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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thumb UP - County Supervisor Biddle, Leadership, Not Abandonment

Supervisor Eyon Biddle - 10th District

County proposal would remove ex-offender box on job applications
By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel
Sept. 26, 2011

Milwaukee County would stop requiring job hunters to check a box on job applications indicating whether they had ever been convicted of a crime, under a proposed ordinance change the County Board considers this week.

The "ban-the-box" legislation is aimed at removing a perceived obstacle in hiring for ex-offenders who have served their time. The change would not bar county administrators from asking the question about an applicant's criminal past during interviews for an actual job opening or prevent the county from refusing to hire ex-offenders for certain jobs, such as sheriff's deputies.

"Having the conviction box on county job applications still poses a perceived barrier to applicants, who may simply skip filing the initial application when confronted with the conviction question, said Supervisor Eyon Biddle Sr., the sponsor of the measure. "We need to be encouraging folks and giving them a fair opportunity to be employed." "I don't know why we need to keep reminding folks of the mistakes they've made."
For more info on the article, go to

Below is a statement by Supervisor Eyon Biddle on:
Posted by Chris Liebenthal on September 12, 2011 - Milwaukee County First

Milwaukee County Supervisor Eyon Biddle, Sr. released the following statement regarding the Wisconsin Department of Transportation official who instructed workers not to proactively tell citizens that Voter ID cards are available free of charge:

“First and foremost, I want to congratulate this top DOT official for his brilliance in exposing a hate-filled agenda in a memo format for us all to see. Clearly, Scott Walker has selected the brightest
and the best in his administration.

“Let’s just change the name of our state to Wississippi! Instead of using sugar, Scott Walker and his administration have spiked their kool-aid with hate, discrimination, obstruction of equality and many other ridiculous ingredients. This proves what most people already know: Governor Scott Walker’s administration is hell bent on suppressing voter turnout in the state of Wisconsin. Their agenda is to make sure as few people vote as possible so that the Governor and Legislature can hold on to their power, continue to corrupt the democratic process, and taint our state.

“Silencing voices is not democratic. It is not American. Restricting the right to vote is despicable and deplorable. As an African-American, I recognize and understand the history of how people fought, bled and died for the right to vote. I find it appalling that we are turning the clock backward and invoking the yesteryears of Jim Crow in Wisconsin.

“Many residents in my district are affected by this blatant discrimination and obstruction to voting. Governor Walker and his allies in the Legislature want to make sure the people I represent don’t have a voice. I will continue to fight to make sure that they do. I will use my bully pulpit to educate, agitate and organize the people in my community. We will not be defeated by these hateful, evil measures. Let’s show Scott Walker and the misguided – but unintentionally brilliant – State DOT official that we will not be silenced. The Governor was right about one thing: This state is open for business! The voter suppression business, that is.


Milwaukee Professionals Association gives the legislation and statement by Supervisor Biddle a thumb up.

Allowing those who have served their time to seek meaningful family-supporting employment is how we will all survive now and in the future. We must re-define, re-brand and un-trap our citizenry in the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee county. This is a step in the right direction to UN-TRAP Milwaukeeans, especially African American, other People of Color and the Work-Challenged.

Last week it was the youth-teens-young adults and this week it is the parents/older adults as well as those teens and young adults who have served time - WAY-TO-GO.

LARSON WEEKLY REPORT - September 22, 2011

Senator Chris Larson - 7th District

September 22, 2011
Backstory - Week ending September 23, 2011

Milwaukee County Public Transit Facing More Cuts

Milwaukee County officials will soon be considering a budget plan that will include a 12% cut to bus route services and hours of operation. These proposed cuts come in the wake of Governor Scott Walker attacking Milwaukee's public transit system with his divisive budget.

This is not the first time Governor Walker has declared open season on Milwaukee County transit. Walker previously cut transit funds for Milwaukee County by 20% during his eight-year tenure as Milwaukee County Executive. As Governor he then cut state public transit aid to Milwaukee an additional 10% in the state's budget, which went into effect on July 1 of this year.

Efficient public transit across Wisconsin is crucial for attracting businesses to move to our state, getting Wisconsinites to work and helping our economy grow. A recently released University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study indicated that the cuts instituted by Governor Walker are forcing Milwaukee County to consider eliminating service to at least 13,553 jobs located at almost 1,000 companies throughout our community.

I have always been a strong advocate for maintaining and improving Milwaukee County's public transit infrastructure. While on the Milwaukee County Board I spearheaded efforts to create a dedicated funding source for our public transit, parks and emergency medical services. Currently 95% of transit systems across the country have a dedicated funding source. I also have taken similar actions while serving you in the Senate by voting against Governor Walker's draconian cuts to Milwaukee County's public transit this past June.

The majority of Milwaukee County residents previously expressed the importance of public transportation to our community by supporting an advisory referendum to increase funds for parks, transit, and emergency medical services (EMS) through a 1% sales tax and $67 million in property tax relief.

While the Wisconsin State Legislature has already voted on Walker's biennial state budget, Milwaukee County is currently working on their budget and determining whether it should cut or maintain current public transit services. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is expected to release his final 2012 budget plan on September 29.

Veterans Employment Alliance Center Now Open

Last Friday I had the opportunity to be a part of the grand opening of the Veterans Employment Alliance (VEA) located near our community. This newly-opened center hopes to address the unique hurdles Milwaukee County's veterans and their families face each and every day. VEA will be available to assist veterans in our community by finding affordable housing for homeless veterans and offering employment workshops and job training programs. For more information about the VEA Center, visit their Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

TODAY'S PRIMER - CNBC.com - September 27, 2011


As befitting the stock market's recent volatile action, the major averages are up roughly 2.5 - 3% over the last two sessions - and still haven't recovered the lost ground from Friday's sizable selloff.

However, U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a strong open today on renewed hopes for a lasting solution to the European debt crisis.

We'll see a handful of economic reports during today's session, including the latest reading on home prices from S&P/Case-Shiller.

That reading is expected to show a 4.4% drop in home prices for July compared to a year earlier, when measured in the index's 20 biggest cities.

At 10am ET, the Conference Board's September Consumer Confidence Index is seen coming in at 46.0, compared to the August reading of 44.5.

We'll also get the monthly Richmond Fed Survey at 10am ET.

The Treasury is set to auction $35 billion in 2-year notes, with the results available shortly after 1pm ET.

Drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co.(WAG) is the most prominent of companies set to issue earnings reports this morning, while this afternoon's after the bell reports include Accenture (ACN), Jabil Circuit (JBL), and Paychex (PAYX).

Dish Networks (DISH) could be a stock to watch today, as reports say the satellite TV service provider came in with the highest bid for Hulu, whose owners still haven't decided exactly what to do.

Google (GOOG) is said to have put in a higher bid but with more conditions.

We'll also watch Goldman Sachs (GS), with the New York Times reporting that the investment bank is preparing to expand its latest cost cutting initiative.
Drugmaker Novartis (NVS) is seeking approval in Europe for a new drug to treat smoker's cough, following positive study results.

And reports say the talks between the UAW and Ford (F) could progress faster, now that UAW President Bob King has joined the negotiations.

