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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States.


The case was brought on behalf of mothers and children who have fled extreme violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and come to the United States for safety. Each has been found by an immigration officer or judge to have a “credible fear” of persecution, meaning there is a “significant possibility” they will be granted asylum.

Yet, instead of releasing these families as they await their asylum hearings, which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has typically done, the agency now categorically detains and denies their release on bond or other conditions. The Obama administration adopted this policy — “an aggressive deterrence strategy” — following this summer’s increase in mothers and children coming to the United States.

“Locking up families and depriving them of their liberty in order to scare others from seeking refuge in the U.S. is inhumane and illegal,” said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “The government should not be using these mothers and their children as pawns. They have already been through devastating experiences, and imprisoning them for weeks or months while they await their asylum hearings is unnecessary and traumatizing.”

The Obama administration’s blanket no-release policy is a violation of federal immigration law and regulations, as well as the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibit the blanket detention of asylum seekers for purposes of general deterrence, the complaint charges.

The lawsuit aims to invalidate that policy and ensure that the families’ cases receive individualized reviews. Asylum-seeking mothers and children are being detained at facilities across the country, in places such as Karnes, Texas, and Berks County, Penn. The nation’s largest family detention facility just opened in Dilley, Texas.

“I worry that every day my family is kept in prison it adds to the trauma that my children feel. They saw so much violence in El Salvador, and now they are locked up here where they cannot feel safe and get better. I hope that we can be released soon so that I can help them recover from everything they have experienced,” said lead plaintiff “RILR,” who has been locked away in detention with her two children.

Plaintiffs in this case — all of whom have cleared credible-fear screenings — include:

  • A mother who, along with her son, fled from Honduras after years of physical abuse at the hands of her son’s father. After he raped her, she escaped with the help of members of her church. However, DHS has refused to release the mother and son to live with their family in the United States while their asylum case proceeds.

  • A mother who fled El Salvador with her 5-year-old and 8-month-old daughters to escape brutal and unrelenting abuse by the children’s father. She and her daughters are being further traumatized because they are locked up in detention as they await their asylum hearing, even though they have a U.S.-citizen relative who has offered to support them and provide the care the family needs.

  • A Salvadoran woman who, with her young son and daughter, escaped to the United States after her common-law husband physically abused her and threatened to kill her children. They are now languishing in detention awaiting an asylum hearing, even though they could stay with her mother who lives and works in Texas.

