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Spring election continued on despite coronavirus

Polls were open across Wisconsin on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, an election day unlike any other. Some voters in Milwaukee were being told to expect to wait up to 2 1/2 hours to cast their ballots. Cities have consolidated the number of polling sites due to a shortage of workers willing to interact with the public due to the coronavirus. Lines at five polling locations snaked around the block. Some brought their own pens. Other brought their own wipes. Milwaukee normally has 180 polling places. "I was one of the people who applied three weeks ago for an absentee ballot, and it did not arrive. So I'm here, doing this," voter April McCaskill said. "Because I wanted to vote, I wouldn't miss it. I wouldn't have missed this. I want to vote. I'm a voter,” Rose Redmon said. There's only one polling location in Waukesha. Some voters wore masks and stood feet apart as they

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lined up to cast their ballots. Poll workers around the state said they were fearful about catching and spreading the coronavirus as thousands turned out despite a stay-athome order. In addition to the presidential primary, thousands of local officials are on the ballot. There is also a state Supreme Court race. Results aren't planned to be released until next Monday. Gov. Tony Evers tried to stop in-person voting with an order Monday, April 6, 2020, but the state Supreme Court ruled it must go on.

"Although I remain deeply concerned about the public health implications of voting in-person today, I am overwhelmed by the bravery, resilience, and heroism of those who are defending our democracy by showing up to vote, working the polls, and reporting on this election," Evers said. "Thank you for giving our state something to be proud of today. Please stay as safe as possible, Wisconsin." Thousands of poll workers said they would not work, resulting in more than 2,000 National Guard troops being called on to fill in the gaps. As of midday Tuesday,

turnout had been robust. The executive director of the city of Milwaukee's election commission said poll workers are the true heroes of the state's decision to move forward with an election. Neil Albrecht, executive director of the city's election commission, said there were 80 to 100 poll workers at each site, including about 30 National Guard members. Workers were taking safety precautions. Albrecht called the wait times unfortunate. He also said the election has been filled with injustices. Among them, his office has gotten numerous calls from people who requested an absentee ballot but didn't get one. He said for those people, their only option was to vote in person. "The Election Commission is not allowed to reissue a ballot after the Friday deadline to apply for that ballot," a city spokeswoman said. (Continued on pg. 8)

Milwaukee's Black community hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic Deaths and confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are spiking in Milwaukee’s black community, leading public health and civic leaders to sound the alarm that decades of social, political and economic disadvantages are creating a toxic stew that puts people’s lives at risk like no time before. “I wish I could say I was surprised or shocked by that,” said Joshua Garoon, an assistant professor at UW-Madison who studies the sociology of public health. “But it’s precisely, given the situation in Wisconsin, what I would expect to see. … All else is not equal, especially in a city like Milwaukee.” Fears about the virus striking inner city, poor neighborhoods harder than others was reverberating across the country, particularly in large urban areas such as New York , Detroit, New Orleans Chicago and Milwaukee. Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city, with about 600,000 people, and is home to the state’s largest minority population. As of 2018, black people accounted for about 38 percent of the city’s population, with about 35 percent white and 20 percent

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Hispanic. The city is repeatedly ranked as one of the worst for black people in the country, based on income and employment disparities, a wide education gap and high levels of incarceration. As of Friday, April 13, 2020, about half of Wisconsin’s deaths and total cases — 411 out of 842 — were in Milwaukee. All eight people who have died from COVID-19 in Milwaukee County were black, and seven of the eight lived in the city. The eight deaths were five men and three women, ranging in age from 54 to 79. There were seven other deaths spread throughout

