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The Importance Of Juneteenth Explained

Juneteenth — a combination of the words June and nineteenth — is one of the oldest known holidays commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, that the nation`s last enslaved people — a group in Texas — learned that slavery had been outlawed and that they were free. The events leading to what many call "America`s true Independence Day" began with the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.

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Wisconsin author writes new book to bring hope to children of color

Caribbean-born author Baptiste Paul, now living in Green Bay, wrote a new book called, ‘Dear You, Dream Big!’

More than 2,000 miles southeast of Green Bay lies the island of Saint Lucia, a country in the Caribbean. 

While Caribbean-born author Baptiste Paul calls Green Bay home now, he remembers walking barefoot for 12 miles to the only library in town to experience adventure and escape island life.

“Even though it’s like a world away from Green Bay, there are so many similarities in what I did as a child and what kids in Green Bay do,” Paul said...

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The Taste of Black Milwaukee returns in 2024. Here`s what you need to know

The Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and WJMR Jammin` 98.3 are getting back in the kitchen with the Taste of Black Milwaukee event and the 22nd annual, "Men Who Cook" competition..

When is the Taste of Black Milwaukee and "Men Who Cook" competition?

The Men Who Cook competition will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by the Taste of Black Milwaukee, which will be from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

A live broadcast with WJMR Jammin` 98.3 will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m....

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This is a complete reading of Abraham Lincoln`s Emancipation Proclamation.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." 

Despite this expansive wording, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in many ways. It applied only to states that had seceded from the Union, leaving slavery untouched in the loyal border states. It also expressly exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Northern control. Most important, the freedom it promised depended upon Union military victory. 

Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war. After January 1, 1863, every advance of federal troops expanded the domain of freedom. Moreover, the Proclamation announced the acceptance of black men into the Union Army and Navy, enabling the liberated to become liberators. By the end of the war, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom...

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Beyond Boundaries: DEI Talks

June 27, 7:30 PM
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Weathering the Storm:
DEI During a Polarizing Election

How are you or your organization preparing for DEI during this polarizing election season? What strategies can you use to maintain workplace harmony during this election season?

Stay connected with fellow DEI professionals in Wisconsin and eliminate the wait until the next year’s conference. Join us for “Beyond Boundaries: DEI Talks,” a monthly virtual gathering that offers a space for individuals engaged in or interested in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion to engage in casual conversations and discussions.

“Beyond Boundaries: DEI Talks” convenes virtually on the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. CST. No registration is required! These meetings aim to foster informal and relaxed discussions surrounding DEI work. Whether you’re an experienced DEI professional or someone new looking to expand your knowledge, everyone is welcome.

You can join the virtual talk group through this zoom link or by adding the event to your Outlook Calendar. 

These meetings will follow T1W ground rules found on this page. 

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Meet DFP Spring Fellow, Noor Hamwy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Noor May Hamwy graduated from the University of Washington-Seattle with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Health-Global Health in 2020. She then pursued her master’s in public policy at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Qatar Foundation. Currently, she is a first-year political science Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in comparative politics. Noor, who is of Syrian and Palestinian descent, has been awarded with the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for the study of Hebrew for the years 2023-2024 and 2024-2025. Noor’s research interests center on the dynamics of minority-state relations, the varying degrees of political repression within social groups, and the evolution of collective memories into strategies for group survival. She particularly focuses on these themes in the context of the MENA/SWANA region.

The APSA Diversity Fellowship Program (DFP), formerly the Minority Fellowship Program, was established in 1969 as a fellowship competition to diversify the political science profession...
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June­teenth cel­e­bra­tions happening across Wisconsin this year

WISCONSIN — Juneteenth, the federal holiday recognizing the end of slavery in the U.S., is Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

On June 19, 1865, troops in Galveston Bay, Texas told the last enslaved Black people that they were free, through the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863; the 13th Amendment was passed on Jan. 31, 1865 and ratified Dec. 6, 1865. 

As the historic day approaches, Wisconsinites are gearing up to celebrate. Here are Juneteenth events happening around the state:...

Ken Notes: Many are today, but several are this weekend as well. Take a look and have a great day...

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Milwaukee Common Council honors local LGBTQ+ trailblazers at a special Pride Month ceremony

The Milwaukee Common Council held a special ceremony on June 11 to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, honoring local individuals for their significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

The celebration followed the raising of the Intersex Progress Pride Flag on June 3 at the City’s Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building.

The short program in the Common Council chamber was led by Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderman Peter Burgelis, recognizing Brenda Coley, Israel Ramon, and Dan Terrio. The event underscored the city’s commitment to fostering a welcoming and respectful environment for all residents and visitors.

Alderwoman Zamarripa, also a member of the Common Council’s “Proud and Out Caucus,” emphasized the importance of Pride Month as a time to uplift the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate the diversity and resilience within it.

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Celebrate Juneteenth with Ebony Vision June 15, featuring food, activities and the UW-Madison marching band

FOND DU LAC – Ebony Vision`s biggest event of the year is fast approaching.

The 16th annual Juneteenth celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. June 15 and fill Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., with live entertainment, food, family-friendly activities, community vendors and raffles that support the organization.

Juneteenth celebrates the abolishment of slavery two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, according to Ebony Vision.

On June 19, 1865, about 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas — which was still under Confederate control — and announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree...

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Lumped together: Why Wisconsin Hmong feel the limited U.S. race categories do not represent them

The federal government recently reclassified race and ethnicity groups in an effort to better capture the diversity of the United States, but some groups feel the changes miss the mark.

