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.”
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.
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.
(Milwaukee – August 10, 2020) The Milwaukee Urban League Guild’s annual effort to help students have the supplies needed for a successful school year is shifting to a online school supply drive for the 2020-21 school year. The Virtual Back-to-School Drive, which runs through August 31, provides support for several Milwaukee Public Schools that Milwaukee Urban League partners with in the 53206 and 53212 zip codes. Those zip codes are among the poorest areas of Milwaukee.
“Whether children attend school virtually or face-to-face, they still need pens, pencils, paper, and other supplies to complete their homework and learn,” says Milwaukee Urban League Guild president Cynthia Stokes-Murray. “Students, families, and teachers depend on the supplies donated by the community. Without the generous contributions of so many people, students would struggle.”
It is easy to participate in the Virtual Back-to School Supply Drive. Just visit the Milwaukee Urban League Guild website and click on the Visit the Registry Site link. Users are then directed to a special page on the Target website with links to all the items on the school supply list. After individuals make choices and check out, the materials are directly sent to the Guild, which will distribute the supplies to students.
“Students need our help and support now more than ever,” states Stokes-Murray. “Current economic conditions caused by COVID-19 are hitting poor families especially hard. Unless we all step up, children may be without needed supplies this year.”
The Milwaukee Urban League Guild was formed as an auxiliary in 1970 to support the Milwaukee Urban League. The goal of the Guild is to design fundraising opportunities and programs that support the community served by Milwaukee Urban League.
Spectrum today announced The Milwaukee Urban League has been awarded a $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant for its Digital S.O.S. program, as part of a $5 million national commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country.
“We are proud to support The Milwaukee Urban League, whose Digital S.O.S. program will help further our mission to provide families and seniors in the Milwaukee area with the necessary tools to grow and prosper in the digital age,” said Rahman Khan, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc.
The funding from Spectrum’s Digital Education Grant creates a mobile computer lab that supports the Milwaukee Urban League’s efforts to offer employment and education services at churches, schools and community engagement events. With a new mobile lab, the organization can now showcase program offerings at off-site education workshops, senior living facilities, employment fairs, conferences, and utilize the mobile lab during its annual Youth Summit.
“This generous grant from Spectrum helps the Milwaukee Urban League bridge the invisible – but very real – digital divide across parts of Milwaukee’s African-American community,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, President and, CEO of Milwaukee Urban League. “We will now be able to share important information about our successful education and workforce development programs, helping more individuals improve their lives.”
Spectrum Digital Education Grants is Charter’s philanthropic initiative supporting nonprofit organizations that help local community members improve their lives through digital education. This support includes financial and technology grants, PSAs and technical assistance for local nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the company received more than 200 eligible applications and awarded grants to 31 organizations across 13 states. Since the inception of Spectrum Digital Education in 2017, the company has awarded 71 financial and technology grants to local nonprofits in 41 communities.
Charter Communications, through its Spectrum brand, is committed to improving communities and impacting lives where our customers and employees live and work. More information on Spectrum Digital Education and Charter’s other signature program, Spectrum Housing Assist — a commitment to engage employees and community volunteers to improve 50,000 homes by 2020 — is available at communityimpact.spectrum.com.
Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV®, Spectrum Internet®, Spectrum Voice®, and Spectrum Mobile™. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Spectrum Enterprise is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter’s news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.
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The Milwaukee Urban League was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest Urban League affiliates in the country. Its mission is to empower communities and change lives by creating economic equity and vibrancy through education and employment, especially in Milwaukee’s African-American community.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski brought Governor Evers’ Retirement Security Task Force to Milwaukee today to hear directly from small business owners and individuals about the barriers they face in saving for a financially secure retirement. The listening session took place at the Milwaukee Urban League in Milwaukee, with a formal task force meeting taking place afterwards. This is part of a broader effort by the State Treasurer to hear directly from Wisconsinites on what can be done to address the retirement crisis.
“Before we can truly develop solutions as a task force, we need to hear from Wisconsinites first-hand on the challenges they face when it comes to saving for a financially secure retirement,” said Treasurer Godlewski. “People work their entire lives and deserve the chance to not have to worry about going into poverty later in life.”
In addition to in-person testimonies, the agenda for the task force meeting included a presentation on a poll of 501 Wisconsin small business owners by AARP Wisconsin. Key findings from their report show that 70% of small business owners think more should be done to encourage Wisconsin residents to save for retirement, and 80% agree retirement savings options help small business attract employees and stay competitive.
“Our small business owners employ nearly half the workforce here in Wisconsin,” said Treasurer Godlewski, “So when they are concerned about their personal savings and their employees, we need to step up to the plate and offer solutions that work for them.”
Hard-working Wisconsinites deserve peace of mind when it comes time to retire, and we risk the long-term financial health of our state if no action is taken. Leading the Retirement Security Task Force, State Treasurer Godlewski is working to build a greater understanding of the challenges people face and bring pragmatic solutions to the table. The Task Force will be presenting their report to the Governor’s office in August.
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