There is a lot happening at
the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you
stay in touch with your government. As your Senator I truly
believe in public service, so if there's anything my office can
do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.
Senator Lena Taylor
Wisconsin's 4th Senate
This week Senator Taylor
attended the Shorewood School Board Town Hall. The agenda of this
week’s meeting was to discuss student achievement results as well
as Superintendent Davis’s action agenda in place for meeting
benchmarks within the school district. These meetings serve as a
place for community members to voice their concerns with the school
board in regards to issues within the school district. Senator
Taylor is passionate about engaging with the community as well as
making sure every student has access to a quality education, one of
the many reasons she is a frequent attendee of so many school board
meetings within the Milwaukee area.
Spirit in the Capitol
Christmas cheer is in the air with the arrival of a
40 ft. tall balsam fir tree, which is now proudly displayed in the
Capital’s rotunda. Donated by the Miller family, this year’s capitol
Christmas tree made the journey from Plainfield, Wisconsin.
Elementary school students from across the state created ornaments
that reflected the theme “America’s Dairyland”
that celebrates the state’s dairy farmers and the farming industry.
There will be an official tree lighting ceremony on December 4th,
which will be fun for the whole family! This display of holiday spirt
and community involvement reminds us of the importance of giving back
This display of holiday spirit
and community involvement was happily donated and should be a
reminder to all that this time of year is for giving back to the community
and those around you. Milwaukee has amazing organizations and
opportunities for you and your family to volunteer or support. Some
of those organizations include:
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Family
To volunteer, please sign
up online or contact:
The Guest House
(Provides shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s
1216 N 13th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
(Shelter, educational and vocational counseling, addiction recovery
programs, biblical instruction, and life-skills training, childcare)
830 N. 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Senator Taylor’s communication staff participated in a
discussion held by UW-Madison’s Public Relations Student Society of
America (PRSSA). PRSSA invites speakers from a variety of communication
fields to speak at their bi-weekly meetings. They also offer networking
opportunities with professionals and their respective companies.
Students are provided a chance to develop PR and communication skills
through hands-on activities and build relationships with their peers
that are also interested in public relations, communication, journalism
or marketing. During the dialogue, students were able to hear about the
communications work and activity associated with a legislative office.
There are a number of employment opportunities that fit the interests
of these students in government. Senator Taylor was appreciative of the
opportunity for her office to be engaged and be of service as these
students chart their career paths.
City-County Heroin, Opioid,
and Cocaine Task Force Meeting
On Friday, Sen. Taylor attended and testified at the
Milwaukee City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force meeting.
With the large amount of opioid-related deaths in Milwaukee County, the
community spent much of 2017 providing input and information to the
task force at their many listening sessions over the past year.
Friday’s meeting was to present the committee’s final recommendations
to the community. Comprehensive in nature, their suggestions included
proposals that would empower parents, families and friends of those
struggling to deal with the addiction. Prevention, aftercare and
relapse programs were among ideas brought forward, as well as providing
overdose education for school age youth. Research was emphasized and
even incarceration time for drug offenses that reflect substance abuse
and misuse were discussed.
Senator Taylor discussed her Love and Faith
initiative, the need and use of community health workers, and a number
of programs that could provide substantial cost-savings to fund some of
the recommendations of the task force. The next phase will center around implementation and Sen. Taylor wants to work
to compliment the work of local government in her legislative
priorities at the state level.
This week, annually in November, marks a continued
effort to raise awareness and extol the benefits of Restorative Justice.
Specifically, Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that
emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best
accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing
stakeholders to meet. With an emphasis on accountability, offenders are
given a chance to understand the impact their crime(s) have had on
others to include the victim, the victim’s family and the community. It
is an opportunity for the victim or victim’s family members to be
heard. The approach is based on values and principles that include
inclusion, facilitated dialogue, truth, reparations, and humanity.
These practices can be used with adults and youth. When used properly
they can prevent or manage conflict or heal or address damaged
relationships. Restorative Justice is a different way of thinking about
how we respond to crime, but it is not a new thing. In fact, there have
been such programs in place in place in communities around the country
and world for more than 40 years.
Milwaukee has a number of great community partners that employ
Restorative Justice strategies. The most recent addition embraces a
youth court that would allow an advisory council comprised of youth and
teens, to deal with some municipal violations incurred by teens. The
teens that go through the process have a better chance of receiving
reduced warrants for unpaid citations. It is a way to keep youth out of
the pipeline to prison and benefits everyone involved. Data supports
that Restorative Justice practices reduce recidivism, increases safety,
costs less than traditional justice processes, and creates stronger
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the Red Kettle' Display
COUNTY - Ten local artists have been selected to transform 10 of The Salvation
Army's iconic red kettles this season!
Each artist has painted their kettle with a unique
design based on the theme: “Light of the World.” See the kettles here.
will be on display at the following locations throughout the county
400 N Water
St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
the Ward, Third Ward
Christkindl Market, 1111 Vel
R. Phillips Ave,
on the Red Carpet Gala, 900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Salvation Army, 8853 S Howell Ave,
in the kettles will support The Salvation Army's 2018 Red Kettle
Campaign. Red Kettle Campaign donations help more than 80 programs and
services in Milwaukee County, including the Feed the Kids summer meals
program, Toy Shop, the Back to School program, Coats for Kids,
Christmas Family Feast, multiple food pantries and the Emergency Lodge.
of a Village
November 30, 4:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.
Street, Greendale, WI 53129
For More Information Click
Cane Lane Holiday Light Display
23rd through December 26th
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
to 92nd Street
Avenue to Oklahoma Avenue
Information Click Here
Milwaukee Friendsgiving Shabbat Potluck
November 30, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Coventry Court, Glendale, WI 53217
Information Click Here
Craft Fair and Cookie Decorating
December 1, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Medical Center Summit
Dr., Summit, WI 53066
Information Click Here
Depot Menorah Workshop
December 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Information Click Here
of The Week
“If we expect
justice for ourselves, we must support it for others.”-Patrick