Official Government Communication

Week of July 16th - July 21st

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


National Night Out Planning for National Night Out on August 7th continues! From now until National Night Out a group of volunteers will meet every Monday from 1-3pm at Villard Library. We will have food vendors, kickball, community resources, a kids corner, fire trucks, classic cars, and more! If you have any questions about National Night Out, please call my office at 608-266-5810. The event itself will take place from 4pm-9pm on August 7th in Lincoln Park.




Project Return Meeting met with the Executive Director of Project RETURN, an interfaith ministry in Milwaukee that helps returning citizens make a smooth transition home from prison. Project RETURN offers several programs such as re-entry employment assistance, a fatherhood initiative, and various support groups. We discussed re-doing the Restoration Act, a bill I authored in 2009 that would return voting rights to ex-felons no longer incarcerated and on probation or parole. We also discussed the Credible Messenger Model I recently saw firsthand at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Washington D.C. and the community-based visits my office put together for youth at Golden Hills a few years ago. In addition, I told Project RETURN about the mentor program at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility in Boscobel as well as about the simulated re-entry training being done with incarcerated individuals there. They were happy to hear I have already spoken with the DOC about bringing the program to Milwaukee and they were willing help by serving as a trainer for families, prison ministries, and other re-entry organizations.


District 7 MPD Event enjoyed canvassing around Wahl Park with members of M.A.SH. and officer Kirk (along with other MPD officers) to talk to constituents about their concerns when it comes to better connecting with District 7 of MPD. We also talked about the event in Wahl Park MPD put on later that day, and National Night Out on August 7th. I even got to enjoy some vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream from the MPD ice cream truck before I left!




Urban Ag Conference spent the second half of the week at the Urban Agriculture Academy in Ames, Iowa. I am always looking to learn as much as possible about urban agriculture that can benefit Milwaukee. We discussed a variety of challenges and opportunities in everything from environmental impact to current and future legislation to the role GMOs can play in Urban Ag. I especially loved the chance to see presentations from young people about what kind of agriculture is happening in their states. The discussion about the federal Farm Bill was amazing! We asked so many questions and went so long that they had to stop us so the next presenter could go 30 minutes late! I was so happy to share Wisconsin’s work with industrial hemp, LOVE&FAITH, and make connections to Wisconsin’s urban agriculture forward.


Five Points Gardening Day I'm not still stuck in an airport in Iowa, I'm looking forward to attending the 5Points Neighborhood Association's Gardening Day tomorrow morning. I love the chance to roll up my sleeves to do a little urban agriculture myself! Gardens area  great way to get community members involved in an activity with proven mental and physical health benefits. They are also a great way to promote environmental sustainability and efficiency. Community gardens offer a place where people can help their city and connect with others who have similar interests. They are always looking for more volunteers. If you would like to help out, visit their Facebook page.


LOVE & FAITH Progress met with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which is a federal organization that has volunteer initiatives. Presently they run the foster grandparent program that serves our juvenile corrections facility and other organizations throughout the state. We discussed making it possible for people to volunteer from Milwaukee but serve at Lincoln Hills, which is not in their area. They informed me they would look into it, but may not be able to get the volunteers a stipend because a federal rule requires the service to be in the volunteer’s area. My response was “but they would serve kids from the area and DOC has an issue with a lack of community connectedness!” They said we may not be able to get things changed! As a result, I called US Senators Tammy Baldwin’s and Ron Johnson’s office to seek a federal solution. We also discussed how LOVE & FAITH fits with CNCS’s work, and Milwaukee organizations that the CNCS could better coordinate their volunteer initiatives with.

Another meeting, this one with Rob Cherry of Employ Milwaukee, was one of the most encouraging I’ve had in a long time on workforce development. Mr. Cherry understands the possibilities that forestry provides, and made a list of partners waiting to meet the needs of the Wisconsin Arborist Association. After meeting with Mr. Cherry, I had a brief conversation with the Director of Milwaukee County Parks, Guy Smith, to get the ball rolling on how Milwaukee County Parks could partner with MATC create urban orchards in Oak and McGovern Parks. He was very receptive and we have scheduled a follow-up meeting!




