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Feature - Immigration

Feature - Back to School

Feature - Water Quality Month

Working for You - Immigration Bills

Neighbor of the Month - Dan Bucks

Nonprofit of the Month - International Institute of Wisconsin

Business of the Month - Sugar Maple

Featured Adoptable

What's Up Wednesday

Brostoff in the News

Event Calendar

Dear Neighbor, 

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month's newsletter. As we continue 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.

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

In service,
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Jonathan Brostoff
19th Assembly District





This year, few things have dominated our national discussion quite like immigration. It all stems from the White House, as President Trump has seemingly chosen anti-immigration rhetoric, the demonization of immigrants, and extreme anti-immigrant policies to be the signature issues of his term as president. 

In April 2018, the Trump Administration implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal crossings at the border. This drastic decision resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents as they arrived in the United States. The policy immediately received a tremendous amount of backlash from the American public and was ordered to be shut down by a California judge in June of 2018. However, separations continued well after the order was handed down. The President blamed former President Obama for the astounding number of separations, saying that he inherited the policy from his predecessor. In reality, Trump’s administration had taken it much further, as the Obama administration rarely ever separated families, only doing so when the guardian posed a threat to the children. 

This year, much of the national attention has turned to immigration detention centers. These detention centers house undocumented immigrants who have been detained by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) or ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Standard procedure is that migrants should be released within 72 hours of being admitted, but most detained immigrants have experienced considerably longer stays in these detention centers. So far this year, the average detention of immigrants has lasted over a week, and some people have been kept for months. Much of the nationwide concern surrounding the detention centers centers around the inhumane conditions that the detainees are subjected to. In many cases, migrants, including children, are placed inside crowded cages where they are not provided adequate food, water, or sanitation. With over 200 detention centers located across the country, and approximately 45,000 migrants populating them on a daily basis, this has become a large scale human rights disaster. It is important to remember many alternatives to detention centers have been provided, but the Trump Administration has ignored them. 

We as Americans must do whatever we can to fight the xenophobic and callous policies of the Trump administration. That is why, this month, my Democratic colleagues State Rep. Marisabel Cabrera, State Rep. Chris Taylor, State Sen. Chris Larson, and I have introduced new legislation that would bring Wisconsin in line with other progressive states that have rejected Trump’s divisive actions. You can read more about these bills in the “Working for You” section below! 

Back to School

For many people around the United States, August marks the end of summer and jumpstarts the beginning of a new school year. From pre-kindergarten to college, more than 78 million students from over 12,000 school districts go back to school every fall. Although this annual “end of summer” ritual might make some feel uneasy, August is a necessary transition period for parents, students, and teachers in order to help prepare for the upcoming school year. 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has worked hard to foster the advancement of public education systems, to promote individual student achievement, and to ensure equal access to educational excellence. In anticipation of the school year, the DPI has put together helpful primers on student health and safety considerations as well as various enrichment initiatives in order to help make sure that Wisconsin students will succeed.

Whether your child is biking, taking the bus, or driving to school, back-to-school month also presents an ideal opportunity to inform your children and fellow parents about important safety measures. School days bring more congestion to the roads and highways, so it is important to slow down, to properly use safety equipment (seatbelts and helmets), and to be hyper-aware of crosswalks.

Although that growing back-to-school list might be stressful to parents and caregivers, it is important to realize that children are likely even more nervous about the upcoming school year than the adults. With this in mind, this month I challenge you to adopt a more optimistic and confident outlook in order to further motivate the youth in your life before they go back to school. 

August marks a month of opportunity and excitement for the coming school year. Take some time to enjoy the rest of your summer break, but also to get back into your normal sleep routine, review school material and information, and get organized! The US Department of Education provides a collection of back-to-school resources, and you can find all sorts of easy lunch recipes, back-to-school sales, and an endless number of helpful organizational tips online. Happy back-to-school month!



Water Quality Month


August is Water Quality Month! The origins of this celebration aren’t clear, but nonetheless its purpose is. Water Quality Month serves as a reminder that having access to safe, clean water is not as simple as turning on your tap. There is always a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure our water is safe for drinking, industrial use, and recreation. However low of a profile it may have, the quality of the water we use has a profound impact on our everyday lives, and especially so on our physical and mental health. The impact of water on our health has received a lot of attention nationwide in recent years through coverage of the ongoing lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. This crisis, among others, highlights the role government plays in providing clean water to its citizens.

