Director of LGBT Community Center abruptly resigns

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

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.

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.

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.” 

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?”

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.


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.