Official Government Communication

Week of August 5th - August 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

Driving Isaiah to College weekend, like so many families, I will be driving my only child to college. The ride is roughly 12 hours. I imagine it will be the longest ride and the shortest ride of my life. With our car loaded down, the gas stops and food breaks, it will likely all blend together. We'll have hours to talk, disagree, and laugh. Ok, he will likely be asleep in the back seat. I, however, will remember his first steps, his first words, and his first day of school. And before you know it, we'll arrive on campus, sit through orientation and set up his room. Then, I will head up the highway... alone. We've prepared our whole life for this moment, I just didn't think it would come so soon. I am excited for Isaiah, and all the incoming freshmen like him. I'm excited for myself and parents like me, who are entering a different phase of their life. But truth be told, I'm already looking forward to his first school break. For those of you that are off to colleges around the country, I wish you safe travels on your new journey!


Faith-based Visits Senator's week started off with visits to 7 churches last Sunday. Senator Taylor believes the faith community in her district plays a vital role in the dissemination of information and resources, not only to parishioners, but surrounding community members. With so many congregations offering meals, clothing banks, soft skills training, re-entry work with formerly incarcerated residents, or counseling services, she or a member of her staff often attend meetings and events connected to these faith institutions.


Vel Phillips Street Dedication Taylor attended the dedication and renaming of a portion of North 4th Street in Milwaukee in honor of Vel Phillips. Phillips, who passed away in April of this year, was a true trailblazer for women and Wisconsin's African American community. She was the first black woman to graduate from the UW-Madison law School, first African-American judge in Wisconsin, and the first and only ever African American elected to a statewide office as Secretary of State among many other accomplishments. Vel Phillips, who was the first woman and first African-American elected to serve on the Milwaukee Common Council, was also pivotal in the fight for fair housing. It was an overdue honor and an appropriate selection, as Phillips went to school along this street and spent much of her childhood going to and from church there.


Creating a Pathway using Urban Agriculture Taylor met with representatives from Employ Milwaukee, Northcott Community House, and others to discuss how their collaborations can provide pathways to work by creating urban orchards. They have been supporters urging Milwaukee County to create urban orchards for nearly 10 years! With growing concerns about better access to locally grown food and getting people to eat more produce, orchards are spaces that allow for social interaction and employment opportunities, exercise, and education. Senator Taylor enjoys getting to work with people who understand the benefits urban orchards can bring to Milwaukee residents.


Blood Center of Wisconsin Taylor connected with a representative from the BloodCenter of Wisconsin to discuss a recent collaboration between the BloodCenter and several local churches. Churches for Organ Donation and Registration (CodeR) was launched earlier this year in an effort to raise awareness about the need for organ donation in African American communities. Currently, more than 2,000 people in Wisconsin are on the waiting list. CodeR serves as a platform for people to discuss the importance of donation and Senator Taylor is very happy to see churches recognizing this issue and urging people to register with this life-saving program. A follow up meeting has been scheduled for next week to connect the Blood Center with local resources that can help them expand upon the great work they do.


Legislative Council Study Committee on Child Placement and Support Taylor met with the Director of Milwaukee County Child Support Services to talk about the upcoming work of the Legislative Council Study Community on Child Placement and Support. The Study Committee is made up of both legislators and public stakeholders involved in different aspects of child support and parental custody. The purpose of the committee is to review Wisconsin’s current model for determining child support and placement and to make recommendations for how the system could be improved in the next legislative session. A number of concerned groups and constituents have reached out to talk about joint custody options, custodial parents, child support payment models, and more. Senator Taylor is the Vice-Chair of the committee, and enjoys the chance to hear stake-holder’s concerns and goals. The first meeting of the Study Committee on Child Placement and Support will take place at 10:30AM on Tuesday, August 28th in the state Capitol.


Our Issues Milwaukee Taylor sat down for a conversation with Andrea Williams, host of the interview series, Our Issues Milwaukee. The Senator discussed her upcoming National Night Out and the importance of strengthening community-police relations in Milwaukee and across the country. Senator Taylor explained how National Night Out ties into her bigger platform, the LOVE & FAITH initiative, highlighting the importance of building community hubs. But what is a community hub? A hub is a physical location that brings organizations that do similar work out of silos and promotes collaboration between them. When you get organizations offering resources for health, employment, and literacy working together in one place for the community, you get real change. At National Night Out, Senator Taylor and other organizers will be using Lincoln Park as a community hub.

First celebrated by 2.5 million neighbors across 23 states in August of 1984 with front porch vigils, the event is now held in every state and attended by an estimated 38 million neighbors. Beyond the size, the meaning of the event has expanded as well. What started as a night for residents to participate in crime prevention has grown into a night to deepen community ties with the police department and to remind ourselves what it truly means to be a member of a community.

