Civil Rights & Immigration

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (Screenshot from his statement on 8/24/20 regarding Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back by Kenosha police on Sunday.)

Stalemate looms large around state action on racial justice and policing

BY: - August 24, 2020

Saying that we must “rise to this moment,” Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Legislature in for a special session next week to take up legislation tied to racial injustice and policing reforms from a package of bills he worked on with the Black Legislative Caucus and unveiled over two months ago. “These are common […]

Vos responds to Kenosha police shooting by forming task force

BY: - August 24, 2020

In the wake of the police shooting in Kenosha, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced he will be forming a task force on racial disparities.  The Republicans who control both the Assembly and the Senate have said they would not come back into session until November at the earliest, after the election, and likely hold […]

Kenosha protests 8/24/20 Photo credit: Bethany Bosseau

State taking lead on investigating police shooting in Kenosha

BY: - August 24, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced early on Monday that its Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will take the lead on investigating the police shooting in Kenosha of a Black man shot in the back multiple times. The shooting, and a bystander video, went viral on Sunday evening.  Riots erupted in Kenosha, a curfew […]

Protesters, activists, and residents gather to march on the DNC in Milwaukee Wisconsin, August 20th. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee’s DNC attracted wide array of activists and demonstrations

BY: - August 24, 2020

Although the Democratic National Convention (DNC) became a scaled down event with mostly virtual presentations, groups of protesters nevertheless made their presence and causes known. During both the day and nighttime hours, activists and organizers from a wide range of groups held marches, rallies, and demonstrations, hoping to grab the attention of the Democratic Party. […]

Close-Up of rainbow flag with crowd In background during LGBT Pride Parade. Getty Images.

Wisconsin pride showcased at ‘the gayest political convention in history’

BY: - August 20, 2020

The LGBTQ Caucus meeting at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday was a clear celebration of Wisconsin. Naturally, the first speaker was Sen. Tammy Baldwin and the second up was Rep. Mark Pocan. It didn’t stop there. The third speaker was the secretary of the DNC Jason Rae — also a Wisconsinite. “You may notice a […]

Protesters gather for the march on the Trump Rally in Oskhosk, August 2020 (Photo courtesy of Voces de la Frontera Action)

Trump campaign gives activists a taste of what’s at stake in the election

BY: - August 20, 2020

“We should be moving towards progress, and now it just seems that we kind of went backwards,” Idalia Cervantes, a regional organizer with Voces de la Frontera Action, a branch of the immigrant and Latinx advocacy group Voces de la Frontera, told Wisconsin Examiner. November is approaching, and the group has continued to shape and […]

Gov. Tony Evers and Kathy Evers signing executive order creating committee for 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

100 years of women voting, yet the battle is still not over

BY: - August 19, 2020

One hundred years ago Tuesday, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. Some women, that is. Wisconsin has bragging rights as the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment on June 10, 1919. While it is a day to celebrate women’s suffrage, it is important […]

Wauwatosa officers confront protesters in the days after the incident at Mensah's house. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The scene as a protester is arrested in Wauwatosa

BY: - August 18, 2020

On Aug. 14, the Wauwatosa police made one of their first arrests of a Black Lives Matter protester after weeks of sustained protests in the Milwaukee County suburb. Protesters had started in Milwaukee, and marched down Wells Street to cross into Wauwatosa. Police confronted the marchers as they reached the city limits. On Aetna St. […]

A drone, likely operated by police based on its complexity on the first day of demonstrations in Milwaukee. (Wisconsin Examiner | Isiah Holmes)

A look at the DNC’s “security footprint” and plans for the days ahead

BY: - August 18, 2020

Opening day for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was supposed to be a huge opportunity for Milwaukee. Thousands of people were expected to stream into Wisconsin’s largest city for events spanning four days. The economic boost Milwaukee would have received would have been unrivaled. But then COVID-19 happened, and the format of the DNC had […]

Kimberly Motley, one of the lawyers representing the families of those Officer Joseph Mensah has killed, confonts the numerous officers clad in riot gear in Wauwatosa the evening of August 14th, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD escalates tactics against protesters following incident at officer’s home

BY: - August 17, 2020

Despite escalating tactics to restrain protesters, the suburban City of Wauwatosa has become the epicenter of Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter movement. Following a confrontation with protesters at the home of Officer Joseph Mensah, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) pledged to take the gloves off. The threats of arrest and surveillance, however, haven’t deterred The People’s […]

Shawano County Courthouse

Shawano County: ‘The Land the Constitution Forgot’

BY: - August 13, 2020

There’s a saying in Shawano County, usually attributed to the county’s former district attorney, that if you come on vacation, you’ll leave on probation.  Decades of law and order prosecutors and a historically punitive culture have created a court system that mistreats outsiders, locals, Native Americans from the neighboring Menominee Reservation, defendants and victims. At […]

Books written by Rev. Barber and others were available at the Summit On Poverty (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

New report examines the power of poor and low-income voters

BY: - August 13, 2020

America’s poor, over 140 million strong, have the power to shift the direction of this country. That’s according to a report compiled by the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC), examining how trends in American poverty translate to votes in the ballot box. The report’s title is a call to action “Unleashing the power of poor and […]