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Here’s what Milwaukee voters should know about the $252 million public school referendum

By Meredith Melland and Edgar Mendez On March 29, 2024 As the April 2 election draws near, debate continues over whether voters should support Milwaukee Public Schools’ $252 million referendum,…

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Milwaukee Tops List as Most Dangerous Wisconsin City for Hit-and-Runs

BY SHEPHERD EXPRESS STAFF MAR. 20, 2024 A recent report revealed Milwaukee as the most dangerous city in Wisconsin when it comes to hit-and-run accidents, shedding light on a concerning trend…

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There’s a New Player in Milwaukee’s Housing Market. And Here’s Why Residents and Leaders are Concerned

February 21, 2024 by PrincessSafiya Byers The multibillion-dollar VineBrook Homes Trust Inc. made its way into Milwaukee in 2019 and now owns about 1,000 single-family homes, primarily on the city’s North Side.…

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10 Guards, 900 Inmates: Wisconsin Prisons See Dire Results of Ignored Warnings

By Mario Koran / The New York Times / Wisconsin Watch and Justin Mayo / Big Local News February 2nd, 2024 An extreme shortage of guards at Wisconsin’s prisons slowed basic operations to a…

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Milwaukee County Banned Section 8 Housing Voucher Discrimination, but Landlords Still Do It

By Jonmaesha Beltran / Wisconsin Watch January 17th, 2024  A 2018 ordinance to protect voucher recipients hasn’t stopped landlords from categorically rejecting them. County officials question whether they can enforce the…

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EMS Leader Says Milwaukee Tragedy Highlights a Broader Crisis: ‘We’re Getting Overwhelmed’

By: Ben Jordan Posted at 5:07 PM, Feb 07, 2024 and last updated 8:04 PM, Feb 07, 2024 “This is something that’s been building up,” Alan DeYoung said. MILWAUKEE — It’s an expectation…

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Arrowhead High School Investigates Racist Social Media Post as Parents, Community Advocates Discuss Solutions

By: Mariam Mackar Posted at 9:36 PM, Feb 07, 2024 and last updated 10:26 AM, Feb 08, 2024 On Monday, a Snapchat showing a photo of a table of Black students with a…

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Gender Affirming Services, Supplies and Education for Trans and Queer Folks

By Ben Slowey On January 16, 2024 Milwaukee Trans and Queer Depot is a mutual aid resource that provides free gender affirming services, supplies and education to trans and queer…

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Milwaukee Health Department plan targets racism as public health crisis

The plan aims to address the city’s housing, maternal health and public safety By Margaret Faust On December 18, 2023 Milwaukee plans to address racism and health equity over the…

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Bucks’ Middleton and United Healthcare hand out new coats to MPS students at Franklin School

On December 5, 2023 A kindergartner at Benjamin Franklin School stretched out his arms and said, “This is my favorite color!” He was trying on his new, blue coat, one…

Local Organizations

Greater Milwuakee Foundation - The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin's largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has been at the heart of the civic community, helping donors achieve the greatest philanthropic impact, elevating the work of changemakers across neighborhoods, and bringing people and organizations together to help our region thrive. Racial equity is the Foundation's North Star, guiding its investments and strategies for social and economic change. Leveraging generations of community knowledge, cross-sector partnerships and more than $1 billion in financial assets, the Foundation is committed to reimagining philanthropy, recentering communities and remaking systems to transform our region into a Milwaukee for all. 

Groundwork Milwaukee - The mission of Groundwork Milwaukee is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

Unity in Motion - We develop new generations of diverse, culturally competent, empowered leaders equipped with the skills, values, and relationships necessary to disrupt the cycle of segregation by building diverse, equitable, and loving communities.

Safe & Sound - Our mission is to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. Our vision is a safe neighborhood for everyone in Milwaukee.

Hunger Task Force - Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. We work to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow. Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee's Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin's leading anti-hunger organization.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee - Founded in 1945 as a safe and nurturing place for urban youth, families and seniors, Neighborhood House has grown into a modern, 54,000 square-foot facility that serves more than 4,000 people annually. Neighborhood House offers an accredited preschool, child care and enrichment programming for infants, children, teens, families and refugees. Neighborhood House goals align with major community initiatives aimed at helping people of all ages combat the devastating effects of poverty.

City Forward Collective - Securing our Milwaukee's economic future and quality of life by ending educational inequity and ensuring every single child in our city has the opportunity to attend a high-quality school. We do whatever it takes to foster more great schools for the families who need them most – increasing access, closing the achievement gap, and advancing equity.

Cream City Foundation - Cream City Foundation mobilizes philanthropic resources and fosters strategic partnerships by harnessing the pride, passion, and commitment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ people and their allies to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of LGBTQ+ people in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Foundation has granted more than $1.5 million to life-affirming, life-sustaining and life-celebrating programs for the LGBTQ+ communities of southeastern Wisconsin.

9to5 National Association of Working Women - Our mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice, by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. We combine grassroots organizing, advocacy, public education and leadership development to accomplish our goals. All of our work is grounded in local grassroots organizing through which we involve women in campaigns to improve public policy, and which we combine with advocacy, public education and leadership development to accomplish our goals. Our program stems from being on the front lines, seeing the needs and trends from women most affected by injustice. 

 The Benedict Center - The Benedict Center provides services and advocacy for women in the criminal justice system so they can live safer, healthier lives for themselves, their children and the community we all share.  Our services include community-based counseling for substance use disorders and mental health treatment, reentry support, neighborhood drop-in centers and street outreach. We advocate for a more equitable justice system including public health approaches to substance use, mental illness and trauma instead of criminalization.

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