The 4th Senate District National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Lincoln Park. The open space the park provides is just one out of several key elements that make it a great location to spur open conversation, get to know one another and have a great time. There will be family friendly activities, food, free swimming, skating, resource vendors and more.  Our Issues Milwaukee is on My 24 every Saturday at 6:30 and Sundays at 7:30 on CW 18. To watch the full interview, be sure to tune into My 24 this Saturday, August 11th!


YES Luncheon Taylor attended a luncheon to celebrate youth who have completed accounting internships with Milwaukee businesses put on by the Young Enterprising Society (YES). YES is an organization founded by two Milwaukee natives that empowers local youth and serves the community. Founded in 2012, YES has already been tremendously successful and connecting youth with amazing opportunities and inspiring them to take full advantage of them. At the luncheon, the youth’s accomplishments were acknowledged and attendees got to hear about their plans for the future.


Juvenile Justice Reform Updates Taylor talked with Lincoln Hills & Copper Lake Superintendent Jason Benzel to get updates on a number of initiatives and work being done at the juvenile facilities. The meeting comes after a previous conversation she had with the Superintendent in June where they discussed a visit to the New Beginnings Youth Development Center in Washington DC. Senator Taylor visited the facility to learn about their work to reform their juvenile justice system. Department of Corrections personnel also visited about a week later. Mental and physical health care, substance abuse treatment, and community engagement are a few of the services New Beginnings uses to rehabilitate the young men that come under their supervision.

It was good to learn that the facilities are looking for ways to better engage the juveniles in their care and looking at programming that provides increased access to family connections, community resources, and educational opportunities. When youth have an opportunity to receive these services, there is a better chance at not having them return to correctional facilities. With the right attention and care we can improve the outcomes for youth in our juvenile facilities and change the cycle of recidivism.


Intern Spotlight: Danny Farber by Abby Routh Farber is a communications intern in Senator Taylor's Madison office. Originally from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Danny specifically chose to work in this office. Looking for an exciting and involved experience, he hoped to build on skills he has acquired in writing and editing for The Badger Herald. He has gotten the opportunity to do so, as he says he enjoyed improving his writing skills the most during his time here. However, his favorite experience on the job was writing a column for the Milwaukee Courier newspaper. He also helped constituents by researching and answering their questions in regards to important issues like juvenile detention in Wisconsin.

Danny is currently studying Economics and History in Madison. When he is not working in the office or as a Sports Editor for The Badger Herald, he is working in Productions at the Wisconsin Union. In the future, he sees himself getting involved in sports media and communications, or possibly something finance related. We have enjoyed having Danny in the office, especially since he has written so many intern spotlights in the past, and we wish him luck as he enters his senior year of college!

Community Action Alerts

New Date For National Night Out

Due to a forecast of rain on Tuesday, August 7th, National Night Out has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 21st and it will take place in Lincoln Park from 4:00 - 9:00 pm. We are sorry for this inconvenience and hope you will be able to make it!

Hundreds of Job Opportunities in Milwaukee

Journey House and Wave One DCMKE Inaugural Member is partnering with City of Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services and Department of Health Services to host a job fair targeted at young adults aging out of foster care.

  • Where: Journey House, 2110 W. Scott Street, Milwaukee
  • When: Thursday August 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Contact Stephanie Samarripa at 414-286-3319 for more information.

Job fair hosted by Ald. Khalif Rainey - More than 100 positions will be showcased by employers from leading industry sectors. Be there!

  • Where: Wheaton Franciscan (St. Joseph’s) auditorium at 5400 W. Chambers Street
  • When: Thursday August 23rd from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

Randstad is currently recruiting for temp to permanent positions for Packaging Associates for the 2nd or 3rd Shift. Wages begin at $15.48 per hour. Apply online at

WRTP/BIG STEP is recruiting for several manufacturing positions for ATI on Wednesday August 22nd 2018. Call 414-342-9787 to register for a scheduled time slot.


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 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



Pancakes & Poetry

Saturday, August 11th
9:30 am

Rise & Grind Cafe

 27237 N. MLK Jr. Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info


Bronzeville Black Food Truck Fest

Saturday, August 11th
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Garfield Ave. (Between MLK Dr. & 2nd St.)

Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info


Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 11th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lake Shore State Park 500 N. Harbor Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info


Greendale Village Days

Saturday, August 11th - Sunday, August 12th
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Downtown Greendale
Broad Street
Greendale, WI 53129

For More Info


Prisoner Resistance Then and Now

Sunday, August 12th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Turner Hall
1034 Vel. R. Phillips Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

For More Info


Poetry in the Park


Tuesday, August 14th

6:30 pm


Juneau Park

900 N. Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info




Rainbow Scavenger Hunt


Wednesday, August 15th

1:00 pm -2:00 pm


Friends of Lakeshore State Park
500 N. Harbor Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info




Beach Bonfire


Wednesday, August 15th

7:00 pm -9:00 pm


Friends of Lakeshore State Park
500 N. Harbor Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info




Neighborhood Night


Thursday, August 16th

5:00 pm -8:00 pm


Betty Brinn Children's Museum
929 E. Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info















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"What did you do today that was good?"

-Vel Phillips

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