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Milwaukee joined cities across the nation on August 18 with a rally at Red Arrow Park to demand immediate legislative action from members of Congress, to protect the public from the epidemic of mass shootings and prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining military-grade weapons. Elected and faith leaders, survivors of gun violence, gun safety advocates, and area residents participated in the local Recess Rally, organized by the Milwaukee chapters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, Students Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety. Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. The event was held while members of Congress were in summer recess, and in the aftermath of the latest mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. The rally called for Red Flag legislation, which would require a standardized background check on anyone attempting to purchase a gun. The effort would evaluate if individuals were at risk of harming themselves or the general public. Perpetrators of mass shootings and school shootings often display warning signs before committing violent acts. In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Dayton, reports emerged that the shooter’s behavior raised concerns among people who knew him. Interventions in states with Red Flag laws have already prevented potential tragedies. Research has also documented that Red Flag laws can have an impact on preventing suicides. The data underscored the case for Red Flag legislation, known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. Red Flag laws permit immediate family members and law enforcement officers to follow due process and petition a court for an order that temporarily removes guns from dangerous situations. If a court finds that a person poses a serious risk of causing an injury with a firearm, that person is temporarily prohibited from purchasing and possessing guns, and any guns already owned are held by law enforcement – or another authorized party – while the order is in effect. Twelve states have enacted Red Flag laws since last year’s mass shooting in Parkland. Protesters in more than 100 cities from all 50 states assembled over the weekend to protest in favor of strong gun laws, joining the call for a solution to end the ongoing public health crisis of gun violence. Recently, Governor Tony Evers announced his support for proactive gun control measures, which was supported by pubic polls. According to political surveys last year, an overwhelming majority of registered voters in Wisconsin favored an extension of some kind for background checks on private gun sales. However, both at a state and federal level, conservative lawmakers remain unwilling to address the public safety issue, deflecting the blame to unrelated issues – in part due to pressure from gun lobbying efforts by the NRA. “Strong majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum support laws that allow family members or law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from a person who is seen to be a risk to themselves or others.” – APM Research Lab/Guns & America/Call To Mind survey Speakers during the rally included Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown for Gun Safety, Students Demand Action, State Senator Chris Larson, Wisconsin Anti-Gun Violence Effort (WAVE), March for Our Lives Milwaukee, Sojourner, Mothers for Justice United, Collars on the Corner, Forward Latino, and U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore. These images highlight moments from the latest rally at Red Arrow Park and its participants. ..read more
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The opening ceremony for the second annual Hip-Hop Week MKE was held at City Hall on August 19, kicking off the only event of its kind in America sponsored by a city government. Since the 1982 release of “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Hip-Hop has been a powerful voice for the voiceless within urban communities. Hip-Hop represents and narrates the stories of those who have been crushed by the war on drugs, police brutality, subpar education, and economic hardship. Today, there are tens of millions of voting Hip-Hop fans of every race, gender and ethnicity between the ages of 18 to 55, an age group that will represent more