Wisconsin Urban Leagues unite with youth to increase the vote
Many young people in Wisconsin are not old enough to vote, but their messages can be powerful enough to influence the adults in their lives who can vote.
The Vote for Me video project is a nonpartisan voter education effort of the three Urban League affiliates in Wisconsin – Milwaukee Urban League, Urban League of Greater Madison, and Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
The social media-based project features a diverse group of Wisconsin youth ages 10-17 in a series of short videos. The youth introduce themselves, discuss the issues important to them this election, and identify three adults they ask to vote for them. “Young people are not old enough to cast a ballot, but they do have opinions about the issues facing our country,” explained MUL president and CEO, Dr. Eve M. Hall. “In this video series, young people are able to find their voices, share their concerns, and remind the adults important to them that voting matters.”
The videos are being released in the four weeks leading up to the Tuesday, November 3rd election on the social media platforms of the three Wisconsin Urban League affiliates. At the end of each video, each young person encourages other youth to create their own videos, asking three adults in their lives to vote. Organizers hope that youth-created videos will help to spread the message about the importance of voting.
Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League and leads through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life.
Milwaukee Urban League virtual event is largest fundraiser of the year
Individual tickets are now available for the Milwaukee Urban League 35th annual Black and White Ball. The ball, which will be virtual this year to protect the safety of participants, will take place virtually on Saturday, November 21, 2020. The pre-event celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.
The presenting sponsor for the Black and White Ball is Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Black and White Ball is Milwaukee Urban League’s largest fundraiser of the year.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded up of the deep economic and social gaps that impact our community,” said Milwaukee Urban League president and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “The need for employment support MUL provides has only increased due to the economic fallout of the pandemic. It has underscored the importance of the work we do and the need for continued support from the community.”
The virtual Black and White Ball will feature live entertainment and special guests, including a message from National Urban League president and CEO Marc Morial. Details regarding all special guests will be announced in the weeks leading up to the virtual event.
Since 1919, Milwaukee Urban League has focused its efforts on education and workforce development programs that empower communities and change lives. Recently, MUL has launched in a number advocacy programs, including a nonpartisan Get Out The Vote program in Milwaukee’s African-American community and a series of community roundtables addressing critical issues.
MUL has made significant changes during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of staff and clients. MUL staff are working remotely to provide individualized services for job seekers. Popular classes, including the Driver’s Education class, are now online. MUL has also held virtual job fairs to meet the needs of employers and job seekers.
Milwaukee Urban League “Ballot Bash” events help individuals register and vote
Between now and Election Day on November 3rd, Milwaukee Urban League is leading the way on voter registration in Milwaukee with a series of “Ballot Bash” events. The events are focused on helping individuals in Milwaukee’s African-American community register to vote, learn where to vote, and develop a plan to vote in person or absentee. We will also participate in events in collaboration with other community groups to empower members of the community to #ReclaimYourVote!
Watch for a series of Ballot Bash events coming to a location in your community. Upcoming events include:
WeGiveMKE Food Distribution
Saturday, October 10, 2020
9 am – 11:30 am
Christian Faith Fellowship Church Destiny Plaza
7210 N. 76th Street , Milwaukee WI 53224
Milwaukee Urban League will register voters and distributing voter information
Milwaukee Urban League Ballot Bash – Voter registration event
11 am – 3 pm
Northside YMCA/Milwaukee College Prep campus
1350 W. North Ave., Milwaukee WI 53205
Milwaukee Urban League mini-Ballot Bash – Voter registration event
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club (in Sherman Park)
3000 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53210
Gee’s Clippers Drive Through Community Event
Saturday, October 17, 2020
10 am – 2 pm
2200 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Milwaukee WI 53212
Milwaukee Urban League will distribute voter information
Milwaukee Urban League Harvest Fest Ballot Bash
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Noon – 4 p.m.
Milwaukee Urban League
North 5th Street at North Avenue
One of Wisconsin’s largest corporations is making a significant donation to Milwaukee Urban League, one of the state’s oldest civil and equal rights organizations.
The $150,000 grant will support the education and employment programs that are the backbone of MUL’s efforts to create a more equitable and fairer Milwaukee and to create ways that empower communities and change lives.
“Kohl’s has been deeply rooted in its hometown of Milwaukee for decades and has a long history of helping families in our community,” said Marc Chini, Kohl’s chief people officer. “We are so pleased to begin our new partnership with Milwaukee Urban League, which is part of Kohl’s renewed commitment to help improve equity and economic empowerment for Black and Hispanic residents in underserved communities in Milwaukee. We are proud to support Milwaukee Urban League and many of our other partners who work to make a positive impact in the lives of families in the Milwaukee community.”
