Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived his recall race last summer, but the intense polarization of his political brand has been an overshadowing force in races both preceding and following his victory.
For example, in heavily Democratic Milwaukee County, Carolina Stark pulled off a remarkable coup in April 2012, handily defeating incumbent Circuit Court Judge Nelson Phillips III, whom Walker had appointed to the position just months prior. Political insiders said Walker’s support for Phillips was a large factor in the loss.
Looking for something different to do on a Friday evening after work? A way to meet new LGBT friends away from the bars and the fundraisers?
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has the solution. The first Friday of each month, the group hosts an after-work mixer in a different Milwaukee-area restaurant or bar. Appropriately titled TGIF, the roaming event offers free hors d’oeuvres donated by the host venue.
Anne Perry knows, without needing to check a calendar, where she’ll be at about 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 – and any first Friday of 2013.
The same applies for a number of women in the Milwaukee LGBT community.
Former Army Lt. Dan Choi is coming to Wisconsin to campaign for an openly gay local candidate and to help raise money for Fair Wisconsin and Equality Wisconsin, the state’s two leading LGBT advocacy groups.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has created a new housing policy to meet the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming students – as well as their allies and other students who have specific needs based on their cultural background or identity.
UWM is the first institution in the University of Wisconsin system to approve such a policy. It goes into effect at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, according to a press statement issued on Feb. 15. Incoming students will be able to select an inclusive housing assignment as part of the enrollment process.
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is cheering Academy Award nominations for filmmaker Michael Raisler, who was active in the organization’s Project Q program.
Raisler’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best actress and best adapted screenplay.
A judge has ruled that a man accused of vandalizing churches in Buffalo, Minn., and leaving behind anti-gay posters is mentally incompetent for trial.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Larson says 30-year-old Wade Murray was moved from jail to a state-run mental health treatment facility.
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission recently added sexual orientation and gender expression to its list of characteristics that make citizens especially vulnerable to police bias.
Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, have long been at the forefront of efforts to achieve social justice and peace. The movement played a major role in the abolition of slavery in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Quakers have been so strenuously involved in the anti-war movement over the years that the FBI and the Pentagon have kept various “meetings,” the Quaker equivalent of congregations, under surveillance. Under Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon had a lengthy file on an anti-war group associated with the Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla.
Milwaukee’s vast and growing cultural scene has not only immeasurably enhanced the region’s quality of life but also created a new economy that’s helped to mitigate the erosion of its manufacturing base. While other once-great cities in the region have become emblems of the Rust Belt, Milwaukee is evolving into a new life through the arts. The creative industries in Milwaukee have grown to the point that they now have the same economic impact as the construction industry, according to commissioned reports.
Focusing attention on serious issues is a challenge in a culture that seems intent on distracting people from them.