than 60% of the electorate in 2020. Alderman Khalif Rainey brainstormed the groundbreaking idea for a Hip-Hop week to honor the cultural influence of the revolutionary music genre, but also as an educational platform for the Milwaukee community. Running this year from August 19 to 25, Hip-Hop Week MKE addresses three core issues, mental and physical health, civic engagement, and financial literacy “What we want to do during this week is engage those who have become disenchanted with with government,” said Alderman Rainey. “We’re putting the medicine in the peanut butter, so to speak, or making these conversations more palatable to a constituent we want to get engaged.” The week will feature daily Hip-Hop-powered community engagement activities including “Hip-Hop Goes To The Polls,” with keynote speaker Brad “Scarface” Jordan, who is the first major Hip-Hop artist ever to run for public office; “Healthy Bars: A Hip-Hop Conversation On Health & Fitness” hosted by Stic Man of Dead Prez, and “A Hip-Hop Seminar On Financial Literacy & Real Estate” organized by DJ Envy, co-host of the popular morning show “The Breakfast Club.” Hip-Hop Week MKE will celebrate the old and new schools of Hip-Hop culture. Events include “The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience,” which showcases an exhibit of the world’s largest collection of Hip-Hop artifacts and memorabilia. Then three nights of live music events, including an opening night performance by female rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and a closing night show starring Kevin Gates, and the “Hip Hop Legacy Awards Show & Concert” honoring legends including Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal, Devin The Dude, and Do Or Die, along with Milwaukee’s own Speech from Arrested Development, Coo Coo Cal and others. “The Hip-Hop vote is a sleeping giant we are going to awaken and mobilize starting right here in Milwaukee with Hip-Hop Week MKE,” added Alderman Rainey. “With the formula and lineup of events we have put together, I believe we can ignite this important voting demographic, and empower and inspire Hip-Hop voters all over America.” For 2019, Alderman Rainey enlisted the expertise of Dave Mays, Hip-Hop media entrepreneur and the creator of “The Source” magazine. Mays started the magazine out of his Harvard dorm room in 1988 as a single-page newsletter, and during the 1990s it grew into the #1 selling music magazine on newsstands in the world, known as the Bible of Hip-Hop. “Hip-Hop is the most dominant music and most influential culture spanning three generations: Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z,” said Mays. “This means that collectively the Hip-Hop community is the largest and most diverse voting demographic in America.” Hip-Hop Week MKE is sponsored by the City of Milwaukee in partnership with dozens of business and community organizations. Press Conference Full Schedule: August 19 to 25 Hip-Hop Week 2019 Opening Ceremony - SoundCloud(1796 secs long, 10 plays)Play in SoundCloud MONDAY, AUGUST 19 OPENING CEREMONIES/PRESS CONFERENCE @ CITY HALL, 1pm @ 200 East Wells Street HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL @ TRUTH LOUNGE, 5pm @ 1111 N. Old World 3rd Street TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 KING GILLIE & WALLO267 @ SHERMAN PHOENIX, 12pm-2pm @ 3536 Fond Du Lac Ave DJ TONY TOUCH YOUTH DJ TUTORIAL @ MITCHELL STREET LIBRARY (Hosted by Alderman Jose Perez), 3pm-4:30pm @ 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street F YO DJ PODCAST LIVE & True Skool @ THE COOPERAGE, 6pm-9pm @ 822 S. Water Street KICK INSPIRATION COMING TO AMERICA (FREE SCREENING) @ NO STUDIOS 7pm-9pm @ 1037 W. McKinley Avenue AFTER PARTY Legendary DJ Tony Touch @ THE COOPERAGE, 10pm-1am @ 822 S. Water Street WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 HEALTH FAIR @ ASCENSION ST. JOSEPH’S CAMPUS, 12pm-3pm @ 5000 W. Chambers Street HEALTHY BARS STIC MAN OF DEAD PREZ @ SHERMAN PHOENIX (A Hip-Hop Conversation about health & fitness hosted by Maanaan Sabir), 6pm-8pm @ 3536 Fond Du Lac Avenue BACKSPIN: THE BONUS EPISODE @ 88NINE MILWAUKEE, 6pm @ 220 E Pittsburgh Avenue 2ND ANNUAL HIP-HOP TRIVIA @ 4TH QUARTER SPORTS BAR, 8pm-11pm @ 2722 N. MLK Drive THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 JOB FAIR @ ASCENSION ST. JOSEPH’S CAMPUS, 11am-3pm @ 5000 W. Chambers Street at the