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James Heimer

Research has shown that students of color do much better when some of their teachers look like them. But only 13 percent of Madison’s teachers are of color, while 57 percent of its students are. What is the district doing to improve the ratio? more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Long before a visit from President Trump, Lumumba wanted Jackson, a city in deep-red Mississippi with a long history of racism and white supremacy, to be the “most radical city” in the world. more

Dec 11, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

As Dane County Board prepares vote on a $76 million jail proposal, staff writer Dylan Brogan provides a point-by-point analysis of the project’s most contentious details. more

Nov 20, 2017 10:59 AM News 1 Comments

Mayor Paul Soglin says a racist organization, decades ago, installed a “slab of propaganda” at the Confederate gravesite in the city’s Forest Hill Cemetery. more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

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David Michael Miller

The proposed bill provides that protests and demonstrations “that interfere with the rights of others to engage in or listen to expressive activity shall not be permitted and shall be subject to sanction.” more

Aug 24, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

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Vanessa McDowell, the first woman of color to lead the Madison YWCA, wants the organization to be more forceful in fighting racism and poverty. “My vision is that we get rid of that tale of two cities.” more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM News

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David Michael Miller

It’s tough for local rappers to book shows in the Madison market. A new city task force is charged with looking at problems — and coming up with solutions. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

From taking time for self care to transforming your side hustle into a full-time job, African American community leaders offer tips for success more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM News

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Carolyn Fath

Today Not Tomorrow recently moved into the East Madison Community Center, the first time it has ever had its own brick-and-mortar headquarters. The new location will help the organization “improve and build” on the work it’s already doing. more

May 3, 2017 3:22 PM News 1 Comments

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Sean Kennedy

Paul Kusuda spent a little more than a year in a Japanese internment camp. He was 19 at the time. Now 94, he reflects on his experience and the implications of the government’s policy on current threats to civil liberties. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 PM News

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Sharon Vanorny

Dave Cieslewicz wrote in a March 7 Citizen Dave post that Democrats must embrace working class men in order to win elections. His argument implies that Dems are already embracing voters of color. They are not. more

Apr 3, 2017 11:29 AM Opinion 3 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Free speech defenders and social justice activists are clashing on college campuses across the country, including at UW-Madison. more

Mar 23, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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David Michael Miller

I once had faith in the big blue glacier — growing numbers of Hispanics and millennials combined with strong participation by women and African Americans would put Democrats in power. But the November results have forced me to revisit that idea. more

Mar 7, 2017 8:24 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments

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Dylan Brogan

The Madison Common Council sent a symbolic message to President Donald Trump, declaring its office and the city’s public libraries will offer aid to immigrants. more

Feb 8, 2017 10:53 AM News

Attorneys have claimed some small victories in fight against Trump’s immigration ban. They say protests have made the real difference. more

Jan 30, 2017 2:01 PM Democracy in Crisis

It’s depressing to learn that a white supremacist who was convicted of arson attacks on black churches is now a UW-Madison student. But changing the university’s admissions policies will only hurt those who genuinely deserve a second chance. more

Jan 27, 2017 3:43 PM Madland

A new police station and public market weren’t the only issues during this year’s city budget debate. Mayor Soglin says his effort to improve equity in the city’s workforce was thwarted by Ald. Cheeks. Is it the first salvo in the 2019 mayor’s race? more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM News

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James Heimer

Milwaukee has enlisted volunteer chaplains to try to bridge the gap between police and the community. The program has had remarkable success, helping to quell riots that broke out after a police shooting. Could a similar program work in Madison? more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM News

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After racist incident at Badgers football game, community leaders call for zero tolerance. more

Nov 3, 2016 9:34 AM News 4 Comments

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Elisa Wiseman

An east-side neighborhood meeting called to discuss issues of poverty and crime brought up much more commonplace matters like littering, panhandling and speeding. The divide underscored a difference in perception about the issues facing Madison. more

Sep 23, 2016 12:21 PM News 1 Comments