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the state. The majority of Milwaukee’s confirmed cases of the respiratory disease were concentrated in African American neighborhoods, city health leaders said Thursday. “The severity of this disease in the African American community is a crisis within a crisis,” Gov. Tony Evers said Friday. He said a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were in Milwaukee gathering data. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing

health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. David Bowen, a state representative who is black and lives in one of Milwaukee’s African American communities, contracted COVID-19 earlier this month and has been recovering at home. He said it started with body aches and chills. “I literally could not get warm in my own home,” Bowen said Friday. “I walked around with a winter hat on for days trying to stay warm. Your body is fighting this fever.” One of those in Milwaukee who died, 69-year-old Lenard Wells, was a former Milwaukee police lieutenant and a mentor to Bowen and others in the black community. Bowen said he’s worried that black people are not taking the virus seriously because they’re not getting accurate information. He said families need more resources so they can afford to stay home and be safe. Even if they are presented with all the best information possible, it remains difficult for people in Milwaukee’s (Continued on pg. 8)

IN THIS ISSUE:

‘LEAN ON ME,’ ‘LOVELY DAY’ SINGER BILL WITHERS DIES AT 81 - PAGE 2

COVID-19 WARNING: STAY AWAY FROM PAYDAY LOAN STORES - PAGE 5

THE BLENDED FAMILY (WEEK 1) - PAGE 4

COVID-19 Update Statistics:

• 93 patients have died • At least 2,679 patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin since the outbreak began •1,387 patients in Milwaukee County -- 50 deaths • The state has no longer been updating the number of patients who have recovered. • At least 28,512 patients have tested negative. • 29 percent of patients have been hospitalized. •As of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, more than 383,000 Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus •At least 12,200 Americans have died from the coronavirus, as of Tuesday, April 7, 2020 •As of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, nearly 20,100 American patients have recovered www.milwaukeetimesnews.com


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‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81 Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including Lean on Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine, has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions of Lean on Me to help get through the difficult times. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the family statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.” Withers’ songs during his brief career have become the soundtracks of countless engagements, weddings and backyard parties. They have powerful melodies and perfect grooves melded with a smooth voice that conveys honesty and complex emotions without vocal acrobatics. Lean on Me, a paean to friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean on Me are among Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “He’s the last African American Everyman,” musician and band leader Questlove told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Bill Withers is the closest

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how to do that,” Sting said in Ray Jackson, Al Bell and Still Bill, a 2010 documentary Booker T. Jones. He also got of Withers. in a few jabs at the record But Withers’ career stalled industry, saying A&R stood when Sussex Records went for “antagonistic and redunbankrupt and he was scooped dant.” Withers also was inup by Columbia Records. ducted into the Songwriters He no longer had complete Hall of Fame in 2005. control over his music and His music has been covchafed when it was suggest- ered by such artists as Bared he do an Elvis cover. His bra Streisand, Michael Jacknew executives found With- son, Aretha Franklin, Tom ers difficult. Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Paul None of his Columbia al- McCartney, Sting, Johnny bums reached the Top 40 Mathis, Aaron Neville, Al except for 1977’s Menagerie, Jarreau, Mick Jagger, Nancy his discharge, he moved to which produced Lovely Day. Wilson, and Diana Ross. His Los Angeles, worked at an (His hit duet with Grover music has been sampled for aircraft parts factory, bought Washington Jr. Just the Two of BlackStreet’s No Diggity, Will a guitar at a pawn shop and Us was on Washington’s la- Smith’s version of Just the recorded demos of his tunes bel). Withers’ last album was Two Of Us, Black Eyed Peas’ in hopes of landing a record- 1985′s Watching You Watching Bridging the Gap and Twista’s ing contract. Me. Sunshine. The song Lean on In 1971, signed to Sussex Though his songs often Me was the title theme of a Records, he put out his first dealt with relationships, 1989 movie starring Morgan album, Just As I Am, with the Withers also wrote ones with Freeman. legendary Booker T. Jones social commentary, including at the helm. It had the hits Better Off Dead about an alHis songs are often used Grandma’s Hands and Ain’t coholic’s suicide, and I Can’t on the big screen, includNo Sunshine, which was in- Write Left-Handed, about an ing The Hangover, 28 Days, spired by the Jack Lemmon injured Vietnam War veteran. American Beauty, Jerry Maguire, film Days of Wine and Roses. He was awarded Grammys Crooklyn, The Bodyguard, BeauHe was photographed on the as a songwriter for Ain’t No ty Shop, The Secret Life of Pets cover, smiling and holding Sunshine in 1971 and for Just and Flight. his lunch pail. the Two Of Us in 1981. In “Ain’t No Sunshine” was 1987, Bill received his ninth “I’m not a virtuoso, but I originally released as the Grammy nomination and was able to write songs that B-side of his debut sin- third Grammy as a songwrit- people could identify with. I gle, Harlem. But radio DJs er for the re-recording of the don’t think I’ve done bad for flipped the disc and the song 1972 hit Lean on Me by Club a guy from Slab Fork, West climbed to No. 3 on the Bill- Nouveau. Virginia,” Withers told Rollboard charts and spent a total He was inducted into the ing Stone in 2015. of 16 weeks in the top 40. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Withers went on to gener- in 2015 by Stevie Wonder. He is survived by his wife, ate more hits a year later with Withers thanked his wife as Marcia, and children, Todd the inspirational Lean on Me, well as the R&B pioneers and Kori. the menacing Who Is He (and who helped his career like What Is He to You) and the slinky Use Me on his second album, Still Bill. Later would come the striking Lovely Day co-written with Skip Scarborough and featuring Withers holding the word “day” for almost 19 seconds, and Just the Two Of Us, co-written with Ralph MacDonald and William Salter. His Live at Carnegie Hall in MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 1973 made Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Live Albums of All The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper Time. Louvenia Johnson Luther Golden Nathan Conyers “The hardest thing in (1981-2008) (1981-2005) (1981- 2018 ) songwriting is to be simple and yet profound. And Bill Lynda J. Jackson Conyers, Publisher seemed to understand, inMorgan A. Conyers, Associate Publisher trinsically and instinctively, Jacquelyn D. Heath, Editorial Page Editor

