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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Event of the Week:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Justice Rally and March

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This year’s Martin Luther King Day is especially poignant. The day before the nation’s first African- American president takes office, local peace and civil rights activists will honor King’s work to end militarism, racism and economic injustice. Special recognition will be given to local civil rights heroes Reuben Harpole and Rev. Joe Ellwanger, and entertainment will be provided by Andre Lee Ellis, Dorothy Jackson, LaShandra Vernon and David Drake. The program will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1927 N. Fourth St., and then there will be a march to King’s statue on MLK Drive. The event is sponsored by Peace Action Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Justice Coalition. For more information, go to www.peacactionwi.org.

Hero of the Week: Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway

Holloway is being applauded for stepping up as the responsible adult who’s trying to rescue Milwaukee County from Scott Walker’s childish ways. Walker has said he wouldn’t apply for federal stimulus funds. Sounds great for an ambitious right-wing politician, but Walker’s stubbornness could be disastrous for local employment and for parks, mass transit, safety, infrastructure and social services—county responsibilities that Walker has ducked for years. Thankfully, Holloway is drawing up a list of projects that could use a little stimulus funding. “In the absence of leadership from the county executive, I am stepping forward on behalf of the residents of Milwaukee County,” Holloway said in a statement.


Jerk of the Week: State Sen. Alberta Darling

State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) sought political gain by crassly exploiting the tragic death of an area child in the foster care system. Darling recently issued a press release about her introduction of no-brainer legislation requiring more transparency and accountability when a child is harmed. The Journal Sentinel then chimed in and praised her fine work. What Sen. Darling failed to mention and what the Journal Sentinel failed to research is that Darling is a member of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, which is statutorily mandated to propose policies and plans for the child welfare system for Milwaukee County and to evaluate the effectiveness of the system. Unfortunately, Darling has a spotty record of attendance, at best, on this council. Tragic events can occur in the most well planned and well managed system, but if Sen. Darling would spend more time doing what she is paid to do as a state senator and participating in the development of policies and plans for the council and less time grandstanding when things go wrong, Milwaukee County residents would be much better off.


Quote of the Week

“The African in him is the one who is making him ask, ‘What is the consensus?’ That’s the African way at its best. The good leader in Africa is the leader who keeps quiet and lets others speak and then says at the end, ‘I have heard you all, and this is our mind.’” —Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu on President-elect Barack Obama’s decision-making style


Photo of the Week:
Whos House? Gods House (Marquette Church), by Wrecked Chords