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Feature - Women's History Month

Feature - Climate Change

Working for You

Neighbor of the Month - Howard Snyder

Nonprofit of the Month - Running Rebels

Business of the Month - Shred415

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

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

In service,
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Jonathan Brostoff
19th Assembly District


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Women's History Month

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of a law recognizing March as Women’s History Month in the United States. Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to society, and this year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” Women’s History Month grew out of the earlier Women’s History Week, a weeklong celebration of women’s history and contributions revolving around International Women’s Day, celebrated since 1911 on March 8th. From political crusaders to best-selling authors, Wisconsin has had the honor of producing a plethora of history-making women. In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History month, here are just a few of Wisconsin’s many notable women:

Vel Phillips was a trailblazer to say the least. She completed many notable firsts: she was the first woman to graduate from the UW Law School, the first woman and first African-American elected to the Milwaukee Common Council, the first African-American to become a judge in Wisconsin, and in 1978 Wisconsin voters elected her secretary of state, making her the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in the nation!

Milly Zantow was a tireless advocate for conservation. Zantow helped write Wisconsin’s mandatory recycling law and was a founding member of the Wisconsin-based International Crane Foundation. Her most lasting legacy, however, was developing the No.1 through No. 7 system that’s used to identify plastics for recycling. Fun Fact: You have a Wisconsin woman to thank for that ubiquitous triangle you see on recyclable plastics!

Donna Shalala became the first female chancellor of UW-Madison in 1988, earning her the titles of the first woman to lead a Big Ten Conference school and the second woman in the country to head a major research institution.She served as chancellor until 1993, when President Bill Clinton appointed her as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She held that position for eight years, becoming the longest-serving HHS secretary in history up to that time.

Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing our country today. With temperatures this decade rising at never-before-seen levels, increasingly severe hurricanes, and the global sea level rising at an increasingly fast pace, climate change is proving to be one of the greatest challenges that both our country and the world will face in the 21st century. The changing climate will affect global economies, ecosystems, and ways of life; unfortunately in our country, and our state, there only appears to be one party focused on reversing and solving climate change before it is too late.

Many Republicans at the local, state, and federal levels seem intent on denying the threat that climate change poses to our county and the world. President Trump has even dismissed a landmark report on climate change, given to him by 13 federal agencies, that details how global warming and climate change are intensifying throughout the country.

However, this is not a Democratic or Republican problem; this is a problem that all Americans face, regardless of political affiliation. There are seemingly only two options regarding climate change at the current moment, either adapt to the consequences of climate change around us, with potentially damaging effects on the world around us, or come together as Americans and solve this issue before it is too late.
Fortunately, it is not too late for the latter option. Climate change equally affects everyone in this country, and luckily America has some of the leading scientific minds on climate change. Not only would heeding their advice potentially reverse the effects of climate change, it could also improve our economy and job market. According to a study performed by the Citizens Climate Lobby, if the country addresses climate change related to carbon emissions within the next 10-20 years, including reducing emissions, not only would we create a healthier environment to live in, but 2.1 million new jobs could be added to our economy, due to new investment, new energy sectors, and the possibility of economic growth in local communities. They also suggest that if we are able to cut carbon emissions to half the level they were in the 1990s, there would be 250,000 fewer deaths in the Midwest alone thanks to cleaner air and environments.

Locally, Wisconsin has been severely impacted by climate change as of late. In 2018, Wisconsin saw historic rainfalls, including over 20 inches of rain in a 15 day span. Extreme downpours like these have led to homes and towns being damaged and destroyed. The Kickapoo river, in Southeast Wisconsin, had water rise 6 feet above its typical water mark, which is a very rare occurrence. Eric Booth, a climate scientist at UW-Madison calculated that this type of rainfall only happens every 1 in 1,000 years. Floodings in Madison, and other Wisconsin communities, have increased the lakes water levels to an all time high and has called for the need for a lakefront management plans for the future. Without action, storms of this intensity will become more common, leading many to fear what might happen in the future. It is past time to take real action to combat climate change.

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Neighbor of the Month: Howard Snyder

This month’s neighbor of the month is Howard Snyder! Howard Snyder is Founder and Executive Director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization he established in 1983. The Northwest Side CDC’s mission is to better the quality of life for residents of low-income communities by transforming them into preferred business and residential destinations. The NWSCDC led by Snyder has lent over $10 million to several major catalytic projects which have created over 1,000 jobs since 2000. Thank you Howard for all that you have done and continue to do!

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Nonprofit of the Month: Running Rebels

This month’s non-profit is Running Rebels! Running Rebels was founded by Victor Barnett in 1980 as a way to help keep youth away from gangs, violence, and other negative influences by getting them involved in basketball. Running Rebels’ main goal is to make sure that youth are successful not only on the basketball court, but at home, school, and in the community. Running Rebels provides many opportunities for youth including after school and summer programs which include basketball as well as tutoring, targeted monitoring programs, mentoring programs and much more. For more information click here!

