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Official Government Communication

Week of July 9th - July 14th

Dear Friend,

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. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,

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Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

 

Community Policing

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/policing-F.jpgMonday morning, I visited a Milwaukee Police District to discuss community policing with local law enforcement. Community policing emphasizes proactive crime prevention and problem solving over reactive measures. In practice, the system usually allocates police officers to particular neighborhoods so that they become familiar with residents and vice versa. Officers and citizens get to know one another through learning one another's names, participating in community events together, and increased foot patrols.

A leaked U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) draft report found that although MPD has said it has engaged in community policing for years, there was not a department-wide strategy, many officers didn't understand what the concept was, and MPD didn't evaluate officers on problem-solving or interactions with residents. In addition, around the country the positive effects of a well-defined community policing initiative have been credited with curbing crime, increasing collaboration and improving safety.

 

Call Center for School Change

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/CSC-F.jpgThis week, my office joined a call with representatives from the Center for School Change, education professionals, and elected officials from around the country, to discuss how to build support for chartering public schools. A number of education reform groups are looking at what can be done to increase student achievement and graduation rates. This call was an opportunity to learn what others are doing to address these challenges. It was also an opportunity to understand the concerns often associated with charter public schools such as accountability, transparency, and inequitable funding.

In Wisconsin, charter schools are given freedom from many state rules in exchange for greater accountability for results. Their main principles are innovation and parental choice. They sometimes function as experiments where trial-and-error methods are used to determine what style of education is most successful. Based on positive results, those methods can influence public schools. I look forward to continued opportunities to engage on this topic so we do all that we can do to improve our education system.

 

Talking Millenials!

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/WNOV-F.jpgTuesday morning, I had the pleasure of talking to Jermaine Reed on "The Rise and Shine Morning Show" on WNOV radio. WNOV has been a part of Milwaukee for more than 40 years. They give a voice to the urban community and often focus on issues that are ignored by the mainstream media. I always love talking with station's talk show hosts because they are so engaging and passionate, like my Chief of Staff, Michelle Bryant!

I spoke with Jermaine Reed about voting efforts and how important it is for people to head to the polls for the upcoming mid-term elections. We discussed voting demographics and especially the importance of millennials in our electorate. Millennials cast over twice as many votes in 2016 than they did in 2008 and the population of voting-age millennials continues to grow. I can't emphasize the importance of young people using their voices enough! I encourage you to cast your vote in every election, but especially this November!

 

Milwaukee Housing Authority Annual Meeting

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/HACM-F.jpgOn Wednesday, my office attended the 2018 annual meeting of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM). Since its founding in 1944, HACM has positively impacted the Milwaukee community through their affordable housing and initiatives aimed at increasing their residents' self-sufficiency. The company has long centered themselves on a mission to foster strong, resilient, and inclusive communities by providing a continuum of high-quality housing options, and through striving to accomplish this goal, HACM has changed a countless number of lives.

It is so comforting to know that my low-income constituents have the HACM as a resource to rely on for housing help. The assurance of having stable housing is key in creating a foundation for a person to build their success upon, and the HACM's work is helping to ensure that more Milwaukee  residents have enough stability to lead successful lives. I'm so grateful for the work that they do and I'm appreciative of the conversations had at the 2018 annual meeting.

 

FLAC Press Conference

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/FLAC-F.jpgOn Thursday, I attended a press conference held by The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC). The organization released documents that it says prove city leaders have known about the dangers posed to residents by lead service lines longer than they are admitting. FLAC has been out front in the push to develop a real plan to address the number of Wisconsin homes that have lead lateral pipes carrying water into their faucets. Older housing stock around the state, houses built before 1950, need these laterals replaced. Milwaukee stopped using lead on their portion of the laterals in 1951. However, private contractors continued to use them through the early 1960s.

 As a result of the newly acquired documents, FLAC has called for a review of the matter. City leaders have talked about subpoenas to compel the testimony of everyone from the Mayor and his administrative team, to former employees possibly connected to the lead lateral problems. I will continue to follow these developments and work to find a solution to ensure safe drinking water for the nearly 77,000 homes impacted no only in Milwaukee, but around the state. 

 

WSPF and Prairie Du Chien Correctional Institution Visits

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My office receives, on average, 30 letters a week from incarcerated residents expressing serious concerns about treatment and the lack of court-ordered or required programming needed for their release. All the while, many facilities are understaffed and overworked. I want to build off of the work we've started in the juvenile corrections system to show the positive effect we can have on our communities when we actually use best-practices. Visiting our corrections institutions is a humbling reminder of the work we still have to do.

New SCOTUS Decision

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/scotus-F.jpgOn Tuesday, President Trump made his Supreme Court nomination following Justice Kennedy's surprising retirement. As the long standing swing vote, Justice Kennedy's departure brings many questions about which direction the country's top court will go in the coming years. Mr. Kavanaugh's record on the bench shows a history of ruling in favor of big business and expansion of presidential authority, as well as voting against environmental regulations and net neutrality.

Perhaps most troubling about Mr. Kavanaugh's past are his statements that a sitting president should not have to answer questions in a  criminal case or face the possibility of indictment. In such trying times, it is important to remember the principles this country was founded on. In America, no man is above the law and those in the highest levels of power should be held to the highest standard.

