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2016, 09/15, Wrongful convictions discussion - includes exoneree

posted Sep 13, 2016, 9:03 PM by Jaime Alvarado

Attorney Andrea Lewis from Northwestern University’s Center for Wrongful Convictions will speak at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at a special program of Rid Racism Milwaukee. She will be accompanied by a death row exoneree who was wrongfully prosecuted for murdering four people. These justice-seekers will share their journeys of freeing the innocent, and of faith and fear in the wait for freedom.

This event is a culmination of Rid Racism Milwaukee’s summer book club reading of Bryan Stevenson’s book, JUST MERCY, which details his painstaking determination, failures, and victories in freeing several wrongfully convicted individuals from Alabama’s death row system.

This event will take place at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, 2819 West Highland Avenue. Doors will be open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. We are seeking a donation of $15.00 per person, or whatever you can contribute to help cover the cost of our guests, and a light dinner meal for all. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Please pre-register for this event by emailing your name and the names of any other people in your party to:

2016, 9/12th, SURJ to speak at RID Program

posted Sep 13, 2016, 8:58 PM by Jaime Alvarado

SURJ to speak
at Sept. 12 program

Stephanie Roades of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ - Milwaukee) will be our guest speaker at Rid Racism Milwaukee’s general meeting on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Highland Boulevard.

SURJ Milwaukee undertakes the work of challenging and dismantling racism by calling in White people to learn, organize and act against White supremacy, Whiteness, and racial injustice with passion and accountability. SURJ – Milwaukee is aligned with a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for these causes across our country.

At our September 12 meeting, Ms. Roades will provide a short informational session on SURJ’s organization, methods, and benefits. She will also provide an interactive skill-building workshop complete with role play to help participants learn how to interrupt racism, and hold tough conversations that begin to help others start the process of seeing issues of injustice through a clearer lens.

2016, 9/02 7:30pm, SistaStrings Presented by First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

posted Sep 13, 2016, 8:56 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 8:59 PM ]

FUNDRAISING EVENT to help benefit Rid Racism Milwaukee!

Presented by First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee 

Friday, September 2nd 7:30p.m.
1342 N. Astor Street
Milwaukee WI 53202

Join us for a powerful evening of music as we continue to reflect upon healing, justice and our shared future.

This event will raise funds for Color of Change and Rid Racism Milwaukee.

Purchase tickets online here or call 1-800-838-3006

General Admission $15 in advance/$20 at the door
PRIME Seating: $25 in advance

2016, 4/21, 6pm-7:30pm, Mass Incarceration in America: Who's Locked Up and Why

posted Apr 6, 2016, 11:13 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 11:15 PM ]

Mass Incarceration in America: Who's Locked Up and Why

Thursday, April 21, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Alverno College Sister Joel Read Center, Bucyrus Conference Center

3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee


The United State imprisons more people than any other country in the world.  Over the past 40 years, our nationwide crime rate has sometimes risen and sometimes declined but is now lower than it was in 1976. In contrast, the number of people incarcerated in America has increased dramatically, from fewer than 500,000 to more than two million today. The number of prisoners nationwide has finally stabilized in the past few years, yet the current Wisconsin budget plans for continuing expansion of the state’s prison system.  The dramatic rise in the U.S. prison-industrial complex is explained in many ways: the ongoing “war on drugs;” prisoners mean profits for the increasingly privatized institutions; politicians benefit from a “tough on crime” platform; and, institutionalized racism.  Mass incarceration is often referred to as “the new Jim Crow,” as many perceive it to be the latest systemic effort to control black lives since slavery and segregation.


Come join us for a stimulating discussion on the effects of mass incarceration on America’s criminal justice system and society in general.  Who is locked up, and why?  What are the repercussions for individuals, families, communities and our democracy?  What alternatives are being explored, particularly for nonviolent offenders?



  • Emilio DeTorre, Youth and Programs Director, ACLU
  • Ron Johnson, Director of the Dane County Restorative Justice Program
  • Peg Rauschenberger, Interim Dean of the Alverno College School of Nursing
  • Val Taylor, Retired State Public Defender

Moderated by Russell Brooker, Political Science Professor, Alverno College

The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public please register below.

