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Disrupted

photo courtesy Nick Hansen Last week, I witnessed a solemn procession. I-94 was closed off for the funeral of Officer Matthew Rittner. I sat in my car on the overpass above and watched the police cars in their procession through Milwaukee. There were firetrucks parked on each overpass with firefighters and bystanders standing at attention as the cars rolled on underneath the bridge. It took me over two hours to get home that day in what is usually a seven…

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The Sherman Phoenix

On Friday night in Milwaukee, there was only one place to be: the Sherman Phoenix. We’ve all been waiting and watching and she spread her wings at last. … We were all witnesses on the night it burned. We gathered in Sherman Park the day after the unrest–and day after that and the day after that. We had our reasons for coming there: we were angry, hurt, wanting to help, wanting to show support for Sylville’s family. It was hard…

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Gunshots & Carrots

Sage appeared in my doorway, wrapped in her comforter, her big sister right behind her. “Mom, were those gunshots?” It was 9:30 pm and the girls had been in bed for an hour. I had heard the shots–3 of them with several eerie pauses between–fired in the alley behind my house. I was hoping that the girls were asleep and didn’t hear. But here we are on my bed having a conversation I wasn’t prepared to have tonight. “Mom, why…

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The Culture of Sherman Park

My next door neighbor Bryan waved me over to his yard and asked, “Have you seen my Facebook post?” I hadn’t, so he showed me the window in his living room. In the center of that lovely, 90-year old leaded glass was a bullet hole. The previous night around 7pm, that bullet shot through the living room window and then through the glass paned-door that lead into his dining room. It was likely a stray bullet from several blocks away.…

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