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School Board Meeting

Holiday Spirit in the Capitol

PRSSA Discussion

Drug Task Force Meeting

Restorative Justice Month

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

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School Board Meeting

This week Senator Taylor attended the Shorewood School Board Town Hall. The agenda of this week’s meeting was to discuss student achievement results as well as Superintendent Davis’s action agenda in place for meeting benchmarks within the school district. These meetings serve as a place for community members to voice their concerns with the school board in regards to issues within the school district. Senator Taylor is passionate about engaging with the community as well as making sure every student has access to a quality education, one of the many reasons she is a frequent attendee of so many school board meetings within the Milwaukee area.

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Holiday Spirit in the Capitol

Christmas cheer is in the air with the arrival of a 40 ft. tall balsam fir tree, which is now proudly displayed in the Capital’s rotunda. Donated by the Miller family, this year’s capitol Christmas tree made the journey from Plainfield, Wisconsin. Elementary school students from across the state created ornaments that reflected the theme “America’s Dairyland” that celebrates the state’s dairy farmers and the farming industry. There will be an official tree lighting ceremony on December 4th, which will be fun for the whole family! This display of holiday spirt and community involvement reminds us of the importance of giving back this season.

This display of holiday spirit and community involvement was happily donated and should be a reminder to all that this time of year is for giving back to the community and those around you. Milwaukee has amazing organizations and opportunities for you and your family to volunteer or support. Some of those organizations include:

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Family Feast
To volunteer, please sign up online or contact:
Nancy Zompolas
Volunteer Administrator
(414) 302-4300

The Guest House
(Provides shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s homeless)
1216 N 13th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: 414-345-3240

Milwaukee Rescue Mission
(Shelter, educational and vocational counseling, addiction recovery programs, biblical instruction, and life-skills training, childcare)
830 N. 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414.344.2211

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PRSSA Discussion

Senator Taylor’s communication staff participated in a discussion held by UW-Madison’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). PRSSA invites speakers from a variety of communication fields to speak at their bi-weekly meetings. They also offer networking opportunities with professionals and their respective companies. Students are provided a chance to develop PR and communication skills through hands-on activities and build relationships with their peers that are also interested in public relations, communication, journalism or marketing. During the dialogue, students were able to hear about the communications work and activity associated with a legislative office. There are a number of employment opportunities that fit the interests of these students in government. Senator Taylor was appreciative of the opportunity for her office to be engaged and be of service as these students chart their career paths.


City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force Meeting

On Friday, Sen. Taylor attended and testified at the Milwaukee City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force meeting. With the large amount of opioid-related deaths in Milwaukee County, the community spent much of 2017 providing input and information to the task force at their many listening sessions over the past year. Friday’s meeting was to present the committee’s final recommendations to the community. Comprehensive in nature, their suggestions included proposals that would empower parents, families and friends of those struggling to deal with the addiction. Prevention, aftercare and relapse programs were among ideas brought forward, as well as providing overdose education for school age youth. Research was emphasized and even incarceration time for drug offenses that reflect substance abuse and misuse were discussed.

Senator Taylor discussed her Love and Faith initiative, the need and use of community health workers, and a number of programs that could provide substantial cost-savings to fund some of the recommendations of the task force. The next phase will center around implementation and Sen. Taylor wants to work to compliment the work of local government in her legislative priorities at the state level.

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Restorative Justice Month

This week, annually in November, marks a continued effort to raise awareness and extol the benefits of Restorative Justice. Specifically, Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing stakeholders to meet. With an emphasis on accountability, offenders are given a chance to understand the impact their crime(s) have had on others to include the victim, the victim’s family and the community. It is an opportunity for the victim or victim’s family members to be heard. The approach is based on values and principles that include inclusion, facilitated dialogue, truth, reparations, and humanity. These practices can be used with adults and youth. When used properly they can prevent or manage conflict or heal or address damaged relationships. Restorative Justice is a different way of thinking about how we respond to crime, but it is not a new thing. In fact, there have been such programs in place in place in communities around the country and world for more than 40 years.
Milwaukee has a number of great community partners that employ Restorative Justice strategies. The most recent addition embraces a youth court that would allow an advisory council comprised of youth and teens, to deal with some municipal violations incurred by teens. The teens that go through the process have a better chance of receiving reduced warrants for unpaid citations. It is a way to keep youth out of the pipeline to prison and benefits everyone involved. Data supports that Restorative Justice practices reduce recidivism, increases safety, costs less than traditional justice processes, and creates stronger communities

Community Action Alerts 


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'Art of the Red Kettle' Display

MILWAUKEE COUNTY - Ten local artists have been selected to transform 10 of The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles this season!

Each artist has painted their kettle with a unique design based on the theme: “Light of the World.” See the kettles here.

The kettles will be on display at the following locations throughout the county this season:


Milwaukee Public Market,

400 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Christmas in the Ward, Third Ward


Christkindl Market, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave,

Milwaukee, WI 53203


Red Kettle on the Red Carpet Gala, 900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233


Oak Creek Salvation Army, 8853 S Howell Ave,

Oak Creek, WI 53154 

Funds raised in the kettles will support The Salvation Army's 2018 Red Kettle Campaign. Red Kettle Campaign donations help more than 80 programs and services in Milwaukee County, including the Feed the Kids summer meals program, Toy Shop, the Back to School program, Coats for Kids, Christmas Family Feast, multiple food pantries and the Emergency Lodge.


Weekly Events 

Dickens of a Village

Friday, November 30, 4:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.

Downtown Greendale

Broad Street, Greendale, WI 53129

For More Information Click Here


Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Display

November 23rd through December 26th

Weekdays, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Weekends, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

96th Street to 92nd Street

Montana Avenue to Oklahoma Avenue 

For More Information Click Here


Shalom Milwaukee Friendsgiving Shabbat Potluck

 Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Coventry Apartments Clubhouse

255 W. Coventry Court, Glendale, WI 53217

For More Information Click Here


Holiday Craft Fair and Cookie Decorating

Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Aurora Medical Center Summit

36500 Aurora Dr., Summit, WI 53066

For More Information Click Here 


Home Depot Menorah Workshop

Sunday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Home Depot

1350 Port Washington Rd 

Grafton, WI 53024

For More Information Click Here 



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Quote of The Week 

“If we expect justice for ourselves, we must support it for others.”-Patrick Lindsay



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