Thursday, August 9, 2007

urban food tour

In several of the meetings of the "Friends of Real Food" group at the Urban Ecology Center they've talked about the importance of increasing access to healthy food in ALL neighborhoods in Milwaukee. A woman named Gloria has arranged a tour to help anyone learn more about 3 groups who are working to do just that in north side neighborhoods in Milwaukee. I am BURNING to attend this thing but unfortunately have to work. Hope you guys can go!

Tour of Fondy Market, Walnut Way and Alice’s Garden
Led by Jessie Tobin from the Urban Open Space Foundation

Wed. August 15, 2007 – 1 pm (approx 1 - 1 ½ hours long)

Meet at the Urban Ecology Center at 12:30 pm (on Park and Bartlett-ish... one block south, one block west of Locust & Oakland on the East Side in Milwaukee)

to Gloria Foster at 414-964-7779

More info to check out:

A Farm-to-Fork Solution to Hunger and Poor Nutrition in Milwaukee
The Fondy Food Center ’s Farm-to-Fork strategy provides the tools to Milwaukee ’s Northside residents to stretch their food dollars and take control of their food, their diets, and their health.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a grassroots, community development organization serving the Milwaukee Central City neighborhood bound by North Avenue , 12th Street , Fond du Lac Avenue, Walnut Street and 20th Street . Our mission is... “ sustain an economically diverse and neighborly community through civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and economic enterprise.” Their efforts include transforming vacant, debris-filled lots into productive gardens and orchards.

A Community Garden at 2000 W. Garfield St

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

social development commission

empowering milwaukee county residents with the resources to move beyond poverty

this thursday night (july 19) from 5-7 pm there is an open house at milwaukee's social development commission. check them out:

their mission is to empower milwaukee county residents with the resources to move beyond poverty. honestly i don't know much about them... i originally contacted them because i heard about a vegetable garden they were putting together to be attended to by homeless people. in return i got invited to this event to learn more about them and what they do, and i got permission to bring as many people as we would like! it will be cool to learn about what programs and services they offer. there will also be ideas for connecting with them individually or as a group to volunteer.

the address is 4041 n richards st in milwaukee, zip 53212 (richards & e capitol dr).

comment under this post to arrange for carpools from brookfield, etc. i will be there the whole time, and i believe it is ok to come whenever you can, but aim for as close to 5:00 as possible.

if anyone has any questions, go ahead and email me at or call at 414.573.1900

hope some of you can make it out!

the social development commission...
"because there's no one way to end poverty"

who misses allyson?

WE DO!!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2007

community warehouse

Matt Seib organized our next event for us! Here's what's up:

Come join us at the Community Warehouse this Thursday, July 12 @ 4:30 pm for our next meeting. The Community Warehouse is a non-profit home supply outlet that serves low income households in Milwaukee. We'll be taking a tour of the facility to see what kind of stuff they distribute, talking with some of the staff to learn about the impact of the Warehouse of the community, and getting some info about other organizations like the Warehouse that operate in the city.

The Community Warehouse is located at 520 S. 9th Street.
Here's their web address:

If anyone would be interested - we could go to dinner afterward and discuss what we will have learned/discovered and then maybe Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square.

Contact Matt with any questions and to let him know if you are coming!


Sunday, July 1, 2007


this friday (july 6) at 7pm we will have a homelessness discussion night at katie & ashlyn's apartment on the east side.

we will watch the documentary 'homeless in the heartland,' which is about homelessness specifically in milwaukee. we'll have some people share their experiences, and take a look at a few organizations in our city that work with this issue.

if anyone has questions you want discussed friday or ideas you'd like to share, PLEASE comment on this post and we will do our best to be sure they are addressed. after friday we'll change this post to a summary of what we talked about and learned and use it for further discussion.

our apartment:
1704 e locust st #3 in milwaukee (corner of locust & bartlett... one block west of oakland)
we live in the apartment building on the northeast corner, i.e. we are adjacent to chin's
you can park on bartlett

see you friday!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Hey folks...

I added an events calendar to the sidebar, so if you know of any events the group should know about in Milwaukee let me know and I'll add it.

You may be able to add to the calendar yourselves too... I'm not sure... I will figure out whether or not everyone can add events, and I can activate that if it's possible.

Another Juneteenth post...

Well, reciently I've been reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, (a very interesting read, by the way)and I thought you may be interested in reading an excerpt from it that's related to this holiday.... sorry for the swearing, I'm copying directly from the book.

Former slaves, interviewed by the federal writer' project in the thirties, recalled the war's end.

Susie Melton:

I was a young gal, about ten years old, and we done heard that Lincoln gonna turn us niggers free. Ol' missus say there wasn't nothin' to it. Then a Yankee soldier told someone in Williamsburg that Lincoln done signed the 'mancipation. Was wintertime and mighty cold that night, but everybody commenced getting ready to leave. Didn't care nothin' about missus- was going to the Union lines. And all that night the niggers danced and sang right out in the cold. Next morning at day break we all started out with blankets and clothes and pots and pans and chickens piled on our backs, 'cause missus said we couldn't take no horses or carts. And as the sun come up over the trees, the niggers started to singing:

Sun, you be here and I'll be gone
Sun, you be here and I'll be gone
Sun, you be here and I'll be gone
Bye, bye, don't grieve after me
Won't give you my place, not for yours
Bye, bye, don't grieve after me
Cause you be here and I'll be gone.

Anna Woods:

We wasn't there in Texas long when the soldiers marched in to tell us that we were free... I remembers one woman. She jumped on a barrel and she shouted. She jumped off and she shouted. She jumped back on again and shouted some more. She kept that up for a long time, just jumping on a barrel and back off again.

Annie Mae Weathers said:

I remember hearing my pa say that when somebody came and hollered, "You niggers is free at last," say he just dropped his hoe and said in a queer voice, "Thank God for that."

The federal writers' project recorded an ex-slave named Fannie Berry:

Niggers shoutin' and clappin' hands and singin'! Chillun runnin' all over the place beatin' time and yellin'! Everybody happy. Sho' did some celebratin'. Run to the kitchen and shout in the window:
"Mammy, don't you cook no more.
You's free! You's free!"