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The Master Gift-Giver

The Internet is an amazing thing. It feels like all human knowledge can flow through your modem. Of course, there might also be a strong resemblance to your attic — you know it’s in there, but just try to find it. And like your attic, the Internet can steal hours of your time as you examine hidden treasures, completely forgetting what has brought you there in the first place…. That said, let me tell you about a mysterious web site I found. It offers a radical little book called The Little Green Book, purportedly written by the Coalition of Wildcat Ministers and Pragmatic Anarchists. The book is made up of 110 short essays — 100 things to do and ten things to stop doing to change the culture. I found one of the essays to be particularly thought-provoking for the holiday season. Here it is….

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In Light of All in the Riverwest Community

On December 7, the Riverwest community surrounding St. Casimir’s Church on Bremen and Clark Street will be “lighting up” the neighborhood. The intention is to bring our neighborhood into light, a symbolic action to “ignite” neighborhood safety, community, future restoration projects, and activities to come. Neighbors will not be in the dark; we will be lit in action.

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Does it Take a Village? Thoughts on Community Parenting

by Tanya Cromartie-Twaddle

Some of us are ‘hood’ mommas and papas. You know, we’re positively nosey…constantly in other families’ business. It’s natural for us. I look out for and after my neighbors’ children and expect them to do the same for mine. I’m quick to inquire and to reprimand. And yeah, if I see it, I’m going to tell it! My teenage neighbors know this all too well. I’m sure I inherited this guardian attitude from my ancestors. I grew up in a small town full of nosey neighbors.

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Don’t Borrow Trouble!

Homeowners: Are you thinking about refinancing your mortgage in order to get cash for home repairs or debt consolidation? Renters: Are you thinking of buying a house? Please BEWARE! There are some lenders out there that will take advantage of you and you could lose your home as a result! These lenders, called “predatory lenders,” are targeting the elderly and low to middle income residents in Milwaukee County.

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Of Abandonment and Anger

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

On October 10, about 150 people participated in a Town Hall meeting held in a church at 22nd and Center Streets. Many of them were residents in the area where a mob made up mostly of young teenagers recently beat a man to death. People at the gathering were addressing problems and possible solutions in their neighborhood.