Civil Rights & Immigration

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 […]

Migrant children at Homestead

Rep. Pocan calls for oversight of private Florida detention center 

BY: - July 17, 2019

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan held a press call to report on his recent trip to the Homestead Influx Facility in Miami, Florida — a temporary shelter for migrant children run by the private prison operator Caliburn International.  Pocan, a Democrat who represents Wisconsin’s 2nd District, sits on the House Committee on Appropriations. He […]

Milwaukee’s high homicide rates rooted in segregation

BY: - July 16, 2019

A recent report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel draws an explicit link between the city’s homicide rates and its historic segregation. It’s part of a larger pattern that criminologists have been aware of for years, a leading Wisconsin criminologist tells the Wisconsin Examiner — and one that demands a deeper conversation over social structure that […]