The case, RILR v. Johnson, was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Columbus, Ohio— Con las tensiones elevadas por las muertes de varios hombres afromericanos desarmados a manos de policías, los departamentos policiales en todo Estados Unidos están cambiando políticas y procedimientos para reducir el uso de fuerza letal, aliviar la desconfianza del público y proteger a los agentes de represalias.
La Policía de la ciudad de Nueva York planea distribuir pistolas aturdidoras a centenares de agentes. El departamento de Milwaukee hizo obligatorio el entrenamiento de intervenciones en crisis. En Akron, Ohio, la policía comenzó a trabajar en parejas en todos los turnos, para su seguridad.
Los departamentos de policía actualizan constantemente sus entrenamientos, pero algunas de las medidas más recientes han sido motivadas por la creciente ira contra la policía. En algunos casos, los departamentos se están asegurando de informarle al público sobre esos cambios.
“No es un error ni una coincidencia que muchos de esos departamentos están informando de sus entrenamientos o quizás reformando sus directrices de entrenamiento a la luz de esos incidentes prominentes”, dijo Kami Chavis Simmons, directora del programa de justicia criminal en la facultad de derecho de la Universidad Wake Forrest, en Carolina del Norte y ex fiscal federal en Washington.
Protestas mayormente pacíficas han estallado en todo el país luego que jurados investigadores en semanas recientes declinaron presentar cargos contra policías blancos por la muerte a tiros de Michael Brown, de 18 años, en Ferguson, Misurí y la muerte por estrangulamiento de Eric Garner en Nuevas York. Los dos hombres eran negros y estaban desarmados.
Lorie Fridell, profesora de criminología en la Universidad del Sur de Florida que tiene un negocio de entrenamiento policial, dijo que ha recibido casi dos pedidos diarios de jefes de policía desde el inicio de las protestas en agosto.
“Hay muchos jefes policiales con buenas intenciones que quieren hacer lo correcto y están buscando la forma de resolver no solamente problemas de uso de la fuerza, sino también de prejuicio”, dijo Fridell.
Dos incidentes recientes de muertes a manos policiales en Ohio comenzaron con reportes de personas con armas de fuego: la muerte el mes pasado de un niño de 12 años que tenía una pistola de balines en Cleveland y la muerte a mediados del año pasado de un hombre de 22 años que llevaba un fusil de aire comprimido en un Wal-Mart en Dayton.
En ambos casos, los agentes dijeron que pensaron que las víctimas tenían armas reales. El agente que baleó al niño de 12 años renunció de la policía de un suburbio de Cleveland en 2012luego que supervisores decidiesen que carecía de madurez para trabajar en su departamento.
El secretario de Justicia de Ohio respondió a la situación pidiéndole a la comisión de entrenamiento policial la semana pasada que estudie posibles mejoras en la forma en que los agentes aprenden su trabajo.
“Todo policía que sale a la calle cada día tiene el derecho de regresar a su casa cada noche”, dijo DeWine. “Al mismo tiempo, los ciudadanos del estado de Ohio tienen el derecho a esperar que los policías sean entrenados correctamente y examinados antes de ser puestos en las calles”.
El mes pasado en Missouri, un equipo federal realizó entrenamientos para la policía del área de San Luis, incluso los máximos comandantes de Ferguson, sobre cómo los prejuicios no intencionales afectan el trabajo policial. Además el jefe de la policía de San Luis, Sam Dotson, dijo que espera introducir un entrenamiento más amplio a los agentes sobre cómo reconocer el “prejuicio implícito” y tomar mejores decisiones sobre cuando disparar.
El gobierno federal emitió este mes directrices que limitan la capacidad de los agentes federales de tomar decisiones sobre la base de religión, origen nacional y otras características. El Departamento de Justicia espera que esas medidas se vuelvan un modelo para departamentos policiales locales.

 

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The Kenosha Hard Rock Hotel and Casino held a rally Wednesday afternoon and were joined in solidarity with Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman, State Senator Bob Wirch, State Representative Tom Weatherston, and Gateway Technical College President Dr. Bryan Albrecht, all in support of a Kenosha Casino.

The Kenosha casino, located at the former Dairyland Greyhound Track in Kenosha, will pump $1.6 Billion into the state economy in the first 10 years of operation say supporters.

“The money will stimulate the economy in two parts; building the facility of $800 million which will create jobs for over 4,000 employees and contractors.  Secondly, $800 million by subsiding better conditions for Menominee Tribe as a sovereign state with public schools, medical, housing and compensation.”  Stated Mike Beightol of Coyote Marsh Public Relations.

Kenosha Casino advocates state that the casino is predicated to create jobs from Kenosha up to their current casino in Keshena, 45 minutes northwest of Oneida casino in Green Bay.

The Florida Seminole tribe owns all of the Hard Rock International Casino and Hotels when they purchase the rights for $965 million in 2007.

Seminole tribe is investing the initial build of the Kenosha Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of $800 million and will manage the property until payment is recuperated.

Gateway Technical College is partnering with Kenosha Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Menominee Tribe to provide area classes on Hotel and Casino entertainment.

Governor Scott Walker will make a final decisionFebruary 19, 2015 for approval to break ground.

Racine –StriveTogether will add four new community partnerships, including Racine, Wisconsin, to its national Cradle to Career Network.

The national collective impact initiative now includes 53 community partnerships from 28 states and Washington, D.C, all working to connect cross-sector leaders around a common vision – improving education outcomes for kids.

