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Statement from Milwaukee Urban League president on deaths of unarmed Black men after encounters with police By Ralph Hollmon, President & C.E.O. The Milwaukee Urban League On Sunday, December 14, 2014, I attended a peaceful rally in Red Arrow Park to support a call for justice in the death of Dontre Hamilton and to show support for the Hamilton family. I also joined with others to urge District Attorney John Chisholm to make his decision regarding police officer Christopher Manney as soon as possible. It was stressed that we all want a thorough review of the facts in this case, but it has been seven months since Mr. Hamilton's
death and the longer the decision is delayed, it leads to speculation and more distrust of our criminal justice system. Sunday's rally in Red Arrow Park also coincided with a National Day of rallies in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S. to show support for the families of other unarmed black males who have been killed in 2014 after encounters with police: Tamir Rice, Cleveland, OH; Akai Gurley, Brooklyn, NY; Ralph Hollmon Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO; and Eric Garner, Staten Island, NY. The tragic unac- cers must stop and we need ceptable deaths of unarmed to do everything possible to Black males by police offi- make that happen.
Currently, there are parts of our community that do not trust the police because they feel there is, and has been, a pattern of excessive force against Black males. It is crucial that we work to restore trust because we need each other. The community needs the police to protect and serve, and the police need the community to help prevent and solve crimes. However, trust can not be restored if we continue to have Black males killed under questionable circumstances by police officers. Trust can not be achieved without a change in the way Black males are perceived
and treated. Change starts with training and a number of things can and should be done in regards to training, especially as it relates to handling citizens with mental health issues. But, we need to begin by having all police officers show restraint and good judgment when dealing with our community. If we can get police officers to show restraint and good judgment in conjunction with their training, this will be a tremendous step towards stopping unnecessary deaths, rebuilding trust and improving police community relations.
Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute chorus presents free concert
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The premiere community concert of the Amazing Grace Chorus was held Saturday, December 6, 2014. The Melodies and Memories program is an outreach effort of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, bringing together about 15 African American singers who either have Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for someone who does. The program is based on the CHORUS program begun at New York University, which showed that learning new songs and singing helps improve memory and mood. The Helen Bader Foundation funded the Milwaukee pilot, the first in the country outside of NYU. Guest conductors for the event included Vanta Jones, Joe Nathaniel, Micah Shaw, Arlene Skwierawski and K.C. Williams; the event was emceed by WITI-TV FOX 6's Cassandra McShepard.
Attorney Lena Taylor, PKSD and community partners to provide free holiday food baskets The group hopes to help hundreds
For most, the holidays are a time for family, cheer and a good meal. However, for many residents working hard to make ends meet, buying extra food can be stressful. Attorney Lena C. Taylor, her colleagues at PKSD Law Firm, WNOV radio, and several community allies have partnered to assist those feeling the strain. Providing nearly a thousand baskets this past Thanksgiving, the group is appreciative of the collaboration, financial support and ability to help once more.
“It is an amazing effort, with nearly 100 volunteers, that brings together business, non-profit, and faith-based groups to help our neighbors,” said Attorney Taylor. The food basket give away will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 at St. Mark Quality of Life Center, 1616 W. Atkinson Avenue, Milwaukee. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, please call 414-4393999. State Senator Lena Taylor
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