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Wisconsin Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) announces COVID-19 income and other updates on services Welcomes those who are furloughed to check if they are eligible In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising unemployment, Wisconsin WIC continues to serve WIC participants and encourages all eligible parents and expecting parents to sign up. All 69 WIC Local Agencies in Wisconsin are supporting WIC families at this time, but it is recommended to call your local WIC clinic before coming in. COVID-19 updates: WIC considers both future income and past income - WIC considers your future income and/or past income to qualify for the program. This means that if you were recently laid off or furloughed, your future income is taken into account. WIC benefits remain valid - WIC is not planning to make any changes to the way in which participants receive their benefits. Benefits are issued remotely to a participant's eWIC card.

WIC foods are still available - Grocery stores are especially busy and stock levels for WIC-approved foods may be low. Please be assured that this is not a food shortage. Manufacturer warehouses are fully stocked with WIC-approved foods. Grocery stores are waiting for their regular shipments, so WIC is encouraging participants to shop early in the morning to increase their likelihood of finding fully stocked shelves. WIC is sharing the facts - Due to the uncertainty around the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation regarding WIC

has been circulating. WIC has addressed these misconceptions on the website, wicmomstrong.com. WIC remains in touch WIC is keeping participants updated with the latest information and providing resources during this time on Facebook and Instagram at @WICMomStrong. Are you recently unemployed or furloughed? Sign up if you are eligible: WIC serves low-income pr eg nant, post-par tum, breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5 who have health or nutrition risks. Many work-

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  By: Frank James Special to the Milwaukee Times

Asian people: Welcome to the party

It has been said that times of tragedy bring out the best and worst in people. I say that what trying times bring out is what is truly inside of people. Many races of color come to the USA and adopt the White American Dream. These races are usually treated good and before long these races adopt the USA mindset and begin to think they have similar status to white people. Usually something will take place and white people will have to remind these races of color that they may live in the USA but they are not white. This Americans have been living recently has happened to the in for 500 years. Asian people in the USA. I’d like to welcome the Asian Over the years there have people to the party African been people of color who

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have migrated to the USA and for some reason thought they were equal to white people. In the early 2000’s the Mexican people were being treated well. The US populace even started advocating the use of Spanish in schools to assist the Mexican transition to American lifestyle. Mexican people seemed to be on the way up. Then President Trump hit the scene and put the kibosh on everything Mexican. Mexicans were openly disparaged by white people. Mexicans are still feeling the pain of understanding that in the USA you may have straight hair but if it isn’t of Caucasian origin you may as well have an Afro. The latest race of people to have this shock or eye opener placed upon them are Asians.

