Civil Rights & Immigration

historic painting of President James Polk

Here’s another statue that needs to come down

BY: - July 3, 2020

I nominate James K. Polk. We seem to be in the mood of late to reexamine our “great men.” Certain statues are coming down or there is a clamor for them to tumble.  Polk, our 11th president, has long been in need of such scrutiny.  What better time than July 4, when we are supposed […]

Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, one of the oldest annual commemorations of the end of slavery in the U.S. This year we celebrated by raising the Juneteenth flag over the State Capitol building for the first time in state history.

Will Wisconsin take action on police reform?

BY: - July 1, 2020

For more than a month now, citizens have marched in the streets of communities large and small across Wisconsin. They’re demanding action to address police brutality, racism, justice reform and inequality under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.  “I think this […]

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Families and activists mark victory on body cameras for Wauwatosa Police

BY: - July 1, 2020

Activist and community pressure on the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) is translating into real policy change for the department. From June 29-30, the Wauwatosa (Tosa) Committee of the Whole held meetings regarding the implementation of body cameras for all Tosa officers. Though public comment was not allowed, locals packed Wauwatosa’s City Hall the evening of […]

Vaun Mayes leads a gathering on 27 and Center Street in Milwaukee, on the first day. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Activist Vaun Mayes released from Milwaukee jail after arrest

BY: - July 1, 2020

Milwaukee residents, thousands of whom have marched in the city’s 32 straight days of protest against police violence, were reeling after the arrest of local activist and co-founder of the Community Task Force (COMM Force) Vaun Mayes. Officers from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) pulled Mayes over as he livestreamed a protest on June 29, […]

Madison voting

Federal appeals court limits early voting, prohibits sending absentee ballots by mail

BY: - June 30, 2020

More than three years after taking the case, a panel of federal judges issued a ruling Monday that reinstated limits on the availability of in-person absentee voting and a rule that requires residents to live in Wisconsin at least a month before voting.  The ruling also prohibits sending absentee ballots by email or fax and […]

Statue of Lady Forward, blindfolded, in the snow during a February 2011 protest of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill

As progressive icons fall, Madison feels the pain and heaviness of history

BY: - June 29, 2020

It was a shocking, bruising, terrible week. Worst of all was the horrifying attack on Althea Bernstein, a bright, loving young woman who was sitting in her car when four white men yelled the N-word at her, threw lighter fluid through her window, and then set her on fire. Despite her physical and emotional scars, […]

Gregg James Jr. (Photo: Melanie Conklin)

Legislative Republican leaders agree with Black Lives Matter protesters

BY: - June 28, 2020

The protesters who toppled Capitol statues, smashed windows and seized a tow-truck on Tuesday night have at least one thing in common with the Assembly Republican leadership that gathered on the Capitol steps above where the “Forward” statute had been until it was ripped down the night before.  Both groups blamed Gov. Tony Evers for […]

A picture of the nooses and images. (Posted on Facebook by Darryl King Rick Farmer II and the Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee)

No malicious intent behind nooses found in tree in Milwaukee park

BY: - June 28, 2020

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas provided an update Friday at the city’s Safety Building—the beating heart of Milwaukee’s criminal justice system—on the nooses found hanging in Riverside Park. The nooses, holding  pictures of murdered  Black men, women, and children, were hung in a tree, creating a wave of controversy in the city. The Milwaukee County […]

Supporters of the DACA program rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court. (Robin Bravender/ States Newsroom Washington Bureau)

Between ‘them’ and ‘you’ there is a nexus: the American Dream

BY: - June 26, 2020

“First of all, if you learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” […]

Jay Anderson Jr.'s family gather to pay their respects on the anniversary of his death. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Residents and families release balloons honoring man killed by Tosa police

BY: - June 25, 2020

On June 23, 2016, at 3 a.m., 25-year-old Jay Anderson Jr. was approached by Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah as Anderson slept in his car in the parking lot of Madison Park, a Milwaukee County park that lies at  a border-point between Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. Anderson’s family says he pulled over in the park to […]

a row of three yellow school buses

More racial inequality in Wisconsin schools than any other state, report shows

BY: - June 25, 2020

Wisconsin’s state education system has the least racial equality in the United States, according to a report released Wednesday by the financial firm WalletHub.  Wisconsin’s dead last ranking comes two days after former U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. told members of the House Education and Labor Committee that COVID-19 had laid bare racial […]

Photo of Republican Democrat Undecided voting ad in station on turnstiles

Biden’s support in Wisconsin gets stronger as Trump’s backing sags

BY: - June 24, 2020

Wisconsin voters are giving former Vice President Joe Biden a growing lead over President Donald Trump in this year’s race for the White House. The respondents generally like the police — but they also express approval of the wave of protests over the last month targeting police brutality, and they view the Black Lives Matter […]