Official Government Communication

Week of July 30th - August 4th

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


Urban Ag as a Pathway to Employment Taylor met with a Milwaukee County Supervisor and the Director of Milwaukee County Parks about the LOVE & FAITH initiative. A key aspect of the initiative is urban agriculture and forestry. They talked about how Milwaukee parks can act as a  hub for these efforts. For example, many other cities have used public parks as spaces to create urban agriculture opportunities for their residents. Additionally, she discussed the possibility of developing vocational training programs through a partnership between Milwaukee County Parks and the Wisconsin Arborist Association that could bring dozens of urban forestry jobs to Milwaukee, as well as how fish hatcheries could be used as pathways to rewarding careers.


CSG Justice Center and Juvenile Corrections Reform spoke with the Council of State Government's Justice Center about juvenile corrections here in Wisconsin. The Justice Center is a national organization that helps state governments translate research into policy and practice. I really appreciate that CSG staff go on field trips to juvenile facilities around the county to stay up-to-date on what the best practices can look like in facilities. We discussed their work in Wisconsin on the Justice Re-Investment Initiative.

Of particular interest is the work CSG has done in Washington D.C. with the New Beginnings Youth Development Center. Like Lincoln Hills and Copper Lakes facilities here in Wisconsin, New Beginnings was also forced to close its doors after years of problems, and mandated to reform its juvenile justice system. At the behest of Dr. Ramel Smith, a Wisconsin psychologist who consults with New Beginnings, I visited the facility to learn more about their work. Smith, whose life's work has centered on research and recommendations for improving outcomes for youth in secure facilities, felt that the organizational model of New Beginnings could benefit Wisconsin youth.

The Justice Center visits facilities often and I learned that they were familiar with the work of New Beginnings. Therefore, I was excited to invite them to present their findings and other useful reform concepts to the Wisconsin 2017 Act 185 Juvenile Corrections Study Committee. While we are at the ground stages of the work to improve our state's juvenile corrections system, I want to make sure we don't miss this opportunity to hear from experts from around the country.


2.  North Shore Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Our office staff attended the ribbon cutting for North Shore Bank's newest location in Shorewood. The bank is celebrating 95 years of service in our community and this was a great way to further their partnership. Located at 4060 N. Oakland Avenue, some of the new amenities offered by this branch include private offices to meet with your banker, drive-up video teller services open 7 days a week, a walk-up easy deposit ATM, a self-service coin counter, and space for the community to have meetings with access to video conferencing. The bank also showed off the bike rack that was designed by a student from Shorewood High School! North Shore bank has done well in supporting our communities and small businesses throughout Eastern Wisconsin. Let's continue to support them as well!


Speaking at Camp Umoja made my way over to Camp Umoja to talk with the young scholars there about some of my goals for our community as their Senator. During their six weeks at Camp Umoja, students work collectively on long term projects. They also have the chance to hear speakers from all walks of life, who are asked to provide engagement, information, and inspiration for these future leaders. I was excited to use my time with them to talk about the importance of getting involved in the community and civic engagement. I spoke to them about one of my personal heroes, Ezekiel Gillespie, a man whose commitment to his community and enduring fight for equality secured African-Americans the right to vote in Wisconsin. In my closing remarks, it was important that they learn that you can make an impact at any age. Whether it's raisig awareness about a cause, starting a club in your school, or meeting with your elected representative, there are countless ways to use your voice and get involved.


Intern Spotlight: Maddie Ladd by Danny Farber Ladd is a communications intern at Senator Taylor's Milwaukee office. She is currently a rising sophomore at UW Madison double majoring in history and political science. Originally from Wauwatosa, Maddie was familiar with the Senator and her work within the community going into her internship. Wanting to improve the lives of those in the Milwaukee area, working for Senator Taylor and advancing her political goals was a unique opportunity for Maddie. The most rewarding part of the job for her has been helping constituents and gaining a greater understanding for the inner workings of a political office.

Outside of the office, Maddie stays involved in the Pre-Law Society, Swim Club, and College Democrats at UW Madison. After graduating she wants to apply to Teach for America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting potential teachers with public schools in low-income communities. Maddie is also interested in applying to law school and becoming a human rights lawyer.

This week is Maddie's last in Senator Taylor's office! We are sad to see her go, but we know she is going places and wish her the best of luck in the future.


Community Action Alerts

Vel R. Phillips Dedication Ceremony

You're invited to attend the historic Street Naming Dedication Ceremony for Vel R. Phillips Avenue on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11:00am on the corner of 4th & North Ave., in front of America's Black Holocaust Museum. 

This historic event is a part of the Bronzeville Week 2018 festivities, and will include a program followed by food, entertainment, and trolley rides along Vel R. Phillips Avenue from St. Paul to Capitol Drive. 

For more on the dedication, watch this video:


Informational Meeting for North Teutonia Construction

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Department of Public Works regarding the reconstruction project on North Teutonia Avenue.

You are invited to attend the second Public Informational Meeting for the proposed reconstruction project of North Teutonia Avenue, from West Garfield Avenue to West Groeling Avenue. The meeting will be held in the hallway outside of the auditorium in an “Open House” format with project related sketches and plans on display. Representatives from the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works and Kapur & Associates will be available to discuss the project plans and answer your questions.

It is very important that we receive public input on the proposed project as it will be directly impacting businesses and residents in the area.  Input that is received at the Public Informational Meeting will assist in completing the proposed design.

When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: North Division High School, located at 1011 West Center Street


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:

  • 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!


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.












Events and Opportunities




Vel R. Phillips Avenue Dedication Ceremony

Thursday, August 7th
11:00 am

America's Black Holocaust Museum

4th & North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

For More Info


Back to School Family Rally

Saturday, August 4th
10:00 am

St. Francis Church
1927 N. 4th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212


For More Info


World Peace Celebration Community Resource & Job Fair

Saturday, August 4th
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Sherman Park Boys & Girls Club
3000 N Sherman Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53210

For More Info


We Are Water: Shared Water/Shared Humanity


Sunday, August 5th

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


South Shore Park

2900 S Shore Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207


For More Info




Cruisin' the Grove Classic Car Show


Sunday, August 5th

10:00 am -2:00 pm


Woller-Anger & Company
930 Elm Grove Rd. Elm Grove, WI 53122


For More Info




Marquette Mobile Legal Clinic


Monday, August 6th

2:00 - 4:00 pm


Mill Road
6431 N. 76th St. Milwaukee, WI


For More Info




Musical Mondays


Monday, August 6th

6:30 pm


Lake Park

3233 E. Kenwood Blvd.

 Milwaukee, WI 53211


For More Info




Ice Cream Social


Wednesday, August 8th

6:00 pm


Milwaukee County Historical Society

910 N. Old World 3rd St. Milwaukee, WI 53203


For More Info




Concerts in the Garden


Thursday, August 9th

6:30 pm


Boerner Botanical Garden

9400 N. Boerner Dr.

Hales Corner, WI 53130


For More Info




Shakespeare in the State Parks


Friday, August 10th

5:30 pm


Havenwood State Forest

6141 N. Hopkins St.

Milwaukee, WI 53209


For More Info




Community Resource and Job Fair


Wednesday, August 15th

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Wisconsin Community Services

3732 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee, WI


For More Info











 Quote of the Week:

"People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible."

- Tom Vilsack, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

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