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Thursday, August 27, 2015

SATURDAY TALK - Informed Decision Making and Networking - August 29, 2015

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City Center Milwaukee - Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is in HIGH gear of sharing information that is media focused for more Informed Decision Making and networking of the residential and commercial stakeholders that attend SATURDAY TALK.

SATURDAY TALK is in its 2nd year at Center Street Library in AMANI/METCALFE Country.

The neighborhood was chosen because of the decades of outreach by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO/CVO, MPA LLC, for neighborhood strategic planning and advocacy for human-civil-legal rights in the public square.  

SATURDAY TALK is DESIGNED to encourage the use and growth of Center Street Library as a major public depository of information and the neighborhood source for Information Technology/IT.  It is also to take aim at the 53206 Incarceration focus and Flemers Chaney Correctional Institution located in the Amani and Metcalfe areas.

Glass created the forum at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2010-11 to inform young college academics of Color, domestic and international, about the Urban environment of Milwaukee, strategic planning with IT as a focus, volunteerism; and, the importance of leadership.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Election 2016 - Call-4-Action in MILWAUKEE

Upcoming Election Dates
Election Day Voting Hours: 7:00 A.M. -  8:00 P.M.

Spring Primary - Tuesday, February 16, 2016
  • January 27th - Last day to register to vote by mail.*
  • February 1st - First day for In-Person Absentee Voting (Location to be determined)
  • February 11th - Last day (5:00 pm) to request absentee ballots by mail.
  • February 12th - Last day (5:00 pm) for In-Person Absentee Voting

Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote - Tuesday, April 5, 2016 
  • March 16th - Last day to register to vote by mail.*
  • March 21st - First day for In-Person Absentee Voting (Zeidler Municipal Building)
  • March 31st - Last day (5:00 pm) to request absentee ballots by mail.
  • April 1st - Last day (5:00 pm) for In-Person Absentee Voting

Partisan Primary - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 
  • July 20th - Last day to register to vote by mail.*
  • July 25th - First day for In-Person Absentee Voting (Location to be determined)
  • August 4th - Last day (5:00 pm) to request absentee ballots by mail.
  • August 5th - Last day (5:00 pm) for In-Person Absentee Voting

Fall General Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2016 
  • October 19th - Last day to register to vote by mail.*
  • October 24th - First day for In-Person Absentee Voting (Zeidler Municipal Building)
  • November 3rd - Last day (5:00 pm) to request absentee ballots by mail.
  • November 4th - Last day (5:00 pm) for In-Person Absentee Voting


Do you have an acceptable ID for Voting in 2016?

  • Election Commission - 414.284.3491  
  • GAB/Government Accountability Board - (866) 868-3947

*Special Registration Deputy

NEW TWITTER account to Fight NBA Bucks Mega GREED Deal


City Center Milwaukee |  DAY 282 |  On August 5, 2015, Mary Glass, Chair - Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC launched the MARATHON commitment for due diligence of NBA Bucks Mega GREED Deal.  To help ensure that the "framing" and the "status quo" is before the eyes of the People, especially African American, other People of Color and Work Challenged Milwaukeeans.  
Join Us
We ask that you join us in support by going to our NEW Twitter site and click "FOLLOW".

Our site is:   https://twitter.com/nbamkegreeddeal

Monday, August 17, 2015

Decorum in our Charter Officers - Speaks to TRUST and Professionalism in CUSTOMER CARE

The above paid individuals represent state and county elected officials, UW-M and the Democratic Party.
August 17, 2015

MILWAUKEE - Customer Care is part of the TRUST factor when holding an office in the public; especially one related to taxes, government or politics.

Most of the above are arrogant-based.
MPA LLC is making a list and posting as part of the public policy reporting for funding and the 2016 Election.

This is LIST #1

Friday, August 14, 2015

On The Ground With Shaun King

People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston's main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
CREDIT: AP/David Goldman.

Shaun King is a Justice Writer for Daily Kos, where he discusses issues at the intersection of race, discrimination, injustice, and equality. Today, he advocates primarily for reform in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the issue of police brutality in America.

