Here it is: the final week and days of “The centerpiece” of Black History Month 2015. But certainly it won’t be the last Black History Month, ever. For many many days, yes we have reviewed the highs and lows of our historical perspectives, figures and events. Yes, black folks, we’ll continue to reference our history stuff everyday like many said. But: I have significant warning here, not many of us will NOT acknowledge our history of black stuff.

And by the way: I don’t really acknowledge the “National African-American History Month” name.  I keep it straight original about “Black History Month” always!

How many of us will actually reference black history everyday? And the keyword is “ACTUALLY”. I hate to say this but to us Black Folks who might get mad at this blog, we will not acknowledge our history everyday. We won’t! Unless if there is a new way of doing it. Yeah, we might have those Black 365 Calendars at home or work where black references are shown everyday, but chances are, we are not going to see them everyday! Why? We might miss them by not referencing. Look at our finances, look at our Social Media stats, look at the next line to get the new Air Jordans, or to see what is up with the soaps that feature some black characters acting a fool of impression to feel that sensitive side creeping up. Here is a rhetorical question, are we still going to learn about our historical figures everyday?! YES or NO?

Now this year, there have been some firsts in black history. Yes, I’m still saying first because I want to see the next line folks getting their stuff.

For this year of the #BHM:

First I want to highlight SNL. Yes, Saturday Night Live. In the past 40 years or so, Saturday Night Live has had a lot of skits, and a few African-American comedians whom were never heard of, became famous as SNL Alums. From Garrett Morris, whom was doing a throwback skit with Chevy Chase, to seeing Sasheer Zamata along with Kenan Thompson in “What’s Up With That”, (and no to the Bill Cosby skit…..) Even Leslie Jones commentating on the auditions, plus seeing Kerry Washington, Ellen Cleghorne asking that question about  blacks on Seinfeld. Tim Meadows doing a Q&A, and also Chris Rock of all folks introduced and helped welcomed back someone that hasn’t been on SNL in about 30 years: Eddie Murphy. From what many have said, Eddie Murphy in the early 80’s SAVED SNL. Many said it was the truth, and there was the rumor about how would SNL survive in a couple of years. If hadn’t been for Eddie Murphy making some mama jokes, or responding to a “racist letter” via eating seafood, or Gumby, or James Brown, or the ghetto Mr. Rodgers, SNL would have been in the grave. Yes, you need new material to keep the shop open. And Maya Rudolph doing her Beyoncé impressions. “AIRBORT!” Also, during the In Memoriam segment, Danitra Vance was the only former black cast member that was remembered. Danitra was on SNL for one season during the 80’s.

Second on the menu: I kept saying in the last few years, that Black History is not just American History. It’s now part of World History. Recently on BET, they had a miniseries of a showing called “The Book of Negroes.” The real credit of the show goes to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Thank you Canadians! If those who haven’t seen the miniseries, it is a real eye opener! It’s a real eye opener not just for the love story of Aminata and Chekura, but overall it’s the struggle of slavery with triumph in between. Clearly, this to me is the now version of Roots. And also, I really LIKED Aminata’s character! She was more like a Harriet Tubman of the 1700’s from attempting to free other slaves, to read, write, speak three different languages, and still knows how to fight back! That to me, is a strong intelligent black woman! Towards the end of the series, Arimata tells the British Abolitionists her side of the story and mostly to them, she wanted to tell HER Story. And that’s what we have to do black folks! This is the part of Black History, or Black History Month where we need to tell OUR Stories! Our experiences. Our Values. And definitely our concerns, joys, truth, justice, humanity and other needs and concerns that continues to harbors the Black Community.

Now, there are those who might say: that’s racist. It’s not. You non-black folks tell your stories ALL THE TIME! And not once that any black person has stopped you from telling your experiences coming up. Even about various occasions of immigrants moved to America and worked very hard, and etc. We hear them all the time! But my folks were born here and ancestors were African related were shackled, branded, ripped apart, forced to learn new names and languages and still, being called the N-words no matter what we try to achieve for us! Degrees, Certificates, First Employee or Employees of Color doing this and that. Opening doors for greatness. And many, many, many objectives and purposes that Blacks have and are currently doing in all aspects. Even STILL rising up from the ashes of misguidedness! However again, there are those who feel that it’s racist, that it’s just separating the human race, and many other concerns. Even being “negropeanized”. Um, NO! And speaking of the “human race” it was black folks that started the human race. We were the first of human civilization, of science, African-Americans have been in wars of the U.S. more times in history, even all kinds of MUSIC! Even fashion. Making news in journalism, technology, political statements, activism, evangelism and many MANY MANY others! Black folks, we need to keep reminders! Even though that Black History Month of 2015 is concluding, yes our references we seek everyday still lingers!

On Facebook, I mentioned this statement that I’m not all about keeping it February. AND……..I am not all about keeping it Everyday! So check me out on this black folks: I celebrate Black History Month not only for “the centerpiece moment” of celebrations, but I also continue to  reference the historical figures and events. You can keep the month, but also reference the lessons learned!

Speaking of Canadians: I want to direct my attention to the Black Canaidan Audience. I have viewed your footages of your series of “Being Black in Canada”, via the CBC website,  in the honor of your contributions to Black History. And I was thoroughly impressed. Really I was! And I am glad that many of you, or some of you are speaking out and bringing up the missing pieces of your black historical references that were either misplaced, not talked about, covered up, and many others. Even Slavery, and Racism. Like here in the U.S. we deserve also to uncover many hidden information that was either not talked about in our schools, universities, our jobs, community that pertaining to Black Culture and Black events.

So I say this to you, the Black Canadian Audience, after hearing the segments that you commented and talked about via your Being Black in Canada special, I say this: Keep talking about them. Never stop! Raise your concerns of injustice, racism, and others that many need to hear. Some of you whom may not realize it, you have become unsung heroes. Keep telling YOUR black stories. And yes, like us U.S. folks, we need to tell our children more about these experiences. But as adults, I say this to any black adult citizen in the world, we need to reteach ourselves on Black History because sometimes we forget! We also say we need to keep telling the stories so that our kids will know when they get grown! Matter of fact, we need to tell them NOW before they get grown!  Yes, when I heard your stories, it was similar to what us African-Americans face each day. WE KNOW! So, you’re not alone. Feel free to blog, use your black radio airwaves, papers, TV, internet sites to get your message (and that’s YOUR Message) to continue. You got Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And yes, you can come to America’s News stations or radio programs to express the black life of Canada in this point of view. For the Black Canadian Media, same thing. Keep telling your stories! This Being Black in Canada special you had recently is a start. Again: Keep going and DON’T STOP! There are those who might feel uncomfortable about the subjects, but it’s needed to be told, no matter what!

This might sound strange in all, but there needs to be a “International Black Summit” of all black folks addressing our issues about this. Most recently, there was a racial incident that was in Paris in which a black man was pushed off the train more than once by some white Chelsea Soccer Players and chanting as being racist. Shameful! And several blog stories ago, I commented that racism is crossing international waters!

