Black History Month

Democrats call out ‘systemic racism’ by Assembly Republican leaders for punishing their free speech

BY: - June 10, 2021

Republicans in the Legislature generally shrug off accusations from Democrats that they are being callous to Wisconsinites by refusing to provide health care coverage or elitist by giving tax breaks to the wealthy while making it harder for low-income families to get food or child care.  But there’s one charge that generates a quick reaction: […]

Stacey Abrams speaks at TED Women 2018. On stage with large logo forTED talks

Will GOP leaders ‘allow’ Black legislators to honor Wisconsin native Stacey Abrams?

BY: - March 24, 2021

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) is seeking to have the Wisconsin Legislature honor Wisconsin native Stacey Abrams. A resolution Myers is currently circulating recognizes Abrams’ work as a politician in the Georgia House, as a lawyer and as a voting rights activist.  It is that later role — continuing the work that was begun with the […]

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Radio personality Rush Limbaugh reacts as First Lady Melania Trump gives him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump delivers his third State of the Union to the nation the night before the U.S. Senate is set to vote in his impeachment trial. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Senate puts the dysfunction of Wisconsin politics on parade

BY: - March 17, 2021

The Senate clerk read two resolutions back to back in their entirety during the floor session on Tuesday. The first one was a resolution to honor Black History Month that had been buried in a Senate committee because Republicans never allowed it to be voted on during the month of February. It honored several dozen […]

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the White House Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in honor of the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Is 2020 really over?

BY: - February 8, 2021

I’ve seen online jokes about how we are all just living in an extension of 2020. January started off so eventful that it just felt like it was December 37th instead of January of a new year when the Trump mob stormed the Capitol. Jokes aside, will 2021 be better than 2020? Now it’s February […]

Rep. Shelia Stubbs, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, leads a virtual 2021 celebration of Black History Month.

Legislative Black Caucus kicks off Black History Month

BY: - February 3, 2021

Wisconsin’s Legislative Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month with song, speeches, prayers and hopes for a better future in 2021. It opened a meeting Monday with caucus chair Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison), who became the first African American to represent Dane County in Wisconsin’s Legislature. “I broke 170 years of history,” Stubbs said during […]

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The Legislative Black Caucus hosts a Black History Month kick-off press conference with guests LG Mandela Barnes & Gov. Tony Evers

Black History Month revisited

BY: - February 19, 2020

During one of his frequent visits to Milwaukee, the late African-comedian Dick Gregory cracked a joke during a Black History Month ceremony:  “Y’all know they just had to give us the one month with all them messed up days, don’t you?” The joke, in front of a predominantly African-American audience, received the expected laughs and […]

Wisconsin Democratic reps gathered to honor Black History Month, including past and preset struggles for African American people. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Black History Month honors past and present African America struggles

BY: - February 4, 2020

The Wisconsin Black Caucus kicked off Black History Month in the Capitol with a combination of celebration and criticism, reminding African American people of the struggles generations  have endured since first being brought and sold in the New World. “For so long, black history has been a history of insularity,” said Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), […]