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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 Rep.Brostoff@legis.wi.gov.

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
State 
Representative
19th Assembly District

 

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National Minority Mental Health Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month! It is important to recognize that mental illness does not discriminate - it affects people of all races, genders, ethnicities, and identities. However, these background factors can make access to treatment much more difficult. This month is designated to bring awareness to the unique struggles of underrepresented groups in regards to mental illness in the United States. Minority groups are less likely to use or even have access to mental health care resources, and more likely to receive lower quality care when they do seek it out. 

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives officially proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month. This resolution earned broad bipartisan support, with the common goals to promote public awareness of mental illness and to improve access to mental health treatment among minorities. In an effort to destigmatize mental health and to show support to those minority individuals and communities touched by mental illness, it is important to shed light on some alarming statistics highlighting the issue: in the last year, 70% of African-American adults with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment, and close to 25% of adults with a major depressive episode were Latinx. 

Organizations like NAMI and OMH are dedicated to building better lives for people who are affected by mental illness. Both organizations are devoting their time this month to informing people about these disparities in mental health care, as well as speaking out against any stigmas associated with mental illness. This month, in an excellent and informative three-part docuseries, NAMI examines the unique perspectives of members of the African-American and Latinx communities while sharing their mental health journeys of bravery and recovery. 

Throughout this Minority Mental Health Month and every month, I encourage you to help break down the barriers to access and care through stigma reduction. In this time, it is vital that we educate our communities about improving access to mental health care and treatment while also advocating for policies that will make a difference in the lives of individuals struggling with mental health conditions and their families.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2nd, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. This piece of legislation was a broad, sweeping action which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and provides the basis for much of the civil rights law we know today.

Civil Rights had been an issue championed by President John F. Kennedy both during his presidential campaign and his short lived presidency, and reform on the issue was something he began pushing for hard towards the end of his life. Following the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Birmingham campaign (spearheaded by Martin Luther King, Jr. and other luminaries of the Civil Rights movement) and the heightened racial tensions that spread in the spring of 1963, Kennedy began meeting with various civil rights activists and legislators, among them Martin Luther King Jr. and Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL). Congress developed a new sense of urgency on the issue shortly after President Kennedy’s assassination, when President Lyndon B. Johnson  delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, during which he declared that the best way to honor Kennedy would be to pass a Civil Rights bill as soon as possible.

The bill faced some early roadblocks in the House of Representatives, when then-Chairman and segregationist Howard Smith opposed a petition to bring it to the House floor from the Rules Committee. Nevertheless, Smith let it pass through when it became apparent that there would be enough signatures to overrule him. The bill passed the full House for the first time on February 10th, 1964. In the Senate however, the bill still faced strong opposition. Debated for a total of sixty days (including fifty-four days of filibuster), the bill that became the Civil Rights Act of 1964 still holds the record for the longest time spent on the Senate floor. Filibuster on the bill only ended when a substitute, weakened version of the original bill was introduced by Senators Hubert Humphrey (D-MN), Mike Mansfield (D-MT), Everett Dirksen and Thomas Kuchel (R-California). The vote to end the filibuster also marked the first time that the Senate had successfully been able to end a filibuster on a Civil Rights bill. The substitute bill passed the Senate on June 19th, 1964, and the House passed it without reconsideration on July 2nd, 1964. President Johnson signed it into law later that day.

This month, we celebrate the passage of this landmark bill, and we celebrate its importance and its positive impact on American society today.

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National Parks and Recreation Month

July is National Parks and Recreation Month! During this month, we celebrate and recognize the role parks and recreation activities play in maintaining our quality of life and contributing to the environmental well-being of our communities. Parks and recreation centers have a special power to connect communities. They support the environment and local ecosystems by preserving wildlife and by offering clean water and refuge to animals and people throughout the year. The NRPA and the WRPA have worked hard to transform our parks into a staple of our district, and are currently working on exciting community initiatives and events to help our parks become more inclusive and diverse.

South Shore Park at 2900 S. Shore Dr. is a local favorite. It offers a small beach full of unique shells and rocks, various picnic areas, a sand volleyball court, a historic field house, hiking trails, and even a beer garden. The park hosts live music on Wednesday evenings and a booming farmers’ market on Saturday afternoons. 

Humboldt Park at 3000 S. Howell Ave. has a traditional yet vibrant atmosphere. Regardless of the season, this park offers activities ranging from snow sledding, ice-skating, jogging along the numerous pathways, playing on the tennis courts, fishing in the lagoon, and having fun on the two large playgrounds. In the warmer months, Keltner Field is an ideal location for baseball leagues and outdoor games. The wading pool provides a spot for children to hang out and stay cool, while the lily pond is a stunning spot to take pictures or relax in the shade. Humboldt Park also offers live music, food, a wine and beer garden, and a park pavilion to rent out for parties and services!

