From the Office of Representative Jonathan Brostoff

January

Dear Neighbors,

As move from January into February, it's motivating to see the days getting longer, the evenings getting lighter, and first signs of Spring arriving! Come and join me for office hours this month at Dryhootch, located at 1030 E. Brady St., on Monday, February 20th, 8:00 a.m.

Senator Larson and I are introducing a resolution that denounces racism and hate speech and this morning we spoke at a press conference with some amazing community members to bring awareness to this ever critical issue. There is a link to the video in this month's In the News section as well as a brief summary below.

There is currently an attack on government regulated licensing and despite its clear threat to consumer protection and professional integrity many legislators are listening to the money instead of the people. In this e-news issue, I will discuss the issue and why it is so critical we fight this.

This month we recognized the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Politicians are still trying to take control of women's healthcare so despite this battle being won many decades ago, we must continue to fight. In honor of the landmark Roe v. Wade case, and the women who should be trusted to make their healthcare choices with their doctors, we will discuss this issue as well.

February's featured Business, Nonprofit, and Neighbor are the Avalon Theater, Teens Grow Greens, and Wendell Willis.

This e-newsletter also includes our regular In the News section; a brief list of upcoming community events; and this month’s highlighted adoptable pets available from the Wisconsin Humane Society-Milwaukee Campus and MADACC. Check them out!

If you have suggestions for next month's event calendar, featured neighbor, nonprofit, or business, or would like to be added to my e-news list, please email me at Rep.Brostoff@legis.wi.gov.

I am also always available to respond to your inquiries and communications when you contact me in my office — at (608) 266-0650 or Rep.Brostoff@legis.wi.gov. Also, you can keep up-to-date with ongoing information and developments by following me on Twitter and Facebook and by visiting my website.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

In service,

Jonathan Brostoff
State Representative
19th Assembly District

      


Islamophobia


Friends - Today I was honored to stand with many great leaders together, united in humanity. Senator Chris Larson and I introduced a joint resolution denouncing Islamophobia and hate. Inclusiveness and acceptance are Wisconsin values, and American values.

Although this is a resolution Senator Larson and I started working on over 6 months ago (well before we knew who would be president), we saw from the angry and hateful rhetoric ramping up that we needed to get to work on it. Sadly it seems more needed now than it did back then.

Today we were joined by friends from the ISM Milwaukee, Voces de la Frontera, ACLU of Wisconsin, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, Jewish Community Relations Council - Milwaukee, Grass Roots at South Shore, students from MATC, AFT 212, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition, Veterans for Peace Milwaukee Chapter 102, Young Elected Officials Network, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Representative Christine Sinicki, State Rep. David Bowen, School Board Director Larry Miller, Supervisor Jason Haas, Former Council President Willie Hines, and the hundreds of people who turned out and stood with us today.

Thank you again to everyone who joined us.

Even though we have different roots, we have different stories, and different faiths, we are all one and today, that solidarity resounded throughout the walls of the Milwaukee City Hall and hopefully that energy will continue into the Capitol and across the nation.

WE ARE ONE!

 


Licensing

Many professions in Wisconsin have a government regulated licensing process to ensure safety, the competency of professionals, and their ability to meet defined standards. Occupational licensing in Wisconsin began in the late 19th century, as consumers began to demand protection against profit-driven corporations. Today, it is under attack by the very corporations which it seeks to regulate.

These attacks on licensing are led by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). In their 2016 report, “Fencing Out Opportunity," the group targeted a massive coalition of professional services ranging from dentists to social workers. As a representative for the people, I will continue to stand with you in this fight against corporate influence. However, these attacks pose an even greater problem for the deaf and hard of hearing community, in which qualified interpreters are a necessity.

In their 2016 report, WILL singled out licensing in the interpreting profession, describing licensing for interpreters as something with “little public health or safety value." Unfortunately, licensed sign language interpreters are essential to only a marginalized and vulnerable community, and for that reason it has become a very easy target.