Asian people are not new to the USA, Mexicans aren’t either. One group of Asian people, the Chinese, have come a long way and gained stature because of the economic growth of China. Many people believe that China will one day rule over the USA. I beg to differ on this account, but who am I but a simple journalist? With this new economic respect of China, many Asian people from the country began to act like every other race does when it comes to the USA. Asian people began to follow the American Dream. This was fine and dandy until the COVID19 came out. Asian people learned quickly what other races of color found out; Asian does not mean Caucasian.

once the Asian people began to feel the wrath of white bigots. Ironically the hotline to protect Asians was set up by an African American woman, Letitia James.

Well Asian people, I’d like to welcome you to the racism party that African Americans have been the guest of honor for centuries. Asian people, here’s some advice, “You are not white.” Once you realize this fact, Asian people, you will be able to live in the USA. Hate, racism, bigotry is what races of color get when they forget their lowerthan-white-people place in the USA. Asian people, you can make money and send your children to the best schools but never take for granted that you are on equal footing with white people in President Trump has the USA. There is one major referred to COVID19 as, bright spot for Asian people “The Chinese Virus.” Those in the USA. At least the words seemed to be a rallying white people haven’t begun cry for white Americans to to lynch you. Well, at least remind Asian people that not yet. they are not white. It is funny in a sad kind of way Frank James IV © 2020 to see the Asian people fall beingfrankwithfrank@ for the same okey-doke that gmail.com Mexican and Arab people fell for. One minute Asian The opinions expressed in this people were flying high in the editorial are those of the writer US and the next they were and not of the Milwaukee Times shunned. This shunning and Weekly Newspaper or NCON abuse seems to be traumatic Communication, its staff or to the Asian people. In New management. "Being Frank" is York a hotline has been set a bi-weekly column exclusive to up to report racist abuse. I’m the Milwaukee Times Weekly assuming it is for everyone Newspaper. but ironically it just was set up An NCON Communications Publication


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Have you ever watched the television series, The Brady Bunch? This 1960s series starred Mike, widowed architect with three sons, Greg, Peter and Bobby. Mike married Carol, who had three daughters of her own (Marcia, Jan and Cindy). After the wife and daughters take on the Brady surname, they become known as The Brady Bunch. The blended family, Mike's live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson and the boys' dog Tiger resided in a large, suburban, two-story house, which, by the way, was designed by Mike. While many people loved watching episodes of The Brady Bunch and the portrait of a perfect family; that was before it was painfully discovered how ridiculously unrealistic it was. According to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey,1 the most recent data available shows, 16 percent of children are living in what the Census Bureau terms “blended families” – a household with a stepparent, stepsibling or half sibling. This share has remained stable since the early 1990s, when reliable data first became available. Since stepfamilies impact a vast majority of Americans, even readers of this column, upon your request, this month I want to re-run an updated version of the articles first appearing in this column nearly 10 years ago regarding

The blended family (Week 1) blended/step-families. Let’s begin by looking at the myths regarding stepfamilies. The National Stepfamily Resource Center,2 outlined 8 myths about stepfamilies which they believe can be stumbling blocks on the stepfamily journey. Due to space limitations, 5 of these myths will be provided here in part. To view the entire list and description of each myth, go to the website at: http://www. stepfamilies.info/stepfamily-myths.php. Myth #1 - Love occurs instantly between the child and the stepparent. This is the expectation that because you love your new partner you will automatically love his or her children; or that the children will automatically love because you are such nice people. Think about it, establishing relationships takes time. It does not happen overnight or by magic. Stepfamily adjustment will be helped if the adults involved come to the relationships with their stepchildren with more realistic expectations about how the relationships will develop. Myth #2 - Children of divorce and remarriage are forever damaged. Children go through a painful period of adjustment after a divorce

