January 29, 2015
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Supporting our 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.
Free Admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum
Date: Thursday, Feb. 5
Description: Through the �Thank You Thursday� program, Milwaukee County residents receive free general admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum on the first Thursday of every month. Adult residents must present valid photo identification showing Milwaukee County residency to receive free admission, and children must be accompanied by an adult. CLICK HERE for more information.
Milwaukee Public Museum (MAP)
800 West Wells St. Milwaukee, WI 53233
18th Annual Festival of Films in French
Date: Friday, Feb. 6 to Sunday, Feb. 15
a part of UW-Milwaukee�s �Year of the Humanities,� the French Program
will be screening 17 French films. This includes four special events: a
day-long hip-hop dance and music program, featuring special guest
Jean-Pierre Thorn, a classic double feature evening focusing on cinema
and politics in 1930s France, an afternoon devoted to Claude Lanzmann�s
most recent documentary, and Jacques Feyder�s 1925 silent film, Mother,
with live musical accompaniment.
for more information about the show.
Date: Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Description: The Shepard Express invites you to Woman Up!, a festival dedicated to celebrating women that will inspire, empower, and enliven you. Guests will have the opportunity to sample of variety of delicious food and drink from some of Milwaukee's finest restaurants, chocolatiers, and wineries. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. CLICK HERE for more information.
Wisconsin State Fair Park (MAP)
640 South 84th St.
Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo
Date: Saturday, Feb. 7
Description: Admission is free on February 7 to the Milwaukee County Zoo. There are many indoor and outdoor animal exhibits open year-round.
Milwaukee County Zoo (MAP)
Milwaukee, WI 53226
The Yeti Dash is a premiere snowshoe 3/5K in our community. This year
the route will be along the new scenic bluff trails along Lake Michigan.
to view the flyer for the event.
The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will feature its
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble on February 8. The
symphony will perform in the Uihlein Hall of the Marcus Center for the
CLICK HERE for more information.
Marcus Center for the
Performing Arts (MAP)
Winter Farmers� Market
St. Ann Indoor Market
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from now
There are many great products sold including: Fresh, seasonal, natural,
and organic produce; preserves; canned goods; handmade items; jams and
jellies; soups; soaps; lotions and makeup; jewelry; household items; and
more. They feature live music, family fun, and free coffee every week!
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (MAP)
2801 E. Morgan Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
Last week, the Wisconsin State Senate met for the first time of the new session.
Despite the many challenges we face as a state, like our crippling values deficit in education, the Republican's in control of our state decided to make their first bill of the session a politically motivated attack on Wisconsin's 126-year tradition of how the chief justice of the state supreme court is selected, which does nothing to improve the lives of hardworking Wisconsinites.
While those on the other side of the aisle may
not be thinking about Wisconsin families, Democrats in the Senate are.
My colleagues and I unveiled our Democratic priorities for the session.
Continue reading to learn more.
Politicizing the Wisconsin Supreme Court
SURELY, the first bill taken up in the
Wisconsin State Senate this session wasn't just another political
maneuver by Republicans to cement their power, was it? Seems odd right?
Unfortunately, that actually was the one and only bill the Senate took
up on the first floor period of session last week.
Republicans decided to change the rules by adding partisan politics into the process. Under SJR 2, which passed the Senate along party lines, the chief justice must be selected through an election among the other justices on the court. This controversial measure seems to be a direct attack aimed at removing Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson -- the longest serving member on the court. Republicans have often railed against Justice Abrahamson because they view her as a liberal on a court that has been shifting to be more conservative over the years.
Should this proposal go into effect,
it would allow the Republican Majority to have control other yet another
branch of government by making the selection of the chief justice a
partisan popularity contest. By making this a priority, Republicans made
it clear that they are willing to use any measure, even make changes to
a document as sacred as our Wisconsin Constitution, to score
Republicans continue to ignore the
very real problems facing our state. We should not forget Wisconsin
still faces a $2.2 billion projected deficit, and lags dangerously
behind most of the country in job creation. Our school-aged children are
still suffering under the largest cut to education in our state's
history, there is a growing disparity between rich and poor in
Wisconsin, and gun violence is plaguing our communities. Women do not
have state protections ensuring equal pay for equal work; there is
rampant waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the governor's
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; and the list goes on.
|Ensuring Prosperity and Opportunity for All|
week, President Obama, in his State of the Union address, outlined a
vision for our nation that provides all citizens an equal opportunity to
pursue the American Dream. It is fitting that Wisconsin Senate Democrats
follow the President's lead by introducing a clear plan to promote our
state's shared values; grow Wisconsin's economy; and move us all forward
by investing in families, education, and local communities.
Investing in Communities
Promoting Good Jobs
Strengthening Health Care
We know that over the next several
years our friends, families, and neighbors will face an uphill battle
with a Republican run government that is more interested in serving
corporate special interests, and putting politics before people. It is
our hope that over the next weeks and months we can show the people of
Wisconsin that Democrats in Wisconsin are focused on creating economic
opportunities, increasing wages, strengthening our local schools, and
truly putting Wisconsin families first.
|Attack on the Wisconsin Idea|
Wisconsin Idea is under threat. Most Wisconsinites are familiar with the
as a belief that began over 100 years ago that the research and education of the University of Wisconsin System is crucial and should be applied to solve problems and improve the health, quality of life, environment, and agriculture for all citizens of our great state. In summary, the Wisconsin Idea is an enduring promise made over a century ago, and has been renewed and kept by each generation ever since, to keep education, economic success, and opportunity available to the children of Wisconsin.
That is, until recently. Just this week, Governor Walker announced a plot to inflict the largest cut to higher education in our state's history. This $300 million cut would slash investments in our UW schools, limit access for students, and lead to layoffs of professionals across our state. Our universities are barely hanging on after bearing the brunt of a similar $250 million cut less than four years ago.
Right now, high school students across our state are bumping up on deadlines to decide where they'll attend college. If we, as a state, turn our backs on the Wisconsin Idea, should we expect the next generation to do any different when it's their turn to lead? How can we expect them to stay in a state we're no longer committed to?
We can't let this happen. Rather than allowing the personal political ambitions of one governor trump the needs of thousands of students, we should instead renew the pledge of the Wisconsin Idea. By investing in our people, we can grow our economy, strengthen the middle class, and move Wisconsin forward, once again.
I often have neighbors contact me looking for my perspective on various local and state issues. I very much appreciate our neighbors' questions and want to dedicate a portion of my newsletter to common questions that I hear to maintain an open dialogue. Please continue reading for this week's question.
If you, or someone you know, is able to offer their expertise on these councils, in an effort to keep Wisconsin in compliance with state law and ensure community safety, please consider applying to serve.
|Hunger Next Door|
Next Door is an exhibit by the Hunger Task Force that made its public
debut at Gallery Night in Milwaukee's Third Ward. The project
illustrates the reality of hunger in our community. Five families were
given digital cameras to capture their story through photos. These
families generously shared their privacy with the hope of changing how
we view, understand, and work to solve hunger.
St. Francis Citizen of the Year
This Saturday, the city of St. Francis will be honoring its 55th
recipient of the St. Francis Citizen of the Year award: Bob Boknevitz.
It is always great to see the continued dedication of our neighbors to
better the community we live in. This commitment to grassroots democracy
is something to be honored and commended.
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