Tragedy at the border: A first-hand account

Published Oct. 20, 2019

Three weeks ago, I was at the border with a trio of rabbis, a national group of 20 leaders of Jewish Community Relations Councils and Elana Kahn of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. We were there to bear witness and to get a better understanding of the issues and the history that led to the current immigration crisis. We were also looking for ideas of what we can do to help.


Hidden East Side graffiti captures Milwaukee immigrant history

Published March 21, 2019

The message arrived yesterday, in the wake of the revival on Facebook this week of a post I wrote about hidden Milwaukee graffiti. There's more to be found in a walkway between a retail building and a home on Van Buren Street, near Brady Street, it said.


What is Cinco de Mayo like for local Mexican businesses?

Published May 5, 2017

What's the economic impact of Cinco de Mayo in the Hispanic community? How do local establishments view a day that isn't really celebrated in Mexico but is an unofficial American holiday? What is May 5 like for Mexican-owned businesses?


How to support refugees in Milwaukee

Published Feb. 12, 2017

The president's recent executive order on immigration has called attention to the needs of refugees who are already in the U.S. Here are a few places to get involved and support refugees in Milwaukee, as compiled by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.


Nonprofit leader committed to organizing against social injustice

Published Dec. 30, 2016

As a part of an occasional series on nonprofit leaders in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service sat down with Voces De La Frontera founder and executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz to chat about influential moments in her life and career.


"Dia Sin Latinos" draws Wisconsin Latinos to Madison

Published Feb. 18, 2016

What would a day be like without Latinos? Madison will be pondering that today as thousands of Latinos will be leaving school, work and businesses to come to the state Capitol building to protest two pieces of anti-immigration legislation, reports Madison365.


A show of solidarity at the State of the Union address

Published Jan. 17, 2016

To counter the growing negativity toward Muslims, Madison365 reports, nearly 20 congressional Democrats invited Muslim guests to Obama's final State of the Union - including U.S. Congressperson Mark Pocan who hosted Madison Ald. Samba Baldeh.


Shorewood woman hopes to host Syrian refugees

Published Nov. 20, 2015

Earlier this week, after looking at tragic photos of Syrian refugee children on Facebook, Gretchen Mead decided she was going to invite refugees to stay in extra rooms in her bungalow-style home in Shorewood.


4 lessons we can learn from Paris

Published Nov. 16, 2015

My kid asked me, "What if ISIS wins?" I said, "ISIS isn't going to win." ISIS wants these attacks to be a PR coup that makes it look stronger and more threatening than it is. ISIS wants to look like it's on par with the rest of the world. It's not.