Furthermore in this BHM 2015: The talk about Selma. I’m pretty sure that many of you went to see the movie about one of the acts in the history of Civil Rights. For those who STILL have not seen Selma, I will not disclose anything from the movie here! I want those who have high school students, involved with Church, College, D9 Fraternities and Sororities, Community, and many other connections to go and see this movie! And by the way, don’t just see it because you want to, see it because it’s your right. Also I should point out, the song Glory from the Selma Soundtrack is Oscar Winning Worthy.

Callout: For those of us in Milwaukee, we got to see the Ebony Fashion Fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Now through May! 

Finally, for you future kings and queens of the black community: I see you!!!! I see your young talents shine in dance, music, and most of all: education! Do all you can to make the world a good place to live. But before you get to those big jobs in the future, and higher education of colleges, make SURE you listen to your parents, your teachers. Don’t get an attitude, stay grounded with your books, keep dreaming and most of all, and this for mostly the black boys: STAY OUT OF TROUBLE! If you find yourself in trouble, don’t do it on your own. Get help to get out, and stay out!

This concludes my “Annual Review” of Black History Month 2015. But not of Black History overall. Besides, Black History Month Part II is coming in June!


Ok WordPress readers:

Pardon my interruption of me celebrating Black History Month.

I have not seen 50 Shades of Grey. I have not read the book 50 Shades of Grey. But before I get into the story of my point of view, let me alert that what I’m about to say may not be suitable for the general audience. Nah, I’m keeping it straight original in which I’m going on the hypocrites per say who bash this movie.

Personally, I’m not defending the movie in a way of getting on the side of right. My question to all those who actually bashed the movie, have you EVER seen the movie? No one paid their 7 or 8 bucks while snuggling up with their boyfriends or girlfriends from the Valentine’s Day Weekend? Hey fellas, I hope you survived that holiday of hearts!

Anyway, so 50 Shades of Grey is out and folks calling out the thumbs down things. Ok. But let me say this: 20 years ago in 1995, who among here has seen the movie Showgirls? Raise your hands! Stop hiding! Fellas who were single 20 years ago now married, got saved by Jesus, rocking with children in all, have you sneaked into the theaters and saw Elizabeth Berkley almost butt naked dancing in Vegas? For those who are in the Millennial group that are 18 now, the person I mentioned was an actress on the show called Saved By The Bell that many of us Gen X’ers grew up watching characters of Zack Morris or Lisa Turtle. And before he got into stabbing trouble in my homestate, Dustin Diamond’s character, Screech was a nerd. A memorable nerd like Steve Urkel.

Callout: Can I just be straight for a minute?

As a 18 year old back in the day, when riding around on the Milwaukee County Transit Bus, I saw a sign outside of the Times Cinema near the westside of Milwaukee that read this: “Art or Sleaze. You Decide.” Showgirls. Keep in mind this was 20 years ago. And no, I didn’t go in and see the flick.I was of age even though the movie had this “NC-17″ movie rating. However, I did see the movie overall….in 1996 on cable. Yep I saw the movie that most had bashed in ’95 and yes it wasn’t just about sex, and almost innuendos. It was also about struggle where the character Nomi (played by Elizabeth Berkley)  was going from nowhere to somewhere. It was also about confrontation, fronting, denial, being mad at the world, and also tripping over the star to getting the star in being the star. And domestic violence against the black character Molly was clearly over the top. But towards the end, Nomi becomes the main dance star in Vegas. Now for those who have not seen it, yes I know it’s been 20 years. Many have forgotten about it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t just read Wikipedia. Just see the actual movie. Pop it in the machine and press play. But you have to really, REALLY, REALLY grown to see it!

Way back when around 1992: I KNOW everyone probably saw, or tried to see Basic Instinct! And Sharon Stone, was not messing around! And she did not mess around in 1993 when she played a character named Carly in Sliver. It was a movie that had this Apartment that was full of hidden cameras and a secret location in the place that was set up like the batcave with monitors and such. Innuendos was crazy. In 1994, there was movie that dealt with Sexual Harassment in the workplace. Has the movie Disclosure featuring Demi Moore and Michael Douglas ring a bell in which MEN were sexually harassed on the job? Don’t laugh, ladies.

Also, speaking of cable: remember Real Sex on HBO? Yo, for those who know, if you grew up sneaking up past midnight to see show to see it, technically you are not the only one. I’ll admit: I’ve seen some scenes from Real Sex that blew my mind. Not out of enjoyment! But just in general. I mean the things they had on that show that had me dropping my jaw! I mean this was the 90’s close to the early 2000’s here that the earlier stuff was considered taboo. Nowadays, Real Sex is a throwback. And yes, I’ll bet those who actually doing the things now were probably taking notes on Real Sex for things like oh I don’t know: Red Shoe Diaries on Showtime? Come on now!

As they say, Real Sex, thats a wrap! Now for those whom never heard of the show, Google. (WITH CAUTION!)

Even those shows had those blow your mind effects and I’ll bet back then there were some haters and hypocrites per say that criticize them in every way.Technically, this is nothing new. Such as banning books in your local High Schools per say about Sex. Or related subjects to the matter of it. Oh yeah, just watch your local news. They talk about it all the time. But eventually to you now parents of high school students who like to come to the schools and demand to get your son’s or daughter’s cell phone back, and show up for graduation only, or those who think are safely out in the suburban schools where things are not that negative. think again! They may not get the gist now, but later on in life after they move out your house, they will see and read a future throwback of 50 Shades of Grey and try to analyze it. MARK MY WORDS!

Who knows, the subject of this, might come up in college when they get there.

But seriously, 50 Shades of Grey is out. And like Showgirls, it will be talked about for a while and then…… what next? Going back further actually 4 years after that, Eyes Wide Shut. Remember that when 1999 was in effect? Who saw that? Seeing Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman getting busy. Don’t lie! And those Zane Novels, even Trois. Now I’m going to say this: I got three movies of Trois on DVD. I am not kidding. Now for those who probably never heard of Trois, let me say this: when or if you get them, the flicks are not all about Sex or Porn. Similar to Showgirls almost, you’ll see almost rough starts, temptations, betrayals, lust, greed, envy, jealousy, mind games, tricks, and also there is a good ending. Plus also, the Trois movies are Black Independent films on the Erotic Thriller side. (no I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s Thriller) And I remember when BET used to show those flicks! The flicks came out on video between 2000 and 2004, so it’s worth noting.

So yes, for those who are into the 50 Shades of Grey, and made it huge per say, in my book you’re off the hook. And yes those will continue to criticize the notion of one thing instead of the big picture.


For today, another chapter in the history of the brew city had turned the page. A long waited Streetcar project that kept on the shelf for over 20 years can finally be put to good use. And yes there was a twist with the new idea with the new Bucks Arena involving the Menominee Tribe offering $200 million to cover the cost of the place via taxpayers.  That second part still remains to be seen if Walker can actually make a fair shake. However for this day, something must have shook the core to get the Ill Mil started up.  And yes the idea might be costly but effective. So with that, here is a blog letter.

