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Louis Fortis

Louis Fortis is the Editor/Publisher of the Shepherd Express. Click here for articles written by Louis Fortis.

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It’s as American as apple pie to elect a bright, new generation of self-proclaimed democratic socialists. They’re fighting to preserve the American ideal of sharing the economic benefits of democracy with everyone, not just the wealthy. more

Taking Liberties 3 Comments

Small urban parks, sometimes the size of one or two housing lots, often serve diverse community needs, including as play spaces. These “pocket parks” or “vest-pocket parks” as they are colloquially termed are becoming more popular. 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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The U.S.-Mexico border lies more than 1,800 miles from Milwaukee, but for some local families who have had loved ones detained by ICE, it feels as though it’s right down the street. more

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The Democratic candidates for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District debate twice, while protesters hold a vigil for immigrants outside of GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s office. more

Saving Our Democracy

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We once thought nothing could be more frightening than Donald Trump threatening to rain down the “fire and fury” of America’s nuclear arsenal upon other nations, but the economic destruction being inflicted on American companies and their workers ... more

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This month, the venerable Oriental Theatre goes dark as its new operators take charge and begin phase one of planned renovations. more

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Trump’s family separation at the U.S.-Mexican border is a horrendous practice—whose optics and ethics have been condemned by Democrats and Republicans, alike—and whose legality has been challenged by the ACLU. more

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In many ways, Milwaukee would seem blessed by its abundance of theaters and performance venues for both the fine and popular arts. But, is it an over-abundance? more

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It’s long been a truism that Milwaukee County residents love their historic parks. Nonetheless, continual defunding for three decades has left much of the county’s parks frayed and even derelict. more

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The U.S. Supreme Court passed up a chance to strike down Wisconsin’s brazenly corrupt political gerrymandering that supporters of democracy hoped would finally lead to fairer, more honest election districts throughout the country. more

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Milwaukee’s Victory Garden Initiative has, in nine years, installed some 4,000 raised beds, and its farm—and now new farmhouse—seek to respond to concerns about inner-city Milwaukee health, nutrition and food justice issues. 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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Milwaukee County Parks is recognized nationally as a trail-blazing park system that extended the concept of a network of linked parks and parkways throughout a county, not just a city. more

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Read the Shepherd Express’ “Saving Our Democracy” column for the week of June 28 to July 4, to get politically and socially active; read about activities in the greater Milwaukee area that peacefully push back against discriminatory, reactionary ... more

Saving Our Democracy

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Wisconsin voters can do their part to preserve America’s health care protections—including coverage for preexisting conditions—by removing Scott Walker and Brad Schimel from office this November. more

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The future of the Mitchell Park Domes is at stake. The public has an opportunity to express its ideas and opinions about various county proposals on Tuesday, June 26 in the lobby of the Mitchell Park Domes. more

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The City of Milwaukee uses its police and prosecutors to generate money from some of its poorest residents. It seems a very small thing indeed use a share of that money to ensure that they are fairly represented in Milwaukee Municipal Court. more

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On June 16, there will be a “Community Cleanup and Cookin’ Up Arthaus” event that begins with a neighborhood cleanup, followed by a program outside the Arthaus featuring live music and poetry and a barbecue. more

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Though Will Allen’s Growing Power didn’t turn into the thriving business he had hoped it might eventually become, Allen remains very busy in Milwaukee’s urban agriculture scene. more

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