auditorium THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM AND POP-UP EXHIBIT @ THE RAVE, 5pm-9pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue LADIES FIRST @ MARCUS CENTER (A Musical Tribute to The Women of Classic Hip-Hop and R&B: Atui Marie, B-Free, Brit Nicole, Dailen Harris, Grey Genius,Jayne Joyce, Kia Rap Princess, Kyndal J. Music, Ms. Lotus Fankh, Mudy, Shle Berry, Nikki La Bomba), 7pm @ 929 Water Street MEGAN THEE STALLION @ THE RAVE, 7pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 DJ ENVY OF THE BREAKFAST CLUB: A HIP-HOP SEMINAR ON FINANCIAL LITERACY & REAL ESTATE @ GEE’S CLIPPERS, 3pm-5pm @ 220 N. Doctor MLK Drive MUSIC ON THE BLT @ BLT PERFORMANCE STAGE (Corey Pieper, Shle Berry, Jazzaveli, DJ Nu Stylez), 5:30pm-8pm @ 3334 N. Holton Avenue THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM POP-UP EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT AND HIP-HOP HAPPY HOUR @ THE RAVE, 5pm-9pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue THE HIP-HOP LEGACY CONCERT & AWARDS PRESENTED BY THE CREATOR OF THE SOURCE AWARDS @ THE RAVE (Honorees and performers include: Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal, Devin The Dude, Do Or Die and Milwaukee’s own Coo Coo Cal. Guest performance by BennyThe Butcher. Special guests and local legends), 7pm – 11pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 HIP-HOP & CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SEMINAR SCREENING OF “FREE MEEK” DOCUMENTARY @ BLACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Hosted by The Larry Hoover Project & Attorney Justin A. Monroe, Esq., 1pm-3pm @ 2620 W. Center Street HIP-HOP GOES TO THE POLLS WITH BRAD”SCARFACE”JORDAN@BLACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Hosted by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes), 1pm – 3pm @ 2620 W. Center Street THE TURNUP DJ SPIN SESSION CHORDS & CURDS @ DEER DISTRICT, 1pm-5:30pm THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM POP-UP EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT AND HIP-HOP HAPPY HOUR @THE RAVE, 5pm-9pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue HIP-HOP SHOWCASE @ CACTUS CLUB (Mudy, Nile, Twan Mack, Larry Bull, Jaecar), 9pm @ 2496 S. Wentworth Avenue KEVIN GATES @ THE RAVE, 8pm-11pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM POP-UP EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT AND HIP-HOP HAPPY HOUR @ THE RAVE, 12-6pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave SUMMER JAM BAND BAZAAR @ MR. J’S (Coo Coo Cal, Baby Drew, Ray Nitti, Ray Rizzy, Adi Armour, Cigarette Break), 7pm @ 4610 W Fond Du Lac Avenue Extended Coverage Previous Coverage © Photo Hip-Hop Week MKE 2019 infuses music with health, civic engagement, and financial literacy Nile puts “The Hop” in Hip-Hop Week with first-ever streetcar concert performance Hip Hop Week kicks off as an immersive music and cultural platform for civic engagement Photo Essay:.. ..read more
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The opening ceremony for the second annual Hip-Hop Week MKE was held at City Hall on August 19, kicking off the only event of its kind in America sponsored by a city government. Since the 1982 release of “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Hip-Hop has been a powerful voice for the voiceless within urban communities. Hip-Hop represents and narrates the stories of those who have been crushed by the war on drugs, police brutality, subpar education, and economic hardship. Today, there are tens of millions of voting Hip-Hop fans of every race, gender and ethnicity between the ages of 18 to 55, an age group that will represent more than 60% of the electorate in 2020. Alderman Khalif Rainey brainstormed the groundbreaking idea for a Hip-Hop week to honor the cultural influence of the revolutionary music genre, but also as an educational platform for the Milwaukee community. Running this year from August 19 to 25, Hip-Hop Week MKE addresses three core issues, mental and physical health, civic engagement, and financial literacy “What we want to do during this week is engage those who have become disenchanted with with government,” said Alderman Rainey. “We’re putting the medicine in the peanut butter, so to speak, or making these conversations more palatable to a constituent we want to get engaged.” The week will feature daily Hip-Hop-powered community