Dear Milwaukee folks.  Yeah all of us:

It’s me Stephen.  Yes, I’m local, born here, work here, haven’t thought about leaving yet, still black and a blogger here in the city.

History was made today. The Brew City has done something that it needed to do. And the Common Council whom voted to approve for the project has finally had the brass balls that has been long waited through polarized politics in a segregated climate. Congrats, Milwaukee you have finally began to snap out of the funk of denial of getting the Milwaukee Streetcar to become a significant reality. Keep the pressure on and don’t stop! The reason being there might be folks who would toss your game and make you quit. And this goes for the Streetcar supporters and project ambassadors and business connections alike. Again do not stop!

Just a thought here: add a provisional clause in the contracts, agreements and proofing that the project SHOULD be under “Iron Clad Rules.” Anything it’s Iron Clad should not be put on ballots, nor referendums. NONE!

And to those in Milwaukee that are still in the funk of not moving forward to help the city out, then CLEARLY you are not doing your job! For those in the CRG Network, yeah you are still circulating petitions and trying to force a referendum to halt the project. Even though its a right but I think you are wasting your time of halt opportunities for those who want to shine! Not just those who want the Streetcar, I’m talking about those who are super hungry, super waiting on hand and foot just itching to do skills they were trained to do and also waiting to do!!!!

What is it about Milwaukee or Wisconsin that an idea comes to motion that seems good, then here comes the folks that have to debate, and debate, and debate, and debate from some wannabes who feels that they know what the people want?

CALLOUT: CRG Network, I’m posing this question to you since you indicated the knowing part, what do you know what I want in Milwaukee? What do you know?! And to those who are on these Anti-Streetcar pages particularly in Milwaukee and the so-called Koch Funded Americans for Prosperity, I’m posing this question also, what do you know what I want in Milwaukee?

My former pastor used to say: “Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing!”

Over and over again I said that Milwaukee needs to play hard poker to gamble and over again. We’ve gotten soft with all the Polarized Politics in a Segregated City. Don’t deny the thought! Many of you were probably taught that when you were growing up and refusing black folks to work along for a successful job! And those you turn away, either they do two things: either move away to another city or take another job that will keep folks poor. Ruffle the feathers much?

And as for the new Bucks Arena. With an idea with the Menominee Tribe has in mind of covering their 200 millions for the taxpayers of the building. With a twist of the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. That to me seems interesting. It does. Simply because I think the Tribe would like to assist the need to help the taxpayers portion of the third leg of the funding. Which to me seems interesting to follow up. However, it might not happen because many folks know that Scott Walker will not make that happen. And already he denied the funding of casino by listening to Iowa in his somewhat request to become President. Which I think he would not get far.

And of course we all know that Illinois is also looking at us to see if Wisconsin reaches its familiar breaking point of turning down funding that could benefit folks for jobs. There are folks here that need to eat, work, and play. And I’m not talking about those that are currently doing it. I’m talking about those who really need to eat! And aren’t lazy and do want to work!

And also note to the Menominee Tribe, if the full idea is a moot, and we know this per say, donate part of your 200 Million to the UW Universities to assist those in Higher Education. And partially, make a deal with Hard Rock International to build Hard Rock Cafes in the state.  I see them everywhere else, but why not here in Wisconsin? Or Build a Hard Rock Cafe Roadhouse near Summerfest. I’m giving some ideas here!

Finally, as I close. I hope this day can teach us a lesson. I love my city. And at times I have to condemn my city for not doing right. I’m not just talking about the ballot box or radio, I’m talking about letters, emails, blogs,  Social Media postings and many other forms of communication. Even face to face or eye to eye. Now I would probably post this on Facebook per say in a Streetcar group page. But here, I feel this blog of WordPress is the best thing to go.

Play hard poker Milwaukee. Snap out of the funk of denial and get your resumes out!

Get onboard.

Sincerely (in the city),

Stephen


MJS Streetcar

Breaking news out of the Milwaukee Area today:

In a 9-6 failed referendum vote, the Milwaukee Streetcar project is officially approved. Which brings back to the 10-5 votes from January. After a long debate of almost 25 years of going back and forth, and in a polarized climate of segregation, the City of Milwaukee’s common council finally had the balls to OFFICIALLY approve the Milwaukee Streetcar project. Plus also it will be sent to Mayor Barrett’s desk today for his OK signature to get the project started this coming year of 2015. Now the Streetcar project will not be the end all to get this city going on its own.

Still, I don’t know why the Milwaukee media hyped up the controversial project as is, but remember what Eric Bischoff once said: Controversy Creates cash!

More to come.

By the way: Now since this project will happen after all, Can we the citizens of Milwaukee FINALLY get the working?

A proposed streetcar would stop at the Couture apartment tower proposed for downtown Milwaukee’s lakefront.


Welcome to February. The shortest month of the year, and yes it’s all about three words that might make folks cringe: Black History Month. Even certain black folks who march around protesting about ending it. Let me remind my people and those whom are close with my people that we should know by know, that this month of the centerpiece is a chance to really celebrate. Now I know what you’re thinking, and I think it’s getting way so old:

  • “Why can’t we celebrate this everyday?”
  • “Why does it have to be about color?!”
  • “I feel that Morgan Freeman is right about not having it, why can’t we have an American History Month?”
  • “I know everything about Blacks. Why a month though?”
  • Or my personal favorite: Why can’t they teach this in the schools without getting fired?”

You poor wayward souls!

But that last question I’ll comment later on.

Every single year, I hear that reckoning question of the same stuff about “Why can’t we celebrate this everyday?”  My question to that is this, What do we do everyday? Black folks, this is for you too! What do we do everyday? We go to work, school, prepare our clothes, shoes, making sure that our plans are set for business and travel, and etc. Don’t front at once! Many of us are still pondering why the Seattle Seahawks choked in the Super Bowl when Russell Wilson threw that pass but got INT’d by Marcus Butler of the NE Patriots. And unlike the Seahawks, the Packers did beat the Pats at Lambeau and did not choke.  Or maybe many are focused about Jay Z and Beyonce moving to L.A. or to see if someone from the Rap Game is about to drop another hit and just anxious to hear it. Or wondering about those new shoes (don’t lie Females) in the glass window at the mall, or yes fellas trying to get the Widescreen that was on sale after the Big Game, going to the concerts to score those awesome seats, or just wasting time protesting about a future streetcar project in Milwaukee that could benefit alot of citizens. Or protesting against Scott Walker and his ongoing war with the UW System, and as an Alum, I am not pleased!

This is a small sample here.

You mean to tell me we can do all these things, plus going on Facebook, Twiiter, Pinterest, Instagram and many others and can’t even reference about Lonnie Johnson or Mae Jemison?! Now I know there are those who probably might Google their names right now and just NOW LEARNING about those names for a want to know question. Matter of fact, I think my point is being proven right now.