These are just two local favorites to enjoy with family and friends, but Milwaukee offers dozens of beautiful community parks. The Henry Maier Festival Park, Veterans Park, Gordon Park, and Riverside Park are other great locations in the 19th Assembly District in which to explore and adventure.  Spending time outdoors reduces stress, improves creativity, and enhances your overall health and wellness. This month, I encourage you to go outside, enjoy the summer weather, and explore our community parks!


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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

This July marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first people to land on the Moon. The success of the Apollo 11 mission marked the culmination of America’s Cold War human spacecraft program. With this program, the U.S. finally positioned itself as a global leader in technological advancement, leaving a permanent impression on the world. This month, I encourage you to remember, reflect, and educate our youth on the historic mission and on its enduring impact on society. 

The race to the Moon proved to be a genuine race, ignited by Cold War competition and sustained by international politics. In 1961, John F. Kennedy declared that the U.S. would go to the Moon before the 1960s came to an end. However, at the time, NASA had no rockets to launch, no computer portable enough to guide a spaceship in space, no spaceship to land on the Moon’s surface, and no way to talk to or to track the astronauts en route. Nonetheless, Kennedy proclaimed that although he knew that the mission would be difficult, part of the reason America was going to the Moon was because doing so itself would be difficult. 

In July of 1969, 600 million people around the world watched with anxious excitement as Armstrong and Aldrin took their first steps on the Moon’s surface, leaving behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 space crew, and a plaque that proclaimed “We came in peace for all mankind.” Those who remember watching the Apollo 11 landing on television recall it as an exceptional and inspirational moment. Many people idolize the brave astronauts as premier heroes, yet behind the scenes, more than 400,000 engineers, scientists, and technicians dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to the success of this mission, showing the breadth of America’s national spirit and commitment to greatness. In turn, NASA introduced the world to the power and culture of science and technology. 

The 1960s marked a time of division, transformation, and difficulty, but the success of the Apollo mission served to unite the nation (and world) in wonder and appreciation, signifying a national unity that had never quite been achieved before. The triumph of Apollo 11 paved the way for future space exploration, and inspired optimism and curiosity. I encourage you to adopt this outlook, as it will open the door for all the good things that can happen when society comes together to dedicate time to scientific discovery and technological development.

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Neighbor of the Month - Anna Bierer

July’s neighbor of the month is Anna Bierer! Anna is the National Liaison and Governance Chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s (YNPN) Greater Milwaukee Chapter. She has spent the last 20 years working in Wisconsin for adult and family literacy programs, and is particularly passionate about education. Anna has been a member of YNPN for the past two years, and she hopes that next year she will be able to increase the rates of collaboration and outreach between individuals and organizations. Outside of work, Anna loves outdoor adventures - hiking, camping, skiing, and boating to name a few. Her motto is, “Make it (today) count!” Thank you, Anna, for all that you do!

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Nonprofit of the Month - Centro Hispano Milwaukee

This month’s nonprofit of the month is Centro Hispano Milwaukee! Since 1964, Centro Hispano has provided services to Milwaukee’s underserved populations. Although El Centro began as an organization dedicated to serving Milwaukee’s Latinx population, it has since evolved into a larger, broader organization, thanks to consistent support from the Milwaukee community, the Center’s staff, and their board. El Centro’s bilingual (Spanish/English) staff helps deliver social and human services to children and families from underrepresented populations in order to help them to overcome cultural barriers. They also manage six low-income housing complexes for elders to allow them to live independently. Each year, Centro Hispano sponsors events that support families, and cultural expression to improve their overall quality of life. Through education and workforce programs, housing services, and community services (including immigration advocacy and assistance and social services), El Centro annually serves nearly 15,000 individuals in the Milwaukee area from all backgrounds!

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Business of the Month - Hungry Sumo Sushi

This month’s business of the month is Hungry Sumo Sushi Bar and Asian Bistro! Hungry Sumo offers a variety of traditional Thai and Japanese dishes, including endless takes on sushi, all served with traditional utensils in a traditional setting. If you’re looking for a night out enjoying some delicious Asian cuisine, Hungry Sumo is worth a visit! To learn more and to see their menu, you can check out their website here; or better yet, drop by and get a bite to eat at their location at 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in Bay View!

Working for You - 2019 Wisconsin Act 17

This month, we finally did it - Governor Evers signed AB 250, my signature bill increasing protections for Wisconsin’s Deaf and sign language interpreters, into law as 2019 Wisconsin Act 17. I am so thrilled to have played a part in getting this crucial legislation signed into law. Teamwork made the dream work, and we wouldn’t have made it to the finish line without such a great team working on this bill: Rep. Ken Skowronski, Sen. Patrick Testin, Sen. LaTonya Johnson, former Rep. Joel Kleefisch, the Wisconsin Association for the Deaf, the Wisconsin Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the countless other individuals who have touched or supported this legislation over the years. By signing AB 250 into law as Act 17 this month, Governor Evers has ensured that Wisconsin will be a safe and welcoming state for members of the Deaf and sign language interpreter communities for years to come!

