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Common Council members are constantly engaged in finding ways to bring about positive change in Milwaukee. Many create and sponsor initiatives that help move that change forward. The following are the current initiatives put forth by the Common Council:
Spearheaded by Alderwoman Chantia Lewis with the idea that we're stronger together than apart, this initiative promotes community resource hubs that provide direct services like group-based mentoring, driver's license recovery, child support mediation and referrals to city services and in-kind resources.
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, along with Mayor Tom Barrett, has put forth the Milwaukee Black Male Achievement initiative. This initiative aims to create hope and opportunities for black men and boys who are significantly marginalized from economic, social, educational and political life.
Alderwoman Milele Coggs envisioned this as a day to help expose young women of high school age to strong female role models in leadership positions as well as careers in public service. Girls' Day at City Hall happens every year in March.
Alderman Murphy is committed to raising heroin addiction awareness in the city, because one important way the downward spiral of addiction can be stopped is by friends and family members understanding the signs of addiction and knowing how to intervene on behalf of loved ones.
Spearheaded by Alderman Witkowski, this is a City of Milwaukee initiative aimed at reducing panhandling.
Milwaukee's Sister City Initiative is affiliated with Sister Cities International, a program with over sixty years of history in promoting people-to-people diplomacy and cooperation between cities worldwide.
Initiated by Alderman Michael Murphy, the MKE Peace Project (MPP) is challenging youth in the central city to come up with what they feel are the factors contributing to violence in their neighborhoods, and to brainstorm and present their solutions to these problems.
The MKE Plays initiative, conceived by Alderman Michael Murphy, aims to transform 12 of the city’s most deteriorated playgrounds into models for local collaboration and renovation.
A plan to comprehensively address a perceived increase in violence in Milwaukee with an organized approach informed by research and stakeholder input.
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