Sources: 1 Pew Research Center, Social & Demographic Trends, Dec. 2015. 2 The National Stepfamily Resource Center Next Week: Dr. Phil’s 7 Tips for Blended Families General Disclaimer: The writer has used her best efforts in preparation of this information. No representations or warranties for its contents, either expressed or implied, are offered. Neither the publisher nor the writer shall be liable in any way for readers’ efforts to apply, rely or utilize the information or recommendations presented herein as they may not be suitable for you or necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. This information is for educational purposes only. In some instances, this article contains the opinions, conclusions and/or recommendations of the writer. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her c/o P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.

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the stepmother role gets imparted in a very personal way and stepmoms may be very self-conscious about their stepparenting. Research has shown stepmoms have the most difficult role in the stepfamily. Myth #4 - Adjustment to stepfamily life occurs quickly. Because stepfamilies are such complicated families, the time it takes for people to get to know each other, to create positive relationships, and to develop some family history is significant, usually at least 4 years. Myth #5 - There is only one kind of family. Today there are lots of different kinds of families; first marriage, single parent, foster, and stepfamilies to name a few. Each is valuable, unique and has different characteristics. If you miss any articles in this series, feel free to view the archived digital edition at: https://milwaukeetimesnews.com/category/ digital-editions

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COVID-19 financial warning: Consumers and banks should stay away from Payday Loan Stores By Charlene Crowell, Senior Fellow with the Center for Responsible Lending For the foreseeable future, ‘normal’ life will be indefinitely suspended due to the global pandemic known as the coronavirus. Record-breaking employment layoffs in the month of March resulted in the Department of Labor reporting that 10.4 million consumers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment compensation. As medical experts continue to track the virus, the New York Times reported at least 214,461 known infections and at least 4,800 related deaths. Beyond these statistics, untold numbers of additional school and retail closures, and an expanding army of people working from home have also been directly affected by the virus. Consumers both young and old have passed as the virus continues to spread across the country. Its viral wrath has spawned hot spots from the Pacific Northwest’s Seattle, to the Gulf Coast’s New Orleans, the Midwest’s Detroit and the nation’s largest urban metropolis, New York City. Zeroing in on the economic impacts of the crisis, people everywhere are struggling

with competing needs in their lives. When living costs exceed available financial resources, tough times lead to tough decisions about how to feed families, keep a home to live in, ways to keep utilities working and a myriad of other day-to-day needs. Despite a $2 trillion federal rescue enacted with bipartisan support, checks of $1,200 promised to taxpayers, along with an additional $500 per child will arrive too late for first of the month April payments for bills like mortgages and rental payments. Many leaders also warn that despite its size or range of areas addressed, the legislation was not enough. In a March 27 House floor statement, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee warned col-

leagues that their job was not yet complete. “[I] must make clear that the legislation is far from comprehensive, and that there are issues it leaves unaddressed and areas where it falls short…The American people need help now and this bill represents a down payment on that relief,” said Waters. A similar reaction came from AARP chief executive Jo Ann Jenkins. “Older Americans face the one-two punch of coronavirus’s health and economic consequences, and many need immediate relief and ongoing help and support to cope with the pandemic,” noted Jenkins. “Those needs are only set to grow in the weeks and months ahead.” What can really make a difference between life’s success

