A roundup of news from Wisconsin's progressive community and its nonprofits.
Open house for vets: Wisconsin Veterans Network, a new collaborative offering a range of services to veterans and their families in southeastern Wisconsin, holds an open house 9 a.m.–noon April 23 at 6317 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. For more, go to www.wisvetsnet.org.
Pride seeks scholar: Milwaukee Pride, in partnership with Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, created a fund to provide an annual $3,000 Rising Star scholarship to a MIAD student. “We have a mission to create opportunities for LGBTQ people, their friends and families in Milwaukee,” said Wes Shaver, Milwaukee Pride president-elect. “As an emerging brand, we’re very excited to tap into MIAD’s culture of creative energy, diversity and innovation. The Rising Star scholarship will be both an opportunity for us to teach and learn.” Candidates can apply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fest’s fiscal sponsorship: Milwaukee Film is launching a “fiscal sponsorship” program to support filmmakers and film projects that advance its organizational mission. Sponsored projects would be able to solicit funds from government, foundation, individual and other philanthropic sources without needing to obtain their own nonprofit status. Milwaukee Film would provide financial reporting support and more. For more information, go to mkefilm.org.
Funding for reforms: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded a $2 million grant to Milwaukee County to implement reforms aimed at reducing the jail population and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge. The county will implement reforms to address the main drivers of its jail population, which include people with mental health and substance abuse and people accused of non-violent misdemeanor offenses. The goal is to reduce the average daily jail population by 18 percent over two years. For more, go to www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org.
Book lovers bargains: The Spring Book Sale sponsored by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library is May 7–8 at the library, 420 N. Marlborough Ave. The sale is 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. May 7 and noon–3 p.m. May 8. The semiannual book sale is a tradition among area book lovers. For more, go to wfblibrary.org.
Compact coalition’s challenge: More than 99 percent of people who registered comments in a regional review explicitly opposed or expressed concern over Waukesha’s request to divert Great Lakes water. More than 11,200 public comments were submitted to the Regional Body and Compact Council on the issue, and most of them opposed the proposal, according to a review of the comments completed by a coalition of environmental groups. The Compact Implementation Coalition consists of River Alliance of Wisconsin, National Wildlife Federation, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Midwest Environmental Advocates and Clean Wisconsin. Next, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin Regional Body and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin Compact Council, which is comprised of the eight Great Lakes governors and two Canadian premiers, will meet to reach a decision on the application. For more, visit www.protectourgreatlakes.org.
First Nations launch: The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium hosts the nation’s largest high-powered rocket competition for Native American college students April 23 at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville. The launch is part of a First Nations program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21–23 at Carthage College in Kenosha.
Care and choice conversation: The adult spiritual enrichment committee of Unitarian Church North in Mequon presents “Compassion and Choices: Care and Choice at the End of Life” at 11:30 a.m. on April 24. Dr. Bruce Wilson, a board certified cardiologist and Milwaukee hospice physician, is the featured speaker. Wilson is a former board member of Compassion and Choices, the largest organization in the United States advocating for people’s rights at the end of life. For more, go to ucnorth.org.