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Arnitta Holliman, our hero of the week, fights alongside the Benedict Center to help women involved in prostitution or sex trafficking. more

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Markasa Tucker was never really involved in civic engagement, until April 30, 2014, when Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed in Milwaukee. “That is what struck a nerve for me,” she states. more

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Kwabena Antoine Nixon’s book, Sensitive Warsongz, tells his story to “black and brown boyz,” putting the reader in the midst of the pain and struggles that many young men face. more

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Brenda Coley, co-executive director of Milwaukee Water Commons, talks about activism on a personal and systemic level. more

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At the Bread of Healing Clinic, they consider themselves to be an integrated health provider, understanding that an illness comes from medical, social and behavioral problems. more

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Many of our city’s men are struggling because they are dealing with poverty, child support and other issues, but they don’t know where to turn. Milwaukee’s Natasha Dotson helps steer them in the right direction. more

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Founded in 1979, Woodland Pattern Book Center is nationally known for its collection of more than 26,000 small press books. more

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The Shepherd Express’ Hero of the Week is Marcela “Xela” Garcia, executive director of the Walkers Point Center for the Arts. more

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Jean Bell-Calvin and the UW-Milwaukee Silver Spring Community Nursing Center emphasize that primary care is not enough to keep people healthy; they must also be educated. more

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Still Waters Collective, founded by Dasha Kelly Hamilton, is one of many organizations in Milwaukee working with local youth to help them find their voice. more

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People like Tia Richardson and her partnering organizations are creating opportunities for connection and healing. When looking at her murals, we get a direct message from the people throughout our community, and their voices are being heard. more

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Maudwella Kirkendoll grew up in Milwaukee’s 53206 neighborhood, which gave him a perspective of people who work long, hard hours to support their families but still need some help to get by. more

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We read stories in the media every day, but how do these stories really affect us and drive us to change? According to Lexi Brunson and Carsyn Taylor, co-founders of CopyWrite Magazine, these stories inspire us and create a ripple effect. more

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Fyxation’s involvement with the Milwaukee community is endless, but their ideology is simple: Regardless of who you are, get on a bike and discover that feeling of freedom. more

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CORE El Centro understands health care in the community as an elaborate web of pieces that must be tied together and which starts with a safe space to practice healing. more

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Kyana Young, a postdoctoral fellow at Marquette University, began working in the Global Water Center in 2016. She’s the Shepherd Express’ Hero of the Week. more

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Hip-Hop is more than a music genre; it is a tool used by people to challenge the status quo and tell their stories of the injustices they face. True Skool uses Hip-Hop and other art forms to encourage and empower youth in the community. more

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Milwaukee boasts six small, family-run guesthouses or B&Bs that are all notably unique. The Shepherd Express visits them all and chats with each of the owners. more

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