Hero of the Week: Kathy Smith
Plus Jerk and Event of the Week
Repairers of the Breach Resource
Center, open 7 a.m. to 4
p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and on all major holidays, also builds community
awareness and emphasizes leadership and volunteerism. Smith was so impressed
that she became an active volunteer and comes back every day. She now runs the
kitchen at the center, making food for those in need six days a week. “I liked
what I saw,” Smith says. “I’m happy to be working and serving the community.”
Readers who wish to
donate their time or resources to help the center are encouraged to contact
Repairers of the Breach at 414-934-9305 or www.repairers.org.
Jerk of the Week
it to Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker to call a press
conference just to muddy the waters of debate. In a shameless bid for
thundered that convicted cop killer Ben Sanders should not be granted early
release from prison, implying that Sanders is eligible for the newly enacted
“early release” program. But that’s only for nonviolent offenders, not someone
like Sanders, who murdered two police officers. In reality, Sanders was up for
a standard parole review as required by law. Walker’s
overstepping was so ridiculous that the secretary of the Department of
Corrections, Rick Raemisch (formerly Republican
sheriff), issued a statement saying that Sanders “will not be paroled as long
as I run the Department of Corrections.” Raemisch also said he took “great
offense” to Walker
don’t forget that the early release program for nonviolent offenders was
enacted to undo some of the damage done by the “truth in sentencing” law Walker authored while in
the state Legislature. Walker’s
program has done nothing but make prison budgets balloon and take away a big
incentive for inmates to change their behavior. But it’s allowed Walker and his
fellow conservative Republicans to posture about “being tough on crime” without
explaining how they’ll pay for it.
Events of the Week
Black Family Pride Day
Saturday, July 24, the United Alliance of Day Care Providers is presenting Black Family Pride Day from 11 a.m. to
6 p.m. on 16th Street
between North Avenue
and Lloyd Street.
They’re sponsoring a second festival on Saturday, July 31, on 29th Street between
and Auer Avenue.
The events, endorsed by the NAACP, will feature free food and will promote
community businesses, clean neighborhoods, voter registration and stopping
violence. All activities are free and open to the public.
Wally Lamb Benefit for
the Benedict Center
Thursday, July 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., best-selling author Wally Lamb will
share his experiences helping incarcerated women during a benefit hosted by the
Benedict Center. Lamb will sign copies of his
books (bring your own or purchase them at the event) from 5 to 5:30 or at the
end of the evening. The benefit will be held at the Wherehouse/Hot Water (818 S. Water St. at
and will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and non-alcoholic punch. Individual
tickets are $60 or multiples for $50 each. To register or for more information,
contact Peggy at 347-1774 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Setting the Record Straight
Johnson’s Attacks on Russ Feingold
Ouch! Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ron Johnson just can’t get his facts straight. First he told a reporter he was open to drilling for oil “where it is”—potentially, in the Great Lakes. When he got some backlash, Johnson—who owns hundreds of thousands of dollars of BP and Exxon stock—tried to take back that comment. Then he put out an ad blasting Russ Feingold for being the “only Great Lakes senator” to vote against a bill that “protected our lakes.” But the AP has blasted the ad as “misleading” and PolitiFact.com slammed it as “barely true.” Why? Because two other Great Lakes senators (from New York) opposed the bill, which, incidentally, was pushed by Bush and Cheney, and because Feingold had supported another ban on Great Lakes drilling. Johnson’s campaign replied that New York isn’t really a Great Lakes state, even though it borders Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and that the ad “never insinuates” that Feingold did not support a ban or whether he supports Great Lakes drilling. Sounds like Johnson is drowning in his own spin.