From the Office of Representative Jonathan Brostoff

December

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you all had a happy holiday season and I wish you all the best as we head into the new year!  

As we prepare for the 2017-18 Session here in Madison, I would like to pause for a moment to reflect on the past year in and out of the Capitol. I will discuss my thoughts on 2016 as well as the upcoming session below.

Additionally, I would like to invite you to join me for office hours this month at Sven's European Cafe at 2699 S. Kinnickinnick Ave., Bay View, WI 53207. This coming month office hours will occur on Friday, January 27th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

December's featured Business, Nonprofit, and Neighbor are the Hudson, the Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Inc., and Chris Thiel.

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. There is a new addition as well - you will find this month's State Reppin' episodes beneath the "In the News" section. 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

      


2016 in Review

Many of us are counting down the seconds until January 1st so that we can put this year behind us and start fresh. After all, the past year has hardly been one worthy of celebration; largely defined by grievance, conflict, and division. In times like these, we all have a fundamental responsibility to try to heal the wounds of our neighbors and bridge the divide between ourselves and our friends. I, along with the rest of the Wisconsin State Legislature, must assume this responsibility to the greatest degree possible. Unfortunately, when I reflect on these last 365 days, I must confront what has been a sluggish and disappointing lack of progress in our state.

Perhaps the most pressing of this year’s struggles has been those relating to racial equality. The Sherman Park protests drew national attention in August, but the narrative told in the media was often an incomplete story. Milwaukee has been criticized time and again for its unacceptable treatment of people of color. African Americans, accounting for over 40% of the city’s composition, are more likely to be unemployed, incarcerated, and living in poverty. These disparities are only a few among many as people of color in Milwaukee continue to be marginalized by the policies and practices which are working against them.

The most prominent instrument of oppression in our state is the criminal justice system. It is also an area through which my colleagues and I have rigorously attempted to enact change. In September, I released a statement calling for action after the tragic death of Terrill Thomas. The 38-year old man, suffering from mental illness, died in the Milwaukee County Jail after being deprived of both water and medical attention for several days. Terrill’s heartbreaking fate was not an isolated incident. Other cases have come to light recently revealing negligence and apathy toward inmates in Milwaukee County Jail, so my colleagues and I released another statement calling for Sheriff Clark to resign or be removed. There is still a very long way to go in this fight, and I won't back down.

Despite the discouraging elements, this year we have had some successes too. There was a proposal to privatize the water and sewerage system in Milwaukee. My Democratic colleagues and I fought back vigorously. In the wake of the Flint water crisis, how could it even be considered? To sell off our critical resources from public control so that they would become something that a business could cut corners on for profit would be comical if it wasn't so dangerous. Thankfully this idea was dropped quickly and, at least for now, our water supply remains as it should be - ours.

I was privileged to serve the community on the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia which wrapped up this year. We traveled around the state to hear from community members and used their feedback and ideas to develop focused legislation that would help ensure that our aging loved ones, and ourselves as we age, are afforded more safety and dignity. Unfortunately, most of this legislation did not pass the Republican-controlled legislature despite the majority of the Task Force members being of that party. Three bills did pass, however, and were signed into law. One was relating to funding caregiver respite, another funded mobile crisis unit training, and the third was for the development of a pilot program to ensure that individuals with dementia who are experiencing a crisis are placed in an appropriate setting.

This past April, I had the honor of meeting with several of my constituents as well as individuals from across the state as they came to address their legislators and discuss their legislative concerns for the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (WAD) Lobby Day. I was proud to have been able to help plan and facilitate the first occurrence of what will now be an annual event, and I am looking forward to this year's Second Annual WAD Lobby Day! The needs of our deaf and hard of hearing neighbors are often underserved, and it is critical that my colleagues and I take the time to hear their needs. For more information, please click here.

I am preparing to circulate several pieces on legislation this session including my Mental Wealth Package, with legislation barring the use of solitary confinement for those with severe mental illnesses; and a legislation package regarding deaf and hard of hearing rights and quality of life, with changes to the licensure structure for interpreters. Among the many other issues I will address are women's health, particularly to unmask and restrict fake "medical clinics;" domestic violence, supporting programs to aid victims; and criminal justice reform, especially the decriminalization of marijuana.

We also have some great new faces joining the State Assembly this year, and I look forward to welcoming them all on Tuesday, January 3rd for Inauguration and working with them for the next two years.

I am optimistic that this year will be positive, and I hope you are too!


Representative Brostoff in the News


Hoan Bridge Safety:

Letter to DOT

Media Coverage at Fox6Now, Journal Times, WISN, and CBS 58


Calling for Sheriff Clarke to Resign or be Removed:

Press Release

Media Coverage at Fox6Now, WUWM here and here, TMJ4, Patch.com, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Radio Network, WISN, CBS 58, WSAU, and Law Enforcement Today


Milwaukee-Based Youth Corrections:

Press Release

Media coverage at Northwoods Radio


"Sleeping in Parks" Legislation:

Press Release

Media coverage at Wisconsin Gazette


To keep up with the latest news, click here.
 


State Reppin'

State Representative David Bowen (Assembly District 10) and I go deep every Tuesday evening (moving to Mondays this January) on Riverwest Radio covering a variety of topics affecting our community. This month's episodes are linked below.