Higher Expectations from Racine, Wisconsin; Impact Tulsafrom Tulsa, Oklahoma; Portland ConnectEd from Portland, Maine; and Yonkers Thrives from Yonkers, New York, are the newest community partnerships to join the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, which connects more than 8,000 organizations and impacts 5.5 million students.

“Across the country, cradle to career partnerships are bringing their communities together to improve student outcomes,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “Each of these communities, and the Network as a whole, are committed to putting the child at the center of their work and building on what really works for kids. We are excited to welcome Higher Expectations to the Cradle to Career Networkand look forward to seeing how they drive change in their community.”

StriveTogether supports network communities with resources and a nationally recognized collective impact approach, known as the StriveTogether Theory of Action. Collective impact has emerged as a successful way for communities to align resources around shared outcomes throughout the education continuum, such as kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading or post-secondary attainment.

Network members connect with each other to share knowledge to help progress their work, learning form the successes, failures and insights of each cradle to career partnership.

To become a Network member, community partnerships must meet a set of benchmarks that indicate it has engaged a cross-sector group around a common education vision. The partnership must also demonstrate it can support the creation of a sustainable infrastructure to drive change, and commit to being accountable for improving an identified set of academic outcomes and indicators.

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121014 fpmiddle pix1Milwaukee – About 80 protestors in support of the family of Dontre Hamilton occupied Milwaukee’s City Hall this week.

For over seven months protestors have marched on Milwaukee’s streets demanding charges against Officer Christopher Manney for the death of Dontre Hamilton.

Protestors started marching Red Arrow Park after a brief speech by the Hamilton family to City Hall and asked to meet with the mayor.

The mayor was at another function and was not in the building at the time of the demonstration.

Manney shot and killed Hamilton during an altercation in the park.  Autopsy findings released by Hamilton’s family indicate 14 shots were fired with one shot confirmed fired to the back of Hamilton.

Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Manney, saying he didn’t follow department rules in the moments before the shooting, resulting in a struggle that left deadly force as the only option.

The incident began when workers at a nearby coffee shop called police to complain about Hamilton sleeping in the park. Instead of following his training about how to deal with emotionally disturbed people, Flynn said, Manney came up behind Hamilton, placing his hands under Hamilton’s arms and on his chest in what the chief described as an “out of policy pat-down.” He said the officer had no reason to believe before the confrontation that Hamilton was dangerous.

More than seven months have passed since the shooting, and  Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said he’s still waiting for expert reports before making a decision.

Protesters held a die-in protest in front of Chisholm’s house in Bay View Monday night.

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Milwaukee – Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan is accusing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett of sabotaging his efforts to initiate a public referendum on the proposed downtown Milwaukee streetcar project. The accusation was made this week in a statement the Alderman released a few weeks after the budget for Milwaukee’s streetcar project doubled.

 

“I’ve learned that the mayor is making a desperate attempt to thwart a referendum on the streetcar project by having the Redevelopment Authority issue bonds to pay for the construction costs. The move is meant to sneak around the state statute provision that allows for a referendum on the borrowing for the project”, Alderman Donovan said in his statement.

 

Joining Alderman Donovan is Alderman Joe Davis who released a statement last week in which he said, “The mayor’s most recent aggressive push to ram the Streetcar project down the public’s throat has solidified my decision to join Alderman Donovan with the collection of signatures to force a referendum on the proposed borrowing for this project”.

 

Mayor Barrett has stated that he wants the city to break ground on the project next year, and have it done sometime in 2018. The Mayor will seek from the Common Council approval for two special taxing districts to help pay for the proposed development along the lakefront. The cost the Mayor predicts will be roughly $113 million.

 

“Along with the 55 million dollars we’ve already received from the federal government, would put the total federal contribution at 65 million dollars, which is more than half the project cost.” Barrett said in a statement to CBS 58.

