Official Government Communication

Week of March 5th-11th

Dear Friend,

There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government. As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District


School Nutrition Association Advocacy Day Wednesday I joined my colleague Representative Joan Ballweg to address students and faculty who work to promote nutrition and wellbeing in our schools. The event, hosted by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) and Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WAND), was a great opportunity to talk about some of the programs I’ve supported, and  discuss the ways in which nutrition and wellness are cornerstones of my LOVE&FAITH Initiative. The event was a fantastic opportunity for students who are just entering the field to learn about the ways they can work with legislators like myself to accomplish an agenda that benefits us all. It was great discussing the work we’ve accomplished so far as well as our mutual priorities for the next legislative session, such as extending school breakfast programs and bringing the farm to table movement into our state’s cafeterias. I was thrilled to have the chance to talk to such an enthusiastic crowd about LOVE&FAITH, a passion project of mine that in addition to creating paths to employment and wellness, seeks to encourage urban agriculture and remind students of the health benefits of growing their own food. 


Relationship Skill Building Workshop Saturday, I’ll be attending the Relationship Skill Building (RSB) Workshop facilitated by the New Mount Olive R.E.A.C.H Initiative. This event serves to connect workers in the trade industries, such as bricklayers, laborers and iron workers, with more African Americans and underrepresented families within our communities. Interested individuals will have the opportunity to learn the basic introductory skills and tools useful for becoming trades persons. They will also be hosting a meet and greet with other tradespersons to hear the stories of those who have had built a successful career out of their skills. 


In order for our community to thrive, it’s important that we provide opportunities for everyone to pursue their interests. In Milwaukee, and the state more broadly, we have a shortage of skilled workers from Wisconsin. I truly believe that the work of a skilled trade is both fulfilling and gives back to the community. Through my LOVE&FAITH Initiative, I hope to get rid of barriers that can prevent an individual from being employed. By providing underrepresented communities with the tools necessary to gain meaningful employment, we eliminate these barriers. Workshops and training initiatives like RSB provide these opportunities, much like the hubs I am working to create around Milwaukee that will connect people with job training and resources.


Visiting Milwaukee Math and Science Academy today I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of the lovely young people at the Milwaukee Math and Science Academy. We had a great time reading from one of my favorite books, Farmer Will Allen and The Growing Table. It’s the story of Will’s transition from professional basketball player to farmer and spreads awareness about everyone’s ability to grow their own food. The students loved learning about and eating the fresh food that Will wants to see on everyone’s table, and I enjoyed the chance to encourage them to visit a farm!



Girl Scouts Visit Wednesday some of Milwaukee’s finest stopped by our office to talk about some of the ways they hope to get involved with the legislative process. I’m talking of course about the young ladies in our state’s Girl Scout troops! I was blown away by both the thoughtfulness the young ladies brought to incredibly important issues. Specifically, we discussed the ways in which the #MeToo movement as well as suicide prevention and awareness affect them and their peers. The girls’ passion and willingness to take such issues head-on was truly inspiring, and I hope I get the chance to work with them in the future.


Learning About Project Central Voice Tuesday I attended a presentation by Project Central Voice (PCV) at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The goal of PCV is to come up with new ideas for how we can provide Milwaukee residents with opportunities in education, employment and overall self-improvement. It was particularly informative to see the feedback from residents combined with the data that PVC had collected. There is no better way to learn about the problems our communities face than by hearing from residents themselves. I look forward to using the information from PVC to tackle local issues as we prepare for the next legislative session. 





Gretchen Mead Meeting 

On Wednesday, I had a chance to meet with the folks over at Victory Gardens to talk about Urban Agriculture, orchards care and maintenance, the purpose and potential of Wisconsin’s Fast Forward Grants, worker training opportunities and my Love and Faith initiative to create ease of access to services and resources.  Victory Garden is and initiative that works to build communities capacity to grow their own food, creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.



Rise and Grind week, I attended a lunch at Rise and Grind Cafe to support the company opening a second location in the space formerly occupied by Growing Power Cafe in Bronzeville. If you haven’t been to the eatery, you should definitely stop by and meet the owners Larina Hightower and Baboonie Tatum.  It is great to see the steady economic development and growth in the area, particularly since the business has healthy food choices to include vegan items among their regular menu.  The owners, both former educators, also plan to offer classes on healthy eating and meal planning.