The grant provides support in three critical areas: funding for daily organizational operations; sponsorship of Milwaukee Urban Leagues’ now virtual Black and White Ball fundraiser; and assistance for MUL’s Munch and Learn program. The Munch and Learn Program provides healthy snacks and educational materials to students in three public schools Milwaukee Urban League partners with in the 53206 and 53212 zip codes. In the Spring of 2020, as schools moved to virtual learning platforms, the Munch and Learn program provided healthy snacks and educational support to more than 750 students and families at North Division High School, Auer Avenue Elementary School, and O.W. Holmes Elementary School.
“Kohl’s has a reputation of supporting organizations that make a difference in Wisconsin,” said MUL president and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “This grant provides critical support as we work during the pandemic to provide our youth and adult clients with the resources needed to thrive during these difficult times. We are grateful for Kohl’s generous support.”
Since 1919, Milwaukee has depended on Milwaukee Urban League to lead through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access that empowers Milwaukee’s African-American and minority communities. With dozens of corporate and community-based partners, MUL assists hundreds of people each year who are working to improve their lives.
For more information on Milwaukee Urban League, visit the website at www.tmul.org.
The Milwaukee Urban League (MUL) is announcing a new voter engagement initiative “Reclaim Your Vote” partnering with local organizations and business through the upcoming election on November 3, 2020. The Get Out the Vote efforts and activities will focus on voter education, registration, participation, and census information at various locations throughout the city.
WHAT – Milwaukee Urban League Community Announcement
Voter Engagement and Participation Information
Voter Registration Information
Absentee Voter information
WHEN – Saturday, September 5, 2020
10:00am to 11:00am
WHERE – Milwaukee Urban League
435 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53212
As a part of the National Urban League’s (NUL) ongoing campaign for Civic Engagement and Voter Outreach, Milwaukee has been identified as one of the 13 key cities where Get Out the Vote efforts will be critical in this fall’s upcoming elections. NUL has provided a $25,000 grant and technical assistance to The Milwaukee Urban League and other selected local affiliates nationwide to launch this initiative to support voter engagement and participation. The MUL Reclaim Your Vote Initiative will offer a series of ongoing efforts and activities focusing on a five-point approach aimed at providing information and increasing the black vote in Milwaukee during this crucial election:
Awareness of voting options
Know the candidates and know the issues
Know where to vote
Vote, vote, vote!
These efforts will kick off in the upcoming weeks with Voter Education and Registration Volunteer Training leading to weekly voter engagement activities that will be announced throughout the election season. MUL will also soon announce plans for an upcoming local voter engagement event in conjunction with the NUL National Black Voter Day on Friday September 18, 2020 emphasizing voter registration and absentee voting.
“We look forward to engaging our community and empowering it to use our collective voice to impact change in this upcoming election,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League. “The Milwaukee Urban League is committed to play a prominent role in ensuring that our communities and city are educated and informed during the voting process.”
The mission of the Milwaukee Urban League is to lead through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that positions African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Our vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive where the greater area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion.
For more information, contact Tangela Wilson, Director of Community Engagement and Special Events at the Milwaukee Urban League at 414-374-5343 or email email@example.com
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, James Hall, Interim President and CEO of the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, along with Dr. Eve Hall, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League, and Dr. Ruben Anthony, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, issued the following joint statement calling for immediate action by those overseeing Kenosha law enforcement:
“Over the past week, the world has witnessed in Kenosha, Wisconsin what black and brown Americans experience every day – the uneven and sometimes deadly policing practices of law enforcement. This modern day Jim Crow behavior must end in Kenosha and across America.
“As videotape accounts show, on August 23rd Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. Yet just three days later, Kenosha law enforcement allowed a member of a white militia group to openly carry a military-grade weapon among peaceful protestors and did nothing to apprehend this armed individual after he murdered two people and shot a third, despite the fact people in the crowd identified him as the violent individual responsible for the shootings. Law enforcement let this individual walk away from the carnage he created; Jacob Blake may never walk again.
“We demand independent investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice into the policing practices that occurred in these incidents and for it to determine the extent of the unequal treatment from Kenosha law enforcement that people of color endure compared to whites. We call on the Wisconsin Department of Justice to launch the same investigation using the resources and powers of the State of Wisconsin. This includes complete investigations of the individual officers captured on videotape the night of August 26 thanking members of armed militias for their presence.
“We also demand the Kenosha Common Council and the Kenosha Fire and Police Commission immediately launch a full and independent investigation into the actions of the Kenosha Police Department and Police Chief Daniel Miskinis surrounding these two incidents. We also call for a full and independent investigation by the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors into the actions of Kenosha Sheriff David Best and his department regarding the incidents of August 23 and August 26 and immediately thereafter.
“We thank those who protest peacefully. We recognize law enforcement who fairly protect all citizens and distribute justice equally. But to reclaim our communities, action must be taken against those who promote lawlessness in any form.”
