Civil Rights & Immigration

Black and Latino Round Table (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Black and Latino Roundtable focuses on immigration, incarceration reform

BY: - October 4, 2019

The negative fallout from decades of mass incarceration was a major topic of discussion during the second annual State of Wisconsin Black and Latino Caucus Roundtable held at the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 3. Eleven state representatives hosted the event, alongside two dozen participants from various criminal-justice and community-advocacy backgrounds. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. […]

Why are private prisons controversial?

BY: - October 2, 2019

Editor’s note: Private prisons have long stirred controversy, most recently over their role in housing undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Several states have banned them, several banks have vowed to stop financing them and more than one presidential candidate has pledged to end them at the federal level. John M. Eason, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has done […]

Kristine de la Cruz and her children (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Family left “haunted” after father was taken by ICE

BY: - September 30, 2019

Milwaukee’s City Hall was charged with raw emotion last week as community members packed in, shoulder-to-shoulder, to support a family whose loved one had been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Holding signs reading, “following orders is not an excuse,” “never again is now” and “close the camps, shut down ICE,” they demanded action […]

The de la Cruz family

Arrest video fuels outrage over Milwaukee Police helping ICE

BY: - September 26, 2019

The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has become embroiled in controversy after its officers were filmed assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the arrest of a local man. While getting ready to go to school outside their home, Jose Alejandro (Alex) de la Cruz-Espinosa was removed from his car and arrested as his wife […]

US/Mexico border wall stretches across the desert

Baldwin, Johnson split as Senate rebukes Trump on border wall

BY: - September 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted again on Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the southern U.S. border.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who said of Trump’s declaration in February, “We will rue the day when we let a president start taking money for one purpose, declaring an emergency and […]

ICE agent with back to camera

Is the Wauwatosa Police Department working with ICE?

BY: - September 24, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin recently discovered a partnership between the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But is Waukesha truly the only department cooperating with the federal immigration agency? The Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) may also have formed an alliance with the deportation force. Authorized for just […]

Rep. Debbie Dingell introducing the revamped Violence Against Women Act | Photo by Robin Bravender

U.S. Rep. Moore sponsors measure on intersection of misogyny, domestic violence and gun violence for VAWA anniversary

BY: - September 16, 2019

It’s been 25 years since Congress passed the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) but the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate still hasn’t reauthorized it. Marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark VAWA on Sept. 13, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) introduced a resolution recognizing the intersection between misogyny, violence against women and gun violence. She and […]

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Activists push Milwaukee PD to not work with ICE

BY: - September 7, 2019

Holding artwork and signs saying “Stop ICE,” and “Keep families together,” a diverse collective of teenagers, local activists and community leaders gathered at the Milwaukee City Hall on Thursday to send a clear message to Milwaukee city officials. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event, aided by the Jewish collective Never Again Is Now and […]

ICE agent with back to camera

Waukesha sheriff’s deal with ICE

BY: - September 5, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin has learned that the Waukesha County sheriff’s office is the state’s only police department to enter into an agreement  with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use local officers to enforce federal immigration law.  According to the ACLU, Sheriff Eric Severson renewed the agreement on July 1  […]

COMMENTARY
DRAKETOWN, GA Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

No nation filled with hate can be great

BY: - August 23, 2019

Hate is not only devastatingly traumatic to those on the receiving end, it’s destructive to those doing the hating. It’s like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. Still, hate is an undeniably powerful and seductive emotion. It incites people to action, even to violence. It is regularly put to use for political gain. […]

Neighbors shocked as Michael’s closes because of visa problem

BY: - August 23, 2019

The news that Michael’s Frozen Custard on Monroe Street in Madison will be closing after the owner’s husband was barred from returning to the United States stunned neighborhood residents. “That’s just been a gathering place for our neighborhood forever,” said Andrea Gunn, a teacher and mother of three who lives a few blocks from the […]

Neighbors shocked by Michael’s closure

BY: - August 22, 2019

The news that Michael’s Frozen Custard on Monroe Street in Madison will be closing after the owner’s husband was barred from returning to the United States stunned neighborhood residents. “That’s just been a gathering place for our neighborhood forever,” said Andrea Gunn, a high-school science teacher and mother of three who lives a few blocks […]