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BENTONVILLE – Walmart is unveiling its back to class syllabus designed to help customers add up the savings, multiply the cool factor and subtract the stress.

For more than 50 years, customers have shopped with Walmart to get back to school for less. This year, the retailer has outlined three things that will help customers save not only money, but also time. With more than 200 Back-to-School supplies available at the retailer’s every day low prices via their Pickup service, Walmart is granting mom a recess before the school year even starts.

“We know how quickly Back-to-School spending can add up. Our customers trust us to have the Back-to-School items they need at the prices that don’t break the bank,” said Scott Bayles, vice president, school and office supplies, Walmart U.S. “We want to make every day easier for busy families. This year, we’re saving our customers more than just money; we’re also saving them time. No matter how customers choose to shop – whether on their smartphone, tablet or in our stores – we’re working to provide moms with the most convenient, affordable solution to get back to class.”

Whether customers are shopping in-stores or online or a combination of both, Walmart is making shopping seamless – faster and easier than ever. From providing local school supply lists in our stores to an easier way to pay with Walmart Pay the retailer is offering customers the tools they need to move to the front of the class.

Walmart’s top 200 Back-to-School items are available online and can be picked up in-store via Walmart’s Pickup service, making it even easier to check off all of the items on student’s Back-to-School lists in a snap.

Racine – Franksville, WI will be coming alive with the music, food and vibrant colors of La Fiesta Mexicana to be held on  Saturday, August 6 from 9am to 11pm.

This is the 5th annual fiesta held in Racine hosted by the Urban League.  Although a fiesta is non-traditional for the Urban League, the Racine/Kenosha Urban League affiliate has been serving the Spanish speaking population since the Spanish Center of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. ceased all operations in Kenosha on 2012 due to funding cuts.

Racine/Kenosha Urban League affiliate has been supporting Spanish speakers however Yolanda Santos Adams, who is organizing Fiesta Mexicana in Racine states that “There is a tremendous gap in services to the Spanish-speaking residents in Racine and Kenosha”.

Events like La Fiesta Mexicana help to not only bring people together, but it also serves as an awareness to help support groups like the  Racine/Kenosha Urban League for helping the Spanish speaking population.

Yolanda states that this year Fiesta Mexicana will have a new addition to compliment all of the great evens planned at Fiesta.

This year Fiesta Mexicana will be featuring an Expo Hall for small businesses and community partners.  The Expo Hall will be a place where visitors can enjoy opportunities to network and buy quality items.

Milwaukee – Street excavation has been taking place on South 5th street between Bruce street and Washington street to the south for some time. Upon completion businesses in the area will have a new road to help attract consumers looking to dine at one to the many restaurants that line south 5th in Walker’s Point.

However, during this construction period, the spokesperson for a group working to remove lead service lines in Milwaukee, urges caution when visiting restaurants where heavy construction is taking place because most restaurants on south 5th street have lead service lines supplying water to them.

“Street excavation or construction in any area of Milwaukee present an increased risk for spiking lead levels in the water where lead service lines supply water to that home or restaurant”, said Robert Miranda, spokesman for the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC).

Miranda states that areas where street excavation or heavy construction is taking place should be closely monitored by City of Milwaukee health and Milwaukee Water Works officials.

“Lead service lines disturbed by the vibrations from pounding machinery breaking up concrete, cause the protective inner lining of phosphate inside the lead tube to loosen, causing lead to leach in the water”, Miranda said.

Miranda said that similar concerns were raised about construction work on south 13th street where heavy construction work removing sidewalk and street excavation raised concerns about spiking of lead in the water.

After informing city officials of the concern, Miranda said Milwaukee Water Works sent a team to south 13th street to test the water in the area to ensure spiking lead levels are not evident.

Miranda said that water testing of the many restaurants on south 5th street is needed as well.

“I called Alderman Perez and asked what does he know of the status of testing water on south 5th street. His reply was that he was unsure. I’ve since emailed him my concerns and have yet to hear if in fact water testing is taking place on south 5th street”, continued Miranda.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study in 2013 indicating that road excavation or street construction is one way to disturb lead service lines.   

The study points out that lead service lines disturbed by vibrations caused by construction in front of a building with lead service lines, increases the likelihood of lead leaching in the water.

Miranda states that he’s raising the level of precaution by city officials because practices in the past have been lax.

“Milwaukee over the years has been set in its ways doing just what is required of them to do as set by the EPA and the Lead Copper Rule (LCR). We are finding out now, after the Flint, Michigan crisis, that the LCR is weak and needs to be amended and that EPA water testing standards are just for guidance, and lack force to make water utilities step up testing of water standards, especially for homes and restaurants with lead service lines.”, Miranda said.

Miranda said he’s waiting for a response to a message via email he sent to Alderman Jose Perez asking Perez whether Milwaukee Water Works has moved to test the water on south 5th street.

KENOSHA  – The Kenosha Unified School District will host the dedication of the newly installed path between Mahone Middle School and the YMCA on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 6 p.m.

The Ease Way Project was the brainchild and product of Girl Scout Troop 9178. Community partners who took part in the development of the new pathway include KUSD facilities staff, Mahone Principal Terri Huck, YMCA leadership and Cicchini Asphalt. The path will provide easy access to the YMCA for all students.

