Micro lawn-mowing businesses put food on table for poor laborers

Richard Wilder stands next to his truck after clearing brush from a lot. (Photo by Brendan O'Brien)

For a few dollars, landscapers mow lawns and clear brush for homeowners and small businesses.

Do you want a bike station in your neighborhood?

After installing bike stations at Discovery World and Red Arrow Park, Bublr Bikes is taking suggestions for the location of new bike stations at its website. (By Raina J. Johnson)

City teens have a ball on Cal Ripken, Sr. Day

Kids from Agape Community Center swing the bat during the high-tempo game of Quickball. (Photo by Scottie Lee Meyers)

The diamond was freshly groomed, music blasted from the ballpark speakers and a digital scoreboard kept tally at Helfaer Field as teens from several community centers across Milwaukee played a game of Quickball.

Serve 2 Unite and Auschwitz museum staff members connect over nonviolence

Bartosz Bartyzel, Adelina Michaldo and Marta Berecka, visitors from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland, listen to Serve 2 Unite representatives talk about nonviolence. (Photo by Hannah Byron)

Staff members from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland heard from Serve 2 Unite representatives about how the organization works to build peaceful communities in the aftermath of violence.

Special Report: Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws

Rodney Hudson, 30, said he feels his felony conviction for marijuana possession is essentially a sentence to a life of poverty. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Despite the large racial disparity in the way marijuana possession laws are enforced in Wisconsin, decriminalization advocates say nothing will change as long as the issue is considered an “inner city” problem.

McDonald’s low-wage workers applaud NLRB ruling

Workers demonstrate for higher wages at a local McDonald’s franchise. (Photo By Raina J. Johnson)

Low-wage workers rallied at a local McDonald’s in support of a recent opinion by the National Labor Relations Board general counsel that the company — not just franchisees — has control over workers’ wages.

Spontaneous summer job program spawns loyalty, support

Andre Lee Ellis gives advice and encouragement to some of the young men who came to work in the community garden. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

As a summer of mentoring and employing a growing group of young men comes to a close, Andre Lee Ellis is considering what’s next for his “We Got This” initiative.

Tobacco compliance checks reveal ongoing need in Milwaukee

Last weekend, WI WINS performed its regularly scheduled compliance checks in the City of Milwaukee. Once again, minors came away with illegally-sold tobacco products in hand. As is evident in the products obtained during the checks, the tobacco industry will stop at nothing to make their products appeal to youth with their bright colors, candy […]

Popular health fairs to provide free vaccinations, backpacks for kids

Nurses at last year’s “Back to School Health Fair” explained the results of children’s lead tests. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Vaccinations, hearing and lead tests are among the free services that will be offered at the upcoming Milwaukee Health Department “Back-to-School Health Fairs” at North Division and Bradley Tech high schools.

Guest House welcomes Brewers-funded rainwater pavilion

Brewers’ players Rickie Weeks (left) and Khris Davis joined Guest House Executive Director Cindy Krahenbuhl at Cream City Gardens. (Photo by Patrick Leary)

Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks and the Brewers Community Foundation donated a rainwater pavilion in the gardens across the street from Guest House, which houses formerly homeless men.