Airdate

Title/Link

12/27/16

Review show with That's what She Said

12/20/16

Marshmallows are for S'mores, not Sheriffs!

12/06/16

DB in DC and JB with DG2

11/29/16

Justice Not Gerrymandering!



Hudson
Local Business of the Month:
The Hudson

The Hudson offers work spaces, offices, conference rooms, boardrooms, event spaces, and catering. It also offers a full cafe with coffee, deli, wine and beer, appetizers, and more.

Hudson is conveniently located in the downtown Third Ward and beautifully located near the river. Everyone is welcome to join as a member with memberships starting at just $89 per month. Those who are not members can contact Hudson for information on hosting events there.

For more information on Hudson, click here.


Nonprofit of the Month:
Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Inc.

Founded by Michele Wink and Cyrus Behroozi, the Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Inc. (MCCY) has been serving some of Milwaukee's most vulnerable since 2011. The MCCY offers supportive services to children and youth who have suffered from abuse or neglect or have been exposed to domestic violence. These include trauma-informed advocacy, support, and education in their programming, which is detailed below.

- Child and Family Advocacy provides safety planning for children and families, emotional support, referrals.

- Youth Empowerment and Support (YES) Services serves youth aged 13-24 who have been victims of violent crime, physical or sexual abuse, harassment, molestation, or trafficking. 

- Nurturing Parenting Program is a 10-week interactive parent skill-building class for parents of young children aged birth-to-five.

- Terrific Tuesdays! is a group for children aged six-to-twelve who have been victims of abuse.

- Safe and Smart Youth teaches restorative justice and community building to teens, especially those in out-of-home placements, while also following an evidence-based curriculum on sexual health to reduce teen pregnancy and STI infection rates.

- Money Matters is an eight-week program to teach women, over the age of 18, money management skills.

- Seeking Safety is a group that promotes healing from trauma for mothers so they can reunite with their children.

- Community-Building Circles are monthly meetings where solutions to violence and poverty in Milwaukee are discussed.

- Yoga Kids/Youth are six-week courses split by age to promote stress relief through exercise.

Milwaukee is fortunate to have caring people working each day for organizations like this one. MCCY is volunteer-run and has served over 300 children in our community free of charge. I want to sincerely thank them for all that they do.

For more information on the Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Inc., click here. To volunteer, click here. To donate, click here.
 


Neighbors of the Month:
Chris Thiel

Chris Thiel is the Legislative Policy Specialist for the Milwaukee Public School District. He has been a tireless advocate for our students and our community as he fought against the MPS takeover and the current funding model for voucher schools because it takes its funding from the public school students.

All students deserve the best educational opportunities, and, as Thiel emphasizes, we are obligated to provide a free and opened public education to them. Now, more than ever, we need all the strong advocates for our children's education that we can get - and Chris is one of the best.

Thank you, Chris, for everything you do!
 


Upcoming Events

Every Mon. Adult spelling bee Nomad's World Pub has a weekly spelling bee for adults!
Click here for more information.
Every Wed. Free line dance lessons

Come have some fun at zero cost at Bernie’s Tap Room & Restaurant with these free and easy line dance lessons.
Click here for more information.

Until Jan. 15th Family Fun Walk Milwaukee's family-friendly history tour geared for ages 6-12
Click here for more information.
Jan. 3rd-8th The Sound of Music Come enjoy this award-winning classic during its brief stop in Milwaukee.
Click here for more information.

Jan. 6th

The Science Bag: Microbes in Motion UWM microbiologist Mark McBride demonstrates the various mechanisms used by bacteria to crawl over surfaces and swim through liquids.
Click here for more information.
Jan. 14th Milwaukee's Monthly Magic Show Every month is a different family-friendly show!
Admission $5.
Click here for more information.
Jan. 14 - 22 Fancy Nancy the Musical Based on the children's book.
Admission $12.
Click here for more information.
Jan. 20 One Magic Sithmas Comedy Sportz presents a Star Wars Holiday Special.
Tickets are $10 or $5 with a donation for the Sojourner Family Peace Center off their winter wish list.
Click here for more information.
Jan. 20 - Feb. 4 A Lion in Winter A fictionalized, historical comedy about King Henry II put on by the Alchemist Theater.
Tickets are $25.
Click here for more information.
Jan. 28-29 re:Craft and Relic Over 150 vendors, DIY classes, music, local food vendors, kids craft activities, and more.
Admission starting at $5 if purchased before the 22nd online.
Click here for more information.



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

Oliver is a 3-year-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus. This gorgeous boy has a fluffy, jet-black coat and glowing amber eyes with a beautiful personality to match. He’s very snuggly and will fall asleep in your arms within a matter of minutes.

Oliver also happens to be FIV+; he has a very vulnerable immune system but can live a normal lifespan if kept happy and healthy indoors. For more information in FIV, please click here.

Like all cats over 1 year of age, you get to name your own adoption fee for Oliver, so come meet this wonderful boy today!
 

For more information about Oliver, please click here.


 

Violet is a one-year-old playful and fun girl. She loves to run in the yard and sniff everywhere. She is looking for a home with someone who wants a partner to do everything with. She'd love another dog to play with!

She is housetrained, up-to-date on her vaccinations, and is spayed.

For more information about Violet, please click here.

 


 

 

 

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