Official Government Communication

Week of May 28th - June 2nd

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


WestCare Meet and Greet week, I was pleased to join WestCare Wisconsin in welcoming their newly appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer Craig Knierim and Human Resources Director, Dave Murray of the WestCare Foundation East Region. Hosted at Grace Fellowship Church, it was a great meet and greet for community leaders, elected officials and WestCare employees. WestCare, a family of tax-exempt non-profit organizations, provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Their services include substance and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families. They specialize in helping people traditionally considered difficult to treat such as those who are indigent, have multiple disorders, or are involved with the criminal justice system. For more information follow the link below.



Kickstarting Indoor Farming Thursday, I met with a start-up business owner to talk about grant money available to kickstart indoor farming operations. More Wisconsinites are becoming interested in "aquaponics", which combines the raising of fish (aquaculture) with the growing of plants in nutrient-rich water (hydroponics). Urban farmers are able to raise fish in commercial fish tanks and grow plants on rafts floated in shallow, rectangular ponds. Nutrient-rich fish tank water is pumped to the plants, fertilizing them. In turn, the plants clean the water, making it safe to return to the fish. 

Businesses and non-profits are reviewing a number of farming techniques capable of fast growth rates, with the ability to plant in large amounts, in year-round greenhouses with minimum costs. Using industrial warehouse space, climate-controlled rooms are natural options for hosting controlled growing spaces and creating optimum conditions for sustaining certain crops, I was glad the owner reached out to me to discuss funding options and opportunities within this emerging industry.


Really Cool, Hawley Environmental School spent Thursday afternoon at Hawley Environmental School for a tour of the elementary school that's been making headlines for its curriculum that focuses on environmental education. Aside from taking additional science courses on subjects like conservation and ecology, students at Hawley have access to an in-school greenhouse, an aquaponics system and school gardens. Each student has the chance to take on the role of class greenhouse caretaker, which means it's their turn to look over the classroom's designated space within the greenhouse. Additionally, each class has an "EE Rep" who works on different projects that promote environmentalism in, and outside of, the building. Many of Hawley's programs were created through a partnership between the Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Family Services and the Milwaukee Teacher's Education Association with a shared goal of reducing things like classroom disruptions and student suspensions by using evidence-based practices in the classroom. I loved the campus and visiting a brilliant group of  first grade students getting an introduction to agriculture and the environment. As we look to careers of the future, it's clear Hawley's students are getting ahead of the pack.

Getting to Know You! office received a call from a student who requested a meeting. When asked about the reason for the meeting, the student simply said she wanted to get to know her legislator and meet me. We met on Thursday and I was blown away by her level of awareness of the issues, political interest, and questions. It was humbling to have someone so young take the initiative to understand what I do and ask questions about how my work impacts the community. The student was able to meet with me in between meetings and had a chance to see a number of other elected officials and community leaders. I was able to tell the student about a number of opportunities for students to connect to the legislature, including the Senate Scholars Program and the People program. For more information about these programs follow the links below.

People Program

Senate Scholars Program

One Stop Resources, I met with representatives of the Milwaukee Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) and residents from the River West Neighborhood. We talked about the intersection of the OAAA's mission and the hub aspect of my LOVE & FAITH Initiative. A hub is a single location at which someone in need can be connected with the health, education, social, and employment services. It is a one-stop shop for equipping people with the tools they need to be successful. I am always looking for opportunities to make connections between members and existing resources that can accommodate or improve on the services that people want to see.

Preservation of Cultural Music and Arts, I attended and made remarks at the conceptual dedication of a new building for the Institute for the Preservation of African-American Music and Arts (IPAMA). The establishment of IPAMA is part of an ongoing initiative by Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ, through its Bishop's Creek Community development Corp. affiliate, that seeks to re-develop parts of our city by embracing traditional African-American culture and the many artistic ways it has been expressed throughout the years. The project is transforming a vacant warehouse into a venue that will include outdoor seating for a planned cafe, a 170-seat theater, museum, e-library, classrooms for visual arts and music studios. I look forward to attending events at IPAMA soon and applaud the work of Bishop Daniels and the entire team for taking on this amazing project of opening a location at West Hampton Avenue and North 32nd Street, which is in my district!

Sonic Boom of the South Saturday, I have the honor of giving the keynote speech at the Jackson State University National Alumni Association's (JSUNAA) Midwest Regional Meeting hosted in Milwaukee. As one of many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Jackson State University was built on the premise that higher education should accurately reflect the diversity of our society, and that regardless of the color of one's skin, all of us should have the opportunity to pursue a meaningful education.

Today, Jackson State still represents those ideals. Its alumni community spans the entire country and carries the University's values in both professional and personal lives. Also, known for its music program and award-winning band, the Sonic Boom of the South, many Wisconsin residents have attended the University over the years and have returned to the state working in an array of professions and industries. I look forward to meeting them and discussing ways to introduce and connect local students to JSUNAA alumni that attended Milwaukee area high schools. It's my hope that together we can educate our city's youth about HBCUs like Jackson State and enlighten them to some of the many possibilities those institutions provide. Follow the link below to learn more about JSU.

Jackson State University

MATC Promise for Adults Information was excited to hear that Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) will now offer free tuition for eligible students to finish their associate degree. This program, known as the MATC Promise for Adults, aims to meet the needs of the community by providing higher education to those who may not be able to afford it. There are several requirements for eligibility and once enrolled, students must take a minimum of six credits per semester. Applications are due by July 5th for the 2018 Fall semester. You can find more information about the Promise for Adults program by following the link below.