Hmong, Armenian, Black Arab, and Brazilian communities in the U.S. say they are not represented accurately in the official numbers. While the revisions were widely applauded, these communities say the changes have created a tension between how the federal government classifies them versus how they identify themselves.

The groups say money, political power, and even health could be at stake. Being lumped into the wrong column can mean a gain or loss of government funds that are distributed based on data. For some, it is about their identity and feeling seen by their own country.

The Office of Management and Budget said the working group that oversaw the revisions held 94 “listening sessions” with many advocacy groups, academics and the general public, and it will continue to reach out to communities...

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Juneteenth flag raised over state capitol

MADISON (WKOW) - On Tuesday, the Juneteenth flag was raised over the Wisconsin state capitol for the fifth year in a row.

Governor Tony Evers ordered the flag to be flown in Wisconsin for the first time back in 2020. Juneteenth is formally recognized and celebrated in all 50 states, with Wisconsin being the 32nd state to recognize the day back in 2009.

“Raising the Juneteenth Flag sends a message that here in Wisconsin, we celebrate Black history, culture, and resilience, we believe our differences and our diversity make us stronger, and we are committed to building a state that is more just and more equitable,” Evers said...

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3 Milwaukee leaders leaving top executive roles at Advocate Health system

The last remaining executives who were part of the legacy health system Aurora Health Care are on their way out or have recently left top leadership roles at Advocate Health, the health system formed after the large, multi-state merger between Advocate Aurora Health and North Carolina-based Atrium Health.

Cristy Garcia-Thomas, a well-known member of Milwaukee`s business community, plans to leave Advocate Health, where she was president of Advocate National Center for Health Equity and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, at the end of August, according to a memo provided by spokesperson Adam Mesirow...

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Black youth find solace in mental health therapy with a focus on race and belonging

Therapists at New Beginnings Counseling Center in Madison provide one-on-one and group sessions for Black and multiracial children to nurture their identity and feelings of community while confronting challenges of racism in their lives.

One day a week, 15-year-old KJ has the same after-school routine: He travels 30 minutes to the New Beginnings Counseling Center in Madison for therapy. In 2019, he was seeing a white mental health therapist, but switched to New Beginnings, purposely choosing this option because a Black man leads its work...
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Attorney Jose Olivieri, `pillar of Hispanic community,` dies at 66

Jose? A. Olivieri, an attorney and pivotal figure of the Hispanic community, died of cancer Sunday at the age of 66.

Olivieri was a lawyer at Michael Best & Friedrich, with a specialty in immigration law, employment relations and higher education. Although he was an attorney at the firm for more than 40 years, he is best remembered for his work in Milwaukee`s Hispanic community.

Olivieri`s involvement with the United Community Center in Walker`s Point spanned four decades...

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Study shows biases undermine diversity efforts in policing

As more organizations attempt to increase the representation of women in traditionally male-dominated occupations (such as engineering, technology or banking), new research from George Washington University professor Jennifer Merluzzi indicates that simply hiring more women into these fields may not make diversity efforts more effective.

The study, published in American Sociological Review (April 2024), "A Hidden Barrier to Diversification? Performance Recognition Penalties for Incumbent Workers in Male-Dominated Occupations," looked at the impact of increasing gender representation within the traditionally male-dominated of law enforcement.

Merluzzi and her co-author Jirs Meuris, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, examined publicly available data spanning 13 years on nearly 14,000 officers working in the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Their findings revealed a performance recognition penalty for men and women workers from the process of occupational diversification itself...

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Our resource links continue to grow and were taking up a lot of space in the weekly news letter so we moved them here or at the story link.

Please send us resources, reports, funding opportunities, best practice ideas, and other materials that may help your peers in their DEI journey. We will continue to expand this catalogue of tools and now will be able to include more details about each one...


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About T1W Network and T1W News (the weekly newsletter) is a collection of articles, events, and original content, from across the State and Nation on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We are attempting to keep you informed, archive best practices and promote events that further this cause in the State.

In addition to a weekly newsletter featuring DEI news and updates, members have the ability to connect with other professionals, as well as share updates on what they are doing to move the needle on DEI issues in their communities, businesses or organizations.

The Newsletter is sent to between 1,500 and 2,000 individuals each week. While anyone may subscribe for free at the Website, we have worked hard to add DEI Professionals, Government Officials, Business Leaders and Press Outlets to our database. We have an open rate in excess of 40% (well above industry standards) and a substantial number of click-throughs to the original articles or resources. 

We keep all of our articles in a searchable database so that older stories can be recalled months or years after they were first published. This allows us to maintain a best practices resource by exploring what others in the State have done before. 

We also aggregate a permanent collection of resources from across the state and nation. These will allow DEI professionals to see what others have done, review resource materials, share ideas, and expand the resources they make available to their own members. 

Members are encouraged to submit updates, articles, and stories on the work that they are doing. These articles will then be shared on the T1W Network website and newsletter.

Wherever you are on your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) journey, there’s something for you at Toward One Wisconsin.  Whether you’re just starting out and overwhelmed, or you’re a leading activist in your community, this conference and the T1W network will provide best practices, insights and implementation tools to help you take the next steps. Across all sectors of business and life in Wisconsin, parallel efforts are underway to prioritize DEI. We may be in different places based on the diversity of our experiences, but we’re all traveling the same journey: Toward One Wisconsin.

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Newsletter Editors

Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin
Ken  [at]

Luke Rudolph
WIPPS Marketing Communication Coordinator
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