Official Government Communication

Week of June 11th - June 16th

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



Raw Food for Beginners


This week started off with my office getting the opportunity to sit down with an entrepreneur and certified Raw Chef that teaches healthy cooking classes in Milwaukee. Eden's Market, a raw food line that had an eight-part Raw Cooking series on Wisconsin Public Television, spoke to many of the concerns that have driven my passion about Urban Ag and gardening. When I heard about some of the meals she's prepared, I understood why! Raw cooking is a style of food preparation that calls for only using whole foods and not cooking anything above 118 degrees. This style of cooking offers both new flavors and the health benefits of not cooking the vitamins and minerals out of food. A growing community of people attest to feeling healthier and more energetic on a raw diet. I'm extremely excited that I'll have the opportunity to try my own hand at raw cooking as the Guest Chef on Caroline's Raw Creations Interactive Healthy Cooking Class in a couple of weeks!



McGovern National Night Out Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of attending the third annual "Night Out at McGovern Park". The event, hosted by Erica Lofton of the Milwaukee Youth Council, Milwaukee County Supervisor, Sequanna Taylor, and a variety of civic partners brought members of the community together to enjoy a fun night filled with music, food, and games. In addition to free food and entertainment, "Night Out at McGovern Park" also provided constituents with an opportunity to learn about beneficial  organizations in the area that provides services on a wide range of issues. I enjoyed the chance to talk to some of my constituents and listen to their thoughts on what I can do to improve their neighborhood. As someone who has attended the event each year since it began in 2016, it is something I eagerly look forward to every summer. The event has grown in both size and attendance. It is clear that this has become a special annual gathering for everyone.


Equity Council Meeting Tuesday, my office attended a meeting of the Equity Council focused on the implementation of Social and Emotional Learning in Wisconsin's schools through an equity lens. The Equity Council is a body within the Department of Public Instruction that is chaired by State Superintendent Tony Evers and brings together stakeholders from a variety of educational backgrounds as well as a handful of public officials to ensure our state's public education system works for everyone. The Equity Council was founded to help close the student achievement gap in Wisconsin within six years.

Academic achievement is measured in outcomes, usually standardized test scores. Behind every test score is  student. In this state, the students from minority backgrounds and lower-income families tend to have worse educational outcomes than their peers. Those at the intersection of both do even worse. It is clear that the social and emotional health of our students are key factors in their academic outcomes. I am proud to serve my community on the Equity Council to ensure everything possible is done to empower the most underserved students in our state. 


FLAC Meeting with Milwaukee District Attorney Wednesday, I attended a meeting between members of the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition and District Attorney John Chisholm to request an investigation into the City of Milwaukee Health Department's Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Program. A report was recently released by the Department of Health Services stating that the Milwaukee Health Department's Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Program closed cases of child lead poisoning before meeting the statutorily prescribed guidelines for doing so. FLAC asked that the DHS findings be investigated to ensure accountability and protect public safety. I'm proud of the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition for speaking out about this issue and look forward to working with them to address these critical concerns.


Green Schools Conference Thursday my office attended the Green Schools Conference at Fernwood Montessori in Bay View. The state-of-the-art facilities focused on agriculture at the school. Fernwood has its greenhouse, rain garden, aquaponics system, and outdoor classroom! The conference itself focused on how we can make schools more eco-friendly and students more eco-literate. Workshops focused on giving a voice to youth passionate about taking care of our environment, making schools daily activities greener, and how administrators can work more eco-literacy into school curriculum. 



Panel on the Midterm Elections, I was privileged to sit on a panel at the Rainbow PUSH convention in Chicago. I was joined by other state representatives to highlight the upcoming midterm elections. As a group, we each spoke to our experiences as legislators from around the country to put the importance of the elections into context. During this vital election cycle, the entire House of Representatives, a third of the U.S. Senate, and 36 governorships are up for election. Thousands of state legislative seats are in play and local races as well. Because turnout is usually low in the midterms, a few people will make decisions for the rest of the country. It may not be the choices you want.

