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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


National Society of Black Engineers Speech Friday, I was honored to give the keynote speech for an event with the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE). Started by two students in 1971, on the campus of Purdue University, NSBE has since grown to over 31,000 members, has 99 active NSBE Jr. pre-college chapters, 250 student and 68 professional chapters. The  organization is local chapter of a global brain trust of Black Engineers who provide top tier talent, inspire the next generation of technical professionals, and serve as a catalyst for transforming the culture of engineering.

The theme of the night was ignite, imagine, and innovate. We learned about the many contributions of Black men and women, who broke barriers as engineers. We also heard about the need to recruit and retain engineers of color. The role of racial segregation and Jim Crow laws, demonstrated in this summer’s blockbuster movie “Hidden Figures”, is a stark reminder of professional doors had been closed to African-Americans. The evening was a great reminder of how far we have come and the work that remains to introduce and get students immersed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career pathways. The National Society of Black Engineers is committed to raising the number of black engineers by 10,000 black per year. I am thrilled to be a partner in raising awareness and providing opportunities for Milwaukee area students.

Meeting at MKE County Executive Wednesday, I met with the Milwaukee County Executive to discuss my Love and Faith model. A key component of the model centers on the creation of “community hubs”. Based on a successful Ohio program, hubs provide centralized locations for individuals to access resources to address barriers to self-sufficiency and overall well-being. Often, we have found that issues overlap. An applicant for nutritional assistance may also face other issues such as poverty and unemployment. Financial limitations may also mean these individuals eat less healthy foods, as they are more expensive, leading to worse health outcomes in the future. Through hubs, we create a one-stop-shop that connects people to services. It allows people to get the help they need and saves taxpayer dollars in the future. With hubs, there is a reduced need for individual agencies and organizations to do client intakes. Additionally, by connecting and helping people access services, we can address the issues of unemployment, health, and workforce training as soon as possible. This reduces their need for government services in the future, improves health outcomes, and creates healthcare savings. I am excited to see the work being done in Milwaukee and look forward to sharing and implementing the Love and Faith model.



New Approach Needed as Prison Overcrowding Continues

Last week, The Wheeler Report published findings on continued issues of overcrowding in Wisconsin’s prisons. According to The Wheeler Report and Department of Corrections (DOC) records, as of November 10, 2017, Wisconsin’s prisons housed 23,397 individuals despite having a design capacity of 16,560. Dodge, Waupan, and Racine are just some of the many correctional institutions that are overcrowded. As the former chairwoman and current member of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, I have seen the consequences of continuing to neglect our corrections system. Overcrowding increases safety and health concerns for incarcerated individuals as well as correctional officers. In addition, it often creates barriers for individuals to participate in programming - which is required for parole consideration. This means people are not getting the rehabilitation they need, and that we are locking people up for failing to complete programming that is not available to them. Since 2011, we have spent more on corrections than we do for our flagship University of Wisconsin System. Spending reflects priorities, and instead of spending billions on incarceration, we should be using that money to address the root causes of crime. This includes investing in education, anti-poverty programs, and treatment and diversion alternatives - as we do in our fight to stem the opioid crisis.


National Runaway Prevention Month
As we recognize National Runaway Prevention Month in November, this year’s theme is “Friends Helping Friends.” The idea is simple: we want troubled youth to know that there are people ready to support, listen and care for them. Often teens, having a difficult time dealing with life circumstances or as a result of abuse, flee their homes. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year, seldom with a safe place to go. Frequently, running from these situations can put them at an increased risk of harm. In addition to homelessness, runaway teens can be exposed to sexual victimization and human trafficking. With Wisconsin identified as one of the top five human trafficking hubs in the United States and an estimated 500 youths experiencing homelessness every night awareness of resources is critical. We need to reach these youth before they make the decision to take-off.

The month is intended to communicate a wide array of underutilized resources for run-away or homeless youth. It is also a time to support families of children who already on the run, or volunteer at a shelter. Resources in the state include the Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services in Madison. Pathfinders, in Milwaukee, provides guidance and support for struggling youth through its four initiatives: housing & shelter, education, family engagement and youth empowerment. The National Runaway Safeline is a 24/7 federally designated, anonymous hotline that provides non-judgmental support to youth across the country. For more information contact or



Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of Team Taylor, my staff and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! As the many interns in my office prepare to travel from Green Bay to California, and many places in between, I am reminded of how much I looked forward to going home for the break. The demands of school, work and daily living is all consuming. Many of us need to recharge, re-center, and get a reality check about what is important. This is holiday is usually the start of that reflection. As you spend time with your birth family, chosen family, or those that are important to you, we know that there are neighbors who may be having a difficult time.

I spent last weekend at my church, working with others to provide food baskets. The fellowship, laughter, and nods of gratitude were overwhelming. The importance of connecting with family, with one another cannot be understated.  If your schedule permits, I encourage you to lend a hand a hand at a local food pantry or meal program. If time doesn’t permit, then consider a financial contribution to help a family have a healthy dinner. And if you or someone you know is without shelter and needs a meal this Thanksgiving, or would like to volunteer, please see the list below:

Rescue Mission Meal Program 830 N. 19th St., (414) 344-2211


Christian Faith Fellowship Church East

724 S. Layton Blvd


The Gathering Meal Program



St. Andrew's Episcopal Outreach Center

3421 W. Lisbon Ave.

St. James Episcopal Church      833 W. Wisconsin Ave.

St. Ben's Meal Program
924 W. State St., (414) 271-0135
Meal served Sunday- Friday at 5:15 p.m. Volunteers should arrive 30-45 minutes before.

St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program
931 W. Madison Ave., Sunday–Monday, dinner served from 5:15-6:30 p.m.
2628 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Monday- Friday, dinner served from 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Food Assistance

Nearly one in three Milwaukee residents live in extreme poverty – where families make less than half of the federal poverty line. This Thanksgiving, I especially encourage you to think of others who may benefit from assistance with a warm, holiday meal. I have provided a list of resources that may be helpful.

Milwaukee Food Pantries

America’s Second Harvest
Food Bank of Wisconsin
1700 W Fond Du Lac
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 831-6300

All Saint’s Food Pantry
4051 N 26th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 444-5610


UMOS Food Pantry
2701 S Chase Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 389-6000

Hunger Task Force
201 S. Hawley Court
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 777-0483


Northcott Neighborhood House, Inc.
2460 North 6th Street
Milwaukee WI 53212
(414) 372-3619

Christian Center
Emergency Food Pantry
807 S 14th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 645-5350




Events and Opportunities




Holiday Decorations in the Streets Exhibit


November 24,

10 am - 2 pm




Milwaukee Public Museum

800 West Wells Street


Fun for the whole family! See details here










Holiday Kitchen


November 24

10 am - 4 pm




Betty Brinn's Children's Museum

929 E. Wisconsin Avenue


A hands-on workshop exploring healthy food choices

Click here to learn more!










Get Crafty at King

 Saturday. November 25

11:30 am - 1 pm




Martin Luther King Library Community Room

310 W. Locust St.


Find out more here!











Warrant Withdrawal

 Wednesday, December 6

 8:30 am




Greater New Birth Chruch

8237 W. Silver Spring Dr.


City of Milwaukee Municipal Court will be granting lifts of some warrants, driver's license suspensions and car registration suspensions in order for people to obtain jobs and/or drive to work.


Registration is required, please see the press release: here






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"I am truly blessed to serve the community as a State Senator, but the true strength of a community is measured in how well we care for one another. We must be mindful of everyone in our community, especially those most vulnerable."

-Sen. Lena C. Taylor

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