In the news: the Senate has approved a deal to avert a government shutdown, ending the latest controversial standoff between Republicans and Democrats.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bartiromo - In This Week’s Brief

Europe’s Lack of Leadership

•Transitioning into Q4
•Maria’s Most Popular
•Poll: Fourth-Quarter Predictions

As the Eurozone continues to languish over its debt-burdened members’ solvency, concerns have been reflected in the markets from Shanghai to Sao Paulo.

Even the Federal Reserve’s unveiling of Operation Twist, to lower long-term interest rates by selling $400 billion in short-term bonds and using the money to buy long-term Treasuries couldn’t stop the markets from swooning. Most leaders I’ve talked to feel that the effort alone isn’t going to help change the underlying economic conditions and that as long as Europe remains on the precipice, another Fed stimulus is a small part of the solution to the global financial challenges we face.

The biggest concern financial leaders have is that Greece will eventually default — and perhaps other Eurozone nations — but there is no plan in place for that to happen in an orderly fashion. What’s more, many people have expressed concern about the lack of economic and political leadership in Europe at this point.

This lack of leadership brings along with it a lack of long-term commitment to stocks and while we’ve seen this play out in the U.S. market through the summer, now Europe’s economic woes are having its own effect on the global markets. In essence, most of the developed economies' stock markets are in the hands of traders, not investors. And many people I talk with believe this dynamic won’t change until there is some leadership, whether it’s in the U.S. or from Eurozone leaders — hopefully both.

There’s an old saw on Wall Street that the markets don’t like uncertainty, so given the current economic climate, it might be reasonable to expect the markets to act like this. European banks underwrite the most emerging market debt in the world by far and Italy is the number three bond issuer behind the U.S. and Japan. A financial crisis in Europe has serious global implications, and as long as no one has a plan to resolve these issues, most corporate leaders see no reason to lay long-term bets on stocks anywhere.

Then again, much of what we’re witnessing is the same story playing out over months. Greece has been a problem for more than a year and the Eurozone and Europe’s broader financial and economic systems have been under stress since 2008. Many fear that instead of undergoing fundamental systemic change, leaders have only been willing to explore fundamental cosmetic change.

Safety Matters Response Network Welcomes Supervisor Eyon Biddle

l-r: Rick Banks, Junior - Political Science, Speaker of the Senate; Brandon Methu, Junior - Economics, Chair - Diversity and Inclusion Council; Supervisor Eyon Biddle, 10th District, Daughter Mia; La Frisko Lewis, Sophmore, Pemba Mwepu, Senior, Human Resources/Finance, International student - Zambia, Africa

September 24, 2011
UW-Milwaukee, UNION, 2200 E. Kenwood, Room 183
1:15pm - 3:15pm

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Professionals Association continues to seek ways/pipelines to address "opportunities" that will "re-define", "re-brand", and "un-trap" hidden talent in the City of Milwaukee and globally.

Safety Matters Exploratory Team - SATURDAY TALK
On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the SATURDAY TALK forum, a newly formed group that is to provide Leadership, Citizenship and Problem solving in CASE STUDY had the presence of Supervisor Eyon Biddle and his cute little daughter, Mia, for 2-hours.

"We seek individuals and INNOVATIVE ideas that are of like-mind in the public square. We feel that Supervisor Eyon Biddle, 10th District, takes his Oath of office and customer care of the people as necessary for his success in office. We seek legislators that see ACCOUNTABILITY as a daily task and part of their character as refreshing, needed and MUST BE SUPPORTED", said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

SATURDAY TALK is in the process of in-organization CASE LEARNING training while accessing public square practitioner facilitators to address various cases that the Safety Matters Exploratory Team will address over the next 10-11 months for releasing to the public legislators and the general public.

The group seeks youth-teens-young adults for members of the Safety Matters Exploratory Team.

The Cases selected so far are:

-- Revolts/Protests in Violence

-- Putting the "S", "C" and "U" of UW-Milwaukee, Medical College of WI, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette, Cardinal Stritch, Alverno, Mt. Mary, Concordia, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee Area Technical School, Kaplan, Everest, Bryant & Stratton, DeVry, ITT, WI School of Psychology at the Neighborhood-level - Urban Milwaukee

-- Voting 2012 - What are the Electable Factors for local politicians and judges for election and re-election

-- DIAMONDS in the Rough Entrepreneurs - Hidden talent, emerging and submerging market

-- Identifying Hidden Talent at the Neighborhood-Level (youth/teens-young adults)

-- Next Stop After Graduation, After Training


Milwaukee Professionals Association boost education and technology attainment - academic and practicum for navigating the global marketplace.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

SAFETY MATTERS Exploratory Team Agenda - Saturday, September 24, 2011

S A T U R D A Y T A L K - September 24, 2011

Moderator: Mary Glass - Chair/CEO
Milwaukee Professionals Association
About – SMRN
– Safety Matters Response Network
Case Learning – Mary Glass, Facilitator
Case Work Groups
2012 Milwaukee Safety Matters Diversity Conference

- Opening Statements - Brandon Methu, Pemba Mwepu, James Methu, Rick Banks - Safety Matters Exploratory Network

- Guest Facilitator Practitioner, Supervisor Eyon Biddle - 10th District
Milwaukee County Supervisors

Place: UW-Milwaukee, UNION Building, 1st Floor, Room 191
2200 E. Kenwood

Time: 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Milwaukee Professionals Association

ALVIN AILEY Dancers - Treat Yourself to an energizing experience

"Ailey will rock your soul!" from AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater on Vimeo.

November 30, 2011 - January 1, 2012 at New York City Center

"The Ailey dancers are sleek, athletic masters of the universe."- New York Times

View the promo video of "Rock a My Soul"



Today I am 66 years of age and I feel fantastic.

The Dear Master allowed me to join the universe alive on this day.

I am looking forward to a day of work in the vineyard of humanity - to do my part to make it a better place for ALL.

It is a day of "purposeful curiosity".

May you too have a fantastic day!

Mary, Yvette's Mom

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

An Ode to Mr. Troy Davis - 16 years on Death Row

BUTTS COUNTY, GA - Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, where Mr. Troy Davis is scheduled to be given a lethal injection at 7 pm.


By Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troy Anthony Davis declined to make a recorded statement this afternoon as the clock ticked down toward his execution tonight, a prison official said.

Corrections officers along with Butts County Sheriff deputies stand post at the front gates of the Georgia Diagnostic Prison Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed.

Georgia Department of Corrections Troy Davis, 42, was sentenced to death for the 1989murder of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
View this video tribute to Mr. Troy Davis

SAFETY MATTERS Exploratory Team Welcomes Amara Lang, Honors Student

Amara Lang - Senior, UW-Milwaukee, Major Psychology - High Honors student in two international societies, Golden Key Club and Phi Kappa Phi.

MILWAUKEE - Safety Matters Exploratory Team, welcomes Amara Lang.

Each member of the Safety Matters Exploratory Team is busy with multi-tasking and juggling their personal, academic, employment and volunteer schedules.

Amara is presently working two jobs, volunteer at Aurora Sinai Medical Center and added SM Exploratory team.

