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****Our special guest speaker is Ms. Janan Najeeb****
Janan Najeeb, wife and mother of five, is a founding member and the current President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and has been a spokeswoman for Milwaukee’s Muslim community to media outlets, government officials, interfaith leaders, academic institutions, hospitals, and a wide range of community groups.
A microbiologist by profession (UW-Milwaukee), Ms. Najeeb left her career because of the tremendous need to bridge the gap between the erroneous perception of Islam and Muslims in society and the actual beliefs and practices of the vast majority of the world’s Muslims.
She serves on many committees and community boards as well as being an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, teaching the Religious Culture of Islam. She also directs the new Islamic Resource Center on the south side of Milwaukee. In 2015, she founded the first Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival.
Ms. Najeeb is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the International Institute of Wisconsin’s World Citizen Award, The Wisconsin Community Fund’s Grantee of the Year Award, CAIR’s (Council on American Islamic Relations) national award for activism, ACLU’s Special Recognition Award, as well as being named by Wisconsin Woman Magazine as a Leader Making a Difference.
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Citizens Coalition 


Birthright citizenship was one of the Republican Party’s greatest accomplishments. Now some Republicans want to end it.
By Greg Sargent

Donald Trump’s call for doing away with birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants has once again focused media attention on the idea and led some of his GOP rivals to signal openness to it. The Huffington Post looked at the positions of the 2016 GOP candidates and concluded that “a good chunk of the GOP field” wants to revisit birthright citizenship.

As conservative writer Ben Domenech notes, many other GOP lawmakers have supported the idea in recent years, as do Republican voters, even though birthright citizenship is “one of the things that is relatively unique to the American experiment,” and requires rebelling against the “Constitutional mandate placed within the Fourteenth Amendment in the wake of the Civil War.”

But there’s another historical irony here that was pointed out by renowned American historian Eric Foner: The 14th amendment and birthright citizenship rank among the great and defining accomplishments of the Republican Party, back when it was the Party of Lincoln.

“This was one of the historic achievements of the Republican Party,” Foner, who has written extensively on Reconstruction and the meaning of American freedom, tells me. “There’s plenty of irony here.”

Foner thinks that ending birthright citizenship would require changing the 14th amendment, which was passed and ratified after the Civil War to secure the citizenship of former slaves. Recall that the 14th amendment came after the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which was passed by Republicans in Congress and (among other things) defined all people born in the United States (except Native Americans who didn’t pay taxes) as citizens. That Act was passed over the veto of Democratic president Andrew Johnson, and the 14th amendment was then secured by Congressional Republicans — and ratified by the states — to make African American citizenship irreversible.

Read More At The Washington Post.
GAB Doing It's Job As Non-Partisan Government Watchdog

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement Friday in response to the new Legislative Audit Bureau report on Wisconsin's non-partisan Government Accountability Board:

“Today’s audit shows that the Government Accountability Board is conducting its investigations in an appropriate way. We should be proud of the GAB’s efforts to ensure a clean, open and transparent government.

“The real ‘partisan witch hunt’ in Wisconsin is the concerted Republican effort to degrade and discredit the GAB, so Republicans can turn our government watchdog into a partisan lapdog.

“The irony is the majority of GAB Members have been appointed by Gov. Walker and still they are not satisfied! The Republican assault on democracy must be stopped.”

Wisconsinites’ perceptions of Walker
By Charles Franklin

Thirty-nine percent of those polled approve of the job Walker is doing as governor, while 57 percent disapprove. In April, 41 percent approved while 56 percent disapproved. Thirty-three percent say that they like Walker’s decision to run for president, while 63 percent say they do not. Among Republicans, support for his presidential bid is much higher, 70 percent, while 28 percent do not like his running. Among independents who lean Republican, 44 percent say they like his bid while 53 percent do not. Among independents, independents who lean Democratic, and Democratic partisans, support for his run is 15 percent or less. In April, 34 percent of all those polled said they would like him to run while 62 percent said they would not.

