Civil Rights & Immigration

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

What would MLK think about America in 2022?

BY: - January 17, 2022

It’s certainly no coincidence that debate over the most significant piece of voting rights legislation in more than a generation is coming to a head as we celebrate the holiday dedicated to the United States’ preeminent civil rights icon. While it’s a stretch to call the prevailing politically hued conjecture over the John Lewis Voting […]

Protesters gather at Wauwatosa, a Milwaukee Suburb, and march through the area. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Will Wauwatosa elect its first Black council members this spring?

BY: - January 17, 2022

With six of Wauwatosa’s eight common council seats now up for grabs, change could be coming to the suburb. Two of the candidates, if they win, would be among the first people of color to hold a seat on Wauwatosa’s Common Council, joining Margaret Michele Arney, a female African American candidate for alder in Dist. […]

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt and AIM co-chair Lisa Bellanger attend the memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis on June 4, 2020. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt, ‘Neegonnwayweedun,’ dies at 85

BY: - January 17, 2022

Clyde Bellecourt, one of the most influential leaders in the Red Power movement and fight for Native American civil rights, died Tuesday at his home in Minneapolis. He was 85. His legacy encompasses high-profile, sometimes militant acts of civil disobedience alongside peaceful efforts to found schools, improve health care and nurture Native culture in the […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans […]

Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza in Berkeley, California. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

MLK Day events set for across Wisconsin

BY: - January 17, 2022

Across Wisconsin, communities, religious groups and other organizations are holding events on Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  In Madison, there’s a week of events planned that include religious services of all faiths and a community service week put on by the UW-Madison Athletics Department.  The holiday itself will feature a youth call […]

Man inserting his election ballot into an official drop box

Judge sides with right-wing law firm, ending use of drop boxes in Wisconsin elections

BY: - January 13, 2022

A Waukesha County judge ruled on Thursday that guidance sent last year from the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) to municipal clerks across the state about how to implement absentee ballot drop boxes is contrary to state law. The decision from Judge Michael Bohren is a win for Republicans and the right-wing legal firm, the Wisconsin […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, L-R, Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-PA), Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) attend a news conference at the U.S. Capitol. The members of the Congressional Black Caucus urged their Senate colleagues to act on voting rights and election reform legislation. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well.  During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, caucus Chair Joyce Beatty said that members […]

At MLK alma mater, Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights

BY: - January 12, 2022

President Joe Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus, arguing Senate Democrats can push past GOP opposition now blocking major voting rights legislation. The visit by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to Atlanta was the latest sign of Georgia’ central role as a battleground […]

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Latino community organizers re-group after Milwaukee erases redistricting progress

BY: - January 12, 2022

In Milwaukee, the months-long task of redrawing the city’s aldermanic maps was essentially erased Monday evening. After what Ald. JoCasta Zamarripa decried as a “last-minute move,” the Milwaukee Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee moved to closed session to discuss whether maps favored by Latino and immigrant rights groups ran afoul of  the Voting Rights […]

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17: A teacher walks among the the masked students sitting in a socially distanced classroom session at Medora Elementary School (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

The COVID crisis in our schools

BY: - January 11, 2022

COVID cases reached an all-time high after the holidays in Wisconsin, yet politicians and school systems are failing to protect our communities’ overall health and especially the health of our teachers, staff, and students.  President Biden’s comment last week criticizing virtual learning did not help the current situation at all. “We provided the states with […]

Sign at march reads: Respect My Vote

Voting rights tops U.S. Senate agenda as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “The election subversion efforts we’re seeing all across the country today are […]

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Ni un paso atrás: The struggle for immigrant rights and what lies ahead

BY: - January 5, 2022

As we begin a new year, let’s remember the many immigrant workers who supported essential industries during the pandemic, got sick from COVID-19, exposed their loved ones and died working because they lacked protections and access to health care or necessary support because of their immigration status. Many of these workers tirelessly organized, lobbied, marched, […]