She will graduate December 2011. Afterwhich, she will become CNA certified as well as move to England where her future husband is.

Amara is a hard worker and strong advocate for social change.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family.

As a Safety Matters Exploratory Team member, Amara provides research information for the group and CASE Learning (articles, videos, etc.).

Her two most interesting findings so far are:
-- Frontline's A Class Divided video

-- Invisibility Syndrome: A Clinical Model of the Effects of Racism on African-American Males


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Safety Matters Response Network supports Supervisor Biddle's 2012 Youth Task Force

Supervisor Eyon Biddle, Sr. - District 10

MILWAUKEE - In a Letter of Support, Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association said, "My office is in 'full support' of the ideas that were presented in the Press Release. It is definitely needed and would provide on-going connectivity and a voice for neighborhood-level strategic planning, networking and decision making. We welcome the opportunity to participate and support this effort".

Supervisor Eyon Biddle, Sr., in his first term as Supervisor, 10th District, has stepped out with a call for accountability on behalf of elected officials. In his Press Release, he said, “It’s a way to make sure that we, the lawmakers, are held more accountable and pay attention to the needs of our young people. They are our future.” “I want the youth to have ownership of this process. Even if they aren’t yet allowed to vote, they are our constituents and should not be ignored.”

The highlights of his proposed plan are:

• Youth violence prevention
• Parks and recreation activities
• Youth Sports Authority
• Public transit
• Children’s court programming and youth services
• The creation of a youth county government program
• County sponsored youth employment opportunities

Whereas Supervisor Biddle speaks to "youth" - 13-17 years, we support young adults (18-40 years) in the Safety Matters Response Network. The three (3) groups can compliment each other in this effort of youth involvement.

If the full body at the county supports this wonderful idea, it would go into affect January, 2012.

This is a "neighborhood-level" empowerment of youth-teens-young adults in Milwaukee County. Milwaukee Professionals Association supports neighborhood-level engagement and buy-in.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Shacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER , September 19, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street's longest winning streak in more than two months is likely to come to a halt today, based on early action in the futures markets.

Futures and overseas stocks are sliding after EU finance ministers failed to come to any agreement over the weekend about stemming the European debt crisis.

The major U.S. stock averages have a 5-day win streak, and are coming off their biggest weekly gains in 11 weeks.

Those European concerns are having some predictable effects in the markets this morning, with the euro, oil prices, and soft commodity prices falling.

The week starts off with a relatively light day on the economic calendar: the only report of note is the monthly sentiment index from the National Association of Home Builders at 10:00am ET. That index is expected to come in at 15 for September, unchanged from August.

It's also another not-so-busy day on the earnings calendar, with homebuilder Lennar (LEN) the only company of note reporting this morning.

President Obama will officially announce his latest proposals for deficit reduction in a Rose Garden speech at 10:30am ET.

The proposals would cut the deficit by more than $3 trillion over the next decade, but are likely to run into Republican opposition in Congress because parts of the plan call for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

Netflix (NFLX) is a stock to watch this morning, on news that it is separating its DVD and streaming video rental services.

The DVD by mail service will now be known as "Qwikster", while the streaming service will keep the Netflix brand name.

We'll also watch shares of Goodrich (GR), as CNBC's David Faber identifies that company as the target of a possible buyout by United Technologies (UTX).

Boeing (BA) shares bear watching, as the first delivery of its 747-8 freighter is delayed. Boeing says the delay was caused by contract issues with the buyer, Cargolux.

Drugmaker Sanofi (SNY) has won a favorable patent ruling in a New Jersey court in a dispute versus Sun Pharmaceuticals.

And UBS (UBS) has upped its estimate of the losses from unauthorized rogue trades to $2.3 billion from the original $2 billion.

In the news: Fed officials are working on a plan to better explain its economic goals to the public. That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which says Fed chairman Bernanke has asked Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans to work with Vice Chairman Janet Yellen on such a plan.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Retroactive Traumatic Injury Benefits No Longer Just For OEF/OIF Injuries

A message to all members of Dryhootch.org

September 16, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is extending retroactive traumatic injury benefits to Servicemembers who suffered qualifying injuries during the period Oct. 7, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2005, regardless of the geographic location where the injuries occurred.

“Now all of our nation’s Servicemembers who suffered severe traumatic injuries while serving their country can receive the same traumatic injury benefits, regardless of where their injury occurred,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We at VA appreciate the efforts of Congress and the President to improve benefits for our troops.”

Effective Oct. 1, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Traumatic Injury Protection benefit, known as TSGLI, will be payable for all qualifying injuries incurred during this period. This retroactive benefit is payable whether or not the Servicemember had SGLI coverage at the time of the injury.

The Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2010, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in October of 2010, removes the requirement that injuries during this period be incurred in Operations Enduring or Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). This is welcome news for the many Servicemembers who suffered serious traumatic injuries while serving stateside or in other areas outside of OEF/OIF during this time period, but until now have not been eligible for TSGLI.

TSGLI provides a payment ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to Servicemembers sustaining certain severe traumatic injuries resulting in a range of losses, including amputations; limb salvage; paralysis; burns; loss of sight, hearing or speech; facial reconstruction; 15-day continuous hospitalization; coma; and loss of activities of daily living due to traumatic brain injury or other traumatic injuries.

National Guard and Reserve members who were injured during the retroactive period and suffered a qualifying loss are also eligible for a TSGLI payment, even if the cause was not related to military service, such as a civilian automobile accident or severe injury which occurred while working around their home.

National Guard and Reserve members make up more than 40 percent of the total force which has been deployed since 9-11. Those who are no longer in the National Guard or Reserves can also apply as long as their injury occurred while they were in service.

“I am extremely pleased that these total force warriors who defend our freedoms are getting the recognition and benefits they have rightfully earned in service to our nation,” added Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey.

VA is working with the Department of Defense to publicize this change in the TSGLI law. Additionally, all of the branches of service are identifying any claims previously denied because the injury was not incurred in OEF/OIF and reaching out to those individuals.

Although applications are currently being accepted by branch of service TSGLI offices, benefits will not be paid until Oct. 1, 2011, the effective date of the law.

For more information or to apply for a TSGLI payment, Servicemembers and Veterans should go to http://www.insurance.va.gov/sgliSite/TSGLI/TSGLI.htm or contact their branch of service TSGLI Office (contact information available at above link).

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Milwaukee Professionals Association supports DRYHOOTCH.ORG, a neighborhood-level organization.

CNBC.com - Friday Morning Brief, September 16, 2011

U.S. stocks are coming off their first four-day win streak since the end of August - and trying for the first five-day streak since the beginning of July.

Futures, however, are pointing in a different direction, at least for now, and investors also have the potential volatility of quadruple witching Friday.

That simultaneous expiration of various options and futures contracts happens on the third Friday of the third month of every quarter.

After an extremely busy day for economic reports on Thursday, just one of note today: the University of Michigan issues its preliminary consumer sentiment index for September, expected to come in at 57.0, up from the final August reading of 55.7.
The earnings calendar is virtually empty today, though we're only a few weeks away from third quarter earnings season.

Texas Instruments (TXN) is a stock to watch today, as the chipmaker announces a 31% increase in its quarterly dividend.