Shaun King - Justice Writer
Can you talk to us a bit about your upbringing and growth up to this point?
I grew up in a single-parent household. Some people in my situation would say that their mother played the roles of both my mom and dad, but my mother was simply a very astute woman; she never filled the role of my father. A lot of principles and ways that I see the world today, I learned from her; particularly in terms of how to view people and the world. I was raised in rural Kentucky, and it was actually pretty rough. African Americans faced a lot of racism and discrimination growing up. I never really experienced overt racism myself until high school. I was put into a weird position when a huge group of students (who called themselves “rednecks”) hated me for no reason. My friends and I had to deal with regular discrimination, from physically having to defend ourselves to all kinds of other acts. I once was chased down a road by a group of guys in a pickup truck and was almost ran over. And this isn’t even the 1960s, it was the mid-90s! Even today what I’m seeing in places like McKinney, Texas, with 14-year-old girls being assaulted by officers, proves to me that racism hasn’t ended; but it’s shaped me in a lot of ways. When I went to college at Morehouse, it became my safe haven and the place that I learned the most about Black history. It’s also the place where I first learned to truly be a leader.
What sparked your passion for social activism?
A lot of who I am today all goes back to the discrimination that I faced in high school; it was so painful. In my sophomore year of high school I was assaulted really badly. I missed over a year of high school. I had three spinal surgeries, fractures in my face, and a lot of physical pain; it was brutal. So when I finally came out of that, I came out as someone having the ability to identify with people who have gone through physical and emotional pain. This experience really softened my heart toward other people who are going through hardships.
How long have you been involved in social justice activism?
My entire life. But I really started becoming active as a student at Morehouse College. While I was in college, Amadou Diallo was shot by the NYPD. They fired 41 shots at him, and several of my buddies and I can remember how we were protesting police brutality even way back then. We also had several conversations about the inequity in sentencing for crack cocaine and powder cocaine, and those drugs’ popularity in certain racial communities. I was Student Government President my sophomore year of college, and since then, I’ve been involved in both activism and community work in general.
How do you define your role in criminal justice activism?
I view my role in society today as being a thought leader in shaping how people view issues. A lot of people are really angry and irritated about police brutality today. It always bothered me, but when I saw the video of Eric Garner being killed, knowing that this man was a father with many kids (I have two kids myself), it hit me hard. It felt like within days of that happening we heard about Mike Brown, then John Crawford, and case after case. Social media made these cases known, and in the beginning I really struggled to discover how I could make a difference and do something that mattered with this issues. So my first role was simply telling the stories of these injustices and I think I’m going to always do that, but I have also been working to figure out how we can approach these issues to make people’s lives better. There is a part of me that worries that, in spite of all of the awareness, nothing is getting better; and the statistics for police abuse this year are on their way to supporting that concern. I’m infuriated because we’ve talked about it so much, but I’m not convinced that society has done enough. In fact, the brutality that I see people experiencing today is kind of like a modern day version of racialized violence that was seen in the past. The brutality has roots and history, so we’re starting a project called Red Records to tell better stories about it. I felt like people connected with your [author Martese Johnson’s] story because, because you are a young person, you lived online and there were these pictures of you looking like a regular college student. So people saw you and they immediately connected and were like “oh no, this is terrible.” Now let me flip it: I’ve asked people “what can you tell me about Freddie Gray?” and people knew he lived in Baltimore, they knew his age, and they knew something really grotesque happened to him and he died; that’s about it. In spite of all the coverage, money, and expense, people don’t know his story; and that’s the case with a lot of victims of police brutality. It’s a lot harder to throw a story away when you add a human element to it, and that’s our goal with the Red Records.
Can you briefly describe the primary goals of activists in the arena of police brutality at the moment?
There are so many different types of activists, and the style of activist changes from place to place; all of that is important. I just read a book about the struggle for freedom and civil rights in Mississippi, and how local activists made a huge difference. So in the movement that we’re in now when people are speaking out against police brutality, there are few national voices and I think that’s a good thing. That’s because what you get as a result is people who really know their local problems and can advocate for those problems and against those issues in a smart and effective way. I know some activists for instance, who are focusing solely on issues of women being brutalized by police. I know others focused on immigrants being brutalized by police. Some are focusing on police brutality just in New York City, some inside of prisons, and so forth. It’s a really complex system, and when we first started saying we need to end police brutality, I don’t think any of us understood just how complex and intricate the problems were. Now, nearly a year after Michael Brown was killed, we are able to better wrap our minds around the problem and all of us are saying “how are you (people or organizations in different places) handling these problems, and how can I (the individual activist) do something to complement what you do. We found that we need to be able to define what the problems are nationally, state-by-state, and all the way down to the local/city level, then give people the tools to fight for better policies in their police departments. That is an area that still needs a lot of help. Ultimately, our goal is to start seeing these numbers go down: the number of police abuses, people killed by police, and officers killed in service. Until those numbers go down, I won’t be the least bit satisfied.
How has social media influenced you and other popular activists’ methods in achieving these goals?
Social media has been everything. Twenty years ago, if you had a certain hobby or affinity for a certain issue, but you didn’t know who the person leading that organization was locally, you didn’t know how to become involved. If you cared about animal rights in high school, you may not have even known another person who cared about similar issues. Social media solved that problem, connecting us all in a powerful way. Now, all of a sudden, it seems like everybody cares about particular issues and can connect to one another in ways that used to not be available. There are people now that I see as my friends and genuine partners in this fight for a better, safer America. Without social media, I don’t think I would have known them. Frankly, I don’t believe people would have even heard about the incident in Ferguson without social media. I had never heard of Ferguson; social media brought my awareness. It allows stories, which normally would have disappeared, to be magnified in a powerful way.


Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC Call for Milwaukee County Board & County Executive Earn their PUBLIC TRUST

August 14, 2015

Today, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC calls on the charter officers of Milwaukee County to EARN Public Trust that is QUESTIONABLE about the 2 bodies (Chris Abele - County Executive and NEW Chairman Theodore Lipscomb and each of the Board of County Supervisors)..  

It is important that ethics and good faith is always at the forefront of the negotiations.  
We, the People, know that the given politics in the public square at this time has left the People with a thorough DISTRUST of those elected-appointed-hired and donor for hire government representatives.  The BUCK and NBA Milwaukee Bucks Greed Deal is at the head of the DISTRUST.

Since Chris Abele, County Executive has taken some very provocative steps that are questionable and troubling, the Good Faith collective bargaining of Milwaukee County become suspect, at best.

Since there are three parts, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches, we want to hear from the legislative branch followed by the Judicial branch - if necessary.

We can not let Abele or anyone else take the postion of "dictator" and not negotiate in good faith on behalf of the taxpayers.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kids Who Die - Langston Hughes - We Remember MICHAEL BROWN's Murder

Kids Who Die by Langston Hughes

This is for the kids who die,
Black and white,
For kids will die certainly.
The old and rich will live on awhile,
As always,
Eating blood and gold,
Letting kids die.
Kids will die in the swamps of Mississippi
Organizing sharecroppers
Kids will die in the streets of Chicago
Organizing workers
Kids will die in the orange groves of California
Telling others to get together
Whites and Filipinos,
Negroes and Mexicans,
All kinds of kids will die
Who don’t believe in lies, and bribes, and contentment
And a lousy peace.
Of course, the wise and the learned
Who pen editorials in the papers,
And the gentlemen with Dr. in front of their names
White and black,
Who make surveys and write books
Will live on weaving words to smother the kids who die,
And the sleazy courts,
And the bribe-reaching police,
And the blood-loving generals,
And the money-loving preachers
Will all raise their hands against the kids who die,
Beating them with laws and clubs and bayonets and bullets
To frighten the people—
For the kids who die are like iron in the blood of the people—
And the old and rich don’t want the people
To taste the iron of the kids who die,
Don’t want the people to get wise to their own power,
To believe an Angelo Herndon, or even get together
Listen, kids who die—
Maybe, now, there will be no monument for you
Except in our hearts
Maybe your bodies’ll be lost in a swamp
Or a prison grave, or the potter’s field,
Or the rivers where you’re drowned like Leibknecht
But the day will come—
You are sure yourselves that it is coming—
When the marching feet of the masses
Will raise for you a living monument of love,
And joy, and laughter,
And black hands and white hands clasped as one,
And a song that reaches the sky—
The song of the life triumphant
Through the kids who die.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Where are the DEMOCRATS? 8 Major reasons of Change Needed for Wisconsin Democratic Party