And it’s proven in the fact of attitude and actions. I wonder why that is. Is it because that our older folks didn’t pass the knowledge enough, or is it us Gen X, Gen Y, and Millenials took the old stuff of knowledge and threw it in the trash? Oh, I’m going there today! Really I think it’s on both sides. I think the older gens probably didn’t go on with the ideal thought that us new players should enhance the knowledge more. It’s probably the basic same old stuff since us Gen X’ers were in Grade School. For me it was slightly different, yes I do remember celebrating the black history month events and figures like Garrett Morgan. And a host of others. And partially, I never understood it. But again, that was in school. However as I grew older, per say I began to realize the things about Black History were coming into light. This was in the house and church! And of course about the “Celebration” part of Black History Month has always been in question in some controversial fashion from skipping it, to calling it racist to even try to boycott it of trying to “get everyone together.” I hate to say it to those who are in a hating fashion: give it up! As long as you have racists, haters of any race, and “negropean” like folks dissing the occasion, Black History Month will always exist.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson made the occasion for a reason to talk about us! Us as in Black People. I’ve mentioned this too many times. Of course to an extent it’s part of the line of American History. However, it’s really should be part of the aspects of World History! We can’t front on that. And plus, I’ve asked this question before and I’m saying it again: “Who says that you have to learn the entire history in 28 or sometimes 29 Days?! And plus to pick on those who say this quote of learning it everyday, this goes back to my original  thought, “what do we do everyday?”

Just recently, I read about two stories in regarding those hating on Black History Month.

First, a couple of Howard Middle School Teachers in Washington D.C. were fired from their teaching positions due to the fact they were “teaching too much Black History” to the students. You’ve got to be kidding me! Seriously! WHO GETS FIRED FOR TEACHING TOO MUCH BLACK HISTORY?! If I were those folks who feels that firing teachers for teaching Black History is a crime, then THEY must be fired! Oh, I get it. They want the teachers to forget about those whom are black, so that they can continue to teach the good ole’ American History. Hold up a second! Many are saying that “Black History is American History.”. What happened to that? Hmmm………..

Second story and this is for those who live in Texas. Even though I got love for the Lone Star State. Word was on the street, that Civil Rights Activist in Black History of Angela Davis was supposed to speak at one of your colleges. But apparently your GOP College representatives forbade her to speak about Black History. Are some your folks bigots? What are they afraid of? Oh, that’s right. They are afraid  of a BLACK WOMAN who once been in the struggle way back with the Black Afro and Fist up in the 1970’s in telling of what her experience was like with the struggle at hand. And those today in office don’t want to students to hear that, all because the rules and regulations she got busted for? Oh, yes they are afraid of those that know the truth. I feel sorry for the students who might not get to hear her speak. Once again that shield of hate must come down! And personally this is why America is the way it is.

Can I be straight with you readers about all this?

There are folks in the country of America who are just afraid to unravel things that most of Black America already knows. Every single time this happens many had to cower up and have this big wall planted to say, no you can’t speak or say about this particular topic or subject of Black History. And many have forgotten that it was a black man that reminded us that we need to tell about our stories. Our stories are just as “American and Internationally known” just like everyone else. And don’t get me started about “oh, I’m waiting for a day that none of this matters in which All Americans are appreciated.” Don’t hold your breath. The more we talk Black History (not just in a American History sense) there better be understanding! However there are those who won’t and never will understand. Every year, I come here on this blog as I’ve done in the past and have to repeat like a broken record with the truth over and over again until the ears bleed. And I’m speaking on this Globally! And plus I’m not the only one. Feel free to read this story.

Remember this: Black History Month is not just an American History Occasion. This should be an World History Staple in which the first race of people were BLACK! Plus also for those who keep saying about the only race matters is the Human race? Remember that? Many say it. But failed to realized that it was the first civilization of black people that started the human race!

Attention college kids, put this in your Black History stuff and give me credit!

So yes, like many have said and I’ll say it here: Happy Black History Month to me! The occasion in which its cool to celebrate the 2nd month, and also to reference the historical events all day everyday. And how do I celebrate the BHM? Recognize the celebration and continue to reference the figures and events all the time. Even though it may be hard with the everyday stuff like work, school and activities!

Now let me set this centerpiece.


Recently, the Govenor himself Scott Walker had done another slashing of education. This time it’s $300 Million in which that would effect classes, teachers, layoffs and many otehrs. Plus also what do us Alumni have to say about this? Personally, I think every single of us who have gone to UW-Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, LaCrosse, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Stout and many others need to start speaking up and tell this govenor that we, as Alumni of our schools SHOULD NOT LET THIS STAND! Even though Scott Walker already given $200 MIllion for the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena, and I do understand that yes, the Bucks need a new home to play in or the NBA will be out to get the team to another city. I get that. However, as a Alum of the UW School System, like many of you, need to be concerned NOW how to support the UW-School System in which gave us love and degrees. So with that, here is my blog letter.

SideNote: And to my Sports folk:  exepect my Packers/Badgers sent letter later on.

Dear UW-School System (and Alumni):

It’s me, Stephen. I’m a black blogger from Milwaukee, and a alum of UW-Stout.

CALLOUT: We need to stand up!

I repeat, we need to stand up for our UW-School System. Now I know many have gotten our degrees and put them to work in our respected cities and also new digs, but I must say that its time that our former schools need our help.

I know also that we get those alumni newsletters in the mail about donate to this and that. And yes we put them to the side and forget it. But I think and believe that in the midst of this matter, I am calling on us UW Alumni to do one thing: GIVE BACK!

I don’t care if you are a alum of UW-Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, LaCrosse, Whitewater, Eau Claire, Superior, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Waukesha, and or my UW School of Stout, we are in this!

If we TRULY loved our schools like we say we do, then I say as a UW ALUM, give back! There needs to be a unity of all UW Schools here in the state that is willing to give back. Even keeping the mantra of the Wisconsin Idea in full effect. And with me being an alum, with all the educational things I did with Stout, the Wisconsin Idea still lingers. Even with Distance Education! Don’t front!!!

I am also challenging all alumni of the UW to have gatherings at your next reunions or meet ups to discuss new ways to reach out about what can the alumni do to help this cause. Even doing a #UWUNITY T-Shirt. I don’t care. As long as it goes to whatever, it happens.

Make it happen if you want folks to learn and live!!

Sincerely,

Stephen


Well there you go Wisconsin.

I am so laughing at all the folks who voted up for Scott Walker.

I am laughing at you!

Your pick to retain the Wisconsin’s Chair just single gave away another job opporutnity that could benefited this whole state. No, I’m not talking about the High Speed Rail and KRM Commuter Rail Projects. He’s already guilty of those. What I am referring to is the refusal and rejection of the proposed Hard Rock Hotel Casino Project in Kenosha. This reminds me of something at the end of 2014 when I asked the question of my WordPress Blog of Review. Where I scratched my head so many times and really had to bust out the real questions in asking?

Let me refresh the memory: Oh, is the State of Wisconsin really serious about bringing the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to Kenosha?