Research in Motion (RIMM) was the lone company of note to release earnings after the bell Thursday, with its quarterly numbers falling short of estimates.

Goldman Sachs (GS) will be shutting down its $1.6 billion Global Alpha fund following hefty losses this year.

Gannett (GCI) also makes our watch list, following news that chairman and CEO Craig Dubow will take a medical leave of absence for the second time in three years.
Investors are again watching developments out of Europe regarding the debt crisis, and specifically Poland today, where Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is meeting with Euro zone finance ministers.

The euro is slipping this morning on profit taking, after getting a spark on news of new central bank liquidity measures on Thursday.

Analysts are expecting UBS (UBS) to cut back on its investment banking business, following news of a $2 billion rogue trading loss.

Separately, the Wall Street Journal reports that it was risk control officers at UBS who discovered the unauthorized trades allegedly made by employee Kweku Adoboli.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Larson Weekly Report - September 15, 2011

Senator Chris Larson - 7th District

September 15, 2011

Q&A for ID Voting Restrictions Now Available

Scott Walker and Republican legislators recently enacted some of the most restrictive ID requirements for voters in the country. These restrictions will go into effect for the Spring 2012 Primary.

I have included a handout to provide you with updated information on some of the most common questions asked by Wisconsinites with regards to the new ID requirement for voters. To view this Q&A document, please CLICK HERE.

Resources for Improving Your Energy Efficiency

With energy costs continuously rising, it is important now more than ever for individuals and local businesses to learn what they can do to become more energy efficient. Increased energy efficiency at work and at home will not only help to safeguard our environment, but also be advantageous for those hoping to save their hard-earned money. I have included resources in our community that may be able to assist you or your business in achieving this goal.

Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Program (Me²)
Me² is a federally funded program to help City of Milwaukee homeowners and businesses finance energy efficiency upgrades to their properties. Me² makes it easy and affordable to make energy saving upgrades such as insulation, air sealing, new heating equipment and lighting. With Me², you can pay for your upgrades as you save on your energy bills, and in most cases with no money down. Me² helps you:

-- Increase comfort and safety
-- Get the facts about your home or business
-- Find personalized, budget-conscious solutions
-- Do your part for the environment

For more information about this neighborhood program, please CLICK HERE.

MATC Business Energy Audits
MATC will be conducting FREE Energy Audits for businesses as part of their Green Corridor development program. This is a great opportunity for businesses to learn how they can be more environmentally friendly and also save money on their day-to-day operations. Audits will be conducted with instructors guiding students between September 15 and October 15. Audits could include:

-- Energy audits based on the needs of the business
-- System trouble shooting for measuring electrical, lighting temperature and relative humidity
-- Lighting level survey
-- Set-up energy tracking
-- Assist with LEED certification

If your business is interested, please contact Ted Wilinski, the Sustainable Facilities Management Instructor at MATC, by phone at (414) 571-4570.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Editorial by Mg - Mary Glass, September 14, 2011 - Milwaukee's Revolts/Protests in Violence CASE LEARNING

L-R; Pemba Mwepu, Brandon Methu, Micala Queary, Rick Banks
Second Row: James Methu

September 14, 2011

by: Mary Mg Glass

So often we find this-n-that in our public square that is offensive, counter to harmony of the people, love-for-one-another, and how much we really are so blessed but have the many overlays of the world that causes us to lose our way in building a better place for ALL to live. For certain, if you have not completed maturity or the 25-year mark, your brain has not reached the acceptable level of critical thinking for risk. Nevertheless, you should know right-from-wrong.

For a vast population, too often privilege has turned into greed, into arrogance, into expected advantage, into thought-of-as a “right”. The ME-ME blinders. It is thinking that the world is made only for me and those I care for.

It is as if WE have another option of a place to live other than Earth – that WE are above everyone else, that includes the disasters of Mother Nature and the evils of cancer and other debilitating diseases that WILL take you out of here no matter what is in your bank account or what public title you hold or have held. It is if though we think we can escape death.

For so many, they have been disenfranchised for most of their lives and for the most part given up HOPE and just seek survival day-to-day.

Each day, I am called to Channel development (re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping) to replace “enduring concentrated poverty” in the City of Milwaukee with a bottom-up NEW Middle Class of “critical mass” made-up of hidden talent, emerging markets and submerging markets at the neighborhood level. It requires that I get up every day, touch base with my maker for guidance and hit-the-floor running/working as smart as I can to make me, those I work with, those my office represents/work for and the public square better.

Since creating the ALL HANDS ON DECK Initiative, January 23, 2010, it is with vigor that re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping over a half-million Milwaukeeans from Enduring Concentrated Poverty is a daily focus of Milwaukee Professionals Association/MPA.

New Phenomenon
One of MPA’s “re-defining”, “re-branding” and “un–trapping” efforts that is “morphing” into another stage of channel development calls upon service by hidden talent, especially at the neighborhood-level.

We will look at the WHY – the cause/effect/behavior/wellness of the recent and not so recent/reoccurring, “Revolts/Protests in Violence” through CASE LEARNING with an emphasis on evidentiary research.

The public square issue of Revolts/Protests in Violence is a phenomenon seen globally. This year the push has been so great that entire leaderships of countries have collapsed as a result of the citizenry seeking revolts/protests – all with violence of some kind. Whereas we will look at Revolts/Protests in other countries, our main focus is that of Milwaukee and other cities in America.

Caught by surprise
The violent disturbances appear to be pre-planned – word-of-mouth and through some media. The grouped behavior is done in a FLASH of moments in the public square, largely urban cities. The participants are predominately African American.

It has caught us by surprise. WHY? Since the environmental hypotheses are many, MPA Safety Matters Response Network and MPA Safety Matters Exploratory Team will work on creating a well-thought out argument/debate for presenting to the public square for problem solving. We will have it ready for the 2012 Election campaign for support by those who want to be elected or re-elected.

The fact that there are individuals injured – wounded, offended and have loss of retail, the clamor has escalated. Additionally, since Caucasians and business owners are often the ones injured in these “flash events”; we have seen an outcry of demonstrative anger, fear and punitive responses from our elected officials and others. For the long-haul, for sustainability, this will not solve the problem.

Yes. There are problems.
Since we live in an environment that grows further and further from what we say verses what we do, we send many messages that come back to haunt us.

Since we have tales of two cities in a city – haves/have nots and racial/segregation/discrimination – by design enduring concentrated poverty that have robbed families of their male and female head-of-household as well as rightful assets. For generations a lack of quality of life issues (family supporting jobs, education/technology attainment, affordable housing, by design contributors to crime) as well as human-legal-civil rights that create a framework of the culture of fairness has left the citizenry of Milwaukee and like urban environments in disarray for the last 50 years.

As a civilized society, we owe the public square more than angered epithets, broad brushing racial stereotypes, blaming parents - especially the “single-parent”, posturing, ducking accountability and a host of “holier than thou” comments that fuel the fire.

My office sees this phenomenon as an opportunity to address the phenomenon with the capable engagement of youth-teens-young adults and older adults in MPA TOP-of-the-Line CASE LEARNING.

l-r: Pemba Mwepu, James Methu, Brandon Methu, Micala Queary, Rick Banks CLICK PHOTO for enlargement.

