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In 2003, Debbie Lassiter and Carly McKiver responded to a growing need among women in Milwaukee by founding Convergence Resource Center (CRC). Read more

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Through the nonprofit Port fish, farmer Pat Wilborn wants to help spread the use of aquaponics, a growing method using fish and reducing waste. Read more

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David Johnson, founder of the Cream City Gardens program, is a relatively new farmer who found his passion for farming through community work. Read more

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Bolivian writer and activist Tatiana Maida now helps Milwaukee inhabitants through education and health-focused programs. Read more

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Maria Miramontes transitioned from client to volunteer at CORE El Centro; she’s now employed there as a health navigator and, when new clients come there looking for help, she is one of the first people they meet. Read more

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The essence of the South Side is the power of pueblo. Born and raised in the shadow of the Walker’s Point clocktower, Tammy Rivera understands this strength. Read more

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Christine Neumann-Ortiz, our hero of the week, is the director of Voces de la Frontera and organizes grassroots movements to protect immigrants. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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

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