Intern Spotlight: Yilun Ma by Danny Farber's%20photo-FF.jpgYilun Ma is a policy intern in Senator Taylor's Madison office, Though originally from Beijing, China, Yilun is currently a rising junior at UW Madison set to graduation in May of 2020 with a degree in political science. As someone who cares deeply about social issues, her interest in this field comes from a desire to create solutions for these problems through legislation. Her belief in public service is also why she wanted to work for Senator Taylor as she could further pursue these passions.

Working in Senator Taylor's office had given Yilun the opportunity to learn more about the social issues that she has studies in class. Reading proposals from different Wisconsin organizations and conducting research on different bills have been some of her favorite parts of this job since it allows her to learn about different issues in the community. Outside of the office, Yilun stays involved with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, a students organization at UW. After graduation, Yilun hopes to use the writing skills she's gained from her studies and working with Senator Taylor to attend law school.


Community Action Alerts

Free Friday Night Concerts

I encourage you all to take advantage of the free Friday night concert series hosted by Arts @ Large. All concerts will be located at the corner of 3rd and Walker Streets in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.

Below are the dates and performers of each show:

  • July 20 Abraxis – Santana Tribute Band
  • July 27 Pangea – World Music
  • Aug 3 Mitch Shiner – Latin Vibes
  • Aug 10 Tritonics – Rock Steady Reggae
  • Aug 17 LaChazz – Latin Jazz
  • Aug 24 Sindoola – African Dance Music
  • Sept 7 Listening Party – Bluegrass/Americana
  • Sept 14 Command Performance – Big Band

For more information check out Art @ Large's website. Enjoy!


Rhythm & Blooms Free Summer Concerts

Don't miss out on another free summer concert series hosted by the Havenwood Economic Development Corps!

When: Every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (July 26th, August 2nd)

Where: Green Tree Community Garden- 6767 N. 60th St, Milwaukee.

Visit their Eventbrite for an updated list of performers.


South Howell Avenue Reconstruction Project

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Department of Public Works on reconstruction on South Howell Avenue in Milwaukee.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) announces that a reconstruction project on South Howell Avenue from West Grange to Layton Avenues will begin on Monday, July 16, 2018 with preliminary work on the avenue crossovers. This is a State of Wisconsin Department on Transportation project, managed in conjunction with DPW, and is expected to last into December 2018, weather permitting.

IMPORTANT: Access to General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) from S. Howell Ave. will be maintained during this project.

However GMIA travelers, customers, employees, and vendors should be aware of traffic pattern changes and possible delays accessing the airport during the project. The traveling public may wish the use South 13th Street between W. Layton and W. Grange as an alternative route to the airport.

What to expect during construction:

  • Two-way traffic on S. Howell Ave. will continue during construction.
  • On Thursday, July 19 the east side of S. Howell Avenue will be closed.
  • One lane in each direction will be open on the west side of the street.
  • The intersection of S. Howell/ East & West Layton will also be reconstructed; traffic lane closures on Layton will occur as well.

Bus Routes: #55 and the Green Line will remain in operation on their regular routes. Route #80 will detour to/from the Airport Spur via W. Grange Ave. to S. 6th St. Passengers should watch for possible additional and/or relocated bus stops, and other possible delays, and plan accordingly.

Parking: There will be no on-street parking on S. Howell during construction.

Pedestrian access: Short-term disruptions will occur as sidewalks are being removed and rebuilt. Temporary accommodations will be provided as needed.

For more information on this project go to the DPW website.


Work Continues Along Milwaukee's Valley Bridge

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on continuing work on Milwaukee's Valley Bridge

On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will begin the next phase of the Valley Bridge overlay project in the city of Milwaukee. This phase will shift southbound I-43 traffic allowing for the 11th Street / Wisconsin Avenue on-ramp to I-43 south to reopen.

