Milwaukeeans to demonstrate in support of outraged Ferguson residents

A woman takes notes at a meeting sponsored by the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable. (Photo by Raina J. Johnson)

Local citizens and organizations are calling for justice in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. A demonstration is planned for Friday at Red Arrow Park, where an African American man was shot to death by a police officer in April.

‘The shooters are killing people who look like themselves’

Participants listen as a community member shares a personal story about gun violence. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

More than 50 city residents listened as one after another described their personal connection to gun violence and shared thoughts on how to stop it.

Activist says ‘we got this’ when it comes to keeping black youth busy and safe

Teens pick up garbage in their neighborhood, employed by community activist Andre Lee Ellis. (Photo by Karen Stokes)

Borchert Field resident Andre Lee Ellis has taken anti-violence efforts into his own hands, paying young black men to clean up their neighborhood for several hours each weekend.

Curbing violence in Milwaukee will “take a village”

The town hall meeting on the growing problem of gun violence in the city attracted a full house. (Photo by Karen Slattery)

At a town meeting on gun violence, leaders and citizens agreed that community members have to take back their own neighborhoods.

Urban Ecology Center branches provide safe options for outdoor play

Martin Ponce, a volunteer at the Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Branch, leads a group of children in the Young Scientists Club down an eroded hill. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

In some city neighborhoods, kids play indoors because parents fear for their safety. But places such as the Urban Ecology Centers are providing safe havens for outdoor play and creating safer neighborhoods in the process.

Milwaukee teens traumatized by violence find their voice in new documentary

Teens appearing in the documentary “Can Your Hear Us Now?” answer questions from the audience at the premiere. (Photo by Karen Stokes)

The premiere of a documentary focusing on how violence affects local teens drew an audience of about 1,000 people to the Oriental Theatre.

Teens share stories of gun violence at Our Next Generation

Participants remember the victims of gun violence. (Photo by Hannah Byron)

Our Next Generation and Serve2Unite hosted a teen-led summit to discuss how to decrease gun-related violence.

New shelter offers women a chance to leave life on the streets

Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Donald J. Hying leads friends and supporters of the Clare Community project in prayer at a celebration of the new women’s shelter.  (Photo by Karen Slattery)

Clare Community has opened a home for prostitutes and victims of sex trafficking while they transition to a new life.