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FAST Fund Receives County Funding to Support MATC Student Housing Needs

Milwaukee County Press Release 9/24/20  MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson today to allocate $35,000 to an independent fund that helps Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) students avoid eviction and maintain housing stability while they earn their degree.  “When I learned that MATC students were hav...
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What Happened to Milwaukee’s Black Middle Class?

BY KALENA THOMHAVE SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 Anthony Rainey’s parents met in Milwaukee after moving from Arkansas and Louisiana in the 1940s. After graduating from high school in 1976, he was able to get a job in a factory without a college education. Following a few years in different jobs—one beating the dents out of snowmobile hoods—he decided he wanted to become a tool and die maker. H...
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Local 212 Endorsements

Local 212's COPE Committee has met with candidates and presents the following list of endorsements. Please note that several assembly candidates are in close races for their district.Assembly District 13 (Wauwatosa/Brookfield area):  Sara Rodriguez.  Sara is a nurse, former employee with the CDC studying pandemics and a former health care administer.  She support public colleges, expansion of med...
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Voting In Wisconsin Made Easy!

Vote in the 2020 Fall General Election on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd! Useful Links: You can register to vote by clicking HEREYou can request an absentee ballot (vote by mail) HEREClick HERE to see who is on your ballotTo find your polling place click HEREYou need to bring a photo ID with you. A driver’s license, state ID or your student ID are all valid forms of ID. See a full list of valid form...
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My Vote Should Not Cost Me My Life

By Nyia Sallee Growing up, I sometimes heard older family members from Mississippi who had lived through the civil rights movement of the 1960s talk about how black people put their lives on the line to exercise their constitutional right to vote. I read history books about selfless men and women who had sacrificed their lives so that future generations — people like me — could vote. Never, in...
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Former Fast Fund Student Saving Lives Amidst the Pandemic!

The FAST Fund continues to operate during the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to share a story about one of our former students, Nou Thao.  We helped Nou twice last year, once with a tuition payment when she hit the 150% rule and later with a car repair bill. Right before she graduated as a respiratory therapist she dropped by the office with two classmates to thank us for our help. The ...
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Election Wins! There is Power in a Union!

YOU DID IT!!! Thanks so much to Local 212 members and especially those who contribute to 212 COPE.Last night you played a big role in proving that democracy works even when some forces try to rig the results.As COPE-supported and victorious Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky said last night, “Nobody in this state or in this country should have been forced to choose between their safety and parti...
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Local 212 member headed to COVID-19 hotspot & will teach while managing ventilator treatments

MILWAUKEE -- FOX6 News on Sunday, April 12 spoke with a Milwaukee Area Technical College instructor headed to the coronavirus hotspot of New York to help treat COVID-19 patients, while, at the same time, continuing to instruct his students in Milwaukee. Mike Christman, a respiratory therapy instructor at MATC will head to New York Tuesday, April 14 to help manage ventilator treatments while al...
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Tim Decker – Local 212’s Own Cartoonist!

Step into Tim Decker’s Wauwatosa home and you instantly get how much animation’s cheery colors and grin-inducing characters mean to the artist and his life. The candy-hued walls are covered with Decker’s own work from two-plus decades in high-profile animation — a 6 ft. grinning giraffe, a sketch of Marge Simpson, another of one of The Chipmunks brothers — plus the work of his mentors as that car...
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One Local 212 Family’s Experience with Covid 19 & being Studied by the CDC

It's the kind of house call nobody really wants to get.       But when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it wants you to participate in a study during a global pandemic, you gladly comply. "We were told they wanted to study how germs transmit in a household," said Pablo Muirhead, a member of the Shorewood School Board who came down with an early case of the coronavirus in the...
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