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Rafael Acevedo

Rafael Acevedo still remembers the day he arrived in Milwaukee. He was four, and his family had just immigrated from Puerto Rico. “It was intimidating,” he said. “We couldn’t talk to anyone. We couldn’t even talk to our teachers at school.” The family struggled. Acevedo’s father worked as a sweeper to support his family until […]

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Lorraine Jacobs

by Peter Schmidtke

A Dalmatian, a file chock-full of Urban Ecology Center materials, a formidable pile of sociology books, and several hardwood shelves laden with scrap booking paraphernalia. These are what catches the eye as Lorraine Jacobs sits at her dining room table in her light-green, walk-up home on the 2400 block of Dousman and talks about her life after retiring this past September. She worked a combined 30 years with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and Milwaukee Public Schools.

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George Martin

by Jan Christensen

“I’m in a time of my life when I can really make a difference.” George Martin has a face that settles naturally into a smile, but today his expression is serious. “My kids are grown up. I have a lot of support. And I have a chance to use what gifts I have.” For the last hour, George has been talking to me about his eight days in Baghdad early in January. He was one of a seven-person delegation from the largest coalition of peace groups in this country, United for Peace and Justice. He serves as a member of that group’s national steering committee.