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Atwater School Visit


Juvenile Corrections Study Committee Meeting


Assata High School Visit


Milwaukee County Hemp Resolution


Wisconsin Leadership Summit


MKE Treasure Award from Saved and The City


Intern Spotlight


Community Action Alerts



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, so if there's anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.


In Service,

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Senator Lena Taylor

Wisconsin's 4th Senate District

Atwater School Visit

Senator Taylor visited Atwater Elementary School to talk with some of her youngest constituents about her job as a State Senator. While meeting with the 4th graders, she discussed the different levels of government, how a bill becomes a law, and her work within and around the Milwaukee community. Senator Taylor encourages students to be active and informed when it comes to politics and the government, especially with election season upon us. Although these students are a couple years away from voting, it is more important than ever to keep them informed about the community they live in. Afterwards the floor was opened for discussion so the students could ask their hard hitting questions. The Senator is happy to say that there were multiple future politicians among the students!

Juvenile Corrections Study Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, Senator Taylor attended another meeting of the Juvenile Corrections Study Committee to make a recommendation on locations for what will be a Department of Corrections Type 1 facility.  We began to discuss prototypes for these facilities, heard from consultants regarding background information on our vision and goals for the project. We reviewed what we wanted the facilities to look like, their functionality, and a list of criteria for these sites.  We also discussed moving forward with our study committee recommendations to the Department of Corrections. This process is continuing to move quickly and more updates are forthcoming.

Assata High School Visit 

Senator Taylor had the pleasure of visiting and speaking with the students of Assata High School on Wednesday about the importance of civic engagement and voting. Senator Taylor brought provisional ballots and mock voting booths to simulate better help students understand what to expect when they get the opportunity to cast their first votes in an election. Assata is a student centered program for at-risk high school students. Senator Taylor also offered words of advice and encouragement to help keep the students engaged through the rest of the semester and talked to them about the importance of completing their education. 

Milwaukee County Hemp Resolution

 Senator Taylor met with 12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez and Milwaukee County Parks officials to discuss the Milwaukee County hemp resolution - soon to be passed, and the next steps that will follow. The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Ortiz-Velez in early September, will authorize the Country Parks Department to conduct a study on the viability and revenue-generating potential of the Milwaukee County growing industrial hemp. The study would be for research purposes, but could also potentially develop into a grow education resource center.

Senator Taylor is excited at the possibility of having Milwaukee County tap into an additional revenue stream that is the hemp production and processing industry. This resolution will assist to bring economic and agricultural advances to the Milwaukee area, as well as health and research benefits.

Wisconsin Leadership Summit

On Thursday, Madison365 and The Ho-Chunk Nation hosted a Wisconsin Leadership Summit with some of Wisconsin’s influential leaders of color in business, government, education and the nonprofit sector. Senator Taylor attended a portion of the two day event that was loaded with discussion, networking, professional development and planning activities for the future of communities of color across the state. Sessions were held on a wide variety of issues, including education, health, faith, incarceration and law enforcement, entrepreneurship. This was a great opportunity to connect with others to flesh out issues, ides and solutions.

MKE Treasure Award from Saved and The City

Senator Taylor is honored to be one of the recipients of the MKE Treasure Awards this weekend. The award will be presented by Saved and the City at the 9th Annual My City My Biz Emerging Business Expo. This award is given to individuals who are advocates and leaders that give back to the Milwaukee community.
My City My Biz Expo began 10 years ago in an attempt to showcase and influence young entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee area. The overall mission of the organization is to revive local communities and their economies by showcasing local entrepreneurs, and highlighting the skills that make their businesses so successful. Along with informing people about up and coming local businesses, My City My Biz also fosters opportunities for networking and creating connections with fellow entrepreneurs. Senator Taylor is proud to receive an award surrounded by so many hardworking individuals achieving their dreams of owning a business in the Milwaukee area.

Intern Spotlight: Sarah Pfeiffer

 This week’s spotlight is on Sarah Pfeiffer, a policy intern. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Sarah is a senior graduating in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Education Policy. She hopes to gain practical skills and experience for the future during this internship, and thinks it will help her decide what her role should be in the public service realm.

Sarah has an appreciation for Senator Taylor’s passion for education and has enjoyed sitting in on committee meetings during her time in the office.
When she has free time, Sarah plays lacrosse, is involved in Greek life and is a member of the “We’re Better Than That – Men against sexual assault” organization on campus. Sarah will be continuing her love for education after graduation by teaching at Success Academy in New York City starting in August! She will be greatly missed, but we are happy to see her continue to follow her passion in teaching and we wish her luck in all her future endeavors!

Community Action Alerts


 Diversity and Inclusion Training Workshop

Cream City Conservation will be hosting a diversity and inclusion training workshop on Wednesday, October 17th, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  In the workshop participants will learn a variety of things including:

  • How to establish common language and organizational aspirations around diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • How to build community trust by elevating the voice of traditionally marginalized populations. 
  • Increase confidence among staff to navigate difficult internal and community conversations related to societal inequities. 
  • Receive a framework for embedding equitable and inclusive recruitment and retention strategies to increase workforce diversity and innovative problem solving.

For More Information Click Here


More Than 100 New Affordable Apartments at Harambe Development

Two redevelopment projects in historic underutilized and vacant buildings are bringing new residents to a North Side neighborhood experiencing significant growth.

Community leaders, investors and neighbors recently celebrated the official opening of the Welford Sanders Historic Lofts and Enterprise Center and the neighboring Fifth Street School Apartments, both newly redeveloped in historic buildings in the Harambee neighborhood. Together they bring 107 new apartments, 95 percent of which are offered at reduced rates based on income.

For More Information Click Here


The 2018 Milwaukee Film Festival

The 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival has arrived! More than 300 films, dozens of special guests, seven world premieres, parties for days—this one’s got it all. This year, we’re celebrating a decade of bringing the community together through film.

Join us October 18 to November 1, 2018 as we screen more than 300 films, engage with dozens of filmmakers, host tons of events, and spark countless conversations among friends and film buffs in the community. 

Some of the most critically acclaimed films shown at the Milwaukee Film Festival in years past are available online. 

Past Films and Where to Watch Them

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Weekly Events
Weekend Wellness Walk
Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Friends of Lakeshore State Park 

500 N. Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Halloween in Delafield
Saturday, October 20th, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Downtown Delafield
Delafield, WI 53018 

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Hunting Moon Pow Wow
Saturday & Sunday October 20th & 21st, 10:00 a.m.
UW - Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Halloween Fun Fest
Saturday, October 20th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. 
Downtown Pewaukee

222 W Wisconsin Ave, Pewaukee, WI 53072

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Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest

 Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-8:00 p.m. 

& Sunday, October 21st, 10:00-5:00 p.m.

Racine County Fairgrounds

19805 Durand Ave, Union Grove, WI 53182

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Maker's Market

Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

West Allis Farmer's Market

6501 W National Ave, West Allis, WI 53214

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