Official Government Communication

Week of June 18th - June 23rd

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

Of Grave Concern Monday, in response to concerns raised by constituents, I met with a cememtery director. It was brought to my attention that patrons were concerned that the cemetery had no fencing around it and was being used for illegal drug sales and other undesirable behavior. Even more concerning was the complaints of remains being placed in the wrong plots or locations and the frustration in getting these issues resolved. I am working to help resolve some of the problems identified, but if you or anyone you know has experienced similar issues, please contact my office at (608) 266-5810.


Juneteenth Day Celebration Tuesday, I joined the Milwaukee community in participating in the annual Juneteenth Day Parade. Milwaukee continues to have one of the longest running Juneteenth celebrations in the country. Each year we actively acknowledge the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery that was two years late in coming to the state of Texas. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation formally abolished slavery in 1863, the news traveled slowly through confederate states. So for many, this date truly represents freedom, for all enslaved Africans in the United States.

While we were commemorating the end of bondage and the sanctioned destruction of black families, it was surreal to know that the Trump administration was waging a war of their own against immigrants seeking safe harbor in this country. The parallels, in some regards, were frightening and beckoned the question how far could this government sanctioned cruelty go? African-Americans know the answer, all too well. Maltreatment can be rationalized. The Bible was used to justify slavery, as it was recently used to defend the separation of immigrant children from their families. Juneteenth, reminds us that if we forget, we are doomed to repeat our past.


2500 Reasons to Recall Wisconsin's National Guard Members Wednesday morning, my office attended a press conference organized by State Representatives JoCasta Zamarripa and Chris Taylor. The press conference addressed the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents, and Governor Walker's decision to send Wisconsin National Guard to the nation's southern border. Members of the community specializing in health, immigration, and child advocacy were in attendance, as well as members of the religious community.

The professionals spoke on how these separations are hurting the children, and how such drastic changes can negatively impact a child's life forever. Many in attendance were in disbelief that the President of the United Sates would separate families seeking asylum from violence. Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, gave a jarring speech on the irreversible impacts of severe trauma on a child's brain. Wednesday night, after blaming his barbaric policy on Democrats and insisting he could not reverse it by executive order, Trump signed an executive order halting the practice. As Americans, and Wisconsinites, we can do better than this.


Serving the Servers Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend Unison's Volunteer Luncheon. Unison is a new organization born out of the merger between Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc. and SET Ministry that focuses on building intergenerational connections to increase self-sufficiency and the well-being of children, families and older adults in the Milwaukee community.

I was able to show my appreciation for Senior Corps volunteers by serving them lunch. As individuals who are 55 years of age or older, they are part of a national network of volunteers committed to serving the local community through programs supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. These incredible people have spent their days helping MPS school children better their literacy skills, helping to ensure that seniors can safely remain in their homes and visiting senior homes to spread information about Milwaukee County services and resources. I am thankful for their work to better the lives of our neighbors, family, and friends. To learn more, click here.


MEDC Partner Appreciation Reception Wednesday, I was able to attend the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation Partner Appreciation Reception. MEDC has been helping Milwaukee and Waukesha businesses for over 45 years by providing them with low-interest loans, called "gap" funding, enabling small businesses to get on their feet. Utilizing a unique approach, MEDC shares risk with all participants in a project and lends in partnership with private sector financial institutions. The work of the organization helps Milwaukee entrepreneurs to create new jobs. It was great to learn about their accomplishments and the opportunities to further spur economic development. To learn more, click here.



SDC Annual Meeting week, I attended the Social Development Commission's annual meeting. SDC has served the only Community Action Agency for Milwaukee County since 1964. The organization provides human service programs to low-income individuals and families in the area. Their goal is to ensure that all residents have access to resources and equal opportunities so that they can be economically self-sufficient. The list of services they offer range from providing advice to business start-ups, General Educational Development (GED), FREE ACT Workshops, to home weatherization projects and more.

At the meeting, we celebrated the exceptional work SDC has done this year and looked towards the future. I was lucky enough to have a first glimpse at the new programs SDC will be implementing in the coming months and I am excited to see these ideas take shape. To learn more, click here


Lawyers as Political Leaders Panel, I served as a panelist for the State Bar of Wisconsin's Lawyers as Political Leaders CLE Program in Lake Geneva. Most people are surprised to learn that, on average, only 17% of state lawmakers have a law degree. In Congress, that number is about 39%. The panel did a great job of helping attorneys considering making the move into politics, and understanding the challenges and opportunities that come with the move. We discussed everything from ethical dilemmas, possible adjustments for those in private practice, to what we wish we had been told about balancing a career in law and government. I shared that as a lawyer, I primarily practiced criminal, bankruptcy, and general law. Due to the high demands of court appearances, it has been difficult to maintain private practice for me. However, understanding the impact of the work of a senate office, I am thankful for the ability to help more people than I could have imagined.

