Official Government Communication

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

Senator Taylor Calls for Clear Leadership in Charlottesville

This weekend we witnessed hatred from white supremacists and neo-Nazis sympathizers unfold in Charlottesville, VA. In what was billed as a rally to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Commander General Robert E. Lee, the ensuing marches and chants of the organizers included shouting "white lives matter", "the Jews will not replace us" and baring torches reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) of the Jim Crow south. After all was said and done, a counter protestor, Heather Heyer had lost her life and scores of others had been mowed down by a car or beaten at the hands of these white hate groups. But perhaps most disturbing was the delayed and shocking response of President Trump during and after these tragic events.

President Trump wavered between unthinkable silence, reluctant admonishment, to defense and near support of the actions of the White supremacists. As the President of the United States of America, it took three days of negative media coverage to actually reference Ms. Heyer by name. It was clear that the President struggled to denounce the actions and motives of the racists groups and has since received praise from members of the KKK. And on Thursday, Trump tweeted "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments." Beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder.

I want to be crystal clear when I say that I disagree with Mr. Trump's response to the Charlottesville crisis. Now, more than ever, we need strong leadership in the White House that will stand up for the rights of every American, acknowledge the errors of our past, and work to unify our nation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Charlottesville mattered.


Senator Taylor Calls for Improved Education

This Thursday, I testified at a public hearing for the Senate Committee on Education to support three bills aimed at improving education in Milwaukee. The first of these was Senate Bill 301, relating to creating additional courses to be offered during summer school and interim session classes. This bill will create more opportunities for students taking classes over the summer and in the process, give them the chance to improve their academic standings and explore new fields. The second bill I supported was Assembly Bill 280 which calls for the incorporation of financial literacy into the curriculum of public schools. Financial literacy is an important skill that everyone should have and by not teaching it at a young age we are putting our youth at a serious disadvantage. Studies have shown that a discouragingly high number of young people do not have a grasp on financial literacy, and with college debt having increased by 56% between 2004 and 2016 it's crucial that we start addressing this issue. The lessons outlined in this bill will give young people a head start on being financially independent later in life. The topics covered will include understanding the difference between wants and needs, learning about identity theft, how to open a bank account etc. Lastly, I supported Senate Bill 299 which expands the educational programs that allow an individual to obtain an initial teaching license. Through this legislation we can better prepare our youth for the future and give them a head start towards realizing and achieving their goals.

Correcting Copper Lake Corrections

It sickens me to think that young females sent to juvenile detention centers like Copper Lake School for Girls or Lincoln Hills fear for their safety. The goal of these facilities should be rehabilitation but based on the most recent lawsuits filed against the girl's detention center, I have come to believe that too many of corrections staff have lost sight of those goals. Two former inmates, both merely 16 years old, were abused by corrections officers at the facility. One girl was attempting to inflict self-harm by putting her head under a bed frame when a guard, allegedly stepped on the frame himself applying more pressure. A video was released of the second girl being pepper sprayed before she is taken down and brought into a cell where she allegedly had her head rammed against a wall several times. The treatment of these girls comes after a federal judge called for an end to the abuse documented at Lincoln Hills, the male youth correctional facility that shares a campus with the Copper Lake. I will continue to be actively engaged with the Dept. Of Corrections, juvenile inmates, parents and community leaders to ensure safe facilities for these youths.

Senator Taylor Meets With Mom's Demand Action Milwaukee

This Thursday, I met with Mom's Demand Action in Milwaukee to discuss the need to end senseless gun violence and create a safer world for our children. This is an organization, with chapters throughout the country, that was created to garner action from legislators, companies, and educational institutions to establish common sense gun reforms. I listened to their policy ideas, as well as shared my own thoughts on solutions to our shared concerns. It was humbling to hear from the members of the group, each of whom has felt the toll of gun violence tearing apart their community. Their stories were a reminder that we have so much work to do, and as your Senator I fully intend to support legislation that helps end these tragedies. In Madison I've been adamant in supporting common sense gun legislation, one example being my stand against constitutional carry, which would allow individuals to carry a firearm without a license or training. Mom's Demand Action has created a network of support for those who have lost loved ones to gun violence, and I'm thankful for the work that they do.

Senator Taylor Believes an Early Start Will Benefit MPS Students!

An educated and skilled constituency is critical to the growth of our state and economy. This week, many of our young people returned to the classroom to continue their academic journey. In an effort to assist their work, earlier this year I co-sponsored a bill calling for schools across Wisconsin to adopt an earlier start date, allowing students more time to prepare for national and advanced placement exams in the spring. I'm thrilled to know these are advantages that the students of the Milwaukee Public Schools enjoy and want to wish them luck on their first day back! I hope you can all make the best out of your year and achieve success.





Events and Opportunities






Arthritis Foundation's Run/Walk to Milwaukee's Irish Fest


Saturday, August 19


200 N Harbor Dr

Milwaukee WI

Have fun and raise money for a great cause!

More info here.






Enderis Park Farmer's Market

Sunday, August 20


Enderis Playfield,

Milwaukee WI

Come support local farmers!

More info here.







Hart Park Family Movie Night

Tuesday, August 22

Around 8pm

Hart Park

Come watch Moana and enjoy refreshments and concessions!

More info here.







Free Memory Screening

Tuesday, August 22


1900 N Calhoun Rd,

Brookfield, WI

It's important to keep track of your brain's health! You can do so for free!

More info here.






Pretzel Run


Thursday, August 24


4600 Estabrook Park

Milwaukee WI

Run for a good cause! Raising money for students!

More info here.






 Quote of the Week:

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for today."

-Malcolm X

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