Jonathan Kozol is the author of Fire
in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, a
powerful work that follows a hardened group of impoverished inner-city children
he has known...
Local artist Fidel, or “Viva Fidel” as some call him, is energetic, multitalented and full of rhythm. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Fidel has traveled widely throughout the United States, sharing his love for hip-hop and social change with various audiences. This year, his documentary Controlled Demo...
MANY WERE SHOCKED WHEN THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL and Prevention (CDC) reported last year that one in four teenage girls had contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But Milwaukee experts weren’t. Milwaukee has a long-standing problem not only with teen pregnancy, but with teen STDs as well.
The city routinely rates in the top five or 10 cities for chlamydia, gonorrhea and teen pregnancy. Milwaukee County accounts for 50% of all STDs in the state of Wisconsin, and the city of Milwaukee has the 10th highest rate of STD infection among the 63 cities studied by the CDC.
It's been the leading story in major newspapers and TV news programs for the past week. More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a "silent tsunami" of rising food prices, according to World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran. A dozen countries have experienced food riots and strikes.