 

Alderman Davis called the mayor’s spending on the streetcar project shameful stating that, “The rush to spend the ancient federal allocation from the USDOT that the Mayor has failed to spend, and pass the additional cost from this project to the citizens of this city — who least can afford it — is shameful”.

 

In his statement, Alderman Donovan said that “Legislators out-state are asking why the mayor is pushing full-throttle on this boondoggle trolley. Specifically, they are wary of helping the city with the arena project because they are taken aback by the mayor’s desperation, and his insistence on pushing ahead on a project that is wasteful and makes no sense”.

 

Donovan points out in his statement that state legislators are warning Milwaukee that the mayor’s streetcar project may jeopardize state help for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

 

“I am now exploring possible legal options to stop this Hail Mary end-around, and keep in mind that using general obligation bonds is the usual way to pay for large public works projects. Also, having the Redevelopment Authority issue bonds for the streetcar project is not only wrong, it could end up being more expensive for the taxpayers of Milwaukee in the long run”, Donovan said in his statement.

 

Donovan goes on to say that the Mayor is desperate and that in his desperation the Mayor is denying the “people of Milwaukee the opportunity to have their voices heard on the streetcar shows just how out of touch and scared the mayor has become on this issue”.

 

“…the public will potentially have to foot the bill on this risky endeavor, I say let our citizens decide whether to pay the cost of this “Streetcar Named Ego”, said Alderman Davis.

 

This week a meeting of a Common Council committee met and approved the mayor’s Streetcar plan. The mayor said the explosive growth underway at Milwaukee’s lakefront is worth the investment.

 

“This is about economic development,” said Mayor Barrett.

 

The Streetcar plan now goes to the full Common Council for approval.

 

Gov. Scott Walker and the Forest County Potawatomi have signed a compact amendment calling for the state to ensure the tribe receives payments for any losses its Milwaukee casino might suffer if the Menominee Nation opens a competing facility in Kenosha.

The Potawatomi’s gaming compact with the state requires the two sides enter arbitration to determine how the Potawatomi should be made whole for potential losses. The governor has until Feb. 19 to approve or deny the Menominee’s plans for the casino but chose to enter arbitration ahead of the decision to get a better idea of how indemnification would work.

Under the plan arbitrators selected, the state would be responsible for offsetting losses.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs now has 45 days to accept or reject the deal.

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Milwaukee – After releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) a couple of months ago, The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) has received proposals from developers who want to partner with MPL to work on developing a mixed-use Forest Home library.

MPL is seeking to develop a 21st-century technology-rich library for residents that will also improve the economic vitality of the neighborhood. In addition, MPL wants to elevate the library’s presence in the community.

“Libraries are and will continue to be a funding priority,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “An investment in our libraries is an investment in building a strong Milwaukee with vibrant neighborhoods and business districts. Our libraries are the places where we develop lifelong learners starting from birth. They are the places where people connect to each other and to jobs and possibilities. By 2020, we’ll have replaced or updated our entire branch system with 21st century, technology-rich facilities many of which will be part of a multi-use facility.”

Mayor Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee Common Council and the Library Board of Trustees have identified $18 million for the library redevelopment project. MPL anticipates spending $4.5 million on each of the four libraries slated for redevelopment – Forest Home, Mill Road, Capitol and Martin Luther King. The renovation is currently in the design phase and will begin construction in early 2015.  The total amount budgeted for the libraries is $22.4 million.

This week, residents were able to give their opinions on two proposals submitted to MPL at a meeting of the Library Development and Building Committee.

Residents were able to give their thoughts on two RFP proposals submitted for the redevelopment of the Forest Home library from two developer teams: Cardinal Capital and Journey House; and Gorman USA, Mitchell Investment Properties and VJS Construction.

Cardinal Capital and Journey House developer team propose a mixed-use development with 51 units affordable housing (24 for youth aging out of foster care), a 16,500 sq ft library and dedicated on-site parking for library users by tearing down a Dental Associates building and rebuilding on the site located at 1135 S. Cesar Chavez Drive.