In addition to the pathway, the troop also made Blankets on Wheels, a type of poncho for students who use wheelchairs so they may continue to use the new path during the cooler months of the year.

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Milwaukee, WI – The Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) announced their 2016 leadership award winners. This year’s recipients will be honored at the HPGM Annual Meeting at the Pfister Hotel.

Tony Mallinger, HPGM Board Chair says, “Everyone at HPGM is excited, proud and honored to recognize this year’s winners. These awards showcase some of the best and brightest professionals in Milwaukee, who have made a tremendous impact on their communities and help shape our region into a great place to live, work and play.”

The following individuals will be recognized:

Vanessa Vasquez of Alverno College is the winner of the Future Leader Award, honoring an emerging, excelling young professional.

José Olivieri of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP will be honored with the Executive Leadership Award as a senior executive exemplifying inspiration, leadership and top performance.

Tammy Rivera of the Southside Organizing Committee will receive the Community Leader Award, recognizing an inspirational leader whose work with a nonprofit organization isstrengthening the Hispanic community.

Tony Pérez of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee will be recognized with the Public Sector Award, for his efforts to create a Hispanic community with greater voice and access, while inspiring others to serve.

Patty Cadorin of BMO Harris Bank will receive the first-ever HPGM Ally Award for her commitment to the promotion of diverse talent in her organization, industry, and community.

Martha Hernandez-Gomez, an undergraduate student at Carroll University, was chosen as the winner of the Student Leader Award, in recognition of excellence in both education andvolunteerism.

Ricardo Diaz of the United Community Center is the 2016 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contributions to the upward mobility of Hispanics throughout his career and his role as a model for others to follow.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is the winner of the 2016 Corporation of the Year Award. “Johnson Controls has been an incredible corporate supporter of HPGM for many years and it is our honor to recognize them and the Johnson Controls team for their commitment to talent, diversity, workforce development and the betterment of our overall communities,” said Griselda Aldrete, President & CEO of HPGM.

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John Bustos President

Milwaukee – Bustos Media reacquired WDDW 104.7 FM, and shortly after doing so the media group announced it’s putting on the air its second FM station.

“LA 93.7 FM” hits the Milwaukee airwaves with a unique branding style sure to set a new trend in Spanish radio. The station’s name and brand is its frequency on the dial.  LA 93.7 FM – Puros Exitos “All Hits All The Time” is a blend of Spanish Regional and Adult Contemporary format with hits from the 80s, 90s, and Today.

John Bustos, Managing Partner, said,“Eleven years ago this month Bustos Media launched WDDW “La Gran D 104.7 FM” the first Spanish Language FM station in the history of Milwaukee in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the offices of the Milwaukee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with community leaders.  It’s an honor and a blessing that now a decade later we are able to continue to contribute to the growing and vibrant Milwaukee Hispanic community and offer advertisers another media outlet”.

LA 93.7 FM will provide local programing for the Milwaukee market and originate out of the Bustos Media Broadcast Center in West Allis, WI.  It will be co-located with partner station La Gran D 104.7 FM.

Front Page07-13-2016

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to key votes taken today by the County’s Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee and the City of Milwaukee Public Works Committee to approve the County’s plan to advance Bus Rapid Transit.

“Milwaukee County’s Bus Rapid Transit project is crucial to stimulating economic growth and expanding job opportunities in our region, especially in the City of Milwaukee. We all know that a strong City of Milwaukee means a strong Milwaukee County and a strong Wisconsin.

“I applaud both the County’s Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee and the City’s Public Works Committee for taking the next step towards implementing this project that will efficiently and affordably connect more people to more jobs while helping create a climate that attracts new businesses and new workers to Milwaukee.

“BRT is a major step toward modernizing our transit system in a responsible and sustainable way.”

Background:

From the ACLU to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and dozens of groups and organizations in between, support for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project in Milwaukee County is diverse and wide ranging.

The proposed 9-mile route would provide an improved transit connection to major employment and activity centers through downtown Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Milwaukee’s near west side, and Wauwatosa. With more frequent service and faster travel times, BRT will give riders more time to spend with their families, more time to study for a final exam, or simply more time to relax at home.

An analysis shows that in less than 20 years the BRT project will attract as many as 9,000 new riders every day and cut bus travel times on the route. The study team found the proposed BRT service would also benefit drivers by taking more than 6,100 cars off the road and reduce the amount of miles people drive by up to 17 million miles a year. Fewer cars mean less congestion on local roads, and cleaner air for everyone.

The Wauwatosa Common Council voted last month to approve the proposed route. The full Milwaukee County Board and Milwaukee Common Council are expected to consider the proposal this month.

If all the local legislative bodies approve the route, Milwaukee County will file for a federal grant in August. It’s expected that 80 percent of the cost of the route will be covered by federal money.

Kenosha – Sexual assault charges were dropped against two Kenosha men after DNA evidence proved inconclusive.

The Kenosha District Attorney’s office asked that charges be dropped against Foster Ramos, 24, and Jeremy Tufnell, 28. Each had been charged on April 20, Ramos with five counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of false imprisonment, Tufnell with seven counts of first-degree sexual assault, four of false imprisonment.