The influence of WILL poses a threat to both professional services and democracy. This group has proven that organizations that are empowered and motivated by money and will sacrifice equity for private interests. In a time of unprecedented corporate influence, it is more necessary than ever to demand transparency in our politics, fight for the protection of marginalized groups, and ultimately continue to hold our political system accountable. Defending deaf and hard of hearing rights through the protection of interpreter licensing is one step we can all take to fight for this cause.


A Review on Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade was a 7-2 decision by the United States Supreme Court in 1973. Yet, still today, Roe v. Wade is under constant attack by politicians who have no medical education or background, do not know the women their attacks impact, and who simultaneously slash funding to the very programming that provides sexual education and contraception.

The United States Constitution guarantees that we all have the right to a “zone of privacy,” and rulings made prior to Roe v. Wade had determined marriage, contraception, and child rearing choices fell within this zone. It was therefore determined that the freedom to choose her herself whether or not to access to comprehensive women’s health care services was a Constitutionally protected choice each woman would get to make for herself.

While the current-day Supreme Court would be hard pressed to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, state legislatures passed TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion provider) laws that make access to abortion clinics near impossible.

Here in Wisconsin, Repubs have worked to restrict women from exercising their constitutional rights by implementing unnecessary hoops to jump through. Such obstacles include:
• A 24 hour waiting period
• Mandated in-person state-directed counseling, before the waiting period can start
• A required ultrasound which the provider must show and describe to the patient

When these TRAP laws make obtaining access to the full scope of women's healthcare more difficult, women who are financially disadvantaged suffer the most. The women of Wisconsin deserve equal liberty in their choices regarding if and when they will have a family. By protecting reproductive rights, we ensure a future that supports women and men equally in their aspirations.

 


Representative Brostoff in the News


Press Conference on Islamophobia:

         WisPolitics and Facebook Live

To Governor Scott Walker: “Why You Lyin’?”:

          Press Release

Calling for Sheriff Clarke to Resign or be Removed:

          Press Release

          Media Coverage at Fox6Now, CBS58, WUWM, Patch

Dismantling Department of Natural Resources

          Press Release

Pot Decrim Bill

          Press Release

Hoan Bridge 

          Press Release

          Media Coverage at Journal Times

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

          Press Release


To keep up with the latest news, click here.


Local Business of the Month: Avalon Movie Theatre

The Avalon Movie Theatre is the perfect place to retreat and relax while enjoying the latest flick. Unlike other theatres, Avalon's full menu has snacks and meals that are sure to satisfy.

The Avalon Movie Theatre is located on Kinnickinnic Ave in Milwaukee, just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Bay. It's full-service waiting staff will tend to you at your seat while you enjoy a movie. Applauded for not only their movies but their customer service as well. Avalon Movie Theatre is prime entertainment for any age.

For more information on Avalon Movie Theatre, click here.


Nonprofit of the Month:
Teens Grow Greens

Connecting to nature is a way for improve not only the environment as well as oneself. Teens Grow Greens, founded by Charlie Uihlein, builds on this notion to help Milwaukee teens build a healthy lifestyle while improving their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

With an overwhelming amount of support and donations during their Kickstarter fundraiser in 2015, Teens Grow Greens was able to hire twelve interns who will graduate with leadership and real life experience, a resume, and a savings account. The group also has four dedicated staff members who are as passionate about the environment as they are in aiding the interns in their personal and professional growth.

Milwaukee is fortunate to have caring people such as Charlie Uihlein who work each day for organizations like this one. Teens Grow Greens is a great way for students to get involved in their community while mixing education and work. I want to sincerely thank them for all that they do.

For more information on Teens Grow Greens or to apply for an internship, click here. To donate, click here.


Neighbor of the Month:
Wendell Willis

Wendell Willis is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Milwaukee Public Schools, a volunteer on the board of directors for Community Cares Inc., and a committee member for the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Wendell has been a dynamic force behind the school district by bringing together business leadership and the community. He also has proven his leadership in many different roles, including an ongoing relationship with FC Wisconsin, a true passion of his.

