Civil Rights & Immigration

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

Tosa cop violated multiple department policies, independent investigator finds

BY: - October 7, 2020

As the morning rolled around on October 7, the day Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm was expected to announce his  decision about charges in  the shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole by Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah, an independent investigator hired by the Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission (PFC) released a report recommending Mensah’s termination. “Officer […]

Marchers with The Peoples Revolution dance and prepare to march from Wauwatosa City Hall. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

PerSISTERS group calls for the respect of peaceful protest in Wauwatosa

BY: - October 6, 2020

A grassroots group known as the PerSISTERS has issued an open letter to Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), calling on the pair to “join us in a statement of commitment to justice and non-violence.” The letter was issued in light of ongoing protests in Wauwatosa, and concerns about what may follow […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, the site of recent protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Newspaper tells the stories of the victims in Kenosha protest shootings

BY: - October 5, 2020

The Washington Post has published an in-depth account of the Aug. 25 Kenosha shootings in which an Illinois teenager killed two men and wounded a third — going deeper than the heavily politicized narratives of the incident. The Post’s reporting about the third night of demonstrations following the police shooting of Jacob Blake focuses on […]

Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride in his office. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Mayor McBride discusses mediating Wauwatosa’s growing divides

BY: - October 5, 2020

Sitting in the office of Mayor Dennis McBride, one might be fooled by the quiet hallways at City Hall and the mundane bustle of suburban traffic traversing the main road nearby. The reality is that the City of Wauwatosa, which is normally a placid, suburban community, has been the site of dramatic confrontations between Black […]

Homeland Security pushed talking points sympathetic to Kenosha gunman

BY: - October 1, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is calling for an oversight hearing to investigate an NBC News report that the Trump administration prepped federal law enforcement officials to provide a sympathetic description of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois gunman charged with killing two protesters in Kenosha and wounding a third. The network obtained a talking points document […]

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis alongside Rev. Dr. William Barber at a rally. (Photo by Steve Pavey)

Poor People’s Campaign sermonizes on systemic injustices and the time to fight

BY: - September 29, 2020

“If there ever was a time to fight,” Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis said during a livestreamed address by the Poor People’s Campaign, “it is now.” The Sept. 24 address rang out like a sermon. It was made in response to of the ongoing trials of 2020, and the specter of the November presidential election looming […]

A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)A mural honoring Breonna Taylor in Milwaukee, on Locust Street. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Protests pick up in Milwaukee and elsewhere following Breonna Taylor decision

BY: - September 25, 2020

Protesters took to the streets in several U.S. cities, including in Milwaukee, following the decision not to charge the Louisville Metro police officers involved in the shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Instead, a grand jury indicted one of the officers on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing blindly into a neighbors apartment during the […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

DOJ makes moves in Blake case as lawsuit filed against pro-Trump militas

BY: - September 23, 2020

The fallout from the Jacob Blake shooting continues to affect the city of Kenosha. On Sept. 22, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that former Madison Police Chief Nobel Wray will conduct a review of the investigative files, which will then go to Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely. From there, Gravely will render a […]

A poster depicting Christopher Davis. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Mother of Christopher Davis continues seeking justice for son killed in botched drug bust

BY: - September 23, 2020

“My kids call me every day,” Doretha Lock told Wisconsin Examiner, recalling the day that her son, 21-year-old Christopher Davis, was killed by police in Walworth County. Although he’d called to check in, Lock could tell something wasn’t right. As she listened for any clues which may be hidden in the background noise, Davis told […]

Demonstrators protest Arizona's new immigration law outside the Arizona Capitol building on April 23, 2010. Protesters said the law will lead to racial profiling and civil rights abuses against the Hispanic community. Photo by John Moore | Getty Images

Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at Georgia immigrant facility

BY: - September 22, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility “were […]

COMMENTARY
Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Photo by Tom Brenner / Getty Images)

RBG is gone. This is why we fight.

BY: - September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, best known as a steely champion of women’s equality, gave voice to the voiceless. And as a legendary Supreme Court justice, she was committed to ensuring their rightful place in America until the day she died. We have lost so much as a country during these last four years of Donald Trump’s […]

Protesters with The People's Revolution stand outside Wauwatosa City Hall. The words "long live the revolution" was chalked on the ground. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD use a variety of tactics against The People’s Revolution protesters

BY: - September 18, 2020

Since August, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) has deployed a variety of tactics against a group of Black Lives Matter protesters known as The People’s Revolution (TPR), in its efforts to more aggressively police the demonstrations in the suburb. These include laying spike strips in the road to halt car caravans, mailing protesters $1,300 citations […]