However, Flint is not the only Midwestern community facing problems with lead in the water. in fact, the presence of lead lateral pipes is one of the biggest issues surrounding the quality of our water right here in Wisconsin. Many studies have shown that high concentrations of lead lateral pipes carrying drinking water lead to higher levels of lead poisoning, and a report released in April of this year gave our state an “F” grade on water quality policies in our schools, leaving our state’s children at a higher risk for lead poisoning. In response to this crisis, Governor Evers included a proposal to replace lead lateral pipes in The People’s Budget, but that proposal was removed by Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance. Despite this setback, I will continue to fight for clean, safe water for all in the 19th Assembly District, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin at large. 

But water quality considerations do not stop at the tap - the ability of the environment to replenish and purify our water supply is also critically important. Unfortunately, as a result of former Governor Walker’s disastrous deal with Foxconn in Racine County, the quality of water in Lake Michigan and our wetlands may fall victim to corporate greed. As part of the deal, Walker’s administration gave Foxconn permission to draw as much as 7 million gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan, and proposed giving multiple exemptions on environmental rules and regulations, including one to allow Foxconn to fill up to 26 acres of wetlands which would otherwise help prevent flooding and purify the groundwater in the area. All of that again reminds us of the role good policymaking plays in providing clean water for us all.

In order to preserve our water quality this Water Quality Month, try to refrain from using antibacterial soaps, paving properties unnecessarily, flushing expired and unwanted medications down the toilet, using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and pouring anything other than water down storm drains. Additionally, water quality advocates suggest carefully picking up after pets, using nontoxic household products whenever possible, fixing any leaks in cars and adding liners to our driveways to collect any leaking fluids.

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Neighbor of the Month 

This month’s Neighbor of the Month is Dan Bucks! Dan has over 40 years of public policy experience in general, and over 30 years of tax and public revenue policy experience. Before moving to Milwaukee, Dan honorably served the State of Montana, serving in such important roles as Deputy Director of the Department of Revenue, Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission, and most recently as Director of the Department of Revenue. These days, Dan uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to help others as a public policy and management consultant and as a columnist for the publication State Tax Notes. Thank you Dan, for everything you do!


Nonprofit of the Month 

August’s nonprofit of the month is the International Institute of Wisconsin! Since 1936, the International Institute of Wisconsin has served immigrants and refugees through various support services and programming as they transition to life in Wisconsin. The many services the IIW offers include refugee resettlement programs, immigration and naturalization assistance, and interpretation and translation services. To help support these important services, the International Institute of Wisconsin hosts the annual Milwaukee Holiday Folk Fair, where you can experience cultures from all over the world right in your own backyard! To learn more about the International Institute of Wisconsin, be sure to check out their website here.

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Business of the Month

This month’s business of the month is Sugar Maple in Bay View! This bar combines a modern but eclectic ambiance with a vast selection of more than 50 craft beers on tap, and calls to all beer lovers. In addition to offering a variety of great American craft beers, the Sugar Maple hosts fun and interactive events, ranging from games like “Name That Beer,” to themed happy hours like “Bi+ Happy Hour: Pride Month Edition,” to live music. You check out Sugar Maple’s menu here, or pay them a visit at 441 E Lincoln Ave!

Working for You

At the very end of last month, my colleagues Rep. Marisabel Cabrera, Sen. Chris Larson, and I held a "Rally for Sanctuary" at Milwaukee City Hall to announce two new bills we have co-authored. One of these bills would ban immigration detention centers in the state, while the other would make Wisconsin a "sanctuary state" for undocumented immigrants, ending the immoral targeting of undocumented communities and freeing up our law enforcement officers to spend their valuable time and resources protecting our communities. This month, both bills have been circulated to our colleagues in the Legislature, and now we are awaiting their formal bill numbers and placement in Committee!