engagement activities including “Hip-Hop Goes To The Polls,” with keynote speaker Brad “Scarface” Jordan, who is the first major Hip-Hop artist ever to run for public office; “Healthy Bars: A Hip-Hop Conversation On Health & Fitness” hosted by Stic Man of Dead Prez, and “A Hip-Hop Seminar On Financial Literacy & Real Estate” organized by DJ Envy, co-host of the popular morning show “The Breakfast Club.” Hip-Hop Week MKE will celebrate the old and new schools of Hip-Hop culture. Events include “The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience,” which showcases an exhibit of the world’s largest collection of Hip-Hop artifacts and memorabilia. Then three nights of live music events, including an opening night performance by female rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and a closing night show starring Kevin Gates, and the “Hip Hop Legacy Awards Show & Concert” honoring legends including Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal, Devin The Dude, and Do Or Die, along with Milwaukee’s own Speech from Arrested Development, Coo Coo Cal and others. “The Hip-Hop vote is a sleeping giant we are going to awaken and mobilize starting right here in Milwaukee with Hip-Hop Week MKE,” added Alderman Rainey. “With the formula and lineup of events we have put together, I believe we can ignite this important voting demographic, and empower and inspire Hip-Hop voters all over America.” For 2019, Alderman Rainey enlisted the expertise of Dave Mays, Hip-Hop media entrepreneur and the creator of “The Source” magazine. Mays started the magazine out of his Harvard dorm room in 1988 as a single-page newsletter, and during the 1990s it grew into the #1 selling music magazine on newsstands in the world, known as the Bible of Hip-Hop. “Hip-Hop is the most dominant music and most influential culture spanning three generations: Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z,” said Mays. “This means that collectively the Hip-Hop community is the largest and most diverse voting demographic in America.” Hip-Hop Week MKE is sponsored by the City of Milwaukee in partnership with dozens of business and community organizations. Press Conference Full Schedule: August 19 to 25 Hip-Hop Week 2019 Opening Ceremony - SoundCloud(1796 secs long, 5 plays)Play in SoundCloud MONDAY, AUGUST 19 OPENING CEREMONIES/PRESS CONFERENCE @ CITY HALL, 1pm @ 200 East Wells Street HAPPY HOUR SOCIAL @ TRUTH LOUNGE, 5pm @ 1111 N. Old World 3rd Street TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 KING GILLIE & WALLO267 @ SHERMAN PHOENIX, 12pm-2pm @ 3536 Fond Du Lac Ave DJ TONY TOUCH YOUTH DJ TUTORIAL @ MITCHELL STREET LIBRARY (Hosted by Alderman Jose Perez), 3pm-4:30pm @ 906 W. Historic Mitchell Street F YO DJ PODCAST LIVE & True Skool @ THE COOPERAGE, 6pm-9pm @ 822 S. Water Street KICK INSPIRATION COMING TO AMERICA (FREE SCREENING) @ NO STUDIOS 7pm-9pm @ 1037 W. McKinley Avenue AFTER PARTY Legendary DJ Tony Touch @ THE COOPERAGE, 10pm-1am @ 822 S. Water Street WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 HEALTH FAIR @ ASCENSION ST. JOSEPH’S CAMPUS, 12pm-3pm @ 5000 W. Chambers Street HEALTHY BARS STIC MAN OF DEAD PREZ @ SHERMAN PHOENIX (A Hip-Hop Conversation about health & fitness hosted by Maanaan Sabir), 6pm-8pm @ 3536 Fond Du Lac Avenue BACKSPIN: THE BONUS EPISODE @ 88NINE MILWAUKEE, 6pm @ 220 E Pittsburgh Avenue 2ND ANNUAL HIP-HOP TRIVIA @ 4TH QUARTER SPORTS BAR, 8pm-11pm @ 2722 N. MLK Drive THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 JOB FAIR @ ASCENSION ST. JOSEPH’S CAMPUS, 11am-3pm @ 5000 W. Chambers Street at the auditorium THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM AND POP-UP EXHIBIT @ THE RAVE, 5pm-9pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue LADIES FIRST @ MARCUS CENTER (A Musical Tribute to The Women of Classic Hip-Hop and R&B: Atui Marie, B-Free, Brit Nicole, Dailen Harris, Grey Genius,Jayne Joyce, Kia Rap Princess, Kyndal J. Music, Ms. Lotus Fankh, Mudy, Shle Berry, Nikki La Bomba), 7pm @ 929 Water Street MEGAN THEE STALLION @ THE RAVE, 7pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 DJ ENVY OF THE BREAKFAST CLUB: A HIP-HOP SEMINAR ON FINANCIAL LITERACY & REAL ESTATE @ GEE’S CLIPPERS, 3pm-5pm @ 220 N. Doctor MLK Drive MUSIC ON THE BLT @ BLT PERFORMANCE STAGE (Corey Pieper, Shle Berry, Jazzaveli, DJ Nu Stylez), 5:30pm-8pm @ 3334 N. Holton Avenue THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM POP-UP EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT AND HIP-HOP HAPPY HOUR @ THE RAVE, 5pm-9pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue THE HIP-HOP LEGACY CONCERT & AWARDS PRESENTED BY THE CREATOR OF THE SOURCE AWARDS @ THE RAVE (Honorees and performers include: Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal, Devin The Dude, Do Or Die and Milwaukee’s own Coo Coo Cal. Guest performance by BennyThe Butcher. Special guests and local legends), 7pm – 11pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 HIP-HOP & CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SEMINAR SCREENING OF “FREE MEEK” DOCUMENTARY @ BLACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY Hosted by The Larry Hoover Project & Attorney Justin A. Monroe, Esq., 1pm-3pm @ 2620 W. Center Street HIP-HOP GOES TO THE POLLS WITH BRAD”SCARFACE”JORDAN@BLACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Hosted by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes), 1pm – 3pm @ 2620 W. Center Street THE TURNUP DJ SPIN SESSION CHORDS & CURDS @ DEER DISTRICT, 1pm-5:30pm THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM POP-UP EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT AND HIP-HOP HAPPY HOUR @THE RAVE, 5pm-9pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue HIP-HOP SHOWCASE @ CACTUS CLUB (Mudy, Nile, Twan Mack, Larry Bull, Jaecar), 9pm @ 2496 S. Wentworth Avenue KEVIN GATES @ THE RAVE, 8pm-11pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 THE HIP-HOP MUSEUM POP-UP EXPERIENCE EXHIBIT AND HIP-HOP HAPPY HOUR @ THE RAVE, 12-6pm @ 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave SUMMER JAM BAND BAZAAR @ MR. J’S (Coo Coo Cal, Baby Drew, Ray Nitti, Ray Rizzy, Adi Armour, Cigarette Break), 7pm @ 4610 W Fond Du Lac Avenue Extended Coverage Previous Coverage © Photo Hip-Hop Week MKE 2019 infuses music with health, civic engagement, and financial literacy Nile puts “The Hop” in Hip-Hop Week with first-ever streetcar concert performance Hip Hop Week kicks off as an immersive music and cultural platform for civic engagement Photo Essay:.. ..read more
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Local creative talent Nile performed his unique style of Hip-Hop on The Hop, as the first live concert ever to be held on Milwaukee’s streetcar on August 19. His Tiny Desk on wheels was also the first music event to kick off Hip-Hop Week MKE 2019. The onboard concert departed from the Intermodal Station on its regular route to Burns Commons and returned for about a 40 minute show. Dozens of riders enjoyed the musical experience along the way. “I’m inspired to do stuff like this to push myself to the next level of performing, and being able to present myself to people who have never met me,” said Nile. “This is very important for the Hip-Hop scene, because there are not too many opportunities that come along, especially in Wisconsin. So this shows the public that not everything is negative. We can focus on hope and share a love for the music.” This video features highlights from the mobile concert on The Hop, which delivered Hip-Hop tunes across two miles of downtown Milwaukee. Nile (Live) on The Hop - YouTube Extended Coverage Previous Coverage © Photo © Video Hip-Hop Week MKE 2019 infuses music with health, civic engagement, and financial literacy Nile puts “The Hop” in Hip-Hop Week with first-ever streetcar concert performance Hip Hop Week kicks off as an immersive music and cultural platform for civic engagement Photo Essay: Opening night performances from Milwaukee’s inaugural Hip-Hop Week Backspin: Podcast explores Milwaukee’s Hip-Hop roots in black culture The forefathers of Hip-Hop were poets who gave black America its voice Plans move forward to host inaugural Hip-Hop Week MKE this summer Mario Willis: Poetry as a tool to build empathy from the roots of old school Hip Hop Fidel Verdin: Guiding TRUE Skool to do the real work while others reinvent a broken wheel Hip Hop as a Tool for Resilience in Milwaukee Hip Hop, political culture, and the bitter acceptance of truth Arte Para Todos to host holiday Hip-Hop benefit party Lee Matz Milwaukee Independent The post Nile puts “The Hop” in Hip-Hop Week with first-ever streetcar concert performance appeared first on The Milwaukee Independent. ..read more
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