BIKING BENEFITS: Milwaukee area businesses partnered in Bike! Bingo and Bicycle Benefits to promote cycling this spring and summer. Cyclists place Bicycle Benefits stickers on helmets and find discounts at participating businesses. In Bike! Bingo, riders cycle to participating businesses to complete a bingo on their card for a prize. For more, go to bicyclebenefits.org.
The National Day of Action for Immigrant Rights — Wisconsin May Day Solidarity March for Immigrant and Worker Rights is set for 11 a.m. on May 1 in Milwaukee.
An announcement from Voces de la Frontera said there will be a rally at 11 a.m. at Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. Fifth St., Milwaukee, followed by a march to the Milwaukee County Courthouse at 10th and Wells and then a closing program.
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The following is a collection of activities on or around the eco-occasion.
In the early 1980s, as a deadly new disease began devastating gay communities in New York and California, the Midwest braced for what Mike Gifford calls “a tsunami headed here from both coasts.”
Madison joins brief defending immigration actions
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced in mid-April that the city joined 73 cities and counties in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals urging immediate implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Candidates announce for state Democratic Party chair
Martha Laning earlier this month announced her candidacy for chairperson of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Laning is a community leader, businesswoman and former candidate for Wisconsin’s 9th Senate District. She’s been endorsed by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who’s often mentioned as a prospective gubernatorial candidate.
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's board of directors announced on Feb. 19 that Karen Gotzler, who has served as the center's interim executive director since July 2014, will assume the role permanently, effective immediately.
The board and center supporters will officially welcome Gotzler at the center's annual meeting, set for 6 p.m. on March 5 in the center's community room at 1110 N. Market St.
ManpowerGroup has joined the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce as its newest gold founding member. Manpower’s global headquarters is in Milwaukee.
PrideFest Milwaukee expands restroom access
PrideFest Milwaukee plans to provide additional gender-neutral restrooms at this year’s LGBT Pride celebration.
Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, is hosting its third annual Diversity Summit, with a series of activities and speakers focusing on the theme of religious tolerance.
The events are free to attend and open to the public.
• Janesville Community Radio continues to work to bring service to that area. Supporters are raising money to build a radio tower and purchase a transmitter and studio equipment to begin broadcasting in June. For more, go to www.janesvillecommunityradio.com.
• Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee honors champions of social justice, animal welfare and environmental progress during its awards celebration on Feb. 26 at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Honorees include former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, Jill De Grave of the Wisconsin Humane Society, Marquette University president Dr. Michael Lovell, Vanessa LaCoste of Artworks for Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Brewers. For more, go to www.communitysharesmke.org.