Well just today, that question has been answered with a no. And many guesses that Walker had to listen to the folks in Iowa in due for his so-called run to be the next President of the United States. Oh, and plus he believed that it would be very heavy on the taxpayers and plus have the nerve to blame Former Governor Jim Doyle. SERIOUSLY! Jim Doyle has been out of office since 2011 and Governor Numb Nuts (yeah I’m saying it!) believes he’s still around causing mess. No, from the very start, Mayor Tom Barrett did say hang on to your hats! He’s right! If any Wisconsinite DID NOT listen to the warning of Tom Barrett then apparently the memo didn’t get through to some or many brain dead Badger residents who feel Walker is a God. Personally, Scott Walker IS NOT A GOD! And this “Governor” also recently that made it clear about those who are unemployed or going through unemployment must go through drug testing. Get the Urine Samples out now. Now I know many of you probably read this blog and didn’t believe a word I said that this would happen, guess what: It’s time to fess up! If many of the Wisconsin Residents had VOTED MORE in 2014, we would not be in this mess. But now, you stayed home. Worried about your Music, your guns, your sport tickets, or maybe just too much big words. Oh yeah I’m going there! Over and over again, Elections have Consequences! They do. Plus also Polarized Politics (and sometimes Segregated Communities) can be a dangerous mix. Even as dangerous as the Flu in Wisconsin. Many of you voted up for Walker. And this is what you get.

CALLOUT: I thought “Wisconsin is open for business.” Is it really?

Maybe Wisconsin is open for business, but certain restrictions needed to apply.

And the decision made is another example why Wisconsin can’t really get out of the funk of rejecting this and that. Oh what, is gambling a considered boondoggle? And word also that Potawatomi Hotel and Casino tipped off Walker the warning.

Now those who were wondering, what kinds of jobs would have benefited from this casino project? Via the source from Casino Kenosha Website:

Jobs & Economic Impact
The Kenosha entertainment center and casino will create more than 3,300 good-paying jobs with benefits for local residents, and indirectly support another 1,800 local jobs. On top of that, just building the facility will create more than 1,400 family-sustaining construction jobs. Those 6,500 jobs go a long way toward helping fulfill Governor Walker’s goal of creating creating 250,000 new jobs in the Badger State.

Additionally, the Kenosha casino will make more in state and local government payments than any other Wisconsin company or Tribe – essentially, it will be the State of Wisconsin’s largest taxpayer. Agreements in place with the City of Kenosha and Kenosha County will also benefit local schools, cultural institutions and nonprofits.

Plus the Menominee Nation commented the “ultimate decision” of Scott Walker.

 “It is with great disappointment that I relay the message I received minutes ago from the Wisconsin Secretary of Administration, Mike Huebsch. Governor Walker will be announcing shortly his decision to say no to our Kenosha Casino proposal.

“It is our belief that this project would have improved the lives of the nearly 9000 members of the Tribe. Instead, one Tribe – the Forest County Potawatomi and one goal of Governor Walker – the Presidency has led to a no for our people.

“The Tribe and our partners at Hard Rock International will meet in the next few days to discuss any options we have. Until then – we must remember all the Menominee Nation has overcome in more than 10,000 years – we will continue to thrive as a Nation and will continue to be honorable partners for Indian Tribes in Wisconsin and around the Nation.”

Well, there it goes, Walker fans. All those times I’ve said this in the past, and I’m saying it now: I told you so! And on the flipside, what is Iowa saying to tell Walker to reject the casino? Oh that’s right…..Scott Walker is hinting a run. A Presidential Run for the White House in 2016. I have message for America: DO NOT PICK SCOTT WALKER! For all those “Republicans” who don’t follow Walker and don’t like his ideas or policies, put him on BLAST! I dare you. Put Scott Walker on blast on everything he says and does between now and 2016. I know many of you probably won’t do it. But I’m daring you. No, I’m double dog daring you!

Now I want to direct my attention to the Menominee Tribe in trying to get this Hard Rock Hotel and Casino going. First, I feel you. Really I do. I think you worked very hard for the last couple of years or more just trying to get this off the ground. Yes, I’m not a gambler. And yes I have been to Hard Rock Cafes in New York, Detroit, and Orlando. Speaking of that: I think since this project had been declared dead by Scott Walker, try a plan B. In which, that Wisconsin could use an opportunity to build more Hard Rock Cafes! Build them in Kenosha, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and mainly the Metro Area of Milwaukee. It’s time I think that Hard Rock Cafe (not the casino or hotel) needs to start up in Wisconsin in terms of future economic growth and get more jobs for those looking for one than the same old mess we’ve been going through since. I say this as a resident and plus I’m saying this as an African-American. This cancellation of the Hotel and Casino really reflects on why Wisconsin cannot get ahead due to blatant polarized politics of the state! And even the fear of competition of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, and even others of Oneida and Ho-Chunk. That’s my statement. Fight on if you must, but always remember that there is always a “PLAN B!”

And hopefully that Plan B alone can be better for many employment hungry Wisconsinites (even of African Decent) to partake in.


Breaking news out of Milwaukee this morning: Call it the Three Way Dance – The Milwaukee Streetcar Edition. However, my last dance card will not be pretty.

For many many years and months of concern and hope, the Milwaukee Streetcar Debate reached to a breaking point. In a vote of the Milwaukee Common Council of 10 – 5, the Streetcar still lives. BUT: there is one stipulation that was noted from the Common Council President Michael Murphy.

In the meeting, yes there was positives. Even coming from Alderman Nik Kovac (whom I’ve known since Middle School), has been the positive vocal point of the Streetcar Project. Alderman Terry Witkowski of the South Side was at first undecided previously, but the idea sparked for him to support the Streetcar as well. He also noted that there are some in his district had memo that the Streetcar may not work due to the district he oversees. But overall, Alderman Witkowski did say that the streetcar would benefit all of Milwaukee via downtown. The meeting of the Streetcar lasted for about over an hour with the pros and cons. Even the commentary cons of Alderman Bob Donovan, Joe Davis, Tony Zilenski (who favored the Streetcar but due to the stipulation of the signatures) Joe Dudzik, Jim Bohl, and Robert Puente.

For those who favored: Alderrwoman Coggs, and Aldermen Kovac, Witkowski, Hamilton, Wade, Bauman, Murphy, Perez, and Stamper.

Lastly, the CC President himself did indeed noted his support of the Streetcar. He also noted that the even though the project would be taking a risk, but also noted (and it’s real talk) that in his words: “there is a risk in everything in life.” So technically he was point of taking challenges even they seem to be “controversial” or in this case, daring. However on the other end, for those who feel that they needed to say against the project (even though the thoughts in my view are “Conflicted”) he also fairly said that those with the petitions would be welcomed. So with that, the official (and hopefully THE LAST) vote will be extended until February 10th, 2015. The vote was noted with a 10 – 5 decision. But with the stipulation of the signatures, it stood as of 9-6 overall with 8-7 in favoring the signature requests. So it came close with the backing of the Streetcar by the council, but the final vote was put on pause.