The last few years have seen the progress and promise of generations halted by a brand of politics born from the worst part of ourselves. In both tone and tenor, the country is changing. These elections will help determine which political agenda will survive and which will be silenced. Everything from Supreme Court appointments, judicial rulings, Social Security, Medicare, education, and safety net programs are at stake. In 2010, millions were invested in state and local races to enable the harmful gerrymandering and redistricting that has worked to silence voices and elevate one party. We discussed voter suppression and why it's so important to register to vote. But make no mistake, everything is on the table from impeachment discussions, extended Russian meddling investigations, Trump's cabinet appointees to relationships with allies and enemies around the world. Bottom line, we stressed that all elections have consequences.

Rainbow Push Coalition 

Isaiah's Graduation

On Saturday,  I'll be doing what so many of you have done the last couple of months. I will be attending the high school graduation of my son, Isaiah! It seems like just yesterday I was dropping him off for first grade. Now, in the blink of an eye, my only child will soon be leaving for college. I couldn't be more proud of him, but it is unnerving to see him preparing for this next phase of his journey. My son has been amazing in sharing his mom with the constituents of the 4th Senate district and for that, I am thankful. Congratulations Isaiah!



Intern Spotlight Murphy is a junior at UW-Madison from New Jersey majoring in biochemistry. Chris chose to study biochemistry because he enjoys the analytical processes that are utilized in that field. Outside of this office, Chris is a member of the Alexander Hamilton Society and Model UN. These experiences have been helpful in his work in the office.

As a policy intern, Chris is responsible for moving along the Senator's policy agenda through research and administrative work. During the summer when the Senate is not in legislative session, he helps prepare for the upcoming session and does work for the summer committees Senator Taylor is on.

The internship will help prepare him for a career in public policy which he hopes to pursue after graduation. He also plans to go to law school to study patent law. Chris wanted to work at Senator Taylor's office because he supports her positions and wanted to help move along her policies in any way he can.



Community Action Alerts

Safe & Sound Donations: June 19-28

Dear City of Milwaukee Residents:

For their 20th anniversary the Safe & Sound Campaign will be accepting donations June 19-28 to support projects and other efforts that create stronger and safer communities in the Milwaukee area.

Free “Little Libraries”, neighborhood cleanups and community gardens are some examples of how Safe & Sound has been a positive influence in the Milwaukee community.

Also, Safe & Sound has partnered with the Milwaukee Police Department in holding monthly Crime and Safety Meetings for each Milwaukee district. 4th district meetings are held 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at in the Safety Academy at 6680 N. Teutonia Ave.

For more information on these meetings contact Community Liaison Officers Tracey Geniesse at (414) 935-7248 or Carrie Resnick at (414) 935-7373.

If you can please help Safe & Sound reach their $5,000 goal to continue these incredible programs!


Transportation and Logistics Careers Information Session

Learn about careers, training options, and more from industry experts and businesses that are hiring now! Find out how to begin a career as a truck driver, shipping and receiving associate, cargo handler, warehouse associate, or distribution technician.

When: Thursday, June 28th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Employ Milwaukee, 2342 N. 27th Street, Room 118, Milwaukee, WI 53210

For more information, call (414) 270-1728 or email


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.








Kohl's Wild Theater Jamboree


Sunday, June 17th

5:30 pm


Polish Fest
200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info


River Rhythms Paddle

Wednesday, June 20th
6:30 pm-10:00 pm

Rowing Club
1990 N. Commerce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

For More Info


Jackson Park Farmer's Market

Thursday, June 21st
3:30 pm-7:00 pm

Jackson Park--Boathouse
3500 W. Forest Home Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53215

For More Info


Sound & Sight Concert

Saturday, June 23rd
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53217


For More Info




Tosa Tonight Free Summer Concert

Wednesday, June 20th
6:00 pm

Rotary Performance Pavilion
Hart Park, 6650 W. State Street

Wauwatosa, WI 53213


For More Info



The Great American Read Picnic

Thursday, June 21st
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park
1859 N. 40th Street, Milwaukee, WI


For More Info








 Quote of the Week:

"The one thing I don't have on my side is history. It can be discouraging when people only look to the past to determine what you're capable of. But I use that as fuel. My job is to remove this as a barrier for every person who runs after me. I've always seen my success in that light."

- Stacey Abrams


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