As a matter of fact, we are enthusiastically engaging “hidden talent” in the recently created MPA Safety Matters Exploratory Team. Our bright, set-to-go Charter team members are:

-- Pemba Mwepu - Senior, Human Resources Management and Finance, International student from Africa - UW-Milwaukee

-- Micala Queary - BA Mass Media Arts - Public Relations Graduate, Clark Atlanta University

-- Rick Banks - Political Science Major, Speaker of the Senate, UW-Milwaukee

-- Brandon Methu - Economics Major, Senate Chair - Diversity and Inclusion Council, UW-Milwaukee

-- James Methu - Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual Insurance.

Their focus/MISSION: Leadership-Citizenship and Problem Solving.

They will be CASE LEARNING trained; they will train others, lead problem solving groups, do research-outreach-recruitment, create videos, public service announcements and a documentary. They will also organize the Annual 2012 Safety Matters Diversity Conference.

Safety Matters Exploratory Team
We started Saturday, September 10, 2011. Our first data practitioner facilitator was WI Public Defender, Tom Reed from Milwaukee. His holistic talk was most informative, concrete and state-of-the-art with age-specific data, cost, ideas, marketplace trends, comparative analogies, and present research for background. His engagement and extended services of his office and his staff to our Exploratory Team was refreshing and supportive.

We look forward to many hours over the next 8 months to create avenues of re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping opportunities to address the growing crisis of Revolts/Protests in Violence.

Get involved
The Safety Matters Response Network calls for a core team consisting of youth-teen-young adult leaders in the City of Milwaukee working with a sponsor group. The sponsor groups are identified as:

-- a parent
-- a neighborhood block club
-- a neighborhood association
-- a church organization
--a school, or
-- an organization that receive government funding on behalf of Milwaukeeans.

Baseline requirements of a SPONSOR is to ensure that there is neighborhood-level outreach, in-house education and training for the youth-teen-young adult representative, facilitating meetings, built-in chaperones, marketing, assisted fundraising (per decision of SMRN), encouragement and engagement of principled-centered leadership AND collaboration for Annual Diversity Conference.

Data Facilitator
Practitioner Facilitators are sought to provide core information to address legal, health-medical-human services, economics, employment, neighborhood-level entrepreneurship and media communications. We seek journalists, financial analysts, educators, researchers, engineers, architects, artists, videographers, motion picture creators, producers, choregraphers, graphic designers, outdoor advertisers, mass transit administrators, taxi company owners, bike company owners, car dealer owners, retail store management (laptops), school bus owners, computer information structuring and programming experts.

We Call for ALL HANDS on DECK. Let us know you are out there – ask questions, offer your hand. Help make the City a better place.


Our next SATURDAY TALK - September 24, 2011 - UW-Milwaukee, 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Go to CLICK for information and signing up.
Email: mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com

Ms. Angola - Leila Lopes and National dress reflects growing global population

This year's Ms. Universe is Leila Lopes from Benguela, Angola (Africa). She is the first Angolan to win the title. The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine and the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil.


Ms. Lopes, born Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopesis, is a 25 year-old business management student studying in Great Britain.

Leila Lopes won the title of Miss Universe in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. She won out of 88 contestants. She is the 60th title holder and the second African of African decent to win the title. She makes the fourth winner from Africa.

Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes wants to help her native Angola further escape a history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe.

The final question was: Which of her physical traits she would like to change, she said she'd prefer to stay as she is. "Thank God I'm very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn't change a thing," she said. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."

Ms. Angola Leila Lopes and the "Nation as Dress" costumes represented the dominate cultures and beauty of women of color at the 2011 universe contest. Sea shells and corral was the theme of her dress.

Judging by the commentator's disrespectful comments to describe Ms. Lopes as she walked down the runway, as if she was a Caucasian woman; and, for blogger William Adam, Times News Feed, to describe the parade of national dress as tacky speaks to the growth needed for those only accustomed and expecting (seemingly) for a Caucasian only or Caucasian dominate environment. It says alsi that those of us of Color must market as often as possible to re-brand, re-define images that are not worthy.

The best national costume was won by Miss Panama, Sheldry Saez.
Attached is a clip of National dress by William Lee Adam - Adams decribed as "tacky" national dress.

I found the outfits beautiful, exotic and creative - some more than others - but all different and national.

What do you think? CLICK

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bartiromo's Weekly Brief - September 13, 2011

Reactions to Obama’s Jobs Plan

In This Week’s Brief
•Wrapping up August
•Maria’s Most Popular
•Poll: Will Jobs Act Work?

President Obama had a significant challenge laid before him during his speech to Congress last Thursday: to find a plan that was bold enough to bring some confidence back to the country without unrealistic spending that would further hamstring the economy. At the same time, the plan could not be so austere that it would be mere half-measures that would not, in the end, accomplish much.

The President’s proposal was the American Jobs Act, a $447 billion combination of tax breaks and stimulus monies that is hoped will spark the U.S. economy in the short term and grow in the long term.

I spoke with General Electric CEO and head of the President's Economic Advisory Board Jeff Immelt after the speech, and he was generally pleased with the message he heard. I have been writing for many weeks now how business leaders I talk to have been very resistant to investing in new jobs or factories because Washington has not given them a clear understanding of how they planned to shape rules on key issues like taxes, healthcare costs and government regulation. Immelt thinks this plan could be the beginning of getting Americans’ confidence back in the markets.

But in Washington, the devil is in the details, and few plans by one party are accepted whole cloth without some input from the opposition party. And that will likely occur with this act, as well. The question will be if traders believe the act can actually get through this Congress or whether it will get torn to shreds on its way. The money managers and corporate leaders I talk to won't switch from trading to investing until these words become actions.

Two of the most popular aspects of the plan with some of the leaders I talked to were Obama’s proposal to cut payroll taxes for employees and employers, and a tax holiday for small businesses for hiring new employees beginning October 1. This is one of the biggest-ticket items of the plan and is meant to have a quick effect on the economy.

The other item was more broadly alluded to, but Obama spoke of tax reform, essentially eliminating loopholes in the tax laws so that corporations and individuals pay their share, without punishing any class of taxpayer. Many experts believe that would have the effect of lowering corporate taxes but increasing tax revenue, since many large corporations pay little or no taxes because of the subsidies, tax breaks and loopholes that have built up in the tax system.

To that end, on Thursday, I spoke with CIT Group Chairman and CEO John Thain about the economy. His firm is a leading lender to small- and mid-sized businesses, and he observed that his clients’ businesses that generate two-thirds of the jobs in the U.S. economy are being constrained by the issues that Obama addressed, particularly tax reform.

This is good news because from the impression the market got from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech at the Economic Club of Minneapolis earlier Thursday, the Fed is out of bullets. Bernanke has been intimating for weeks now that monetary policy has done all it can do and it’s up to Washington to change the fiscal dynamics of the economy.

There were some on Wall Street who were hopeful that Bernanke was going to lean more toward language that kept the door open on a QE3 package to pump up the economy. When that message wasn’t communicated, the major indexes sold off.