Now since that’s on ice until Black History Month, here is something else to note: Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Apparently there was a true backing of the Milwaukee Streetcar Dilemma in the eyes of Bob Donovan and others: Americans for Prosperity. A Koch Brothers funding group, who has backers in Milwaukee of all places has been the culprit of these referendums, obstruct and cancel plans that have been planted to stop the Streetcar. For all those who are signing those referendums, I know you have a right to say what’s up, BUT I must warn those pretty much:

Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Personally what these so-called Americans of Prosperity folks are just doing the work that want to keep stuff held back. That’s all they do. Keeping folks poor in all. And yes they are Koch Funded that helped the likes of Scott Walker per say to get the chair in Madison. Matter of fact that group has been responsible for “cheating” for the last four and half years in terms of getting the High Speed Rail and the KRM defunded and money to be left alone and went out of the state. Oh yeah, they have been “cheating” just to fund their money to deflate anything that does not like them. Oh, I hope the black community in Milwaukee is paying attention, closely! Especially those who like to say, #TEAMSHUTITDOWN on Facebook. And those referendums that your crew on FB probably got circulated via the net, all that came from the Americans For Prosperity.

AGAIN: BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!

Well since the cat has been let out of the bag in regarding the Streetcar in this sense, The “proponents” per say need to further the cause of the real deal by February 10th. The proponents need to be “reproofers” and to go onto the “Stop The Milwaukee Streetcar” Facebook Page and reproof the folks who are misguided, uninformed, poisoned with thoughts, and just need to get the dose of reality of what is the real truth with this project! The same goes for other Facebook pages, other social media platforms, radio, TV, blog or bloggers, and EVEN the Americans For Prosperity themselves that what they are spreading is just false mess! For 25 years, Milwaukee has been talking about this project over and over again. And the use of future transportation has been thoroughly commented. Sometimes BUSES aren’t the answer at all times. And I mentioned in my previous blog that some employers don’t allow employees to take buses! They don’t! The next time when you look at a job description either online or in print, read it very carefully. If it states on the description that the job does not require applicants or employees to take public transportation, that says it. Again, I’m not saying all jobs have this, only some. I’m making this clear because of my experience back a decade ago. Has there been some changes in the last 10 years? Yes and No.

So in summary, here is the rundown via the Shepherd Express:

    • The final vote on Feb. 10. This will likely pass. When you remove Tony Zielinski’s vote for the project and then to reconsider, it received 9 of 15 votes in support, giving the streetcar more than enough votes for it to pass at the next meeting. Significantly, Common Council President Michael Murphy voted in favor after opposing the project in the past. That carries a lot of weight and says something about how important this project is to the future of the city. (And, no, I don’t think it’s the “second coming.”)
    • Opponents need to come up with 31,000 signatures in the next few weeks. Right-wing radio will be fanning the flames to help out this effort and the petition drive will be well financed. I’m going to assume that Nate Hamilton’s radio ad will continue running as well. One wrinkle for opponents is that they need 31,000 city voters. Suburban residents won’t be able to sign.
    • If the Common Council passes the project and the petition drive is successful, I assume that the city will go ahead full steam to begin launching the actual project so that it’ll be difficult to kill and people will have gotten used to it. (Then again, that didn’t work out so well for the high-speed rail project, which Walker killed even after Doyle was signing contracts right and left to try to lock in that project.)
  • The Joint Review Board needs to give its final approval. I was unfamiliar with this body until this morning, and it seems like a few council members—except for the streetcar opponents—were fuzzy on it, too. According to state statutes, the JRB gives the final approval to any TIF or TID project. (Here’s the state fact sheet on it as well as the city’s fact sheet.) It’s made up of the local taxing authorities as well as one member of the public. Why did the opposing alders mention the JRB this morning? If you look closely, you’ll see that the JRB doesn’t have to be the final word on any TIF or TID project. A majority of the JRB can request that the information the city submits for JRB review be reviewed for errors. And who would do that review? The state Department of Revenue.

So, in my prediction, the Streetcar will roll for approval and the jobs with it. Get the resumes out!

Finally just today, this one of the worst comments coming out of the mouth of Milwaukee Alderman Joe Dudzik. This Alderman, well according to WTMJ 620 AM, he commented that blacks in Milwaukee will be in his words via the Streetcar:

“There’s going to be a couple of assaults, maybe a rape, or a shooting on one of these streetcars,” Dudzik told WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.  “The [millennials] that claim they’re going to be riding this thing are going to be nowhere to be seen.” 

He also claimed that his comments were not racial, but having to review the previous stuff with Northridge and the Grand Avenue Mall.

What did the Mayor say for this?

The Mayor’s office responded to Dudzik’s comments with a statement:  “There have been a lot of irresponsible statements about the Streetcar and this is one of the worst.”

You know what, I’m calling out the B.S. out of the mouth of Alderman Joe Dudzik. His comments about blacks messing the Streetcar with Rape and Violence is very stupid. No it’s BEYOND STUPID! This is just as dumb and immoral as Joe Davis saying the Streetcar is racist. I do have a question though: Has Alderman Joe Dudzik ever been beaten by a black person before he became an Alderman? When was the last time Dudzik was ever defeated and felt soft, snobish, weak minded and racist against those of African-American? Since when, High School?!!! He claims he’s not making it racial, but he is by opening his mouth! If you live in his district, PUT HIM IN CHECK! Was he ever aware that the MCTS had rapings, fights, shootings on the buses?! Has he?! He, like Joe Davis better wake the “F” UP! Plus also he was wrong about the Northridge Mall closing up due to blacks. According to one of my favorite black Milwaukee radio stations, and I’m glad the “The Forum” brought this up, due to the fact that real reason why Northridge is really closed was due to a rumor that a black man way back when caused a violent shenanigan against a white patron previously. Go ask Jesse Anderson, a white dude in JAIL! Who also killed his wife many moons ago. That’s the real main reason why Northridge Mall is closed up now! Put that in the archives all because he killed his wife and blame it on a so-called black guy!  If Alderman Joe Dudzik is up for re-election, he better not get reelected! He need to be fired and recalled for his commentary and yet to apologize to every single African-American he offended with his comments! He might lose alot of “Black Friends.” Just a warning! How does he know what might happen when violence on a Streetcar would occur? As I mentioned from my previous blog, the MCTS had shootings, stabbings, fights and etc. Carjackings. Has any Taxis in Milwaukee had been shot up before? I definitely want to know.

Put a petition together to get him fired! 

And plus, to those who are on the “Stop the Milwaukee Streetcar” Facebook Page or any other Anti-Milwaukee Streetcar Social Media site: do you condone this?! Put down your burgers, fries, sodas, beers, coffees, pizzas, and other eats/drinks and put this fool of an Alderman in serious check! Now you know why Milwaukee is a segregated city? This is not just about the Milwaukee Streetcar idea. Again, this is where “Race in Milwaukee” needs to be talked about and clarified and put on the table. Now for those who say “I have alot of black friends”, to  “I’m not a racist, or that repeating feeling of “I don’t care if you’re purple, red, green, and etc……We’re all the same.” REALLY?! I call B.S. on that also! And don’t even bust out with the MLK speech with the favorite of not about color but about character. Half of you probably believed that notion also have broken that belief with your actions, and your so-called lessons that you obviously proposed or learned! Just admit it! And I don’t care if it’s 2015!

