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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Date: January 15 at 1 p.m.
Description: The only cities to celebrate Dr. King's Birthday
annually since 1984 are Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
Always taking place in the month of January, this event focuses on
keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive. The Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration highlights the youth in our
community who every year interpret Dr. King's words through art,
speech and writing contest. The theme this year is, "We Shall Overcome."
CLICK HERE to learn more.
Marcus Center for the
929 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music Exhibit
Date: January 16-26 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Description: The Milwaukee County Historical Society will present
its feature exhibit Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music
as the cornerstone of a year that celebrates Milwaukee's music heritage!
This comprehensive exhibit will explore styles, people, organizations,
businesses, and places that were, and continue to be, central to
Milwaukee music. Visitors can explore the Milwaukee scene ranging from
its earliest days through modern day, encompassing diverse genres such
as classical, ethnic and sacred music, pop, jazz, and opera.
For more information, including ticket pricing, CLICK HERE.
910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Date: January 22
Location: Hales Corners
Description: The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens invite you
and your family to come out and conquer your cabin fever! Activities
planned for the day include special winter nature walks, indoor and
outdoor games, hot drinks, and family fun!
CLICK HERE for more information.
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, WI 53130
Date: January 28
Milwaukee Performances at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
the crowning show of their season, Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII) dancers
showcase their technique, artistry and athleticism in a diverse display
of dance. The program features three world premieres by choreographers
Thom Dancy (an MBII graduate), Tania Bolivia Vergara from Cuba and
Rolando Yanes (Director of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and MBII)
with piano accompaniment by Milwaukee Ballet Company's Daniel Boudewyns.
Drama, beauty, grace and power -- this show is entertaining and exciting
and has something for everyone. Both shows will be followed by a
talkback with the artists.
For more information, including ticket pricing, CLICK HERE.
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
901 15th Ave
South Milwaukee, 53172
Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market
Date: Now through April 8, 2017
Description: Formerly known as the "Milwaukee County Winter
Famers Market," the "Milwaukee Winter Famers Market" takes place from 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell
Park Domes. In its 8th year, the almost 50 weekly vendors gather each
Saturday to promote fresh, local food, varying from fruit and
vegetables, to various meats and poultry, to freshly baked goods, to our
CLICK HERE for more information.
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
524 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
The Pfister Afternoon Tea
Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, and 2:00
p.m. through April 2
Description: Enjoy the Pfister Afternoon Tea experience on the
23rd floor-lounge of the Pfister Hotel, where you have a panoramic view
of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. You can stay relaxed in the lounge by
drinking Rishi Tea, a popular tea that's headquartered right here in
CLICK HERE for more information, including how to make reservations.
The Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
I hope you were able to relax and
enjoy the holidays. A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks: new
legislators took the Oath of Office, the 2017-2018 Legislative Session
began, Walker gave his latest State of the State address, and President Obama gave a remarkable and historic farewell address. Keep reading for
more information about each of these important topics.
State Senator, District 7
Walker's latest State of the State speech, we again saw that he would
rather talk about the hard work and success of our Packers than explain
his own dismal record. The shared values of our neighbors continue to be
betrayed, and Walker's bleak approval rating shows that our neighbors
are ready for a change. If we are to ensure prosperity and opportunity
in our state, the partisan politics and out-of-touch policies of the
past must come to an end.
See the full text of Walker's State of the State speech, here.
Throughout Wisconsin, our neighbors
are bearing the brunt of the intentionally irresponsible agenda carried
out by Walker and legislative Republicans. While the governor painted a
picture using a broad brush and wearing his rose colored glasses, we
know the truth of was hidden behind what was not said. In fact, Walker
has a track record of handing out millions of our scarce public
resources to a handful of millionaires and campaign contributors and has
flung open the floodgates to political collusion and corruption.
Here are some of the ways
Wisconsin has been betrayed by Walker and legislative Republicans:
- Our neighbors have suffered
under Walker. For 20 consecutive quarters -- or five full years
-- Wisconsin has lagged behind most of our Midwestern neighbors in
terms of job growth. Our state has the most diminished middle class
in the country, in the last couple years Wisconsin poverty rates hit
the highest level in 30 years, and we are dead last in the nation
for small business start-up activity.
- While the hardworking
people of Wisconsin have been left behind by Walker, the wealthiest
in our state have cashed in. On the books for 2017 is a big GOP
giveaway -- approved in the Republican state budget -- that is
estimated to cost $284 million, a disgustingly disproportionate
amount of which is being handed to wealthy millionaires. In fact,
$21 million is going to individuals making over $35 million
- Not only have everyday
Wisconsinites been left behind in order to favor Walker and the
GOP's campaign friends, but state agencies have been grossly
mismanaged by the governor. In fact, under Governor Walker's
watch, shocking allegations about the treatment of veteran residents
at the King nursing home facility have come to light in recent
weeks. Staff shortages, neglected urine-soaked carpeting, and dirty
drinking water are just some of the horrific conditions described by
workers, veterans, and family members. It's an American value that
our veterans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,
especially when it comes to their quality of life and care. Sadly,
this value has not been honored by the Walker administration.
- Misplaced Republican budget
priorities jeopardizes workplace safety and we've seen major
problems at Wisconsin's correctional institutions as a result.