L-R:  MARTHA LANING - Chair and State Representative David Bowen - Vice Chair
Wisconsin Democratic Party

City Center Milwaukee | DAY 271 | Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC has launched a spotlight on organizations and individuals that are in the public square and INFLUENCE public policies.  

It is part of the Marathon to address ABUSE of POWER in the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

We  recognize the NEW leadership and because of it, this article is written with the act of Hope and one day after the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act for African-Americans.

It is also with same that we invite the leadership and others to JOIN us for the VOTING SALUTE at Tower Park, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:00pm.  

We also make note that we found nothing on the DEM website of the landmark Act.

Today's marketplace is full of DISINGENUOUSNESS when it comes to those who represent People of Color in elected-appointed-hired and donor for hire positions - especially those in charter positions of power.  

We see too often marketing ads and campaigns calling for African-Americans and People of Color to support causes, buy products, and volunteer.

We see invoking the word "diversity" as a validation of their worth and value in the civil rights domain of inclusiveness.  However, when it comes to "practice" - day-to-day practice, it is a continuation of INSTITUTIONAL RACISM.

MPA LLC finds that troublesome.
Today, we start our look by calling upon the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to TURN A NEW PAGE.  We start with its NEW leadership, an opportunity - a window of opportunity - to Win.  Yes.  Win.  

We see the Democratic Party of Wisconsin missing mega opportunities in the past to win due to a lack of believability and/or Trust of African-Americans and other People of Color. 

The failure of Mary Burke, Candidate for Governor, hit the floor running to embrace African Americans in Milwaukee and President Barack Obama was the wrong message to send to African-Americans and others.  Especially when both the President and his wife were so committal in spite of her lack of courtesy-decorum.   She came to herself MUCH TOO LATE.

Burke's action was seen as a Democratic Party action and it means it left a bad taste.
This was seen with the last two Governor attempts as well as growing the interest of Independents and once Democrats. 

Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee, has shown a disregard to the disparity of Enduring Concentrated Poverty in Milwaukee for African-American and People of Color - and his by-design role in perpetuating the poverty.

He has chosen to disregard the  "strangle-hold" of POVERTY.
It is the root cause of  risky behavior nightly in the neighborhoods that is coupled with "institutional racism" and a damaged infrastructure minus quality of life and economic development.

He is a standard of the Democratic Party - MUCH TO BE DONE HERE.

Barrett has gone "too far" with his MISUSE OF POWER - Streetcar Project February, 2015 and Mega Greed Deal of NBA Bucks June 4, 2015.  

Thus, MPA LLC called for the U.S. Department of Justice thorough review on August 5, 2015 - YouTube Statement.  CLICK

Changes Needed
Here are 8 reasons that we see.  They are:

  1. Focus toward Urban Millennials stability.
  2. Website minus demographics of Milwaukee.
  3. Focus of building the family in Urban Milwaukee.
  4. Staff minus African-American and Caucus Groups.
  5. New Reps in the Milwaukee area that are "inclusive".
  6. Lack of Visibility in the Neighborhoods of Milwaukee.
  7. Democratic Party commitment to change Enduring Concentrated Poverty. 
  8. Mission of Candidates to SHOW commitment to Urban Milwaukee Incarceration Crisis.