Individual investors in the U.S. continue to move to the safety of dividend-paying stocks, while growth prospects here and abroad remain uncertain and the challenges to growth are more numerous than their solutions at this point.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, September 12, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The weekend was apparently not the pause that refreshes for Wall Street: U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a sharply lower open, following Friday's more than 300 point loss for the Dow.

Stocks have fallen in five of the past six sessions, and fresh worries about a Greek debt default are weighing heavily on global investors sentiment this morning.
There's no economic data on the calendar to either allay investors fears - or make them worse.

The only calendar item of note is the Treasury's auction of $32 billion in 3-year notes, with the results available shortly after 1pm ET. The earnings calendar is similarly empty.

European bank stocks that trade in the U.S. will be worth watching today, as they come under pressure from worries about European debt.
Among them: Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HBC), and Barclays (BCS).

Wynn Resorts (WYNN) may also be a stock to watch today, as its Macau unit gets its first approval for a new billion dollar casino.

Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) may be volatile again this week, amid rumors of a possible sale, and concerns about its future if there is no sale.
Over the weekend, recently fired CEO Carol Bartz resigned from Yahoo's board of directors.

And we'll also watch shares of Transatlantic Holdings (TRH) and Allied World Assurance (AWH), as proxy advisory firm ISS recommends investors vote against the proposed deal. Amazon.com (AMZN) is said to be in talks with magazine and newspaper publishers about tablet content.

That's according to the Wall Street Journal, and comes ahead of Amazon's launch of its own tablet device to compete with Apple's iPad.

President Obama plans to send his $447 billion jobs bill to Congress today, and will make a Rose Garden statement urging swift passage for the bill.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Safety Matters Response Network Exploratory Team adds 3 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students to its "Leadership - Citizenship - Problem Solving"

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Professionals Association opens the door to its Exploratory Team of the Safety Matters Response Network/SMRN with the welcomed surprise of Pemba Mwepu, Rick Banks and Brandon Methu.

They are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students majoring in Human Resources Management and Finance, Political Science and Economics respectively. Two are also members of the UW-Milwaukee Senate – Methu is Chair – Diversity and Inclusion Council and Banks is the Speaker of the Senate. Mwepu is an International African student, presently with an intern program with Johnson Control.

Banks and Methu are from Milwaukee and attended public schools.

“It was both a welcomed surprise and timely to meet these three university students who get it”, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association. “Right away the synergy was in place and their progressive, ready-to-assist and knowledgeable demeanor for leadership was evident. “We know that there are others that we will link with and move to re-define, re-brand and un-trap hidden talents from the City of Milwaukee.”

Their first meeting as members of the Exploratory Team of SMRN is Saturday, September 10, 2011, UW-Milwaukee Union, 2200 E. Kenwood, 1st Floor, Room 191, 1:15pm to 3:15pm. The meeting is open to the public.

On-line Registration: CLICK

The SMRN Exploratory Team will address the first CASE Learning for public square discourse in problem solving.

The Case: Revolts/Protests in Violence.
This is a PROACTIVE way to bring leadership, innovation, reform and problem solving to the public square table for the BP, State Fair, Mayfair and Bayshore incidents. CASE Learning approach is the brainchild of Mary Glass.

The members of the SMRN Exploratory Team, of which Banks, Methu and Mwepu are now members, will look at CASE data-situations, strategies, mindsets and opportunities for the BIG PICTURE along with others in the group that are youth-teens-young adults, older adults, sponsors and practitioners the next two months.

They are joined on September 10, 2011 by WI Public Defender Tom Reed, Milwaukee for CASE data.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ryan, Cantor, Boehner, Sessions, McConnell, etc. - View "The Help" for why Medicare and entitlements are needed for African Americans in America

Cast: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia L. Spencer, Jessica Chastain

Director: Tate Taylor

USA - House of Representative and Senate - September 8, 2011

"The Help" is a movie that addresses the great "divider", "conductor" and disfranchiser: Discrimination.

I would suggest that Minnie, the African American Maid, strikes the nail on the head when she corrects a statement by one of the Caucasian women, "Oh Minnie, I 'm going to give you a paid vacation" - the truth is what Minnie says, "I ain't never had a paid vacation in my life".

The Culture
For many or MOST of the members of the United States Senate and House of Representative that are of the age bracket of the 1960's, they benefitted BIG TIME just as the movie states and implies - so have their children' children.

They did not give a hoot about Minnie, the other women who had families and who came year-after-year, working long hours with little to very little pay; but, took care of them, their families and their parents.

African Americans were not allowed to go to school and obtain an education or work for comparable wages as did Caucasians. So, where were they suppose to get money for retirement, savings, 401k, bonds, and the like for the NOW 65 year old - or more?

Page from RacismFor Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Jeff Sessions and the others to speak the way they do about those of us that are in poverty; when their parents, relatives and/or associates' racist behavior caused millions to be disadvantaged financially, it speaks loudly to their disinguousness.

WI Representative Paul Ryan at 16 years old became the recipient of Social Security - an entitlement. It helped to protect him at a vulnerable time - he is one of the main ones, talking "trash".

Taken from PoliticusUSA
When Representative Paul Ryan was 16 years old , tragedy struck his family. His 55 year old father had passed away from a heart attack. Young Paul Ryan found his father’s lifeless body and was burdened by the fact that he had to tell his mother and siblings of this horrible situation. Rep. Ryan's father was an attorney.

After his father’s passing, young Paul Ryan started collecting social security benefits until the age of 18 years old. For MORE PoliticusUSA

The Media must help hold them accountable by checking their background for past and present behavior patterns and benefits.

We, The People, especially African American must be about the business of correction. And, that does not mean elimination of Medicare, Medicaid - Social Security for those Americans that are in-need.

Take a look at the many "clips" for perspective and one of the revealing truths of how a race of people in the USA have been; and, some are yet being treated.

The Help

Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER, September 8, 2011

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

U.S. stocks are coming off September's first positive session - with the Dow chalking up its fourth biggest gain of the year. It was the Dow's 17th triple-digit move - either up or down - in the past 22 sessions, highlighting just how volatile the market has been.

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke will be in the spotlight during the trading day, as he speaks before the U.S. Economic Club of Minnesota at 1:30pm ET. Investors will be listening, as usual, for clues about further help from the Fed in stimulating the economy. That comes ahead of President Obama's prime time speech on the economy and job creation, set for 7pm before a joint session of Congress.

While investors await Bernanke and the President, the economic calendar has a number of key events to watch, starting with interest rate decisions from the Bank of England (7am ET) and the European Central Bank (745am ET).

At 8:30am ET, the Labor Department is out with its weekly report on initial jobless claims, with economists looking for 410,000 new claims, slightly higher than last week's 409,000 reading. Also at 8:30am, the government is out with trade deficit figures for July, with consensus forecasts calling for a trade gap of $51.0 billion, down from June's $53.1 billion. And at 3pm ET, July consumer credit figures are expected to show an increase of $6.0 billion, compared to June's $15.5 billion expansion.