Madison Seminar Project Interview and Upcoming Panel Discussion on Corrections Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a Janesville high school senior, who will writing an editorial for the Janesville Gazette on the issue of Wisconsin’s Incarceration Dilemma Among Minorities. The interviewer’s thoughtful questions centered around the overrepresentation of communities of color in correctional facilities, including the causes, impact, and the work being done to address Wisconsin’s abysmal record on African-American incarceration.  As a part of my work on the issue, I also participated in a planning call with fellow legislators, Representatives  Crowley, Bowen, and Goyke regarding a panel discussion we are hosting  on March 19, 2018 at 5:30pm at St Mark Church (1616 W. Atkinson Street, Milwaukee) regarding juvenile justice reform and the closure of Lincoln Hills juvenile facility.  



Intern Spotlight
Each week, Isaac Alter, a communications intern in my Capitol office, writes a short feature on fellow intern working in the office. Take it away Isaac! Retzlaff is a casework intern in Senator Taylor’s Capitol office. Allison is from Brookfield, Wisconsin and is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is majoring in economics and entrepreneurship. Allison also has a passion for law and plans on going to Law School following her undergraduate studies. She said she is interested in a law degree because there is a shortage of people in the profession who can provide the expertise needed in serious situations. Allison wanted to work in Senator Taylor’s office so she could get a “behind-the-scenes” look at how laws are created as well as gain experience working with constituents. So far, her favorite part of working in Senator Taylor’s office has been getting to learn a lot about the issues of people who contact the Senator’s office, and what can be done to assist them.






Constituent Spotlight

This week one of my constituents, Monty Sanford, was featured in Wisconsin Achievers, which highlights success stories of Wisconsin students. Monty is a junior at Cardinal Stritch University and is pursuing a career as an actor. Monty had a windy road to get to where he is now, and was able to pursue his education with the help of a Wisconsin Grant. Monty is a great example of what can happen when you work hard and pursue your dreams. I look forward to seeing his acting career take off!  


Community Action Alerts

It's Still Cold!
Call The Salvation Army To Get A Free Winter Coat

MILWAUKEE COUNTY - Do you know anyone that needs a free coat this winter?

Winter coats are being distributed to residents in need at The Salvation Army Distribution Center, 5880 North 60th St., in Milwaukee this month.  

About 9,500 coats were collected, through donations, in November and December 2017.

Coats will be distributed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, from now until March 31, 2018. Residents should call 414-464-2940 to make an appointment.


Milwaukee Social Security Administration Office Closing

On March 22, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to close the SSA office located at 1710 S 7th St, known to the community as the Mitchell Street office. This closure will leave no remaining offices serving Milwaukee’s Southside.

Three SSA Office Buildings remain in the city. They are located at the following addresses..

Milwaukee Downtown SSA Office
310 W Wisconsin Ave #260
Milwaukee, WI - 53203
Phone Number: 800-772-1213

Milwaukee West SSA Office
5020 West North Ave
Milwaukee, WI - 53208
Phone Number: 800-772-1213

Milwaukee North SSA Office
6300 W Fond Du Lac Ave

Milwaukee, WI - 53218
Phone Number: 800-772-1213






Daylight Saving Time goes into effect at 2 AM Sunday, March 11th


Events and Opportunities


"The Wiz" Presented by First Stage

February 23 - March 25
Shows Beginning at 1:00PM and 3:30 PM
Todd Wehr Theater -  Marcus Center for Performing Arts
929 North Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Event Details Here



Local Farmer Open House

Saturday March 10th

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Urban Ecology Center-Riverside Park

1500 E. Park Place

Milwaukee, WI 53211


Event Details Here





52nd Annual Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick's Parade


Saturday March 10th


The Shops of Grand Avenue

275 W. Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53203



Event Details Here




SWENext DesignLab Milwaukee


Saturday, March 10th

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

400 W. Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee, WI 53203

Event Details Here


Neighborhood Night at Betty Brinn Children's Museum


Wednesday, March 14th

5:00PM - 8:00PM

Betty Brinn Children's Museum

929 E. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202



Event Details Here



It's Still Cold! Salvation Army Coat Distribution


Monday to Friday

8:30 PM - 3:00 PM

March 7th - March 31st

11315 West Watertown Plank Rd

Wauwatosa, WI 53226



Event Details Here







 Quote of the Week:

"My dream is that someday health will be as important in the curriculum of our young people as history, math, or English. And that no student will wake up hungry, unsure of when they're next chance to eat might be."

-Senator Lena C. Taylor at the School Nutrition Association Advocacy Day


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