The men had been accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at a hotel in Kenosha.

Ramos’ attorney Terry Rose said his client said there had been some sexual contact between Ramos and the woman, but contended that the contact was consensual and that there was no sexual assault.

Assistant District Attorney Rosa Delgado told Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder that DNA test results came back last week. She said there was no DNA match to Tufnell.

She said there was incidental DNA matched to Ramos, which could be consistent with consensual activity both the alleged victim and Ramos said occurred prior to the alleged assault.

There was DNA evidence that did not match either man, Delgado said.

Schroeder granted the prosecution’s motion to dismiss the case. The case had been scheduled to go to trial in August.

Laura Manriquez, candidate for 8th Assembly District, speaking with Ghassan A. Korban, Commissioner of the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, addressing removal of 70,000 lead service lines in Milwaukee.

By Robert Miranda

The water systems of the United States face an eminence hurdle, which many agree is daunting and many others believe must be dealt with immediately; and that is removing lead service lines supplying older homes with water.

In Milwaukee, that’s 70,000 homes in which families face toxic danger everyday from drinking water contaminated by leaching lead.

In the 12th Aldermanic District, that’s over 5,500 homes with lead pipes feeding water into households not thinking about how safe their water is.

Even at small doses, lead poses a health threat, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead can damage growing brains and cause reduced IQs, attention disorders and other problem behaviors. Infants fed formula made with contaminated tap water face significant risk. Adults are not immune, with evidence linking lead exposure to kidney problems, high blood pressure and increased risks of cardiovascular deaths. The EPA stresses there is no safe level of lead exposure.

This week, the Freshwater for Life Action Coalition  (FLAC) met with Ghassan A. Korban – Commissioner of the Department of Public Works; Bevan Baker – Commissioner of Department of Health and Carrie Lewis – Superintendent of Milwaukee Water.

Discussion at the meeting centered on the construction project on south 13th street, and it’s affects on disturbing lead services lines beneath the ground connecting those lines to the city water mains.

“The dangers of lead can not be ignored. Our children must be protected from this health risk. These lead service lines must be removed because they are dangerous”, said Laura Manriquez during the meeting with city officials.

After months of organizing, FLAC has been able to get city authorities to sit at the table to agree to establish a task force addressing the removal of lead service lines, in addition to announcing a significant awareness campaign drawing attention to these toxic pipes, the city will have city representatives visiting homes handing out pamphlets to families teaching them to practice safe water management and menace of lead.

As the community information campaign is in full swing, efforts will be made to create strategic funding and pipe removal plans through a task force being created by the Milwaukee Common Council.

Robert Miranda, spokesman for FLAC indicated that initially on south 13th street “proper selection of sampling sites, sampling protocol, and other site conditions were not being done,” Miranda said.  Taking into account all proper protocols is critical for evaluating the amount of lead spiking  in the distribution system of the home,” Miranda continued.

During the meeting, Ghassan A. Korban, Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, ensured to the group that all testing protocols are currently being followed and more testing samples of water will be collected from 13th street.

Studies have shown that lead pipes carrying water into homes can be shaken or damaged by nearby construction work. This disturbance can cause the lead lining of the pipes to leech into the water, causing dangerous contamination.

An Environmental Protection Agency report from 2013 identified the problem in Chicago, warning that the city’s construction projects could pose health risks from toxic metal poisoning. A class action lawsuit has since been filed against the city because officials have questioned the EPA’s findings, claiming that Chicago’s water is completely safe from lead contamination.

Kenosha – Man charged with dragging another man with his car may take a deal from prosecutors.

Shaun Perry, 20, waived his right to a preliminary hearing, entering a not-guilty plea. Perry however is considering a plea deal from prosecutors.

He is charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, and hit-and-run causing great bodily harm.

According to the criminal complaint, Perry was sitting in his car, with the man leaning in through the car door. Perry allegedly suddenly accelerated in reverse, dragging the man between the car door and the car until the car hit a tree.

He then sped forward, allegedly trying to push the man out of the car by pressing a screwdriver into his chest. The man eventually fell from the car and was injured.

At the hearing, prosecutor Margaret Drees said the Kenosha district attorney’s office has offered a plea deal to Perry that would include his pleading guilty to first-degree recklessly endangering safety, with the injury by intoxicated use of vehicle charge amended to a less serious operating while intoxicated-second offense charge. They would recommend the third charge be dismissed. In return for the plea, prosecutors would recommend probation.

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Milwaukee – Just a little under two months away before you can join in on the fun as Milwaukee prepares to celebrate three days of fun, food, Mariachi and Mexican culture.

Mexican Fiesta is more than just a celebration; it is a vigorous declaration of community spirit at its best.

Mexican Fiesta held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a three-day celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. The event strives to promote pride in the Mexican community in addition to all the other cultures of the thriving Latino community of Wisconsin.

The staff at Mexican Fiesta are busy making preparations, locking music headliners to ensure an overall sense of appreciation for cultural diversity within the city.

Guests can enjoy a variety of live musical performances, view works by local artists and taste a wide range of authentic Mexican cuisine.

The fiesta is scheduled to begin on August 26-28, 2016 at Henry Maier Festival Park, located at 200 North Harbor Drive.