CNBC Squawk Box - August 7, 2015

Compiled by
Matthew J. Belvedere and Peter Schacknow

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U.S. stock futures were under pressure in early trading ahead of this morning's release of the July employment report-seen as a key piece of the economic puzzle on whether the Fed might hike interest rates next month. (CNBC)
The Dow is looking to break a six-session losing streak Friday, after closingThursday at a six-month low. Media, biotech, and energy stocks served as a drag to the overall market. (CNBC)

In last night's primetime GOP debate, while dismissing criticism of his controversial comments, Donald Trump served notice he may run as an independent if he does not get the party's nomination. (Washington Post)

In the pre-primetime GOP debate, former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorinaemerged with significant buzz after taking on not only Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by name, but even her own party. (NBC News)

Powerful senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, the most influential Jewish voice in Congress, has decided to oppose President Barack Obama's deal to limit Iran's nuclear program. (NY Times)

U.S. officials tell NBC News that Russia launched a "sophisticated cyberattack" against the Pentagon's Joint Staff unclassified email system, which has been shut down and taken offline for nearly two weeks.

Activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 8.2 percent stake in Cheniere Energy(LNG) and said he would seek a seat on the liquefied natural gas company's board, if needed. (Reuters)

Credit card lender Capital One (COF) is in talks to acquire General Electric's (GE) U.S. health care finance arm, in a deal likely to top $10 billion . The unit offers mortgages and business loans to health care providers. (Reuters)

CVS/Caremark insurance will no longer cover more than two dozen drugs, including Pfizer's (PFE) Viagra, starting in 2016. People who get drug benefits through CVS will still be able to get coverage for Eli Lilly's (LLY) Cialis. (USA Today)

Google (GOOGL) and Samsung will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world's most popular mobile operating system. (Reuters)

Late last month, Best Buy (BBY) announced plans to begin Apple Watch sales online and in stores beginning today. As promised, the device wasavailable for purchase on the electronics chain's website. (Mac Rumors)

Soaring egg prices because of the avian flu coincides with a monthslong testat McDonald's (MCD) to extend breakfast hours all day, part of the broader effort to turn around its U.S. business. (CNBC)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ON-THE-ROAD - Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC honors the 50th Anniversary VOTING Act at Water Tower Park


SATURDAY TALK is ON-the-ROAD for engaged information sharing and shared decision-making of our city-wide stakeholders. We seek innovation, STRATEGIC PLANNING, networking and communication to promote truth-to-power and the eradication of Enduring Concentrated Poverty.

We promote the voice of the stakeholders - taxpayers.

How Voting is paramount in today's public square and public policy?

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC - Citizen Oversight & Wake-Up Call of NBA Milwaukee Bucks Projects will salute 50 years of the Voting Act and salute three (3) elected officials that spoke up and Voted for the People on behalf to the NBA Bucks Deal - Greed Deal AND 
Ask for a Report on Milwaukee Transit Strike.

JAMES MACON - President - Local 998
What is happening with the TRANSIT STRIKE?

In the Public Square - JACKIE IVY -- 2016 Candidate Alderperson District 2 Goes to Washington


August 6, 2015

JACKIE IVY – Candidate District 2
Jackie was selected with a pool of 200 people across the country to attend a 4-day National Candidate  session of training sponsored by Progressive Change Campaign Committee of Bold Professive.Org.

The training was held July 30, 2015 - August 2, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The hands-on training provided focus in areas that will help Jackie fine-tune her campaign.

Armed with invaluable tools for conducting a progressive issue campaign and speaking truth to power, Jackie is excited and confident in how best to attract supporters and most of all voters.


Jackie is seen on the political trail addressing transportation issues, homeless, quality of life and economic development issues for the People of Milwaukee.  She sits on boards and committees effectuating real change due to informed decision making.

She was recently seen as a spokesperson in Press Conferences that focused on the NBA Bucks Deal sponsored by Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Voting Rights Act Speech - August 6, 1965 - 50th Anniversary

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Voting Rights Act Speech

Listen to and be reminded of why WE CELEBRATE this DAY.