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, James Hall, Interim President and CEO of the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, along with Dr. Eve Hall, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League, and Dr. Ruben Anthony, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, issued the following joint statement in response to the overnight murder of two Kenosha protestors and the shooting of a third:
“The brutal and senseless murder of two protestors and the shooting of a third Tuesday night in Kenosha, is abhorrent to the rule of law in our great state and should outrage and sadden every Wisconsinite. We ask all to join us in prayers for those who were murdered and injured and for continued prayers for Jacob Blake, the man shot by Kenosha police, who may be paralyzed for life.
“We appreciate the cooperation of the Kenosha police during the peaceful protests prior to curfew. We demand that the Kenosha police continue to take appropriate measures to make sure that those who protest in Kenosha are safe from the actions of rogue individuals – reportedly from so-called “militias” – who are infiltrating the peaceful protests. We are also calling for peaceful protests and for all protests to end by the curfew imposed by Kenosha police.
“Let’s not let these violent ‘militias’ hijack our pursuit of justice. Last night shows the threat of these “militias” is a clear and present danger to those who protest. We are jointly calling for Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul to investigate these groups and to take appropriate legal action to prevent the senseless murders of more Wisconsin citizens.
“We also call on the Wisconsin Legislature, when it meets August 31 to consider a police reform bill, to pass legislation outlawing these “militias” and imposing legal penalties on those who continue to belong to these groups.
“Join us in praying for Wisconsin, for those killed and injured, and for those who protect and serve those exercising their constitutional right to peacefully assemble and seek justice.”
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, James Hall, Interim President and CEO of the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, along with Dr. Ruben Anthony, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, and Dr. Eve Hall, President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League, issued the following joint statement in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha Police:
“Even as the digital age has brought many shocking acts of police brutality to light, the video of Kenosha police shooting Jacob Blake in the back at point-blank range stands an especially egregious example of the need for transformative change in police procedures and culture.
“The image of police shooting a man who appears to pose no conceivable threat as his children watch from mere feet away is beyond outrageous. Our hearts are with Mr. Blake and his traumatized family as they pray for his recovery.
“We are forced to question everything about this appalling scene, from the level of training these officers received to the department’s use-of-force policies. As the police apparently were not wearing body cameras, what might be the official police account of the shooting had a bystander not recorded it?
(Milwaukee, WI | August 20, 2020) One of Milwaukee’s best-known fundraising events will be virtual this year, in an effort to safely raise funds that are needed now more than ever to support employment and education programs that work in Milwaukee’s African-American community.
Milwaukee Urban League’s 35th Black and White Ball, presented by Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, will take place Saturday, November 21, 2020. The event will be virtual this year, allowing individuals to enjoy an entertaining and inspiring event from the safety and comfort of their own homes, while still raising needed funds for an organization with a track record of improving opportunities and outcomes in Milwaukee.
“These are challenging times; but one thing we’ve learned in the 101 years of the Milwaukee Urban League is that challenging times bring us together,” said Milwaukee Urban League president and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “Our collective response to supporting MUL efforts to provide needed employment and educational support during COVID-19 will be no different. Together we rise and support Milwaukee Urban League.”
Individuals may purchase tickets now on the Milwaukee Urban League’s website to the live virtual event. This year, to encourage more people to connect and support the programs of the Milwaukee Urban League, tickets are as low as $25. Tickets in other price ranges will receive special recognition items from Milwaukee Urban League, as well as access to drawings for donated products and services and other exclusive offers.
Corporate sponsors will receive special access to the virtual event along with donated gift boxes to help their employees or customers celebrate the virtual Black and White Ball in style. Sponsors will also receive special event and community recognition. A limited number of corporate sponsorships are still available.
Co-chairs of the event are Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health and Dr. Joan Prince, vice chancellor of global inclusion and engagement at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
“The Black and White Ball provides Milwaukee Urban League with funds to help individuals find jobs during record rates of unemployment,” said Froedtert president and CEO Jacobson. “It needs our support to provide the resources to promote student success and close the achievement gaps as we adjust to virtual learning. Our support furnishes the dollars that allow MUL to advocate for a fairer and more equitable Milwaukee at a time of uncertainty.”
“The Milwaukee Urban League is important to Milwaukee,” stated UWM vice chancellor Prince. “We need to step up for the MUL so it can step up for Milwaukee families.”
A special report examining the State of Black Milwaukee will be discussed during a Milwaukee Urban League virtual town hall Thursday, September 24, 2020 from Noon – 1:30 p.m. The report provides important information and reveals the stark realities of the economic, educational, and social state of Milwaukee’s black residents.
The report was written by Dr. Marc Levine, Professor Emeritus of History, Economic Development and Urban Studies at UW-Milwaukee at founding director of UWM’s Center for Economic Development.
The State of Black Milwaukee report follows the release of the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2020 Unmasked report. The State of Black America is the signature annual reporting of the National Urban League and is one of the most highly-anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation.
To register for the State of Black Milwaukee report town hall, please visit this link.
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