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.
Senator Lena Taylor
Wisconsin's 4th Senate
Senator Taylor visited Atwater
Elementary School to talk with some of her youngest constituents
about her job as a State Senator. While meeting with the 4th
graders, she discussed the different levels of government, how a
bill becomes a law, and her work within and around the Milwaukee
community. Senator Taylor encourages students to be active and
informed when it comes to politics and the government, especially
with election season upon us. Although these students are a couple
years away from voting, it is more important than ever to keep them
informed about the community they live in. Afterwards the floor was
opened for discussion so the students could ask their hard hitting
questions. The Senator is happy to say that there were multiple
future politicians among the students!
Study Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, Senator Taylor
attended another meeting of the Juvenile Corrections Study
Committee to make a recommendation on locations for what will be a
Department of Corrections Type 1 facility. We began to
discuss prototypes for these facilities, heard from consultants
regarding background information on our vision and goals for the
project. We reviewed what we wanted the facilities to look like,
their functionality, and a list of criteria for these sites.
We also discussed moving forward with our study committee
recommendations to the Department of Corrections. This process is
continuing to move quickly and more updates are forthcoming.
High School Visit
Senator Taylor had the pleasure of visiting and speaking with the
students of Assata High School on
Wednesday about the importance of civic engagement and voting.
Senator Taylor brought provisional ballots and mock voting booths
to simulate better help students understand what to expect when
they get the opportunity to cast their first votes in an election. Assata is a student centered program for
at-risk high school students. Senator Taylor also offered words of
advice and encouragement to help keep the students engaged through
the rest of the semester and talked to them about the importance of
completing their education.
County Hemp Resolution
Taylor met with 12th District Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia
Ortiz-Velez and Milwaukee County Parks
officials to discuss the Milwaukee County hemp resolution - soon to
be passed, and the next steps that will follow. The resolution,
introduced by Supervisor Ortiz-Velez in early September, will
authorize the Country Parks Department to conduct a study on the
viability and revenue-generating potential of the Milwaukee County
growing industrial hemp. The study would be for research purposes,
but could also potentially develop into a grow education resource
Senator Taylor is excited at
the possibility of having Milwaukee County tap into an additional
revenue stream that is the hemp production and processing industry.
This resolution will assist to bring economic and agricultural
advances to the Milwaukee area, as well as health and research
On Thursday, Madison365 and The Ho-Chunk Nation hosted a Wisconsin
Leadership Summit with some of Wisconsin’s influential leaders of
color in business, government, education and the nonprofit sector.
Senator Taylor attended a portion of the two day event that was
loaded with discussion, networking, professional development and
planning activities for the future of communities of color across the
state. Sessions were held on a wide variety of issues, including education,
health, faith, incarceration and law enforcement, entrepreneurship.
This was a great opportunity to connect with others to flesh out
issues, ides and solutions.
Treasure Award from Saved and The City
Taylor is honored to be one of the recipients of the MKE Treasure
Awards this weekend. The award will be presented by Saved and the City
at the 9th Annual My City My Biz Emerging Business Expo. This award is
given to individuals who are advocates and leaders that give back to
the Milwaukee community.
My City My Biz Expo began 10 years ago in an attempt to showcase and
influence young entrepreneurs in the Milwaukee area. The overall
mission of the organization is to revive local communities and their
economies by showcasing local entrepreneurs, and highlighting the
skills that make their businesses so successful. Along with informing
people about up and coming local businesses, My City My Biz also
fosters opportunities for networking and creating connections with
fellow entrepreneurs. Senator Taylor is proud to receive an award
surrounded by so many hardworking individuals achieving their dreams of
owning a business in the Milwaukee area.
Spotlight: Sarah Pfeiffer
This week’s spotlight is on Sarah Pfeiffer, a
policy intern. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Sarah is a senior
graduating in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Education Policy. She
hopes to gain practical skills and experience for the future during
this internship, and thinks it will help her decide what her role
should be in the public service realm.
Sarah has an appreciation for Senator Taylor’s
passion for education and has enjoyed sitting in on committee meetings
during her time in the office.
When she has free time, Sarah plays lacrosse, is involved in Greek life
and is a member of the “We’re Better Than That – Men against sexual
assault” organization on campus. Sarah will be continuing her love for
education after graduation by teaching at Success Academy in New York
City starting in August! She will be greatly missed, but we are happy
to see her continue to follow her passion in teaching and we wish her
luck in all her future endeavors!
Community Action Alerts
and Inclusion Training Workshop
Cream City Conservation
will be hosting a diversity and inclusion training workshop on
Wednesday, October 17th, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. In the
workshop participants will learn a variety of things including:
- How to establish
common language and organizational aspirations around diversity,
equity and inclusion.
- How to build
community trust by elevating the voice of traditionally
confidence among staff to navigate difficult internal and
community conversations related to societal inequities.
- Receive a
framework for embedding equitable and inclusive recruitment and
retention strategies to increase workforce diversity and
innovative problem solving.
Information Click Here
100 New Affordable Apartments at Harambe
redevelopment projects in historic underutilized and vacant buildings
are bringing new residents to a North Side neighborhood experiencing
leaders, investors and neighbors recently celebrated the official
opening of the Welford Sanders Historic Lofts and Enterprise Center and
the neighboring Fifth Street School Apartments, both newly redeveloped
in historic buildings in the Harambee
neighborhood. Together they bring 107 new apartments, 95 percent of
which are offered at reduced rates based on income.
Information Click Here
Milwaukee Film Festival
Annual Milwaukee Film Festival has arrived! More than 300 films, dozens
of special guests, seven world premieres, parties for days—this one’s
got it all. This year, we’re celebrating a decade of bringing the
community together through film.
October 18 to November 1, 2018 as we screen more than 300 films, engage
with dozens of filmmakers, host tons of events, and spark countless
conversations among friends and film buffs in the community.
Some of the
most critically acclaimed films shown at the Milwaukee Film Festival in
years past are available online.
Films and Where to Watch Them
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Weekend Wellness Walk
Saturday, October 20th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Friends of Lakeshore
Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202
Halloween in Delafield
Saturday, October 20th, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Delafield, WI 53018
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Hunting Moon Pow Wow
Saturday & Sunday October 20th & 21st,
UW - Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 W Kilbourn Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Halloween Fun Fest
Saturday, October 20th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
222 W Wisconsin Ave, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Pumpkin Chuckin Fest
October 20th, 10:00-8:00 p.m.
& Sunday, October 21st, 10:00-5:00 p.m.
Ave, Union Grove, WI 53182
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October 24th, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
National Ave, West Allis, WI 53214
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of The Week
“Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It
means they learned it by reading."-Anonymous.