The Energy Department is out with its holiday-delayed weekly report on oil and gasoline inventories at 11am ET. Its regular Thursday report on natural gas supplies will be issued at its regular time of 10:30am ET.

VeriFone Systems (PAY) could be a stock to watch today, as it will replace Timberland (TBL) in the S&P MidCap 400 index next week. Timberland is in the process of being acquired by VF Corp. (VFC). We'll also watch Pall Corp. (PLL), which fell about 5% in after-hours trading after preannouncing fiscal fourth quarter earnings that were below Street estimates.

Insurer Penn Millers (PMIC) is being acquired by larger rival ACE Ltd. (ACE) for $20.50 in cash, a 26 percent premium to Penn Millers' Tuesday closing price of $16.30. And gun maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) reported an 87% drop in fiscal first quarter profit, with the company cutting its full year sales outlook. Shares were down about 5% in the after-hours session.

Amazon.com (AMZN) has cut a deal with California lawmakers to delay collection of sales taxes on internet transactions. The tentative deal allows Amazon to stop collecting those taxes until at least September 2012, although it will eventually do so.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Meet Robert "BIKO" Baker - Executive Director, League of Young Voters - Milwaukee

League of Young Voters
Rob "Biko" Baker is a nationally recognized hip-hop organizer, journalist, activist and scholar.

In Milwaukee, he has organized hip-hop town hall meetings and mobilized young people to participate in civic life. On September 3, 2011, he was the Moderator for an Inter-generational Dialogue, sponsored by the League of Young Voters. It was held at Urban Underground, 4850 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee, WI.

Baker has served as the deputy publicity coordinator and young voter organizer for the Brown and Black Presidential Forum.

He was also lead organizer for Slam Bush, a nationwide voter mobilization project using rap and poetry.

In 2006, Baker developed the League of Young Voters training program, which prepares the next generation of activists to make long-term commitments to local organizing.

Baker is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, a frequent contributor to The Source, and serves on WireTap's editorial board.

Milwaukee Professionals Association supports League of Young Voters, a Neighborhood-level organization. Biko is hometown "hidden talent".

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Alvin Ailey Dancers - Move to the Front of the Line

Move to the Front of the Line

Become a Friend of Alvin Ailey with a gift of $150 or more and enjoy priority seating for our NY City Center season (Nov 30-Jan 1)*, 2 free open rehearsal passes, and more.

*Priority seating must be ordered by Oct 14.

Ailey Remembers 9/11
The Ailey Company will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as part of two memorial concerts on Sept. 10 & 11, featuring Matthew Rushing in Mr. Ailey's "A Song for You" from Love Songs.

September 11 Commemorative Performance
An Evening of Dance and Music presented by The Joyce Theater
The Joyce Theater Foundation will present two free performances on September 10 and 11 at 5pm in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.

This special event will feature performances by the Limón Dance Company with Voices of Ascension; the Paul Taylor Dance Company with Orchestra of St. Luke’s; a solo by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Matthew Rushing; a world premiere by Jessica Lang Dance; and more to be announced.


Reynolds - You have a right to record the police - The Examiner Washington

Tiawanda Moore, Chicago, IL

September 4, 2011

"Our SATURDAY TALK Case Learning has another Case topic thanks to the state-of-the-art Safety Matters Response Network ON-LINE THINK TANK FACEBOOK friend, Stephanie Findley, said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association.

SMRN Facebook website.

Under the ALL Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative, Milwaukee Professionals Association, the overarching theme is: Re-defining, Re-branding and Un-Trapping over a half-million Milwaukeeans.

Recently, All Hands on Deck, launched the Safety Matters Response Network/SMRN to address proactively safety prevention and safety intervention issue. Its formation was a direct creation due to the BP Service Station, State Fair, Mayfair and Bayshore incidents.

It is a PROACTIVE look and discourse with SOLUTIONS in mind. Solutions through problem solving at the "neighborhood-level". Consequently, SATURDAY TALK was created as the action-forum with youth-teen-young adult-adults-practitioners-sponsors.

This will create a NEW topic for CASE LEARNING for Milwaukeeans at SATURDAY TALK.

It is:
-- Law Enforcement - Safety Preventions and Interventions - case study, topics, articles, reports, videos for sharing proactive case learning discourse and presentation to neighborhood level stakeholders and elected/appointed/hired/ volunteered stakeholders for improving the image and Code of Conduct of our law enforcement.

The beginning Case Learning comes from a post, September 4, 2011, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds Special to the Examiner - "You have a right to record the police"

Chicago, IL - Tiawanda Moore had made a sexual harassment complaint against a Chicago patrolman. When she was visited by police Internal Affairs officers who tried to persuade her to drop the charge, she recorded the audio using her Blackberry. Though the audio reflected rather poorly on the Internal Affairs officers, the response of the Chicago state's attorney was to act not against the offending officers, but against Ms. Moore, charging her with “wiretapping.”

After the tape was played, the jury took less than an hour to return a verdict of not guilty. "When we heard that, everyone (on the jury) just shook their head," said one juror interviewed afterward. "If what those two investigators were doing wasn't criminal, we felt it bordered on criminal, and she had the right to record it.”

For more, "You have a right to record the police"

Milwaukee Professionals Association Introduces CASE LEARNING in Saturday Talk

SATURDAY TALK - September 10, 2011
UW-Milwaukee - Union Building
2200 E. Kenwood
1:15pm - 3:00pm

Theme: "PROACTIVITY DISCOURSE for Revolts/Protests in Violence"
Invited Participants: youth-teen-young adult-adults

Guest Facilitator: Attorney Tom Reed, WI State Public Defenders Office Head of Criminal Office - Milwaukee



Schacknow - TODAY'S PRIMER

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk


After two upbeat Septembers, the month is reverting back to historical form this year as the year's worst performing month: the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq have all posted their biggest 2-session drops to start September since 1974. Today's early action isn't likely to be much better, following a European market selloff Monday during Wall Street's Labor Day holiday. Japan's Nikkei Averages fell 2.2% overnight to close at a 2011 low.

Only one major economic report appears on today's schedule, and even an upbeat performance may not be enough to turn around negative market sentiment. The Institute for Supply Management will issue its August non-manufacturing index at 10am ET, measuring the strength of the U.S. services economy. Consensus forecasts call for a reading of 51.3, compared to July's 52.7. The earnings calendar is also extremely light today as U.S. investors return from the holiday weekend.

The U.S. treasury market is especially worth watching today, after the yield on the benchmark 10-year note dipped to 1.91%, the lowest in at least 60 years. The yield is only marginally above that level at the moment. Ditto for the currency markets, after the Swiss National Bank surprised traders by setting a minimum exchange rate of 1.20 Swiss francs to the euro. That's helped send the euro to a seven-week low against the dollar before the single currency rebounded - and also helped push gold prices down more than 2% after the metal hit another record high prior to the Swiss action.

The crude oil market - not to be left out of today's turbulence - is being pushed lower by worries about the world economy, though traders are also keeping track of limited Gulf of Mexico oil production due to Tropical Storm Lee.