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Business of the Month: Shred415

This month’s business of the month is Shred415, whose East Side Milwaukee location opened just last summer. Shred415 is an instructor-led high intensity workout designed to work all muscle groups, combining the benefits of group training with the support and personalization of an individualized workout plan. In addition, Shred415 is committed to providing a supportive workout environment, complete with on-site childcare. For more information, please visit their website here.

Working for You - Hmong Students at UW

This month I had a chance to meet with current Hmong students (including former intern Myxee) at the University of Wisconsin to discuss the Hmong experience within the University of Wisconsin system, including legislative pathways to increase feelings of inclusion and belonging. I feel like we had a productive meeting, and I look forward to continuing to work with them!

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Working for You - "Driver's Licenses for All"

This month I also had the opportunity to meet with a group of constituents visiting the Capitol with Voces De La Frontera. We had an informative and productive meeting regarding the “Driver Licenses For All” campaign to allow driver’s licenses for undocumented Wisconsinites. I am proud to say that I stand with them on this issue, and I’m grateful that we finally have a Governor like Tony Evers who understands the need for this change.

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Working for You - Housing First

At the end of this month, I convened a meeting to discuss “Housing First” homelessness policy with Governor Evers’ administration and some of my Republican colleagues. We listened as experts in “Housing First” policy as well as business leaders presented on the importance and effectiveness of pursuing these measures, and I appreciated the respectful and constructive dialogue we had throughout the meeting. I look forward to continuing to work on these policies with both my colleagues in the Legislature as well as external stakeholders.

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Mookie is a 1 year old male Pitbull mix. He is looking for his forever home, and is ready to meet you today! Mookie's adoption fee is $75, and he has been neutered and vaccinated. Mookie is deaf and super loveable.


For more information about Mookie click here.

Humane Society

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Shine is a domestic shorthair mix looking for a loving home! She is a 5 pound, 6 month year old female who has been spayed and is up to date on all vaccinations.


For more information about Shine click here.


 Community Events

Suburban Concert Band and Swing Street Big Band Concert

Date: March 22nd

Description: The Suburban Concert Band and Swing Street Big Band invite you to come enjoy a concert at Nathan Hale High School Auditorium. Come enjoy music from both professional and amateur musicians. For more information please click here.

Cost: Monetary donations appreciated


The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Story

DateMarch 26th

Description: The Cudahy Family Library invites you to come listen to the story of some of the women from Wisconsin who were apart of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League that were depicted in the movie A League of Their Own. For more information please click here.

Cost: Free


We STILL Can’t Stop the Beat! Young performers from the cast of Hairspray!

DateMarch 31st

Description: Come join the cast of Hairspray as they perform a wide range of solo and group musical theater songs. For more information here.

Cost: Free


Stuart Little

DateApril 5th

Description: Come see the fun-filled adventure Stuart Little! It is a fun mix of puppets and live actors to bring the story by E.B. White to life. For more information click here.

Cost: $4-$10


World of Dancing

DateApril 7th

Description: The Mitchell Park Domes invite you to come celebrate the music, colors, and the dances of different cultures and heritages. For more information click here.

Cost: Dome admission for non-members, event is free


Old Fashioned Happy Hour

DateApril 11th

Description: Join the Milwaukee County Historical Society in enjoying the 2019 featured exhibit "How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee." Drink demonstrations by Bittercube will be featured. Also enjoy some music from WMSE. For more information click here.   

Cost: Free


East Troy Railroad Bunny Train

DatesApril 13th-20th

Description: Enjoy face painting and coloring before the train departs. The ten-mile trip will be filled with Easter-themed activities. There will be chicks and bunnies on display by local 4-H students. The Easter Bunny will also be there for photos! Reservations are required. For more information click here.  

Cost: $8- $17


#Adulting Bingo

DateApril 16th

Description: Join Neighborhood Housing for a game of bingo! Prizes include, gift certificates and UWM apparel. For more information click here.

Cost: Free, but please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to the UWM Food Pantry.


WHS Community Story Time

DateApril 18th

Description: Join the Wisconsin Humane Society for a animal themed story followed by activites and a chance to meet an animal guest! For ages 2-4, registration is highly recommended. For more information and to register, click here.

Cost: $5- $10


Earth Day

DateApril 22nd

Description: The Mitchell Park Domes are celebrating Earth Day! Come enjoy samples of essential oils, plant guides, and demonstrations all day. For more information click here.

Cost: Dome admission for non-members, event is free


Sendik’s Day at the Betty Brinn Museum

DateApril 27th

Description: Visitors can receive free admission to the museum with a purchase of select products from Sendik’s Food Market. For more information click here.

Cost: Varies

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