Mexican Fiesta is more than just a celebration, it is an event dedicated to funding educational opportunities for many students looking to become productive members of our community as they strive to become leaders of the community’s future.

The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) has been host to one of the largest Mexican Hispanic festivals in the Midwest, “Mexican Fiesta”.

Through scholarship awards, the WHSF is the gateway to young Hispanics taking their rightful place in society.

Mexican Fiesta honors culture, tradition and family. Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share in the beauty of Mexico’s rich history, art, music and food.

Since 1973, Mexican Fiesta has been bringing the sound, culture, and taste of México and Latin American countries to Milwaukee’s lakefront.

The staff at Mexican Fiesta, under the guidance and leadership of Executive Director, Teresa C. Mercado, are working hard to ensure that this years Mexican Fiesta festivities leave memorable moments of happiness and fun for all who attend.

But you don’t have to wait to get started on the fun, Mexican Fiesta staff are inviting you to come and enjoy their 18th annual Beto Villarreal, El Rey Golf Classic Tournament, being held on Monday, July 26, 2016. You can contact the staff of Mexican Fiesta at 414-383-7066 for more details.

“Be Part Of The Tradition”!

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By Robert Miranda

Street repaving and sidewalk replacement construction continues on the west side of south 13th street. Crews in the area are now laying out electrical piping and smoothing over the soil before pouring cement.

Today, the scene is a far cry from the start of the project when heavy machinery pounded the ground loosening slabs of sidewalk before pounding on them again to break them up into chunks of concrete.

“When they first started the pounding on the street and sidewalk shook up my whole house”, said Ofelia Casiano, a resident on the 2000 block of south 13th street.

When asked if she was informed about the construction work on her block, Casiano stated that before the work started she did receive a notice from the city alerting her that soon construction will be taking place in her block.

When asked if at that time the city provided her with information to take precautions when using the water, Casiano said, “they started coming around to test my water about two weeks ago”.

Construction on south 13th street has been going on for more than a month prior to city representatives showing up to Casiano’s residence to start sampling the water a couple of weeks.

  Across the street Manuel Gaona, a resident on 1900 block of south 13th street, stated that when he would be home the heavy construction would shake up his house when they pounded on the sidewalk.

Gaona stated that when he would take showers, “the water would turn yellow while they’re out there pounding away on the street”, said Gaona.

When asked if anyone from the city came over to his house to test his water Gaona said, “No”.

“I did receive a notice about the construction, but any other notice about the water was simply to flush the water. I was surprised that when I was taking a shower one day, all of a sudden the water came out yellow”, continued Gaona.

City of Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) Superintendent, Carrie Lewis stated at a recent Steering & Rules Committee of the Milwaukee Common Council that MWW tested 6 homes in the area resulting in no homes having 15 parts per billion lead levels in the water.

What is not clear is whether or not those samples were collected during the height of construction when homes in the area felt the vibrations of the pounding taking place on the street.

It has been the contention of the group Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), that the vibrations from the pounding of heavy equipment breaking up sidewalks, is potentially loosening the phosphorous compound lining the inner walls of lead service laterals potentially causing spiking of lead in the drinking water.

The percentage of lead-poisoned children among those tested in Wisconsin is 4.5%, very similar to the 4.9% of children diagnosed in 2015 in Flint, MI, where state and federal officials have declared a state of emergency over the spike in lead in drinking water and children’s blood.

In Milwaukee, the percentage of lead-poisoned children is even higher 8.6 percent of children tested in 2014 had blood lead levels above 5 micro grams per deciliter, the level at which children are known to suffer health problems, according to an article by Wisconsin Watch Report.

UMOS has successfully competed for and was awarded two grants: “TechHire” from the U.S. Department of Labor and “Transitional Jobs” from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Tech Hire-$4 million- UMOS was awarded a H-1B TechHirePartnership Grant. UMOS is establishing the Eastern Wisconsin TechHire Collaborative in partnership with The Milwaukee Institute and College of Menominee Nation. “This partnership with College of Menominee Nation and The Milwaukee Institute is historic for us,” states Lupe Martinez, President and Chief Executive Officer, UMOS. “We look forward to a fruitful relationship with our new partners on this and other collaborative projects.”

Other TechHire partners include Spotted Eagle, Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Schneider, Advanced Wireless, and Marcus Corporation.

The Collaborative will train young adults, ages 17 to 29 that have barriers to training and employment, for careers in software applications development. The geographic areas to be served are Brown, Door, Manitowoc, Menominee, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Shawano, and Sheboygan Counties in Wisconsin.

In announcing the grant awards at yesterday’s press conference, Mayor Barrett said the push for computer and information technology training comes as jobs in Milwaukee’s manufacturing industry dwindles, and opportunities in technical fields open up. Employ Milwaukee also received a $4 million grant.

Transitional Jobs-$2.3 million-UMOS was awarded $1,040,750 to provide workforce development services in Racine County and $1,267,980 to partner with the Menominee Nation in northern Wisconsin. “We are excited about the opportunity of this expanded program outside of Milwaukee as we assist job seekers in the urban southeast and the rural northeast counties of Forest, Langlade, Menominee and Florence,” says Tina Koehn, Vice President, who will oversee the administration of the two grants. “We look forward to doing our part to help the residents of Wisconsin…. work.”

