Official Government Communication

Week of August 20th - August 25th

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


Act 185 Juvenile Justice Study Committee, Round 2 Taylor attended the second meeting of the Act 185 Juvenile Justice Corrections Study Committee. The committee was created as a result of the passage of 2017's Act 185, which will close the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth correctional facilities by 2021 and replace it with a new juvenile corrections system built on county-based facilities. Senator Taylor has been working for years to implement a county-based system with juvenile corrections facilities that keep youth closer to their families and allow for more personal, rehabilitative programming. The committee, tasked by law with recommending best practices for the new facilities, has its first deadline coming up on Sept. 1st. Senator Taylor believes the committee has to be completely transparent and seek as much community input as possible. If you know an organization you would like to see the committee work with going forward, please contact the office at (608)-266-5810 to share.


Devil's Advocate Radio Interview Taylor spoke with Mike Crute of Devilís Advocate Radio to promote efforts to strengthen community-police relations and offer some thoughts following the last weekís State Primary Election. She highlighted the need for a candidate who will address Milwaukeeís specific issues, especially those that impact the African-American community and more often than not, arenít addressed. Senator Taylor explained the need for a close look at the way we handle education in Milwaukee, noting that the worst educational outcomes in the state are constantly feeding the pipeline to prison. She mentioned that just addressing the problems isnít all itís going to take for a candidate to get support from Milwaukee. Getting out in the community and listening to the people living closest to these problems is something previous candidates have neglected to do, and the Senator is hopeful that in the coming months, weíll see a different approach to that. Devilís Advocate Radio airs from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday on WRRD 1510 AM.


National Night Out!, due the heavy rainfall Monday evening, Senator Taylorís National Night Out event had to be cancelled. The bad weather made it impossible for many of the kidís activities to be set up, or for community vendors to participate. Senator Taylor would like to thank everyone who was willing to participate from the bottom of her heart. National Night Out is one of her favorite days of the year, not just because it brings the community together to have fun, but because of the reach and spirit of the event. National Night Out brings communities together from around the world to meet their neighbors and strengthen the communityís relationships with its police and fire departments. Senator Taylor believes good community-police relationships are essential to in order to combat distrust or misunderstanding. So, in the spirit of National Night Out, say hello to your neighborhood officer! Stop by the local station and introduce yourself! Having a good relationship with your local police is something we can all work on year round.


WSPF and Prairie Du Chien Visits


Senator Taylor was joined by Representative-Elect Kalan Haywood and staff as she visited Wisconsin Secure Program Facility (WSPF) and Prairie Du Chien Correctional Institution. Senator Taylor had a follow up meeting with the warden at WSPF to learn more about a new program that prepares individuals for release by simulating important steps to re-enter their community. After she first learned of the program, Senator Taylor was thrilled to know such comprehensive training was available, and is working with the Department of Corrections to bring the training to corrections facilities in Milwaukee.

Senator Taylor was happy to be joined by a larger group than usual for these corrections visits. As a legislator who has made corrections reform one of her top priorities, she believes it is her job to visit all of the stateís facilities. Given the over-crowding and under-funding of our stateís correctional facilities, there is really no substitute for seeing the conditions of prisons for yourself. It is all too easy to forget that every policy decision has a very real impact on a real person somewhere. As a public servant, Senator Taylor wants to understand exactly what that impact is so she can best serve everyone.


Happy Retirement Pastor Reynolds! Taylor is looking forward to attending the retirement banquet for Pastor George Reynolds, a devoted man who has dedicated 57 years of service to the African Methodist Episcopal Church as the leading Pastor at Ellison Chapel. The Pastorís work towards promoting peace and love through the Gospel has made a lasting impact in Milwaukee and Senator Taylor was honored to be invited to commemorate his years of service. As he moves on to the next chapter of his life, Senator Taylor is sure that in one way or another Pastor Reynolds will continue to help the members of our community grow, prosper, and reach their full potential.



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 Walkerís Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.

Below are the dates and performers of each show:

  • Aug 24 Sindoola Ė African Dance Music
  • Sept 7 Listening Party Ė Bluegrass/Americana
  • Sept 14 Command Performance Ė Big Band

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


Milwaukee Public Schools Family Enrollment

School is about to start for most Milwaukee families. The first day of school for MPS elementary schools on the traditional calendar is Tuesday, September 4th.

To best serve families who need help with enrollment, MPS Central Services will open doors on two Saturdays.

  • Saturday, August 25, from 8AM - 12PM
  • Saturday, September 1, from 8AM - 4PM.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions and help families select a school, update contact information, create a parent portal account, and register students.

MPS Central Services is located at 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee WI 53208

For more enrollment information, click here.

Reinhart Food Service - Order Selectors Wanted!!

Reinhart Foodservice is one of the largest, independent food service distributors in the country, serving independent restaurants, delis, sporting venues, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, the military, and chain restaurants.

Reinhart employees are passionate about their business and their food! If you love the thrill of the chase and thrive on hard work and dedication, please apply today!

How to Apply

For more information and to apply online:
Call Cynthia McGinnis at 312-840-6024 OR email at


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



Weekend Wellness Walk

Saturday, August 25th
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

For More Info


Citizen Science

Saturday, August 25th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

For More Info


Free Summer Nights Movie: A Wrinkle in Time

Saturday, August 25th
8:00 pm

Veteran's Park

1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202



For More Info




Musical Mondays


Monday, August 27th

6:30 pm


3233 E Kenwood Boulevard

Milwaukee, WI 53211


For More Info


Washington Park Wednesdays

Wednesday, August 29th
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Washington Park Bandshell 4599 W. Lloyd St.

Milwaukee, WI 53208


For More Info


Tosa Tonight Free Summer Concert

Wednesday, August 29th
6:00 pm

Rotary Performance Pavilion
Hart Park
6650 W. State St.,
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

For More Info


South Milwaukee Downtown Market

Thursday, August 30th
3:00 pm

Downtown Market Square
11th Avenue between Milwaukee and Madison
South Milwaukee, WI 53172

For More Info


Farmers Market

Thursday, August 30th
3:30 pm

Jackson Park Boathouse 3500  W. Forest Home Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53215


For More Info


Nature Photos

 Friday, August 31st
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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

For More Info












 Quote of the Week:

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

-Nelson Mandela

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