Disabled lose out on aid; MKE reflects on George Floyd killing; COVID-19 closings hobble bakery; dozen-plus dead in police incidents; voting barriers for tribal members
Of note: This week we highlight a story by Bram Sable-Smith of WPR. Sable-Smith found that because of a 2013 state law, people with disabilities in Wisconsin who lose their jobs cannot collect federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Wisconsin is just one of two states in which workers on Social Security Disability Insurance — who are allowed to work part-time if they are able — cannot receive the same PUA payments that other unemployed workers get. Speaking of labor challenges, Jimmy Gutierrez of Wisconsin Watch’s News414 collaboration brings us the story of a Milwaukee baker struggling to stay afloat amid the ongoing pandemic.
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WPR/Wisconsin Watch — June 1, 2020
A 2013 Wisconsin law prevents laid-off workers on federal disability from getting state unemployment. Now the state is denying them federal pandemic aid, too. Listen to Bram Sable-Smith discuss his story on WPR.
Introducing Milwaukee entrepreneur and baker Adija Greer-Smith: ‘I’ve poured my life into this business’
WPR/Wisconsin Watch — June 2, 2020
Growing up on the northwest side of Milwaukee, Adija Greer-Smith saw plenty of lemonade stands but knew they weren’t for her. She was a baker. So she opened a cookie stand instead in her grandparents’ driveway. Now 40, and having just opened her bakery business in November 2018, Confectionately Yours, Greer-Smith was prepared for a lot of things to go wrong, but didn’t anticipate a pandemic. This is the latest installment in our Outbreak Wisconsin series in collaboration with WPR.
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service — June 1, 2020
The death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed have forced yet another national conversation on race in America. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reached out to community members to hear their thoughts.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — May 31, 2020
Southeastern Wisconsin has seen numerous high-profile officer-involved deaths over the past 20 years. Officers are rarely criminally charged for using force on duty. More often, cities are sued civilly, resulting in significant cost to taxpayers.
The Fulcrum — June 4, 2020
A new report sheds light on the barriers that Native Americans face in casting ballots. In northern Wisconsin, these voters sometimes find long drives and short hours at Division of Motor Vehicles offices to get licenses to meet the state’s photo ID requirement, the report found.