President Johnson spoke TRUTH to RESISTANCE and stood firm in his conviction.
This speech comes after the brutal and wrongful display of Caucasian law enforcement and Caucasian elected officials misusing power.  RACISM.

African Americans - NEGROES - were brutally beaten, dogs put on them, high -speed water hose pointed at them, billy clubs hitting them, horses ran them down, drug and incarcerated - BECAUSE THEY WANTED AND STOOD UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS TO VOTE.


You need to have an ID next year.  Do not hesitate.  Get legal and aligned TODAY.

  • Start to know who is IN OFFICE.
  • Start to know by name and office.
  • Ask questions about elected officers.
  • Call upon and hold accountable your elected officials - local, school, county, state and federal.  NO ONE is EXEMPT - especially those that LOOK LIKE YOU.

You can get information at the GAB - Government of Accountability Board.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


North Point - Tower Park

East North Avenue and Lake Drive 
Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 1:00pm

On Thursday, August 6, 2015, the landmark civil rights Voting law for African Americans will turn 50 years old.  It is important to know that even though African Americans were born here and legalized citizens, due to racial bias and prejudices, they were denied the right to vote.  

15th Amendment states:  
Section 1 - The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by and State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2.  The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

In 2013, part of the law was struck down by the Supreme Court that disallowed changes unless through federal means.  The law was regarding 9 states that sought the change and sought state oversight.

It is so important that African Americans, as well as, fellow Americans remember the disrespect and disregard of the rights of another, especially as we come to the 50th Anniversary.  Knowing of the bitterness and disregard should help with a civil and more human discourse.  In our nation and across the world hatred, anger, bitterness and wrongdoing have the world in such a disarray.  

One only has to look at how death is so easily imposed on one another and in taking our own lives.

50 years
This means that so many of us have only had a portion of our existence where we could vote.  I am one of them.

I will be 70 years old this year.  My first 20 years on this earth in America, I and my family, loved-ones and friends/neighbors of African American heritage could not VOTE.

TODAY's voting environment has the same type of prejudice and denial of VOTING privileges across the country where individuals - CAUCASIAN - work wrongfully to take the power, privilege and right away from us (African Americans) to vote.  

This includes those who serve their time but NOT restored to VOTING PRIVILEGE.

What is equally appalling is some of us DO NOT VOTE - and we have the right and privilege. 

Voting by Elected officials for Key issues is part of the RIGHT to Vote and Justice in Voting.

PRESS CALL - Saturday, August 8, 2015
This article is Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC kick-off for celebrating the 50th Anniversary and to hold a POST-DATED Press Conference at Tower Park, East North Avenue & Lake Drive, 1:00pm - Saturday, August 8, 2015. 

Join us in remembrance of this GREAT DAY.   It is the 50th Anniversary.  It is the correction by Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States signed the Voting Rights law, August 6, 1965.  

Come Saturday, August 8, 2015.  
Bring your red, blue or white balloon to release for both Peace, updating the Milwaukee Bucks Marathon for the citizenry and the next 100 years of Voting for ALL.

Updated - August 6, 2015

4th Year & 50th Anniversary at Seaway Bank - Fond du Lac & North Avenue

Veranda Dickens - Chairman
4th Anniversary
Mission, Vision and History


To be recognized as a leader by providing quality banking products/services and building relationships that enhance lives and financial futures in the communities we serve.


Seaway Bank and Trust Company is a full-service commercial bank that emphasizes quality service and community commitment. Established in 1965 as Seaway National Bank of Chicago, it was created to counter discriminatory lending practices on Chicago's South Side. The founders, a group of local businessmen, sold shares door to door throughout the community to raise the $1,000,000 in capital needed to secure the Federal charter. By the end of its first year, Seaway's assets had climbed to over $5,000,000, and the bank has grown steadily over the years.

By December 31, 2014, Seaway had more than $422 million in assets and approximately 250 employees.