Gorman USA, Mitchell Investment Properties and VJS Construction developer team propose a mixed-use development with 33 units of affordable housing, a 15,000 sq ft library and dedicated on-site parking for library users by renovating the “Hills Building” at 930 W. Mitchell St.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West attended the meeting and stated she was impressed with the proposals submitted. “It was a fantastic effort by all involved to not only get this much needed development going, but to get the involvement of residents in the area as well”.

When asked which proposal she liked best, Supervisor Romo West said, ” I think the revitalization of the Hills building would be great and that could really boost Mitchell Street’s profile”.

A decision on which proposal will be accepted will be made in the coming weeks by MPL.

Milwaukee – Executive Director of Esperanza Unida, Manny Perez states that Esperanza Unida has been in fiscal turmoil for years due to “toxic debt” created by loans the agency has incurred since 1994.

The 611 International Building is in the midst of being foreclosed on by the City of Milwaukee because of property taxes the agency is not able to pay. The financially troubled organization owes $231,561 in property taxes on its building, including $155,000 in back taxes for 2011 and 2012.

If the foreclosure moves forward, the city plans to seek development proposals on the four-story, 76,000-square-foot building, at 611 W. National Ave.

Perez states that Esperanza Unida’s financial troubles are the result of “toxic debt” tied to loans made against the building in 1994 without authorization from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Perez confirmed that loans were made with 611 building as collateral until 2002.

Perez continued to say that the original loans taken in 1994 would be paid down and then new loans would be taken out on top of the original loans. He went on to say that the EDA confirmed that loans taken out after using the building as collateral was a violation of terms and should have never happened without their authority.

Perez points out that due to the burden of the loans, the agency was unable to fix building code violations that led most of the tenants to make up their minds and move out. He also explained that a combination of toxic debt, low rental rates, and lack of economic development in the nearby Milwaukee south side, made impossible historically to conduct repairs and to attract tenants at higher rental rates.

“Repairs needed at the 611 building total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars”, said Robert Miranda, former executive director. “Whatever was done with the loans, it is clear that during the Richard Oulahan administration and the 1994 board of directors, you can clearly see were never put towards the repairs and remodeling that were needed in the building”.

If the building is sold, the EDA would get proceeds from the sale to pay back on the grant it gave in 1994. The EDA provided a $712,800 grant in 1994 to help pay for a $1.06 million renovation of the building’s first and second floors.

Perez said that he is working with the City of Milwaukee and the EDA to resolve the matter with the goal of selling the building so the creditors are paid.

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Front3Milwaukee – In September, 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

The 43 Mexican students who disappeared in southern Mexico were abducted by police on order of a local mayor, and then turned over to a gang that killed them and burned their bodies before throwing some remains in a river, the nation’s attorney general said.

The incident has sparked mass demonstrations throughout Mexico and an international call for justice.

Last week a solidarity demonstration was organized in Milwaukee calling attention to the incident.

Tony Picon, an organizer of the event stated that ” the main reason for creating this event, Manifestation against the Mexican government, was for two reasons: first, to show our Mexican fellows our solidarity with them and show them we share the same discontent with the current government’s failure to provide security, justice and well being to all Mexicans. Second, show our solidarity to the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, to show that even though we are in the U,S. and live here, we still feel the same need for change in our political system”.

Picon states that they wanted to send the Mexican authorities representing Mexico in this country via the Mexican consul, which was here in Waukesha this past Saturday, a clear message that they stand by their fellow Mexicans not only in Mexico but in the United States, more specifically in Wisconsin, they are in solidarity with their call for justice.

EVANGELIZE-HYINGMILWAUKEE – The Most Reverend Donald J. Hying has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana.  The appointment, made by Pope Francis, was announced in Rome, today.  Bishop Hying will be installed on January 6, 2014.