I’ll bet these are the same folks who fear having their boots shaken when going into Milwaukee for a spot visit, work, or just to relive the “good ole’ days” per say, they are the same folks who have this fear of getting shot, assaulted or raped in the city. Well I got news for them: where you are, I might get caught dead for being strange in the nice neighborhoods. Or being called that scary N*gger and getting arrested for some alleged B.S. that went down. Or being accused of any other thing that they feared since something was taught being afraid and racist of black folks! I’m putting this out there to be real!

Like Dr. King once said: “Where do we go from here?” Ponder that hard.

And other than that: check out the statistics thus far from Urban Milwaukee in regarding the Yay’s and Nay’s of the Streetcar.


First: let me give a shoutout to the Milwaukee Streetcar folks. Apparently that my previous blog was linked on their Facebook Page (aka The Milwaukee Streetcar) and yes, I didn’t know that it had about 54 views here, and 35 views on their page. So for those who “actually” liked the page on Facebook, from my own black point of view, thank you! And for those who probably had to comment crazy on the page via my blog link, I think you didn’t get my gist of why it matters to the jobs for the city. Or is it because I had to bring up the segregated climate angle, and those having the “conflicted viewpoints?” Some of you know it’s true. Don’t start illing! Now after my commentary letter to the Milwaukee Common Council is up for their review, now it’s time to ask the question: Would I ride the Milwaukee Streetcar if it were to be built? Would I contribute the Streetcar funding by paying fares, getting off and on at selected stops, or maybe help the tourist part with a potential of I don’t know, Photography? Reference Atlanta. Would I do the photography thing if the construction of the streetcar were to be constructed? Would the Streetcar continue with jobs beyond the completion if I were to apply? All of that, I’ll admit: YES! Now, you’re probably saying, well that’s all in fine BUT why would you use it when you drive a car? Yes I do drive. However I wouldn’t mind if I were to ride the Streetcar and possibly get paid for tours. Or maybe to have a side gig or full time gig in promoting the streetcar via my college studies. One of my past UW-Stout classes was in Project Management and I do remember that when the company wins, everybody wins. That was the mantra. When the company wins, everybody wins. Also when I mentioned the “Conflicted Viewpoints” thing, that took me back to my college studies, yet again. It was a course in Organizational Leadership in referencing the good behaviors and bad behaviors. On that Facebook Page, out of that 2,000 plus folks who clicked the like button, there were some male and female pundits showing their polarized side in assuming they know everything. They really don’t! Just making excuses of not moving forward. Partially, Milwaukee and Wisconsin is known for that the most. And folks like them per say, like to get the calculating this and that, and having this attitude that it would not work or operate. How do they know?!!! Yeah I’m calling them out! If they are so caring about the calculating with transit per say, why can’t they calculate the help of getting jobs connecting to Milwaukee? Especially for those who don’t drive and having concerns?! Where is the calculating in that?! Polarized Politics and segregation climates are a dangerous mix. Even if you’re black! Now, non black folks, I know what your saying. “I’m not a racist. I have black friends….” Stop it! And black folks, do not go in that “negropean angle” and thinking its not going hurt you. In some ways, it can hurt! Just today, even thought it’s a day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have thought about him and the days he went through of having these distortions in public, and his work of equality of justice. Despite of the marches, speeches, and the nonviolent acts of freedom, Dr. King kept on his mission until his untimely death at 39 years old. And yes, in his absence, the struggle continues! He wasn’t just about the dream, also insert the words “Radical and Revolutionary” in that as well! Every black student and other students alike as well as the now grown folks nation, needs to realize that! We face new struggles in all things everyday even in this technological 21st Century full of Apps, Social Media, and Drones. And blogging. And also, by the end of this day, I ask those who are so MLK supportive: Will you act on the dream already? Will you act on the dream that those who march in Ferguson, New York and Milwaukee for equal justice and not using distortion of hate? Will you act on the dream in your schools, church, your job, a Career Fair, a community center, or any other act of need for yourself and for those that need the act of needs?  Even if it involves new structures that seemed distorted by those who do not want to move forward?! Towards the end of 2014, in speaking of distortions, my former UMC Pastor warned my church congregation about wolves in sheep’s clothing. I’m sure many have heard that in a way or another. But you’re probably asking, what does that have to do with the Milwaukee Streetcar and what’s going on with the Polarized Politics? Here is my answer: BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING! Beware! Let me tell you why. Just this morning, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a Purple Wisconsin Blog in regarding the Opponents of the Milwaukee Streetcar. And yes, this Wednesday is D-Day for the Milwaukee Common Council to either rock it or drop it, due to the referendum idea out of Aldermans Joe Davis and Bob Donovan. We all know that they went to different parts out side of the metro area to pull the strings about derailng this Milwaukee Streetcar Project. Alderman Davis has said that it’s racist and immoral. And having the thought of Black Millennials will not be part of this as well as dealing with shootings such as the death of Dontre Hamilton. Speaking of that, many here in Milwaukee have already heard the radio spot in which Nate Hamilton expressed his liberties about the hate of the Streetcar, and not getting justice for his late brother shot by the Milwaukee PD. Now, again I feel for the Hamiltons and the ongoing efforts to get justice. Yes, I know they are hurting and it’s democracy in action. But after reading this article from the blog:

As has previously been reported, radio advertisements have been running on certain Milwaukee radio stations that attempt to rhetorically connect a public transportation project with the tragic death of Dontre Hamilton. The ads say they are sponsored by a group called the Black Lives Matter Coalition, although according to Milwaukee radio station WNOV the ads are actually paid for by Craig Peterson of Milwaukee based public relations firm Zigman Joseph Stephenson. Peterson, a resident of River Hills, is the same individual behind the group Citizens for Urban Justice, which sponsored advertisements supporting Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and Scott Walker.

What is really going on? Is the folks behind the making of the ads are using the feelings of the Hamilton family for their political distortion? Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! I have a question to the Black Milwaukee Millennial folks: Has Alderman Davis “ACTUALLY” talked to you about jobs for the Streetcar? Have any of you “ACTUALLY” gone to those Milwaukee Public Meetings on the Milwaukee Streetcar? Have any of you “ACTUALLY” written letters to Mayor Tom Barrett about the Streetcar period? I want to know that question! Again: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! Another viewpoint from the article:

In what has become a sadly predictable pattern, Milwaukee area right wing talk radio hosts are leading the media campaign against the streetcar. Charlie Sykes, Vicki McKenna, Mark Belling and others wear their anti-Milwaukee rhetoric as a badge of honor, and the street car is just the latest in a long line of initiatives which would have benefited people living in Milwaukee, but were blocked in part due to the coordinated opposition from conservative talk radio. In this case, Sykes’ show has been actively promoting anti-streetcar efforts. Vicki McKenna was the featured speaker at a meeting of streetcar opponents. In a recent broadcast, Mark Belling highlighted the public transportation initiatives he has opposed and succeeded in blocking over the last twenty-five years on the air. Talk radio hosts have deliberately crafted and relish in their status as an anchor around the neck of the city of Milwaukee with craven attempts to exploit anti-urban sentiment, exascerbate suburban hostility and fear, and drive their ratings. Aldermen Davis and Donovan have enlisted the support of this coalition of anti-Milwaukee conservatives, most of whom do not live in the city, to achieve their political ends.

