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.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, has announced that it will not make political endorsements this year.
The newspaper took a lot of heat for backing Supreme Court Justice David Prosser last year as well as Gov. Scott Walker in his recent recall election, even though the endorsements in both cases read to many people like apologies for the embattled candidates they backed.
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.
UWM officials have decided to award in-state tuition rates to a gay man who moved to Milwaukee to be with his husband, who’s lived in the city for over a year. The couple was legally married in New York.
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 Public Schools Board has again delayed action on facilitating access to domestic partner benefits for MPS employees.
The current application process is more burdensome than any used by other employers in Wisconsin, say equality advocates.
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a candlelight vigil in honor of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the courtyard outside the center, 1110 N. Market Street.
The center operates Milwaukee’s Anti-Violence Program (AVP), which launched in 2001 to provide services to LGBT survivors of crimes, including intimate-partner violence (IPV), hate crimes or sexual assault. Services include counseling, case management and legal advocacy.