“We will truly miss Bishop Hying’s spiritual and administrative leadership,” said Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki.  “While we are sad to see him leave, we are grateful for his service and know that he will continue to be a blessing for the people of Gary, just as he has been a blessing for the faithful in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.”

“Since his appointment as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in May, 2011, Bishop Hying has demonstrated his unceasing commitment to evangelization in southeastern Wisconsin,” Archbishop Listecki added.  “He has also worked tirelessly in support of youth and adult Catholic organizations and has been a living example and compassionate advocate for the sanctity of life. There’s no doubt that he has earned the admiration and respect of the clergy and faithful of the archdiocese. He is truly a fitting successor for the retiring Bishop Dale Melczek.”

“I am humbled, honored and excited to embrace the call to serve the Church in the Diocese of Gary, Indiana,” said Bishop Hying. “I am grateful to the Holy Father for his confidence and appointment, and I look forward to coming to know and love the People of God there.”

Bishop Hying was appointed to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI on May 26, 2011 and ordained by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki as the 7th Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on July 20, 2011.  Hying was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1989, by Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland.

In addition to serving as Rector of St. Francis De Sales Seminary, from 2007 to present, Hying served as Temporary Administrator, St. Augustine Parish, Milwaukee, 2006; Dean of Formation, St. Francis De Sales Seminary, St. Francis, 2005 to 2007; Pastor, Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Milwaukee, 1999 to 2005; St. Anthony Parish, Milwaukee, 1998 to 1999; Temporary Administrator, St. Peter Parish, East Troy, 1998; Team Member, La Sagrada Familia Parroquia, Dominican Republic, 1994 to 1997; and Associate Pastor, St. Anthony Parish, Menomonee Falls, 1989 to 1994.

He is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin.  He was born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963 and is the youngest of six sons.  He attended St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, Brookfield Central High School, and Marquette University.  He earned his Masters of Divinity from Saint Francis De Sales Seminary. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, and is finalizing his thesis.

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112614 fp top pix1SJNN – Ferguson, Missouri – The town of Ferguson has seen rioting and looting after a jury decided not to bring charges over the killing of a black teenager.

Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on 9 August, sparking protests.

St Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said rioters had fired 150 shots.

Many in the African-American community had called for Mr Wilson to be charged with murder, but after three months of deliberation a Missouri grand jury – of nine white and three black members – made no recommendation of charges.

President Barack Obama joined the teenager’s family on Monday in appealing for calm, urging Americans to accept the decision was “the grand jury’s to make”.

Authorities said more than 80 people were arrested amid chaos in several areas of St Louis overnight. Sixty-one of those arrests were in Ferguson, with charges including burglary and trespassing.

The fabric of the community, Mr Belmar said, had been “torn apart” in Ferguson, which is a predominantly black community patrolled by a mainly white police force.

As protesters charged barricades, hurling glass bottles, police responded with smoke and tear gas.

One protester, Charles Miller, told the media that while he did not advocate violence, he understood why people were angry.

“You can’t just go shoot an 18-year-old who’s unarmed on the street, despite what the story may have been,” he said.

Thousands of people also protested in other cities, from Los Angeles to New York.

In Oakland, California, they blocked traffic on a major highway in the San Francisco Bay area.

Mr Brown’s family said in a statement: “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.”

But they also appealed for calm, saying: “Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference”, and calling for all police to wear body cameras.

Mr Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, wept at news of the jury’s decision as she was comforted by supporters outside the police station in Ferguson.

Mr Brown’s family could yet file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Mr Wilson.

Meanwhile, a justice ministry investigation is still under way into whether the police officer violated Mr Brown’s civil rights.

Darren Wilson, 28, is currently on paid leave and has kept out of the public eye.

The ministry is also investigating practices at the Ferguson police department.

KENOSHA -A woman and a child were taken to a hospital after a fire in Kenosha on Tuesday night.

Kenosha police said officers were called to the home near 50th Street and 21st Avenue after a woman said someone had killed her baby.

