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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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Total control of the legislature—along with control of the governor’s office—has allowed the Republicans to pass a host of very controversial and often self-serving legislation that led many Republican legislators to actually believe that they are ab more

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Opportunities to protect the planet can come from unexpected practices. Green burials are gradually gaining traction as the most conscientious way to return oneself to the earth. more

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In this special Earth Day edition of our weekly “Saving Our Democracy” column, the Shepherd Express will highlight the cleanups, fundraisers and other community events that seek to push us towards a more environmentally friendly world. more

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Is Paul Ryan’s political career really over? Who knows; he’s lied to us about everything else. After separating himself from the disastrous Trump presidency, yet another fraudulent version of Paul Ryan could emerge in the future to lead ... more

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It’s unfortunate that anyone has to say this, but it’s high time that Wisconsin follow other states’ examples of successful criminal justice reform; states ahead of us in this area include not only Michigan, but also Texas and Mississippi. more

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Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman said he has learned a lot from reading the “anti-displacement plan” released last month by Milwaukee officials, but the lessons he took away from it might not be exactly what the people behind the report had envisioned. more

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Check out Saving Our Democracy for April 12-18, the Shepherd Express’ clearinghouse for all political and social justice activities in the greater Milwaukee area that peacefully push back against discriminatory, reactionary or authoritarian ... more

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Republicans desperately need to restore integrity to conservatism, but that won’t be possible until they stop intentionally appealing to white supremacists and trying to destroy fundamental principles of democracy and equality. more

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With President Donald Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant rhetoric, the travel ban and heated talk in Washington, D.C., about tariffs and possible immigration restrictions for students—particularly from China—international student administrators in ... more

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The ACLU of Wisconsin’s report that the Milwaukee Police Department made more than 350,000 unjustified pedestrian and traffic stops between 2010 and 2017, comes at a time when Milwaukee’s police-community relations are being heavily scrutinized ... more

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More and more females are going into the skilled trades professions; several seasoned professionals in these fields for decades offer young women some helpful advice. more

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Saving Our Democracy for the week of April 5-11, 2018—the Shepherd Express’ list of activities in the greater Milwaukee area that peacefully push back against discriminatory, reactionary and authoritarian actions and policies of President Donald ... more

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We need a governor who invests in education at every level, and we need this investment not just when the incumbent’s facing reelection and not just because his Democratic opponent could be a highly qualified educator. more

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Hopefully, when the Wisconsin Legislature next convenes, it will be with a different legislative makeup, and it will be able to make up for the lost “Walker Decade” with better priorities. more

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The Shepherd Express announces its political endorsements for the Tuesday, April 3, Wisconsin elections. more

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Find out where, when and how to get involved in political and social activism in and around Milwaukee. more

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The hundreds of thousands in the streets for the March for Our Lives were led by a wave of new, young voters and soon-to-be voters who reject the hypocrisy and dishonesty of politicians who fail to represent the best interests of their constituents. more

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The Wisconsin Center District—a business-building entity overseen by a board appointed by the governor, mayor, Common Council president and the country executive—though few know it, is at the heart of what’s happening in Downtown Milwaukee. more

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Wisconsin Rep. Evan Goyke talks about his efforts to increase awareness about Milwaukee’s importance to the State of Wisconsin and to increase the city’s influence in state politics. more

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Sen. Leah Vukmir’s bill, Senate Bill 54 (SB54), mandates that the Wisconsin Department of Correction (DOC) recommend revocation for anyone on DOC supervision who is merely charged with a new violent misdemeanor or any type of felony. more

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