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MADACC

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Bella is a one year-old calico short hair adult female. She is house trained, spayed, and her vaccinations are up to date. Bella is very sweet and friendly! Her adoption fee is waived as part of Meowaukee, sponsored by Friends of MADACC. 

 

For more information about Bella click here.

Humane Society

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Sadie is a 46 pound, one year-old female known for her playful and curious personality. She is “on deck” for spay surgery and her vaccinations are up to date. Sadie is very sweet, and loves to go for walks and curl up for cuddles. She is looking for a loving home and is ready to meet you today!

 

For more information about Sadie click here. 

 

 Community Events

Traveling Beer Garden at Greenfield Park

Dates: August 3rd-5th

Description: The Traveling Beer Garden™ is operated by Milwaukee County Parks concessions staff. All revenue collected goes toward improving the parks across Milwaukee County. The Traveling Beer Garden™ tour features Sprecher craft beer, hard ciders, and gourmet sodas. Wine, beverages, and food items will also be available.

Cost: Free (not including alcoholic beverages)

Jazz Visions on the Lake

Date: August 4th

Description: Jazz Visions on the Lake is a free, one-day community event that will showcase local jazz musicians at Henry Maier Festival Park. Created in partnership between Milwaukee World Festival and Milwaukee Jazz Vision, the afternoon event will offer music fans the opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of live jazz along the shores of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee Jazz Vision is an organization of business and industry professionals, musicians, teachers, students, and listeners working together with the goal of advancing jazz music in the Greater Metro-Milwaukee area.

Cost: Free

 

Big League Fun Night

Date: August 8th
Description: Take your family out to the ball game at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s! Learn all about baseball through trivia challenges, simulated game experiences, and other fun activities. You can also meet your favorite Milwaukee Brewers Official Mascots--Bernie Brewer, Hank the Ballpark Pup, and one of the Famous Racing Sausages! There will be stadium-style snacks and refreshments available.

Cost: $15 for museum members, $18 for non-members

Under One Moon Cultural Event

Dates: August 9th, 10th, 11th

Description: Under One Moon is a three-day cultural event presenting the cultural installation of United Kingdom artist Luke Jerram’s giant 23’ diameter replica of the moon. Join us in Catalano Square to explore the moon and to enjoy a variety of family activities, poetry readings, food and beverage tents, and more!

Cost: Free

 

Morning Glory Art Fair

Dates: August 10th, 11th

Description: The Morning Glory Art Fair is a juried show that admits a select group of artists who meet strict criteria and demonstrate a level of quality, creativity, and originality. While the organization is devoted to artists who work in media classified as fine craft, the larger capacity offered by the 80,000 square-foot allows the fair to open up to more oil-paint and watercolor exhibits. Come bring your friends and family to celebrate some beautiful art!

Cost: Free

 

Chocolate Games at Bay View (MPL)

Date: August 12th

Description: Join us for a Blindfold Taste Test Challenge, a Candy Bar Relay Race, and Candy Bingo. Come to the library and compete against your friends! 

Cost: Free

Free Movie Night in Veteran’s Park

Date: August 17th

Description: Join Gift of Wings for Veteran’s Park’s fourth movie of the season - Captain Marvel! Food and beverages will be available for only $1. The movie will begin when the sun goes down, so exact times will vary. Bring your favorite blanket or chair, and have a relaxing night outdoors with your friends and family.
Cost: Free

 

Gallery Talk: Nares: Moves

Date: August 20th

Description: Explore the first retrospective on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares in the exhibition “Nares: Moves” with Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director.  

Cost: Free

 

Snack Hack! at Mitchell Street (MPL)

Date: August 22nd

Description: Enjoy a free, healthy snack every Thursday in Mitchell Street's Cargill Community Kitchen. All school-aged children 18 and younger are invited to make and eat a simple snack, and learn about the importance of healthy eating! The Snack Hack! series is generously supported by Pete's Fruit Market. Presented in the Cargill Community Kitchen. 

Cost: Free

 

East Branch Chess Club at East (MPL)

Date: August 28th

Description: Bring your chess set and your love for strategy to a drop-in chess club. Meet fellow chess enthusiasts and enjoy the beautiful East Branch Community Room.

Cost: Free

 

Sculpture Milwaukee Trolley Tour

Date: August 28th

Description: Reserve your seat on a trolley tour of Sculpture Milwaukee. Stay seated while Museum docents lead weekly tours of the world-class outdoor sculpture gallery along Wisconsin Avenue. Tour 22 works by 20 artists including Red Grooms, Angela Bulloch, Roxy Paine, Max Ernst, Barry Flanagan and John Riepenhoff, among others.

Cost: $12 for kids, $17 for adults/seniors



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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"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too." - John F. Kennedy