Keith Hayes likes playing with words. The architect and activist’s nonprofit organization is called Beintween, for example. He Kickstarted a project last year to develop a new type of walking path surface called “matireal,” created out of thrown-away rubber car tires. Hayes plans to use that matireal to build a new ‘Creational Trail (add the “re-”, you’ll get it) in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.
The once-beleaguered Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has eliminated its largest debt, which originally amounted to $500,000 for back rent and remodeling costs owed to the organization’s landlord.
Wisconsin state Reps. Cory Mason, D-Racine, and Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, joined by other 20 Assembly Democrats, wrote to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 21 and asked ICE to stop racial profiling at Wisconsin’s courthouses.
“Members of our community should be able to enter our courthouses without being racially profiled,” said Mason in a news release. “These practices described by constituents are deeply disturbing and must be halted immediately.”
Milwaukee philanthropist Bill Radler, developer of the world’s best-selling rose, announced a $1 million donation to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin during a press conference this morning. The largest gift ever received by ARCW from an individual, the donation was announced to coincide with National Philanthropy Day, held each year on Nov. 15.
Radler’s donation, to be spread out over the next three years, will help to fund ARCW’s mental health services. “Over the years, I have come to realize how precious and important mental health is,” Radler said. “The brain needs the body to be healthy. How can you achieve health if you are not mentally well?”
Roberta Fries, known as Bobbi, was Queen of the SAGE Spring Fling a few years ago. (SAGE is a social service, and advocacy organization for LGBT seniors.) But she was more widely known for her adoption work. She died Oct. 9 following surgery, while still recovering from a previous fall.
Bobbi founded her Adoption Option agency in 1985 and over the next quarter century was instrumental in the placement of babies and children in many lesbian and gay families, as well as in numerous other families. Until recently Bobbi hosted a picnic each summer to bring adoptive families together.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and Rachel Buth is working on a tank-top design for a client. She’s reducing her design down to two colors with the help of friend and Cocoon Room co-owner Shelia Teruty. Amid the creative idea sharing, Amanda Mills, the store’s third co-owner, is showing a curious passerby the space’s clothing boutique and art section.
The Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Works Committee will take up a proposed ordinance today (Jan. 29) allowing for either the prohibition of alcohol on so-called “pedal taverns” or allowing for tight regulations on alcohol use for the rolling parties.
The proposed ordinance will be heard by the committee when it meets at 9 a.m. in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., according to a news release.
With a smile that lights up the room and a personality that makes you quickly feel as if you’ve known her for years, Colleen Carpenter could host a morning television show or be a star diplomat.
Remember the “Fairness Doctrine”? It was an FCC regulation that required broadcasters to showcase opposing views on controversial issues. If a television host featured a guest speaking against LGBT equality, for instance, a pro-equality guest would have been required to balance the conversation.
UPDATED STORY A Milwaukee man is being held on $5 million bond for allegedly stabbing to death a Shorewood man with whom he had an intimate relationship. It was the first homicide recorded in the leafy Milwaukee suburb in 20 years.
Homer D. Washington, who lives at Apt. 4, 9307 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon in the death of Clarence Charles, 57. Washington, 21, also has been charged with taking and driving Charles’ vehicle without consent.