Lincoln Hills Phone Call morning, I talked with the superintendent of Lincoln Hills. We spoke about the progress being made in responding to the concerns raised in lawsuits against Lincoln Hills. Specifically, what is being done to reduce the juvenile population to an acceptable youth-staff ratio, and what new policies were put in place to prevent misconduct by either youth or staff. I also wanted to offer my help to the facility by offering to bring volunteers to support the youth and staff on visits. It is important to me that we do not forget about preventing the kind of treatment that led to whistle-blowing at Lincoln Hills as we begin to transition to the regional model for youth corrections going forward.


Intern Spotlight Routh is a communications intern at Senator Taylor's Madison Office. Abby is a junior studying political science with a certificate in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian studies. She is also planning to apply to the Journalism School to pursue a degree in strategic communications. Interestingly enough, Abby used to be an engineering major but took an elective international relations class and realized she enjoyed it more than the math classes she was taking for engineering.

Once she realized she wanted to pursue a career in communications, Abby began looking for internships in that field that paired nicely with her political science major. That, combined with the fact that she is from Kenosha, led about to Senator Taylor's office. She liked the Senator's district was in the Milwaukee area and enjoys serving a community that's so close to home. She hopes this internship will strengthen her communications skills and she will gain experience working public relations.

We look forward to the contributions Abby brings to Senator Taylor's office this summer!


Community Action Alerts

Wisconsin Elections Commission to Send Postcards to Unregistered Voters

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is preparing for midterm elections in 2018 by sending out postcards to inform voters about registration opportunities.

“Nearly one in 11 Wisconsin adults will soon be getting an official postcard in the mail urging them to register to vote before the election,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief elections official in a news release. “Getting people to register early helps reduce lines and make Election Day better for voters and election workers.”

The informational postcards are being mailed this week. They can take up to nine days to arrive. The postcard encourages voters to register ahead of the election. To do that, they can contact their municipal clerk or visit The postcard also has a toll-free number for those without internet access.


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!


Transportation and Logistics Careers Information Session

Learn about careers, training options, and more from industry experts and businesses that are hiring now! Find out how to begin a career as a truck driver, shipping and receiving associate, cargo handler, warehouse associate, or distribution technician.

When: Thursday, June 28th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Employ Milwaukee, 2342 N. 27th Street, Room 118, Milwaukee, WI 53210

For more information, call (414) 270-1728 or email









Halpin Job Fair


Friday, June 22nd

3:00 -6:00 pm


West End Picnic Area

111 W Oakview Pkwy

Oak Creek, WI


For More Info




Aurora Mindful Tri-Milwaukee


Saturday, June 23rd

8:00 am


Greenfield Park
Pavilion #5

2028 S 124th St

West Allis, WI 53227


For More Info


Storytime & Book Signing

Saturday, June 23rd
10:30 am

Germantown Community Library
N112 W16957 Mequon Rd

Germantown, WI 53022

For More Info


Free Summer Movie Night

Saturday, June 23rd
8:00 pm

Veterans Park
1010  N Lincoln Memorial Dr.   Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info


Story Explorers

Monday, June 25th
9:00 am

University Lake School
4420 Nagawicka Rd.   Hartland, WI 53029

For More Info




Summer Library Lego Camp

Monday, June 25th
2:00 pm

Hales Corners Library
5885 S. 116th St.

Hales Corners, WI 53202


For More Info



Tail Waggin' Tutors

Tuesday, June 26th
5:30 pm

St. Francis Public Library
4230 S Nicholson Ave. St. Francis, WI 53235

For More Info



Westown Farmers Market

Wednesday, June 27th
10:00 am

Zeidler Union Square
302 W. Michigan Ave Milwaukee, WI 53203

For More Info



U-Build-It Workshop

Thursday, June 28th
2:00 pm

Hales Corners Library
5885 S. 116th St.

Hales Corners, WI 53202


For More Info



Hometown Celebration Concert

Thursday, June 28th
6:30 pm

Nixon Park
175 E. Park Ave.

Hartland, WI 53029


For More Info












 Quote of the Week:

"Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light."

- President Barack Obama, on Juneteenth Day


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