Civil Rights & Immigration

John Nolen

Madison council passes police accountability measures

BY: - September 2, 2020

After years of activism, deliberation and data-collection, the Madison Common Council voted Tuesday night to create an independent police monitor and a civilian review board to provide greater accountability of the city’s police department.  The 20-member body took four nearly unanimous votes to pass the measures. The reforms touch on one of the most consistent […]

U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump’s cynical campaign stop in Kenosha

BY: - September 2, 2020

During the first 37 minutes of a roundtable discussion with the police chief, sheriff, business owners and Republican politicians in Kenosha, President Donald Trump and the other speakers did not mention Jacob Blake, the man shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha police officer. Not until Trump invited local minister James Ward (whom […]

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Evers offers disaster help to Kenosha businesses

BY: - September 2, 2020

The same day that President Donald Trump visited Kenosha to meet with law enforcement and hold a roundtable discussion with local officials and business leaders, Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic state representatives from the area announced a new program to help Kenosha businesses, many of which have been damaged by vandalism and looting in the […]

Screenshot from Daniel Thompson's GoFundMe page

Kenosha editor who quit over inflammatory headline launches GoFundMe

BY: - September 1, 2020

Daniel Thompson, the digital editor at The Kenosha News who quit on Saturday after his editor insisted on putting an inflammatory headline on a story about a protest, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help him continue reporting. Thompson, who was the only full-time Black staff member at the Kenosha News, resigned over a headline […]

Ellen Ferwerda's shop in downtown Kenosha (photo courtesy of Ellen Ferwerda)

Kenosha braces for visit by Trump

BY: - September 1, 2020

Rebuffing requests by Gov. Tony Evers and Mayor John Antaramian that he stay away, President Donald Trump will be arriving in Kenosha on Tuesday. Trump is planning to meet with law enforcement and survey the damage to the downtown after a week of protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black Kenosha resident […]

Kenosha Protests

Kenosha officials on Trump, protests and police

BY: and - September 1, 2020

As the City of Kenosha entered the second week since a police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times, officials held a press conference in which they celebrated a weekend of peace and braced for the imminent arrival of President Donald Trump. Trump is set to visit the city Tuesday despite pleas from […]

Republicans hold special session in name only

BY: - September 1, 2020

Once again on Monday, Gov. Tony Evers and legislative Democrats were confronted by the existential fact of the current state Legislature: Republican leaders can and will quash action on any issue just by not showing up. As was widely expected, both the Assembly and the Senate gaveled in the special session that Gov. Tony Evers […]

Lack of rural lawyers harms people’s health

BY: - August 31, 2020

In Polk County, patients without insurance often come into the care of the county’s public health or social services departments. When that’s the case, the county is able to connect those people with ABC for Health, a nonprofit law firm that helps people gain healthcare access.  The organization, based in Madison, has a branch in […]

Milwaukee Bucks, led by George Hill (center) call on the Wisconsin Legislature to act on racial justice and police brutality.

If Fitzgerald and Vos won’t listen to Evers will they listen to the Bucks?

BY: - August 28, 2020

If you plan to place a bet on whether or not the Legislature will meet in a special session on Monday and take up measures tied to racial injustice and police reform — be careful how you phrase the bet. It’s not completely clear what will happen in the Legislature on Monday. On Monday Aug. […]

Participants at March on Washington

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Kamala Harris -- serious look on her face

Kamala Harris on Blake shooting: “it seems the officer should be charged”

BY: - August 28, 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said she wants to see a thorough investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake by Officer Rusten Sheskey, and “based on what I have seen, it seems the officer should be charged.” Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, made sure to point out that she […]

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

Groups call for Kenosha chief, sheriff to lose their jobs

BY: - August 28, 2020

Jacob Blake survived being shot seven times in the back by Kenosha police, but his father says he is paralyzed from the waist down. Despite that, Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday, Blake has been handcuffed to his hospital bed. Asked at a news conference in Kenosha Thursday afternoon whether that report concerned […]