Vel Phillips

Civil Rights leader Velvalea “Vel” Phillips spent years fighting for equal rights across Milwaukee, marching across many of its streets, so it only makes sense that a street would be renamed in her honor. Read more

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The event also focused on reigniting youth activism in the city to accelerate change. Read more

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, designed to prevent housing discrimination. But in the city of Milwaukee, much more work needs to be done to successfully integrate its neighborhoods. Read more

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Milwaukee’s verteran African-American columnist and commentator, Richard Carter, recalls his encounters with the late civil rights activist Vel Phillips. Read more

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Phillips fought tirelessly for fair housing in Milwaukee, introducing her ordinance to the city council every 90 days for seven years. Read more


Military assault weapons have absolutely no legitimate use in civilian society at any age for either hunting or self-defense. There’s no season to bag large numbers of humans, and no one in America has any rational fear of being attacked by an army. Read more

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Jewish Museum Milwaukee is currently hosting important and informative exhibitions that take multicultural perspectives on the civil rights struggle and Milwaukee’s open housing protest marches. Read more

Visual Arts

Wisconsin Avenue artist in residence Mauricio Ramirez is transforming 10 utility boxes along Wisconsin Avenue to honor important icons and events in Milwaukee’s wide-spanning history. Read more

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I can’t help wishing Peter Feigin, the new president of the Milwaukee Bucks, hadn’t scrambled quite so quickly to soften his tone and soothe feelings over his totally frank outsider’s assessment of the racial atmosphere in Milwaukee. Read more

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Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.’s soaring “I Have a Dream” speech may be the moment most remembered todayMarch on Washington, Martin Luther King, MLK, I Have a Dream... Read more

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The race for the open 10th Assembly District seat has gotten so ugly I hate to even write about it. The accusations of race-baiting and directions to vote for people “who look like you” have gotten out of hand.<br /><br />It\'s gotten even worse t.. Read more

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The color of a person's skin is no way to choose a candidate. At the predominantly black monthly Community Brainstorming Conference on Saturday, state Rep. Elizabeth Coggs, a candidate for state Senate... Read more

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Yet another dictator is being toppled to expand democracy throughout the Middle East. That's great news. But what about democracy right here in Wisconsin? In just a few short months in power, Republicans have systematically attacked the c... Read more

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Sois Kelly Clarkson the Barton Fink of pop music, contractually obligatedto crank out fl My December, ,Concert Reviews Read more

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With the murder of Miller Brewing executive Lodewikus“Vic” Milford in Walker& Shepherd ,News Features Read more

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