Community briefs: Bernie's bobble, mapping injustice, serving up volleyball

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:21

The Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a line of presidential candidate bobbleheads. The museum seeks to raise $10,000 through Feb. 29 for the campaign, which offers Kickstarter voters a chance to back their favorite bobble candidate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, et al. For more, go to

State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, D-Milwaukee, is holding an open public hearing from noon to 3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 6, to discuss Milwaukee County mental health services.

Young lawyers launch legal clinic to help Milwaukee's homeless youth

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:45

The State Bar of Wisconsin's Young Lawyers Division recently announced an initiative providing legal aid to Milwaukee's homeless youth, offering a series of free legal clinics throughout February.

Milwaukee vigil to honor victims of gun violence

Written by WiG Friday, 11 December 2015 10:11

A vigil to honor all victims of gun violence is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 14, at Milwaukee’s Cross Lutheran Church, 1821 N. 16th St. The date marks the third anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown.

Digital divide: Wisconsin congressman launches rural broadband caucus

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 10 February 2016 12:22

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, has launched the bipartisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus with Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Republican Reps. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Bob Latta of Ohio.

Equality Illinois hosts Midwest's largest LGBT gala on Sat., Feb. 6

Written by WiG Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:36

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is among the honorees at this year's gala.

A small number of tickets remain available for the Midwest’s largest LGBT fundraising gala.

• GROUNDWORK FOR BLITZ: The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz takes place May 7–21. Registration is open for nation’s largest garden-building event. For more, go to

Menorah parade celebrates the 2015 Chanukah season

Written by WiG Thursday, 03 December 2015 21:17

The lighting of the menorah, one candle a night for eight nights until the candelabrum is full, is part of the Chanukah observance.

The 10th Annual Car Menorah Parade celebrates the 2015 Chanukah season starting at 3 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 6, with more than 80 menorah-topped cars departing the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale and traveling to Mequon through some major Milwaukee thoroughfares.

Beginning Feb. 9, Diverse & Resilient is expanding its free HIV and STD testing services to the Milwaukee Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Road. The expansion, made possible through a partnership with the Milwaukee Health Department, is designed to help address the rising rate of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among African-American gay men.

Pipeline protest before Dem debate, and other community notes

Written by WiG staff Thursday, 28 January 2016 18:18

Environmentalists protesting a planned pipeline expansion to bring more Canadian tar sands to Wisconsin will demonstrate on Feb. 11 outside the Milwaukee venue for the Democratic presidential debate.

350 Madison to stage climate action rally at Capitol on Dec. 12

Written by WiG Friday, 11 December 2015 12:36

Members of 350 Madison Climate Action Team will stage a rally on Dec. 12 at the Capitol.

Farms Not Factories wins ‘Good Neighbor’ award and other community announcements

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:58

Farms Not Factories wins ‘Good Neighbor’ award

The Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau presented Farms Not Factories with the 2015 Good Neighbor Award on Nov. 12 for the nonprofit’s work to protect Lake Superior from threats to clean water posed by the proposed Badgerwood Concentrated Animal Feed Operation.