Wisconsin News Briefs

Ceremony held to dedicate statue to the late Welford Sanders

Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. — On October 28, 2021  a special ceremony was held to dedicate a statue in honor of the late Welford Sanders who served for 15 years as the executive director of the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation. The statue was dedicated in front of the appropriately named Welford Sanders Historic Lofts & Enterprise Center, a project that turned an old shoe factory in the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridor into apartments with affordable rents, in addition to office space for local agencies.

Mr. Sanders was truly a champion of the community and a visionary for the potential of King Drive. He led many redevelopment efforts, including the King Drive Commons and an array of projects in Harambee, and was always aiming high for what he thought could, and should be done to bring prosperity to the area. Aside from his efforts in the development space, he is also remembered as a role model, staunch advocate for the people, and mentor to others.I could not think of a better tribute for Mr. Sanders than the statue dedicated today that was created by artist Vinnie Bagwell. It will serve as a continued reminder of the impact he had, and continues to have, in and around King Drive.

Housing Authority employee target of attempted carjacking

Last Tuesday, a City housing inspector was shot and injured in her car while on the job after a suspect approached her with a gun. Thankfully, the injuries sustained were not life threatening, and we wish her a speedy recovery.   As a Council, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that City employees are safe while in neighborhoods performing their necessary duties. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated and passionate workers in the field every day, and they deserve to feel secure and protected on the job.

Police are still seeking any suspects in this case, and anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at 414-935-7360, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS.

Vel Phillips, será honrado

con una estatua

MADISON, Wis. – Vel Phillips, el primer secretario de estado afroamericano de Wisconsin, será honrado con una estatua en los terrenos del Capitolio del estado, decidió el lunes una junta estatal.

El Capitolio y la Junta de la Residencia Ejecutiva votaron por unanimidad para erigir la estatua de Phillips, informó el Wisconsin State Journal. Phillips, quien murió en 2018, rompió una serie de barreras de género y raza a lo largo de su carrera: la primera mujer negra en graduarse de la Facultad de Derecho de UW-Madison y la primera mujer, además de persona negra, en servir en la ciudad de Milwaukee. Council y convertirse en juez de Wisconsin.

La representante republicana Amy Loudenbeck, quien es la presidenta de la junta, calificó la votación como “histórica”.

Michael Johnson, director ejecutivo de Boys and Girls Clubs del condado de Dane, comenzó a impulsar la estatua el año pasado en medio de protestas generalizadas por la brutalidad policial. Su organización está tratando de recaudar $1.3 millones para la estatua.

MADISON, Wis. – Los comerciantes de armas de Wisconsin continúan luchando para mantener los estantes llenos de municiones. Las interrupciones de la cadena de suministro por la pandemia de coronavirus y el aumento de la demanda de armas y municiones han dejado los estantes vacíos en algunos casos. Y cuando un envío llega a las tiendas de armas locales, la munición se compra rápidamente. Tony Blattler de Phillips observó cómo los empleados descargaban un cargamento de cartuchos de caza Winchester .270 recientemente en Fleet Farm en Marshfield. No mucho después, alrededor de dos docenas de personas habían entrado en la tienda, agarrando municiones tan rápido como los trabajadores podían descargarlas, informó Wisconsin Public Radio.

“Probablemente en una o dos horas se agotaron las municiones sólo de boca en boca”, dijo Blattler.