UMOS also operates a similar DCF funded Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program in partnership with Milwaukee Urban League, Northcott Neighborhood House and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.

Both the Tech Hire and Transitional programs are performance-based contracts.

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City of Milwaukee map indicating location of lead water pipes (shaded area) in the 12th aldermanic district.

By Robert Miranda

Editor’s Commentary

Last week the City of Milwaukee’s Common Council, Steering and Rules Committee met at City Hall where they listened to Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent, Carrie Lewis attempt to give a glowing report on the quality of water as it pertains to the construction area along south 13th street in Milwaukee’s near south side.

Lewis said that the predominately Latino neighborhood going through heavy street repaving and sidewalk replacement construction work is not experiencing increases in lead water that go beyond the recommendations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tolerance of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

Lewis stated that homes tested in an area of construction are testing below the 15ppb standard the EPA says is acceptable.

“Testing of water throughout the pavement replacement work on S. 13th St. should show whether lead levels become unsafe” said Carrie Lewis, Superintendent of Milwaukee Water Works

So what does Carrie Lewis mean when she uses the word “unsafe” lead levels?

Both the EPA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) agree that “there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood”.

Is Carrie Lewis suggesting that lead in water under the 15ppb EPA guideline is safe? This is akin to suggesting that children ingesting lead paint chips the size of a dime is safer than ingesting lead paint chips the size of a half-dollar.

What standard is Milwaukee Water Works quantifying as “unsafe” level?

The idea that levels of lead in the water reaching 8ppb, 10 ppb, 13ppb are acceptable levels because the testing falls under 15ppb is ridicules. When faced with the fact that the EPA and CDC agree that there is no safe level of lead for children, isn’t this an attempt to play down the fact that our children are being poisoned?

Why is it that city bureaucrat’s storm into action when a house is identified with lead paint hazard, and forces property owners to immediately abate the lead paint, but when it comes to lead water poisoning all that the city requires residents to do is flush the water? This is absurd.

Children under 1 year old are 40% to 60% exposed to lead in their blood from water says the EPA. Meaning that even before the baby is walking around the house to get at a lead paint chip, the child is already poisoned because of drinking lead pipe water in their formulas.

Milwaukee Public Works must move to ensure that pavement vibrations because of construction work on South 13th street is not causing the loosening of phosphorous compounds within the inner walls of lead pipes.

The city should get a report from city engineers seeking assurances that this construction is not endangering the families living near any construction on their street. Until it is certain this work is not disturbing the compound that is designed to prevent lead leaching from the lead lateral water pipes, heavy testing of water to more than just 6 homes must be done everyday construction in that neighborhood is being conducted.

Where is Alderman Jose Perez? During his campaign for reelection, Perez focused all his attention on fundraising for his campaign, while the lead laterals scandal in the Milwaukee South Side escaped his agenda, or did it?

Weeks after the aldermanic election in Milwaukee, we have been informed about the seriousness of lead in our water – particularly children’s health – and yet City of Milwaukee officials and bureaucrats downplay the lead lateral contamination of pipes in Milwaukee as some natural fact of life we should just live with.  Really!

The willful ignorance and lack of urgency by aldermen like Perez, and City officials regarding the effects of lead in children, the effects of continued lead exposure in the developing brain, and even basic facts as to what are acceptable tolerance levels borders on criminal neglect.

The seriousness of this matter is what lead to the creation of the freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), a citizens group that has come together to exert oversight and pressure on the City of Mikeaukee to properly address this issue.

The group has raised issues with the City of Milwaukee regarding the much needed street construction work along south 13th Street.

Without pressing for an analysis as to whether or not the continuous pounding and subsequent vibrations could cause lead to further contaminate the water that runs along the lead pipes that feed residents along 13th Street, including their children, furthers the idea of official negligence.

I would have expected Governor Scott Walker and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Kathy Stepp to ignore this since they really could careless about the City of Milwaukee and its residents, so we are told. But I would have never expected such willfull absence of action and disregard for the well being of citizen’s health in the near south side by Alderman Perez.

It would help if Alderman Jose Perez would have actually spent time studying the lead lateral issue, provide solutions, and visited the residents in the area. It would help if he as an Alderman would do the job he was elected for and be an advocate for Milwaukee South Side residents and exert pressure on City Development, the Mayor’s Office, or Public Works to do something about removing these pipes.

Being a trained political puppet, one thing you’re taught as a career politicians is how to become dependent on the corporate dime, and actually think that citizens work for the politician instead of the politician working for the taxpayers.

We know that Alderman Perez -when he wants- can exert pressure ethically and unethically to obtain what he wants. Maybe Perez is alright with the notion of making poor residents in the near South Side leave their homes, so he can bring developers into these prime near downtown neighborhoods, in the hopes he can copy Scott Walker’s  model for obtaining donations and rewards for opening the door to development speculators to prime real estate areas like the near Southside.

In short, the testing of water should be done on the south 13th street blocks where equipment is in use and pounding is being done to break up concrete slabs. More than 6 homes must be tested along this stretch of construction work. Testing water on the blocks where heavy construction work has been completed is suspect at best.

