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Dear Neighbor, 

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month's newsletter. As we prepare for the 2019-20 Legislative Session, I would like to hear what your legislative priorities are. Please reach out to me anytime with your ideas by calling (608) 266-0650 or emailing me at

If you have a suggestion for next month's event calendar, featured neighbor, nonprofit, or business, please visit my submission page here.

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,
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Jonathan Brostoff
19th Assembly District


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2019-20 Legislature

This November we saw some significant changes to our state government, including newly elected senators and assembly members, and a new governor-elect Tony Evers. As we look forward to the upcoming legislative session, I am excited to work with our new and continuing members.

This session I will continue to work with advocates and my colleagues to pass our deaf and hard of hearing interpreter bill that will raise the quality and standard of services by appropriately placing interpreters in environments best suited to his or her skill level.

Last session we saw dramatic rollbacks to our environmental protections by Republicans. I will fight to protect our wetlands, greenspaces, and waterways and will work against the sort corporate welfare and greed that continues to threaten them.

I will work to further equity for our neighbors of color, for women, for immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and for our veterans.

Like always, I welcome you to contact my office to inform me of the matters that are most important to you.

As we prepare for the new session, I would like to thank all of our outgoing legislators for their service, it was an honor to work with them.  

Looking forward, I am optimistic about what we can accomplish in the next two years and firmly believe that we all can and should work together to move Wisconsin forward.  


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Neighbors of the Month: Sister-duo REYNA   

REYNA is comprised of Vic and Gaby Banuelos, two Milwaukee-by-way-of-Texas sisters who got their start as the pop duo Vic and Gab. Since then, REYNA has released multiple singles that have garnered over 3 million combined streams on Spotify alone. These talented siblings have been featured on Billboard's "12 LGBTQ Artists to Discover During LGBTQ Pride Month" and Beats 1/Apple Music Chart Show.

Thank you, Reyna, for helping put Milwaukee on the map!


Nonprofit of the Month: Urban Ecology Center

The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood. Their Environmental Community Centers provide outdoor science education for urban youth, protect and use public natural areas, preserve and enhance natural areas and surrounding waters, among other great services.

For more information, please visit the UEC's website here


Business of the Month:Acme Sales, Inc.

Acme Sales, Inc. is a wholesale hardware company that specializes in "hard-to-find" fasteners including bolts, nuts, and screws. Acme has been in business since 1983 and works closely with each of their customers to ensure the highest levels of quality products, customer service, and applications solutions to meet your fastener needs. 

For more information, please visit Acme's website here.



Georgia is an adult black and white shorthair  “tuxedo” cat looking for a forever home. She has been spayed and housetrained and is up to date on her vaccinations.

For more information about Georgia click here.

Humane Society


Blanca is a 4-year-old fawn and white shorthair. She is a shy, charming canine that would be the perfect addition to your family. Her adoption fee is $25 and she has been spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated.

For more information about Blanca click here.


 Community Events


Historic Third Ward Christmas
November 30th

Join the 30th Anniversary of this old-fashioned Milwaukee favorite! Fireworks, tree lighting, Santa, and live reindeer kick off a festive month of holiday fun and shopping in the Historic Third Ward.


Old World Christmas
December 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th 

Experience Christmas as it was in 19th century Wisconsin.
Ticket cost varies


Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market
December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd

The Milwaukee Winter Farmers market, hosted at the Domes Annex, features fresh, local food sold by about 50 weekly vendors.

The Milwaukee Hmong New Year
December 1st

Celebrate Hmong new year with food, musical performances, and a Hmong marketplace.
Tickets are $4 for adults and free for Seniors (60+) and children (under 6).

German Holiday Market and Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 2nd

This family-friendly event features musical performances, crafts and story time for kids, hayrides, a bonfire, traditional German dancing, and an opportunity to take photos with Santa.

Community-Wide Hanukkah Celebration
December 3rd

There will be activities, Mitzvah projects, food, and fun for all ages. Donations of nonperishable food or gently-used winter outerwear for the Jewish Community Pantry will be accepted at the celebration.

Latka con Salsa
December 6th

As part of their Hanukkah celebrations, the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC is holding “Latka con Salsa” where guests can enjoy light refreshments while listening to salsa music.
Tickets are $15.

Constellations of the Zodiac
December 7th and 14th

At this family-friendly event, hosted by UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium, learn more about the science and the myths that accompany zodiac constellations.
Tickets cost $5.

Bike Bazaar
December 8th

At this Milwaukee Recreation event you can purchase new and used bikes and bike parts/accessories as well as arts and crafts made by local vendors
Tickets are $10 early access, $5 general admission, and free for children under 12 (all ticket sales go towards MPS mountain bike team).

MAM Gallery Talk: The San Quentin Project
December 11th

This gallery talk allows visitors to explore personal narratives about life inside prison through visual documents, photographs, and a podcast which are all part of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new exhibit “The San Quentin Project.”
Cost is included with museum admission and free to members.

Candlelight Walk- Riverside Park
December 15th

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a guided, candlelit walk through Riverside Park followed by a poetry reading, snacks, and music.
Tickets are $14 and are $10 for members of the Urban Ecology Center ($7 for those with a price break)  

Annual Christmas Cinema: Roman Holiday
December 25th

As part of their Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare exhibit, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee is hosting a film screening of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s classic film Roman Holiday which also includes free popcorn.
Included with admission to the museum and free for members.

December 26th

This year the Wisconsin Black Historical Society will be hosting a Kwanzaa celebration that is free and open to the public.


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“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

–Michelle Obama