and failure is not just what leaders do but also what they didn’t do when they had the chance. The recent legislative package was silent on interest rates, as well as forgiveness of federal student loans, negative credit reports or bans on private evictions for late rental payments. As the cost of living has risen faster and higher than most consumer incomes for more than a decade, the likelihood of a savings account large enough to cover household expenses for a month or more is slim to none. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency tasked with protecting consumers from unscrupulous lenders has been conspicuously subdued. Instead of forceful and timely agency alerts via multi-media communications warning consumers about opportunistic scam artists, CFPB has offered a modest tip sheet on how consumers – not government – can protect themselves. Fortunately, as the viral saga unfolds, some news outlets are reporting on the potential harms of consumers turning to payday and car-title loans. A joint response by five federal regulars - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) – came on March 26 in a statement that encouraged banks, savings and loans, and credit unions to offer “responsible small dollar loans” to consumers and small businesses during the pandemic. According to the regulators, “responsible small-dollar loans can play an important role in meeting customers' credit needs because of temporary cash-flow imbalances, unexpected expenses, or income disruptions during

periods of economic stress or disaster recoveries.” Without any specifics defining “reasonable small dollar loans”, the regulators’ statement could be an inducement to join triple-digit lenders’ financial exploitation. For Black America and other communities of color, predatory short-term loans of $500 or less began decades ago when payday and car-title storefronts took prominent residence in our neighborhoods across the country. Loans that were marketed as quick fixes for millions of consumers morphed into long-term financial nightmares that deepened debt with every renewal. In many cases, the interest paid on these loans was often double or triple the amount of principal borrowed. A coalition of civil and consumer rights organizations released a joint statement warning of the possible spike in high-cost lending by the nation’s depository institutions – banks, credit unions and savings and loans. “This is the worst possible time for banks to make predatory payday loans,” said Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund, the Center for Responsible Lending, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, National Consumer Law Center. “Around the time of the last recession, a handful of banks issued ‘deposit advances’ that put borrowers in an average of 19 loans a year at over 200 percent annual interest,” continued the leaders. “These bank payday loans disproportionately harmed the financially vulnerable and badly damaged banks’ reputations. Since 2013 when regulatory guidance warned against this form of credit, banks have mostly stayed away. We trust that they will continue to do so as they do not want to repeat mistakes of the past.”

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Since the city has been under a "Safer at Home" order as of March 25, 2020, most of the city has been quiet and deserted. But a few signs of life still persist. Currently, there are many Milwaukee "essential" businesses, besides food and drug stores, that are still open. Many like City.Net Cafe and Coffee Makes You Black are currently offering curbside pick-up or delivery, while others like Speed Queen BarBQ have lines for their drive through window stretching down the block. Our own Milwaukee Times Printing and Publishing Co., is still open and taking printing orders, and printing obituaries. Please support these and other Black-owned businesses during this time. They need your support as there is no certainty that they will receive a government bail-out like big corporations. So order a meal for you and your loved one(s) to be delivered or picked-up and have a nice quiet dinner in.

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One of the few positive things to come out of the "Safer at Home" order is low gas prices. With more and more people staying at home due to the "Safer at Home" order, gas stations have dropped their prices to draw in customers, even in the inner city where gas is usually higher than in the suburbs.

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Black communities and COVID-19 (Continued from pg. 1) poor black community to remain safe because of the densely populated neighborhoods they live in and their economic situation, which may force people to leave home for work when it’s safer to stay put, said Garoon, the public health expert. “If you don’t have options you don’t really have choices,” Garoon said. “We need to be real about how incredibly difficult their lives can be on an every day basis without a pandemic. … We need to be seeing government step up on a much more massive scale and providing the assistance that actually allows people to choose to stay at home.” There is a lot of misinformation in Milwaukee’s black community about the COVID-19 coronavirus, in particular the availability of testing, said Tara Jackson, program manager for the

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All of Us research project run through UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. The project works to collect data for the National Institutes of Health to learn about why some people get sick and others do not. A lack of public transportation, nearby grocery stores and health care are further barriers to helping people stay safe, said Jackson, who lives in a predominantly black Milwaukee neighborhood. “People from the community are saying they’re confused,” she said. Minority and economically disadvantaged communities in Madison, the state’s second-largest city, are also being disproportionately affected by the virus, the city’s mayor and county executive said Friday. The worst is yet to come, warned Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “In the coming days and weeks our community will face harsh realities and difficult choices,” they said.

Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca warns of scams related to COVID-19

"We have moved forward with an election, but we have not moved forward with democracy in the state of Wisconsin," he said. The Wisconsin Elections Commission reported it had received no reports of polling places being unable to open as planned. As of Tuesday, nearly 1.3 million absentee ballots had been sent to voters across the state. But more than 408,000 still had not been returned. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was wearing protective gloves, a mask and gown while volunteering at a polling place in Burlington.

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"Voters that never received an absentee ballot in the mail cannot ask that the Election Commission email them the ballot today. If you did not receive your absentee ballot, the only voting option that remains is to go to a voting center today." Albrecht said because of the decision by the Legislature and the courts to move forward with an election, some members of the public who have voted consistently for 40 years or more are now faced with making a decision He said the wait time there to skip the election and not was about 30 minutes. cast a ballot.

Reminds taxpayers to never share personal information via phone, email or text Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca has some very simple and important information to share with Wisconsinites waiting for stimulus checks from the IRS. "The IRS will never call, text, or email you to ask for personal or banking information, and neither will the Wisconsin Department of Revenue." Scammers are already working to defraud taxpayers by capitalizing on questions surrounding the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or the CARES Act, particularly with regard to the stimu-

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fying information by telling them they must do it in order to receive their stimulus money. Secretary Barca has simple instructions, "If you get an email asking for personal information, don't respond. If you get a call asking for it, hang up. If you get a text, delete it." The Wisconsin Department of Revenue notes that most services are found online at www.revenue.wi.gov

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April 9, 1898 – Paul Robeson, actor, singer, activist, born. April 10, 1947 – Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson becomes first African American to play major league baseball.

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April 11, 1966 – Emmett Ashford becomes first Black umpire in the major leagues.

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April 12, 1983 – Harold Washington becomes first African American mayor of Chicago.

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April 13, 1950 – Historian Carter G. Woodson, author of The Miseducation of the Negro, died. April 14, 1775 – First abolitionist society in U.S. is founded in Philadelphia. April 15, 1964 – Sidney Poitier becomes first Black to win Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field.

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Kapur & Associates, Inc. 7711 N Port Washington Road Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217 kapurinc.com | (414) 751-7200 | Fax: 414-716-0233 Clinical Records Technician - Full Time (Milwaukee) 6014 W. Congress St. near Medford Ave. Compensation: Up to $12.00 per hour Employment Type: full-time Immediate opening in our Clinical Records Department for an organized individual who has a keen attention to detail with the ability to function in a high confidential role to accurately administer medical records, appropriately interact with agency staff and clientele and perform other clerical and clinical records duties as assigned. Requirements: High school graduate or FED equivalent education and proficiency in Microsoft Office. Minimum of one year relevant work experience and medical terminology knowledge preferred. Will train. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply to: Metro Home Health Services, Inc. 6014 W. Congress St. Milwaukee, WI 53218 (414)464-4490 (Office) (414)464-6114 (fax) QR Code Link to Online Post

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Project – N. 2nd Street & Alley Construction Project: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra 212 West Wisconsin Ave Milwaukee, WI Scope: Roadway and Alley Reconstruction in the below areas: • N. 2nd Street (Wisconsin Ave. to Wells St.) • East/West Alley North of 212 West Wisconsin Ave. building (2nd St. to 3rd St.) • North/South Alley from Wisconsin Ave. to East/West Alley Owner: City of Milwaukee Construction Manager: C.D. Smith Construction, Inc. 889 E. Johnson Street Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1006 Bids Due: 2:00 P.M. on Friday April 24, 2020 Bids to: Kapur & Associates, Inc. | Fax: 414-716-0233 Email: kfarrenkopf@kapurinc.com Plans available: April 3, 2020 Plans and Specs: Bidding documents may be obtained only as electronic files in PDF format. Plans can be obtained from Kapur & Associates. kfarrenkopf@kapurinc.com Pre Bid: None Scheduled

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