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Rid Racism Milwaukee Meeting
Thursday, June 8th, 2017

  • 5 pm, Leadership Business Meeting
  • 7 - 8:30 pm, General Membership Program
Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
2819 W. Highland Boulevard 


Join the Movement to Achieve
Racial Justice and Equity.

Members of Rid Racism Milwaukee (nickname RID) are committed to the belief that we must join together and become a force that combats racial inequities and racism. Our goal is to dismantle racial stereotype, implicit bias (prejudgment and discrimination), hatred (ignorance), and institutional racism (structured)

Racial justice can only happen when bystanders become Allies and Change Agents. Our programming, including the website and Facebook page, features the opportunity for education, dialogue, and action.

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Who is Leading Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter Movement?

By Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express,  Apr. 4, 2017

Black Lives Matter started in 2013, as an online campaign in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the Trayvon Martin shooting. 

It wasn’t until a year later, however, with the April 2014 police shooting death of Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed 31-year-old man sleeping in Red Arrow Park, that the movement truly took root in Milwaukee.Since then the city has repeatedly found itself at the center of the national debate about law enforcement’s treatment of black men and women. 

In August 2016, the conversation intensified following the fatal police shooting of 23-year-oldSylville Smith, which led to two nights of violent unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood and fires that torched eight businesses. Those burned buildings serve as daily reminders of the turmoil. 

Meanwhile, Milwaukee is also the home base of one of Black Lives Matter’s most outspoken antagonists, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. A frequent Fox News guest and a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, he’s labeled the movement a hate group and “the enemy,” and even likened it to ISIS.

America’s Black Holocaust Museum breaks ground for new home

A rendering of The Griot, on the corner of 4th Street and North Avenue. (Photo courtesy of ABHM)

Congratulations to America’s Black Holocaust Museum, which took one step closer to once again having a brick and mortar home when the community gathered April 4 at the new site on North Street and 4th Avenue for a groundbreaking ceremony. The celebration also served as the launchfor the museum’s $1.5 million capital campaign. The re-building of the museum is part of an exciting $17 million Garfield development project described in an article of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

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#OnPointListens: Listening To A Divided Milwaukee

Tom Ashbrook,host of the popular NPR radio program "On Point," conducted a lively panel discussion on Milwaukee and "Race in the Time of Trump" with four Milwaukeeans April 21 as part of the show’s national listening tour. The discussion was broadcast live at the Latino Art Center in Milwaukee. To listen to the broadcast or watch a video replay, visit this link: http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/04/21/milwaukee-race-class-division.

Panelists included: Toni Rivera-Joachin, president and chief executive director of Centro Hispano; James Causey, columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; Martha Barry, racial justice director at the YWCA of Southwest Wisconsin and member of Rid Racism, and Van Mobley, associate professor of history and economics at Concordia University and President of the Village of Thiensville, WI.

Highlights from Segregation Matters Panel Discussion

By: Liz Caldwell, Co-chair of Rid Racism MKE Membership Team

There was a very interesting and animated conversation about segregation in Milwaukee that took place on March 6. The event was presented by WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and Milwaukee Magazine. The conversation was moderated by Mitch Teich and LaToya Dennis from WUWM. You can listen to a podcast of the entire event.

Below are some of the highlights on how the panelists see segregation impacting Milwaukee and their suggestions on overcoming segregation.Panelists who contributed and debated these ideas: Pamela Mal
one, Professor, Milwaukee Area Technical College; Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America's Black Holocaust Museum; Paul Decker, Board Chair, Waukesha County Board of Supervisors; Venice Williams, Executive Director, Alice's Garden Urban Farm; Nate Holton, Deputy Chief of Staff, Milwaukee County Executive's office; Dennis Walton, Outreach Coordinator, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative.

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