deaths between July 1 and September 11. In the face of the epidemic, advocates and recovering drug users continue spreading awareness of the issue, and providing the hope some people need in […]