We support numerous churches, schools, and community groups through charitable donations, and thanks to our partnerships with leading corporations, we are able to reinvest in our family of customers and local businesses. Our mission remains to help minority professionals and entrepreneurs obtain the financial assistance they need and to be responsive to the credit needs of our community.
  • 1965 Seaway opened for business on January 2nd in a rented storefront at 8555 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago. Permanent headquarters (Chatham Branch) at 645 E. 87th Street was opened on November 18th. Second floor was added in 1969.
  • 1972 The East Chatham Drive-Up was opened at 825 E. 87th Street. 
  • 1977 Seaway opened the first 7-day branch in Chicago at Jewel Grand Bazaar, 87th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94).
  • 1982 Seaway founder Ernest Collins retired as Board Chairman. The following year Jacoby Dickens became Board Chairman. 
  • 1983 Seaway acquired Union National Bank (now Roseland Branch) and became the largest Black-owned bank in the country. 
  • 1990 The West Chatham branch opened at 87th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94). 
  • 1992 Seaway established a Corporate Trust Department to serve public and corporate debt market.
  • 1994 Seaway established the Seaway Community Development Corporation to rebuild neighborhoods. 
  • 1997 A new branch opened in University Park (operated until 1999).
  • 1998 Seaway became the first Black-owned bank to offer online banking.
  • 2000 Seaway moved bookkeeping and data processing operations to a renovated facility on 87th Street. Seaway began Foreign Currency Exchange services in Terminal 5 at O'Hare International Airport, expanding into all terminals the following year.
  • 2001 Seaway became a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 
  • 2002 Seaway received an "outstanding" CRA rating from bank regulators and introduced a foreign currency facility at Chicago Midway Airport to accommodate the addition of international flights.
  • 2004 Seaway opened a Loan Production Office in Waukegan (expanded to full service in 2009 and closed in September 2012).
  • 2007 In May Seaway opened a new branch at 11116 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. On December 30th, Seaway National Bank received a State Charter and was renamed Seaway Bank and Trust Company.
  • 2009 Seaway opened a branch in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood in September.
  • 2010 In October, Seaway acquired First Suburban National Bank, with branches in Maywood, Broadview and Crestwood.
  • 2011 In March, Seaway acquired Legacy Bank, with one branch in Milwaukee, WI.
  • 2013 Veranda L. Dickens becomes the first female chair of the board. Seaway Bank becomes the largest Black-owned and woman-owned bank in the nation.
  • 2014 Darrell B. Jackson was appointed President and CEO of Seaway Bank in August.
  • 2015 Seaway Bank begins to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, starting on January 2nd, by hosting a special reception at the Main Bank to honor customers who have been banking with Seaway since the 1960s.

Seaway Bank and Trust Company is an FDIC Member, an Equal Housing Lender, and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Seaway Bancshares, Inc. is the bank's Holding Company. 

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015

Seaway Bank & Trust
2102 W. Fond du Lac Avenue

Seaway Bank celebrated its 4th Anniversary in the City of Milwaukee.  It is the bank that replaced Legacy Bank.

The Celebration on Friday, July 31, 2015, included remembering the opening 4 years ago as well as commemorating the 50 years of Seaway Bank & Trust - 1965 -2015.

A full-scale depiction was available of the highlighted years presented above.

The staff provided bountiful refreshments that were just tasty.
There were prizes available through chance and spinning the wheel.  The most revered prize being the $500 prize.

Chairman Veranda Dickens was on hand from Chicago (home office) to participate in moments of gaiety.

The leader at the Milwaukee office is Tracy Meeks - Senior Vice President/Manager (North Division).

Seaway Bank is the largest African American Bank in Chicago and Milwaukee.



at Milwaukee 4th Anniversary - July 31, 2015

L-R:  Barbara Ford-Personal Banker, Celia Troutman-Teller, 
Camille Lumpkin - Operations Officer, Geneva Terry- Personal Banker, and Donna Grenell Executive Assistant   
SEAWAY BANK - Milwaukee