Again: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! Lot of folks are probably saying, “show us the proof!” I don’t have to show it, because it’s already been written in the actions. It’s being scripted for those who want to be played, tabloid, hoodwinked, teased, manipulated, being hyper sensitive, bamboozled, brainwashed, whimper out, arm twisted, wanting to sellout, wanting to be (excuse my french), “bootlickers”, wanting to be sold to the highest bidder in order to do what is best for business in all for the money, their jobs to feed families and ratings. I’m saying this now! Plus I know this might hurt, but it’s the truth! I know it’s MLK day. But there was time that there were certain folks back in his heyday didn’t like what Martin Luther King Jr was doing, but he kept marching! He didn’t just expressed that in the pulpits, nor the March on Washington or any other place he went and preached. No matter where he went, he kept marching. And even getting on America’s case about the bombings in Vietnam. He was telling the truth, even folks who did not want to hear it! He died for what he fought for at age 39. How many black 39 year olds today in 2015 would continue to fight for the positives right now? Think about it. So to The Milwaukee Streetcar folks: I have some advice: One: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. No matter who or what comes up, correct folks not just online, but in person, the radio, the blogging, and definitely Facebook. Two: Always express the truth in which you present! Not the negative media, not those who think they know, but it comes from you and you only! Three: Get positive feedback or should I say “True Positive Feedback!” Even if you hear good radio spots on Black Milwaukee Radio of the Milwaukee Streetcar via the African-American Chamber of Commerce and Matters of the Heart Church. And for the record, they have promoted the positive light of the project for Economic Development and mostly for black folks looking for work even more. Again from my last blog story to the Common Council, and look for this again for the support thing via Urban Milwaukee, I support the idea of the Milwaukee Streetcar for one and one reason only of fresh, out of the box, innovative and new careers. This is my statement and opinion.


Mark it down. January 21st will be D-Day for the Milwaukee Common Council in which they will vote Yea or Nay in regarding the Milwaukee Streetcar Project. Yes, it’s still a hot potato in which many might rock it or drop it. I think those who rock it, in a sense could lead to additional opportunities to jobs in which the city has been preaching forever! And those who like to “drop it” in terms of it being racist, a thing of waste, and also as I put it in my last blog, “Conflicted Viewpoints” among those who are angry and  protesting in disgust. However, my viewpoint is for one thing, and one thing only: Employment Opportunities to the next level. Not just about the routes, times, or highly concerned options. The main focus IS JOBS! PERIOD! So for that, I present this blog letter to the council.

And if those who are apart of the Milwaukee Common Council that uses WordPress, share this before voting!

Dear Milwaukee Common Council:

It’s me Stephen. Obviously, I’m a black blogger in the city by hobby.

It’s seems that you have a big decision to make in terms of the Milwaukee Streetcar Project. But before you make your decision of cost, structure, construction, and many other factors of human emotion and misguided dialogue: hear me on this of why it should matter to the additional construction ideas in Milwaukee. I often blog about Milwaukee being as a “tail-end”city. What I mean by that is, it’s always behind. And most recently, it’s also stuck in the word of “Can’t”. Twice as most of you are aware, we came so close with the previous projects that would have linked our City with Madison with High Speed Rail and not to forget another one: The KRM Commuter rail that would have linked Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee to get to those unreachable places for those looking for work. Of course! We also have problems with the violence, with potholes, housing, and many other factors that needs attention. Even yes, addressing the ongoing saga of the death of Dontre Hamilton, in which his brother Nate used a platform on WNOV to speak out against the Milwaukee Streetcar in relation to get justice. And additionally with the saga of the Republican-like organizations of Citizens for Responsible Government and this recent United For Milwaukee forged by Alderman Davis and Donovan. These I think are factors of examples of just trying to keep Milwaukee held back.

I’m sure you’ve heard and/or stood on the platform of all this.

But now, here is my only reason of the project: Four letters here – J-O-B-S! I like many others have been saying and commenting and blogging about the need of jobs in the City. I’m coming at this from a general standpoint. We need more “improved and never seen before can do jobs” in Milwaukee! I feel that it’s high time that this city needs to start playing more poker of new things that seemed daring to compete. I’m not just talking about against other cities, but we really need to step our game up for the future. Recently, the Mayor said that he’s betting on the future. And I hope all 15 of you are betting on the future as well. Yes, we still live in a segregated climate where mostly of my ethnicity of African-Americans are somewhat considered a suspect to death! Yes, we have other factors that might believe that Milwaukee is a wrong choice for jobs when it comes to skills, experience, residence (especially for those who are black job seekers) and many other factors combined. And I’m sure many of you, recently viewed the news out of California in their debut of the Bullet Train for their state. They stuck with their idea (along with Wisconsin’s part of the HSR money) built it, and it’s fully operational to get from Point A to Point B. They dared, they built it, and it’s arrived.

For all 15 of you and this Streetcar thing, yes I know many of you don’t like the idea. And there are those who favor the plan that it should move forward. And there are those who are undecided. I believe it should move forward to get something started. You see, I’m a job seeker for better employment, with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from UW-Stout, and I think this project with my college background skills should favor and interest me. I studied Occupational Safety/Loss Control, Strategic Management, Engineering Economy, Project Management, Statistics, Product Inventory and Control, just to name a few. And I feel it should be an investment not just the talk of wasteful government spending as the detractors put it. And definitely not controversial.

Clearly, I feel this should be a new investment to get this city going. And if  it’s not the investment of whatever, then Common Council: what is YOUR plan for the absence of the project? I don’t want to hear the same plans that have been burned out for the last 15 – 20+ years! I want to see NEW PLANS, NEW IDEAS, NO CONTROVERSIAL OVERALL EMPLOYMENT CAREER PLANS for this City! And unlike Alderman Joe Davis, it should NOT be racist or immoral but should effect those who are citizens of color looking for work.

And I hope that it should sink in for this vote next week after or maybe on the King Holiday.

So this is where I stand: I support the idea of the Milwaukee Streetcar for a new improved, fresh out of the box employment plans for the future. This is my reason and my reason only. There are other reasons, but I choose this reason to get things started. It doesn’t matter if it’s downtown or midtown, or uptown, this city as medium as is, needs something to think about. And do! This is my opinion and statement.

Sincerely,

Stephen