Wendell Willis is a strong advocate for how our Milwaukee public schools are and should be running. We are lucky to have such a great neighbor in our community.

Thank you, Wendell, for everything you do!



 


Upcoming Events

Every Saturday St Ann Center Indoor Market Featuring fresh, organic produce and meats, preserves, original handcrafts, soaps and decor, handmade jewelry, tasty baked goods and more.
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Every Wednesday Open Mic Night at Comedy Cafe!

Come have some fun and test out your jokes.
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Every Tuesday SIN-G Night Karaoke Try your luck at singing. Free unicorn rides for all karaoke superstars!
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Every Sunday Sound Travels Live Enjoy world music with 88nine’s DJ Marcus Doucette & guest DJs!
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Tuesdays-Thursdays Italian Aperitivo Cozy hideaway to enjoy Italian appetizers.
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Every Saturday The Brewmaster's Toast Toast the crowd and tap a keg.
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Feb. 2nd-4th

The Lion in Winter Performed by the Alchemist Theater: a fictionalized comedy dating back to 1183 with King Henry II, legendary King of England.
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Feb. 4th Milwaukee's Monthly Family Magic Show Every month is a different family-friendly show!
Admission $5.
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Feb. 3rd Milwaukee Gospel A celebration of Milwaukee's best gospel groups.
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Feb. 2nd-5th Disney on Ice Experience the greatness of Disney-but on ice!
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Feb. 4th Milwaukee Afternoon Fairytale Ball A day for children to interact with their favorite princesses!
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Feb. 10th-12th Florentine Opera An early Valentine's Day gift in the most romantic way through Opera.
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Feb. 11th Earthquake, Aries Spears, & Lil Duval A night of comedy.
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Feb. 11th Milwaukee Comic Con More vendors and more artists to thoroughly enjoy the world of comics and anime.
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Feb. 11th Valentine Making Party Children will have the opportunity to make their own styles of Valentines for their loved ones.
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Feb. 12th Impractical Jokers Everyone's favorite TV jokesters coming to you live.
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Feb. 12th-14th Romance Espanol This revue is sure to warm the hearts of music lovers with the beauty of opera’s most beloved arias and songs inspired by Latin music and culture.
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Feb. 14th Valentine Cookie Decorating Cookies, frosting, and sprinkles will all be supplied for decorating!    Admission: $5
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Feb. 14th-28th Music Exploration: Toddlers This class explores musical concepts and activities appropriate for one-year olds.
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Feb. 16th Ben Folds Enjoy a night with pop pianist Ben Folds.
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Feb. 20th Maroon 5 with Tove Lo and Phases Rock out with the one and only Maroon 5.
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Feb.23rd-26th Tripoli Shrine Circus Good old fashioned circus comes back into town.
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Free Admission Days

Milwaukee Art Museum
1st Friday of each month
700 N. Art Museum Drive

Milwaukee Public Museum
1st Thursday of each month
800 W. Wells St.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum
3rd Thursday of each month 5pm-8
929 E. Wisconsin St.

Mitchell Park Domes
Mondays 9am-12pm
524 S. Layton Blvd.


Adoptable Pets

Argus is a three-year-old orange and white tiger mix from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. He is an adorable and playful cat who is looking for a lovely home.

Argus is up to date on all vaccines, neutered, and has a microchip.

For more information about Argus, please click here.


Cuba is a true gentleman with great manners and a heart of gold. This 3-year-old pup has become a staff favorite at the Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus, but still hasn’t found his perfect match; he’s become a benchwarmer.

To get him back in the game and into a loving home, the Humane Society has reduced his adoption fee to just $25 and want to spread the word about this fantastic boy far and wide. If you know anyone looking for a loyal, affectionate best friend, please pass along Cuba’s information today!

 

For more information about Cuba, please click here.

 

 

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