Officers arrived and surrounded an apartment in the home while rescue personnel attended to a 27-year-old woman and her 11-month-old daughter.

The mother and daughter were taken to Kenosha Hospital where the infant was pronounced dead.

On Facebook, the police department said the baby’s death was a result of child abuse.

Officers on the scene said a man inside set fire to curtains while the building was surrounded, the man was eventually taken into police custody.

Significant fire damage to the first floor and basement occurred as a result of the fire.

The man, a 34-year-old resident of Kenosha, is the father of the child and is currently being held on a probation hold.

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fp 111914 pix2Milwaukee  — Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School (MESCS) has begun implementing a model intergenerational learning program  for families in the community with a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). The school joins four other organizations nationwide receiving Toyota Family Learning program grants in the second year of the program.

“The Toyota Family Learning Grant provides an avenue of hope and optimism for improving the lives of our students and their families, while transforming Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School into a place where families become 21st century learners, stewards of the environment, and ambassadors for change within the community,” saidRoseann Lococo, Principal, MESCS.

Independent evaluations show Toyota Family Learning has yielded impressive results.

“Following year one, we are finding that participating families are interacting more often with their child’s school and using technology with their children for educational purposes,” said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL.

“Fathers and siblings are more involved in family learning. We’re seeing gains in parents’ organizational and leadership skills and involvement in their community.”

Families across the country, often first-generation immigrants, are already benefiting from the first year of Toyota Family Learning. Today’s announcement brings the total NCFL and Toyota grant amount to $1.75 million for programs in 10 schools, libraries and community-based organizations across the country (see below for list of grantees).

“Toyota Family Learning helps bridge the gap between classroom and lifelong learning,” said Mike Goss, vice president of external affairs for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. “We build on the success of intergenerational literacy programs that enable parents and children to learn alongside each other, by taking that learning outside the classroom in ways that are engaging and relevant to real life situations.”

Area families participating in the Toyota Family Learning program will:

•  Attend Parent Time and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®: Participating parents engage in guided learning with a focus on leadership. During PACT time, families learn together while engaging in activities including mentoring and service learning, using technology together, reading together, and taking family trips.

• Join in service learning activities: Reflecting Toyota Family Learning’s guiding philosophy, which is rooted in community service, families participate in at least three service projects.

• Engage in family-to-family mentoring: Building community networks is integral to experiencing life success following graduation from the Toyota Family Learning program, and the mentoring element teaches families how to share information with each other in an effort to foster self-sufficiency.

The community grants are just one facet of Toyota Family Learning – a six-year, nationwide initiative that also offers an online learning community called Family Time Machine, which helps parents and kids make better use of every moment in the day, and engages families in mobile learning adventures. Toyota Family Learning resources and information are available atwww.toyotafamilylearning.org.

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriMilwaukee – There are those who say that it’s the kind of anxiety you feel when a Category 5 Hurricane is coming your way. You can’t gauge with certainty what will fall in its path, what will remain in its aftermath. You board up. And wait. That’s the way many residents of Ferguson, Missouri feel as the city waits for the St. Louis County grand jury to decide whether Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial in the shooting of Michael Brown. The grand jurors technically have until January, but the prosecutor’s office has said a decision could come in mid-November. In Milwaukee, protestors waiting for the grand jury ruling in Ferguson, Missouri are ready to march on the streets of the city. “The people that are concerned will come out,” said Tory Lowe, an organizer of the protest. Plans for rallies across the nation urge people to gather in “solidarity” of Ferguson. Here in Milwaukee, protests run parallel with waiting on a Dontre Hamilton ruling. Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney shot and killed Hamilton after a confrontation in Red Arrow Park this spring. “Milwaukee still has a decision to make,” Lowe said. Lowe says the Michael Brown rally will start at Red Arrow Park at 5 p.m. the day of the grand jury decision. The crowd will then march to the Federal Courthouse. “We have to reach higher to get the justice we feel we deserve,” Lowe said. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has monitored the events in Ferguson and is prepared for anything. “There’s no winners in this,” Clarke said. “Everybody loses when these things happen. “The longer you wait to make a decision, the more pent up energy and anger and animosity and emotion starts to build.” Lowe said that protest in Milwaukee will be non-violent.