Dell (DELL) and Baidu (BIDU) could be stocks to watch today, as Dell announces a partnership to develop tablet computers and mobile handsets. We'll also watch bank stocks such as Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and others, as the FHFA sues 17 firms in all over mortgage-related losses. The news of the suit had been widely reported during the trading day on Friday, though not confirmed until after the closing bell.

Monday, September 5, 2011

LARSON Weekly REPORT - September 1, 2011

State Senator Chris Larson - 7th District

Community Meeting on Economic Development

Wednesday, September 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
I encourage you to actively participate in the economic development of our community by attending a neighborhood meeting this upcoming Wednesday at the Cudahy Family Library. Representatives from the cities of St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Cudahy and Oak Creek as well as Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation will be in attendance to discuss their current development efforts. This forum is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more and provide feedback about future planning in Milwaukee County, including the Hoan Bridge Repair, Aerotropolis, and other important community issues.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like additional information or have questions about the event.

Cudahy Family Library, Winter Garden Meeting Room (MAP)
3500 Library Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110


With Interns from the Spring 2011 Semester

Intern at the Capitol

I currently have an opening for a legislative intern in my Madison office. A legislative internship is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn more about the legislative process while gaining practical work experience.

Intern responsibilities vary, but include policy research, summarizing proposed legislation, and responding to constituent inquires. All interns also assist with general office operations, including answering the phone.

Applicants must be able to work during normal business hours, and dedicate a minimum of 10 hours each week to the internship. All intern positions are unpaid.

To apply for an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume electronically to Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov or mail them to Wisconsin State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707.

SMRN - Safety Matters Response Network expands outreach with SATURDAY TALK & FACEBOOK

Milwaukee Professionals Association releases another expansion of ALL Hands on Deck, WE, Not Me Initiative: SAFETY MATTERS RESPONSE NETWORK.

Safety Matters Response Network has launched:
SATURDAY TALK - a Case Learning Forum for problem solving. The first "Case" is the Revolts/Protests in Violence of youth/teens/young adults

Facebook page - www.facebook.com/safetymattersresponsenetwork

Case Study

Saturday TALK utilizes the magic of people-to-people augment based on experience, common sense and supplementary information.

The stakeholders are:
--young adults

Our next session is: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 1:15pm - 3:15pm
University of WI-Milwaukee, Union Building.

Guest Facilitator/Practitioner is:
Attorney Tom Reed
WI Public Defender's Office.

You are welcome.

To register go to: CLICK

Bartiromo's Investor Brief - Labor Day

Labor Day - September 5, 2011

I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day weekend. I'm finishing up some nice vacation time and getting ready to return to what promises to be a busy and important month of September.

Many investors think the real test for the market begins this week when Wall Street returns to work. As we have talked about for some time now, business leaders and institutional players I speak with continue to express their lack of conviction in the market because there is no leadership or cohesive plan from Washington. People are trading on news, and big corporations aren't investing for the long-term because they don't know what the tax, regulatory and economic environment will ultimately look like.

The market finished a very volatile August with a few up days early last week, but Thursday and Friday were down on renewed concerns about the health of the economy. Friday's employment report showed that job growth remains weak. There was essentially no growth in August, and the overall unemployment rate stayed at 9.1%.

The lack of job creation remains a primary concern, and that leads us right to a couple of big events to watch in September. One of them is this week. On Thursday, President Obama is scheduled to speak to Congress to present his plan to rev up the economy and spark job growth. And then two weeks later, everyone will be watching the Federal Reserve's meeting and whether another round of quantitative easing is launched.

September is shaping up to be a critical month in the markets. I will be following these stories extremely closely and let you know what I'm hearing.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

Add a Jicama Salad to Labor Day Meal

Jicama (pronounced HICK-ah-mah) is a crispy, sweet, edible root that resembles a turnip in physical appearance, although the plants are not related. Jicama has been cultivated in South America for centuries, and the vegetable is quite popular in Mexican cuisine. Jicama has a unique flavor that lends itself well to salads, salsas, and vegetable platters.

Jicama salads are usually prepared with julienned jicama a little thicker than what I have shown here. They are best for salad cut with a "mandoline vegetable cutter". The smaller and thinner slices makes eating better.

1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped
1 navel orange, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup lime juice
Pinch of cayenne
Pinch of paprika

1/2 avocado chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil

1. Toss together the jicama, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, orange, and cilantro in a large serving bowl. Pour lime juice over all. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne and paprika. Season generously with salt.

2. Let sit a half an hour before serving.

Serves 4.

Friday, September 2, 2011


HORTON HEARS A WHO was adopted by Campaign Neighborhood - CFNBA - April 30, 2008.

An effort of endurance and determination

Thanks to dialog with '''Ms. Avis Nichols''', New York Life agent, we have adopted the "Horton Hears A Who"' Philosophy for the 5-Year Signature Plan Stakeholders Alliance and Milwaukee Professionals Association.

It is an All-for-one and One-for-all "commitment.''

Essentially, it says if there is to be success, we will need to speak up and speak out in a single LOUD VOICE, to be heard.

CAMPAIGN NEIGHBORHOOD - CFNBA has taken on the role of "Horton" and the "Whos" are ALL Milwaukeeans, especially People of Color and the Working Poor - young, senior, fixed-income, disabled, retired, un-employed, under-employed, family member, re-entry citizen from incarceration, W-2 recipient, college graduate, boy-girl scouts, honor students, dropout student, teen parent, property owner, veteran, homeless, sick-and-shut in, sports enthusiast, business owner, minister, church member, school parent, school staff, block watcher, safety officer, poll watcher and on and on.

It says, no one can speak for you like you with the Whos.
It says if you are the chosen leader, spokesperson, representative, you must have the assurance that you have the backing of the many; and, understand that your journey on behalf of the many can and often will be fraught with challenges.

It is then, that determination, commitment and passion kicks into over-drive and the "All-for-one and One-for all" is bench-marked. It is where the line of responsibility, moral will and authenticity takes form and success is born time-and-time after time.

Horton Hears A Who is taken from the 1954 Dr. Seuss story of Horton Hears A Who.

REPURPOSING - Re-defining, Re-branding and Un-trapping Milwaukeeans at the neighborhood level

On August 27, 2011, Milwaukee Professionals Association launched Safety Matters Response Network SATURDAY TALK, a re-visit to WHY.

It is centered around bringing a PROACTIVE approach to the forefront from the recent and not-so-recent revolt/protests in violence by youth-teens-young adults.

The CASE Learning of Saturday Talk is a venture into some of what HORTON and the WHOS went through. WHY?

Starting September 10, 2011, we will start the first team out in discovery. We will look at the "legal" end from the public defender's office. The legal guest facilitator is: Attorney Tom Reed - Head of the Criminal Office of WI Public Defender's office.

We look forward to excitement, case study, intelligent commenting and evaluation of opinions and facts.

Epistemology - WHY?
The story (Horton Hears a Who) raises questions about the nature of human knowledge and what is necessary to justify a claim to have knowledge of something. These issues are discussed in the philosophical field of epistemology.

Epistemology investigates the theory of knowledge; specifically, its origin and nature. We may know something but sometimes find it difficult to explain why; we may know something to be true when others know it to be false. Epistemology engages in trying to help us explain why and how we identify our knowledge.

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