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.” 

ARCW receives $1 million gift from individual supporter

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 15 November 2013 17:02

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?”

Remembering Bobbi Fries

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 18 October 2013 10:20

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.


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.

Center’s new director seems born for the job

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:43

Colleen Carpenter of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

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.

Talk about scary
Charlie Sykes, Mark Belling dominate Milwaukee talk radio

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 October 2013 09:36

It's clear that an umbilical cord exists between Gov. Scott Walker’s administration and Milwaukee’s right-wing talk radio stars. But who exactly gives them their marching orders?

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.

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.

ART Milwaukee to transform abandoned rail tracks into performance space

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:07

ARTery will feature performance art along this former route of a rail line between a bottling company and a box company. -Photo: Beintween

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.

Lesbian fund seeks to build assets, grow community

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:50

Two of the “foremothers” of the Lesbian Fund, India McCanse and Fai De Mark, at the group’s PrideFest booth in 2012. -Photo: Courtesy the Lesbian Fund

Milwaukee LGBT Center pays off debt

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:47

Paul Williams. – PHOTO: Dave Lauersdorf

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.