2016, 02/18, 6-7:30pm, FORUM, Black Lives Matter: Racial Disparities and the Criminal Justice System

posted Feb 4, 2016, 5:28 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 5:30 PM ]

Alverno College, Sister Joel Read Center, Bucyrus Conference Center
3400 South 43rd Street, Milwaukee



With the killing of Dontre Hamilton, Milwaukee joined the ranks of cities where unarmed African Americans have been killed by police.  Along with Hamilton, the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and others have stimulated a movement that cries for justice and proclaims that “Black Lives Matter”.  This important movement has gained tremendous traction in Milwaukee given the well-documented reality that African American residents experience tremendous residential segregation, dramatic educational disparities, appalling child welfare protections, insidious employment gaps, and more. 

Come join us for a stimulating discussion on the repercussions that centuries of discrimination have had on African Americans and the disparities that continue to divide us. Explore criminal justice system disparities, learn why “black lives matter,” and hear about ways you can engage in current community efforts to make change.  This dialogue is critical to developing understanding and forward momentum in the struggle to improve systems, communities, and lives.  

Panelists include:

  • Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Reverend Willie E. Brisco, Past President of Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope, MICAH

  • Edith Hudson, Retired Assistant Chief of Police, Milwaukee Police Department

  • Reggie Jackson, Chairman of the Board of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, the parent organization of America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM)

Moderated by Celia Jackson, Director, Alverno College International and Intercultural Center


The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public please register below.

Sponsored by the Alverno College School of Arts & Sciences

2016, 02/03, 3-6pm, Racial Equity Forum in Milwaukee

posted Jan 21, 2016, 4:02 PM by Jaime Alvarado

The Dominican Center invites you to join us in a conversation about racial equity. A diverse panel of professionals, intimately connected to Milwaukee's under-served neighborhoods, will discuss what racial equity looks like in Milwaukee and how we can work together to achieve racial equity in our community.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Wisconsin Club | 900 W Wisconsin Ave | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tickets $25 - RSVP by January 28, 2016


3:00 - 5:00 pm | Forum 
5:00 - 6:00 pm | Social Hour and Networking

Angela Russell
 - Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, CUNA Mutual Group in Madison and co-leader of Dane County Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative

Sr. Patricia Rogers, OP 
- Executive Director, Dominican Center
Veronica Gunn, MD - Vice President of Population Health Management and Medical Director of Community Services, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Susan Lloyd - Executive Director, Zilber Family Foundation
Deanna Singh - Executive Director, The Burke Foundation
Dennis Walton - Amani Resident and Outreach Coordinator, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

2016, 03/09, 1:30pm, Author Bryan Stevenson to speak at MATC

posted Jan 19, 2016, 7:57 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 10:10 PM ]

2016, 02/27, America's Black Holocaust Museum Founder's Day event

posted Jan 19, 2016, 7:46 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 10:39 PM ]

Save the date of Saturday, Feb. 27.
The newly revised James Cameron Book will be launched at the event to be held at Centennial Hall at the Milwaukee Central Library, N 8th St., and W. Wisconsin Ave. The program will include a major arts and culture event. For more information, go to the Museum's

2016, 01/26, 6:30-8:30pm, Zeidler Center offers 'Community Conversation Series'

posted Jan 19, 2016, 7:42 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 10:40 PM ]

'The Welcoming Church: A Listening Session on Race in our Faith Communities,' a dialogue facilitated by the Zeidler Center will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Redeemer Lutheran Church 631 N. 19th St.  This will be the first in a series for 2016, with others planned for March 8 and May 17. The program will include performances by storytellers from Ex Fabula. 

This will be a free facilitated listening session about extending welcome in faith communities, particularly across racial lines.  Individuals of all faiths are welcome.  Parking available in lot south of the church.  For more information and to register, click here.

11/12/2015 - 11/22, To Kill a Mockingbird (Theater)

posted Oct 13, 2015, 10:38 PM by Jaime Alvarado   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 7:18 PM ]

Marquette Theatre’s Theatre and Social Justice Production
Evan P. and Marion Helfaer Theatre, 525 N. 13th St., Milwaukee
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, To Kill a Mockingbird tells a story of human character. Deep in the heart of rural Alabama, tomboy Scout Finch watches her lawyer father Atticus undertake his most controversial case and what ensues changes the perspective of many forever. This is a story of racial injustice, courage and compassion. Through young Scout’s journey, the struggle to do what’s right over what’s easy inspires hope and understanding. The play will run:
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices for the general public are $20, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Marquette students, employees and alumni.  A
ll seats are $6 on Wednesday, November 18th.For more information, call the Theatre Box Office at (414) 288-7504 or go online at Rid Racism Milwaukee is a promotional sponsor of this production

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