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A Racine woman faces faces 171 misdemeanor charges related to conditions discovered inside the “Orphan Kanines” facility in Caledonia.

In addition, Debra Gray has also been charged with six misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and two misdemeanor counts of possession of an illegally obtained prescription. Early this summer, officials raided the Orphan Kanines facility in Caledonia and two of Gray’s residences (one in Caledonia, and one in Racine). Animals were seized from Orphan Kanines and Gray’s residences after officials found conditions “hazardous to both humans and animals alike.”

Gray posted $5,000 bond in that case, and signed away her rights to the animals. She was released from custody on the conditions that she not possess any domestic animals.

A criminal complaint was filed against Gray in which it states that officials executed a search warrant on a residence on Highway H in the Village of Caledonia — Gray’s  mother’s home.

There, the complaint indicates officials found a veterinarian conducting a surgical procedure on a cat in a makeshift surgical room. Officials observed surgical lights held up by bent metal hangers, and the ceiling tiles above the surgical table open — exposing spider webs, dust and open wiring. Officials also found many bottles of medication, needles and other surgical supplies throughout the basement.

Police found Debra Gray in that basement as the surgery was taking place — monitoring vital signs on a log sheet. Officials say Gray wasn’t wearing surgical attire or a mask.

The complaint says no medical license was displayed in the surgical space.

Officials allowed the veterinarian to finish the surgery — but when she asked to complete a second scheduled surgery, officials said no.

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Kenosha – A Kenosha soldier who went missing 47 years ago finally received the recognition and honor he deserved on this Veterans Day. Van Bendegom began his tour in July of 1967 at the age of 18.

He was injured and captured by Vietnamese soldiers. Fellow soldiers said Van Bendegom died of his injuries, but his body was never recovered.

The family’s search for answers and closure became the community’s search for a son lost but never quite forgotten.

But on Veterans Day 2014, Staff Sgt. James Van Bendegom came home to rest.

The military identified Van Bendegom’s remains in October.  He was flown home to Kenosha last weekend, and laid to rest Tuesday.

“To see total strangers standing out on the road with tears in their eyes, crying, literally crying, holding signs,” Mike Van Bendegom, James’ brother, said.

“Unless you experience it first-hand, you just can’t grasp the enormity of it,” said brother Gary Van Bendegom. “It’s hard to put into words.”

“Closure,” said family friend Rich Bowker. “Closure for us, too.”

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Milwaukee – Cold bitter winds mark the start of the winter season as an Arctic blast of air chills 42 states this week, from the Canadian border down to the Gulf of Mexico, say forecasters.

It is being estimated that 200 million people are expected to be affected by the cold, with only Florida, Hawaii, and the Southwest being spared, according to Accuweather.com forecasters.

Those states to feel the frigid temperatures this week will be states along the Canadian border and in the northern Rockies.

Winter storm warnings are in effect for Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota as they braced for a major snowstorm forecast for the leading edge of that Arctic blast, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is set dump up to two feet (61 cm) of snow in parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin by Tuesday, according to the service.

Monday also marks the start of two weeks of subfreezing temperatures in the Midwest, including Illinois and Missouri, forecasters said.

The cold is expected to dip into the Central Plains states by Tuesday, dropping the mercury by nearly 30 degrees (17 C) overnight in Oklahoma.

“The arctic blast will have the greatest shock over the central states,” said Accuweather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

For the Rockies and the plains, Tuesday and Wednesday will see low temperatures dipping below zero (-18 C), forecasters said.

The weather shift can be blamed on what forecasters call a polar vortex reaching into the United States from the north.

The polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region.

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