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Milwaukee County's Covid Dashboard was one of the first to show pandemic data by race/ethnicity.

Milwaukee helping shape a national conversation on racism as a public health crisis

Inequality can be deadly.

Milwaukee was among the first counties to reveal how deadly when the coronavirus pandemic struck just over a year ago. By tracking and publicly sharing demographic data, officials here quickly recognized what soon became a troubling national trend: COVID-19 was devastating Black and Latino communities. Milwaukee County was one of the very first in the country to explicitly track this data based on race.The data has helped determine where resources would be directed, including when it came to testing and vaccinations.


US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals

A data breach revealed that US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund. Rittenhouse stands accused of murdering two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – What to Know About the Death of Daunte Wright

A police officer fatally shot Mr. Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., about 10 miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the killing of George Floyd.


After Another Police Shooting, Biden Urges Calm. Activists Want Answers.

President BIden had promised during his campaign trail to tackle policing in his first 100 days. With the killing of Daunte Wright, the issue has come to the forefront.

“Say Their Names” cemetery in South Minneapolis represents a person killed by law enforcement in this country. Created by two University of Pennsylvania students, it’s a grassroots art installation located just blocks away from the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis on Thursday, June 12.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Opinion: I want to believe justice is possible in Derek Chauvin’s trial.

After hearing such clinical, heartbreaking, infuriating detail about George Floyd’s final agonies, I want to believe justice is possible in the Derek Chauvin trial. I want to believe the jurors heard what I heard and felt what I feel.

The Manhattan Beach Pier, Nov. 2019, for the "Photowalks" series

LA County Works to Return Manhattan Beach Property to Descendants of Black Couple White Supremacy Stole it From

LA County discusses returning land to descendants of African Americans who had it stolen from them due to racism.


Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – CDC Director Declares Racism A ‘Serious Public Health Threat’

“Racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans,” declared the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “As a result, it affects the health of our entire nation. Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community. These social determinants of health have life-long negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color.

Melody McCurtis, a deputy director at Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, pulls a container filled with COVID-19 vaccine information for Milwaukee residents on March 27, 2021. Her group worked with the city health department and Milwaukee nonprofits to launch vaccination clinics open to residents 16 and older who live in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park and Amani neighborhoods. “We're seeing the effects of what access, real outreach and commitment does to a community that has been oppressed and almost left on the back burner for almost a year now,” McCurtis says.  (Angela Major/WPR)

‘We’re not given the option to get vaccinated’: Advocates work to narrow racial and ethnic disparities in Wisconsin

Some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable populations struggle to access COVID-19 vaccines, and volunteers and community groups are trying to erase barriers.

stack of the rich's money

‘Raise my taxes – now!’: the millionaires who want to give it all away

Abigail Disney has parted with $72m – and thinks the rich need to pay far more. As COVID widens the inequality gap an international league of the super-rich are urging governments to take their money as increased taxes.


Slave-Built Infrastructure Continues to Generate Massive Wealth for State Economies

American cities from Atlanta to New York City still use buildings, roads, ports and rail lines built by enslaved people.

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Movement and Space’: Civil Rights Memorial Center releases new community guide to help fight racism in America

Black people are killed on a daily basis, while trying to exercise their right “to be, to move and to occupy space.”


Black Executives Call on Corporations to Fight Restrictive Voting Laws

Companies owner by African-Americans ni Georgia take action against voter restriction legislation in Georgia.

Black Lives Matter 757 protest he recent officer-involved shooting at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. WAVY Web Staff.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – BLM protest officer-involved shooting at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Black Lives Matter 757 held a protest Saturday night regarding the recent officer-involved shooting and death of Donovon Lynch at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Former Ohio cop indicted for murder of Andre Hill. Courtesy Hill family.

Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Forensic pathologist rules Andre Hill’s death was a homicide caused by multiple gunshot wounds

An Ohio coroner’s office ruled this week that Andre Hill, who was fatally shot by a former Columbus police officer, died of multiple gunshot wounds and that his manner of death was homicide.

Illustration by Katty Huertas

Georgia G.O.P. Fires Opening Shot in Fight to Limit Voting

Georgia pushes voter restrictions as a desperate and unethical grip for Republican political power.

Alderman Robin Sue Simmons

Chicago Suburb Shapes Reparations for Black Residents: ‘It Is the Start’

Officials in Evanston, Ill., are weighing how to distribute $10 million in reparations to those who suffered housing discrimination.

The Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland Photograph: Courtesy St Mary's College of Maryland

Maryland college dedicates new memorial in effort to confront legacy of slavery

With the dedication of the Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland, one small public liberal arts college will be making a big statement about confronting its association with slavery and encourages other educational institutions to grapple with their own uncomfortable legacies.


California Becomes First State in America to Approve Statewide High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum

California leads the country by implementing ethnic studies education programs in their high schools.


Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – Nashville advocates press for change after two police shootings

The Nashville Organized for Action and Hope’s criminal justice task force held a press conference to address two police shootings in Nashville.


To Help Black Developers, Programs Start With Access to Capital

Many large American banks have given out loans to African-American developers with the hope of increase Black-owned real estate.


Relief bill is most significant legislation for Black farmers since Civil Rights Act, experts say

$5 billion will go to farmers of color, who have lost 90 percent of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination and a cycle of debt.