February 18, 2011
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.
Now through May 7, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Treat yourself to a morning of excitement by visiting your nearby indoor farmer's market. The market features fresh produce, local crafts, demonstrations and more. For information about this event, please CLICK HERE.
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (MAP)
2801 E. Morgan Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century
Now through May 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues. through Sun., and Thursday until 8 p.m.
Experience over 150 objects designed by “America’s greatest architect” Frank Lloyd Wright in this new exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Featuring thirty-three never-before-shown drawings by the Wisconsin legend, as well as rare home movies. For additional information, please CLICK HERE.
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive (MAP)
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Newborn, Infant and Toddler Clothing Donation Drive
Each Wednesday until Mar. 26
Do you have bags of clothes that your children have outgrown? Clean out your closets and donate any washed newborn, infant and toddler clothing up to size 4. Donations will be collected every Wednesday at Whole Foods Market and sold at the Whole Planet Foundation Clothing Drive on March 26. CLICK HERE for more information.
Whole Foods Market (MAP)
2305 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Enclosed you will find information about the Budget Adjustment Bill that takes away the rights of Wisconsin's workers.
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
I have received thousands of phone calls and emails, and have had hundreds visit my office. I held a listening session and have spent countless hours working on a legislative compromise. My efforts continue.
Walker Attacks Worker's Rights
On Thursday, February 10, Scott Walker launched an attack on workers all across Wisconsin. This proposal increases long-term state debt, allows for the sale of valuable state assets with little accountability or oversight, seizes control of Wisconsin's health care safety net, and is an unprecedented attack on basic worker rights to organize and bargain.
The Joint Committee on Finance held a public hearing on this bill this Tuesday, which Republican members abruptly adjourned before all those registered to testify were allowed to do so. My Democratic colleagues and I chose to convene a listening session to continue hearing the concerns of Wisconsin.
Nearly 100,000 Wisconsinites have come to the Capitol this week to peacefully request that their government protect their rights. My colleagues and I condemn the actions of Governor Walker and his refusal to discuss this issue. Likewise, many of his rubber-stamp Legislators have refused to meet with those they represent that have journeyed to Madison.
With this legislation, Governor
Walker and Republican legislators
will send Wisconsin backward 50 years
in the struggle to protect worker's rights, leaving Wisconsin's future
uncertain. The ability to organize and receive fair treatment are
qualities that built our middle class and country. They must be protected. This is what the
previous generation fought for in the 60's and 70's to ensure a better
life for their children. This legislation will hurt every person and
every community across Wisconsin by driving down wages and decreasing
workplace safety for all Wisconsin workers, union and non-union alike.
Thank you to all of my neighbors
that have peacefully taken part in this historic civic participation by
visiting, calling or emailing me with thoughtful questions and advocacy. Wisconsin workers are the backbone of our state and
deserve to be commended for all of their hard work and dedication to
making Wisconsin a great state for our families and communities.
Photo (TOP): Wisconsin workers protesting outside the Capitol Building in Madison
Photo (BOTTOM): Protests continue inside the Capitol's Rotunda
|Happy President's Day|
Remember, February 21 is Presidents’ Day. The United States Senate will read Washington's farewell address on Monday, an annual tradition dating back to 1862. Feel free to take this opportunity to honor our nation's great leaders.
It is a good time to recall that our nation has enjoyed over two centuries of peaceful political transitions.
POSTPONED - Meet for Coffee
Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
to continuing work on legislation before the Senate, office hours at
Sven's Cafe in Bay View has been postponed. They will be rescheduled. If
you have immediate concerns, my office will be open this weekend to
Bay View Winter Blast ‘11
Sunday, Feb. 20 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
by the Bay View Winter Blast community festival this Sunday. This event
features musical entertainment, family activities, and community group
stands. Winter Blast also hosts Bay View’s only chili cook-off between
multiple neighborhood restaurants. For more information, please
South Shore Park Pavilion (MAP)
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