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Milwaukee School Supporters Rally to Fight Funding Cuts, Privitization

MIlwaukee School Supporters Rally. Click photo to watch video.

As the national debate over the direction of education rages, Milwaukee appears to be ground zero for the school choice movement, cuts in public education and expansion of charter schools that many public education advocates believe are detrimental to students and schools in the city. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis, Milwaukee Protesters March For Trayvon Martin, Local African-American Victims

Milwaukee protesters demand "Justice for Trayvon." Click on photo to see videos of Minneapolis and Milwaukee protests

Protesters demanding justice and demonstrating outrage over the Florida acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer marched in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. In both cities, protesters were motivated by controversial police killings of black youths that have caused outrage in the African-American communities. Continue Reading →

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Decision Not To File Charges in Derek Williams Death Outrages Milwaukee Community

Activists protested Friday after a prosecutor refused to bring charges against Milwaukee police officers in the death of Derek Williams. Click on the photo to see the protest.

No criminal charges will be filed against three Milwaukee police officers found by an inquest jury to have failed to render necessary aid to Williams when he collapsed and died in the back of a squad car on July 6, 2011. The controversial death of Williams, a young father of three, has roiled police-community relations since the incident and community anger exploded after last week’s development. Continue Reading →

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No Felony In Williams Inquest, But Jury To Decide If Cops Should Face Lesser Charge

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A Wisconsin prosecutor conducting an inquest into the controversial 2011 death of Derek Williams while in the custody of Milwaukee police has ruled out the possibility of homicide charges against police. But three officers still face a potential charge of failing to render aid to Williams while he was gasping for breath and begging for help. Continue Reading →

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Inquest into Death of Milwaukee Man in Police Car Resumes After Week of Clashes

Shawnda Shumpert, Derek Williams' aunt, and Grace Kelly, the mother of Williams' girlfriend, recoil as video of Williams' death in the back seat of a Milwaukee police car is shown at the inquest into his death.  (Photo by Rick Wood, courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The inquest into the death of Derek Williams while in the custody of Milwaukee police resumes today after a week when seven police officers refused to testify and conflicting testimony was taken from medical professionals, family members and eyewitnesses. The inquest into the 2011 death of the 22-year-old father of three, who collapsed and died in the back of a police car, is expected to conclude after a day or two of additional testimony. But whether the inquest will answer the concerns of his family and community activists who believe Williams was the victim of police misconduct, remains as unclear as ever.  

The inquest was called after a Milwaukee County Medical Examiner changed the classification of Williams’ death from natural causes to homicide, sparking months of protests in Milwaukee against police misconduct that family and community members believe was the cause of Williams’ death. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Milwaukee Rally Calls On Obama To Stop Deporting, Separating Families

Click on photo to watch videos from immigration reform rally in Milwaukee

Dozens of activists gathered in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in Milwaukee Thursday afternoon to call on President Obama and a newly elected Congress to make real changes to federal immigration and deportation policy. Continue Reading →

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Union Support For Palermo’s Workers’ Strike Tops 15 Million People

Striking workers outside Palermo's Pizza factory in Milwaukee

Palermo’s workers have now been out on strike for more than three weeks because strikers say management refuses to recognize their newly formed union, Palermo’s Workers Union, as a legitimate bargaining unit. Continue Reading →

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Students Protest Union Busting Move At U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Click photo to watch Grad students protest union busting move at U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Graduate students who teach at a University of Wisconsin college say the Dean there has broken his promise to honor their union contract. The students say Dean Rodney Swain of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s College of Letters and Sciences has sent out a letter saying there is no current contract, so UWM would be discontinuing summer tuition remission for the union members. This benefit allowed summer tuition remission for graduating assistants who must take a summer class to fulfill their degree. The union says while cuts to the college’s budget may prompt the administration’s action, it is not right to pay for budget cuts on the backs of graduate workers. The union is pressing Dr. Swain to honor the spirit of his promise of March, 2011 and “do no harm” to workers’ contracts. Continue Reading →

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Occupy/Union Led Protests Greet Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel In Milwaukee

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Chicago Mayor and former advisor to President Obama Ron Emanuel was in Milwaukee Wednesday to raise money for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. He also ended up raising a howl of protest from people upset over privatization of city services, union rights and the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago. Continue Reading →

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