Serious and disturbing information regarding abuse at the Lincoln
Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls came to
light, resulting in a federal investigation. Despite these critical
concerns, Governor Walker admitted recently that he has not visited
any of our state correctional facilities since being in office --
even though he knew of the allegations of abuse and neglect since
My Democratic colleagues and I are
ready to take the lead on ensuring economic security and the freedom to
pursue the American Dream for each of our neighbors. We have been
listening to the concerns -- and hopes -- of our fellow citizens who
want to see Wisconsin return to being a leader in supporting our
neighborhood schools, protecting and enhancing health care access,
safeguarding our public lands and waters, and creating safer
Walker's speech was a storm of empty words and false promises. We must
Obama's Farewell, A Stark
Contrast from What We Heard From Walker
Walker and Trump alike do
not keep their promises. The uncertainty and angst generated by their
dangerous and tired rhetoric are toxic for our communities and our
democracy. Listening to the governor's message was very different than
what we heard from Obama as he addressed the nation one last time as
president. Where Walker's legacy is one of division and bullying, Obama
gave us hope -- just as he did eight years ago -- as he assured each of
us that even the deepest ideological divides can and must be bridged.
president also reminded us of the incredible strides we've made as a
country to ensure a life of prosperity and opportunity for us all. More
people have access to affordable health care coverage, our nation is
working with other countries to reduce the damages of climate change,
and honest conversations about privilege and respect have taken form in
ways they had not previously. Our shared values are rooted in principles
that know no party affiliation. As Walker, Trump, and other GOP
politicians continue their tactic of divide and conquer politics, it is
most important for us to reach out to our neighbors -- even those who
disagree with our political values -- and have in-depth, constructive
conversations in an effort to protect the immense gains we have made as
a community and nation.
Obama encompassed this sentiment in one of his closing remarks by
stating, "America is not a fragile thing, but the gains of our long
journey to freedom are not assured."
See President Obama's speech, here.
week, the Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth
information to its readers. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison
and in our Wisconsin communities. I want to make sure you know the most
pressing issues facing our neighborhoods across the state. Below are
some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks:
- As shown by the recent court
ruling affirming Wisconsin legislative district maps as
unconstitutional, Walker and state Republicans will do anything to
hold onto power. It is time we move forward with an unbiased system
of redistricting to ensure the voices of all our neighbors can be
The new legislative session has begun, and it's time for senators
and representatives in the State Legislature to work on issues
critical to Wisconsin and our shared values. My colleague, Sen.
Dave Hansen, circulated a bill for co-sponsorship this week that
would be a significant move to strengthen our democracy by creating
a nonpartisan redistricting process in our state. Voters should
choose their politicians; politicians shouldn't choose their voters.
Help me spread the word about this important legislation by share
- Are you familiar with
Bloater Chubs? This week, in the Joint Committee for Review of
Administrative Rules, I voted for a sustainable harvest limit for
this Lake Michigan fish. Rejecting science, Republicans pushed
through a motion that instead ties the hands of Department of
Natural Resource (DNR) wildlife scientists.
Blind rejection of science in favor of politics reminded me of
President Obama's call last night to seek the stability of a middle
ground based on facts, science, and reason. Given that our DNR has
already removed references to climate change from their website, the
environment is an area we can ill afford to ignore the facts.
Unfortunately, rather than strengthening our ability to safeguard
our shared lands and waters, Republicans are looking to further
dismantle and diminish the Department of Natural Resources. It's the
wrong direction for Wisconsin. I was glad to see so many immediately
speak out against unraveling an agency that needs a comprehensive
approach to safeguarding our future, including five former DNR
Read this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article for more.
- Opioid addiction continues
to be a heartbreaking health crises that plagues our state and
nation. The tragic deaths of friends, family, and neighbors to
this addiction can be felt in every neighborhood and community in
our state. This addiction can strike anyone, and it is our duty as
neighbors and state officials to offer lifesaving treatment and
resources to those in need. The leadership shown by the Obama
Administration, along with Wisconsin's bipartisan Task Force on
Opioid Abuse, were vital in prompting the recent call for a special
session to move forward with legislation to address the opioid
crisis plaguing our state. This problem has continued to grow more
deadly in recent years and I'm hopeful that this special legislative
session will provide an opportunity to take a hard look at the facts
and funding needs, and make the crucial investment needed to save
lives. We can ill afford more partisan parlor tricks when real and
significant action is so desperately needed.
I stand ready to work with anyone interested in creating a healthy,
more prosperous Wisconsin. Each of our neighbors deserves an
opportunity to thrive, and taking action to treat and prevent
addiction must be part of this equation.
Click here to read more about these bills in a Cap Times
- As Speaker Paul Ryan ramps up
his scheme to deny basic health care to women by defunding Planned
Parenthood, just in Wisconsin tens of thousands could be left
without adequate access to vital, preventive services. In addition
to his plot to rip away health care from millions of our neighbors
by repealing the Affordable Care Act, he wants to abuse his power to
strip away the lifesaving services Planned Parenthood provides to
both men and women. Make your voice heard loud and clear by
calling Speaker Ryan at 608-752-4050 and telling him Wisconsin needs