Weekly Update August 30th, 2015

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DNC passes resolution supporting Black Lives Matter
By Alex Seitz-Wald

The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution Friday afternoon supporting the Black Lives Matter movement at the party’s summer meeting. The national party also affirmed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage in every state and another honoring the son of Vice President Joe Biden, Beau Biden, who passed away in May.

Activists with the Black Lives Matter movement have roiled Democratic politics in recent months, interrupting speeches by the party’s presidential candidates as they try to force the party to prioritize their issues.

“[T]he DNC joins with Americans across the country in affirming ‘Black lives matter’ and the ‘say her name’ efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African American men, women and children,” the resolution states.

It also calls for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and calls for minimizing the use of “weapons that were used to police peaceful civilians in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri” last summer.

The resolution passed the party’s resolutions committee Thursday afternoon, and then was affirmed by the larger meeting of hundreds of DNC delegates Friday.

Racial justice was also the key theme of the invocation given Friday morning by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, who said “we’ve replaced Jim Crow with mass incarceration.”

The resolution honoring Biden, who was attorney general of Delaware and slated to run for governor, comes as his father takes a closer look at a White House bid that would pit him against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who addressed the party meeting Friday.

Originally posted on MSNBC.

 

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Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

President Obama announced on Sunday that Mount McKinley was being renamed Denali, using his executive power to restore an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance to the tallest mountain in North America.

The move came on the eve of Mr. Obama’s trip to Alaska, where he will spend three days promoting aggressive action to combat climate change, and is part of a series of steps he will make there meant to address the concerns of Alaska Native tribes.

It is the latest bid by the president to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to improve relations between the federal government and the nation’s Native American tribes, an important political constituency that has a long history of grievances against the government. 

Denali’s name has long been seen as one such slight, regarded as an example of cultural imperialism in which a Native American name with historical roots was replaced by an American one having little to do with the place. 

The central Alaska mountain has officially been called Mount McKinley for almost a century. In announcing that Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, had used her power to rename it, Mr. Obama was paying tribute to the state’s Native population, which has referred to the site for generations as Denali, meaning “the high one” or “the great one.”

Read more at New York Times.
Greendale residents can receive free 'File of Life' documents from Health Department
By John Rasche

The village's Health Department is now giving residents free magnets to help organize their medical information.

A "File of Life" is a small, magnetic pouch that includes a document for listing emergency contacts, medical history, current medication, insurance and other pertinent information. The "files" can then be placed on the refrigerator, where emergency responders can find them.

The Health Department also encourages residents to bring the "File of Life" pouches during visits to the doctor, so the information listed can be updated.

The pouches are free for residents. Non-residents are asked to donate $1 per file.

The files can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. week days at the Health Department, 5650 Parking Street, and the Parks and Recreation Department in the Community Learning Center, 5647 Broad Street. The files will also be available at the Greendale Public Library. 

For more information, contact the Health Department at (414) 423-2110.

Read the original article at Greendale Now.
Nationstar Mortgage partners with City of Milwaukee
By Christie Green

Help for Milwaukee homeowners facing foreclosure, and it's coming from a mortgage company led by Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens.
 
Mayor Tom Barrett announced a partnership with Nationstar Mortgage.
 
Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Michael J. Murphy said the company will provide the assistance through a combination of Nationstar and City of Milwaukee programs to help residents throughout the city keep and repair their homes. 
The plan includes a commitment to provide an increased level of mortgage loan modifications to Nationstar customers in the city and a $500,000 donation to support the City of Milwaukee’s Strong Homes loan program from 2016 through 2018.
“For Milwaukee homeowners who face economic challenges, this commitment is an opportunity to help more homeowners in our city.  Home foreclosures will be avoided with new modification agreements, and more owners will receive low interest loans to help finance critical repairs to their homes.” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “Residents who own their homes add value and stability to Milwaukee neighborhoods, and I don’t want anyone to lose their home unnecessarily."

Read more at CBS 58.

Walker says wall on Canadian border worth reviewing


Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says that building a wall along the country's norther border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review.

Republican candidates have generally taken a get-tough approach on deterring illegal immigration, but they usually focus on the border with Mexico.

The Wisconsin governor was asked whether he wanted to build a wall on the northern border, too, during an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Walker says law enforcement officials in New Hampshire brought up the topic of building a wall along the U.S.-Canadian border during a recent town hall meeting.

He says they raised some legitimate concerns, so it's a "legitimate issue for us to look at."

The U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long.

Read the original article at channel3000.
Franklin recall candidates sound off on dysfunction, development, goals
By Patrick Thomas

The recall election for the district 4 aldermanic seat in Franklin is approaching, with the election date set for Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Current alderwoman Janet Evans and former alderman Steve Taylor are both vying for the position.

The recall effort has been underway for months. In March a recall committee distributed fliers which called Evans "The Wicked Witch of Franklin" and took her to task over her perceived stance on a proposed apartment complex and escort ordinance. Evans disputed the committee's claims as distortions of fact. Taylor was the only other nominee for the election, and was a candidate for mayor in 2014.

We posed four questions to each candidate to profile their positions on issues and their candidacy.

NOW Newspapers has heard of several citizens complaining about the supposed "dysfunction" in Franklin City Hall, and in the common council. Do you agree, or disagree that there is dysfunction, and if so how can it be curbed? (limit 100 words)

Janet Evans: It's disruption, and is clearly evidenced in council meeting audio. Commitment and teamwork are needed to achieve success in our city.

The community should question the reasoning behind the chaos. A recall isn't the cure. If it's successful, I see issues escalating because there is disregard for the fact a mayor and aldermen were elected in 2014, and some are being undermined by individuals with personal agendas. Besides the stain left on the city, our dedicated staff could end up a casualty. Disruption, micromanaging, and increased workload for petty reasons could spur low morale if not kept in check.

Steve Taylor: There is dysfunction at City Hall, and residents who have attended meetings have witnessed it and are frustrated. It starts with Mayor Olson, who has tried to bully some aldermen into supporting his vision. He has even bullied residents who show up to oppose him. These issues didn't occur before he took office. Alderwoman Evans has been complicit in this behavior, which has led to her being recalled. In order to turn things around, the city needs to be more transparent. It also needs to solicit input from residents before decisions are made and not after the fact.

Economic development is a hot topic right now in Franklin. What do you think needs to be done in order to stimulate growth in the city, and bring in new businesses, or do you think development needs to slow down? (limit 100 words).

J.E.: The key word is "growth." We were on the right path in November 2014 approving the study of three city areas for future development. Now we are at a standstill, with organized opposition and misinformation being spread. Citizens tend to be content with development when it provides their place in the community, but typically question further growth if it impacts them afterwards. Many longtime residents do not desire any growth. As leaders, we need to make the difficult decisions, while integrating community input into the plans to achieve the best results for planned development and growth.

S.T.: City officials should be laser-focused on developing a city center and not wasting time and hundreds of thousands of dollars on a risky business park venture. There is a synergy coming from The Rock, and we need to capitalize on it by bringing in the retail and entertainment that our residents have been asking for. They are tired of having to leave the city limits to spend their hard-earned dollars, while neighboring communities are kicking our butts. I have the leadership necessary to bring this plan to fruition.

Read the rest of the candidate Q&A at Franklin Now.

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