Civil Rights & Immigration


Trump’s troops in Portland and the march to martial law

BY: - July 24, 2020

President Trump’s use of federal officers to conduct law enforcement operations in Portland —and his threat to bring them to other U.S. cities, including Milwaukee — is just a taste of things to come. As he showed in Lafayette Square, Trump has no compunction about calling on federal forces to further his political ends. And […]

Justice Department sending federal agents to Milwaukee in crackdown on Democrat-run cities

BY: - July 23, 2020

Federal agents will be deployed to Milwaukee and several other midwestern cities run by Democrats in the coming weeks, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. The move is an escalation of occasionally violent federal intervention in cities that have seen large protests for racial justice.  Trump announced that as part of “Operation Legend” agents from the […]

Protesters gather for the listening session at Hart Park. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Listening session on race and equity in Tosa is mass catharsis for residents

BY: - July 23, 2020

Over four hours of catharsis followed the 6:30 p.m. kick-off of a public listening session on race and equity issues in Wauwatosa (Tosa), held on July 21. Hundreds of residents from Tosa, Milwaukee County and even from other areas of the state flowed into the football stadiums at Hart Park, chosen for the session to […]

A screen shot of Joseph Mensah's Go Fund Me page. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa Officer’s Go Fund Me shows large donations from local police organizations

BY: - July 22, 2020

A Go Fund Me page has been established by the brother of a Wauwatosa police officer at the center of recent protests by citizens demanding he be fired after shooting three young African American residents in five years. Established nearly a week ago, the page has raised more than $44,000 toward a goal of $50,000. […]

Working Wisconsin faces new challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - July 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic imposed significant new hardships on American workers — and it’s exposed just how much hardship many of them have been enduring for years. That’s a central conclusion of  a report published today, the 2020 edition of the State of Working Wisconsin. The report is published by COWS — formerly the Center on […]

Demonstrators and immigrants protesting with We Are Human sign

Trump orders that undocumented immigrants not be counted for apportionment after census

BY: - July 21, 2020

President Donald Trump issued an order on Tuesday to exclude undocumented immigrants from the U.S. population count for the purpose of determining representation in Congress. The U.S. Constitution requires a census of the “whole number of persons” residing in each state, language that replaced the clause that stated that enslaved people should be counted as […]

Protesters march on the second day of demonstrations. The Miller Park baseball stadium can be seen in the background. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

DOJ records request on protests denied due to “ongoing” investigations

BY: - July 20, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has denied the Wisconsin Examiner’s request for public records pertaining to police action against protesters in Milwaukee. The requests, made on June 26, were denied because the records “concern an investigation that is continuing at this time,” according to the DOJ’s July 15 letter in response. The Examiner first […]

Health workers kneel for Black Lives

Madison, Milwaukee groups join in observing Strike for Black Lives

BY: - July 20, 2020

Hospital workers knelt in silence in Madison and fast food workers walked out in Milwaukee as a coalition of unions and community activists marked the Strike for Black Lives across the country on Monday. Actions were planned in more than 25 cities, organizers said, with participants including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Amalgamated […]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, was the youngest and last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists who led the fight to end legalized segregation and overturn Jim Crow laws. He was arrested dozens of times and also beaten as a Freedom Rider. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Civil Rights hero John Lewis changed America making ‘good trouble’

BY: - July 18, 2020

Civil Rights icon and longtime Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who advocated for change through nonviolence, died late Friday night at the age of 80. The Atlanta Democrat was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in late December. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed his death, saying the country had lost “one of the greatest heroes of […]

Protesters gather at Wauwatosa's City Hall. They called for the firing of Officer Joseph Mensah, but also for the implementation of body cameras at the police department. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Tosa officer’s suspension is just one chapter in an ongoing saga

BY: - July 17, 2020

By order of the Wauwatosa (Tosa) Police and Fire Commission (PFC), Officer Joseph Mensah has been placed on administrative suspension with pay. For the three families of those who died in police shootings involving Mensah, the move represents a big step forward. Still, the pressure continues to mount from the near daily protests and demonstrations […]

Rep. Greta Neubauer speaks at a 2019 Pride Festival event. (Photo courtesy of Neubauer.)

Wisconsin: “An important player in the history of LGBTQ political power”

BY: - July 17, 2020

There has been a 21% increase in openly LGBTQ elected officials nationwide over the past year, according to the LGBTQ Victory Institute’s Out for America 2020 digital report, an annual ‘census’ which was released Thursday.  The large increase comes at a time when there are 880 openly LGBTQ people running for office in 2020 — […]

A Honduran child plays at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center after recently crossing the U.S., Mexico border with his father on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Border officials did not follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, government investigators find

BY: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not consistently followed new guidelines for medical care of migrant children and spent some of the agency’s money designated for “medical care” on unrelated items like printers, speakers and its canine program, according to a new federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent congressional watchdog, found gaps […]