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June 29-July 3 and July 5-July 10

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee’s Summerfest isn’t billed as “the world’s largest music festival” for nothing. Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials say the annual spectacular this year will be showcasing over 800 acts across 11 stages spread out over 11 days, drawing almost a million fans every year to enjoy performances by big-name acts representing all genres of music.

Scheduled performers this year include Martin Garrix, Willie Nelson, Rise Against, Passion Pit, Pit Bull, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Derulo, Ryan Adams and Elle King.

In addition to all the fantastic music, there’s a bevy of delicious local food vendors, carnival rides, a Children’s Theater & Play zone and a brilliant fireworks display. Take a ride on the Sky Glider to get a birds-eye view of the festival, or enjoy the music from Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline. And because this is Wisconsin, there’s no shortage of ice-cold beer, and don’t forget to try the deep-fried cheese curds!

Check out the schedule below for a night out with your favorite music group.

Marcus Amphitheater Headliners:

  • June 29 — Selena Gomez with special guest DNCE
  • June 30 — Pitbull with special guest Farruko
  • July 1 — Blake Shelton
  • July 2 — Chris Stapleton & Alabama Shakes
  • July 3 — Tim McGraw with Kacey Musgraves and Ryan Kinder
  • July 5 — Blink 182 with special guest All Time Low
  • July 6 — Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Tesla
  • July 7 — Luke Bryan with special guest Frankie Ballard
  • July 8 — Paul McCartney
  • July 9 — Weezer and Panic! at the Disco
  • July 10 — Sting and Peter Gabriel

BMO Harris Pavilion Headliners:

  • June 29 — Kris Kristofferson, 8 p.m.
  • June 29 — Willie Nelson, 10 p.m.
  • June 30 — Styx, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 1 — Commodores, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 2 — Blue Oyster Cult, 3 p.m.
  • July 2 — Billy Idol, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 3 — Indigo Girls, 7:30 p.m.
  • July 3 — BoDeans 9:45 p.m.
  • July 5 — Hollywood Vampires, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 6 — Andra Day, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 7 — Cheap Trick, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 8 — The Fray, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 9 — Howard Jones, 6 p.m.
  • July 9 — OMD, 8 p.m.
  • July 9 — Barenaked Ladies, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 10 — Kirk Franklin, 9:30 p.m.

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Headliners: 

  • June 29 — Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, 10 p.m.
  • June 30 — Jack & Jack, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 1 — O.A.R., 10 p.m.
  • July 2 — Gavin DeGraw, 10 p.m.
  • July 3 — The Wailers, 10 p.m.
  • July 5 — Stephen “Ragga” Marley, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 6 — The Grass Roots, 2:30 p.m.
  • July 6 — Mike D (Dj Set), 10 p.m.
  • July 7 — Kool & The Gang, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 8 — Phil Vassar, 10 p.m.
  • July 9 — Neil Finn, 4 p.m.
  • July 9 — Ben Folds, 10 p.m.
  • July 10 — Matisyahu, 9:45 p.m.

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Headliners:

  • June 29 — Finish Ticket, 8 p.m.
  • July 29 — Fitz and The Tantrums, 10 p.m.
  • June 30 — Umphrey’s McGee, 10 p.m.
  • July 1 — Brian Fallon & The Crowes, 5 p.m.
  • July 1 — Ray LaMontagne, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 2 — Nelly, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 3 — Rise Against, 10:15 p.m.
  • July 5 — Charlie Aponte, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 6 — Garbage, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 7 — Violent Femmes, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 8 — Elle King, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 9 — Skillet, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 10 — Ryan Adams and The Shining, 10 p.m.

Jo Jo’s Martini Lounge Headliners: 

  • June 29 — The Cougars, 8 p.m.
  • June 30 — Boogie Men, 8 p.m.
  • July 1 — 76 Juliet, 8 p.m.
  • July 2 — Rhythm Kings, 8 p.m.
  • July 3 — Eddie Butts Band, 8 p.m.
  • July 5 — Stetsin & Lace, 8 p.m.
  • July 6 — The Toys, 8 p.m.
  • July 7 — Shag, 8 p.m.
  • July 8 — The LoveMonkeys, 8 p.m.
  • July 9 — Spoiled Rotten, 8 p.m.
  • July 10 — Big Shoes, 8 p.m.

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage Headliners: 

  • June 29 — Morris Day and The Time, 10 p.m.
  • June 30 — Black Violin, 8 p.m.
  • June 30 — The Record Company, 10 p.m.
  • July 1 — Taylor Dayne, 10 p.m.
  • July 2 — Hippo Campus, 8 p.m.
  • July 2 — Peter Bjorn and John, 10 p.m.
  • July 3 — Otis Taylor, 8 p.m.
  • July 3 — Bobby Rush, 10 p.m.
  • July 5 — Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, 8 p.m.
  • July 5 — Buckwheat Zydeco, 10 p.m.
  • July 6 — Sir Mix-A-Lot, 10 p.m.
  • July 7 — Lucky Chops, 8 p.m.
  • July 7 — Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 10 p.m.
  • July 8 — Son Little, 8 p.m.
  • July 8 — St. Paul & The Broken Bones, 10 p.m.
  • July 9 — Gabriel Sanchez and the Prince Experience, 10 p.m.
  • July 10 — Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, 8 p.m.
  • July 10 — Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, 10 p.m.