Asked whether the phrase “cares about people like you” describes Walker, 37 percent say it does, while 59 percent say it does not. When last asked in October 2014, shortly before the gubernatorial election, 46 percent said this described Walker, while 50 percent said it did not.

Asked if “able to get things done” describes Walker, 60 percent say it does while 38 percent say it does not. In October 2014, 63 percent said this described Walker while 33 percent said it did not.

Read more at Marquette University Law School Poll.

Bogus Billionaire:  George Stephanopoulos Takes Down Donald Trump

Transcript via ABC’s This Week:

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK. But, let’s talk about you right now and your new immigration plan. You’ve been talking about on the stump, all of opponents having to react to it at this point. Jeb Bush one of the people that reacted to this thing, it’s going to cost hundreds of billions.

Are you willing to pay that price? And where are you going to get the money?

TRUMP: Well, first of all they’re wrong. And, you know, Jeb is a very low energy person. He’d never be able to do it. He’s the one that said they come out of an act of love, OK. This is an act of love. These are people coming and many of them — you look at what’s happening with the crime. Many of them are really causing tremendous problems. And they would be out really fast, immediately. First day we start that movement.

We need a wall. We have to get a wall. We need great security. And we’re going to have a wall that will be not let people in, George.

And, by the way, legally, if you’re legal you can come in. And we’ll cherish you for coming in.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But let me press you on the costs right there, Mr. Trump. They’re saying $400 billion to $600 billion. It would require big government apparatus to take everybody down. If you don’t think those numbers are right, how much is it going to cost and where are you going to get the money?

TRUMP: Well, it’s costing us $130 billion a year and that’s peanuts compared to what the real cost is, George, for the way we have it now. You have so many illegals. We don’t even know how many illegals. I hear 11 million. I hear 30 million.

A New Experiment on Our

Poor Inner-City Children
Issue of the Week

Two Republican legislators from affluent suburban areas, River Hills and Brookfield, with the backing of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, slipped an amendment into the state budget that will have a very serious impact on the future of poor, predominately black inner-city Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) children. There were no hearings in Milwaukee and the public had absolutely no input, but now this amendment is state law and poor children will be the victims.

This amendment creating the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program will begin to privatize Milwaukee’s public schools under the guise of helping poor children, despite the fact that there is virtually no solid research that shows that the current Milwaukee school privatization schemes are improving our children’s educational outcomes. We do know a few things from the research on educational outcomes and our own Milwaukee experiments. One is that using public school dollars to reduce class size, for example, can significantly improve student outcomes, and we also know that monies that go into these public school privatization schemes make the private school management companies millions of dollars.

To make matters even worse, this legislation makes Chris Abele an education czar and he will appoint a commissioner to slowly start privatizing our public schools. The first year, he can privatize three schools and thereafter an additional five schools per year. Abele has absolutely no professional expertise with urban education or poor children in general. He is the child of a billionaire and lacking a college degree he could not even qualify to be a teacher in MPS, let alone be the education czar. He went to expensive private schools with his family providing him with all the educational opportunities that money can buy, and yet he was still unable to graduate from college. If the average Milwaukee child had a fraction of those opportunities, they would become teachers, doctors, engineers, social workers or Ph.D.’s.  

Abele can give you all the excuses he wants about why he couldn’t graduate, but many feel that comes down to the fact that he either doesn’t respect education and fails to understand its real value, or more realistically, as some who have worked closely with him have stated off the record, he either didn’t have the self-discipline or ability to graduate from college. As one of these people said, “When you have a lot of money, it is amazing how you can hide many serious shortcomings.” Either way, he is a very poor role model for encouraging children who will have to work for a living to strive to graduate from high school and post-high school education. 

Low income, inner-city children’s futures should not be the damaged by naïve policies created and managed by people who have absolutely no understanding of the complex challenge of improving the educational outcomes in our inner-city neighborhoods.

Read the original article at ExpressMilwaukee.


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