Vel Phillips shattered gender and racial barriers while fighting tirelessly for civil rights as human rights. She championed the fight for fair housing and to improve social and economic justice for underrepresented communities.
She fought for these things up until her death. Even in her older age, she marched against the war in Iraq, she helped other people get elected, she was writing a memoir of the Milwaukee civil rights movement…the list goes on.
Today, it is more important than ever that we remember her legacy as she charted a path for justice for African Americans, women, and the city of Milwaukee that, to this day, we are still striving to achieve.
“She was a lonely warrior for a long time,” Mayor Tom Barrett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “There were others who were behind her, but certainly among elected officials, she was, at the local level, without question the leader.”
In a 2000 interview with the Journal Sentinel, Phillips said, “I had the burden of representing every African American in the city. No matter where they lived, I was their alderman and they called me—if they had their electricity turned off, if they needed a job, if they wanted a streetlight repaired, whatever. They felt close to me. What could I say to them? I’m not your alderman? I couldn’t say that.”
Nevertheless, she persisted and made the people’s battle her battle.
Phillips died Tuesday night, hours after the Milwaukee Common Council had finished voting on establishing an annual award in her honor.
A friend of Phillips and Alderwoman Milele Coggs pushed to create the Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award.
“I believe in giving people their flowers (although Ms. Phillips preferred plants) while they are living,” Ald. Coggs said. “It was cruel irony to get the notice last evening of her passing but I am glad we had the chance to honor this trailblazing woman and hopefully the award will become just one of many small ways of keeping her legacy alive.”
Ald. Coggs is also planning another tribute:
“Out of the many conversations we had, there is one that I regret we never finished…it was about her desire to have a street permanently named in her honor. I am committing myself to working diligently with my colleagues to make her request a reality. Another small tribute to a woman on whose shoulders many of us now stand.”
In addition to Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Vel Phillips was an inspiring role model to many. And her legacy will continue to inspire us to push harder, demand more and finish the work she started.
On her 90th birthday, The Journal Sentinel asked Phillips how she would like to be remembered someday. She wanted people to know:
“That I was always helping people who had less and needed more than they even dreamed of. That I was able to make a difference in people’s lives. Because I certainly had a lot of people who made a difference for me and did good things for me and made me feel special.
“And it started with my mother saying, ‘What did you do today that was good?’ “
Arte Para Todos spans across five neighborhoods—East Side, Bay View, Walker’s Point, Riverwest, Harambee—and there is an experience for all musical tastes.
Friday you can catch a late hip hop show at Anodyne, then on Sunday, you can take in a low-key daytime set Jazz Estate. Maybe Saturday you’re feeling both rock and hip-hop—you can see both at Franks Power Plant. And that’s the idea—the lineup is intentionally structured to offer a diverse musical lineup at every venue.
But the best part? All proceeds from the festival go back to Milwaukee schools to fund art programs. To date, Arte has raised more than $60,000 for art education.
Here’s the full lineup for 2018.
If live music isn’t your thing, you can still support the mission. New this year, Arte organizers are collecting art supplies at the following locations:
On this week’s two-part podcast, we first head to Brady Street to visit The Diplomat. Then in part two, we circle back to Bay View to check out 1840 Brewing Co.
Before we get into the candidates, here is a summary of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the highest appellate court in the state. The court has jurisdiction over original actions, appeals from lower courts, and regulation or administration of the practice of law in Wisconsin. There are seven justices that sit on the bench. They are selected in nonpartisan elections and serve 10-year terms.
Wisconsin holds state judicial elections every year, but in some years, no state supreme court justice’s term will end and therefore no justice will be up for election. Only one seat may be elected in any year. In the event of a vacancy on the court, the governor has the power and duty to appoint an individual to the vacancy; that justice must then stand for election in the first subsequent year in which no other justice’s term expires. (source: Ballotpedia)
Biography (via Linkedin): Currently assigned a large claims civil calendar. Previously Presiding Judge of domestic violence/child abuse division and misdemeanor division. Presided over drug, gun, homicide and sexual assault courts. Has conducted approximately 225 jury trials. Experienced managing heavy caseload and motion practice, including post-conviction motions.
Dallet has received over $550,000 in campaign donations from a variety of sources.
Take a listen to Rebecca Dallet’s interview on WPR’s “Central Time.”
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