Miller Lite Oasis Headliners:

  • June 29 — Martin Garrix, 10:15 p.m.
  • June 30 — Passion Pit, 10 p.m.
  • July 1 — Timeflies, 10:15 p.m.
  • July 2 — Randy Houser, 10:15, p.m.
  • July 3 — The Roots, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 5 — Jason Derulo, 10 p.m.
  • July 6 — X Ambassadors, 10 p.m.
  • July 7 — The Decemberists, 10 p.m.
  • July 8 — Common, 10:15 p.m.
  • July 9 — Death Cab For Cutie, 10:15 p.m.
  • July 10 — 311, 10 p.m.

Uline Warehouse Headliners: 

  • June 29 — “Weird Al” Yankovic, 10 p.m.
  • June 30 — Joe Jackson, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 1 — Richard Marx, 9:45 p.m.
  • July 2 — Mayor Hawthorne, 10 p.m.
  • July 3 — Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, 10 p.m.
  • July 5 — Gin Blossoms, 10 p.m.
  • July 6 — Hunter Hayes, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 7 — 38 Special, 9:30 p.m.
  • July 8 — Young The Giant, 10 p.m.
  • July 9 — Chris Isaak, 10 p.m.
  • July 10 — Chase Rice, 10 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage Headliners: 

  • June 29 — Dustin Lynch, 10 p.m.
  • June 30 — Michael Franti & Spearhead, 10 p.m.
  • July 1 — Chris Lane, 4 p.m.
  • July 1 — Willy Porter, 8 p.m.
  • July 1 — KT Tunstall, 10 p.m.
  • July 2 — Rachel Platten, 10 p.m.
  • July 3 — Kane Brown, 10 p.m.
  • July 5 — Michael Ray, 8 p.m.
  • July 5 — Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., 10 p.m.
  • July 6 — Milky Chance, 10 p.m.
  • July 7 — Drew Baldridge, 4 p.m.
  • July 7 — Brothers Osborne, 10 p.m.
  • July 8 — Eric Hutchinson, 10 p.m.
  • July 9 — Cam, 10 p.m.
  • July 10 — Jana Kramer, 10 p.m.

Summerfest runs June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through July 10. Performance dates are posted to Summerfest.com.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of the tragic killing of the Honduran environmental and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres on March 2, 2016, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced legislation that would suspend U.S. funding to the Republic of Honduras for their police and military operations, including funds for equipment and training, until the Honduran government investigates credible reports indicating the police and military are violating citizens’ human rights.

The U.S. Department of Defense is sending the Honduran government $18 million in 2016 for security assistance. 

The “Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act” (H.R. 5474) would suspend those funds – and prohibit international loans providing for security assistance – from being dispersed unless Honduras makes serious inroads to addressing blatant human rights violations by police and military forces.

“We provide millions of dollars in security assistance to Honduras every year but these same forces have been found to attack and kill environmental, labor and human rights activists like Cáceres without any effective response from the Honduran authorities,” said Rep. Johnson. “It’s time for our government to send a stronger message by leveraging security assistance and multilateral loans in order to put real and lasting pressure on the Honduran government to protect its activists and pursue those responsible for these outrageous crimes.”

In March, Rep. Johnson and Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) penned a letter signed by more than 60 Congressional colleagues calling for an independent, international investigation into the murder of Cáceres with backing from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The State Department, The New York Times, the Associated Press and numerous human rights groups have documented that the Honduran police and military are widely believed to be deeply corrupt and commit gross human rights abuses – including torture, rape, illegal detention, and murder – with impunity.

The bill – cosponsored by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13), Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15) – requires investigations into a series of suspicious killings of human rights activists and demands the Honduran government protect the rights of trade unionists; journalists; human rights; defenders; Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous, small farmers and LGBTI activists; critics of the government and other civil society activists so they may operate without interference from the police or military.

“Like so many across the globe, I was deeply saddened to hear that beloved human rights activist Berta Cáceres became the latest victim of violence and impunity in Honduras earlier this year,” said Rep. Conyers. “I am proud to support this bill that will ensure that U.S. military and police aid is dispensed only when Honduran institutions have demonstrated a firm commitment to bring perpetrators of violence to justice.”

“Berta Cáceres willingly risked her life to fight for equality and justice in Honduras,” said Rep. Ellison. “In the wake of her death, and the continued violence against organizers, activists, and civilians, it is time to finally address human rights in Honduras. Members of Congress have written letters on this for years, but the situation continues to deteriorate. It’s time to take stronger action. This bill would suspend security aid to Honduras until human rights are protected, members of the Honduran security forces are held accountable, and justice is achieved for the victims.”

“There are rampant abuses of human rights in Honduras by security forces, and unanswered, enduring questions about the murder of Berta Cáceres and other activists,” said Rep. Kaptur. “As President Truman remarked, ‘Once a government is committed to the principal of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go.’ These abuses have led to a climate of fear and intimidation, and until law and order are restored, we have a moral obligation to suspend all police and military aid to Honduras.”