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Flo is a four year-old female pitbull mix known for her high-energy personality. She is a "Cheesehead," which means that she has been waiting to be adopted longer than other animals through no fault of her own, and her adoption fee is only $25. Flo is a loving and excited dog who is looking for her forever home - she's ready to meet you today!

For more information about Flo click here!

Humane Society


Meow is a nine year, ten month-old black short hair adult female. She is house trained, spayed, and her vaccinations are up to date. Meow is a laid-back, low-key cat who loves to investigate her surroundings! You can name your own adoption fee for Meow, and she is ready to meet you today! 

For more information about Meow, click here.


 Community Events

Big Idea VIII: Pollinators

Date: Through August 31st 

Description: Latino Arts Inc. invites you to enjoy their current exhibit which features the art of local students. The artwork demonstrates the students’ exploration of culturally relevant  ‘Big Ideas’ such as immigration, cultural identity, community, origin, perseverance, and emotions. 

Cost: Free

Friday Nite Music Series at Colectivo

Date: Through August 31st 

Description: Listen to live music outdoors every Friday night at Colectivo at the Lake. Bring your friends and family to support local singer-songwriters. Music begins at 7:00 PM and goes until 9:00.    

Cost: Free

Third Ward Art Festival 

Date: August 31st-September 1st

Description: The Third Ward Festival will showcase the work of more than 140-juried artists, 36 of whom are from Wisconsin, in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, wood and furniture. Fun activities include color creations, art fest bingo and spin art will be available for children, making it the perfect festival for art enthusiasts of all ages.

Cost: Free 

Grand Unveiling: American Love Sculpture

Date: September 5th

Description: Join us at the Milwaukee Art Museum to celebrate the unveiling of the newly-installed Robert Indiana The American LOVE (1966-99) sculpture. This celebration will kick off in Lubar Auditorium at 5:30pm, where Joe Martin Lin-Hill, deputy director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will discuss Robert Indiana (1928-2018) and his career before unveiling the sculpture at 6:45pm at the Museum’s East End.
Cost: Free

Silver City International Festival

Date: September 7th 

Description: The Silver City International Festival celebrates the diversity of the Silver City Neighborhood through the arts, food, and music. Travel the world along West National Avenue between South 33rd and 35th Street and sample ethnic cuisine from countries spanning the globe while also enjoying live art performances, free live music, free activities for kids and displays from local businesses.

Cost: Free

Chagall’s Le Cirque

Date: Now until September 8th

Description: Le Cirque, painted by artist Marc Chagall, consists of 23 color and 15 black-and-white lithographs published in 1967 by Tériade Éditions. The colorful prints will be accompanied by a display that explores Wisconsin’s grand circus history, and celebrates the tradition of Milwaukee’s Great Circus Parade.
Cost: Free

"Fathoms Below" Floral Show

Date: Through September 8th
Description: Head to at the Mitchell Park Domes to explore a summer garden inspired by the depths of the ocean. Colorful fish sculptures swirl around plants resembling those on the ocean’s floor, and a variety of bright succulents and vivid ‘Under the Sea Series’ coleus add to a decorative coral reef and sunken ship.
Cost: Included with general admission to The Domes.

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo

Date: September 13th-15th
Description: Enjoy an exposition of some of the area’s most talented equestrians. The events are: Showmanship, Pleasure, Equitation, Western Riding, Trail, Cones, Reinsmanship, Saddleseat, Hunt Seat, and Western.
Cost: Free

Maker Faire Milwaukee

Date: September 14th-15th

Description: Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.
Cost: Free

2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's

Date: September 15th

Description: 50,000 people in Southeastern Wisconsin are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Walk with the Alzheimer’s Association - Southeastern Wisconsin chapter at the Henry Maier Festival Park to help bring an end to Alzheimer’s!
Cost: Free


Free Admission Days

Milwaukee Art Museum

1st Thursday 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 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

929 E. Wisconsin St.

Milwaukee County Zoo

January 5, February 2, March 2, October 5, November 2, and December 7

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day free with Milwaukee Co. ID

10001 W Bluemound Rd

Mitchell Park Domes

First Thursday of each month with proof of county residence.

524 S. Layton Blvd.

Creative Studios at the Marshall Building

Third Friday of each month.

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.


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