MATC Promise for Adults


Intern Spotlight

We're bringing back the intern spotlight for our new summer interns! Danny Farber, a new intern who works as an editor for the Daily Cardinal--a student-run newspaper at UW-Madison--will be writing the spotlights on fellow interns in each week's update. Of course, we will turn the spotlight on Danny himself at the end of the summer. Take it away Danny! Frank-Carr is a policy intern in Senator Taylor’s Madison office. She is a rising junior set to graduate in May of 2020 from UW-Madison. Claire is a double major in Human Development and Family Studies as well as Education Studies. Her interests in these fields come from her passion for working with children and her belief in the awesome impact a good early education can have an individual's chances for success later in life. Currently, Claire also works in a day care center as a teacher’s assistant for 2 year old children. After graduating she may want to pursue a career in the education system, either through policy or teaching. Claire wanted to intern in Senator Taylor's office to gain hands-on experience in the policy-making process. After completing her first week in Senator Taylor's Madison office, she has enjoyed seeing all of the moving parts involved in the office's functions and is looking forward to getting into the nitty-gritty of moving Senator Taylor's policy agenda forward!


Community Action Alerts

Safe & Sound Donations: June 19-28

Dear City of Milwaukee Residents:

For their 20th anniversary the Safe & Sound Campaign will be accepting donations June 19-28 to support projects and other efforts that create stronger and safer communities in the Milwaukee area.

Free “Little Libraries”, neighborhood cleanups and community gardens are some examples of how Safe & Sound has been a positive influence in the Milwaukee community.

Also, Safe & Sound has partnered with the Milwaukee Police Department in holding monthly Crime and Safety Meetings for each Milwaukee district. 4th district meetings are held 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at in the Safety Academy at 6680 N. Teutonia Ave.

For more information on these meetings contact Community Liaison Officers Tracey Geniesse at (414) 935-7248 or Carrie Resnick at (414) 935-7373.

If you can please help Safe & Sound reach their $5,000 goal to continue these incredible programs!


Celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week with Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderpersons, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, and Bublr Bikes
Wisconsin Bike Week is June 2-9, 2018

Mayor Tom Barrett, along with members of Milwaukee’s Common Council, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Bublr Bikes, and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff, will bike to work on Monday, June 4, 2018 to celebrate Wisconsin Bike Week.  Again this year, there will be three (3) separate, concurrent rides from different areas of the city.  This bike-to-work event is open to all – interested bicyclists are welcome to join any of the three rides.

Mayor Barrett will use a Bublr Bike to ride downtown, and will host a press conference after the ride in Red Arrow Park.

WHEN:          Monday, June 4, 2018

                        7:30 a.m. – Rides begin

                        8:00 a.m. – Press conference at rides’ end: Red Arrow Park at the Bublr Bikes station (south end)

WHERE:      Mayor’s ride:  Meet at W. Washington Boulevard and N. 51st St.


                     Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton’s ride: Meet at N. 10th & W. Capitol Dr.


         Ald. Kovac’s ride:  Meet at Gordon Park, 2828 N. Humboldt


WHO:          Mayor Tom Barrett
                     Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton,  1st Aldermanic District
                     Ald. Nik Kovac, 3rd Aldermanic District

                     Caressa Givens, Wisconsin Bike Fed & Path to Platinum                      


Work Continues Along Milwaukee's Valley Bridge

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on continuing work on Milwaukee's Valley Bridge

On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will begin the next phase of the Valley Bridge overlay project in the city of Milwaukee. This phase will shift southbound I-43 traffic allowing for the 11th Street / Wisconsin Avenue on-ramp to I-43 south to reopen.

 As the project advances, access to certain system ramps will continue to become available. Please note that these closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

 Current long-term ramp closures:

  • I-794 West to I-43 South                                                                                                (Until Late June)
  • I-43 North to I-94 West                                                                                                 (Until Late June)
  • I-43 North to 10th Street and Michigan Avenue Off-Ramp                                             (Until Late June)
  • I-94 East to I-43 South                                                                                                  (Until Late July)
  • Mineral Street/National Avenue On-Ramp to I-43 North                                                (Until Late August)

The primary detour route for navigating interchange access continues to be the I-794 Hoan Bridge. For more information on closures and detour routes, visit 511 Wisconsin or visit their website.








E.B. Garner's Annual Fishing Day


Saturday, June 2nd

9:00 am-3:00 pm


Urban Ecology Center

Washington Park

1859 N. 40th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53208


For More Info


Sports Card Show

Saturday, June 2nd
9:00 am

Four Points Sheraton
5311 S. Howell
Milwaukee, WI 53207

For More Info


Shorewood's Summer Saturday

Saturday, June 2nd
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wood Square
Wood Pl. & Oakland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

For More Info


Holy Hill Art and Farm Market

Saturday, June 2nd -Sunday, June 3rd
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Holy Hill Art Farm
4985 Highway 167
Hubertus, WI 53076


For More Info




Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Saturday, June 2nd -Sunday, June 3rd
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 S 84th St.
West Allis, WI 53214


For More Info



Giving Gallery: Community in Process

Wednesday, June 6th
8:00 am

Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons
808 East Mason St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info








 Quote of the Week:

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."

- Thurgood Marshall


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