“I am proud to stand with Representative Hank Johnson in calling for a suspension of U.S. aid to Honduran military and police forces,” said Rep. Schakowsky.  “The Honduran government has stood by while environmental activists like Berta Cáceres and trade unionists have been murdered for speaking up to protect workers, the environment and their country.  It has allowed its law enforcement officials to violate the legal rights of its people and use violence in an attempt to intimidate activists into silence.  U.S. taxpayers should not be asked to fund those anti-democratic actions.  Until and unless the Honduran government puts an end to those practices and works with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation of past abuses, it does not deserve U.S. support.”

“A number of reports from credible human rights organizations establish the extent to which the Honduran police and military are engaging in corrupt practices and gross human rights abuses in Honduras,” said Rep. Serrano. “When these abuses occur, Hondurans often do not have access to a strong and fair judicial system. Impunity cannot and will not be tolerated. Cutting U.S. security assistance to Honduras will send a strong message, limit funding for institutions that are broken, and serve as leverage to force the Honduran government to investigate these crimes, tackle corruption, and restore law and order.”

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MILWAUKEE – A new coalition of community groups in Milwaukee is expressing concerns about Milwaukee’s piping system that transfer fresh water to homes.

The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition – made up of nine organizations from the city’s north and south sides including NAACP Milwaukee and the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin – is calling on the Department of Public Works to suspend road construction until engineers can ensure the construction doesn’t negatively affect the pipes underground.

Residents near an area of construction are concerned that the activity may loosen lead in lateral pipes.

The construction at 13th Street, between Rogers and Becher streets, has those who live there worried for their health.

In a news conference last week, coalition members expressed concern that the vibrations from construction equipment would loosen protective layering around the lead pipes.

“The City of Milwaukee cannot be considered the ‘Fresh Water Capital’ if [city leaders] cannot provide lead-free drinking water to the people living in its own backyard,” Robert Miranda, a spokesperson for the coalition, “We need new testing of water immediately so we can see where we are for real.”

Dr. Pat McManus of the Black Health Coalition said lead exposure has tangible, negative health effects, ones she can see in young children.

“One of the clients that we’re working with, her son was diagnosed with having increased lead. And he was a part that actually makes him violent. People don’t talk about that. He’s only 9-years-old,” McManus said.

In a statement a spokesperson for the City of Milwaukee says, “Mayor Tom Barrett has made and continues to make this issue a priority, as he works closely with local, state and federal agencies to identify ways to address lead service lines in Milwaukee. We will share our progress and provide up-to-date information with the public as it becomes available – the safety of our fellow residents is of the highest importance.”

CHICAGO —

Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 331 individuals during a monthlong operation targeting criminal aliens and other immigration violators in six Midwestern states.

This operation, which began May 9 and concluded last week, is the latest effort by ICE to arrest and remove convicted criminal aliens. The arrests were made in the following six states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri.

ERO officers arrested 39 individuals throughout Wisconsin. All 39 males have been convicted of crimes in the United States including: illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, battery, domestic abuse, 4th degree sexual assault, drugs, and drunken driving. Four of the 39 were previously deported from the United States and illegally re-entered.

Those arrested in Wisconsin are from the following countries: Mexico (37), Cuba (1), and El Salvador (1). The majority were arrested in Green Bay (12), Milwaukee (5) and Sturgeon Bay (5). Additional arrests took place in the following communities: Beloit, De Pere, Fond du Lac, Janesville, Jefferson, Kenosha, Madison, Manitowoc, New Franken, Pulaski, Racine, Seymour, Sheboygan, Unity, and Waunakee. 

Immigrant rights group, Voces de la Frontera released a statement calling the action by ICE a continuing campaign to traumatize families, rob children of their parents and making immigrant community members afraid to cooperate with law enforcement.

“In these raids ICE arrested the son-in-law of one of our members, and the only offense on his record is a 10-year-old conviction for working with a made-up Social Security Number. He is not a threat to anyone. His crime was working to support his wife and 2 children, and he was only arrested because of a racist, Arizona-type workplace raid, where ICE went to the Star Packaging Factory in Whitewater in 2006 and racially profiled all the Latino workers. Contrary to what ICE claims, he is not a priority for deportation. He is a victim of civil rights violations and his case should be closed immediately”, said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera.

Following are two case examples of those arrested in Wisconsin during this operation:

· A 32-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for domestic abuse, criminal damage to property, and hit and run involving injury. He was arrested May 10 in Beloit and remains in ICE custody pending deportation proceedings.

· A previously deported 37-year-old Mexican national with prior convictions for domestic abuse, theft, and 4th degree sexual assault. He was arrested May 10 in Green Bay and was removed to Mexico May 27.

“Our dedicated officers strive to make our communities safer by arresting convicted criminal aliens and removing them from the United States,” said Ricardo Wong, field officer director for ERO Chicago. “By focusing our resources on the most egregious offenders, we ensure the very best use of our resources while immediately improving public safety.”

ICE received assistance during the Wisconsin operation from the following agencies: Green Bay Police Department’s Gang Task Force, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department.

Those arrested who have outstanding orders of deportation, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.

All of those apprehended during this operation were immigration enforcement priorities as outlined in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson’s 2014 memorandum.