Civil Rights & Immigration

Elected officials express privacy concerns over surveillance balloons

BY: - August 12, 2019

The Pentagon and Department Of Homeland Security’s ongoing high-altitude surveillance blimp tests are raising serious privacy concerns for people in the Midwest. First reported by The Guardian and last Thursday in the Wisconsin Examiner,  the Pentagon blimps are  scanning parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, potentially for “narcotics trafficking and homeland security threats.” […]

We will not ‘allow ICE…to take our friends and neighbors’

BY: - August 9, 2019

Community leaders spoke out against the abuse of immigrants during a rally at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday evening. Responding to news of the massive roundup of immigrant workers at food processing plants in Mississippi that left children stranded as their parents were hauled away, immigrant-rights activists and state and local officials hurriedly organized […]

Perfect Surveillance: The Pentagon is watching Wisconsin with spy balloons

BY: - August 8, 2019

If you look up over the next few weeks in Wisconsin, and notice an unassuming, unmarked blimp floating by at high-altitude, you might just be watching the U.S. military, watching you. The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are testing a fleet of up to 25 surveillance balloons drifting across six Midwestern states. According […]

Helping faith leaders “circumvent the rise of hate”

BY: - August 5, 2019

For Pardeep Kaleka, the first weekend in August was already going to be a mix of joy and sorrow. Then, at opposite ends of the country, mass shootings left 29 people dead.  For the trauma therapist and peacemaking teacher — and now, the new executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee — the […]

Sanctuary rally: “These people are us.”

BY: - August 1, 2019

State Reps. Marisabel Cabrera and Jonathan Brostoff and state Sen. Chris Larson joined immigration activists and advocates outside Milwaukee City Hall on Tuesday to announce new pro-immigrant legislation. The Rally For Sanctuary In Wisconsin sent a clear message that participants stand united in opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies. “It was a good show of […]

Summer work program abused

BY: - July 31, 2019

A special visa program to bring short-term visitors to the U.S. has ballooned into “a source of cheap and exploitable labor,” says a new report — and Wisconsin ranks number three among states making use of that feature. The Summer Work Travel program, which enables foreign visitors to work during their stay in the U.S., […]

Sen. Darling blames Milwaukee

BY: - July 29, 2019

While Republicans organized in the legislature to make cuts to Milwaukee’s share of the state budget, Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) focused on child welfare. Darling stated during a Joint Finance Committee hearing that improving child care in Milwaukee “can’t happen at the state level.”  “We need to get the community to care about these […]

New bills ‘unlock the vote,’ end ‘prison gerrymandering’

BY: - July 25, 2019

Two bills introduced by three state legislators Wednesday aim to restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated Wisconsinites and end “prison gerrymandering.” Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) Rep. Jodi Emerson, (D-Eau Claire) and Rep. David Crowley  (D-Milwaukee), joined activists for ex-prisoners’ rights to announce their “Unlock The Vote” campaign. “Our democracy is based on the fundamental principle […]

10 presidential hopefuls stress civil rights bona fides at NAACP forum

BY: - July 25, 2019

DETROIT — Ten candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential field made their case as civil rights champions Wednesday, on the closing day of the national NAACP convention in Detroit. Each candidate, including nine of the 20-plus contending for the Democratic nomination and one Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, was questioned by White House correspondent […]

Ron Johnson: ‘I don’t agree’ with Trump’s tweet

BY: - July 22, 2019

In  an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh, said he didn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s latest attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color, but fell short of calling the president racist. When host Dana Bash first asked if Johnson agreed with the president’s Sunday morning […]

COMMENTARY

At rally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands her ground

BY: - July 22, 2019

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at President Trump on Thursday night, proclaiming in a speech in Silver Spring that she and other newly elected female lawmakers have no intention of stepping back from policy debates — or returning to the land of their ancestors. Speaking to a large, jubilant crowd of left-leaning activists in […]

Tour to protect immigrants, restore driver’s licenses

BY: - July 22, 2019

On a humid Saturday morning, with temperatures climbing into the 90s, about 100 community members gathered at the Centro Hispano community center in Madison for a bilingual teach-in on what to do in the event of an ICE raid, and to organize a statewide campaign to restore driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The two issues […]