Seeking better opportunities: Milwaukee holds panel focused on creating sustainable jobs for African-Americans

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MILWAUKEE -- Coming together to do better! Local and state leaders held a panel in efforts to uplift the African-American community on Saturday, March 4th. They're doing it by providing sustainable jobs.job-forum

"We are in a city where 20 percent of our kids can read on grade level in third and eighth grade," said Senator Lena Taylor.

They are startling statistics that unfortunately are the reality of many living in the Milwaukee area.job-forum3

"They need to address so many roots of unemployment," said Danielle Williams, seeking better opportunities.

State leaders such as Senator Lena Taylor, and State Representative Jason Fields, along with local leaders, business owners, and community members met with the goal to do better.

Jason Fields, Lena Taylor

Jason Fields, Lena Taylor

"We have to rethink, recondition our mindset even to accountability," said Taylor.

During the people's forum Saturday, they gathered to combine resources and pull ideas from each other.

"We have to find common ground so we can start developing some goals," said a speaker.

Many residents spoke up, eager to mention the needs not being met and lack of opportunities.job-forum5

"It's a state of emergency right now," said Williams.

Referring to nepotism, many were vocal about what the community needs to do to aid in getting African-Americans into successful positions. Meanwhile, those in support of small businesses offered a positive outlook.

"Maybe you need to start looking at the smaller companies that are willing to train them anon their own abilities on their own money and helping them out only if they are willing to help themselves," said a Milwaukee resident. job-forum4

Organizers are hopeful Saturday's meeting offered insight and was a start to really facilitating thriving families and communities for the days and years to come.

13 comments

    • Chrisco

      You are correct unless you are white and move here from Africa. I have a friend whose wife is from South Africa and she can use all of the programs for minorities. Yes she is white but being born and raised in South Africa means she is African American under that way the laws are written. She got into UW-Madison using affirmative action.

  • Opinion8d

    It’s simple -make the parents accountable for their kids to get an education!!! Who is going to give someone a job that can’t speak proper english, doesn’t show up for work, has not idea what acceptable social skills are and believe they are entitled to everything??????

  • Z

    How about fixing the black culture? You know the one that has no value of education, total lack of integrity, and the glorification of drugs and violence. Maybe that is the problem on why they can’t find work.

  • EZPZ

    How about let them smoke weed, show up late and not work hard……then maybe they could stay employed.

  • Rudy

    Other than a bunch of political ‘poor-little-me’ vote getting rhetoric, what actual action items were developed at this meeting and what are their next steps? Who is going to do what?

  • Chrisco

    Why does that 13% of the U.S population cause over 50% of all violent crime? In Wisconsin they make less than 6% of the population but cause over 65% of the violent crime. You can get those numbers from the F.B.I and the state department of justice. That is on one group alone. Until they realize they are group causing most of the problems nothing will change. I have had Hispanic neighbors. I have had Asian neighbors. I have had neighbors from India. I have had white neighbors. The only neighbors I have ever had a problem with where black. In 10 years I have never had one problem. The blacks moves and less than 2 weeks later I had my door kicked in and it was black people who had just moved in. I started to keep a handgun next to my bed because of the blacks that moved in. Go back to Africa if you hate it here.

    • DONOVAN

      AND IF BLACKS HAVE TO GO BACK TO AFRICA WHERE ARE YOU GOING IRELAND OR EUROPE BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY DOESN’T BELONG TO YOU EITHER.OR DID YOU FORGET THAT? LOL WATCH WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IT’S COME RIGHT BACK AROUND LIKE KARMA.

  • Bill W

    One question for you Donovan. If a bunch of politicians got together and said they wanted to help only white people get better jobs, how would the media and people react?

  • Sharon Golden

    To all the people on here commenting negatively about the forum. You weren’t there. Fox 6 news only showed you what they wanted you to see. Almost all the people that stood up and spoke have degrees including myself. We weren’t asking for a handout of anything, nor were we begging for jobs.

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