Milwaukee Gaze

Muslim movement accepts once-taboo causes

Written by By Gillian Flaccus,
AP writer
Monday, 04 August 2014 09:06

Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.

Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they point to Quran passages to back them up.

Director of LGBT Community Center abruptly resigns

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 24 July 2014 05:19
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Colleen Carpenter

After just eight months on the job, Colleen Carpenter, executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, resigned yesterday. No reason was given for Carpenter’s abrupt departure.

Harley-Davidson to unveil electric motorcycle prototype

Written by M.L. Johnson,
AP writer
Sunday, 22 June 2014 16:04

Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that sounds like a jet airplane taking off and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

Shorewood School District adopts transgender-supportive policy

Written by WiG Thursday, 06 March 2014 20:29

The Shorewood School District has become the first in Milwaukee County to adopt a policy recognizing and protecting transgender students.

Designers seek to catalyze city against racism

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:35

The roll-out of the Greater Together Challenge, a contest that aims to address ongoing problems of segregation and economic inequality in Milwaukee, was announced to dozens of people at a City Hall press conference on July 15. — Photo: David Szymanski

Milwaukee Common Council votes to increase minimum wage for city, contract workers

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:24

The Milwaukee Common Council on July 22 adopted an ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees and city contract employees to $10.10 per hour.

The rate will increase to $10.80 per hour on March 1, 2015.

Milwaukee police: Dogfighting owners hard to track

Written by DINESH RAMDE,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 07 April 2014 11:32

The dogfighting matches described this week by Milwaukee County prosecutors allegedly took place in residential neighborhoods, not in far-flung rural communities.

If true, it raises the question of why neighbors never reported seeing or hearing anything out of the ordinary.

Wisconsin lawmakers call on ICE to stop racial profiling at courthouses

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 21 February 2014 11:02

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.” 

Developer Barry Mandel says building Milwaukee takes more than concrete

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:13

Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Donald Trump fancies himself the archetype of a successful real estate mogul, but fortunately Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group, possesses nothing like the bombastic, attention-seeking missile of an ego that defines Trump. Quietly reflective and a “political agnostic,” in his words, Mandel has a vision of development that includes building a stronger and more prosperous community. His company has core values that include focusing on environmental impact and historic preservation, whenever possible.

Dungy clarifies remarks about drafting Michael Sam

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:29

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has issued a statement clarifying his remark about drafting Michael Sam to emphasize his concern was for a planned reality show featuring the player, not the player's sexual orientation.

Dungy had been quoted as saying in a report that he would not have drafted Sam because it would have been too difficult, a distraction.

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Ralliers outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Milwaukee on Feb. 24. Voces de la Frontera organized the rally to protest ICE agents detaining and interrogating people at Wisconsin courthouses. -PHOTO: BARBARA J. MINER/MILWAUKEE

Progressives rallied in late February to demand that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stop trolling Wisconsin courthouses, where agents are singling out Latino and Spanish-speaking people for interrogation, detention and possible deportation.

Pedal tavern restrictions topic for Common Council committee today

Written by WiG Wednesday, 29 January 2014 07:01

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.