 As the project advances, access to certain system ramps will continue to become available. Please note that these closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

 Current long-term ramp closures:

  • I-794 West to I-43 South                                                                                          (Until Late June)
  • I-43 North to I-94 West                                                                                           (Until Late June)
  • I-43 North to 10th Street and Michigan Avenue Off-Ramp                                       (Until Late June)
  • I-94 East to I-43 South                                                                                            (Until Late July)
  • Mineral Street/National Avenue On-Ramp to I-43 North                                          (Until Late August)

The primary detour route for navigating interchange access continues to be the I-794 Hoan Bridge. For more information on closures and detour routes, visit 511 Wisconsin or visit their website.


The Salvation Army To Celebrate Christmas In July

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Salvation Army on their Christmas In July donation drive in Milwaukee County.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY - The Salvation Army is bringing Christmas in July to Milwaukee County. Christmas in July, which will be held from July 23 to July 28, is a week dedicated to community awareness and fundraising.

During that week, residents of Milwaukee County will see The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles out at the following locations throughout the city:

- Pick 'N Save, 250 W Holt Milwaukee, WI 53207
- Pick 'N Save, 3701 S 27th Milwaukee, WI. 53221
- Pick 'N Save, 7201 S 76th Street Franklin, WI 53132
- Pick 'N Save, 7780 S Lovers Lane Rd Franklin, WI 53132
- Pick 'N Save, 4279 S 76th Street Greenfield, WI 53220
- Pick 'N Save, 2320 W Ryan Rd Oak Creek, WI 53154
- Pick 'N Save, 8770 S Howell Avenue Oak Creek, WI 53154
- Pick 'N Save, 2625 S 108th West Allis, WI 53227

“The Red Kettle Campaign during Christmas has historically been the The Salvation Army's primary fundraiser, with proceeds going directly to help families and individuals in need throughout the entire year, not just at Christmas,” said Major Steve Merritt, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan. “With the increase in financial requests made to The Salvation Army and need for community care year round, Christmas in July will help provide financial assistance for more families right now.”

Christmas in July will also include one major fundraising event. In partnership with The Milwaukee Brewers, The Salvation Army will have bell ringers and kettles outside Miller Park prior to the Brewers vs. Nationals game on Wednesday, July 25.

If you would like to volunteer to ring bells this July, please visit and enter your city or zip code to find a kettle closest to you.

If you would like to donate to the Christmas in July campaign, visit or text keyword ChristmasInJuly to 41444.

More volunteer opportunities:

Shifts are now open for Christmas Family Feast, the Prison Toy Program and Toy Shop. If you are interested, please apply online at:












Events and Opportunities




Power To The Polls: Creating an Agenda for Black Women in Wisconsin


Saturday, July 28

6:00 - 9:00 pm


Chic Underground Lounge
770 N Jefferson St. Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info




8th Annual Hot Air Balloonfest


Thursday, July 19- Sunday, July 22

4:00 - 11:00 pm


Evergreen Elementary

817 W. Main St.

Waterford, WI 53185


For More Info




Air and Water Show


Saturday, July 21st- Sunday, July 22nd    10:00 am


Milwaukee Lakefront

1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info




Milwaukee Career Fair


Tuesday, July 24th

6:00 pm


Embassy Suites by Hilton

1200 S. Moorland Rd.

Milwaukee, WI 53005


For More Info




Route 66: America's Main Street

Tuesday, July 24th
6:30 pm

Cudahy Family Library

3500 Library Dr.

Cudahy, WI 53110

For More Info


Westown Farmer's Market


Wednesday, July 25th

10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Zeidler Union Square

301 W. Michigan St.

Milwaukee, WI 53203


For More Info



Community Job Fair


Friday, July 27th

10:00 am - 2:00 pm


6665 N 60th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53223


For More Info




Midsummer Festival of the Arts


Saturday, July 21st

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday. July 22nd

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


John Michael Kohler Arts Center

608 New York Ave. Sheboygan, WI 53081


For More Info










 Quote of the Week:

"He plants trees to benefit another generation."

- Caecilius Statius

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