 

National Night Out Planning is Underway

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/NNO-FFFF.jpgI am excited to announce that planning for the 2018 National Night Out is underway! National Night Out is a nationwide community-building campaign that fosters relationships amongst neighbors and promotes police-community partnerships. Since its founding over 30 years ago, the event has grown to become a meaningful evening that thousands of communities from across the world take part in. It is about coming out of our home to have fun and build relationships with each other. It is one of my favorite nights of the year.

This year, the event will take place on August 7th from 4pm-9pm in Lincoln Park. Free swimming, games, face painting, awards, and a raffle are just a few of the activities we have planned so far. Join me, other district elected officials, police officers, firefighters, and community organizations for a night filled with fun and community relation-building. This is a huge event and we always have a great group of people request volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact my office at (608) 266-5810. In the meantime, we will keep you posted on event updates and we hope to see you all there!

Intern Spotlight: Kelsey Mjaanes

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/071318%20e-update/Intern-FF.jpgKelsey Mjaanes is a communications intern working in Senator Taylor’s Madison office. Kelsey is a rising senior graduating in May 2019 with a double major in journalism and Spanish. Kelsey’s experience as a journalism major is what made her want to pursue a communications internship with Senator Taylor. Though Kelsey doesn’t necessarily plan on having a career in politics, she felt working for Senator Taylor would give her a unique insight into the operations of a public office.

Outside of the office Kelsey is a member of Alpha Phi sorority and works for a local Madison law firm. This year Kelsey plans on taking the LSAT and preparing for post-graduate life. After graduation she plans on taking a gap year to work at a law firm in Chicago and gain experience in the field before attending law school. Eventually Kelsey would like to practice immigration law, an issue which she has had the opportunity to learn more about in this office.

We appreciate all the hard work Kelsey has brought to the Madison office and cannot wait to see what new ideas she’ll bring going forward!

 

Community Action Alerts

Free Friday Night Concerts

I encourage you all to take advantage of the free Friday night concert series hosted by Arts @ Large. All concerts will be located at the corner of 3rd and Walker Streets in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.

Below are the dates and performers of each show:

  • July 13 Carlos Adames – Jazz
  • July 20 Abraxis – Santana Tribute Band
  • July 27 Pangea – World Music
  • Aug 3 Mitch Shiner – Latin Vibes
  • Aug 10 Tritonics – Rock Steady Reggae
  • Aug 17 LaChazz – Latin Jazz
  • Aug 24 Sindoola – African Dance Music
  • Sept 7 Listening Party – Bluegrass/Americana
  • Sept 14 Command Performance – Big Band

For more information check out Art @ Large's website. Enjoy!

Rhythm & Blooms Free Summer Concerts

Don't miss out on another free summer concert series hosted by the Havenwood Economic Development Corps!

When: Every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd)

Where: Green Tree Community Garden- 6767 N. 60th St, Milwaukee.

Visit their Eventbrite for an updated list of performers.

Milwaukee Job Fair

Visit the Milwaukee Job Fair for many new career opportunities! Visit their site to learn more.

Friday, July 27th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Green Tree Community Garden
6767 N. 60th St. Milwaukee, WI 53223

Work Continues Along Milwaukee's Valley Bridge

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on continuing work on Milwaukee's Valley Bridge

On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will begin the next phase of the Valley Bridge overlay project in the city of Milwaukee. This phase will shift southbound I-43 traffic allowing for the 11th Street / Wisconsin Avenue on-ramp to I-43 south to reopen.

 As the project advances, access to certain system ramps will continue to become available. Please note that these closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

 Current long-term ramp closures:

  • I-94 East to I-43 South                                                                                            (Until Late July)
  • Mineral Street/National Avenue On-Ramp to I-43 North                                          (Until Late August)

The primary detour route for navigating interchange access continues to be the I-794 Hoan Bridge. For more information on closures and detour routes, visit 511 Wisconsin or visit their website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heal the Hood Block Party

 

Saturday, July 14th

12:00 - 6:00pm

 

 10th & 11th and W. Center Streets

 

For More Info

 

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Bastille Days

 

Thursday, July 12- Sunday, July 15

11:00 am

 

Cathedral Square Park

825 N. Jefferson St.

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

For More Info

 

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World Cup Viewing

 

Saturday, July 14th

11:00 am

 

Bradford Beach

2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

For More Info

 

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Eastside Milwaukee Garden Tour

 

Sunday, July 15th

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Urban Ecology Tour

1500 E. Park Pl.

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

For More Info

 

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Piala's Family Fun Festival

 

Sunday, July 15th

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

 

Piala's Nursery & Garden

S39 W27833 Genesee Rd.

Waukesha, WI 53188

 

For More Info

 

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Musical Mondays

Monday, July 16th
6:30 pm

Lake Park

3233 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Milwaukee, WI 53211

For More Info

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Skyline Music

 

Tuesday, July 17th

5:30 pm

 

Kadish Park

750 E. North Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53212

 

For More Info

 

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Pancake Eating Contest

Wednesday, July 18th
5:00 pm

Waukesha County Fair
1000 Northview Rd.  Waukesha, WI 53188

 

For More Info

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 South Milwaukee Downtown Market

Thursday, July 19th
3:00 - 7:00 pm

Downtown Market Square
11th Ave. between Milwaukee and Madison  

For More Info

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Milwaukee Job Fair

Friday, July 27th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Green Tree Community Garden
6767 N. 60th St. Milwaukee, WI 53223 

For More Info

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 Quote of the Week:

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

- Victor Hugo

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608-266-5810

 

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